Start: Buggerru Finish: Sant’Antioco
On this journey you walk 85 km over 6 days (an average of 14.1 km per day) and some walks can be shortened with a transfer.
The walks are on various areas and terrain: gravel road and paths, in the forest, along a beautiful rocky and sandy beach, follow rocky coastal footpaths in the Mediterranean macchia, sometimes through low vegetation/bushes and mule tracks, along remote sandy footpaths by high cliffs, with a few sections of secondary surfaced roads as you enter the villages/towns.
Your trip starts in the small village of Buggerru, a village that was founded in 1864 as mine settlement. After check-in at the hotel, take your time to visit the small town, you can relax by the beach or you can visit the “Henry Tunnel” an old mining site, a labyrinth carved into the rock that opens onto sheer views of the sea and rocky coastline.
Today a very nice coastal walk is awaiting you. From Buggerru you start climbing along a secondary asphalt road overlooking the superb coast and the long beach of
Portixeddu. (This uphill section can be avoided by organizing a private transfer). After 5km of gradual ascent the route starts its descent into the gorge towards the dunes and artificial pine forest planted to prevent the sand to cover the main street and only access to the town. Along the last section you will walk through some military fortresses of the second world war. After a scrumptious lunch in Portixeddu you can take the bus to go back to Buggerru.
After breakfast a transfer (about 30 minutes) will lead you to the nearly-abandoned village of Ingurtosu from where you will start your walk towards the ruins of the ancient “Laveria Brassey” mine site. At some point today you may feel close to Charles Darwin when he arrived at the Galapagos in the 1830s. The dunes of Piscinas are the most extended desert area in Europe. For about 6km there is just you, the sea, the sand and the wind! At the end of the day a short transfer will take you to the agriturismo where you are going to spend the next two nights.
Challenge: 14.5 km, 50 m ascent, 280 m descent
Today you are going back to the sea (Scivu beach) then you take a footpath inside the Mediterranean macchia, leading you to a stunning panoramic view point on Capo Pecora granite promontory. Don’t miss to take some unforgettable pictures of what it is a unmissable highlight of your trip! You will then proceed to walk on to reach the tiny village of Portixeddu, notorious among surfers for its famous beach of Portixeddu. A short transfer will drive you back to the agriturismo.
Challenge: 15 km, 431 m ascent, 559 m descent
Morning transfer (1 hour) to the tonnara of Porto Paglia, the starting point of today’s walk. Even if this is a marked footpath (red/white signs) it is on a very wild and remote coastline. You follow a sandy footpath with stunning views of the cliffs. Today’s walk is not suitable for people who suffers from “vertigo”, since there are a couple of section with no railing close to the cliff’s edge.
Challenge: 14 km, 379 m ascent, 386m descent
Today you take the ferries to Carloforte where start a round walk, climbing on secondary asphalt road towards the north side of the Island, where at the end of May they start the so-called Mattanza, a system of nets that for about 45 days capture the tuna fish. Back in Carloforte take a ferries to Calasetta then a private transfer to Sant’Antioco.
Challenge: km, 439 m ascent, 381m descent
Today’s a private transfer takes you to Capo Sperone, then you walk back to S.Antioco, passing by the watchtower Torre Cannai and the beach of Maladroxia (popular spot when the maestrale wind blows). The last part to town is on asphalt road
OPTIONS FOR TODAY (not included): fishing boat trip / horseback ride / Archaeological walk in S. Antioco
Challenge: 12 km, 439 m ascent, 381m descent
The trip and our services end after breakfast and depart for the airport with public transport unless you have pre-booked a private transfer with us.
In Buggerru you will stay in a recently restored 3* hotel. In Majori you will stay in a very charming Agriturismo surrounded by nature, where you can enjoy a great evening meal. In Portoscuso you will stay in a 3* hotel with rooms that can offer sea view. In Buggerru & Sant’Antioco, you will stay in a small, charming B&B located in a very quiet area. In all the accommodation the rooms have private bathrooms and a good Italian breakfast is included each morning.
You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, from April 1st to July 25th and from September 1st to October 31st
Best arrival airport is Cagliari
Arrival in Buggerru
From Cagliari take the train to Iglesias (see www.trenitalia.it), about 50-60 minutes ride (direct trains or with 1 change); from there you can take daily public busses to Buggerru via Fluminimaggiore (see http://www.arstspa.info/804.pdf). From Sant’Antioco, where the trip ends, you can take a bus to the city of Carbonia ( see http://www.arstspa.info/801.pdf ) and then a train from Carbonia to Cagliari Airport (see www.trenitalia.it) , about 1 hour ride ( there are direct trains but 1 or 2 changes are possible, depending on trains)
Departure from Sant’Antioco
GPS tracks are available on request.