Hiking & Gourmet. Spring 2020. Sardinia’s West coast.
Hiking & Gourmet is an active tourism program that is carried out in spring with several local experts on the environment and outdoor activities.You’ll spend five days immersed in culture, botany, archaeology and cooking.
Hiking: Sinis, Montiferru, Marmilla and Costa Verde. You be led to discover an unspoiled Sardinia, in search of the most spectacular landscapes. Wherever you go, you will be envelopped by beautiful flowers that fill Sardinia with their intense aromas and vibrant colours each spring.
And that’s not all : what makes these hiking activities unique are the several archaeological ruins from people who lived in Sardinia millennia ago. It’s the sole land of the nuraghes, the domus de janas, the graves of giants, of the sacred wells and unique bronze and stone sculptures. They are extraordinary and intriguing because of their past and the mystery behind their actual meaning.
Gourmet: at the end of the day, as part of the cooking class, you’ll be taught how to make traditional dishes and have the opportunity to taste typical wines from across the region.
Limolo Activities ASD is based in Cabras; it promotes active and sustainable ecotourism programs (hiking, trekking, sailing etc. ) that shares a love and appreciation of the mid-west coast of Sardinia.
Day one. Hiking along Cabras’ salt lake.
Day 1: Arrival at Limolo B&B, Cabras (Oristano) by mid-morning. You’ll be welcomed and settled in to your rooms. We’ll start with a brief hike.
Cabras’salt lake. Let’s start from the B&B and walk along the banks of the salt lake.
Flora and fauna: marsh grasses, reed beds, fish and birds.
Culture and traditions related to the lake. Natural products and processing.
The weaving in craft baskets uses traditional and modern design. The “gold of Cabras”: the bottarga.
Duration two hours. Difficulty level: easy.
Aperitif at sunset by the pond with bottarga. Dinner based on fish and local products dal B&B.
Day two. Hiking along the Sinis Coast – Maldiventre Marine Procteted Area.
The path expands through the maquis and the quartz sands, with pink, purple and yellow flowers stippling the place.
The archaeological remains along the path are a sign of the past of the native Sardinians and all the other Mediterranean people come in this part of Sardinia. The blue Sinis sea is the background. We will either explore Cape San Marco through the surrounding path or cover the Oasis of Seu, Mari Erm by hiking along the quartz beaches.
Is Arutas, Mai Moni and the Sudingiosu cliffs. Estimated time: 4 hours. Difficulty level: easy. Meal: light lunch. Next to the path, there are other interesting sites you can visit upon agreement with the guide. These are the Phoenician and Punic city of Tharros, the San Giovanni church,
the San Salvatore hypogeum. You will also have the chance to go up the hill of the nuraghe, which overlooks the entire area. Afternoon off. A visit to an age-old olive grove. The end of the afternoon will be spent strolling around age-old olive trees and tasting Evo Oil and Carasau bread as aperitifs at Tanca Barbarossa estate. Dinner: Cooking lesson: dishes made on local meats and products, typical Sardinian recipes and modern re-adaptations.
Day three. Hiking in Marmilla, Giara di Gesturi Plateau.
Marmilla is a region of gentle hills in the Sardinian hinterland.
We will get up to the Giara Plateau through one of the less frequently utilized approaches , the rocky stairway used in
the past by the charcoal burners, that runs through a wood of holm oaks covered in thriving moss and lichens and colored by cyclamens. We will reach the plateau flowering with asphodels, marigolds, wild orchids and white aquatic buttercups marshes covering the ponds. We will walk along the paths beaten by wild horses, that can be observed in their natural habitat. Light lunch will be provided. Duration: 4 hours. Difficulty: easy. On the way back, visit to a unique and spectacular archeological site: a very special Domus de Janas (prehistorical and mysterious “house of fairies”). Dinner: fresh pasta and the most typical Sardinian dish, roast piglet
Day four. Stacks and flowers at the slopes of Montiferru.
We’ll be walking on the rocky coast, which was molded by the trickling lava of Montiferru. Beginning from the Foghe tower (north), we’ll cross the path through the coast, reach the Spanish Towers and then come to the ridge by the sea. A natural palette with the colors of the poppies, the blooming cistuses and the spring grasses / grass. We’ll also trek in one of the least known Sardinian stretches of coast, moving among the flowers and the sea, And watching little gems of untouched sand, nestled by basalt and sandstone rocks in plates and fissures. Time estimated / duration: 4 hours. Difficulty level: easy (height / level, though, may vary). Light Lunch: a local recipe, the Cuglieri panada. On the way home, we’ll admire a thousand-year old olive-tree during a short stop. Cooking lesson: local food, such as meat, seasonal vagetables and wild plants for dinner.
Day five. Costa Verde. Ingurtosu’s mines. Dunes and flowers.
A final morning stroll around old mines and washer buildings, exploring the sand dunes and admiring the junipers in Ingortusu. Flowers in the desert.
Time estimated: 4 hours or so.
Light lunch before heading to the Elmas airport. Departure estimated time: evening.
Where you are going to sleep: Accomodation
Dates and costs
Indicative costs per person:
-€140 (five guided walks)
-€145 (four nights In Bed & Breakfast (double room)
-€20 for night (supplement for single room)
– €170 (four dinners with cooking lessons, three aperitifs, six light lunches)
– €70 (Limolo membership)
Not included are: flight and transportation to and from Cabras, and costs to reach the trekking locations, admission tickets to museums and archaeological sites (these visits need to be planned in advance). Transportation costs will be calculated on the basis of group size and needs, with rental of a minibus or cars directly rented by the participants. You are invited to contact us to verify details and precise costs according to your needs and wishes.
What we are you goingo to eat
The level of difficulty can be adjusted with the guide in advance to suit participants’ abilities. Generally, we have easy to normal level treks, where a minimal previous trekking experience is required. If you’d like any alterations in difficulty level or activities, this can easily be arranged. All participants must have got a sport enabling certificate from the general practitioner. All of them will be given a membership card to the Limolo Activities ASD Sport Association.
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