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Discover the Blue Zones of Sardinia! Join Travel Motus in a fun way to understand and enjoy the island through the guidance of passionate guides who will be, forever your best friends in Sardinia; who better can lead you to hidden treasures and get you involved with passion and enthusiasm that only the natives can give. This is not only a culinary adventure in Sardinia but also a real discovery of the island!
You will be accommodated in various charming houses in double rooms throughout the duration of this tour.
You will be greeted by your personal local English-speaking insider. Enjoy a scenic drive through Cagliari's panoramic sites and stroll through the historical city center. Hopefully, you will get to see the iconic pink flamingos. Have some welcome aperitif on the old bastions.
In the morning, you will be delighted with a rich and genuine breakfast made with local products. Get ready to drive to the southwest coast and visit the stunning “Scoglio Pan di Zucchero” and “Porto Flavia”, a dismissed mining port, incredibly dug into 50-meter high cliffs, overlooking the open sea; it features two 600-meter long tunnels and a mobile arm.
Visit an impressive Roman temple set in bucolic scenery, nine kilometers south of Fluminimaggiore called Tempio di Antas.
Check-out from the hotel in Cagliari and depart for a panoramic tour of the vineyards and olive trees around the rural church of Santa Maria di Sibiola and visit a small local wine producer. Visit the vineyards, the cellar, and have a wine tasting.
Later on, reach a modern milk processing factory operating in the dairy field for the last 50 years. The company specializes in the production of typical Sardinian cheeses and dairy products derived from sheep and goat’s milk of an exclusive local origin. There will be an itinerary along the producing stages where you’ll discover the secret of CLA cheese that helps maintain the balance of cholesterol levels in the blood. You will have cheese tasting in this factory and then you will drive to Barumini village to admire Nuraghe Su Nuraxi, the UNESCO-listed, prehistoric marvel.
The house has been turned into an elegant inn with all comforts. The breeze and crisp air from the hills invites you to the romantic garden in the evening for a fresh sparkling cup of Vermentino wine.
You will proceed to a small vivacious mountain resort that has a cool climate and an alpine character with an elevation of 796 meters. It has caught the imagination of the Piedmontese nobility, who came to hunt boar in its forests.
The experience with the family is held in an old typical Barbaricina house with an outdoor courtyard and an inner cellar. You will be delighted in the preparation of cheese, fresh pasta, and bread and will become confident with the ancient craft and tools.
In the afternoon, after a typical lunch with the family, you will be escorted for a walking tour of the surroundings and a stroll through the museum trail, along the streets of the historic district, visiting old houses, the Spanish prison from 15th Century A.D. and meeting artisans and locals.
You will stay overnight in the mountain resort.
Drive north to explore the Punic-Roman ruins of Tharros and the snow-white beaches and bird-filled lagoons of the Sinis Peninsula. Later on, reach the ancient ‘borgo’ of Riola Sardo and visit an oil maker producing valuable oils enriched with spontaneous herbs and typical Sardinian fruits and modern packaging.
You will spend the night in the Sinis area, at a charming house restored following the principles of organic architecture. In this hotel, located in a rural area, you can feel the spirit and the elegance of the ancient culture, you can breath an atmosphere of the past, and you can enjoy the real, authentic Sardinia.
After breakfast, drive to the pastel-colored, alley-woven Bosa and its crowning glory castle, then go on a dramatic coastal drive to Alghero. The town radiates a Spanish air, its honey-colored seawalls enclosing cobbled lanes and Gothic palazzi. Take a passeggiata or stroll along the historic center and the seafront.
After breakfast, drive to Cagliari International Airport Elmas (CAG) with an en-route stop to Santa Cristina, an important Nuragic complex whose extraordinary Bronze Age ‘tempio a pozzo’ (sacred well and temple) is one of the best preserved in the Mediterranean Sea. The worship of water was a fundamental part of the Nuragic religious practice.
Among the places you will be visiting are:
This retreat will be held in Sardinia, Italy. Sardinia is blessed with an incredibly sunny climate, it is Italy's most undiscovered region. Holidays in Sardinia can take place all year round. The weather is a pleasure in Sardinia and summer lasts from April to November, it rains very little during this period. The interior can be even drier than on the coast.
This is one of the most scenic parts of Europe with a beautiful rocky coast, islands everywhere, and the Mediterranean at its most emerald green. Interspersed among the rocks are seductive beaches that are sometimes pelted by dry winds.
Sardinia (in Latin and English, Sardegna in Italian, Sardigna, Sardinna, or Sardinnia in the Sardinian language, Sardenya in Catalan) is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, at the center of the basin, directly south of Corsica (France) but north of Tunisia. It has an area of 24,090 square kilometer and a population of 1.6 million. It was called "Ichnusa" by the Phoenicians and "Sandalyon" by the Greeks because of its unique footprint shape.
Among the many attractions of this ancient and mysterious island, Cagliari, the capital, is not to be missed. Sardinia is where is where you can find Gothic, Roman, and Phoenician treasures that are wonderfully blended within this modern and vibrant crossroads. Africa, Spain, Italy, and France have all exerted enormous influence on Sardinia. Sardo is not, in fact, a dialect of Italian. It is a distinct language that originates from early Latin with a strong resemblance to Catalan.
Although Sardinia is politically part of Italy, like its language, its history and culture developed on its own. Sardinia existed 600 million years ago, when the Alps and mainland Italy were not yet formed. Inhabited since the dawn of mankind, Sardinia is covered with remains of lost civilizations, most a mystery to this day.
Underground temples, ziggurats, mysterious objects, and dwellings whose proportions are attributed to a mythological race of giants, honeycomb the land. Today, its people are simple, pure, and hardy. You will enjoy meeting them as much as they will enjoy you. Its distinctive cuisine and wines are brutally honest yet delicious and you will relish these as well.
You will also discover that pink is the dominant color of Sardinia. Pink sands and flamingos line the coast just as wild peonies rise at whim throughout the rugged interior.
A total of six breakfasts and four dinners are included in the price of this tour. A winery visit with a walking tour in the vineyards and wine tasting as well as cheese making and tasting are also included. You will also have lunch and have a cooking class with a local family.