Cammino di San Antioco (Sardegna) | Level: Mod/Hard | P275
The Cammino di Santu Jacu in Sardinia attributes its roots to Sant’Antioco, the saint patron of Sardinia, known as “the holy Moor who came from the sea”. He arrived in Cagliari, the capital of Sardegna, and then following the Central Axis up to Porto Torres to sail towards Barcelona, walking the Catalan-Aragonese Way to Logroño and the Camino Francés to Santiago de Compostela. Sulki (Sant Antioco), the ancient name of this island in the south-west of of Sardinia, has always been a landing point for navigation in the Mediterranean Sea; a port from
which minerals and food of this land were exported and exploited over the centuries by various settlers and occupants, who have left their mark since punic times. Later depopulated due to attacks by pirates from Barbary, it was transformed into a penal colony for condemned Christians from the Maghreb lands.
The historical link with Santiago di Compostella is testified by the tables of 1466 and it is for this reason that our Way of St. James begins here, at the Basilica of Sant’Antioco.
Day 0: We arrive in Cagliari and transfer by coach to Sant Antioco. Accommodation will be mostly in self-catering apartments. The afternoon/ evening gives us time to stock our fridges for breakfasts and packed lunches.
Day 1: We walk from Sant Antioco to Maladroxia in the South East of the island walking slightly inland through a wooded area until we veer towards the coastal area. Transport will collect us from Maladroxia to take us back to Sant Antioco for the evening.
Day 2: Transport will take us back to Maladroxia. From the beach we continue walking along mainly low cliffs and coastal coastal areas until we reach the beach of Calasapone. Transport will return us to Sant Antioco.
Day 3: Transport will take us back to Calasapone. From there we will continue along the cliffs towards the village of Calasetta. From Calasetta we continue along the prominade, beaches and the old railway track back to Sant Antioco. On day 3 evening we’ll organise a victory dinner covered by XirCammini.
Day 4: We have a full day excursion to by boat to Carloforte and/or Isola di San Pietro with the possiblity of a swim in transit.
Day 5: We’ll have time for last minute sightseeing (or shopping) in Sant Antioco before returning to Cagliari and Malta.
The contribution is Euros 475 per person and covers en-suite accommodation on B&B basis (a few apartment are self-catering so a breakfast basket or reimbursement will be provided), airport transfers and daily transfer to /from the hike, the day tour by boats of Carloforte and Isola di San Pietro. XirCammini will also cover the Victory Dinner on day 3 after we complete the Camino Sant Antioco.