Sardinia (Sardegna)

Sardinia became known for the rich and beautiful in the 70s, who discovered the north of the island and especially the beautiful beaches and the pristine crystal clear water. Meanwhile, the most beautiful are protected and besieged by expensive hotels and private villas. The area is called Costa Smeralda. The whole island offers a very charming nature in the hinterland and very interesting archaeological sites from pre-Christian times.

If you need more than beach and water sports, you will find very interesting excursion destinations here. It’s nice from April to December.

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To see and experience

Cagliari

The capital of the autonomous region of Sardinia is Cagliari, to the very south of the huge island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is the cultural center of the island. Visit the cathedral, the old town and the Archaeological Museum in a 3 hour walk through the city. When you visit the Mercato Civico di San Benedetto in the morning you will see beautiful what this island has to offer in culinary specialties. One floor for seafood only and one floor for vegetables, fruit, meat and cheese. A real beautiful experience.

Nora

Nora was founded in the ninth century B.C. by the Phoenicians on a headland. The Romans took over and continued to expand the city. Today you can only find the ruins, which are now finally well guarded and protected. But much was lost in this sparsely populated area by thieves from the sea. The situation is impressive. One can well imagine how beautiful this city must have been once. You can reach Nora via Pula in less than an hour from Cagliari. If it fits, then visit Baija Chia for a lunch or a swim. That’s another 20 minutes further south along the coast.

The Nuraghi

The natives of Sardinia built very peculiar buildings, the ruins of which can still be visited today. About 7000 such Nuraghi settlements were found throughout the island, with a cone-shaped tower at the centre of them. This was surrounded by a castle wall often with smaller integrated towers. At least one of these excavations should be visited when you come to Sardinia. They are mostly found inside the island.

The culinary specialties of Sardinia

Where do we start? Up north in the fine hotels of the Costa Smeralda you serve fine fish and lobster. However, this is not traditional cuisine. It’s delicious, of course.

It’s more the poor people food that excites us. After all, it is not that poor at all. Suckling pig, wild boar ham, goat cheese and seafood. Everything is very nicely flavored with local herbs.

  • Swordfish with local saffron, tomatoes, mint and pepperoni
  • Lamb with garlic and saffron on pasta that looks like rice
  • Gnocchi Sardo noodles with a sauce of bratwurst and tomatoes

Delicious, right?

Cannanau is a typical local red wine. White you take Vermentino.

Also recommended is the beer brand Ichnusa with the 4 moors heads from the flag of Sardinia on the label. This moor head can also be found in the flag of Corsica, the island north of Sardinia, which belongs to France. You might have seen this iconic image on bumper stickers in France. No, the beer is delicious. In particular, the unfiltered version. It comes from Cagliari. The brewery was bought by INBEV, which thankfully didn’t harm the taste.

Fauna

Even in winter, the visitor comes to great experiences here. There are the flamingos hibernating in the lagoons along the coasts.

On the plateau in the hinterland live wild horses, which you can see with a bit of luck on a hike.

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Arrival

By car

You can also travel by car. To do this, take a ferry in Genova in the evening and then be in the harbor of Olbia in the north in the morning. Better you take a scheduled flight and then locally a rental car. This one then has an Italian license plate. You will also save on the cost of the ferry. But if you take the dog on holiday, then it is better with your own car and the ferry.

By air

Sardinia has two airports. practical. One in the north and one in the south. Scheduled flights are available from all directions and if it’s not exactly July or August then airfares are low. From the airport there are the private feeder services to the beach hotels or to the town of Olba (in the north) or Cagliari (to the south). Better with a rental car, because you also need it for the excursions. Unless you book a small study trip with us. Then we pick you up and take you everywhere.

Hotels

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Overnight rates depend very much on the season. In winter, many hotels are also simply closed. It is quiet in the seaside resorts, but also a bit depressing perhaps if the restaurants on the beach are missing. Many villas stand empty and wait for their owners, who only stop by briefly in the summer. So you can rent many of the magnificent houses cheaply and spend a nice holiday with a lot of space and tranquility.

Hotels

We have access to a magnificent resort in the Maddalena Archipelago. We are happy to offer this on favorable terms. It’s an all-inclusive club with 300 rooms for a relaxing holiday. With lots of sports, beach and entertainment. Who likes it. This is rather not suitable for archaeological discovery tours. You are then on a private island. Super beautiful.

It is the Santo Stefano Resort in the middle of the nature reserve. The price list was invented by a mathematician. Please send us your request and we will calculate it.

Practical advice

Clothes, in the evening it gets cool and dark. Well, seriously. Please check out the weather forecast and bring something appropriate. You don’t need any elegant dress. Beach flip-flops and good running shoes are important. Snorkel mask, perhaps.

Tipping is expected in the restaurants frequented by foreign tourists. The waiters in these restaurants know very well what is common in your culture. You should know, though, that an Italian usually only pays what is printed on the bill. Importantly, they are considering whether the amount is justified. You can also ask for a proper invoice, which you can also get if you suggest that you need it for business. Speak calmly in your language and use your hands to make it clear what it is all about. If you stay friendly, then it all works out too. By the way, you are legally obliged to take the receipt with you. You may be checked by finance police outside the door.

Italians pay in the restaurant at the checkout when they go out. Money is dirty and shouldn’t actually change hands at the table. Of course, the waiters also adapt to the visitors and you can also have it the way you are used to from home. But it is better you go to the cashier near the entrance. In particular, if you pay by card, want a special receipt and maybe another brandy.

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