From the black mountains of Montiferru to the Sinis wetlands and the sea. Montiferru is a basaltic area famous for the green forests and the local red beef celebrated by the Slow Food Movement.
Day 1: Arrival day
Transfer to the first hotel in Santu Lussurgiu where there will be a welcome meeting with the local representative who will provide an explanation of the route, a map and route notes.
Day 2: San Leonardo water spring Loop (12km/4h)
A mix of road walking and agricultural tracks take you up to San Leonardo with sweeping views on the way. Spend a little time looking around the village, the church and springs. Another mix of road walking, tracks and paths will get you back to Santu Lussurgiu. You will have time to divert to the viewpoint above the town where a statue of Christ overlooks the village and to walk down through the maze of narrow streets of Santu Lussurgiu.
Day 3: Santu Lussurgiu – Santa Caterina di Pittinuri (24km/7h)
After a quick shuttle to the Montiferru Mountains, the route descends to Santa Caterina di Pittinuri, located right on the sea. You will be crossing oak forests, olive groves and quiet pastures.
Day 4: Santa Caterina di Pittinuri – Putzu Idu (17km/5h)
Take a shuttle to the Is Benas lagoon, home to large colonies of Grey Herons and Pink Flamingos. A beautiful track along the limestone cliff leads you to the beach of Su Pallosu and Capo Mannu, with the lighthouse and the ancient Spanish watchtowers. Your base tonight is Putzu Idu, a village located on a stretch of coast often visited by the Mistral wind which made it a popular spot for sailing and surfing.
Day 5: Putzu Idu – San Salvatore Sinis (20km/6h)
The walk starts on the amazing cliffs of Su Tingiosu, 6km of limestone and plenty of bird nests. The cliffs end in the beautiful quartz beaches of Mari Ermi and Is Aruttas whose sand is made of little grains of quartz quite similar to rice seeds. At the end of the day, you move inland, crossing artichoke and wheat fields to arrive in San Salvatore Sinis, famous for its church erected over a hypogeum.
Day 6: Tharros loop (17km/4.5h)
A day trip walking across fields and by the side of the lagoon to San Giovanni, on to Tharros which dates back to the 8th century BC. Visit the ancient Basilica Paleocristiana di San Giovanni di Sinis dating back to 470AD. Here you join the main tourist track to the site of Tharros. An hour here and a stop in the café will set you up for a loop around the Capo San Marco using the smaller footpaths that skirt the coastline.
Day 7: San Salvatore Sinis – Cabras (10km/3h)
A pleasant path leads you out of San Salvatore to Cabras, the main centre in the Sinis. During the itinerary you walk along artichoke fields, Vernaccia vineyards, olive groves and the Cabras Lagoon, the largest in the area, famous for the grey mullets and its Bottarga, the mullet cured roe. Don’t miss the fresh fish, the Bottarga and the Vernaccia wine.
Day 8: Departure day
After breakfast, transfer to your chosen airport.
We believe that the accommodation is a very important factor of a walking tour, therefore we take the greatest care in carefully selecting small family run 3* hotels and country lodges with excellent regional cuisine.
The following properties have been selected for this tour (please note that they are subject to availability and we reserve the right to change hotels should the need arise).
Antica Dimora del Gruccione
A 17th century mansion of Spanish design, entirely made of stone with arches, barrelled ceilings, wooden beams and ancient wrought iron throughout the structure, and furnished with comfortable original antiques.
Hotel La Baja
A nice hotel located right on the coast, high on a cliff, with a swimming pool, nice rooms and an excellent cuisine.
Other hotels that may be used in Santa Caterina di Pittinuri:
Situated in a quiet location in the Sinai Peninsula and the marine protected area, this four star hotel is located between the sea and the hills, in the wild nature of Putzu Idu.
Other hotels that may be used in Putzu Idu:
Hotel Sa Pedrera
Sa Pedrera is a charming countryside complex located in San Salvatore Sinis, a tiny village in the heartland of the Sinis peninsula. Its U-shape layout resembles that of a Spanish hacienda with 14 lovely decorated rooms surrounding the flourishing garden in the central courtyard.
Other hotels that may be used in San Salvatore:
Hotel Villa Canu
This lovely small property is located in the centre of the village of Cabras, in the Sinis wetlands. The whole building has been decorated in a traditional with local architecture.
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