In the low season Sardinia offers to its visitors numerous occasion to enjoy an holiday in this wonderful region. In the low seasons prices are lower than in high season and accessible to most of the people.
For some time now Sardinia has not
been merely offering sun, and beaches to the tourist; today it offers
activities allowing the tourist to visit and admire the lesser-known
regions of Sardinia. This is especially the case with archaeological
itineraries, the cultural and folklore events, Ogliastra's 'nature'
train, agricultural tourism, trekking, ecological weekends and tourism
on horseback. These are the most natural answers to life's frenetic
paces, the spreading ot pollution, and the desire to flee trom the
suffocating cities to escape to the silence of nature.
Agricultural tourism is the best way tor the outside world to encounter the traditions, culture, history, cuisine and, above all, appreciate the products trom Sardinian farms by enjoying velous meals or directly purchasing their genuine, products, wholesome products.
The agricultural tourism experience lets the tourist "return to nature" and discover (albeit in a limited way) the farmer's everyday life and customs. Along with this option, one can follow archaelogical, speleologicli, and architectural itineraries as well as attend country fetes and traditional feasts.
For those lovers of "different" vacations who prefer healthy walks in the forest instead ot sunning on the beach, Sardinia offers 62,000 hectares ot forests divided into 22 regional forests, a natural patrimony which is extremely interesting due to the flora and fauna that live in their original habitat.
In many ot the towns in the inner regions of Sardinia, associations have set up tours with expert guides to visit the forests. In fact, only by hiking along the ancient trails created to transfer flocks of sheep across the mountains for grazing is one able to reach the innermost protected areas ot the island.
Sardinia is a trekking paradise where it is possible to delve into the verdant, fragrant world of the Mediterranean undergrowth or spot splendid examples of moufflons, deer, wild boar, foxes, wild horses, and rare species ot birds such as the Royal eagle and the falcon.
Likewise, tourism on horseback (a cross between ecology and sport can offer a different kind ot vacation in an uncontaminated, suggestive environment. Of course, when visiting Sardinia in this manner one must be a bit adventurous in spirit and especially interested in discovering the real essence of the localities and their people.
The best way to explore the heart ot the island is following the shepherds' trails on horseback, along the mule tracks, or across narrow country roads. Today in Sardinia there are about 60 horse stables where it is very simple to rent a horse for a riding lesson or a thrilling ride through the forests or along the enchanting beaches. One of the best-equipped facilities is without a doubt located in Arborea on the Gulf of Oristano, with 50 horses and covered riding grounds. From here one can follow various itineraries through the Oristano countryside amidst the pine forests, marsh lands, hilly beaches, and high cliffs. And affer a few hours ride, one reaches the Giara plateau. On the other hand, if one wants to visit the heart of the Barbagia region, he should stop at "Su Gologone" in Oliena which is the location where excursions to the Talana and Gennargentu mountains start out from. Furthermore, the itineraries crossing the Sulcis region and the Teulada mountains in the south-western part ot the island are among the most enchanting locations to visit on horseback.