Individual - Excursions Sardinia
You can’t go to Sardinia without experiencing the glitz and glamour of the Costa Smeralda, the island’s Emerald Coast. This millionaire’s playground has been attracting the rich and famous since the sixties and is still a hub for celebrities during the summer. Porto Cervo is by far the chicest resort on the island. It was created by Prince Karim Aga Khan, and built on his vision of a medieval Moorish village. Today it is home to three of the most expensive hotels in the world and a collection of attractive piazzas housing the top luxury brands. In the marina, you can admire the mind blowing mega yachts where the Russian oligarchs brush shoulders with international footballers and actors. A tour on the small train gives you the full picture of this prestigious place with access to the exclusive residential area, the white washed Stella Maris church and the main Marina.
Just along the coast is the more laid back Baia Sardinia. This small resort is built around a beautiful bay and surrounded with a few shops, restaurants and al fresco cafés. Here there is free time to chillax and cool off in the crystal waters and enjoy a spot of lunch.
Set Sail with French soil in your sights on this Corsican adventure. Departing from the most Northern tip of Sardinia at Santa Teresa we take the short journey by ferry to one of the spectacles of the Mediterranean- Bonifacio. This enchanting citadel comes into view clinging to the sheer limestone cliffs. Arriving at the naturally formed harbor and cosmopolitan port you will be in awe of the breathtaking yachts that are attracted to this chic marina from all over the world.
The Renaissance haute ville is a maze of meandering cobbled streets full of artisan shops, boutiques and small narrow houses. A site of many battles, and often attacked by pirates Bonifacio has plenty of stories to tell. Visit the sailors’ cemetery, or climb the King of Aragon staircase carved into the cliff face down to the sea as a means to escape the enemies. Alternatively stroll through the quaint streets for a spot of shopping and enjoy a relaxing lunch. You won’t be stuck for choice with the selection of Corsican, French and Italian cuisines on offer
Our Local Favourites
The island is too big to see in one day so we have handpicked some of the highlights. Arriving on the breathtaking coastal road from Alghero the first stop is the charming town of Bosa. Built along the river Temo the pastel coloured houses cluster into the hillside underneath the domineering medieval Malaspina castle. Walking down the old cobbled streets of this authentic fishing village, it feels as if you have stepped back in time. In the back alleyways catch the old women making their lace garments in their front rooms and join the locals in one of the small bars for a taste of the Malvasia wine.
To learn about the island’s history you need to head inland. The Nurgahe of Sant’ Antine is amongst one of the most important of the 7,000 found on the island. These mysterious stone dwellings date back to around 1200BC and are not found anywhere else in the world. There are over 7,000. This is the tallest of them all and one of the most interesting to visit.
Our final destination is the delightful hamlet of Monteleone Rocca Doria. Here in this tucked away paradise the local women have revived the traditional art of bread making. Admire the displays in the small museum and watch as they demonstrate their techniques to create intricate jewelry and decorations, you can even have a go yourself. To complete the day enjoy an aperitif of local mirto and homemade biscuits served on the breathtaking terrace overlooking the lake. This day offers new experiences, scenic countryside and a chance to meet the locals.
Discover the Coral Riviera. Cruise along the coast towards the dramatic cliffs of Capo Caccia admiring the beautiful beaches and stunning coastline. Snorkel in the crystal waters only accessible by boat, including the protected marine area of Porto Conte. All equipment provided.
What better way to explore the countryside and coastline than by horseback. If you are a beginner or a frequent rider, this adventure is for everyone. Michele and Luigi love to share their passion. You will have a quick practice at the stables to get used to the horse before heading off into the park of Porto Conte. The scents of the Mediterranean macchia, breathtaking sea views and tranquility make it an unforgettable experience.
4x4 Nature Tour
An adventure from countryside to coast by landrover. This personalized tour is perfect for nature lovers. Your driver guides are experts in their field and will share their local knowledge of flora and fauna whilst taking you off the beaten track. Savour the aromas of the Sardinian herbs and shrubs, the breathtaking views and the spectacular birdlife. Nestled in the hillside are some unique archaeological sites, which you will discover to learn about the past inhabitants of the island. At sundown the trip draws to an end on La Speranza beach where you can cool off with a swim or just simply relax with a small aperitif of local produce.
Photo service= guides will take photos during the tour with a professional camera and give access to all photos that day via a link.
Like all regions in Italy, Sardinia has its own culture, traditions and culinary specialties. Don’t’ miss out on the opportunity to experience all three in one evening at Agriturismo Sa Mandra. This unique farmhouse restaurant offers excellent organic dishes in a beautiful open-air museum. Enjoy the delicious flavours of Rita’s homemade pasta along with the fresh cheese, salami, vegetables and mouth-watering roast suckling pig. Dining under the olive trees out on the verandah or inside the cosy farmhouse, the evening gives you an insight into the true senses of Sardinia.
4-course dinner includes a selection of fresh cheeses and cured meats, fresh Sardinian pasta and succulent meats, followed by homemade Sardinian biscuits
Wine & Oil tasting- over 16’s only
Italy is famous worldwide for its wine and olive oil and Sardinia is no exception. Alghero is particularly rich in vineyards. In the heart of the countryside just outside Alghero is the Leda d’ Ittiri estate with 45 hectares of vines and olive groves. Wandering through the vines and olive grove, you’ll learn about how the plants and fruits are cultivated and transformed before trying the final product. The passionate owner Anna-Maria is a sommelier, and she will expertly guide you through the tasting in her beautifully restored country home. After the tour, there is the chance to purchase the local produce.
Andrea Jensen Sailing Boat
For a day of total relaxation, take a cruise in style along the Coral Coast on this authentic sailing boat. Built in 1938 this solid oak vessel worked for 50 years as a fishing boat in the North Sea, and has now been lovingly restored. With a maximum of 12 people on board there is plenty of deck space for everyone to soak up the sun. The day includes two stops for bathing in the marine natural park of Porto Conte where you will have the chance to snorkel. The friendly British hosts will ensure you are well looked after. You can help hoist the sails in the afternoon and take a trip out on the tender to get some great shots of the vessel from the sea. The marine park is home to dolphins and the often enjoy following the boat on its journey.
Take the boat over to the famous Neptune Caves with impressive stalagmites, stalactites and incredible rock formations. This maze of chambers and salt water lakes are rated as some of Europe’s best. Save yourself from the 660 steps of the Cabirol stairway and take the scenic journey by boat from Alghero’ s port. Admire the views of the old town from the sea and the dramatic coastline over to Capo Caccia.
A guided tour of the caves is available in English.
Access to the caves may not be permitted by the port authorities due to weather conditions
Boat trip Riviera del Corallo
Enjoy the stunning coastline of the Coral Riviera on this authentic fishing vessel. Your host Antonio will ensure you have a fun day out exploring the protected marine park of Porto Conte. During the day, Antonio will let show you the hidden treasures along the coast and show you some of his secrets. At the captain’s discretion, there will be two stops to swim and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters only reachable by boat.
Stand up paddle lesson
Originally from Hawaii it has become the fastest growing watersport in the world. With a max of 4 people you will really get to grips with learning the techniques of the latest surf craze whilst having loads of fun. An easy alternative to surfing is it like walking on water an ideal for anyone to try of any age.
* Ocean Tribe C/O Mariposa Camping at Alghero Lido
Cruise along the coast of Alghero towards the small island of La Maddalenetta, taking in the views of the old citadel from the sea. There is short visit of the tiny island and its lighthouse and a recently discovered shipwreck. The island is rich in fauna and Cormarans are usually spotted here. After our break we head back to base with the kayaks.
Due to the sit on top kayaks used no experience is necessary and it is suitable for all ages. On arrival a briefing and explanation will be given by the friendly instructors. Lifejackets will be issued followed by a short trial near the beach.
Introduction to windsurf
If you haven’t tried this before Sardinia is a great place to have a go. Learn all the essential steps with the friendly experts at Ocean tribe at the Lido beach.
Sightseeing hop on, hop off bus tour Alghero & surroundings
This open top bus at your own pace to get to know the local area in and around Alghero with an audio guide. The perfect way to explore at your own pace whilst enjoying your surroundings and without the hassle of parking. With its open top deck you can really take advantage of the photo opportunities. An ideal way for visiting the Nuraghe Palmavera, Neptune Caves by foot and Mugoni beach.
La Pelosa is amongst the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia for its transparent waters and powder white sand comparable to the Caribbean. The bay sits in the protected waters of the Asinara national park and the views over to the island are mesmerising. Fish swim between your feet in the shallow waters, perfect for snorkelling. Just an hour away by road, this is an opportunity not to miss.
The protected marine area of Porto Conte is home to many Mediterranean dolphins and what better way to see them than with the professionals who are studying their behaviour. The especially adapted boat ensures minimal disturbance to these mammals and onboard there is all the technical equipment to listen to them. The young friendly crew are dedicated to their conservation and keep records on all the dolphins. They have trained in marine biology so are fully equipped to answer any questions. Weather permitting you can have a guided snorkelling tour to discover the marine life