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Sardinia

to / from Olbia

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Sardinia

to / from Olbia

8 days / 600 km
Best time to travel: May to June or September to October

During this motorhome trip, you will be able to admire the varied landscapes and cultural highlights of the northern part of Sardinia. In addition to the always beautiful white sand beaches, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the turbulent history of Sardinia – in Sassari and Alghero. The spectacular nature of the hinterland will be the finishing highlight of the program.

Arrival in Olbia and collection of the campers

The journey begins in Olbia, a city in Sardinia, located in the homonymous Gulf of Olbia, which is part of the Tyrrhenian Sea. It has approximately 58,000 inhabitants. For a long period of time, namely from the Middle Ages until 1939, Olbia was called Terranova. Now, it is still called Terranòa by the locals dwelling Sardinia.

The pleasant city centre with the main shopping street, Corso Umberto, is a counterpoint to the main arterial roads frequented by thousands of tourists in the high season. Today, the reconstructed waterfront promenade is adorned with the numerous fashion shops. Those who prefer traditional Mediterranean narrow streets will find the areas located away from the shopping district to be more pleasant.

Highlights & Tips
Nuraghe – a historical peculiarity of Sardinia
Cabu Abbas with its stunning views and the nuraghe, a specialty of Sardinian history, can be found at the top of Punta Casteddu, 246 m above the ground. Nuraghi were probably used as places of worship in the prehistoric and protohistoric times. From the Osseddu Olbia 2 District, continue along a concrete road until you reach a square with a fountain. From there, you can reach the place by walking slightly uphill for about 400 metres.

Olbia – Palau

Stage distance: approx. 60 km

Suggested route: Olbia – Porto Cervo – Palau

Discover Costa Smeralda with Porto Cervo, an exclusive retreat for the jet set. From Porto Cervo, take the best route along the beautiful coast, through Pitrizza, past Cala Bitta, and then, briefly turn on S125 by Mulino di Arzachena. Afterwards, turn right towards Cannigione, a pretty seaside resort, through Laconia, to Palau, a small harbour and the starting point for a trip to the Maddalena Islands.

Highlights & Tips
From island to island
A trip to the outlying islands of Maddalena Archipelago (there are regular ferry services from Palau) is worthwhile.

Rewarding short detour from Palau
From Palau, it is worth paying a visit to Cape d’Orso which ends with a large rock, whose bear-shaped outline has been sculpted by the wind. Another interesting highlight located not far from Palau is Punta Sardegna with its small beaches of Porto Rafael.

Palau – Alghero

Stage distance: approx. 190 km

Suggested route: Palau – Telti – Calangianus – Tempio Pausania – Castelsardo – Sassari – Alghero

Today, you will travel towards Telti, a popular starting point for a trip to Punta Sa Beritta, which is a 1362-metre summit. Continue towards Calangianus and then, take the scenic road to Tempio Pausania. This area is known for cork production. At Castelsardo, you can reach the north-west coat of Sardinia. Aragonese Castle situated on a rocky promontory dominates the place. The well-preserved city walls and the narrow stair alleys bring charm to Castelsardo.

The next part ot this stage crosses Sassari, Sardinia’s second largest town with a population of about 128.000. The city can boast of an eventful history. It was in the sphere of influence of the mighty maritime power of Genoa and the Kingdom of Aragon as well as part of the newly formed Kingdom of Spain for almost two and a half centuries. In 1718, Sardinia became part of one kingdom together with the Duchy of Savoy. In 1860, the area was ruled by the kings of the new nation-state of Italy. They are proudly displayed on the Piazza d’Italia in Sassari.

The goal of this stage is Alghero. The city has nearly 44,000 inhabitants, and part of them still use a Catalan dialect today. The city was populated by the colonists from Barcelona in the 14th century. Therefore, the old town is characterised by the presence of many medieval monuments which are typical of the cities located on the territory of the former Crown of Aragon. The old city is located on a rocky outcrop and is surrounded by thick walls. Numerous narrow streets and stone steps lead to the squares and churches. You will be able to discover one of the most beautiful old towns in Sardinia with its nice shops, harbour, and stunning Sardinian ambience. Everything is easily reachable on foot.

Highlights & Tips
Delving into the past in Sassari
The National Museum G. A. Sanna located on Via Roma in Sassari, in Sardinia, presents archaeological finds which come from the excavations around the former Roman colony of Turris Libyssonis – today’s Porto Torres.

Destinations near Alghero
Also, visit Capo Caccia (approx. 20 km north-west of Alghero), a massive rock which steeply descends into the sea, as well as Palmavera Nuraghic Site (approx. 11 km west of Alghero). The coast of Alghero is famous for its corals.

Alghero – Oristano

Stage distance: approx. 100 km

Suggested route: Alghero – Bosa – Cuglieri – Oristano

Today, the journey continues along the coast road. First, you will visit the picturesque town of Bosa, located at the mouth of the Temo River. Bosa Marina, an especially clean beach, is located in the near vicinity of the city centre. Afterwards, continue towards Cuglieri, with its interesting church, to Oristano, which has almost 32.000 inhabitants. Here, the longest river of Sardinia, the Tirso River, flows into the sea. It is called the “Sardinian Nile” because of the flooding. The cathedral is worth seeing as well. It was built in 1228 and later rebuilt and expanded several times.

Highlights & Tips
Through the picturesque hinterland of Bosa Marina with Trenino Verde
Take a ride on the “green train” Trenino Verde from Bosa Marina to Macomer, past the beaches of Pedras Nieddas, up the valley of the Abba Mala River, and finally, in the direction of Modolo, Tresnuraghes, and Sindia.

Excursion into the ancient world
The near vicinity of Oristano (approx. 20 km to the west) offers a detour to the archaeological site ot Tharros the remains of an ancient city. Apart from the possibility of visiting Tharros, there are numerous nuraghi to admire on the southern tip of the Sinis Peninsula. The tip is only 100 metres wide.

Oristano – Oliena

Stage distance: approx. 100 km

Suggested route: Oristano – Nuoro – Oliena

Take the scenic inland road to Nuoro located at the foot of Mount Ortobene and the Supramonte. Nuoro, Sardinian Nùgoro, has 37,000 inhabitants. However, only the historical city centre is worth visiting, as the modern buildings introduced into the cityscape are pretty unflattering. The Ethnographic Museum, which is dedicated to the Sardinian tradition, is worth paying a visit as well.

Oliena is located only a short journey from Nuoro. It can be found at the foot of Mount Corrasi and is considered to be one of the most beautiful villages of Sardinia. Oliena is also a starting point for a trip to the Gennargentu National Park, a nature park.

Highlights & Tips
A must-see for nature lovers
Pay a visit to the Gennargentu National Park with its numerous natural attractions. It is also recommended to take a trip along the coast of the national park which is characterised by beautiful rocky and sandy bays.

Oliena – Olbia

Stage distance: approx. 120 km

Suggested route: Oliena – Orosei – La Caletta – Olbia

During the last stage, instead of a direct route, we choose a longer one which runs in the near proximity of the east coast. It leads to Orosei, located about 3 km from the sea, in the Gulf of Orosei with its beautiful beaches and a rocky backdrop. After the far journey to the North, you will come across a 10-kilometre white beach of La Caletta, which extends to Santa Lucia. Afterwards, the tour continues to Olbia, which is the last point of the journey.