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The Sardinia area guide

Things to do

Floating peacefully in the Mediterranean Sea, Sardinia is an undisturbed, unspoilt island, that has been captivating and welcoming visitors since prehistoric times.

Sardinia, an autonomous region of Italy, has an intriguing past. One that has bared its mark on the island indefinitely, with the Roman, Byzantine, Phoenician and Vandal empires all having left their imprint. The most evident of all is the Catalan influence, which is particularly prevalent in Alghero and the region’s capital, Cagliari (often nicknamed Barceloneta). Wind through the streets of the two cities to dig deeper into the region’s fascinating past.

Sardinia is characterised by a long stretch of coastline, ice-blue waters, solitary coves, saltwater lagoons, woodlands, deep gorges, and mountainous terrain. This kaleidoscope of vistas ensures that no two days are ever the same. Though the most significant, defining feature of the Sardinian landscape is, perhaps, the sight of one of the numerous Nuraghi Towers (megalithic structures) dotted around the isle. The towers at Su Nuraxi in Barumini, considered a World Heritage Site, are particularly impressive.

Though Sardinia may boast a far-reaching history and megaliths, it also hosts numerous vibrant towns and sleepy villages. Badesi Mare and Castelsardo are two exquisite examples of Italian villages that offer snow white beaches, Caribbean-like seas and the chance to live in true Mediterranean paradise.

Places to eat

Though Italian in origin, the cuisine has been heavily influenced by empires of years gone by. This makes for a hypnotic infusion of dishes that are sure to whet your appetite.

Back when Sardinia was prone to invasion, the natives retreated inland and, thus, relied on crops (not fish or seafood) grown on the mountainous terrain. From tomatoes to aubergine and artichokes – the locals utilised the freshest of ingredients to make the tastiest of dishes.

Today, seafood, meat and locally grown produce are savoured on a daily basis. To sample such culinary delights, family-run trattorias (Italian-style eateries), carefully hidden bistros, elegant diners and restaurants with exquisite backdrops can all be visited.

Su Cumbidu in Cagliari does a fine roast suckling pig that is sure to hit the spot and Al Vecchio Mulino in Alghero is perfect if you wish to tuck into freshly caught fish with a glass of chilled Vermentino – one of Sardinia’s finest white wines. A pit stop to one of the region’s wineries is, therefore, a big must and the sight of the olive groves nestled in the picturesque landscape is a good enough reason to visit!

Shopping

Shopping in Sardinia is an interesting experience – an experience unlike any other. The lively towns and cities are bursting with prehistoric character. The ancient streets are home to unique stores, where a wide array of delicately produced handicrafts can be bought.

The city of Sassari may not boast the world’s biggest fashion houses, but it does host numerous stores dedicated to selling the finest of Sardinian crafts. From olive oil to cheese and wine as well as ceramics and embroidery – you can purchase traditional products in the finest of settings. Open-air markets dotted around the larger towns are also great places to purchase such goods.

Getting there & around

With three international airports located in Cagliari, Alghero and Olbia, the easiest and quickest way to get into this postcard-perfect isle is by air. Buses also regularly depart from the airport and connect visitors with the three aforementioned cities within minutes.

Once in Sardinia, buses and trains can be used to get around the isle. Though bus may be more convenient, the train is quicker and cheaper. However, car is, perhaps, the best mode of transport as it allows you to reach the more remote regions of the gorgeous isle.

Ferries from one of the many ports dotted around Sardinia can also be used to visit the stunning islets of La Maddalena and San Pietro, as well as the cities of Italy and France.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@zoopla.co.uk

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.



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