Sardinia, known locally as Sardegna, is an autonomous region of Italy located to the south of Corsica, between the Italian Peninsula and the Balearic Islands. Being the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, and covering more than a thousand miles of shoreline, Sardinia is an ideal place to enjoy some of the most idyllic beaches and discover a diverse marine life. Its wild areas allow nature explorations while the region’s rich history and culture add charm to the many beautiful treasures to find in this exotic paradise.
Accessible from mainland Italy and the rest of the world through three local airports situated near the areas of Alghero, Cagliari, and Olbia, people from different parts of Europe and other continents can conveniently fly in on many affordable flights offered by reputable airline companies like Ryanair and Easyjet. Cagliari-Elmas Airport is considered the busiest airport and is located in Elmas, about 6 kilometers from Cagliari central. Many European flights land at Olbia Airport, while those flying in from Frankfurt and London, as well as from most of the other domestic locations, are welcomed at the Alghero-Fertilia Airport in Fertilia. Those who prefer to travel by sea can find ferry services at the ports in Calgari, Golfo Aranci and Arbatax. Once inside the Sardinia borders, travelers and tourists can choose from an assortment of local transportations for their very own unique Sardinia exploration. Among the top local transportation choices are buses, car rentals, bicycle, and yacht.
The generally warm weather, coupled with the beautiful beaches, is probably the most prominent crowd drawer of Sardinia. Sun worshippers from everywhere can fly in any time of the year to frolic in the sun and spend countless hours enjoying the surf, the sand and the beach. Among the stunning beaches to check out are Porto Pino, Marina di Arbus in Piscinas, Cala Gonone, Villasimius, and the underwater grottoes and caves found in the waters of Alghero. Those who love to brave the sea will find sailing a very thrilling and worthwhile adventure. The best place to visit for sailing activities will have to be the captivating area of Costa Smeralda. While onboard, you might as well explore the wonderful islands around, starting with the peculiar and well known Albino Donkeys found at the Asinara National Park, the lovely community of Genoese fishermen at the island of San Pietro, the north’s Maddalena archipelago, as well as the island of Sant’Antioco which is located in the south and was known to be connected to the mainland during the Roman times.
Those who love to spend time doing exhilarating outdoor sports will always find it an exciting adventure to check out the various hills and mountains in Sardinia and explore one of the many ski resorts situated in the area of Gennargentu. Mountain climbers must also find the time to conquer the heights and the nice vertical limestone walls in Domusnovas. Hiking trails are also abundant in this area, as well as numerous caves to survey. Those traveling with little children will most definitely enjoy the many farms and bed and breakfasts that offer horseback riding or horse trekking activities.
With its history dating back to the ancient Nuragic civilization around 1500 BC, Sardinia will not run out of interesting historic features to delight everyone who appreciates a lesson or two about its interesting history. There are plenty of stone monuments that embellish its land up to this day. Some monuments worthy of a visit include the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Su Nuraxi, the witch houses of Domus de janas, traces of Carthaginian influence found around Alghero and Monte Sirai, as well as the Roman remains of Sant’Antioco bridge, the Cagliari Ampitheatre. Continue your historical education with a visit to any of the museums found here, starting with the Museo sardo di antropologia ed etnografia and the Museo Archeologico Nazionale located in Cagliari. Elevate your experience up a notch by partaking in one of the many Sardinian festivals, starting with Sedilo’s exciting S’Ardia horse race and the carnival of macabre mamuthones in Barbagia.
Similar to many other Italian destinations, there are numerous pizzerias in Sardinia that serve authentic style and fresh stone oven baked pizza as well as many pasta dishes. Other local delicacies worth your taste buds include porcheddu, malloreddus and culurgiones, which is their local version of Ravioli. There are also many Sardinian pastries, bread, and sausages that are sure to delight any tourist.