A HIKE IN IS CANNONERIS

Punta sebara-SsIt is no secret that the beaches of Sardinia are among the very best of the Mediterranean. However, not everybody knows that South Sardinia also has the largest holm oaks forest of Europe. If you are looking for an interesting excursion with family and friends, take a break from the beach and go discover the natural beauty of the Sardinian hills!

The adventure starts only a 10 minute drive from the beaches of Chia and leads through the granite mountains of Domus de Maria (900 mt) in direction Teulada. You will be astonished by the wild and pristine beauty of the holm-oaks, eucalyptus and pine trees, myrtles, strawberry-trees, heather and mastic trees in the undergrowth. If it’s your lucky day, you will even be able to observe Sardinian deers, fallow-deers and wild boars.

Drive for about 6 km to reach the farm “Agriturismo Sa Mitza e s’Orcu”, which serves local specialties to its visitors. Continue the road for another 8 km (2 of which are not asphalted) to reach the forester’s property Is Cannoneris (742 m) and the welcoming picnic area.

For the most daring, here starts the 4 km hike that leads you to the highest point of the mountain, Punta Sebera (979 m). Once arrived at the top, all your efforts will be rewarded by the spectacular panorama, which on a clear day, reaches as far out as Cagliari and Villasimius on the East and Carloforte island on the west.

If you prefer to take a guide or are looking for more adventures, check out: http://www.happytourinsardinia.it/en

BOAT EXCURSION TO PARADISE

When I imagine my paradise beach, I see crystal clear water with a rich undersea world, a white and fine sandy beach with soft dunes covered with juniper and myrtle in the background, a place where peace and quiet prevail.

Well, this paradise exists in South Sardinia, more precisely in Porto Zafferano (or Cala Zafferano), a really unique beach near Capo Teulada just a few kilometers away from the port of Teulada. It is without doubt one of the most beautiful and unspoiled beaches of Sardinia. In fact, the beach and the entire coastal area is off limits from September 1 to May 31, as it is part of the NATO military area. However, from June 1 to August 30 Porto Zafferano can be reached by sea.

Porto Zafferano has a preserved marine wildlife due to the complete fishing ban throughout the year. This is the perfect place for snorkeling, as you will easily see many types of fish, including eels, octopus, sea urchins and more.

To see the treasures of Porto Zafferano you can either rent a small boat or a dingy in Porto Pino or Porto Tramatzu, or you can join an excursion starting daily from the port of Teulada (e.g.www.seadream.it). Book long in advance if you would like to visit in August!

HORSE RIDING ON THE BEACH

Giancarlo CabrasHow about realizing your dream of riding a horse on an empty beach? Discover the wonders of the South and the beautiful white sandy beaches, get to know the scents of the Mediterranean island and its wild secret places, but this time on horseback!

Giancarlo Cabras is the friendly local horse riding teacher who organizes from 1 hour to a full day horseback excursions around Chia. Why not try something different!

His riding school is located in Chia, 45 km from Cagliari, and offers a wide range of courses for both adults and children, experts and beginners. Thanks to his qualified experience and his trusty horses, Giancarlo offers unforgettable experiences on horseback.

All you need to bring along are long pants and good walking shoes. The rest will be provided. One hour course: 25€, two hours: 45€, three hours: 60€.

Giancarlo’s homepage (in Italian only):http://www.cavalcareachia.it/index.htm