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Itinerary: C4 - Cagliari Based - BEST COASTAL AND MOUNTAIN SCENERY (SUMMER VERSION) - Days: 5 Plus

Cala Gonone

This is a version of Itinerary C3 which can only be followed during the summer season as it makes use of the tourist train (Trenino Verde) for the journey down to Cagliari instead of the Ferry. This long but wonderfully scenic train ride, which departs every day between mid June and mid September, passes through some of the more remote and beautiful parts of the Barbagia area of central Sardinia. Travel is by a combination of Train, and Bus and follows a circuit route to cover as much of the Island as possible.


Whilst we have called this a 5 day Itinerary, we have allowed only one full day (Day 4) in the Dorgali area. You may instead decide to extend the itinerary by staying longer in this area overflowing with things to see and do.
Total transport cost for the Itinerary†was†around Euro 50 per person (Jun 2005), a third of which is the cost of the tourist train.

The only travel days which†would be†possible on Sundays†are Day 1†and Day 3.
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- BEST COASTAL AND MOUNTAIN SCENERY (SUMMER VERSION)
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 Oristano            

Oristano

Select an early afternoon departure for the trip to Oristano to allow you to make fullest use of the morning in Cagliari and still†arrive in Oristano in plenty of time to check into accommodation before the city comes to life for the evening. Make sure you arrive in Oristano with a map, however, as it can be a little confusing when you first arrive. Later in the evening, be sure to take in some of the seafood fare typical of this area of Sardinia, and of course taste also the vernaccia.

Day 2- BEST COASTAL AND MOUNTAIN SCENERY (SUMMER VERSION)
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 Macomer †††††††††††
Depart Macomer Bus FdS (223/2330) †††††††††††
Arrive Bosa †††††††††††
Depart Bosa Bus ARST †††††††††††
Arrive S'Archittu †††††††††††
Depart S'Archittu Bus ARST †††††††††††
Arrive Oristano †††††††††††
Day 2 is actually a circuit day starting and finishing at Oristano, thus overcoming the difficulties associated with a lack of left luggage facilities on route. The Itinerary as presented includes a stop on the coast on route back to Oristano allowing either a walk and/or a swim at the scenic little beaches near S'Archittu. If the weather, however, is cold or windy then it may be better to remain a little longer in Bosa, finding a table in one of the many cosy restaurants near the centre of town, and enjoy a relaxed lunch. You can then return by a later bus
direct to Oristano.

Bosa

The Day starts with an early morning FS train departure from Oristano for the town of Macomer situated on a ridge overlooking the Northern end of the Campidano plain in the Province of Nuoro (Select a departure which ensures you arrive in time for the ongoing bus departing Macomer around 10am).†You will probably find that you have a short time to fill in Macomer,†just perfect for a walk around the town (arrive with a map) and breakfast in one of the many Bars before boarding the bus for Bosa. On route out of Macomer several nuragic ruins are visible from the bus, with the final descent into Bosa providing postcard views of this town with its castle above.

The stop in Bosa of a few hours can be pleasantly spent wandering through the medieval section of town including a climb up to the 11th century castle overlooking the town. Even when the castle is closed (approximately Nov until March) it is still worth the climb to walk around Via Nino Gavino which runs around the base of the castle and provides good views up the valley of the river Temo, across the top of the medieval quarter, and down the valley to the ocean and the Spanish watch tower. In and around the medieval quarter are several shops selling artifacts and souvenirs however be aware that†many of these shops shut around 12:30 which in any case leaves sufficient time for a leisurely aperitivo at one of the bars in Piazza Costituzione whilst you decide how to spend the rest of your day.

S'Archittu

If you decide to make a stop at S'Archittu along the coast, select a bus departing†Bosa very early in the afternoon. Before departing Bosa†try to purchase†a ticket also for the last leg of the Journey (S'Archittu to Oristano) as it is sometimes difficult to purchase bus tickets in S'Archittu. The bus for S'Archittu (board the bus for Oristano) makes its way up onto the flanks of Monti Ferru, passing through the strongly traditional towns of Cuglieri and Scano di Monti Ferru before descending again to arrive at the coast at Santa Caterina, shortly after which you arrive at S'Archittu. In the off season the bus may only stop here if necessary, so make sure you let the driver know that you want to get off.

If the weather is good, you can arrange to have plenty of time in the afternoon to descend for a swim in one of the several pretty bays, or to stretch your legs along the coastline, but make sure that you get back to the bus stop to catch the ongoing bus you have chosen (board the bus for Oristano) in plenty of time as sometimes the buses may pass a little early out of season.

If you choose to stay longer in Bosa, then board†your chosen†bus direct for Oristano in Piazza Zanetti.

Day 3- BEST COASTAL AND MOUNTAIN SCENERY (SUMMER VERSION)
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 Macomer            
Depart Macomer Bus FdS ex PANI (341)            
Arrive Nuoro            
Depart Nuoro Bus ARST            
Arrive Dorgali            
Arrive Cala Gonone            

Cala Gonone

Select a train departure from Oristano at around 8am and you should be able to arrive in Nuoro a little after midday leaving ample time to get from the FdS (ex PANI) bus stop to the ARST Bus station (with also a stop for a bite in one of the bars on route) to make the early afternoon departure for Dorgali (Cala Gonone). This Bus will then get you to the coast in good time for an afternoon swim if the weather is good.
This travel day might also be possible by departing on a very early FdS (ex PANI) bus from Oristano (343) direct to Nuoro enabling you to make a mid morning departure from Nuoro to get to Cala Gonone before lunch. This†may not work on Sundays however.


Day 4- BEST COASTAL AND MOUNTAIN SCENERY (SUMMER VERSION)

Remain in Dorgali / Cala Gonone area.

Day 4 is spent taking in a little of what this wonderful area jam packed with potential wilderness activities and indescribable beaches has to offer.

Caletta Fuili (Cala Gonone)

Cala di Luna (Cala Gonone)



Day 5- BEST COASTAL AND MOUNTAIN SCENERY (SUMMER VERSION)
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 Cala Gonone Bus ARST †††††††††††
Arrive Dorgali †††††††††††
Depart Dorgali Bus ARST †††††††††††
Arrive Lanusei †††††††††††
Depart Lanusei Train FdS (Trenino Verde) †††††††††††
Arrive Cagliari †††††††††††
We have listed this as being Day 5, but in fact it would be very hard to tear yourself away from the Dorgali area after having had only 1 full day (Day 4) to enjoy its many possibilities. So if you can afford the time then you might decide to stay at least another day or two.

Genna Silana

Select an early morning bus from Cala Gonone to Dorgali to ensure that you make the ongoing departure from Dorgali for Lanusei a little after 10am. You may find that there is no direct connection between one of the busses†from Cala Gonone and this ongoing bus. As a result you may have a little time to kill in Dorgali (unless you have already spent the previous night in Dorgali). Have a wander around the town, or choose a bar in which to relax and read a book.

The bus trip south from Dorgali follows one of the more scenic routes in Sardinia, passing through the wildly rugged Supramonte of Dorgali and Baunei. As the road climbs up towards to the Pass of Genna Silana (1017m) there are ever improving views west towards the Supramonte of Oliena and over the Gorroppu Gorge. After the pass there are views over the deep valley of the Codula di Luna (which finishes at the back of the beach of Cala Luna) and finally spectacular views over the bay of Arbatax and Tortoli as the road descends again passing through the town of Baunei.

After passing across the plains behind†Tortolž the route then climbs again to reach the town of Lanusei, where you arrive in the very early afternoon leaving a few hours before the Trenino Verde departs in the mid afternoon. Unfortunately Lanusei will be mostly closed for lunch when you arrive, however you should be able to find a couple of bars open as you wander through town in the direction of the Train Station.†

The train ride on the Trenino Verde tourist train between here a Cagliari is very scenic, especially for the first half as the train slowly winds its way around and through some of the

Cagliari

more remote and beautiful areas of the central Barbagia region of the Island. When the train arrives in Mandas, it may be necessary to change trains or even change to a bus for certain of the final sections of the journey to Cagliari however the connections†should†all†be easy to make, especially as this train service is designed for tourists. The journey ends in Piazza Republica near the centre of Cagliari sometime after 9pm.

This is a very long travel day, however, and you may decide instead to break it into 2 days by following the Itinerary idea presented in Day 3 of Alghero based Itinerary A3 to travel from Dorgali to Arbatax where you spend the night, boarding the early morning Trenino Verde departure from there the following morning, with this train arriving in Cagliari in the early afternoon.


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