Sardinia Hotels and Apartments
Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, located just west of Italy, and attracts many holiday-makers each year. The island is an equal distance between Europe and Africa, and is bursting with beautiful beaches, rich culture and history. If you are looking for a peaceful Italian break without the hustle and bustle of the mainland, Sardinia is the place for you.
Sardinia prides itself on its spectacular, clean beaches. The stunning coastline is scattered with hidden coves and bays with soft white sand and sparkling, emerald green seas. In the east of Sardinia, the beaches are secluded by the rugged mountains while in the north and south of the island the turquoise waters are shallow, making the area a safe haven for children. Santa Teresa di Gallura’s main beach on the northern peninsula – Spiaggia Rena Bianca – is perfect for swimming, or be sure to visit Spiaggia della Pelosa in the north west to soak up the sun on one of the best white sandy beaches on the island. The beach in Chia is best for families with its soft sands and shallow water, and in the lagoon tucked away behind the beach you can catch a glimpse of some flamingos.
If climbing and hiking is your forte, The Aguglia is a rock formation soaring over the beach at 148m high. Once at the top, the views of the rocky mountains and glistening water below are second to none.
Culture lover’s paradise
Away from the beaches, there are many historical and archaeological sites dotted around the island which are well worth a visit. From churches and cathedrals to ancient ruins and museums, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.
Visit ‘Alghero’, also known as ‘Little Barcelona’, a fishing village in the north-west of Sardinia with a slight twist of Spain, where part of the population descends from Catalan conquerors in the 14th-century and some still speak in the Catalan dialect. Walk the golden-coloured sea walls also known as ‘Bastoni’, built by the Spanish to prevent attacks, and then watch the sunset over the bay. You can also visit the medieval church with a unique Spanish gothic doorway. Catalan-style buildings line the cobbled streets, which are filled with gothic architecture and small cafés and pizzerias.
For a taste of Sardinian history, take a trip to Su Nuraxi, Sardinia’s only UNESCO site, located in the rich countryside of Barumini. This is the islands most visited nuraghe - a Sardianian tower-shaped stone structure from the Bronze and Iron Ages. The site was revealed again in 1949 by Sardinia's most famous archaeologist, Giovanni Lilliu, after heavy rainfall uncovered the nuraghe.
Experience a blast from the past at Cagliari’s National Museum of Archaeology, where you can observe an astonishing collection of Graeco-Roman relics, beautiful mosaics from Pompeii and ancient Egyptian artefacts. Try out an audio guide whilst wandering through the museum to make the most of your adventure.
Explore the rich culinary delights of Sardinia, where you are sure to find delicious Mediterranean cuisine without straying away too much from the tradition of delicious antipasti, pizza and pasta dishes. Sardinia gives its name to the sardine where there were once many of the small fish surrounding the island, and you will certainly see it on most restaurant menus.
You might have to loosen your belt a notch or two when trying Sardinian specialities such as saffron dumplings, spit roasted meats, cheese, breads and salami. A classic Sardinian dish is suckling pig. For a genuine taste of traditional Sardianian cuisine, it is recommended that you try and visit farm-based restaurants. Eat in true Italian style and leave enough room for 4 courses!
· Currency – EUR
· Time Zone – GMT + (1)
· Travel Time – Cagliari Airport (CAG) – 2 hours 40 minutes (London)