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South Sardinia

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Villasimius: Capo Carbonara Boat and Snorkeling Tour

1. Villasimius: Capo Carbonara Boat and Snorkeling Tour

Experience one of Sardinia's most pristine locations with a marine biologist as your guide. Tour the Marine Protected Area of Capo Carbonara on the southern tip of Villasimius to learn about the efforts to conserve the wildlife that now thrives on the islands of Cavoli and Serpentara. Reach the islands by boat and learn the meaning of Sites of Community Interest, or SCIs, that are crucial for the repopulation of maritime flora and fauna. Keep an eye out for the endangered Corsican seagull whose population has been recovering in this region. Next, don your snorkeling gear and take the opportunity to observe native species like octopuses, sponges, algae, and more. Learn from your guide about how the creatures are cared for here and see their fascinating behavior in their natural habitat.

Cagliari: Southwest Chia and Teulada Group Boat Tour

2. Cagliari: Southwest Chia and Teulada Group Boat Tour

Visit the hidden inlets of Chia and Teulada on the beautiful southern coast of Sardinia on this tour aboard an inflatable boat. Explore the coves and beaches that were twice named the most beautiful in Italy.  Traveling from the beach at Chia to Teulada, make several stops in between and enjoy different itineraries depending on the weather. Dive into the shimmering, crystal-clear blue color of the waters of Chia. Marvel at the peach-colored sand that complements the stunning water and the lush green juniper trees are scattered among the dunes. With a little luck, see dolphins doing their magnificent dance, observe colonies of seagulls, cormorants, flamingos, colorful fish, and sea turtles laying their eggs in the most secluded beaches.  One of the coves you’ll visit is Cala Cipolla (depending on the itinerary). From here, admire the lighthouse of Capo Spartivento. This cove offers one of the best places to snorkel in South Sardinia. Sail to Cape Teulada and Cala Zafferano to get perfect views of the natural landscapes (this is a military zone, and you can only swim around the boat).  Throughout your experience at Chia and Teulada, hear the stories, history, and tales of the area from your guide and enjoy a personalized experience. Standard itinerary departing from Chia (with normal sea and wind conditions):• Caletta del morto• Campana• Su Giudeu• Cala Cipolla• Capo Spartivento• Perdalonga• Tuerredda• Capo Malfatano• Piscinnì• Isola Rossa• Porto Scudo• Cala Zafferano

Cagliari: Quad Adventure Experience from Chia

3. Cagliari: Quad Adventure Experience from Chia

Live a memorable day while having fun and enjoying nature on a quad adventure under the guidance of an expert tour-escort. Cross pristine beaches and dirt paths, and admire breathtaking views onboard your quad. Upon arrival, you'll be given full instruction on handling the quad and all safety equipment will be provided. First, take a short trip to establish your confidence and then go on an amazing journey. Enjoy an authentic, exciting, and dynamic off-road experience on the powerful quads for 2 or 3 hours, depending on the option you choose. Drive through nature's twists and turns, among the vegetation and rocks modeled by time, and discover rare species and unique itineraries. Your local guide is happy to make the tour as personal as possible. He will assist you with his expertise and share interesting anecdotes for you before returning you back to the base camp.

From Cagliari: Chia Beaches Tour

4. From Cagliari: Chia Beaches Tour

Explore the West Coast of Sardinia, on a tour of the West Beaches. Soak up the sun on two beaches with completely different styles of sand and sea, and revel in the relaxed environment of the day. Depart from Cagliari along the road that connects it to Pula, crossing the lagoon of Santa Gilla. Continue towards the magnificent coastal town of Chia, with its splendid beaches, pink granite rocks, and emerald sea, immersed in the Mediterranean scrub. First, visit two amazing beaches, that differ by shape, types of sand, and the depth of the waters. After a relaxing day dedicated to exploring the West coast of Sardinia, return to Cagliari at 3 PM.

Cagliari: Half-Day Coasteering Experience

5. Cagliari: Half-Day Coasteering Experience

Clamber over rocks and walk the rocky coast of the Chia area on a unique coasteering adventure in Sardinia. Experience the coastline from a different perspective and get the chance to dive from high points into the refreshing Mediterranean Sea.   Start at Pinus Village Beach, where qualified instructors will provide you with all the necessary equipment. Walk through the Mediterranean scrub until you get to the best points to build a cableway and dive into the crystal clear waters of Chia. Benefit from an itinerary that is 100% safe for beginners.

Cagliari: Southwest Chia and Teulada Private Boat Tour

6. Cagliari: Southwest Chia and Teulada Private Boat Tour

Visit the hidden inlets of Chia and Teulada on the beautiful southern coast of Sardinia by boat. Explore the coves and beaches that have twice been named the most beautiful in Italy and dive into the crystal clear blue waters of Chia. Visit Cala Cipolla Cove, where you can admire the lighthouse of Capo Spartivento and discover one of the best places to snorkel in South Sardinia. Sail to Cape Teulada and Cala Zafferano for beautiful views of the natural landscapes, if the afternoon tour is selected. Look for the playful dolphins that sometimes frolic near the boat and swim in the pristine waters of one of the the most beautiful seas in Italy. Throughout your experience, your guide will share stories, history, and tales about the area and make your time as personalized as possible.

From Cagliari: Nora Ruins and Pula Guided Tour

7. From Cagliari: Nora Ruins and Pula Guided Tour

The tour will start by your location, meeting your personal driving guide; After few minutes we'll cross the bridge on the highway SS 195 "Sulcitana" starting to see the beautiful pink flamingos in the middle of the pondo of Santa Gilla! In 30 minutes arrive in Pula and then parking in front of the beautiful beach of Nora, once upon a time, necropolis of the phoeinician city. In few minutes the tour will start, crossing the gates of the amazing archaeologycal site of Nora, surrounded by ruins of temples, baths, theater and mosaics. At the end of the tour, small stop in Pula to discover the nice square and make some shopping Return to Cagliari

From Chia: Full-Day Tour of Sardinia's Hidden Beaches

8. From Chia: Full-Day Tour of Sardinia's Hidden Beaches

Have a full-day tour where you can explore the hidden beaches of Sardinia. This itinerary will start from an ancient path known as Nora Bithia, a starting point that will take you to beautiful beaches. These unknown and isolated beaches, hidden by the Mediterranean vegetation, will let you experience the beauty of this island. The Spanish towers, Capo Teulada (Sardinian's southernmost point, 200 kilometers from Africa), the Capo Spartivento Lighthouse, and the ancient docks are some prominent beauties you will visit. During this excursion, it will be possible to snorkel in the unique, crystal clear sea. During your afternoon break, have lunch (not included) at Capo Malfatano Beach, where the local fishermen will prepare a delicious fish menu with the freshest catch.

Dorgali: Trek to Gorropu with Panoramic Views

9. Dorgali: Trek to Gorropu with Panoramic Views

Meet your guide in Orosei or Dorgali before starting the adventure with some off-road driving to descend into the valley where the trek path begins. The hike starts with some water wading through the Flumineddu river to enter the woodland area formed of Old Oaks, Arbutus and Mediterranean shrubs. Walk along the cliffs of Monte Oddeu and arrive at the entrance to the Gorroppu gorge in less than 2 hours. Admire the incredible rocky walls which rise for more than 400 meters over the dry river bed, making this gorge one of the deepest canyons in Europe. Today the canyon is a natural border between the Italian territories of Urzulei and Orgosolo. The canyon was formed when the Flumineddu river excavated the Jurassic limestone that formed when Sardinia was covered by the sea. Learn from your guide how the marine rocks are full of fossils from ammonites, fish and algae found in the area, and hopefully catch a glimpse of such an artifact. During the trek, discover the unique micro climate of the canyon that allowed the giant growth of the trees including the Phyllirea and the Old Yew. As you continue on the hike, the path becomes harder and harder, you may have to use your hands to proceed through the boulders. When it is no longer possible to go further, it’s time to head back.

Cagliari: ATV Tour of Hidden Beaches from Chia

10. Cagliari: ATV Tour of Hidden Beaches from Chia

Enjoy an ATV excursion among the hidden beaches of southern Sardinia. Pass through an ancient Roman street, and visit the beach of Su Coldorinu and the ancient port of Chia. Arrive at the amazing beach of Cala Cipolla, where you can view the lighthouse of Capo Spartivento. From there, enjoy a wonderful view and take in the most southern point of Sardinia: Capo Teulada. From the lighthouse, visit the beach of Capo Malfatano, Cala Crabittu. At every stop, you have the option to jump in for a swim in crystal-clear waters. Enjoy listening to your guide, who will provide colorful stories about the life and nature of southern Sardinia. And be sure to snap some photos along the way. This tour will be a perfect introduction to first-time visitors or for tourists revisiting the region for a deeper insight.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 192 reviews

Good experience. Claudia and Barbara super kind and helpful, ready to answer any doubts and to provide a thousand information on the place and on the traditions of the island. During the release there was a small inconvenience that they were able to face with professionalism and promptness. A few days later my boyfriend and I contacted Claudia again to get some information about the center of Cagliari and she was ready to help us even in that case! I recommend everyone to rely on them.

Very pleasant excursion The water is transparent, it's magnificent!! The fish were fed in order to observe them underwater. It was fun. Unfortunately no dolphins… the guide told us that the dolphins are in the north of the island and only come out in winter. The water being warm, there were jellyfish. One of the passengers even got bitten. So we shortened the swims.

Our trip was fantastic, a great mix of scenery, history and thrill. We were given the opportunity to see areas which we would otherwise never have seen.

fantastic day out , beautiful clear waters. Emilio was a great host, highly recommended!

A very nice and interesting excursion with a very knowledgeable guide!