Sardinia is an island in the middle of the Mediterranean, gifted with a large variety of natural environments: long white beaches, rocky cliffs overlooking the sea, endless sand dunes, small coves tinted in green and blue, pristine areas spread in its two thousand kilometers coastline, rugged mountain landscapes immersed in the colors and intense scents of the Mediterranean flora and fauna.
The island is also known for its numerous remnants of ancient civilizations – Domus de Janas, allées couvertes, megalithic circles, dolmens and menhirs, nuraghi and giants’ tombs – and its vast historical mining and industrial settlements. It is a land that, because of its geological features, has almost perfectly preserved the monuments of each epoch it lived though.
In Sardinia, ancient traditions that are now lost in other areas of the Mediterranean are still alive: a wealth of celebrations, solemn religious rites, festivals. These cultural events are crucial in making the island a fascinating and mysterious land. With its mild climate, the region is essentially a 24,000 square kilometers open-air film studio, available 365 days a year.
CITIES AND TOWNS
Characteristical sardinian village, it\'s mainly known for San Pietro Apostolo\'s gothic church. It hosts a famous retablo from the sixteenth-century made by the Maestro di Castelsardo, considered to be one of the highest artistic expressions of the Reneissance in Sardinia. Remarkable is also the church of Sant’Antonio, which opens onto a square surrounded by workshops which forms the country festival. In the village you can find hotels and B&B. The location can be reached by train or by car.
A characteristical mountain village, it’s particularly appreciated for the nature of its surrounding landscape, which, during all the seasons, always offers an extraordinary spectacle. The best way to enjoy this landscape is to take the tour of the \"Trenino Verde\". The town is known for its art gallery collection, the Spanish prison and its museum of art and peasant civilization. Of particular interest is the visit to the civic gallery, which features a collection of paintings. It is the most important center of Seoul Barbagia. Various are the B&Bs and farmhouses inside and in the district of the hamlet. It is advisable, in addition to the charming crossing on board the Trenino Verde, to go with a car.
Small mountain center, Orgosolo is famous for its Supramonte, for its \"murals\" that tell its history by decorating houses throughout the historic center. Mani and colorful, they tell stories about politics, daily life, pastoral care and farming.
Perched on a hill, the village of Monteleone Roccadoria belonged to the Genoese family of the Doria in the Middle Ages. The Doria, in addition to building their castle, built around the country rugged walls. Monteleone passed under the rule of the Aragonese in 1436. Location accessible by car, offering on-site B&B and Hotels within ease of reach.
The town is built on the southern coast of the island of La Maddalena, the largest of the archipelago in front of the Gallura coast. Maddalena was founded in 1770 in the area of a fishers’ village, and from that moment attracted the attentions of famous duchos thanks for its strategic position between Sardinia and the Italian continent. Reachable by the Palau harbor by ferry in 20 minutes.
Mountain center with prehistoric origins, the territory includes the special area of Gusana lake (artificial basin divided with Lodine). Its center retains several rustic houses with granite walls. Easily reachable, it offers the possibility of B&B, guest houses and hotels with a view to the lake.
A small Barcelona characterised by its Catalan-maiorchin dialect, the city is surrounded by impressive Spanish fortifications. Alghero overlooks the \"Riviera del Corallo\", with its finely sandy beaches, the cliffs where the famous \"Cave of Neptune\" are set, and especially for its corals that are finely worked and sold in the city. Its cuisine (with its precious lobsters), its pine forest extending towards Capo Caccia, its sunsets and costumes make it a city perfect for tourists.
This park is formed by over 10.000 hectars of forest and mediterranean scrub. Granite outcrops stands out in one of the best preserved forest in Sardinia. The flora is predominantly composed by strawberry tree, ilatro, heather, viburno, broom, thyme, lavander and oleander, willow and alder. Regarding the fauna, the sardinian deer is the most common, but you can also encounter eagles, martens, sardinian hares and boars. Being a wild and protected area, it is recommended the use of a car until the trekking areas, or a SUV. There are no accomodations inside the park, but Hotels and B&B can be found in adjacent villages.
With its harsh and unattractive environment, this valley in the Oliena area is particularly appreciated for its peaks with impotent limestone cliffs. Huge rocky bastions alternate with deep canyons and rocky peaks that stands out toward the sky. The bare and rocky environment gives you the sight of marvelous elements such as karst plains, carriageways, caves, crags, spikes and pinnacles of strange shapes. Since it is a low population density area, the B&Bs and closest hotels are located mainly in neighboring countries. The area also offers the possibility of staying in several farmhouses.
A natural limestone heel belonging to a protected area that rises up to 1293 m altitude and, therefore, visible at great distances. On its slopes, the vegetation is dominated by cyst, bush, lentil and heather, and various wild herbs such as thyme and rosemary. Fauna is also very rich. The most common animal species are wild boar, muflone, royal eagle, wild cat, pilgrim falcon, buzzard, sparrow, squirrel, kite, gryphon, vulture monk, vulture of Lambs and horns. To get there, it is recommended to use a car, while the surrounding countries offer numerous B&Bs as well as some hotels and different farmhouses.
It is a rugged and savage karst plateau at 950 meters altitude, in the middle of the Gennargentu Park, which introduces the secular Campos Bargios and the old sheepfold of Sedda Arbacas, now abandoned. Not far away there is a Giant\'s Tomb. The closest village is Urzulei, where there are numerous B&Bs and farmhouses. A car is necessary to get to the country, and an off-road vehicle is suggested to visit the plateau.
The natural reserve Giara of Gesturi includes a basaltic and limestone plateau, bordered by steep walls and enriched by temporary ponds. In the forests of the park there are cork oaks, roverelle, holm oaks and olive trees. However, the area owe its reputation to its rare animals, such as the only wild European horses, known as \"Giara\'s horses\". In the area there are several B&Bs and farmhouses and some hotels in the respective countries. To get to and enjoy the area, we recommend the use of a car.
The Lake Alto del Flumendosa is a privileged destination for tourists in search for long walks, hiking and mountain bike trails, immersed in nature with the landscape and the surrounding environment that change colors and scents according to the period , always offering an unforgettable scenario. The whole area does not lack a hotel, B&B and farmhouses, very characteristic. A car is reccomended to reach the area.
Barbagia is a large territory of Central Sardinia characterized by a low human presence, large gorges and high limestone walls. Flora and fauna are truly uncontaminated and give the area a strong image of a virgin and luxuriant land. The village of Seulo, nestled between a chain of reliefs and hills on the slopes of Mount Perdedu, offers the visitor numerous natural and cultural attractions, including the \"Domus de Janas\". The location offers various accommodation options in B&B, hotels and farmhouses. A car is reccomended to reach the area.
Famous during the era of Spanish domination in Sardinia for snow trading, Aritzo is one of the highest sea-level countries on the island. Some houses still feature the stone facade and the long traditional balconies. The Casa degli Arangini (of neo-Gothic forms) and the so-called \"Prison of Aritzo\", an imposing seventeenth-century stone building, are among the most important buildings in the country. Accessible by car or bus, Aritzo offers various accommodation options in hotels, B&Bs and the area is also full of characteristic farmhouses.
A very special location thanks to the white granite boulders, which at night, thanks to the moonlight, give the sensation a lunar landscape. Enchanting and suggestive panoramas make this environment even more beautiful. Being very close to Alghero, you can stay overnight in numerous B&Bs, farmhouses and hotels in the area. It is advisable to reach this places by car.
A small peninsula with a view on the Bocche di Bonifacio, connected to the island by a narrow isthmus with beaches on both sides. The promontory is composed by granite rocks characteristic of gallura. Several B&B and Hotels are present near the headland.
The Costa Paradiso agglomeration is characterized by vast rocky coastlines, surrounded by sandy coves, most accessible by sea and by the beach of Li Cossi, within walking distance of the village of Costa Paradiso through a trail. B&Bs, hotels, villages (open only in the summer season) and farmhouses are all along and near the coast. It is recommended that you arrive by car.
The beauty of Cala Mariolu lies in being surrounded by tall limestone walls that close a fabulous white and pink pebble beach. Due to the limestone nature of the area, it is filled with caves. Access is only possible by sea from Cala Gonone or Santa Maria Navarrese. It is also possible to walk on foot through a long hiking trip, necessarily accompained by a guide due to its harsh nature.
Visible from the scenic road Chia-Teulada, the Cape was in the 6th century BC An ancient Punic harbor where today still can be seen the large sandstone blocks that formed the piers that are now submerged by the sea. The Cape ends with a promontory on which the tower of Malfatano stands. There are numerous B&Bs in Chia\'s and Teulada, as well as some of the country-style cottages and some of the best hotels and resorts. A car is necessary to reach this location.
Composed by more than 60 islands and islets of granite and shrill nature, the Archipelago represents is one of the most impressive landscapes in the world for morphology, vegetation, sea and marine biocenosis. Geomorphology of the territory is characterized by rocks of granite nature, whose shapes constitute true natural monuments. The biomarine park is vast and one of the largest in Italy.
One of the most popular beaches on the island, Cala Goloritzé can be reached via two routes: one via the road, the other via the sea. By land you can take a 2-hour hike to get off and 2 more to climb after you\'ve left your car parked in Su Porteddu\'s car park. By sea it is possible to arrive at the cave from Santa Maria Navarrese either by pleasure boats (during the beautiful season) or by renting the inflatable boats. No B&Bs in the close area, and the closest hotels are those of Baunei (some KM away from the hiking starting point) or Santa Maria Navarrese.
A barely known and hard to reach beach of the Costa Verde. Fascinating and evocative, it’s 3 km long of thin golden sand, defined by high and dark walls of sandstone, with a thick layer of Mediterranean scrub. Remote and isolated, a vehicle is needed to reach it. The closest B&B and Hotels are in Guspini and Flumini Maggiore.
A bay, characterized by a three-arched sandstone with fine white sand, sheltered from its backs by low rocks and dense Mediterranean scrub. In unprecedented appearance, the landscape looks like a postcard worthy of the most famous beaches in Sardinia. The sea, in front of crystal clear, has a turquoise color, with a sandy bottom and a low. The whole area (Villasimius) around the beach is full of hotels, B & Bs, villages and some farmhouses. It is during the summer that most of these structures travel in full swing. It is recommended to go to the place in the car.
The homonymous headland, which reaches a maximum height of 40 meters, is covered by a vast pinewood of spontaneous Aleppo pine, present in Sardinia only in this area and on St. Peter\'s Island. Aleppo pines joins the thorny oaks, typical of coastal environments, and also very rare in the island. What enhances its beauty is the system of ponds used for vine growing and pond production, where magnificent pink flamingos live. There are numerous B&Bs, hotels, farmhouses and a few villages in the area. Use of the car is advised to get to the place.
Its finest white sand beaches are enriched with waters with chromatic nuances ranging from turquoise to blue. To the north are bordered by Pelosa tower, imposing sixteenth-century building. The landscape between the beach and the islands looks like a rich and varied world, above and under the sea. The backdrops have special colors that make it unique in its kind. In the area there are several B&Bs, farmhouses and especially hotels and villages of various operating levels mainly in the summer season.
The Piscinas area slowly descends from some hillside to the coastline, passing through the rock formations to the famous sand dunes. The dunes are plunged by the Rio Piscinas, which is also fed by the waters from some galleries of the abandoned mines, which give it a reddish color: that is why the Rio is sometimes called \"Red River\".
The territory, divided in Chia\'s proper locations, and Spartivento, is composed by a narrow coastal plain on which insist on hilly, predominantly rocky formations, ranging from fine sandy beaches that form numerous dunes divided by the Mediterranean vegetation that grows Spontaneously above. Spontaneous vegetation, somewhat degraded, is made up of pastures, remnants of Mediterranean thermooxerophilic scrub, garighe and plant associations typical of coastal flora, such as juniper. There are numerous hotels, hotels, B&Bs and high-end resorts in the area. It is advised to arrive by car.
Immersed among pines, bushes, junipers, lilies, tamerices, cork oaks, myrtle, lenticides, one can find white, sandy beaches set among rocks, coves, islets and lagoons. A summer tourist area, it’s a one hour drive from Olbia airport. Accomodations are avaiable in a variety of B&Bs, hotels and resorts.
The current theatre was built in the XIX century replacing the old wooden theatre, built by the architect Saverio Belgrano di Famolasco on a commission by the marquess Zapata di Las Plassas. In 1943 a bombing hit the district of Castello, leaving only perimetral walls. After nearly sixty years, it was overhauled and opened to the public. Being in the island capital it is really easy to reach, with many possibilities of accomodations.
Saint Sabina of Silanus owes its charm not only to the uniqueness of its architectural forms but also to the proximity of the nuraghe of the same name. A late Byzantine style complex, it was built in the IX century. In the nearby Silanus there are some B&Bs and farmhouses. It is advisable to reach it by car.
Roman Bridge of the I century BC, has undergone extensive restorations in the late Imperial period (III-IV century AD) and later in medieval times. Even a few decades ago, this bridge also allowed cars to cross the Rio Mannu near what was a nuragic, then Roman and finally medieval village of Sa Mandra \'and sa Jua (in the satellite district of San Nicola, about 1 km from the bridge). In the nearby village of Ozieri there are B&Bs, hotels and farmhouses. It is advisable to reach it by car.
Today it is a semi-squatted and almost deserted village, but in the past when it was inhabited until the end of the sixties, accommodated almost five thousand people, acting as the directional center of the Ingurtosu and Gennamari’s mines, both part of the mining complex named Montevecchio, from which lead, zinc and silver were extracted. Accessible only by car, it does not have any accommodation facilities. However hotels, B&Bs and farmhouses are still present in the nearby Arbus as well as on the coast.
Located on the left of the Tirso valley, it stands on the remains of the ancient fortified site of Forum Traiani. The village is known for the presence of a Roman bath dating from the 1st century BC. The country is also known for the red trachytic quarries. It is possible to reach it by car, and in addition to the Roman bath with SPA, there are other hotels, B & Bs and farmhouses.
Castelsardo is one of the most picturesque towns in Sardinia, mainly because of its old town, perched on a promontory overlooking the sea. A defensive fortress built by the Genoese in the XIV century, remained a strategic point of control of the surrounding territory and the maritime routes that passed through Sardinia. This is a location currently reachable by car, with hostels and B&B in its surroundings.