Languish on glorious white sand beaches and enjoy this beautiful Island with its spanish influences.
Situated in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Sardinia holidays are bursting with natural beauty. In fact, the presence of man does not seem to have left too much of an impact; large areas are delightfully natural and unspoilt, with luxuriant woods, small desert areas and marshes inhabited by deer, wild horses and a wide variety of birdlife.
Alghero, on Sardinia’s Coral Riviera, has a distinctly Catalan feel. It was ruled by the Spanish for three centuries until 1700 but even today a form of Catalan is still spoken. Street signs and restaurant menus are often written in Catalan and Italian, while the cuisine still has a Spanish influence.
With shaded cobbled lanes, a Gothic palazzi and cafe-lined piazzas the beautiful old quarter of Barcelonetta is truly seductive.
Sardinia is famous for its delicious bread, bread-based dishes, such as pane frattau (flatbread layers with tomato sauce, pecorino cheese and poached egg), sausages, fresh pasta and of course divine fish and meat dishes. Treat your taste buds on your next holiday to Sardinia and try some local dishes.
Along the waterside, pretty bars and restaurants are painted in soft pinks and golds, a perfect setting to saunter by the marina, soak up the atmosphere and watch the superyachts sail in.
The coastline is surrounded by long stretches of sandy beaches that alternate with rocky headlands and sheer cliffs. Sun-worshippers will love San Giovanni Beach, a gorgeous stretch of powder-white sand which curves away to the north. Just further along is Maria Pia Beach, in a spectacular setting backed by pine trees – ideal for lazy days and romance while watching the sunset. For a livelier vibe, head to Bomarde Beach for music in the beach bars.
For restless souls who like to explore after a day or two on the beach, region’s untamed wilderness and countryside is waiting to be discovered or take a half-hour’s drive to Capo Caccia’s limestone cliffs and caves to see the stalagmites and stalactites
Things To Do
There are three of the Minor Islands, San Pietro, La Maddalena and Tavolara. All three are spectacular and must be visited. The Island of San Pietro is known for its high and rocky coastline and for the annual appointment with the tuna slaughter and the Girotonno festival. La Maddalena is known for the elegance of its squares, its holiday atmopshere and sapphire-coloured sea. Lastly, Tavolara rises majestically from the middle of the sea and is known for its white sand beaches, and is popular for diving among the limestone spires of the Shoal of the Pope.
For the best diving sites visit the the north where there is Capo Testa, as well as in the headland of Santa Teresa di Gallura, and the Maddalena Archipelago. In the east the Orosei Gulf, with myriads of hidden caves spread underneath the fliggs, the Blue Marino among them, offer a fabulous destination to go diving. Sardinia with its 1897 kilometres of coastline, is a divers' paradise.
For an unforgettable trip, sail from the ports of Stintino and Porto Torres to the Asinara National Park and Protected Marine Areas, where you will be able to capture a picture of an albino donkey or peregrine falcon, take part in a fishing trip with nets and fish traps or even go horse riding. Besides Asinara, there are five other protected marine areas in Sardinia: Sinis Peninsula, Capo Caccia, Tavolara, Capo Carbonara and the International Marine Mammal Sanctuary.
Things To See
The coastal areas of Sardinia attract the largest flows of summer seaside tourists and are also a wildlife paradise, with many rare species of wading birds, which have made their home in several wetlands and lagoons.
The interior of the island offers pristine environments and awe-inspiring landscapes, such as the paks of Gennargentu, home to the only ski runs on the island in the winter. Gennargentu is also home to the centuries' old woods and forests of the Supramonte and the Gorropu canyon- the deepest in Europe with a drop of over 400m.
Sardinia also has an impressive mining heritage, protected by UNESCO. Here, mining began over eight thousand years ago and over the centuries has left its imprint on the life of local communities, specifically in the Sulcis and Iglesiente districts in the south-west Sardinia.
The animal and plant life of Sardinia is spectacular and very often extinct or rare in other regions of Europe. They include mammals, the most characteristic is the mouflon, a wild sheep that lives on the mountains of the central areas, distinguished by its white saddle patch that stands out against the rest of its reddish-tawny coat and by the spiral horns of the males. In some forests you will find the Sardinian deer, a rare protected species which in the past has come to the brink of extinction. Bird life is also rich here, boasting the Eleonora's falcon, the golden eagle soar and the Sardinian vulture.
August is the hottest month in Alghero with an average temperature of 24°C (75°F) and the coldest is January at 10°C (50°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 9 in February. The wettest month is November with an average of 90mm of rain. The best month to swim in the sea is in August when the average sea temperature is 25°C (77°F).
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