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Why you Should Visit Sardinia in Summer
I live in the south of Sardinia and have explored the entire coastal region of the island. In recent years, I have tried to experience more of the inner parts of the island. Towards the middle you can find beautiful medieval villages. I’m always trying to get away from the tourist spots and see wild places.
Sardinia is its own small planet. We have miles of coastline, some of the best beaches in the world, majestic waterfalls that drop into the sea, incredible mountain landscapes and the best sunsets in Italy.
We are also one of the places with the most centenarians. This is probably due to the warm weather, relaxing atmosphere and high quality of life. Let’s not forget that there are more than 7,000 Nuraghe buildings here (ancient edifices) which date back to the Bronze Age.
The thing I love most about my land is the hospitality of the people. If you respect and love the land – like the locals do – then the population will love you. To breathe in the true Sardinian air I always recommend going to the hinterland. In particular, a region known as the Province of Ogliastra.
Top 10 Things To Do in Sardinia
Sardinia is one of the most alluring destinations in the world – home to dazzling beaches, amazing hinterland and epic coastal drives. There is something for everyone to enjoy here. My favourite experience would have to be “La Grotta Sardegna”. This cave is just incredible and a must-see!
If you want to know the real Sardinia, check out my top 10 experiences:
1. Visit the Breathtaking Stintino – La Pelosa Beach
Stintino is a small natural oasis located in the Northwestern region of the island. Here you will find the ultimate beach: La Pelosa. Imagine crystal-clear waters and pure white sands greeting you on arrival. There are plenty of activities to enjoy such as kayaking, snorkeling, hiking and much more!
2. Discover the Nuragic Village of Su Nuraxi di Barumini
In the late 2nd millennium BC in the Bronze Age, a unique defensive structure was built on the island of Sardinia called Nuraghi. The buildings consist of circular defensive towers and truncated cones built with dressed up stone. There is no parallel for this anywhere else in the world!
3. Explore Sardinia’s most Notorious Town – Orgosolo
Orgoslo is a town located in the mountains which has a rather notorious history with banditry. The town has reinvented itself in recent years and has become quite a hotspot for tourists. Check out the graffiti murals on the streets and meet some unique locals who all have strong personalities.
4. Relax on the Beautiful Beaches of Villasimius
Villasimius has the best coastline. White sandy beaches and natural beauty can be seen everywhere here. It’s part of the Marine Protected Area of Capo Carbonara. Make sure you check out Porto Sa Ruxi, Punta Molentis, Campulongu, Spiaggia del Riso, Cava Usai, and Simius among others!
5. Wander through the Historic Capital, Cagliari
Cagliari is the most Italian city on the island and you’ll see many similarities here to other Italian cities. Vespas cruise down the boulevards and locals hang out at cafes on the seafront Marina. There is a lot of history to discover in Cagliari such as ancient Roman ruins, museums, churches and palazzi.
6. Hike through the Gorropu Gorge of Sardinia
Right in the middle of Sardinia, located between Barbagia and Ogliastra, lies the incredibly deep canyon of Gorropu. It’s said to be one of the deepest in Europe at a depth of 500 meters. Begin your hike at the base camp and soon you’ll be admiring unique landscapes like Urzulei.
7. Spend the Day at the Village of Bosa
Bosa is arguably the most picturesque town in Sardinia. Pastel houses are stacked on a steep hillside – making for an incredible vista seen from the distance. Then there’s a golden castle and fishing boats lining the river with palm trees and lush gardens. I recommend spending a full day here.
8. Take the Ferry to the Maddalena Archipelago
The Maddalena Archipelago is a must-see on your visit to Sardinia. The archipelago consists of seven islands: La Maddalena, Caprera, Budelli, Santo Stefano, Santa Mara, Razzoli and Spargi. The waters here are a sparkling turquoise and the beaches are breathtakingly beautiful.
9. Experience the Dazzling Beaches on the Gulf of Orosei
The Gulf of Orosei is home to some of the most dazzling beaches in Sardinia. You have to experience them all, including: Cala Luna, Cala Sisine, Cala Mariolu, Cala Golortizé, Cala Gabbiani and Cala Sisine. Spend endless summer days swimming in the sea and bathing in the sun.
10. Marvel at the Medieval City of Sardinia, Alghero
The seafront Alghero is a charming medieval city which becomes a tourist hotspot in the peak summer months (July and August). Visitors are blessed with an array of excellent restaurants, bars, shops and markets. It’s also located near the Riviera del Corallo which is well worth a visit too.
Sardinian Cuisine – Tasty Mediterranean Gastronomy
Another highlight of any trip to Sardinia is the cuisine. The food is one of the most varied expressions of Mediterranean gastronomy. Influenced by the many different cultures which have come into contact over the centuries, Sardinia is now one of the leaders in Italian food and wine.
Among the most famous of dishes is the “Culurgiones” – a type of fresh pasta stuffed with potatoes, mint and pecorino, and characterised by a spike closure. Then there’s roast suckling pig and the “Casu Marzu”. The latter is a cheese colonised by the larvae of milk flies. Trust me, it’s delicious!
Personalised Holidays in Sardinia with Enrico Travels
At the moment we are working with a team on a project called “Sardinia Itineraries” which will offer tourists a personalised holiday according to their needs. We will be launching soon with an official press release.