Kayaking in Cardedu

There’s no better way to explore Ogliastra’s coves, grottoes and rock formations than with Francesco Muntoni, who knows the area like the back of his hand.

In Cardedu, 16km south of Tortolì, you’ll find Cardedu Kayak, where you can spend the day with your paddle slicing rhythmically through the turquoise waters. Francesco caters to kayakers of all levels. His courses cost between €150 and €200 for five two-hour lessons. If you would prefer to go it alone, daily kayak rental starts at €25 per person. Be sure to bring your swimming gear in summer. Francesco can help organise longer tours and ‘nautical camping’ if you fancy fishing from the kayak and sleeping on the secluded beaches.

Francesco also arranges cycling tours into the fertile valleys surrounding Cardedu through his spin-off company MTB Sardinia (www.mtbsardinia.com), as well as hikes along the striking red granite coastline, and walks up into the surrounding hills, which are littered with fine examples of domus de janas (prehistoric chamber tombs).