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.


Sardinian cuisine is characterized by the region’s insular status and its agricultural and pastoral tradition. Many of the regional specialties are in fact strictly bound to the agricultural and pastoral traditions as well as hunting, fishing and wild herbs harvesting. Sardinian cuisine is considered by Unesco as part of the Mediterranean diet and as a nutrition model. Sardinia also offers a fish and seafood-based cuisine that refers to very different culinary traditions. Some recipes have Phoenician and Roman origins, others Genoese and Pisan origins which can be found throughout the south-west of the island. Finally other recipes have Algheresi origin, with strong Catalan influences, and extend along the entire coast of Alghero up to the strait of Bonifacio. Find more information in our gastronomic guide…



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".

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.

By plane: Olbia, Cagliari and Alghero airports
By train: Olbia, Porto Torres, Cagliari and Arbatax harbours