Best places in Sardinia
Pictures of white sandy beaches, deep blue sky, turquoise sea, dramatic coastline with rocks and caves come to the tourist’s mind at the sound of the word ‘Sardinia’. Although one of the preferred summer destination for many people, Sardinia is still an undiscovered land.
The easiest way to reach this Italian island is by Ryanair which flies to Alghero, one of the most important and ancient towns of the north-west.
Situated in a charming position, with its long sandy beaches, cafés and port, is full of history: it was conquered 6 centuries ago by the Catalan colonists who called the town Barceloneta, little Barcelona. Today the memory of the founders of the towns still lives in the language, folklore and gothic architecture. Alghero is a lively town both in winter as well as in summer making it the ideal destination for a winter break. The coast around Alghero is characterized by secluded bays, jagged rocks and coves covered by bushes. Inland you will discover olive groves and vineyards where some of the most aromatic wines of Sardinia are produced.
ORISTANO AND SURROUNDINGS
Just over an hour drive south of Alghero, the coastline near Oristano becomes more rough and irregular with few sheltered areas and a landscape that changes continuously. The sea is crystal clear and rich in large fish. In the interior is possible to admire stretches of wild garlic plants, prehistoric constructions of nuraghi and ancestral villages. The small fishing town of Bosa is built on the mouth of the river Temo and during the Roman domination was an important economic centre. Today it’s a small tourist resort with shops, restaurants and cafes, and tourists can enjoy long walks along the palm-lined riverbanks. While in Bosa, it is worth a visit to the Serravalle Castle (the best mediaeval building in Sardinia) and to the Roman church of S. Pietro Extramuros. The 18-hole golf course of Is Irenas is an added attraction for golf players while carnival, 43 days before Easter is not to be missed with its joyful parades in all towns in Oristano.
Cagliari is the capital of Sardinia, built on a hill and developed in the direction of the sea with its modern quarters and industries. Soon after this town going towards the extreme point of the Teulada peninsula, the Sardinian coast becomes a real natural jewel with enchantingly blue sea, thick woodland and wide green valleys covered by Mediterranean vegetation. The coast is dotted with small, quiet bays and coves and white sandy beaches, a real paradise for snorkeling, nature lovers and bird watchers.
At Is Molas is possible to find one of the most important golf courses on the island, which is open all year round and hosts international competitions.
TORRE DELLE STELLE
From Cagliari to Torre delle Stelle (24 Km.), a coastline dotted with summer communities offering all the services that are necessary to enjoy the best of holidays. An area rich with white sandy beaches, small inlets and coves, where secluded beaches seem to spring up from a mountainous coastline.
Ideal for relaxation, while close enough to Cagliari, Sardinia’s largest city. The closeness to 2,900-year-old Cagliari makes these locations a place to be for persons who have a thirst for ancient and medieval history, a city that may surprise even the most passionate.
Find a small hidden unpaved road on your own that leads to a small unpopulated beach or hike in the opposite direction, on a rocky trail filled with Mediterranean vegetation.
Find a little piece of Sardinia to call your own.
The Emerald Coast, takes the name from the emerald colour of the sea, unique to the 55km stretch of coastline. It offers a wonderful choice of secluded beaches and small coves, making it a paradise for true sea lovers, and an 18-hole golf course. Porto Cervo is the most fashionable resort of the area, at the heart of the Costa Smeralda, with its renowned port, beautiful yachts and sailing boast. The town has a unique atmosphere with its small piazzas, designer shops, exclusive restaurants and boutiques, and luxury villas. During the lively summer months, it is crowded by artists, cinema and TV personalities who meet in the small ‘piazzetta’ of the center. In the other months of the year the town dies out and it is ideal for those who seek relaxation, tranquility and love to snorkel.
What to do in Sardinia
Visit the capital, Cagliari.
For a taste of the Sardinian history, don’t miss the chance to explore the city that was founded in the 9th century BC by the Phoenicians, when the Carthaginians made it an important trading base. Since then the city, under various rulers, has inspired many writers and displays a rare, unusual beauty.
Try File ‘e ferru
This is a liqueur made from marc. In the past it was heavily taxed so producers used to bury it. Its name refers to the piece of iron wire they used to mark the hiding place.
Visit the Museum of Sardinian Life and Tradition
Here you can see traditional costumes, musical instruments and photographs of life on the island.
Sassari is Sardinia’s second largest city and it is situated on a beautiful stretch of coastline. The main sights are St. Nicholas Church, Palazzo Ducale, Palazzo Giordano, Piazza Italia and the Rossello Fountain.
Explore Parco Arcipelago di la Maddalena
Here you can see dolphins playing. The park covers the entire area of a single town and contains more than 700 different plants.
Visit Garibaldi’s house on Caprera
Garibaldi spent the last years of his life on the island of Caprera and his house is now a museum. Ferries leave regularly from Palau on Sardinia’s north coast or, if you are already on La Maddelena, you can reach it by boat from there.
Once in your life, take your time to explore the magical land of Sardinia, the perfect place to experience your exclusive luxury holiday that you have always dreamed of.
Taste the local food and drinks
If you are visiting Sardinia is a must to enjoy the local food and drinks. Sardinian food is very rich in flavors. Cannonau is their local wine, Carasau, Porcheddu (a frequently basted young pig) and Culurgiones (a ravioli-like pasta filled with pecorino cheese, mint and other ingredients) are traditional Sardinian foods that you need to try. Enjoy a lovely dinner with your friends and family at the local restaurants.
Take photos of Sardinian wildlife
Sardinia has a very rich and unique wildlife. None of the animal in here are poisonous or very dangerous, so you can explore the island. Turtles and monk seals live in the Sardinian blue waters. In the wood you can see deer and foxes and different types of bird can be spotted in the island like the Chaffinch and Flamingo.
Admire the clear blue water of Sardinia
With one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean Sea. Li Caggi beach, Cala Gonone, La Pelosa are the best beaches in Sardinia. If you want to see something spectacular don’t miss the pink beach, Spiaggia Rosa in Budelli. Budelli has an area of just 1.6 square kilometers. The beach takes name from the particular pink coral color of the sand, due to the numerous shells and little fragments of red corals.
Long stretches of soft white sand, rugged coves, spectacular dunes, sparkling pebbles and grains of rice: the variety of beaches in Sardinia is so diverse that you are not likely to be disappointed.
The clear blue sea that laps the shores of the island is an invitation to dive, to savor this precious good that nature, in Sardinia, offers so generously.
Fulfilling tours in Sardinia
- Boat tour to La Maddalena Archipelago
Explore the stunning La Maddalena Archipelago by boat with this day trip from Sardinia. Visit each island in the gorgeous archipelago, with many opportunities for swim breaks or stopping at beaches. Explore the pristine scenery of this protected area with sandy beaches, emerald water and ruggedly beautiful islands.
You can also enjoy a midday lunch on the board while you get relaxed watching the views and feeling the fresh air. Don’t forget to bring up your camera because you are going to be mesmerized by the trip. The tour costs 47$ and the departure with the boat starts each day from Palau and crosses the beautiful island of Spargi.
- Wine tour at the Sardinian Wine Cellars
You will have the unique chance of discovering the wines of Sardinia on a delightful half-day tasting tour from Cagliari. You will visit several of the most acclaimed wineries on the island, where you’ll meet the winemakers, stroll through rolling vineyards and take a tour of production facilities. The local varieties of wine will be presented under the expertise of a sommelier guide, who will also offer you the chance of samplings of specialty food products and also a delicious brunch.
The departure point is in Cagliari, the tour costs 88$ and it lasts almost 4 hours.
- Cagliari City Tour
Once you get to Sardinia you must explore the capital city, Cagliari. During a 4-hour tour with a minivan will learn about the city’s history, but also about the modern treasures of the region. Your licensed professional driving guide will pick you up in a van from the harbor getting you closer to the history, nature and archeology of Cagliari. The tour costs 128$ and here are the most important sights that you should never miss:
- Sanctuary of the Holy Lady of the Good Air (with stop)
- Lighthouse and Cliffs
- Poetto Beach
- Molentargius Pond and pink flamingos
- Monte Urpino Panorama
- Phoenician Necropolis of Tuvixeddu
- Roman Amphitheater
- View from Giorgino