The coasts of the island are jagged and rocky with turquoise sea and white sandy beaches. The seaside landscapes, especially on the Costa Smeralda, are among the most beautiful in the world. Costa Smeralda is one of Sardinia’s most exclusive coastal areas. It was developed at the end of the 1950s by consortium of magnates into one of the world’s most opulent vacation resorts. Its pristine appearance is now strictly controlled.
Diving, hiking and resorts
Sardinia has long been a popular holiday destination for divers and fans of other water sports. On the island you will find well-equipped clean beaches, numerous diving and surfing schools, kid entertainment centers and luxury restaurants. Resorts of Sardinia differ with quite high prices due to luxury facilities, excellent restaurants and a high level of service. The most popular resorts of the island are Gennargentu and Costa Smeralda. In addition to beautiful beaches, travelers can enjoy excursions to local parks and watch wild horses, seals and graceful flamingos. Hikers can explore scenic foothill areas and famous ruins of the ancient buildings and beautiful caves.
When visiting Sardinia you shouldn’t miss to explore the ancient nuraghi ruins unique to Sardinia. Nuraghi are gutted cone-shaped towers and cities resembling fortresses of the Middle Ages which were built with stone blocks and assembled without mortar. The name derives from the word nurra which means “heap” or “mound” but also “cavity”.
There are many events held on the island. Annually the picturesque town of Mogoro holds the colorful Carpet Festival representing works of the best masters of the island. The first festival was held in 1961 and since then it has become a good tradition.
Location: Mediterranean Sea
Capital of the region: Cagliari
Sights: Cala Mariolu, Cala Goloritze, Capo Testa
Cuisine: You should try: Su Porcheddu, Sa Cordula, Malloreddus, Sa Fregula
Hotels: Hotel Panorama, Sa Cheya Relais, Hotel Marinedda Thalasso & Spa
Shopping: From modern fashion stores to traditional shopping streets, Cagliari has something for everyone. The areas of Largo Carlo Felice and Via Roma are lined with plenty of stores where visitors can browse through high fashion boutiques, jewelry, footwear, bags and accessories.