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South Sardinia Holidays & Hotels

About South Sardinia

Southern Sardinia features long expanses of perfect sandy beaches and probably the most translucent turquoise sea you will find anywhere in Europe. The southern coast of this wonderful island provides an ideal environment for the ultimate beach holiday on Sardinia.

Santa Marherita di Pula
Perched on the southern tip of Sardinia, the sun-bleached beach of Santa Margherita is ablaze with cafés, restaurants, and shops. The resort is close to the capital city of Cagliari for further exploration, but the town itself boasts the interesting old quarter 'Castello', packed with crumbling historic buildings.

Chia
Chia's coastline is an uncluttered stretch of secluded sandy coves, broken up by craggy rocks and a 16th century bell tower, that looms over the ruins of Bithia, a fascinating archaeological site and the most important Phoenician-Punic settlement in the area.

Nora
Dating from the 8th and 9th century BC, the ancient town of Nora is an archaeologist's dream - housing the remains of Punic and Phoenician sanctuaries, a magnificent Roman villa, a stately amphitheatre and majestic forum.

Forte Village
Set within colourful gardens and a fragrant pine forest, the Forte Village Resort, Sardinia provides the ultimate holiday experience. This 55 acre private estate offers something for everyone. You can choose to spend time at the breathtaking white beach with crystal clear waters, relax in the tranquil Thalasso del Forte Spa, enjoy all the leisure facilities on offer or indulge at one of the main on-site restaurants.

The Highlights

  • Beautiful Beaches
  • Natural unspoilt landscapes
  • Barumini
  • Town of Cagliari

Excursions

Please note excursions operate seasonally.

Excursion Information: The excursions below can only be booked through Marcella, your Sardinia Concierge.

Archaeological Sardinia: The Wonders of Barumini: Sardinia is rich in archaeology and the stone built Nuraghi are unique to the island. Visit the impressive Nuraghic fortress of Barumini which dates back to 1500 BC. It is one of the largest and most perfect megalithic buildings in Europe and became a UNESCO site in 2000. Today more than 7000 Nuraghi are dotted around Sardinia and these are just the ones, which have been discovered! The Nuraghic culture dates back as far as 1500 BC and Barumini is the largest and oldest settlement. The origins of this settlement are ambiguous though it could possibly have been a capital city.
The itinerary takes us west of Cagliari past the lagoons with their ever present Flamingos and through villages, where murals are a well established tradition and decorate the walls of the streets.

Entrance fees - Barumini - Approx 10 euros

Operates - Monday

Excursion is run by minibus with a maximum of 8 people (subject to minimum numbers)


Departure: Approx. 09:00
Duration: Approx. 6 hours

Cagliari & Nora: Built up on the hills and surrounded by lagoons and salt pans, Cagliari has an architectural style that ranges from Roman to Medieval due to its colourful past and various dominations. The remains of the Roman city include the amphitheatre whilst the Basilica of San Saturno is the oldest church in Sardinia. The old and lively Marina quarter is full of narrow cobbled lanes lined with a succession of quaint restaurants and shops. You will have some free time to enjoy the city centre and have some lunch and enjoy the views from the Bastion Remy in the heart of Cagliari.
In the afternoon we head back towards the coast to the Roman ruins of Nora. This ancient city situated at the end of a promontory formed a perfect natural harbour, offering a safe and sheltered anchorage to the ancient ships of Mediterranean traders. In the 6th Century BC this was the largest urban settlement on the island and in 238 BC the Romans made it the provincial capital for the whole of Sardinia. The site includes a temple and a theatre, although the most interesting parts are the mosaics which remain from the main villa, and the four sets of baths, which highlight its importance.

Entrance fees - Nora - Approx 7.50 euros

Operates - Wednesday

Excursion is run by minibus with a maximum of 8 people (subject to minimum numbers)

Departure: Approx. 09:00
Duration: Approx. 7 hours

The Beauty of South Sardinia, Coastline & Monuments: Visit the majestic necropolis of Montessu that extends over 1 km across a natural amphitheatre, where prehistoric tombs are carved into the rock.
The Costa del Sud is divided by inlets and endless promontories with ever changing panoramic views. The tombs of Montessu are well known for their majestic appearance and position. The south of the island is the first and largest mining region in Italy: its many old mining villages form the Parco geominerario della Sardegna and are recognised by UNESCO. This day out explores the lesser known area of the Sulcis and includes a visit to one of the mines, weather permitting.

Entrance fees - Approx 11.50 euros

Operates - Friday

Excursion is run by minibus with a maximum of 8 people (subject to minimum numbers)

Departure: Approx. 08:30
Duration: Approx. 7 hours

Hotels in South Sardinia

Hotel Baia di Nora, South Sardinia
Hotel Baia di Nora , South Sardinia
Rating: 4
Delightfully situated in a beautiful garden with its own private beach and only 3 kilometres from...
Chia Laguna Resort, South Sardinia
Chia Laguna Resort , South Sardinia
Rating: 4
Ideal for both families and couples, the Chia Laguna Resort has a wide range of facilities and...
Hotel Costa dei Fiori, South Sardinia
Hotel Costa dei Fiori , South Sardinia
Rating: 4
The Costa dei Fiori enjoys a peaceful setting in beautiful landscaped tropical gardens, with an...
Hotel Flamingo, South Sardinia
Hotel Flamingo , South Sardinia
Rating: 4
A favourite with Citalia guests for many years, the delightful Hotel Flamingo is set in a natural...
Mare Pineta, South Sardinia
Mare Pineta , South Sardinia
Rating: 3
Surrounded by a large, private garden and overlooking a golden sandy beach with crystal blue...