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Startin from: Cagliari  HISTORY, SOME COAST, & A LITTLE VERNACCIA
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DAYS:2 plus

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Itinerary: C1 - Cagliari Based - HISTORY, SOME COAST, & A LITTLE VERNACCIA - Days: 2 plus

Barumini

This short Itinerary includes a few of the more historically important areas in the south of the Island including the vaguely Spanish and distinctly mining town of Iglesias and the important nuragic site of Su Nuraxi near Barumini, but also takes in the highly photogenic coastal strip near Nebida and leaves a little time to explore the Island's third largest but lightly visited Provincial capital of Oristano - centre of the distinctive Vernaccia dessert wine producing region.
 
Extending the Itinerary by 1 day will allow also an exploration of the coastal scenery of the north Sinis Peninsula - plenty of swimming when the weather is hot, and easy coastal walks when it's not.
 
Transport is by way of both Bus and train, and includes a route which takes in the steep hill country of the Iglesiente.

Neither of the 2 travel days presented (nor the optional additional day) would be possible on Sundays.

Total transport cost for the Itinerary would be around Euro 30 per person (Jun 2005)
 
The following provides a day by day description of the itinerary idea, including also tables indicating the various stages of travel for each day. These tables do not contain the actual departure and arrival times of each leg of the journey which must be accessed directly from the web sites of the individual transport providers. Links are provided to the front pages of the relevant sites, and some notes are provided here which explain how we accessed the relevant timetable information from the sites which do not have English translations.

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Day 1- HISTORY, SOME COAST, & A LITTLE VERNACCIA
The stages of the journey for this day are shown in the table below. To obtain the actual departure and arrival times for each stage, use the links and the information included in accessing timetables.
 
Depart Cagliari Train FS            
Arrive Iglesias            
Depart Iglesias (Via Oristano) Bus FMS (8/1239)            
Arrive Nebida            
Depart Nebida Bus FMS (8/1246)            
Arrive Iglesias (Via Oristano)            
Depart Iglesias (Via Oristano) Bus FMS (4/1131)            
Arrive Fluminimaggiore            
Depart Fluminimaggiore Bus ARST            
Arrive San Gavino            
Depart San Gavino Train FS            
Arrive Oristano            
 
 

Day 1 starts with an early morning train departure from Cagliari (around 6:30am) bound for Iglesias leaving the whole morning to explore both the town itself and the nearby coastal scenery. Arrive with a map already in hand to make the most of your short visit to the town which will still be fairly sleepy when you arrive. You could, therefore, start off with a walk to the top of the hill to the North West of the town centre (where the simple Chiesa Signora di Buon Cammino is situated) to take in the views over the town and surrounding areas. Afterwards, upon your return to the town centre, things should be

Nebida

considerably more awake and you can take in the rest of the sites. Be sure, however, to allow time to make the short bus trip out to the nearby coast where the scenery in this section of the Golfo di Gonnesa is justifiably famous. There are a couple of bus departures from Iglesias for the coast during the morning leaving you a little flexibility, and the itinerary presents just one. The best place along the coast to get off the bus, to simply take in the scenery, is the little town of Nebida where there is a circuit path running around a steep sided hill plunging into the sea, providing great views in both directions. Those feeling more energetic can take the long staircase down to the ruins of the old mineral treatment plant spectacularly located near the base of this hill below the circuit path. Afterwards a rest at the bar spectacularly located on this circuit walk is a must (may be closed in winter)

The coastal area around Nebida and on to the next little hamlet of Masua is very beautiful (even the ever present relict mining infrastructure often seems to add to the scene rather than detract from it) and you may find yourself wanting to stay a little longer than is allowed in the Itinerary suggested (especially if the weather is good and the water inviting). If this is the case, there are several later bus departures from Nebida (and Masua) during the day with the last leaving Nebida around 7pm, but these will all require the Itinerary from Iglesias to be continued the following day.

To continue the Itinerary after your return to Iglesias, board the FMS bus for Buggerru departing in the early afternoon (ask before boarding the Bus as there are many buses departing at the same time for many destinations) but alight at the small town of Fluminimaggiore nestled in a tight valley in the thick of the steep hills of

Nebida

the Iglesiente. This is also a town owing its past to the mining industry, and you will have noticed old mining sites and infrastructure scattered throughout the mountains along the route. You have an hour or so to wait before the bus to San Gavino arrives (around 4pm)and there is not a lot to do, but the road ahead is equally as curvy and slow as that which you have just passed, so enjoy the break. Have a wander to the river, otherwise take up a spot in a bar and absorb a little of the pace of life here.

The bus for San Gavino (board the bus for Sanluri) continues through the steep hill country passing the town of Arbus, shortly after which it crosses a saddle and starts a long descent to the Campidano plain and the town of Guspini below, affording good views all the way.

Upon arrival in San Gavino, the bus will cross the train lines, turn immediately right and stop out the front of the FS train station where you should alight. It is then a matter of awaiting the north bound FS train for the short run to Oristano where you should be able to arrive in perfect time to experience the evening life in the centre of the city. Make sure you arrive in Oristano with a map, however, as the train station is a little way from the centre. Later in the evening take in some of the seafood fare typical of this area of Sardinia, and of course taste a litle of the vernaccia.


Day 2- HISTORY, SOME COAST, & A LITTLE VERNACCIA
The stages of the journey for this day are shown in the table below. To obtain the actual departure and arrival times for each stage, use the links and the information included in accessing timetables.

 
Depart Oristano Train FS            
Arrive San Gavino            
Depart San Gavino Bus ARST          
Arrive Sanluri          
Depart Sanluri Bus ARST          
Arrive Barumini          
Depart Barumini Bus FdS          
Arrive Sanluri Stato          
Depart Sanluri Stato Train FS          
Arrive Cagliari          
 
 
The morning of Day 2 can easily be filled getting to know Oristano, or taking the opportunity to pick up a few of the handicrafts available in the city which include the distinctive masks worn by the participants in the Sa Sartiglia competition and festival held each year during Carnevale. It is an easy matter to take one of the frequent buses to the adjacent town of Santa Giusta to take in the Romanesque Basilica di Santa Giusta. Unfortunately a morning is too short to enable also a visit to one of the coastal areas of the nearby Sinis Peninsula and surrounds. If the weather is good you might consider staying an extra day in Oristano to take in a little beaching

Santa Giusta

or walking on this relatively lightly developed coastline, a few sections of which can be accessed all year round by busses form Oristano. In particular both Mandriola (near Putzu Idu) or S'Archittu are easily visited in a day, whereas if you are here in the summer then it is also possible to get buses to and from the site of the ancient Punic/Roman city of Tharros. Finally, you can do a circuit trip passing Macomer to take in the riverside medieval town of Bosa, returning via the remote towns of Scano Montiferru and Cuglieri, with a stop on the coast at S'Archittu if desired. See Day 2 of Itinerary C3.

The onward journey from Oristano involves a return to the FS train station to board a south bound train. You need to select a train departing around midday such that you are in San Gavino before 1pm where you alight and exit the station to wait immediately out the front in the small Piazza from where buses arrive and depart. Before exiting the station, however, purchase a train ticket from the Station ticket office for San Gavino to Cagliari, and keep this ticket with you as it will be needed for the last leg of the day's journey.

Sanluri


For the brief Bus ride across the Campidano plain from San Gavino to Sanluri, select a bus departing around 1pm (it may be signed to Cagliari). Upon arrival in Sanluri (arrive with a map as Sanluri is not the easiest of transport interchanges) the bus will probably pass along Viale G Matteotti turning right at Piazza Porto Nuovo and making its first stop shortly after entering into the tree lined Viale Trieste. From here the bus will probably proceed turning left into Via Sassari and then right into Via Rinascita where it should stop in-front of Piazza Rinascita near the junction between Via Rinascita and Via Nuoro. There will most probably be several people waiting to board the bus here, and there may also be other buses stopped in the same area. Alight here, from where it is a 10 minute walk back up to the centre and historical part of the town which is well worth a wander around even though the Castle and Duomo will both be closed when you arrive. Afterwards a bite to eat in one of the several bars near the town centre before heading back to Piazza Rinascita to catch the ongoing Bus.

For the onward journey, board the bus for Sorgono (may also be signed to Laconi) departing in the mid afternoon which, after a ride of a half hour or so, arrives in Barumini shortly after passing through the hamlet of Las Plassas with its surprisingly conical shaped hill topped by the ruins of a castle. From the bus stop in the main street passing through Barumini it is no more than an easy 10 minute walk to the west of the town to arrive at the important nuragic site of Su Nuraxi which is the Island's largest and one of its oldest. Getting there is a simple matter, but if you want to arrive with a map of the town it never hurts. Tours of Su Nuraxi are run at

Barumini

half hourly intervals so you won't have to wait too long. The tour lasts around an hour or so. After the guided tour you will still have some time before boarding the bus for the ongoing trip. Head back down to the town of Barumini where you can stroll around the tiny medieval centre, taking in also the old church, then choose a seat in the courtyard of the very pleasant bar located across the road and in sight of the bus stop to await the ongoing bus. Do not miss the ongoing Bus, however, or you will be stranded in Barumini for the night (where in any case there is accommodation).

For the onward trip board the FdS bus to Sanluri Stato (which is the FS train station serving the town of Sanluri)passing Barumini around 6pm. After passing through several smaller towns the bus will pass through the town of Sanluri itself, and then exit the town travelling across the Campidano plain for some 5 to 10 minutes before arriving at Sanluri Stato which is located several kilometres outside of Sanluri. The station is rather isolated with absolutely nothing else around, but it is not a long wait before a south bound train arrives to take you back to Cagliari. There is no ticket office at Sanluri Stato so it is better to arrive with the ticket already purchased earlier at San Gavino, or you risk a hefty fine.

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