Sardinia, the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, fills with a rich horse riding culture dating back as far as the 13th century, the last places in Europe where wild horses still roam free. Until today, there are numerous festivals, exhibitions and tournaments that honor horses and showcase the impressive skills of the local riders.
Featuring approximately 1850 kilometers of beautiful coastline which make Sardinia an amazing holiday spot for riders who enjoy watersports and chill beach vacations. The clear-water beaches on the south part of the island are perfect for romantic sunset getaway, while the green pastures located over cliffs and crags in the north and east part are ideal venues for gallops.
The trails that are more appropriate for beginner riders exploring the south-west coast through pinewoods close to the sea by golden dunes. On the way, riders might discover small yet beautiful fishing villages and a pat of pink flamingos.
Sardinia cost line
More experienced riders can take spectacular trails ride to the center of the island where the scenery changes from valleys covered with golden wheat growing fields to forests of pine and rugged mountain with canyons, caves and ancient ruins.
Due to the deep-rooted traditions that horse breeding still is an important part of the island’s culture, with the create of diverse horse riding holidays. In this part of the Mediterranean Sea, riders might find horse riding holiday to suit every preference, from pony rides for children and beginner to beach or countryside rides and demanding tours.
How to get there:
The biggest and most modern airport on the island is in Cagliari (CAG), which is also the best option to fly if you plan your holidays are in the southern part of the island. In the north of Sardinia, the best airports for arrival are Olbia (OLB) and well-known budget airlines is Alghero Airport (AHO). The island is also well accessed by domestic flights to all major Italian cities such as Naples, Bologna, Rome, Milan, Turin or Venice. Although Sardinia has well developed public infrastructure and transportation, the most suitable option to reach remote locations is by car.