From the mountains to the sea
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. The Sinis is a natural reserve home to thousands of pink flamingo and a wealth of other birdlife. It is a remarkable example of low impact fishing activity on the local environment, where we found some very charming accommodation to make this tour memorable.
- The Montiferru Mountain range
- The cliffs of Su Tingiosu
- Sinis wetlands wildlife
- Fishermen villages of Putzu Idu and Cabras
- The charming accommodations
In the cost summary you pay 25% of the tour now and the balance later. 100% bike rental now.
1st day: tour start day
Private transfer or independent arrival to our hotel in Santu Lussurgiu, overnight.
2nd day: Santu Lussurgiu – 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 this village, the church and springs are interesting. Another mix of road walking, tracks and paths will get you back to Santulussurgiu. 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.
3rd day: Santu Lussurgiu – Santa Caterina di Pittinuri (22km/7h)
The route descents from the village of Santu Lussurgiu, laid in the Montiferru Moutains, to Santa Caterina di Pittinuri, located right on the sea. You will be crossing oak forests, olive groves and quiet pastures.
4th day: Santa Caterina di Pittinuri – Putzu Idu (16km/5h)
Optional hike to the popular natural arch of S’Archittu in the morning. You then 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 light house and the ancient Spanish watchtowers. Your base tonight is Putzu Idu, a village located on a stretch of coast often visited by the strong Mistral wind which made it a popular spot for sailing and surfing.
5th day: Putzu Idu – San Salvatore Sinis (18km/5,5h)
The day starts walking on the amazing cliffs of Su Tingiosu, 6 km of limestone plenty of bird nests. The cliffs end in the beautiful quartz beaches of Is Aruttas and Mari Ermi whose sand is made of little grains of quartz quite similar to rice seeds. In the final part of your day, you move inland, crossing artichoke and wheat fields to arrive in San Salvatore Sinis, famous for its church erected over an hypogeum.
6th day: Tharros loop (15km/4,5h)
A day trip walking across fields and by the side of the lagoon to San Giovanni, on to the interesting site of Tharros, dating 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 right for a loop around the Capo S Marco using the smaller footpaths that skirt the coastline.
7th day: Cabras loop (10km/3h)
A pleasant path lead you out of San Salvatore to Cabras, 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 above all its Bottarga, the cured roe of mullet. Don’t miss the fresh fish, the Bottarga and the Vernaccia wine.
8th day: end of tour
After breakfast, end of services.