Travel guide Sardinia

Located in the heart of the western Mediterranean, Sardinia is characterized by a wild and preserved nature, varied landscapes of rare beauty, regional cuisine rooted in the agricultural and pastoral tradition and idyllic beaches fringed by turquoise waters. Sardinia is also a land of traditions, legends and history, and is recognized for its expertise in traditional crafts.
Costa Smeralda
Costa Smeralda is one of the best known regions of Sardinia. Its name evokes the emerald clear waters fringed by unspoiled Mediterranean scrub. A landscape of low houses and colourful granite rocks shaped by nature, perfectly integrated villages, bays revealing solitary coves with turquoise water. A dream destination offering beautiful natural landscapes, stunning beaches, archaeological sites for history lovers, fashionable places like Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo, luxury boutiques, small restaurants offering excellent regional cuisine, marinas and golf courses.
The archipelago of la Maddalena
La Maddalena archipelago consists of 7 islands, the largest being Caprera and La Maddalena. A paradise for travelers in search of tranquility and natural beauty. The charming town of La Maddalena, the only inhabited on the island, is surrounded by a generous and wild nature reflecting multicolour shades, sandy beaches ranging in colour from gold to pink, granite rocks carved by the wind, crystal clear waters and archaeological relics.
Situated on the North-east of Sardinia, Gallura is renowned for its granite formations of the "valley della luna", its cork oak forests, its "Vermentino" wine, beaches lined with arbutus and myrtle scrubs, seaside villages such as Castelsardo and Santa Teresa di Gallura, many culinary specialties and its stone shepherds houses named "stazzi." The historic center of Aggius is one of the oldest towns in Gallura, which has preserved secular expertise in weaving, working cork, iron and granite.

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VISIT Sardinia is mostly considered as a marine paradise. It is the Italian region with the highest percentage of marine protected areas and parks of exceptional diversity. The inland will appeal to nature lovers, hiking and culture enthusiasts while the coast will fully satisfy travelers looking for relaxation and beautiful beaches. Carnival, whose extraordinary festivities vary from city to city, should not to be missed. The population dressed up with traditional costumes for this occasion: Bestios, Buttudos, Carraios, maimones, Mamutones, Mamuzzones, Merdules, Mascheras malas, Mascari brutti ... An important folkloristic manifestation dating back to the 12th century takes place every year in the streets of Oristano during the carnival period: "Sa Sartiglia" (horse parade and tournament) as well as the amazing Carnival Samugheo with "Mamutzones". GETTING ABOUT Sardinia's road network is very good. It's better to move around the island by car or motor bike as transports are not very present (except for the train line "trenino verde"). In some parts of Sardinia, it is not uncommon to see wild pigs, cows or goats cross the road. GETTING THERE By plane: Olbia, Cagliari and Alghero airports
By boat: Olbia, Porto Torres, Cagliari and Arbatax harbours.