A visit to Italy is a dream for many travelers, with its renowned cultural and historical sites and irresistible cuisine. But what many may not know is that Italy’s greatest natural beauty is found on its large islands, the third largest of which is Sardinia.
Sardinia is an autonomous region of Italy and lies in the center of the Mediterranean Sea. The mesmeric island is surrounded by transparent turquoise water, white sandy beaches and spectacular mountainous views. A mild climate and plenty of sunshine make Sardinia an ideal holiday destination, making it one of the most popular vacation spots in Italy.
Spectacular scenery is only the start. This remarkable island is scattered with charming hilltop villages, picturesque Roman ruins, rocky outcrops and great archaeological sites. A short drive inland is the renowned “natural wonder of Europe” – the Neolithic necropolis of Su Nuraxi which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The capital city of Cagliari, founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC, is another must see destination in Sardinia. Here visitors can explore the old town, with its narrow winding streets and Pisan architecture, as well as the local museums and bustling harbour with its traditional fishing boats.
One of the most exciting places to visit on the island is the colorful La Cuccagna market on the outskirts of Cagliari. Held every Sunday, this lively market offers a variety of fresh produce, traditional crafts and regional delicacies. From hand-woven baskets to local cheeses, La Cuccagna is a great place to pick up unique and quality souvenirs to take home.
Further around the island, visitors will find stunning beaches such as Is Arutas and Mari Ermi, and coves and cliffs ideal for a spot of sunbathing and swimming. The rugged coastline is also an adventure seeker’s paradise with opportunities for kayaking, sailing, surfing and windsurfing.
For something slightly different, why not try a traditional sailing trip from the port of Olbia. There are a variety of sailing tours available, including excursions to the Canary Islands, Sicily and Morocco.
For foodies, the exquisite Sardinian cuisine is a must try. Traditional dishes include culurgiones (ravioli filled with potatoes and mint) and malloreddus (a type of pasta dish topped with a creamy sauce and sausage). Enjoy the seafood and local wines at one of the many beachfront restaurants, or simply take a picnic and take in the stunning views.
Trivia: The longest river in Sardinia is the Tirso, which is 127 km (79 miles) long.
In conclusion, this unforgettable island with its breathtaking scenery, interesting culture, and delicious cuisine is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Whether you’re looking for relaxation, adventure or culture, a holiday to Sardinia is sure to leave memorable and lasting impressions.
In conclusion, Sicily is not only a paradise to explore, but a fascinating corner of Italy. Whether you’re after breathtaking scenery, delectable cuisine, or a unique culture and history, this incredible isle is an ideal destination for anyone looking to discover all Italy has to offer.