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Our most recommended South Sardinia Nature & Adventure

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: Quad Adventure Experience from Chia

2. 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.

Cagliari: Southwest Chia and Teulada Group Boat Tour

3. 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 Teuada, 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: ATV Tour of Hidden Beaches from Chia

4. 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.

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.

Dorgali: Trek to Gorropu with Panoramic Views

7. 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.

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 will be able to explore the hidden beaches of Sardinia. This itinerary will start from an ancient path known as Nora Bithia, a starting point which 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 just some of the main beauties that you will visit. During this excursion, it will be possible to snorkel in the amazing, crystal clear sea. During your afternoon break, have lunch (not included) at Capo Malfatano Beach, where a delicious fish menu will be prepared with the freshest catch by the local fishermen.

Cagliari: Between the Mountains & Sea Tour by Jeep & Dinghy

9. Cagliari: Between the Mountains & Sea Tour by Jeep & Dinghy

Travel by jeep and dinghy on this 8-hour tour and experience the natural beauty of Chia and Domus de Maria. Explore the Cannoneris Nature Reserve. Marvel at the largest holm oak forest in Europe, perched 1,000 meters above the sea. This area is home to Sardinian deer and the site of numerous megalithic nuraghe towers. Discover hidden coves, such as the Cala Zafferano and Capo Teulada, that can be reached only by dinghy. Enjoy a fresh fish directly from the local fishermen at the beach restaurant (meals are not included).

Is Cannoneris Nature Reserve Walking and Jeep Private Tour

10. Is Cannoneris Nature Reserve Walking and Jeep Private Tour

Choose between a morning departure at 9:00 AM or an afternoon departure at 3:00 PM and get picked up from Chia, South Sardinia. Enter the nature reserve of Is Cannoneris to experience the natural beauty that the Italian island of Sardinia has to offer. This four-hour tour includes possible wildlife sightings of deer, eagles, mouflons and wild boars, which are the most important species that inhabit Is Cannoneris Reserve. This itinerary also includes a visit to the prehistoric ruins of Nuraghi and its ancient stone buildings which serve as examples of drystone technique, dated to 1500 B.C. The guide will show you different kinds of farms and natural reserves, making this excursion fun for all ages. In addition to the fresh mountain air, this environment remains untouched with its forest and animal inhabitants, like little donkeys, sheep, and goats. Beautiful Sardinian deer are plentiful as well. This interesting walking tour ends with a typical Sardinian snack called "sa picchettada," before the tour concludes with a journey back to Chia.

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What people are saying about South Sardinia

We had an amazing experience with Simone! We went in the summer and were a little concerned with the heat, and while it was a bit hot this time of year, Simone made it very comfortable by stopping in shaded areas and giving us some history of the area and information about the flora and fauna. Super interesting! The rocks down in the canyon are slick in some areas, so if you need that extra ankle support, a good hiking shoe/boot is recommended. The trail was about 5 miles long, and up and down, although mainly uphill on the way in and downhill coming back. You go into the canyon as far as you can before the boulders get so big you can’t go any further without some rope. There is a stream down in the canyon which is great after an hour or two of hiking. Pack a lunch to eat at the bottom and plenty (2 liters) of water. The road down to the trailhead is REALLY bumpy and even with the 4x4, we bounced around quite a bit! However, this made the experience even more fun, in my opinion.

Our guide Tiziana was absolutely wonderful. Informative Intelligent Friendly Flexible. The personal touch when doing the mine tour was worth the extra dollars The other tour groups were being around in groups of 20 or 30. She dropped us at the bus stop at the end of the day snd messsged us to see if we had made it home ( as buses are rare in Iglesias) A highly recommended guide and tour

Great quad tour, I and my 8-year-old son chose the tour with the English-speaking guide. I received an understandable briefing and a short test drive. After all participants were there, it was a small training course. And then we started great tour and sights, the communication was very good! It was just great, highly recommended!

Amazing experience eifht from the start. we arrived 30 minutes early and our guide was ready to go. which was a big ++ in my books.

Very nice successful excursion, where we explored the southern part of Sardinia by the sea. It was a great experience