Horse Riding Holidays, Sardinia
Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean lying just west of Italy and below the French island of Corsica. It has approximately 1800 kilometres of spectacular coastline. For thousands of years Sardinia was plundered by invaders from the sea so until recently there were very few villages built along the coast. However, the coastline is one of Europe's finest and the transparent waters teem with fish and shellfish. Consequently, during recent years Sardinia has become a popular destination for those who love aquatic sports and seaside holidays. However, the Sardinians are particularly proud of their horse heritage and horse riding is becoming popular once more and is available to riders wishing to holiday here.
The Sardinian landscape is unique with much diversity and is spectacular for horse riders. There are broad valleys which turn into golden oceans of wheat in the summer and rugged mountains which are home to flocks of sheep that feed on the pungent wild herbs and which produce a wonderful cheese. Amongst the mountains are hidden caves and archeological ruins as well as abundant olive groves now silent. Few foreigners brave the mysterious centre of the island but it is a great place to explore from the back of a horse.
Sardinia has always been a land of horses and riders whose deeds send us back to the splendour of the reign of Eleonora D'Arborea. The horse tournament of the Sartiglia held in Oristano during the Carnival period, the Ardia of Sedilo, is a pagan race in honour of Emperor Costantino and is one of the celebrations held today to honour the horse and to mark its importance to the island. In fact, Sardinia has a folk festival for every month of the year with plenty of singing, dancing and free food.
Getting to this wonderful island is now easy with two low cost airlines flying into two of the island's airports. Flights are now very cheap and plentiful making Sardinia accessible to all travellers. It is a beautiful and fascinating island with so much to offer.
See our horse riding holidays in Sardinia below.
Alghero Country Hotel, Sardinia
The hotel is distinguished by its history, its location and the care that the property and staff has dedicated to guests. The hotel offers various types of sporting activities, including tennis and swimming, alongside the horse riding. The riding stables are located adjacent to the hotel entrance and the horses can often be seen grazing in the fields which surround the hotel grounds. The stables are owned and run by qualified instructor Cosimo Guillot and have been affiliated with the FISE (Italian Federation of Equestrian Sport) since 1994. The riding centre offers tuition in many disciplines, as well as the trail riding, including jumping and endurance riding. Cosimo has extensive show jumping experience competing at a national level and he will plan and organise your horse riding programme with you.
Country and Beach Getaway, Sardinia
This peaceful country hotel is set by the Monte Ferru mountain, surrounded by quiet countryside and woodlands, and not far from the impressive coastline. Guests here can choose to have lessons, rides out from the stables or can take part in their special trail programme which leads you from the hotel to the sea, a distance of about 150km over five days. In order to offer beach riding to guests who would prefer not to do the full trail programme, there is now a secondary set of stables right next to the coast.
Sea & Pine Forest, Sardinia
A fantastic and diverse resort with something to offer everyone. Imagine riding in an immense pinewood, on the dunes that border the beach and the sea and looking up to admire the flight of rose flamingo. Horse riding can be tailored for your needs. There are lessons for beginners and more advanced tuition if required. You can enjoy gallops along the beach and explore the pine forests on horseback.