The Longevity and History of Sardinia

Duration 10 days
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From time-honoured crafts and traditions, to historic architecture and ancient ruins, discover the secrets of Sardinia's longevity.

Trip highlights

  • Explore the limestone landscapes of Cagliari
  • Marvel at intricate Roman mosaics and architecture in Nora
  • Discover the ingenious system of galleries and tunnels at Porto Flavia
  • Visit the ancient Nuraghe Su Nuraxi site
  • See the evocative murals at Orgosolo
  • Learn about the history of cork manufacturing

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  • Days 1-3 Cagliari
  • Days 3-5 Santa Margherita di Pula
  • Days 5-7 Oliena
  • Days 7-10 Costa Smeralda
The Longevity and History of Sardinia
Price guide
  • Days 1-3 Cagliari
  • Days 3-5 Santa Margherita di Pula
  • Days 5-7 Oliena
  • Days 7-10 Costa Smeralda

Itinerary in detail

Every Jacada trip is tailored to your personal preferences and interests. Below you’ll find a sample itinerary to inspire your own custom-designed journey.

Days 1-3

The secrets of Cagliari

You’ll begin your exploration of this fascinating island in Cagliari, the ancient capital of Sardinia. Follow a winding path through the city, feeling as though you’re traveling through time from the Phoenician-Punic epoch of Krly to today’s Casteddu. At the National Archaeological Museum you can browse some 7,000 years of Sardinian history. Get your tastebuds tingling in the Marina district, the epicentre of local cuisine.

Days 3-5

Timeless marvels of Nora

Nestled on the Capo di Pula peninsula, Nora offers plenty of examples of Roman preservation. Here, you’ll explore ancient pathways as history unfolds from Phoenician-Punic layers to Roman grandeur, amidst breathtaking landscapes. Together with a private driver you’ll begin to uncover more of the island’s secrets to longevity.

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Tradition and ritual

Water and sand

Mining heritage

Roman museums and architecture

In Nora itself you’ll have the chance to marvel at pristine Roman mosaics and architectural sites like the theatre and thermal baths. The nearby church of Sant’Efisio, as a testament to enduring traditions and rituals which celebrate life and community – essential in Sardinia’s blueprint for longevity.

Tuerredda, Capo Malfatano and Chia

Spend some time appreciating Sardinia’s natural beauty as you visit the azure waters of Tuerredda, soak up the peace of Capo Malfatano and gaze on the golden sands of Chia. The people’s deep-rooted connection to the environment contributes in no small way to their overall wellbeing. You’ll also travel through Iglesias, the heart of Sardinia’s ancient mining heritage.

Porto Flavia

A ground-breaking solution to the logistical challenges of mineral shipping, the ingenious system of galleries and tunnels at Porto Flavia are well worth exploring. It stands as a symbol of human ingenuity in the pursuit of progress. The island’s mining heritage speaks volumes about the resilience of its people.

Days 5-7

Murals, mountains and wine

This charming small town in the Barbagia region invites you on a unique journey that connects the ancient Nuraghe Su Nuraxi with a modern wine tasting experience. Spend time with the people who call this area home as you embrace the opportunity to see, taste and understand how this region has managed to thrive through the centuries. Visit the Sardinian Ethnographic Museum, marvel at the peak of Nuoro’s sacred Mount Ortobene and enjoy a Sardinian filigree workshop in Dorgali.

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Local wines

On the wall

Meet the elders

Su Nuraxi visit

Visit the Bronze Age fortress of Su Nuraxi in Barumini. You’ll then move from the past and into the living heritage of Sardinian winemaking at a local vineyard. Taste wines that are the result of centuries-old viticultural practices, which are deeply rooted in the land’s unique biodiversity and the Sardinian way of life.

Supramonte and Orgosolo

Discover the untouched beauty of the Supramonte in an off-road vehicle. You’ll stop for lunch with some local shepherds, tasting the flavours of Sardinia. Next, you’ll head to Orgosolo, a village known for its murals depicting the island’s history, culture and everyday life.

An afternoon with the elders

A highlight of this part of your trip will undoubtedly be an afternoon spent with some of the centenarians of Barbagia. These wise elders are living testament to the island’s longevity. They’ll share some of their traditions with you, and talk about the elements of their lifestyle they believe have had an impact on their remarkable lifespan.

Days 7-10

Crafts along the coast

A memorable journey along the archipelago’s famed panoramic road affords you plenty of opportunities to drink in the spectacular scenery as you head towards the La Maddalena Archipelago. It’s a photographer’s dream. There’ll be plenty of leisure time to explore the charming streets of La Maddalena.

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Coastal luxury

Craftmanship and history

Pop the cork

Porto Cervo visit

Visit the luxurious Porto Cervo, the heart of the Costa Smeralda. Stroll through the famous Piazzetta and along the Marina pier and immerse yourself in the exclusive atmosphere. Or enjoy a full-day boat trip exploring the islands of the archipelago for an additional cost. This trip introduces you to Sardinia’s maritime heritage and more of its breathtaking landscapes.

Tempio Pausania

Take a private drive into Gallura’s scenic heart were craftmanship, history and nature combine. You’ll stop in the town of Tempio Pausania, with the impressive Mount Limbara as a backdrop. Its a charming place to enjoy some free time, whether you choose to stroll along the streets lined with historic buildings or drink in views of the vineyards.

Calangianus tour

Luras, with its ancient olive trees that date back some 4,000 years. Here you’ll learn more about the region’s enduring natural heritage before heading to Calangianus, where most of Sardinia’s cork is produced. You’ll visit a cork museum which is housed in a converted monastery.

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