In this post, I will introduce you 10 reasons to choose Sardinia as the destination of your next holiday.
Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean, characterized by stunning beaches, fine sand and a rocky coastline. Much less known than Sicilia, Sardinia, however, has nothing to envy as it overflow of incredible places, very good food, and wonderful people. For a very long time, Sardinia was not a very popular touristic destination. But in fifty years, the island has attracted attention, gained in popularity and has become a hotspot for tourism.
1. Culture & History
The history and the culture of Sardinia is old and very rich. The initial settlement of Sardinia result of population movements that have occurred around 6000 BC from the Italian peninsula, the Iberian Peninsula and Africa. The Nuragic civilization is the pillar of the island culture. It was during this era that a true society emerged. The nuragic term comes from the nuraghe, large towers built to strengthen and enlarge. There are over 2000 ancient Nuraghi still standing as a lot of well conserved other leftovers from each civilization that influence the Sardinian culture.
Who never dream of having the beach all to yourself ? If you visit Sardinia in September or October, your dream may become true.
With over 1800km of unspoilt coastline, Sardinia will leave you breathless. Whether you like to sit on the warm sand and tan, or swim in the azure sea, Sardinia is the best place.
The weather in Sardinia is almost always good, hot and sunny. In September/October you will experience the most pleasant temperatures. It’s not too hot, but still hot enough to swim and sun bath without melting.
If I can give you one tip regardless the weather is to bring a light jacket or a sweater with you for the evening as time to time the temperatures go down a little bit.
Well, I will maybe not be impartial as I am myself from Sardinia, but I have to tell you that you will not find people as much as hospitable and generous than Sardinian people. When they have a visitor, they think it is very important to make them feel special, treat them very well, they have to feel at home and free.
The love for their land is another common trait in Sardinian people. They adore their sea, their mountains, their countryside, their culture and history. For sure, they will love to tell about how beautiful and rich their island is, trying to make you taste food and wine, tell you about the stories of their hometown, introduced to all their family relatives and friends and taking you around.
5. Family holiday
Sardinia is the perfect destination for family vacation. You can easily find good all inclusive package deals in family special resorts. These resorts have so much to offer to children and parents as activities, babysitting services, child care products, restaurants, swimming pool,… If you prefer the nature, you can also opt for camping holidays.
On the Island, there are also lots of amusement park and waterparks that will for sure make every child happy.
Eating time is sacred in Sardinia, a good time to spend and share news with your family and love ones.
The traditional cuisine of Sardinia was kind of a contradiction: an island civilization that did not use seafood in its diet. Since Sardinian people have always been victim to invasion, they found refuge in the mountains. As a consequence, the traditional foods of Sardinia were always more influenced by the land than by the sea. Much has changed and now seafood has been an integral part of Sardinian food.
Here are some traditional dishes :
The national dish is the spit-roasted suckling pig takes. It is roasted on a spit over a log fire during about 3 hours.
Malloreddus or gnocchetti sardi are the first kind of pasta that Sardinian usually eat as the first course. Made with semolina and saffron, it is perfect with some cheese and tomato sauce.
Pane Carasau, a Sardinian bread, also called Carta da Musica (which come from the noise produced when the bread is chewed). This bread is dry, crisp and shaped into thin disks and stacked up in piles. Pane Carasau is sometimes bathed in sauce before it is eaten, and is an excellent accompaniment to cheese or meats.
Sardinia is probably the most original area of Italy. Its various ethnic influences make it a unique place with singular wines. This wild and colorful land is characterized by its special varieties that most of which come from Spain. In The 8O’s, long guided by a wine cooperative culture, Sardinia, decided to refocus its production on its branded wines. As a small continent, the region has several incredibly diverse wine producing areas capable of producing both rich reds and aromatic whites. The main grape varieties are Cannonau, Carignano and Monica for red wine and Vermentino and Nuragus for white wine. The vine grows mainly in the north, in the arid hills of Gallura and in the southern part of the island, between Cagliari and Oristano.
8. Traditional Festivals
All over the Italian island, there are festivals all year around. But if you want to fully enjoy the experience, Septembre and Octobre are the best moments (on this period of the year don’t worry the weather is still very nice). You will find different kind of festivals as music festivals, food festivals or religious and cultural celebrations.
I remember especially well the traditional easter festival (S’Incontru, the meeting) that take place each year in Oliena the small town where my father’s family is living. A good moment that was so special and magical for me. Maybe you will be more attracted by music or food festivals and that’s complete understandable. But even the religious processions can be quite enjoyable, because on top of the music and costumes you will be surrounded only by locals as there is not a lot of tourists that take part in these celebrations. In my opinion, these festivities are the best way to discover and experience Sardinia culture.
Here are some links where you can find a list of festivities in Sardinia, so if you want to experience and join one of them, then you that plan your stay according to the dates.
Just like many other islands, Sardinia has a very unique and rich wildlife. The isolation has pretty much given it the gift of diversity. None of the animals that live there are poisonous or very dangerous, so you can explore the island without any fear. Unique species of deer and foxes live in the mountains and many different types of birds, like the pink flamingo and the Chaffinch, visit the island each year. Monk seals, peregrine hawks (a dying species), turtles and lots of fish species live in the Sardinian waters.
A characteristic phenomenon specific of the island is nanism: there are some species that are smaller than those living outside the Island, such as the small horses or Sardinian deer, smaller than their “cousins” which you can see in other European countries.
You can find a lot of luxury hotels, villas, golf and watch clubs, bars, nightclubs, private beaches and private jet services. For example, Costa Smeralda is the well knows luxury destination choose by lots of celebrities, politician, sportpeople and business leaders.
I really hope I succeed to make you want to visit Sardinia. Regardless all these reasons, I am very proud to be Sardinian and to come from this magic island. Don’t wait anymore and book your ticket for this paradise, I can promise you, you will not regret it !