Why does Sardinia boasts some of the longest-living people in the world? In modern times, how is it possible to keep ancient traditions alive? How can the island cultures of the mountains and the sea be so different within just a few miles? Do you think it’s possible to enjoy a swim in Europe in waters as clear as the Caribbean? What does Hawaii have in common with Sardinia besides the beautiful sea?
On our tours either by bicyle and on foot & by van you can answer these questions for yourself, discovering the second largest island in the Mediterranean, after Sicily and before Cyprus. Sardinia (Sardegna in Italian) is a paradise offering over a thousand miles of coastline, rugged mountains up to 6,000 feet, a unique indigenous vegetation called macchia mediterranea (maquis in English, a type of ground cover), a very mild climate, and villages with millenary traditions kept alive by the locals.
On these journeys you’ll learn about the unique indigenous grapes and the distinctive recipes of the Sardinian cuisine, and meet local shepherds, fishermen, cheese makers and other Sardi who have been living here in balance with nature, animals (there are approximately 2 million people and 3 millions sheep on the island!) following the practices of their ancestors for centuries.
Agriturismi (usually a family-run “farm stay” combining agriculture and tourism), local cheese, wine makers, and the culture of Slow Food will be highlighted on these unique journeys through quaint towns and tranquil countryside.
According to some scholars, the progenitors of Sardinians (Sardi in Italian) are the Nuragic peoples, whose name derives from once common megalithic building found in Sardinia and developed during the Nuragic Age between 1900-730 BC. The Nuragic civilization is likely descended from the Shardana or Sherden, a tribe of sea peoples who settled in this part of the Mediterranean Sea a few millennia ago and who originally came from Anatolia (currently it is an area which makes up the majority of the Republic of Turkey).
After the Nuragic peoples came the Phoenicians, Etruscans, Romans, Barbarians, Saracens, Pisans, Genoese, Aragonese, Savoy Dynasty and finally the annexation to Italy in 1861. Understandably, Sardegna has absorbed an incredible variety of cultural aspects and traditions, visible, in the cuisine, different dialects, and features of the local population and in Sardegna’s dramatic distinctions from coastlines to island interior.
The great hospitality and conviviality at the table are sure to be some of the most precious memories you bring home. Immersed in a unique paradise far from your daily life, at least for a week, experiencing a world where time seems not to pass!
What are you waiting for? Ti aspettiamo! (We are waiting for you!) A presto! (See you soon!)