Since it is located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea and has 1,129 miles of coastline, the island of Sardinia is a highly prized destination for seaside vacations. Sardinia is a popular travel destination because of its beaches, scenic beauty, and ideal climate, but above all because of the spectacular hospitality provided to visitors by those who live there.
Many things attract visitors to Sardinia, including its famous seaside resorts and towns that reflect its historic past. For example, there are more than 7,000 nuraghi (cone-shaped stone fortresses), unique temples and entire villages dating back to the Bronze Age on the island.
Here are some places in Sardinia that you will definitely want to visit:
● Cagliari, which has been Sardinia’s capital since Roman times and is the island’s major harbor, can be reached by ferry from Naples and Sicily. The Bastione San Remy provides an impressive view of the harbor, the older part of the city, several towers that were once used to defend the city, a cathedral dating back to the 13th century and a Spanish-style castle. This diverse town also features one of the island’s longest beaches.
● In the past, the Spanish viceroy used Alghero as a fortress, and visitors can see many examples of sixteenth-century architecture here. Near the port, you will find a vast array of fishing boats and places to eat as you tour the area.
These are two of Sardinia’s most remarkable beaches:
● Costa Smeralda (the “Emerald Coast”) is the resort where many of the world’s rich and famous come to “get away from it all.” Its beaches, which are dotted with a number of beautiful coves, are truly remarkable. The archipelago La Maddalena, located nearby, consists of 27 islands, and every one of them is a national park.
● Portobello, which is located on the island’s northern coast, is considered to be Sardinia’s most romantic destination and an ideal “swimmer’s beach” as well.
Two villages on the island, Castelsardo and Bosa, are considered to be among the “most beautiful villages in Italy.” In addition, other towns—such as Sardara, Galtelli, Aggius, Laconi and Gavoi—have been given the Orange Flag Award for outstanding tourism.
Sampling the cuisine in Sardinia
Experienced travelers will tell you that seafood is abundant here, from pungent fish soup to crab, lobster, squid, clams and anchovies, which are used extensively in preparing flavorful local dishes. Along with that, Sardinia’s famous pasta entrees include ravioli and gnocchi, served with special cheeses and complemented by Sardinian wines, which have a Spanish touch.