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Discover the rural heart and beauty of Sardinia island on horseback on this classic trail with Mandra Edera. In six days, you will also discover the variety of this island, the landscape changes completely every day. You start at the stable, climb the mountains of the Montiferru and finally arrive at the sea. Breathe the timeless rhythm of a journey through the beauty of nature! This will be an unforgettable experience.
Mandra Edera Country Hotel is immersed in a park of age-old oak trees and surrounded by fields and paddocks with horses roaming free. The country hotel has four standard double rooms, two junior and eight garden suites furnished with taste and simplicity according to the traditional Sardinian style and equipped with minibar, safe, and air conditioning. All the rooms have a view over the park, some over the small vineyard and the surrounding countryside.
The restaurant, the bar, and all the suites are accessible from the garden and do not present architectural barriers. One of these has a bathroom suitable for the differently able. The restaurant has a dining room in which the kitchen looks out over, designed and realized to offer the guests the opportunity to know and appreciate completely the quality of the food used in the dishes proposed.
The style that characterizes the hotel is that of a great house, furnished in a comfortable and welcoming way, where the guests feel pampered and well-taken care of. The swimming pool is to be found in the east wing of the park, the most protected, shaded by age-old oak trees. Next, to the external pool, separated by a large window, there is the solarium. The internal heated pool is to be found enclosed in the wellness center with changing and treatment rooms.
This riding holiday requires the riders to be in a good health condition. It is suitable for experienced riders only who can control the horse at all paces such as walk, trot, and canter. The whole trail is about 150 kilometers. You will cross areas that ordinary tourists never cross. On the first day, there will be a two-hour excursion to match the horses. Overall, there will be one-day hack and five-day trail riding of about 3.5 hours. You will enjoy a picnic with the horses, mountain view, beach gallop. etc. Arrival day is on Saturday, any week is possible.
Arrive and check into your accommodation in time for dinner.
You will meet your horse. A horse will be selected for you according to your riding abilities, build, and preferences. After 10 - 15 minutes in the riding arena, you will start your first ride out from the hotel grounds. You will ride through ancient shepherd paths which haven’t changed for the last 200 years. You will head along stone walls, which are typical of Sardinia, and you will see animals such as sheep, donkeys, and cows grazing peacefully behind them. The landscape is quiet and peaceful.
You will ride again from the main stables but in another direction. You will see an ancient graveyard called Tombe dei Giganti, which is supposed to be 4000 years old with giants buried there, where you will feel a magical atmosphere. You will then head into an oak tree forest where you will enjoy a long canter before turning back. Spotting the many small farmhouses with farmers doing their daily work in gardens and orchards will be a real pleasure for your eyes.
The horses will be fresh and in good spirits when you’ll fetch them from the big paddock. The riding today will be on long, bending paths which allow plenty of trots and canters. Being Sardinia, a volcanic island, today, you will pass through regions of cold lava and stones. The horses are sure-footed, like mountain goats, so you will enjoy another three hours of riding in this peaceful area.
This will be the first day of riding from the seaside stables which are about a 35-minute drive from the country hotel. You will head there by hired car. Your guide at the beach will have a short briefing with you before introducing you to your horse. The landscape will look totally different as Sinis Peninsula is a peculiar type of environment. You will discover the rocky cliffs of Capo Mannu, enjoy the breathtaking views from the sea water on your horse, admire the over 200-meter high steep rocks washed by frothy waves, and ride through a wide salty lagoon where, if you are lucky, you might see some pink flamingos.
This ride will take you into the large pinewoods of Is Arenas where you will enjoy riding up and down the sandy ground, the pine tree tops letting the sunlight through and giving off a wonderful scent. Eventually, you will reach the 10-kilometer beach of soft golden sand. There, the horses will enjoy playing in the refreshing shallows of the seashore and take the opportunity to canter and gallop!
You will find, strong, well-trained animals, which have already taken part in national show jumping competitions with excellent results that now offer their experience to you. You will also find horses that are training for endurance races, continuous trot animals that never get tired, and those specialized in the long gallop. There are many different horses with something in common namely their elegance and their will to work with you. Mandra Edera has the best of Anglo-Arabian breeds and pure Arabian horses. All of them are pretty and in the best conditions. All are well-trained sports horses, some of which have competed at international levels.
This riding holiday will take you from Mandra Edera through the Montiferru to the west coast. Mandra Edera is to be found in the heart of Sardinia, Italy, in the Abbasanta area, a meeting point between Montiferru, Marghine, and Barigadu, where Mandra means fence, a fence that still encloses fragrances and ancient flavors. Mandra Edera is a land scorched by the sun. It lies amongst rocks, water and wind, olive trees, oaks and horses, Nuragic and pagan places of worship, Nuraghi and sacred wells, ceremonial and ancient healing places.
Meals are served in a charming outdoor veranda or in the room overlooking the open kitchen, designed and built to offer guests the pleasure of knowing and appreciating the preparation of the proposed recipes. The chef uses only fresh, seasonal and very high-quality products, most of which are collected directly from the garden located on the estate. During certain periods, the staff organizes tastings of the most renowned regional wines and extra-virgin olive oil, for which the territory holds a renowned vocation.