Malta and Sardinia

Explore these 2 islands over 11 days with plenty of time to experience both megalithic sites and cultural adventures.

Sardinia - The Island of Giants

Sample Itinerary for Sardinia

Day 1 - Cagliari.  Arrive from Malta and visit the National Archeological Museum, winery tour, Dinner

Day 2 - Nuraghe museum in Cagliari - begin drive to Oristano, stop for a winery tour, visit the most complete Nuraxi  - Su Nuraxi di Barumini . Arrive Oristano. Check in with dinner and rest. 

Day 3 - Sacred Wells and Cala Gonone - Leave Oristano and visit the well of Santa Cristina as seen on Ancient Aliens. Continue drive to Nuoro and the Giorgio Asproni National Archaeological Museum, a beautiful drive to the Fonte Sacra Su Tempiesu sacred well, finish the day in Cala Gonone.

Day 4 - Rent a Zodiac and explore the caves and beaches along the coast in the gulf of Orsei, and/or hike to the Grotta di Ispinigoli, Stay a second night in Cala Gonone.

Day 5 - Start drive to Olbia. First stop Giants' grave of S'Ena'e Thomes. On to an exciting new Brewery in Orosei called Marduk, then a beutiful drive up the coast north of Olbia to the Giants' grave of Coddu Vecchiu. A short drive back to the Tenute Winery  and on to Olbia for dinner. 

Day 6 - Start the day at the Archeological Museum in Olbia, before setting off to drive to Alghero. Depending on time and desire there are 3 location along the way. Dolmen Sa Covaccada, Nuraghe Santu Antine and Altare prenuragico di Monte d'Accoddi. We can also visit a highly rated brewery, and wineries. 

Depart from Alghero. 

Malta - Megalithic Temples

Sample Malta Itinerary 

Day 1 - Arrive and get settled.  Depending on arrival time, visit the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta, and local winery. The island is relatively small, and most attractions are within a 45 minute drive. As such, we can customize the trip depending on arrival. 

Day 2 - Excursion to the island of Gozo and the most popular points of interest on the tour. Starting with context at the Gozo Museum of Archaeology and Gozo Nature Museum. On to the templse of Santa Verna and Ġgantija. That's likely enough for the day, time to find a brewery, winery or go for a hike. 

Day 3 - We start the day at the most famous collection of the curious cart ruts known as Clapham Junction. We move on to the 3 temple complex at Ħaġar Qim. We can move on to the National Museum of Natural History, The Wignacourt Museum or a boat trip to the spectacular caves of the Blue Grotto.

Day 4 - First stop is the Tarxien Temples, with the rest of the day to explore a variety of options. Malta has an amazing variety of history that spans thousands of years, and a number of different civilizations. There are also numerous outdoor activities like diving, sailboat excursions, amazing points of interest for photographers, or just walking the streets of historic valletta. 

Sardinia is known as the land of Giants because of the large gravesites discovered  on this magnificent and amazing island. Sardinian civilization goes back several centuries and dating these magnificent megalithic structures proves very difficult. Imagine standing, like Girogios and Marty, at the stair steps leading to a well perfectly illuminated only once every 18.7 years. It's an amazing feat of engineering to build a steps and and a circular opening so precise, likely without the benefit of testing it out. 

Sardinia is a beautiful island in Italy that boasts a rich and diverse archaeological heritage. It is especially famous for its megalithic monuments, such as nuraghes, giants’ tombs, domus de janas, menhirs and sacred wells. These monuments date back to different periods of prehistory and history, from the Neolithic to the Iron Age, and reflect the culture, religion, art and architecture of ancient Sardinians.

Some of the most impressive megalithic sites on Sardinia are:

Su Nuraxi di Barumini, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that consists of a complex nuraghe (a tower-like structure) surrounded by a village with circular huts.

Nuraghe Santu Antine, one of the largest and best preserved nuraghes on Sardinia, with three towers connected by corridors and chambers.

Monte d’Accoddi, a unique ziggurat (a stepped pyramid) that served as an altar or a temple for ritual ceremonies.

Tharros, an ancient city founded by Phoenicians and later occupied by Romans, Carthaginians and Byzantines. It has ruins of temples, baths, streets and necropolises.

Nora, another ancient city that was founded by Phoenicians and later became a Roman colony. It has remains of mosaics, theaters, baths and a forum.

Sardinia also has many museums that display artifacts from its megalithic sites, such as:

The National Archaeological Museum in Cagliari, which exhibits pottery, jewelry, weapons and statues from various periods of Sardinian history.

The Museum of Cabras in Oristano, which houses the famous Mont’e Prama sculptures: giant stone figures representing warriors, archers and boxers.

The Museum of Nuragic Civilization in Nuoro, which showcases models of nuraghes, giants’ tombs and other megalithic structures.

If you want to learn more about Sardinia’s megalithic sites and museums, you can visit this website:

Malta is a fascinating destination for anyone interested in ancient history and culture. It is home to some of the oldest free-standing monuments in the world: the Megalithic Temples. These temples were built between 3600 BC and 2500 BC by a mysterious civilization that left behind impressive stone structures, intricate carvings, and elaborate burial chambers.

Some of the most remarkable temples are Ħaġar Qim, which has a huge megalith weighing more than 20 tons4, Mnajdra, which is aligned with the sun during solstices and equinoxes3, and Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum, which is an underground cemetery with painted walls and acoustic effects. All these temples are UNESCO World Heritage Sites1.

Besides the temples, Malta also offers many other attractions, such as Cittadella, a medieval fortified city on Gozo island, Fort Saint Angelo and Fort Saint Elmo, two historic fortresses that played a key role in defending Malta from invaders, and Għar Dalam Cave, where fossils of extinct animals were found.

Malta also has several museums that showcase its rich heritage, such as the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta, which displays artifacts from the prehistoric period to the Roman era3, the Malta Maritime Museum in Birgu, which exhibits maritime history from ancient times to modern days, and the Inquisitor’s Palace in Vittoriosa, which reveals the secrets of the Holy Office that operated in Malta for centuries.

If you want to learn more about Malta’s megalithic sites and museums, you can visit this website: