Explore the unspoiled west coast of Sardinia

Welcome to Sinis Marine Protected Area


We sincerely appreciate your participation on this test tour. Please enjoy your visit to Sinis MPA and use this page as a guide and reference with all the practical information you might need during your stay. Thank you!



4 days of active travelling in the unique island of Sardinia in the South of Italy, sailing, cycling, snorkeling, enjoying Sardinian food and learning about ancient cultures in the Sinis Marine Protected Area, away from mass tourism.

Travel on a train to Oristano and then by minibus to the small lagoon town  of Cabras. Ride a bike on pastel-colored landscapes. Hike a path with archeological sites from Nuragic, Phoenician and Roman civilizations and snorkeling in turquoise water. Board a sailboat, following Phoenician routes guided by dolphins, and set anchor in hidden coves with beautiful beaches and passing flamingos.

Taste the Sardinian seafood with a glass of local white wine, watching the Mediterranean sunset from the top of an old Spanish tower.

Be part of a new concept of tourism in the Mediterranean, actively traveling in a small group, guided by local guides who will introduce to the Sardinian culture.
A portion of the cost of your tour will support the conservation of the sea turtles.

Sinis Marine Protected Area: The Protected Area

The Sinis Peninsula – Mal di Ventre Island is situated in the central western-coast of the Island of Sardinia, Italy.

Thanks to its rich biodiversity, the Sinis Peninsula and Mal di Ventre Island form a Marine Protected Area (MPA) dates back to 1997, managed by the Municipality of Cabras. The MPA extends over an area of approximately 26,000 ha and is divided into three zones (“A”, “B”, “C”) with different levels of protection according to their management objectives: protection and valorisation of the biodiversity, environmental education, scientific research and sustainable development of the area.
The entire area has been selected as EU EDEN Destination of Excellence in 2009.

PRE DEPARTURE GUIDE

Before you depart, please take these considerations into account:

Visa requirements
European Citizens whose country is under the authority of the Schengen Treaty may enter Italy with nothing more than a valid identity card or passport.
Citizens from all other countries must show their passport on the border; where a visa is required, this must also be presented to the border authorities and must indicate the length of the holder’s stay and his or her destination. Visa applications – specifying the reason of the trip –  must be made to the Italian Consulate in the applicant’s country of residence, and are generally issued 90 days after the application was been made.
Passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your planned date of departure from the Schengen area.(Six months recommended).

Currency
Currency in Italy (and all the European Union) is EuroGoogle Currency Converter
All major credit cards are accepted in shops, hotel and restaurants.
Banks in Italy are open Monday through Friday from 8:35 am to 1:35 pm and from 3 to 4pm.
The ATMs in Italy are known as Bancomat, there are 4 in Cabras.

Weather Conditions
Expected weather conditions: very warm with plenty sun. In June: Temperatures between 30°C (High) and 17°C (Low). Forecast by Weather.com

Appropriate clothing/shoes and other equipment
Light clothes, hat, hiking or running shoes, swimsuit, beach towel and don’t forget the sun block and the insect repellent.

Electricity & adaptors
In Italy the electrical current is 220 volts AC (50 Hz)

Health & safety considerations
Italy is a safe country. Medical services are excellent.

Important cultural or religious knowledge/awareness
The Italian Constitution guarantees freedom of worship. Most of the population is Catholic.
Italians usually have breakfast from 7.00 a.m. onwards. Hotels generally set a time (around 10.00 a.m.) after which breakfast may no longer be ordered. In restaurants, lunch is served from 12.30 to 2.30 p.m, and dinner between 19.30 and 23.00. These times are merely indicative.

Food
The traditional cuisine of Cabras combines both sea and agricultural components. Try delicacies such as the fish of Cabras, prepared in several ways, as the merca, mullet boiled in salted water and wrapped in leaves. The typical product is the bottarga (salted, pressed and dried mullet eggs), either sliced or grated on a plate of spaghetti.

Shopping
Shops are generally open from Monday to Saturday, from 8.00 a.m. to 13.00 and from 17.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

ON ARRIVAL

Final Tour Itinerary

Download the detailed tour itinerary here.

Transportation
We will meet the first group (that will arrive before the 27th) in Cagliari and the second group that will arrive the 27th in the afternoon at Cagliari Elmas Airport according to their flight.

Accomodation
Overnight in single rooms  with private bathroom, hair drier, SAT-TV, direct-dial telephone, indipendent air- conditioning and fridge.
The charming three stars Hotel Villa Canu, is an old typical sardinian style country house situated in the historical centre of Cabras.

LOCATION


USEFUL PHRASES IN ITALIAN

Basic greetings:

English Local Language – Italian Local Language – Sardinian
Hello Ciao Ciau /saludi
Good evening Buona sera Saludi
Goodbye Arrivederci Adiòsu/ A si biri
See you tomorrow Ci vediamo domani Si bideusu cràsi / A cràsi
Please Per favore Pò praxeri
Excuse me / sorry Mi scusi/ Scusa Iscusamì / Predoamidda
Thank you Grazie Gràtzias
You’re welcome Prego Pregu
Have a good day Buona giornata Saludi
Enjoy your meal Buon appetito Bon’appetitu
Cheers Cin cin/Salute Saludi

Introducing yourself:

English Local Language – Italian Local Language – Sardinian
Hello, my name is… Ciao, mi chiamo… Saludi, deu seu…
What is your name? Come ti chiami? Cumenti ti zerriasa?
How are you? Come stai? Cumenti istasa?
Nice to meet you Piacere di conoscerti Meda praxeri
I come from Italy, Spain, Germany.. Vengo dall’Italia, Spagna, Germania… Bengiu de Italia, Ispagna, Germania

CUSTOMER SATISFACTION QUESTIONNAIRE

Last but not least, please take a moment to view the customer satisfaction questionnaire which you will be required to fill out as a condition of participation in the tour. Please note that we will send you a personalised link via email – please use this to register your responses. You may begin working on the responses during the trip if you have time, and we ask that you complete it fully within one week of the tour ending. Thank-you and enjoy your MEET experience!