Preliminary day-by-day program
You ride about 5 hours a day and return every night to your hotel in Sant'Antioco.
Day 1 - Arrival
Transfer from the airport Cagliari to the hotel “I Colori” (or similar) in Sant’Antioco. Dinner in the Restaurant “Agrifoglio” with typical local products.
Day 2 - Shades of blue between lake and sea
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 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
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
Your 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
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
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 for dinner at restaurant Da Silvana.
Day 7 - South Coast of Sardinia
Set off 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. Dinner at Agrofoglio in San Giovanni Suergiu which uses all its own produce.
Day 8 - Departure
After breakfast you are transferred to the airport in Cagliari.