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Golden Dunes of the Costa Verde

Sardinia - from silver mountains to golden dunes
 
Quiet mountains commanding rewarding views, pristine beaches lapped by a sparkling sea, and warm hospitality complemented by dinners featuring locally-sourced ingredients make for a very enjoyable self-guided, hotel-to-hotel walking holiday on which your luggage is transported.
Golden Dunes of the Costa Verde. 7 nights
Golden Dunes of the Costa Verde. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday on Sardinia's Costa Verde

The delightfully quiet mountain range of Monte Linas slopes gently towards the sea, separated from the rest of the island by the Medio Campidano plain to the east, the Iglesiente Mountains to the south and Oristano to the north. Cloaked in dense oak forests roamed by Sardinian deer, this little-known area was once made rich by mineral mining.

Today, a rich flora and fauna, as well as surprising architectural gems, delight the eye, as inviting paths lead through this historic and haunting landscape towards the magnificence of the golden sand dunes of the Costa Verde. 
Family-run agriturismi (working farms) welcome walkers, serving home-grown, locally sourced produce that satisfies and fortifies.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
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  • Arrival in Portixeddu
    Night 1: at Hotel Sardus Pater (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Cala Domestica to Portixeddu: 13km, 4.5hrs; ascent 380m / descent 305m; shorter option with bus: 6km, 2hrs
    Take a short transfer to Cala Domestica (one of the most picturesque bays of southern Sardinia) to walk back across a limestone plateau above the dramatic coastline to the village of Buggerru (pronounced 'boo jerr oo'), where you can pause for lunch. Choose to continue on foot to Portixeddu or return by bus.
    Cala Domestica to Portixeddu: 13km
    Cala Domestica
  • Portixeddu to Ingurtosu: 12km, 4.5hrs; ascent 390m / descent 480m
    Leaving the Sardus Pater, you head north, parallel to the panoramic coastline, to reach the evocative headland of Capo Pecora. Your path continues to a small pass 200 metres above sea level, where a wonderful and far-reaching view emerges over the Costa Verde, with the prolific peak of Monte Arcentu in the background. A descent now beckons to the coastline at Scivu – a wild, sandy beach backed by sand dunes where you have time for a swim before your transfer arrives to take you to your next hotel, Sa Perda Marcada, near Ingurtosu.
    Portixeddu to Ingurtosu: 12km
    Looking towards Scivu on the walk from Portixeddu to Ingurtosu
  • Ingurtosu to Montevecchio: 16km, 5hrs; ascent 430m / descent 480m
    You follow old miners' trails past abandoned mine buildings and through lush vegetation to reach your next base. En route, you have time to explore the fascinating old zinc and lead mines – mineshafts with their original equipment, former factories and workers’ villages, all set amid lush holm and cork-oak woods, nowadays home to a colony of Sardinian deer. Your hotel for the next two nights is La Miniera Fiorita in Montevecchio, where you might like to visit the museum to learn more about mining and the wealth it brought to the island.
    Ingurtosu to Montevecchio: 16km
    Old mine buildings on the walk from Ingurtosu to Montevecchio
  • Circular walk from Montevecchio: 13.5km, 5hrs; ascent / descent 730m
    A demanding, but thoroughly rewarding, circuit starts with a transfer then leads through broom for the short but steep ascent through basalt walls to the legendary 'Mountain of Hercules', Monte Arcuente, a dormant volcano that boasts unrivalled views from its summit over western Sardinia. You descend gradually across pastureland back towards Montevecchio.
    Circular walk from Montevecchio: 13.5km
    Monte Arcuentu on the circular walk around Montevecchio
  • Montevecchio to Piscinas: 16.5km, 5hrs; ascent 195m / descent 540m (13.5km to Le Dune)
    You head towards the coast on gently meandering footpaths that criss-cross the glistening River Ruggeri and its wooded tributaries, whose waters change from milky white to rusty red from the residues of the mines upstream. Your destination is the immense Piscinas Beach and the wonderful sight of golden sand dunes. Here you spend your final two nights at the Residence Sciopadroxiu, or you can choose to upgrade to the luxurious Hotel Le Dune.
    Montevecchio to Piscinas: 16.5km
    Piscinas Beach
  • Circular walk around Piscinas: 10km, 3.5hrs; ascent / descent 310m (16km, 5.5hrs from Le Dune)
    A final circuit heads inland, following a river upstream through a small canyon before rising though Mediterranean scrub to join a disused railway. Continue towards the old village of Ingurtosu, passing buildings of great artistic industrial interest, such as the Brassey washery, named after its English owner, the Viscount of Brassey, and a multi-media museum (pay locally) dedicated to the area's rich industrial past.

    Alternatively, spend the day exploring the UNESCO-protected Piscinas dune range, one of the biggest in Europe that stretches for several kilometres along the Costa Verde. Coated in juniper and Mediterranean scrub, the dunes reach heights of up to 50 metres in places. It is not uncommon to spot Sardinian deer as you walk.
    Circular walk around Piscinas: 10km
 

Accommodation

You'll find a warm welcome at the friendly accommodation.

To make your holiday all the more special, opt for our upgrade hotel in Piscinas. Please indicate your preference at the time of booking.
 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 15 March 2020 - 30 June 2020 & 01 September 2020 - 30 October 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    15 Mar - 21 May 2020 £945 £200
    22 - 29 May 2020 £995 £210
    30 May - 23 Jun 2020 £1025 £210
    1 Sep - 23 Oct 2020 £995 £210
    3rd & 4th person discount -£10
    Single traveller supplement £10

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • 7 nights, staying in Hotel Le Dune (7 dinnners)

    14 April - 16 June & 1 - 29 September 2019 Price Single room
    14 April - 23 May £1090 £360
    24 May - 29 May £1125 £370
    30 May - 9 Jun £1160 £375
    1 Sep - 22 Sep £1175 £390

    Extra nights & room upgrades available - please contact us for details

  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Cagliari

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Cagliari (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Cagliari (via Munich) Lufthansa 
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    Glasgow - Cagliari (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Cagliari British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Cagliari (via Milan Linate) Alitalia 
    Heathrow - Cagliari (via Rome Fiumicino) Alitalia 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Cagliari Air Malta 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Cagliari easyJet,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Cagliari Ryanair 
    Manchester - Cagliari (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Manchester - Cagliari (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Cagliari

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    transfer Cagliari airport to hotel (1h30) £72 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    transfer hotel to Cagliari airport (2h) £63 flexible
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    5 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • transfers on Days 1, 2 & 4
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Italy, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The principal official language is Italian, though some regions have a second official language, such as South Tyrol, where German is widely spoken. The currency is the Euro. Italian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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