OUR LADY OF CASTRO IN BERCHIDDA
Sardinia boasts a quite remarkable collection of Romanesque churches. Not too far from the Petra Segreta, around 40 minutes' drive, just outside a village called Berchidda, the beautiful church of Our Lady of Castro dominates the plain surrounding Lake Coghinas, one the largest lakes on the island.
A visit is also an opportunity to spend a magnificent day discovering the hinterland, especially if you decide to take the old road that bridges the lake and then climb the Limbara massif to reach the highlands of Gallura. Through coniferous forests and then cork oak woods, we will then return to the Petra Segreta on a route that turns out to be a perfect, almost Romanesque, circle.
Just a stone’s throw from Petra Segreta, the village of San Pantaleo attracts visitors from all over the world. Its spectacular boulders, flower-filled streets and its little church and square make it the picture-postcard village from a bygone era.
The workshops of artists and craftsmen, and elegant and unusual boutiques are the main attraction, together with the colourful Thursday market. A well-kept and well-preserved little hamlet that has become the most popular in Costa Smeralda today.
EXPLORING THE HEIGHTS OF GALLURA
Petra Segreta is a little more than half an hour from the Aggius plateau, an orderly countryside, dotted with strangely sculpted rocks and oak forests, overlooked by characteristic farmhouses called "stazzi" and by four towns - Tempio Pausania, Aggius, Calangianus and Luras - each with its secrets to discover.
Dominating all of these is Mount Limbara, the second highest mountain in Sardinia, an oasis of woods and natural springs from whose heights you can survey the horizon from the Gulf of Asinara to Corsica. Our concierge is at your disposal to find the most interesting experiences for an exciting day in the island's hinterland.
BANDITS IN BARBAGIA
Let yourself be banished from the coast for a day and discover the ancient civilizations beyond the mountains of Nuoro, at the heart of the island's oldest traditions, just an hour's drive away. We can visit the Lanaittu Valley, which leads to the secret village of Tiscali, enter the cave of the bandit Corbeddu and visit towns steeped in history.
Among these is Oliena with its speciality cuisine, Orgosolo and its murals, Mamoiada with its Mamuthones, and Orani with its artisans and little Guggenheim Museum. The Supramonte mountain range, the Cedrino river and the boundless forests of Barbagia await. Our Concierge will help you to choose the best routes and activities to discover the heart of Sardinia.
LA MADDALENA AND CAPRERA
A short ferry crossing leads to the island of La Maddalena, where you will find yourself projected, as often happens in Sardinia, into a unique world. The main town, of Savoy origin, was a base for the Royal Italian Navy, and retains an aura of sober and seafaring austerity.
Among the tall buildings, the narrow lanes of the centre offer a magnificent walk from the airy Piazza Comando to Cala Gavetta marina, where a large fleet of Lateen sailing boats is moored. A narrow bridge connects La Maddalena to the island of Caprera, with its fascinating abandoned fortresses, and museums in Stagnali and at the home of Garibaldi, who chose to retire to the island.
HORSE RIDING EXCURSIONS
Our staff is on hand to organise horse riding lessons and excursions with affiliated stables, equipped with jumping courses and everything necessary to cater to athletes in training.
Beginners and children are also very welcome, with suitable horses and ponies reserved for them. The excursions take place in the wild natural surroundings of Gallura, on varied trails that also include beach paths.
IN ALGHERO WITH CHARLES V
An excursion to Alghero following in the footsteps of Charles V, King of Spain who visited the city in 1541, reveals a city that has changed little. The tower and ramparts overlooking the sea, the ancient cannons and catapults, the people speaking Catalan, and the incredible view of the Capo Caccia headland are the same as ever.
In an hour and a half, on a road that cuts straight across the north of Sardinia, you can get to the City of Coral. Here you can wander around the streets of the historic centre and the quays of the port, or decide to explore the wonderful surroundings, including the famous Neptune Caves, the towers of the Porticciolo and Porto Ferro, Fertilia square and Porto Conte bay.