Sulcis Islands Ride

Sardinia Italy: (IT-GOITSA2)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/italy_sardinia_trek.aspx

Introduction
Sardinia Italy
Embark with us for a horse riding journey in southern Sardinia and discover an authentic land with ancestral traditions that are lost in the mists of time.
You will ride through 3 different islands, each with its own charm! The scenery is varied and features white sand beaches and cliffs that drop into the crystalline sea. 

Beautiful Arab-Sardinian and Anglo-Arab horses will accompany you on this adventure, suitable for intermediate to advanced riders.

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a stationary ride, so all nights are spent at the same location.

Description
You are accommodated in a hotel that offers colorful and spacious bedrooms. All rooms are thermo-conditioned and equipped with LCD TV, Wi-Fi, telephone for national and international calls, as well as a private bathroom.

Room Occupancy
In case you are a solo traveler, the single supplement fee is mandatory.


Meals
All meals are included from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on the last day.

Dinners feature authentic Sardinian specialties cooked with local products (variety of antipasti, pasta, fish, meat...).

Lunches are mostly in the form of picnics with tables, chairs and cutlery. They incude fresh bread, salad, cheese, olives, cold cuts and Sardinian specialties.

Coffee or tea available on request. House wine is included with lunches and dinner.

Dietary Restrictions
We can usually cater to most dietary restrictions with prior notice.

This trip includes some wine with dinner and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding


Required Level & Pace
Participants need to feel comfortable at all gaits and it is recommended to have experience in outdoor riding.
The terrain is very varied and allows for long trots and some canter opportunities. You will be spending about 5 hours in the saddle per riding day.

Itinerary


Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Please, note that the itinerary below is to be considered indicative. It may be subject to variations due to weather conditions or circumstances beyond our control.

Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at Cagliari airport and meeting with one of our guides for your transfer to the hotel in the town of Sant’Antioco.
Dinner in a typical restaurant and overnight at the hotel.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Sant’Antioco


Day 2: Tratalias Lake Ride
Breakfast and transfer to the riding center in order to meet the horses. Leaving the riding school, we will head towards the sea, in the direction of the Saline di Sant 'Antioco. Following the path of the local river, we will enter the small village of Palmas Vecchio where we will admire a church dating back to 1000 AD. Our next stop will be the artificial lake of Tratalias, where we will reach a splendid panoramic point overlooking both the nearby lake basin and the more distant coastal landscape. On our way back to the stables, we will stop at the ancient medieval village of old Tratalias.
Tonight, we will enjoy an exquisite dinner based on local fish and typical products of the area in the welcoming restaurant da Silvana.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Sant’Antioco


Day 3: East Coast of Sant’Antioco Island Ride
Today we will discover the east coast of the island of Sant'Antioco. Once we reach the island of Sant'Antioco by van, we will unload the horses near the former Palmas Cave.
From here, we will ride among the Mediterranean scrub, reaching the beautiful beach of Maladroxia. Then, we will descend the coast in a southerly direction towards the wild beach of Co'e Cuaddus.
After that, we will reach the locality of Turri with its imposing eighteenth-century tower and its intimate coves, sometimes sandy, sometimes pebbly, according to the whims of the sea.
Leaving behind us the incomparable panorama offered by this stretch of coast, we will finally go up the island passing through the hinterland and reach the Piana di Cannai, from which, we will return to the starting point.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Sant’Antioco


Day 4: Historic Sant’Antioco Island Ride
For our second day on the Island of Sant'Antioco, we start our ride at the well-known Funtana Cannai, an ancient drinking trough for animals located on the homonymous plain.
From here, we will Follow the path that leads to the ruins of Su semafuru, located on a hill guarding the Gulf of Palmas. After enjoying the incomparable panorama offered by this strategic hill, our journey through the Mediterranean scrub will lead us to the Portu Sciusciau area with a view of the picturesque Cave of the Sirens. We will then visit the Nuragic village of Grutti 'e acqua and the Tomb of the Giants located in Su Niu' and Su Crobu.
Our last stop will be the beautiful Calasapone beach. We will have the opportunity to taste local fish in a nearby restaurant.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Sant’Antioco


Day 5: Monte Suergiu Ride
During today's ride, we will stop at the Domus de Janas of Monte Crobu, on our way up the Monte Suergiu hill (height of 400 meters above the sea level). From the green paths of this hill, you will be stunned by breathtaking views of the sea and the islands of Sant'Antioco, San Pietro, Isola Piana and the other islets of the Sulcitan archipelago.
Tonight, we will have dinner in Sant'Antioco at the Renzo and Rita restaurant-pizzeria.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Sant’Antioco


Day 6: Coastal Ride
From the riding school, we make our way to the ancient fishing village of Is Loccis Santus. We will pass by the remains of some Domus de Janas, sepulchral ravines and then ride towards the sea.
From Punta 'e Trettu, passing through Corungiuali, we will reach Bruncu Teula. We will cross small beaches and sandy shores, and then go up the coast to get a privileged view of the nearby island of San Pietro.
This evening, we enjoy a meat and fish dinner at the da Silvana restaurant.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Sant’Antioco


Day 7: Last Ride
For our last riding day, we follow the local river towards the sea. We will admire the south coast, touching the beaches of Porto Botte, a windy cove particularly loved by those who practice Kite Surf. Then, we will stop at the lovely beach of Is Solinas, before heading towards the enchanting bay of Su Portu 'and su Trigu. We will eventually arrive at the renowned Porto Pino beach, a Unesco heritage site.
We migth get Lucky and see some pink flamingos while riding among the coastal vineyards and Aleppo pines.
We will have dinner in San Giovanni Suergiu in the Agrifoglio farmhouse.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Sant’Antioco


Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, check-out and transfer to Cagliari airport.


Rates and Dates for Sulcis Islands Ride

Rates include:

Accommodations, All meals, 6 riding days & Transfers
Possibility to borrow helmet and chaps.

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20228 day trip€1640$1970
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.2

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2022 Transfers included from/to Cagliari airport 0 $0
2022 Single supplement 225 $270
2022 Triple room discount on request 0 $0
2022 Small group supplement (2 pax only) 270 $325
2022 Registration fee, pp (mandatory) 45 $55

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2022 10/01 - 10/08 8d / 7n 8 day trip 3 /8 Expired
A 2022 10/15 - 10/22 8d / 7n 8 day trip 3 /8 Expired
A 2022 10/29 - 11/05 8d / 7n 8 day trip 3 /8 Expired

Dates Note: Shorter program available with minimum 3 nights
Additional dates on request with a minimum of 4 riders (July and August excluded)

Rates do not include:

Registration fee (mandatory), Gratuities & Drinks

Other Info
Meeting: Sant’Antioco
Airport: Cagliari
Transfer: Cagliari airport

Climate:
                                                Sant’Antioco area


Month

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Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

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72

63

58

Average Low Temperature (°F)

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56

63

68

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52

45

Average High Temperature (°C)

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25

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17

14

Average Low Temperature (°C)

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7

Source: NOAA


Seasons
In Sardinia you will get the chance to enjoy temperate Mediterranean weather with a lot of sunlight. Sea breezes mitigate the summer heat along the coasts, and the temperature never goes below zero even in winter. Rain is rare, especially in the summer.

Winter
The winter is very short. Along the coast, the temperature rarely drops below freezing and it almost never snows.

Spring
In the spring the temperature reaches 20 degrees and rainy days become more rare. The sea begins to heat up, the days get longer and nature has its best colours.

Summer
In summer the sun is high and it almost never rains. At night, temperatures drop and the air is cooled by the sea breeze.

Autumn
Autumn arrives late in Sardinia as temperatures often still exceed 20 °C and the sea water maintains heat from the summer. The days get shorter but it does not rain a lot and the sun is always high. On the coast it is still warm enough to swim, although in the evening the temperature is cooler.

What To Bring: