A Basic Guide to Sardinia

Sardina

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The island of Sardinia is an Italian oasis in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. The island is known for its traditional towns and pristine beaches. Visit the villages to taste some authentic Italian cheese and wine, accompanied by a selection of traditional appetizers.

How to get there?

Located in the Mediterranean sea, this island is connected to the rest of Italy by several ferries and boats. There is an international airport near the capital city, Cagliari. Cheap flights are available when booking in advance, and the island’s rising popularity means flights are going up with each passing day.

Where to stay?

There is a wide variety of hotels, apartments and rental villas. If you want to explore the island’s culture, stay in a hotel near the center of Cagliari and explore the winding streets. Another city worth visiting is Alghero, known for its historical center and Catalan architecture. In the nearby city of Bosa you will find boutique hotels with views towards a river. If you want to relax and enjoy the beach, stay on the coast.

What to do?

Do not miss the island’s white sand beaches. Chia beach is one of the island’s most popular beaches, a 6 kilometer stretch of sand bathed by clear waters. After relaxing on the beach you can visit a nearby village, Nora, which is considered to be one of the most ancient villages on the island. In this village you will be able to see ancient punic ruins.

If culture is more up your alley, visit the island’s cities, towns and villages. In Cagliari you can visit the Bastion of Saint Remy, one of the city’s symbols. Climb to one of the top terraces to enjoy views towards the city. Castelsardo is a village famous for its Doria Castle, known for its views towards the island.

Enjoy a day trip.

If you are looking for a day trip, take a boat to the Madalena Archipelago, a set of seven islands with gleaming sands and turquoise waters. The virgin beaches and secluded coves, only accessible by boat, a worth a visit if you want to relax.

Explore the island’s natural landscapes.

Costa Smeralda, located on the northern coast of the island, has many bays and coves and several beaches. Visit the granite cliffs of Gallura before heading to the southern coast and the beaches of Porto Giunco, Su Giudeu and Tuerredda.

In the Ogliastra region, located in the south of the island, you will find another natural landmarks, Sa Gorroppu gorge. Walk around and enjoy the natural landscape. Near the town of Alghero you will find the Neptune Caves, one of the most visited caves on this island.

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