Holiday in Sardinia – Fantastic Beaches and Breathtaking Scenery
Did you know that spectacular beaches with fine white sand can be found much closer than in the Caribbean? If you spend your holiday in Sardinia, the fantastic variety of the colour blue will be one of many things to appreciate. Holidays in Sardinia are cheaper than in the Caribbean and getting there takes only about two hours by air. There is also a wide range of holiday homes in Sardinia, including reasonably priced apartments and summer villa lettings.
Sardinia is an island with a beautiful and shallow coastline dotted with rock formations which create a number of coves with small beaches on both the Mediterranean and Tyrrhenian seasides. The tremendous natural beauty of the island and centuries of history make Sardinia a magical destination. Charming villages in the remote uplands will take you back to the Middle Ages and Antiquity. And on the coast you will feel like you’re in paradise.
The culture in Sardinia varies along with the landscape of each region. The densely populated coast hosts the majority of tourists while the mountains offer a quiet retreat for hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts. The high-end seaside resorts along the dramatic coastline attract beach lovers, including international celebrities.
Sardinia Beaches and Seaside Resorts
The unequivocal first-class destination in Sardinia is Costa Smeralda in the northeast. The town of Porto Cervo, along with the rest of the Emerald Coast, is notorious for billionaire yachts and opulent hotels frequented by the wealthy, many of whom also own villas and summer residences in the area. The beach of Spiaggia del Principe and Cala di Volpe, a quieter strip of beaches by the bay, might be the most well-known swimming spots in Costa Smeralda. In the resort of La Maddalena, the finest white beaches include Cala Spalmatore, Cala Francese, Cala Gavetta and Spiaggia del Morto.
If mass tourism and grand displays of wealth are not your cup of tea, you can explore less visited destinations in Sardinia. There are many spectacular, serene beaches on the Capo Figari peninsula in the northeast of the island, such as La Cinta and Cala Ambra near the town of San Teodoro, which itself is worth a visit. The Golfo di Orosei or the Cala Gonone and Villassimius resorts are also attractive locations for swimming and sunbathing. Punta Molentis, a splendid horse-shoe-shaped beach with shallow water is found in Villassimius.
If you head to the south of the island, we recommend beaches on Costa Rei. You can choose between fully serviced beaches, such as Monte Turno, and coves that you can have all to yourself. Beaches with sand dunes set in wonderful greenery cover kilometres of the coastline to the west of the town of Chia.
Nature reserves protecting spectacular wilderness are situated on the west coast. Here a private beach is guaranteed. The drawbacks are a strong westerly wind and the large waves it makes. A charming resort on the north coast of Sardinia is Alghero. The nightlife is vibrant and the beaches are luxurious in this town bearing the nickname of Little Barcelona. One of the most renowned beaches in the whole island, La Pelosa, can be reached from the attractive Stintino nearby.
Sports in Sardinia
The vast number of beaches and steady wind secure excellent conditions for water sports such as windsurfing, surfing, kite boarding and sailing. If you like snorkelling or diving, over 80 well-equipped diving centres in Sardinia are ready to help. You can also try underwater fishing, which has a long tradition in Sardinia. The island is also a hiker’s paradise. The regions of Gennargentu, Barbagia, Sulcis and Iglesiente are great places to explore, and the Sette Fratteli, Colostrai and Torre Salinas nature park nature reserves invite day trips.
Adrenaline Sports in Sardinia
In Sardinia, outdoor adventurers devote themselves to sea kayaking, paragliding, fly boarding, cliff diving and other thrills. Rock climbers are drawn to the monoliths in Aggius, which feature routes for traditional climbing, sport climbing as well as bouldering. Aguglie, the challenging needle-shaped pinnacle near the Cala Goloritze beach promises a memorable experience to rock climbers who make it to the top. The slabs in the rock amphitheatre in La Poltrona, located near Cala Gonone, is another interesting climbing spot, as are the rocks in Cala Fuili.
Trips and Activities in Sardinia
The town of Nuoro is one most interesting places to visit in the island. In Nuoro, you can see a unique collection of traditional Sardinian jewellery, weapons and other items of ancient local heritage. Sassari and Alghero, also fascinating historical cities, boast many attractions including caves called Grotta di Nettuno a Grotta Verde, situated near Alghero. Cagliari, the Sardinian capital, has a number of historical sights, such as an ancient Roman amphitheatre and the Byzantine Church of San Saturnino. Equally sought after are the delightful pink flamingos on the freshwater lakes in the vicinity.
Nuraghs, unique megalithic structures, are another must-see in Sardinia. Seven thousand of these round stone buildings dating back three and a half thousand years are scattered through the Sardinian countryside. Top-notch golf resorts, on the other hand, represent the 20th century. Lush golf greens and difficult bunkers attract golf fans from far and wide to courses such as Pevero Golf Club in Costa Smeralda and Is Molas in the south. Is Arenas Golf & Country Club has been designated as the best new golf course in Italy.
You can also take a boat excursion to the La Maddalena island archipelago, which consists of 62 small islands made of granite. Refreshing stops at breathtaking beaches, which are inaccessible from the mainland, are the main draw of the trip. Lunch is included, served on board. Our final recommendation concerns families with children. The slides, jumps and other water attractions in the Aquadream water park in Baia Sardinia in the northeast provide a whole day of fun for everybody.
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