Swapping one island for another you’ll make a beeline for little La Maddalena on this trip. You’ll pass some of Sardinia’s most dramatic scenery. Drive through charming villages like San Pantaleo. And catch the ferry from Palau to La Maddalena. The biggest of the La Maddalena archipelago, this dinky island has many claims to fame. Horatio Nelson took refuge here in 1804. Mussolini was imprisoned here for 20 days. And, more recently, Sylvester Stallone once spent his summer holiday here. As you’re driven around, you’ll soon see why this place gets the celebrity vote. On a good day, you’ll get a clear view of Corsica from up here. Not to mention the rocky coastline and neon blue sea that surround the island. The town itself is every inch the good-looking Italian. Huddled around a boat-filled harbour it’s all candy-coloured houses and narrow, winding roads. In Garibaldi Square, still known locally as Piazza Rossa – Red Square – because of its distinctive red paving, you have some free time to explore before heading back to the ship.
When it comes to beautiful beaches, Sardinia gives the Caribbean a run for its money. With its curves of pearlescent sand and translucent waters, it’s the original paradise isle. So if you’re dedicating your day to uninterrupted rest and relaxation, this beach transfer is the perfect trip for you. A coach will whisk you to the shores of La Cinta, one of the island’s most popular beaches. It’s also the longest and widest stretch of sand you’ll find in Sardinia and, in the height of summer, it comes complete with a bar and windsurf hire shop. So whether you want to top up your tan, sip cocktails on the sand or skim across the waves, La Cinta’s got the lot. All you need is your swimsuit, towel and some spending money and you’re good to go.
This tour takes you into the hilly, village-speckled interior of Sardinia, where locals live a traditional way of life. From Olbia, we’ll wind our way past cork forests, vineyards, olive groves and farmland. Our first stop is Aggius, one of the oldest villages in the region. You'll viist the house-like ethnographic museum will uncover rooms filled with traditional costumes, hand-woven fabrics and carpentry displays. Afterwards, we’ll head for the ancient village of Tempio – but not before tracing Moon Valley, with its otherworldly, weather-carved rock formations. A walking tour of Tempio will lead you along its cobbled streets and past a Baroque-style cathedral. There’ll be a little free time to explore the artisan shops and Italian fashion boutiques, too. Alternatively, grab a handmade pasta lunch in a family-run trattoria. To catch mountain and valley views, wander up to the nearby viewpoint before heading back to the coach for the return journey to Olbia.
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