Ride Overview - Sardinian Mountain to Sea Ride
A charming horseback riding vacation in Sardinia! The island is surrounded by the emerald Mediterranean Sea and boasts secret coves and snow-white sandy beaches. Your ride will include trails up to the interior Montiferru mountains and end with a gallop along the beach. Along the way, you will experience all the lovely flora that the isle offers: olive and fruit trees on the mainland, pungent pine and lofty oaks in the higher elevation and finally Mediterranean coastal shrub. In addition, the volcanic nature of the mountain provides a landscape similar to the moon. Native wildlife includes wild boar, fox, Sardinian hare, European hedgehog, least weasel, marten, the rare Sardinian wildcat, vulture, carrion crow, peregrine falcon, hoopoe, little owls and migratory birds. RIDING IN ITALY
The country hotel is found in the heart of Sardinia, in the Abbasanta area, a meeting point between Montiferru, Marghine and Barigadu. It is an area rich in fragrances and ancient flavors. Your hosts contend that the area is a refined piece of cloth, in which the history and traditions which have been woven into the area are still alive today. The land is kissed by the sun amongst rocks, water wind, olives and oaks. Ruins of ancient places of worship dedicated to the water god S’ Abba Santa dot the island. Your lodging room is nestled in a park of age-old oak trees and paddocks with horses roaming free. The landscape is characterized by pastures that are enclosed by stone walls that surround the tancas built in the 18th century.
“For the equestrian inclined this is a haven.” D.L.
Ride Itinerary - Sardinian Mountain to Sea Ride
Transfer to the hotel. On arrival, you will be greeted with a welcome drink and meet with the other guests and your guide for an overview of the week. You will then mount up for a 2 – 3 hour introductory ride around the estate. Dinner is served at 8:00 PM.
After breakfast, your open field trail will ascend about 94 feet/300m on the Montiferru Mountain. Your destination is Elighes Uttiosos holiday farm. A picnic will be served in a field close to San Leonardo, an ancient village built around an old Templar Church.
Your trail will lead you to a splendid view over the mountains and stony landscape from Sardinia. You will then ride through an oak forest to the Mont of Seneghe. Along the way, you will stop for lunch (or dinner according to seasonal changes at the trail’s schedule) at the farm holiday in Elighes Uttiosos.
Your destination is one of the longest beaches, Is Arenas. At lunch, you will stop on the far side of the Mont of Seneghe. After a beautiful sunset, you will arrive at the spot where the horses will stay for the next nights.
Today, you will ride to the south of the Sinis Coast. Your trail will travel along the coastline and through the Sale Proccus lagune where season permitting, flamingos nest. During the summer, you can enjoy a brisk gallop along the salt lake.
Your trail will lead to the massive cliffs of Capo Mannu. From there, you will ride to Benas. After either lunch or dinner, you will be transferred back to the stable.
Breakfast and time to say goodbye before departing to the airport for your flight home.
Please note that this itinerary is intended as a guideline only and is subject to the prevailing conditions at the time.
Ride Details - Sardinian Mountain to Sea Ride
Dates: Saturday arrival, June to October
Best Months to Ride: April – June and September – October
Airport: Cagliari, Alghero and Olbia
Ferryboat: Porto Torres and Olbia
Train Station: Abbasanta
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Riding Days: 6
Daily Riding Hours: 2 – 6
Riding Ability: STRONG INTERMEDIATE: Confident and in control at all paces including posting trots, two point canters and gallops in open spaces. Comfortable on mountain trails and beach gallops.
Group Size: 4 – 8
Weight: 187/198 lbs. 85/90 kg.
Horses: Anglo-Arab, Murgese, Selle Italiano (Italian Saddlebred)
Saddles: English, Trekking
Non-riding Activities: swimming pool, solarium, whirlpool
Accommodations: 4* Country Hotel
*Price: $1,900.00 per person, double occupancy $175.00 single supplement, $225.00 upgrade to suite
*Price is based on USD/EURO exchange rate and will be fixed at final payment.
Included: 7 nights’ accommodation, 6 days riding, horse, tack, guide/instructor, all meals
Not Included: airfare, rental car
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Sardinian Mountain to Sea Ride