One can return numerous times, but without a doubt, there will always be new adventures to try and memories to create. Amidst the variety of mountains to climb, coastal trails to discover, this island offers an incredible range of experiences.
This unique island is famous for having some of the dreamiest beaches of the European coasts, characterized by a high and rocky shoreline, and undoubtedly, the striking emerald water. Between the Emerald Coast, La Maddalena’s collection of islands, and the Golfo di Orosei’s coves, travelling options are plentiful. Whether you are looking for a relaxing holiday, or a cultural and gourmet vacation or an adventurous one, this destination encompasses it.
Being one of the most geologically ancient bodies of land in Europe, there are many historic features that make-up the island. There are prehistoric dwellings known as “nuraghi” scattered all throughout, and you are sure to encounter one while you travel in Sardinia. Today, some 7,000 Nuraghes dot the Sardinian landscape. While initially these had a relatively simple structure, with time they became extremely complex and monumental.
Ancient and fascinating traditions are still permeating the daily lives of people, from the cities to the villages you can always find something marvelous: masks of Mamuthones or Issohadores, traditional costumes, the evocative Holy Week processions, the Murales in Orgosolo, just to mention a few.
Everything points, in the language, customs and traditions, to ancient civilizations, still mysterious, which developed on the island.
Their handicraft is very famous as the most refined and particular: ceramics, filigree and coral, weaving and embroidery will be a temptation not to be missed.
It is also a land of great culinary traditions, genuine taste and quality products such as meat, dairy, grains and vegetables, constitute the most basic elements of the traditional diet, and to a lesser extent, seafood. Some famous dishes include delicious hand-made pasta such as the Malloreddus, the Culurgiones and the Sebadas , the suckling pig and the wild boar, which are roasted on the spit or boiled in stews of beans and vegetables, thickened with bread. To complement these flavors, herbs such as mint and myrtle are commonly used.
A list of excelled and super vinning wines (Canonau, Vermentino, Nuragus, Carigano, Monica, Cagnulari, Bovale) accompany their cuisine.
Towns and villages of Sardinia are jewels to discover: overlooking the sea or immersed in rugged countryside, surrounded by mountains or perched on the top of rocky cliffs.
Cagliari, overlooking the “Golfo degli Angeli” is an ancient city founded by Phoenicians traders. Here you can see the largest and most important Phoenician necropolis in the Mediterranean, whose finds are on show both at the city’s Archaeological Museum and at the British Museum of London. Cagliari is also a birdwatcher’s dreamland, thanks to its huge wetland areas of Santa Gilla and Molentargius, protected by the EU and the Ramsar Convention, with a rich and diverse wildlife, dominated by large colonies of pink flamingos.
Alghero, the capital of the Coral Riviera, is a true jewel overlooking the sea: Alghero’s golden sea walls, built around the historical center by the Aragonese in the 16th century, are a highlight of the town’s historic cityscape. Restaurants and bars line the walkway, providing the perfect perch to sit back and lap up the holiday atmosphere.
And then…..Olbia and the Emeral Coast, Nuoro and the East, Iglesias and the Southwest, Oristano and the West just to mention some other magic areas of this enchanting region.