Gourmet Mini Tours - Cagliari and the Orientale Sarda
3 days - 2 nights
historic Cagliari, Costa Rei, and East Coast
ancient times, Cagliari was an obvious choice for the powerful nations
wanting to control the important seaways and mining resources of this
strategic island. Now, it is a bustling metropolis with every modern
convenience and a grand tradition of culture, music, and food. The city
was ruled by many different powers from around the world and every one
left its own imprint on the architecture, the language, and the cuisine.
Castello, the old walled center stands guard over the city and the harbor
is full of history, sights, and more importantly, full of life. There
is always something happening in the city be it an opera in the ancient
Roman amphitheater, a jazz concert in the harbor, or just an evening
at one of the towns many restaurants, trattorias, or clubs.
your travel up the coast you will have the chance to see many sights,
from historic centers to beautiful scenic vistas. This journey will
expose you to a varity of some of the freshest seafood always carefully
prepared and wonderful stays in areas less known to tourists.
1 - Cagliari
arriving in Cagliari either at the airport or the nearby ferry terminal
you will check into your hotel and get ready to explore the city.
Cagliari is the largest city on the island it still holds onto its small-town
feel. Broken into different districts, the city is very walkable and
has an excellent public transportation system. Explore the Castello
quarters which towers over the city and long ago was strategically important
as evidenced by the remaining 13th century Pisan torres. Here, you will
find many of the city's landmarks and an atmosphere that will take you
back in time. Walk along the quiet cobblestone streets and visit the
nearby archaeological and art museums.
down the famous steps of the Bastione di San Remy and induldge yourself
in a drink at the famous Antico Cafe, where the coffee and pastries
are as beautiful as the classic decorations. Then, walk along via Garibaldi,
a pedestrian street lined with shops where you can buy everything from
a new bathing suit to a pair of Bruno Magli shoes. Explore on to Piazza
Yenne and enjoy a delicious gelatto or a slize of pizza at the nearby
the evening you will dine in one of Cagliari's traditional eateries
where you can sample some of the classic seafood recipes that even non-seafood
lovers will enjoy. After dinner, take a leisurely stroll before heading
back to your hotel.
2 - Barisardo
the path less traveled
from Cagliari, enjoying the classic scenery as you go. You will visit
the Megalithic complex of Pranu Mutteddu which dates back to the ancient
inhabitants who built the famous "Domus di Janus" or burial
chambers. Continue to Orroli and visit the impressionable Nuraghe Arrubiu.
Arrive in Barisardo, where you will enjoy a fantastic meal, savoring
the traditional flavors of the area. Overnight in a pleasant hotel.
3 - Jerzu - Cagliari
and the Sea
the morning exploring Barisardo after a fine buffet breakfast. Return
for a relaxing lunch, where you will have the chance to sample more
of this mixture of traditional inland food combined with the flavors
of the sea. After lunch, travel to Jerzu where you will visit one of
the more notable producers of Cannonau, the hearty red that is so famous
here. Return to Cagliari along the panoramic road, the Orientale Sarda.