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Southern Sardinia

Overview

Our new ride on the island of Sardinia is situated at its southern most point, close to the small islands of Sant'Antioco and Pietro, which lie just off the coast. Rides take you across to the island of Sant'Antioco as well as exploring the main island of Sardinia. Trails take you along the wild be…

Highlights

  • Ride along beautiful beaches and coastlines
  • Look out for pink flamingoes!
  • Explore ancient archaeological sites from horseback
  • Enjoy beautiful views across the Mediterranean
  • Dine on delicious local seafood

Essential Facts

  • 1 itinerary available
  • Max 8 riders per group
  • Average of 5 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: 95kg / 15 stone / 210 lbs

Description

Our new ride on the island of Sardinia is situated at its southern most point, close to the small islands of Sant'Antioco and Pietro, which lie just off the coast. Rides take you across to the island of Sant'Antioco as well as exploring the main island of Sardinia. Trails take you along the wild beaches of Sant'Antioco where you can be fascinated by the extraordinary inlets such as Cala Domestica; or you can ride under the shadows of ancestral rocks at the Temple of Antas or experience the eerie silence of the abandoned mines. There are peaceful rides along lake shores or challenging rides through dense woodland at Santadi.

The family run riding school has been operating since 1978 and has now branched out to include adventurous week-long trails for capable riders. Originally established by Candido, who is known across the island for his horse knowledge, the rides are now predominantly guided by his son, Manolo. Both of them are professional guides and Candido is still on hand to assist his son when required. They have spent many years discovering the most beautiful and hidden corners of Sardinia and take pleasure in sharing these places with their guests.

They have 25 horses which all live outdoors with free access to fodder and water - they don't have any stables. This natural lifestyle enables all the horses to have a happy outlook and enjoy their work.

Horses & Riding

Tack

Comfortable English or Endurance style saddles are used.

Horses

The horses are a mixture of Arabian x Sardian crossbreeds and Sardian horses. There are around 25 horses and they all live outdoors in a herd with free access to fodder and water. They are of sound mind with good temperaments and enjoy their lives.

Riding

There is 1 itinerary:

  • Two Islands Trail is a trail ride

Ages

No age limit within reason

Weight

95kg / 15 stone / 210 lbs

Food & Accommodation

Food

All meals are included.

Dinners are taken at agriturismo or local restaurants and include authentic Sardinian specialities which are based on local produce. Meals generally include a variety of antipasti, pasta, fish or meat and dessert along with wine and water.

Lunches are picnics served on tables with chairs and cutlery. A selection of fresh breads, salad, cheese, olives, cold cuts and Sardinian specialities along with wine, water and other soft drinks. Coffee or tea is available on request. NB. Wine at lunches is boxed and not bottled for ease of transport.

Accommodation

You stay in the Hotel I Colori on Sant'Antioco in double/twin rooms with private bathrooms. There is a swimming pool and a spa with sauna, turkish bath and hydromassage.

Itineraries

Two Islands Trail Standard accommodation.

Other Activities

The island of Sardinia has many non-riding activities on offer, particularly kite surfing and water-based sports, but this trail is aimed at riders.

Travel

The nearest airport is Cagliari which is well served by both mainstream and economy airlines, such as British Airways, EasyJet and RyanAir.

There are set-time transfers arranged for both arrival and departure days, so please plan your flight times in accordance with these;

On arrival: Group set-time transfers no later than 07:00 pm.
On departure: Group set-time transfer leaving the hotel at 09:00 am and arriving at Cagliari airport at 10:00 am (flights to depart after 12 pm).

Itinerary & Pricing

Day 1 - Arrival

Riding: No riding.

Transfer from Cagliari airport to your hotel in Sant'Antioco (I Colori or similar). Have a locally produced dinner with the group at the restaurant Agrifoglio before retiring to bed.

Day 2 - Shades of blue between lake and sea

Riding: 5 hours

Meet the horses and set off riding in the direction of the sea and towards Saint Antioco's salt works. Follow the riverbed to the small village of Palmas Vecchio where you can admire the church built 1000 years ago. Continue riding to the artificial lake of Tratalias from where there is an amazing panoramic view with the lake in the foreground and the coast in the distance.

Return to the stables through the Middle Age village of Tratalias Vecchia. A lovely scenic ride between native vegetation and the blue notes of the lake and sea.

Dinner at the restaurant Da Silvana which specialises in fish and seafood before returning to your hotel to overnight.

Day 3 - Eastern coast of S.Antioco Island

Riding: 5 hours

Transfer to the area of the ex quarries of Palmas where you unload the horses and mount up. Ride to the beautiful beach of Maladroxia through the mediterranean vegetation until reaching the wild beach of Coe' Cuaddus in the south of the island. Continue to Turri with its majestic 700 year old tower which dominates the headland and the numerous bays - some sandy and some rocky.

Leave this beautiful view behind you and turn inland to reach the valley of Cannai before heading back to your starting point.

Day 4 - West coast of S.Antioco island

Riding: 5 hours

Your second trail on the island of S. Antioco starts at the fountain of Cannai which is an ancient animal drinking trough in the valley of Cannai. Ride past the ruins of Su Semafuru, a historic lighthouse above the bay of Palmas, from where you can enjoy unique panoramic views across the sea. Continue riding across mediterranean vegetation to Portu Sciusciau on the coast with a beautiful view of the cavern of Sirene. Visit the village of Grutti'e Acqua and the grave of the giant placed in Su Niu'e su Crobu. Return through the beautiful bay of Calasapone with its arms of cliff that hug the sea and draw it into a charming cove from where it's possible to view multicoloured sunsets.

Dinner in a local restaurant with fresh fish.

Day 5 - Monte Suergiu and the islands of Sulcis

Riding: 5 hours

Today you ride on the mountain of Suergiu which offers priceless views of the Sulcis archipelago. Stop near the Domus de Janas - ancient tombs carved into the rock - on Crobu's mountain and climb onto the summit of Suergiu (400m above sealevel). From the green paths on this hill you have breathtaking views over the sea, S. Antioco and S. Pietro islands and the private island of Piana along with other islets in the archipelago.

Return to have dinner in the Pizzeria di Renzo e Rita.

Day 6 - Views in front of Saint Pietro island

Riding: 5 hours

From the stables, ride to the ancient fishing village of Is Loccis Santus and alongside some Domus de Janas - some are over 8000 years old - and head towards the sea. Ride from the Punta e'Trettu through Corongiuali to arrive at Brunca e Teula where you walk along the seashore. Ride the little beaches and sandy shores and head inland for amazing views of the Saint Pietro island which is close by. Savour the scent of the sea's fresh breeze as you return to the stables for dinner at restaurant Da Silvana.

Day 7 - South Coast of Sardinia

Riding: 5 hours

Set off from the stables and follow a local river towards the sea and the windy inlet of Porto Botte which is particularly loved by kite surfers. Continue to Is Solinas, another lovely beach before riding further to the romantic bay of Su Portu e Su Trigu. Finally arrive on the well known beach of Porto Pino characterised by white sands and dunes that have UNESCO heritage status. You may see flamingoes here as you ride between the coastal vineyards, green junipers and Aleppo pines before returning to the stables.

Dinner at Agrofoglio in San Giovanni Suergiu which uses all its own produce.

Day 8 - Departure

Riding: No riding.

After breakfast you are transferred to the airport in Cagliari.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

You should be at least an intermediate rider who is comfortable in all paces and experience riding outdoors. The terrain is varied and allows for long trots and canters, so you should be riding fit.

Minimum group size 3
Maximum group size 8
Departure windows

Feb. 12, 2022 - Feb. 19, 2022

March 5, 2022 - March 12, 2022

March 19, 2022 - March 26, 2022

April 2, 2022 - April 9, 2022

April 16, 2022 - April 23, 2022

April 30, 2022 - May 7, 2022

May 21, 2022 - May 28, 2022

June 4, 2022 - June 11, 2022

Oct. 1, 2022 - Oct. 8, 2022

Oct. 15, 2022 - Oct. 22, 2022

Oct. 29, 2022 - Nov. 5, 2022

Pricing

2022
Rider, single
£1445 $1750 €1680
2022
Rider, sharing
£1325 $1605 €1540
Included 7 nights accommodation, 6 days riding, all meals from dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure, Cagliari airport transfers at set times, daily support vehicle
Not included Flights, insurance, tips, drinks

Extras

2022 - Small Group Supplement £172 $205 €200
Paid to Far and Ride
To guarantee the trail for 2 riders
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.