A bespoke Sardinian experience for each of our guests. Many like to experience a place like the locals: walking, making new acquaintances, exploring caves and forests, navigating on the sea or inland waters, or taking a break in a vineyard cellar.
Days on the water
A stone’s throw from the resort, the village of San Pantaleo attracts visitors from all over the world. The flower-filled streets, church and central square make this a picture-postcard village from a bygone era.
Artisan and craft workshops along with elegant and unusual boutiques are the main attraction, in addition to the lively Thursday market. A small, beautifully-kept and well-preserved village that has become the most beloved of the Costa Smeralda.
Climb into Alta Gallura
Just over 30 minutes separates Petra Segreta from the Aggius plateau, an orderly swathe of countryside, dotted with fantastical boulders and oak woods, overlooked by characteristic farmhouses called “stazzi”, and boasting four rural towns – Tempio Pausania, Aggius, Calangianus and Luras – each with its own gems to explore. Mount Limbara, the second-highest peak in Sardinia, dominates the landscape and is an oasis of woods and natural springs whose higher reaches offer panoramas over the horizon from the Gulf of Asinara to Corsica. The concierge is on hand to arrange a tailor-made experience for each of our guests.
Come ashore on La Maddalena and Caprera
A short ferry crossing takes visitors to the island of La Maddalena. A place where you are projected, as often happens in Sardinia, into a whole new world. The town founded by the Savoy dynasty served as the base for the Italian Royal Navy, and retains an aura of sober and seafaring austerity.
Amidst the high buildings, the narrow streets of the centre offer a magnificent stroll from Piazza Comandello to the little harbour at Cala Gavetta, where a fleet of traditional “gozzi” sailing boats is moored. A narrow bridge leads to the island of Caprera, with its abandoned fortresses and the home of Garibaldi, who chose to retire to the island.
Adventures in Barbagia
Leave the coast for a day and discover the ancient civilisations amidst the mountains of Nuoro, at the heart of some of the oldest traditions of the island, just an hour’s drive from the resort.
We can breach the Lanaittu valley that leads to the hidden village of Tiscali, slip into the cave where the bandit Corbeddu took refuge, and visit towns renowned in local lore and legend.
Among them are Oliena with its food specialities, Orgosolo and its murals, Mamoiada with its Mamuthones, and Orani with its Costantino Nivola Museum of Art. The Supramonte mountain range, the Cedrino river and the boundless forests of the Barbagia region await. Our concierge will help you to select itineraries and activities to discover the very heart of Sardinia.
Alghero with Charles V
Flying over the islands
The helipad at Petra Segreta not only allows rapid transfers to and from the airport or the continent, but is also a great base for excursions to discover the Costa Smeralda, the archipelago of La Maddalena, Corsica and the hinterland of Sardinia. Our guests use it when playing golf in Corsica, flying over the maxi yacht regattas, surveying the Gola di Gorropu canyon from above, the hidden village of Tiscali, and many of the other iconic sites dotted around the island. Information on helicopter hire is available from the concierge.