Sardinia is Italy’s second biggest Island and is situated to the west of the peninsula in the mediterranean sea. Sardinia has so many things to offer and one of the great things about it is that it isn’t as popular as its bigger brother, Sicily. That means it is an ideal place if you’re not fond of those busy touristy areas, and if you are also looking for somewhere a little bit cheaper but without having to say no to outstanding natural beauty and wonderful weather.
One of Sardinias most amazing features is without a doubt its crystal clear waters, in fact the sea resorts on the Island are one of the top destinations for Italians that live on the peninsula, and have also attracted famous people around the world such as Bill Gates, who is known to leave his yacht in the bay of Porto Rotondo up north. It’s amazing waters are home to some incredible wildlife such as Monk seals, Turtles, Fin whales and not to mention the hundreds of colourful fish. If you are up to it, snorkeling may be one of the most enjoyable activities to do on the island.
Other than snorkeling, the Mediterranean sea allows numerous water activities, such as waterskiing, banana boating and thanks to the winds, also surfing is possible.
Heading back on land, one of Sardinias main attractions are the Nuraghi, these are beehive like stone buildings from the bronze age that can be found only on in Sardinia. There are aproximately 8000 of these structures around the island and are thought to have been +religious temples or strongholds. Fascinating!
When travelling around Sardinia, your italian phrase book may be of no use, as the locals speak a very strict dialect which the italians call “Sardo”, and is actually more similar to Spanish than italian. This is because Sardinia was part of Spain for nearly 250 years, from 1479 to 1714. Don’t worry, in the islands capital (Cagliari) and in most of the bigger towns on the coast, a lot of people speak english!
When it comes to dining in Sardinia, you won’t be disappointed, Italy has the best cuisine in the world and you will have to try the more well known dishes such as spaghetti alla bolgnese and Risotto!
There are also a lot of typical sardinian dishes worth your while, like Porcheddu, which is pork that has been frequently basted, and Culurgiones which are a ravioli type pasta filled with pecorino cheese.yum!
If you are looking to have a great time in the evening, the islands capital, Cagliari, has a busy nightlife scene with plenty of bars, clubs, and “enotecas” which are the italian wine bars, fondly visited by the Americans and English
If you are going to Sardinia for a cultural visit instead then there are two towns that are quite popular for their Roman remains. The first is Tharros, close to Oristano to the west, and the other is Nora down South. Both archaelogical sites are located next to the sea, which makes them great choices for a day out, combining a lovely walk in ancient Roman streets with a nice dive in Sadinias clean skyblue waters.