Great architecture in Sardinia, Italy. Flickr:Carlos Llamas

Hiking the Costa Verde Walking Tour in Sardinia, Italy.

Costa Verde - Sardinia

Italy Hiking + Walking Tours

A Southwest Sardinia guided or self-guided hiking experience

  • La Costa Verde is the perfect setting for this week-long hiking holiday in Sardinia. Remote, sparsely inhabited, with long golden beaches and stunning mountains, this is a paradise for those who love nature, sea, and seclusion. Amid stunning Mediterranean scenery, you walk at your own pace on picturesque wooded trails and remote mountain passes, with the sea always glistening in the distance.

    You begin your hike in the peaceful foothills of the Sulcis Mountains in the southwest of the island, in a family-run ‘Agriturismo’ farm that produces wine, organic vegetables, cured meats, and mouth-watering homemade pasta. Your hiking excursion will end on the lower slopes of Mt Linas, in another local agriturismo, just past the sleepy village of Fluminimaggiore.

    Highlights:

    • La Costa Verde: Remote, sparsely inhabited
    • Long golden sandy beaches and evergreen hills
    • Picturesque wooded tracks following abandoned miner’s trails
    • Remote mining villages and secluded valleys
    • Family-run ‘Turismo Rurale’, with mouth-watering homemade food and great hospitality
    • Sun terraces overlooking uninterrupted views of La Costa Verde
    • The magnificent sand dunes of Piscinas .. up to 50 meters in places
    • Ghostly towns and ruins

    This tour is offered as guided or self-guided! Whether you walk with a guide or on your own, you will enjoy mouth-watering homemade food and great hospitality. This truly is a fantastic holiday in one of the most remote and beautiful parts of Sardinia.

    If Sardinia is not on your bucket list for hiking, we have other destinations and hiking tours!

  • Self-guided:
    Double/twin: $ 1794 £ 948 $ 1,608 1090 $ 1866 kr 11732 $ 1,232 Single supplement: $ 247 £ 130 $ 221 150 $ 257 kr 1615 $ 170 Guided: 
    Double/twin: $ 2386 £ 1261 $ 2,139 1450 $ 2482 kr 15607 $ 1,639 Single supplement: $ 280 £ 148 $ 251 170 $ 291 kr 1830 $ 192

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    The most convenient airport for this trip is Cagliari (CAG).

    Local Travel

    Airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 8 are included in your tour price. Flights are available daily for most of the year but there is often a reduced schedule between October and April. There are also flights to Alghero (AHO) in the north of the island and to Olbia. If flying into Alghero/Olbia there are buses and trains between Alghero/Olbia in the north and the meeting point of Cagliari in the south. Cost is approximately 20 Euros and takes around 2.5 – 4 hours.

    Climate

    Sardinia enjoys plenty of hot sunshine and blue skies throughout the year, especially during the summer months with temperatures sometimes going up to as high as 40° C (104° F), so keep this in mind for summer bookings. There is very low rainfall per annum, and the sun usually arrives in April and extends into October. Spring and autumn are ideal time for exploring the richness of Sardinia’s wilderness when the temperatures tend to hover around 20-25° C (68-77° F). At the beginning and end of the season (in March and late October) the weather can be a little less predictable and there could be some cooler days.

    Remarks

    Travel insurance is mandatory on this tour and details of your chosen policy including policy name, number and 24 hr medical emergency telephone number for your insurance provider will be requested.

    Documents

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Skill Level

This tour is rated moderate. You will be walking across an ever-changing landscape, along different types of routes, varying from mountain paths to forests. You pass through deep gorges and over sandy beaches offering you new challenges as the days go by. You will be walking along rocky, and uneven footpaths and mule tracks with very few small gravel roads. At the beginning of your tour, you will encounter gentle hills. As the tour continues, the itinerary involves sections that traverse a rough limestone terrain and will entail scrambling over and around large boulders and through granite rock formations. The landscape becomes increasingly wilder and you can expect some challenging ascents and descents. This tour is for a hiker with experience who walks regularly and loves nature. It is not a walk for those who love village/town center stays with exciting nightlife. At the very beginning and end of the season, tourism tends to be quiet and, although that means some of the facilities aren’t at full capacity, you will have the routes largely to yourself and can experience the island away from any crowd.

Where You’ll Stay

You will enjoy a range of small 3* hotels or when possible, an agriturismo (small rural guesthouses). The carefully selected hosts will ensure you are greeted with a warm welcome at the end of a day’s trek. We can provide you a list of preferred hotels/agriturismos on request, though final hotel list will be based on availability.

What’s Included

Self Guided

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Local representative (with welcome meeting)
  • Detailed route notes and maps
  • Luggage transfers
  • Airport transfer on scheduled arrival day from Cagliari airport (CAG)
  • Airport transfer on scheduled departure day to Cagliari airport (CAG)

Guided:

  • All of the above plus one walking guide
  • Support Vehicle

What’s Not Included

  • Any meal not indicated as included
  • Any service not indicated as included such as entrance fees, etc.
  • Any beverages with the included meals (except during breakfast)
  • Gratuities for guide(s) and support vehicle driver on the guided option
  • Detailed maps and route descriptions on a guided tour
  • Travel Insurance (mandatory, and must include repatriation)
  • Airport transfers on days or Airports other than the scheduled arrival/departure days
TourHike & Walk
TypeBoth
SkillModerate
Length8 days
From1090 Rates
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Tour Dates

2020

Self-guided: Daily departures between March and October, excluding July and August
Guided: Departures on request generally with a minimum of 5 people

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Costa Verde - Sardinia Map

Self-guided

Day 1: Arrival in Cagliari and transfer to Montevecchio
Day 2: Loop walk from Montevecchio Sanna Mines or Mt. Arcuentu, 5 or 6.2 mi. (8 or 10 km)
Day 3: Montevecchio - Piscinas, 11 mi. (18 km)
Day 4: Rest day
Day 5: Piscinas - Sibiri, 13 mi. (20 km)
Day 6: Rocce Blanche - Fluminimaggiore, 13 mi. (20 km)
Day 7: Fighezia - Portixeddu Beach, 8 - 9 mi. (12 or 15 km)
Day 8: Departure

Day 1: Arrival in Cagliari
Arrive in Cagliari airport and you will be transferred to your first accommodation in Montevecchio where you will be briefed on the trip. (D)

Overnight: Montevecchio

Day 2: Loop walk from Montevecchio Sanna Mines or Mt. Arcuentu, 5 or 6.2 mi. (8 or 10 km)
Depending on how you feel, you have a choice of two walks today:

OPTION A: A gentle start to your walking holiday, setting off from La Miniera Fiorita, you follow old miners’ trails past abandoned mine buildings and through lush vegetation. As the route is not overly long, you have plenty of 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. It is likely that you will see some Sardinian deer during your walks. In the afternoon you can visit the museum in Montevecchio, a historical account of the mining tradition of this area. 

OPTION B: For those feeling more energetic, today you explore Mt. Arcuentu range, a volcanic landform that rises quite dramatically from the Campidano Plans. After a short transfer, the walk starts on a gentle path through the Spanish broom, to then become steeper as you reach the sacred basalt summit. A shrine nestled in the dense Holm oak wood and the 360-degree views, make it a truly remarkable place. The descent is across pastureland all the way to your accommodation in Montevecchio. (B, L, D)

Overnight: Montevecchio

Day 3: Montevecchio -  Piscinas, 11 mi. (18 km) 
From Montevecchio, you head towards the coast on gently meandering footpaths through dense shrub and past shepherd holdings. The path reaches Riu Irvi, an iron colored stream you will cross several times before reaching the majestic sand dunes of Piscinas, one of the biggest in Europe that stretches for several kilometers along the Costa Verde. Coated in juniper and Mediterranean scrub, the dunes reach heights of up to 50 meters in places. A short section will lead you to your next accommodation. (B, L, D). 

Overnight: Arbus

Day 4: Rest day 
Time to relax, or if you wish more coastal walks available. (B)

Overnight: Arbus
 

Day 5: Piscinas - Sibiri, 13 mi. (20 km) 
Today you head inland, following a river upstream through a small canyon before ascending through Mediterranean scrub to a former railway. You pass buildings that reflect the richness of industrial archaeology of this area, the Brassey washery, named after its English owner, the Viscount of Brasse, Pozzo Gal, a well-reserved shaft recently opened as a multi-media museum. Walking through Ingurtosu Village, you can admire the interesting architecture of the Administrative offices. Taking a network of goat tracks will lead you to your next Agriturismo accommodation where a delightful meal awaits.  (B, L, D)

Overnight: Arbus

Day 6: Rocce Bianche – Fluminimaggiore, 13 mi. (20 km)   
You will start off with a transfer, to the start of a mountain trail close to Mt Linas. This route was once the “smugglers way”, used by cattle thieves to transport their stolen animals down to the coast. The initial climb is gradual, following a tight valley and narrow stream, then walking through mountain pastures and meadows, finally reaching Planucheddu (630 meters) from where you will have a breathtaking 360 degrees view of all the Sulcis Iglesiente range. Take time to fully absorb the vista and catch your breath, as you will then embark on a rewarding 10 km descent into the sleepy town of Fluminimaggiore. This is the first time during this trip that you come into a village. After a short coffee break and a quick visit of the interesting wall paintings known as “murales”, the last section of the walk is towards the coast, along the fertile Flumini valley, along country lanes, past olive plantations and vineyards. Your next accommodation is not far from the long and sandy beach of Portixeddu. (B, L, D)

Overnight: Fluminimaggiore

Day 7: Fighezia - Portixeddu Beach, loop walk, 8 - 9 mi. (12-15 km)  
Your final day walk will lead you to the coast again and the long sandy beach of Portixeddu. Here you have the option to take an easy stroll along the long sandy beach towards Buggerru or to follow the trails along the rocky promontory towards Capo Pecora. Returning to your Agriturismo, you finish with another mouth-watering meal in the good company of your localhost, Francesco and his family. (B, L, D)

Overnight: Fluminimaggiore

Day 8: Departure   (B)
After breakfast, You will be provided a transfer to your accommodation and to the airport for your flight home.

Guided

Day 1: Arrival in Cagliari
Day 2: Loop Piscinas Irgas waterfalls, 11 mi. (17 km)
Day 3: Muru Mannu to Sibiri, 12 mi. (20 km)
Day 4: Sibiri - Piscinas sand dunes, 8 mi. (15 km)
Day 5: Capo Pecora Loop, 8 mi. (13 km)
Day 6: Rest day
Day 7: Cala Domestica - Porto Flavia, 8 mi. (15 km)
Day 8: Departure

Day 1: Arrival in Cagliari
Arrival at Cagliari airport and transfer to your first accommodation in the Sulcis Mountains at Samassi and your agriturismo where you will be briefed on the trip. (D)

Overnight: Samassi

Day 2: Loop walk from Samassi,  Piscinas Irgas waterfalls, 11 mi. (17 km)
A gentle start to your walking holiday, as setting off directly from your accommodation, you follow an old shepherd’s trails through a granite landscape and lush Mediterranean vegetation. The trail enters Riu Irgas gorge, and leads past crystal clear pools and many little waterfalls. It is like entering a Zen garden! Gradually climbing through the gorge, you reach Piscinas Irgas waterfall, in all its cascading beauty! Returning along a well-marked path, you head back to the accommodation for a relaxing drink and a well-deserved dinner. (5.5 hours walking) (B, L, D)

Overnight: Samassi

Day 3: Muru Mannu - Sibiri, 12 mi. (20 km)
Today you explore the slopes of Mt Lina's range. Starting from the accommodation, the walk starts on a gentle path through Spanish Broom, to then become steeper as you reach Punta Miali, just above the Muru Mannu waterfall. Then, continuing upward, vistas open up on all sides, as you hike pass remote goat and pig farms. Entering the dense oak forest, you will trek on trails that were once used by foresters and hunters. Arriving at your next destination, you will be welcomed by the hospitality of Marco and Paola. (6 hours walking) (B, L, D)

Overnight: Arbus

Day 4: Sibiri - Piscinas sand dunes, 8 mi. (15 km)
Today begins with a short transfer to Bidderdi Pass, from which you enter old mining territory and follow ancient miner’s trails. You hike an area that reflects the richness of industrial archaeology of this area, the Brassey washery, named after its English owner, the Viscount of Brassey,  Pozzo Gal, a well-preserved shaft recently opened as a multi-media museum. Following the valley of mining debris, the landscape will start changing… Mediterranean shrub coated hills will be replaced by high golden sand dunes, finally reaching the coast of Piscinas. A well-deserved rest and then a transfer back to the agriturismo. (5 hours walking) (B, L, D)

Overnight: Fluminimaggiore

Day 5: Capo Pecora Loop, 8 mi. (13 km)
Starting directly from the Agriturismo you follow an open track leading towards the sand dunes of Shivu. Leaving the main route you walk a goat track, cutting through the Mediterranean shrub and reaching a remote sheep/goat farm. If the shepherd is around, you can stop for a chat and a taste of their homemade cheese. From here you start a climb, gradually getting closer to the coast, and to the viewing point over Capo Pecora. From the old military watchtower, the views are stunning. You have the option of taking the coastal path, taking you close to the cliffs and through what is called the “granite garden” or a more direct route through farming land to end at Capo Pecora. Here a transfer will transport back to Portixeddu Beach.
for a swim and some relaxing time at the bar with cool drinks (B, L, D)

Overnight: Fluminimaggiore

Day 6: Rest day
Rest day or short coastal beach stroll of Portixeddu. (B, D)

Overnight: Fluminimaggiore

 Day 7: Fighezia - Cala Domestica coastline, 8 mi. (15 km)
After a short transfer to Buggeru, you follow a goat’s trail through Mediterranean shrub overlooking the coast, leading to the idyllic little sandy cove of Cala Domestica. From here you will follow a well-marked path along the limestone cliffs, overlooking the Mediterranean sea. Towering above the limestone island of Pan di Zucchero, you have views extending as far as the southern islands of St Antioco and San Pietro. Descending to the coast, you arrive at Porto Flavia, from where you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel in Cagliari (4.5 hours walking). A short walk through the old part
of Cagliari to admire the Cathedral and the ramparts of “Il Castello”, is a great way to finish before enjoying our last meal in Sardinia. (B, L) 

Overnight: Cagliari

Day 8: Departure

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