Sardinia is a legendary Mediterranean island with amazing beauty and a special attraction for tourists from all over the world. As experienced travelers 2yachts note, thanks to cozy coves, many small islets, clean beaches with golden sand and luxurious Mediterranean nature, Sardinia is very popular with yachtsmen, surfers and fans of other water activities.
Sardinia is known for its white beaches washed by crystal clear waters and rich in architectural heritage. In Cagliari, the capital of the island, you will find many valuable historical, cultural and architectural attractions.
The island is full of unique places that will appeal to nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Consider the sights that are worth seeing during your vacation in Sardinia.
The medieval fortress of San Michele is located on the hill of the same name in Cagliari and today serves as the main venue for artistic events of the city: exhibitions, lectures, film screenings, etc. An interesting view of the entire city center and the coast opens from the top of the hill.
The classic-style Bastion of San Remi is one of the island's brightest attractions, attracting crowds of visitors. From here you can admire the beautiful views of Cagliari. In warm weather, a cafe with live music and excellent cuisine works on the territory of the bastion.
The most mysterious building in Sardinia is located in the village of Barumini, 55 km north of Cagliari. Barumini was built around the building called the Nurag. Scientists still cannot figure out what purpose the buildings had - they served as a dwelling, a temple or a defensive fortress. The construction time of the building is known - 15th century BC. In the village, you can visit the Nuraghe Museum, where a model of this grandiose structure is presented to your attention.
The Roman Amphitheater is the oldest attraction in the capital, built during the Roman Empire. Despite its long existence, the structure has retained its appearance and the acoustic properties that it possessed in antiquity.
Molentargius Park is a unique nature reserve, which has reservoirs with fresh and salt sea water. The ecosystem of the reserve is diverse, and its territory serves as a shelter for thousands of birds migrating from all over Europe. Here you can see numerous aquatic plants and plants adapted to live in marshy conditions. Among the inhabitants of the park are pink flamingos, herons, storks, cormorants, turtles, snakes and lizards.
This church was built in the 15th century and the finds made indicate that the temple stood at this place for a long time. Moreover, originally it served as a sanctuary dedicated to pagan gods. Thanks to the multi-colored ceramic tiles that line the dome of the building, the church looks very elegant and is clearly visible from afar.
The mysterious grotto of Neptune at the Cape of Capo Caccia is an amazingly picturesque place with numerous columns of natural origin, which is located 12 km from the city of Alghero. In the narrow passages and halls, there are stalactites and stalagmites of bizarre shapes, which have been given the appropriate names: "organ", "warrior's head", etc.
Basilica di San Simplicio was built in the 11th century on the site of an ancient Roman temple and has a rather austere appearance. The church is decorated with ancient frescoes depicting St. Simplikus and Victor Fauzaniysky - the patron saint of the city.
A small island in the picturesque Maddalena archipelago - Budelli, has the most beautiful Spiaggia Rosa beach. Translated, this name means "Pink Beach", and its pink tint is given by the elements of local shells. And the sea here takes on amazing bright blue and green shades - such landscapes can be seen only on the island of Budelli.
Today, the city of Nora, located 30 km from Cagliari, is partially under water and scientists have managed to reconstruct the entire history of the island from it. At different times, this territory belonged to different peoples. Under the Romans, thermal baths (ancient baths), an amphitheater and other structures were built here - some of them are still visible on the surface.
The Botanical Garden is home to over 2 thousand species of plants brought here from all over the world. The Herbarium Museum with a huge collection of dried plants (more than 50 thousand) deserves special attention. For the convenience of visitors, the entire collection of the botanical garden is systematized, and the territory is equipped with benches and information signs.
The mild climate makes Sardinia's quiet coves and lagoons ideal for outdoor activities. It has all the conditions for year-round kitesurfing, windsurfing, diving and yachting. Also, travelers can take part in sea fishing, including as part of "fish excursions" - boat trips, during which participants are introduced to the best fishing spots.
People of different ages and interests can choose their own entertainment to their liking - the island has opportunities for mountain biking and enduro motorbikes, canoeing, hiking and horseback riding, tennis and golf. And since the local beaches meet the most stringent cleanliness and ecology requirements, you can even relax here with children. A must-see is the Orto Botanico in Cagliari, which has over a thousand plants, including rare tropical flowers and beautifully flowered cacti.
Ecotourism lovers should be advised to visit the mines and the coal-themed Museo del Carbone, where you can learn a lot about industry in Sardinia. The island has several excellent zoos and aquariums of educational interest. The water parks are also worth visiting, the most popular of which is Aquadream in Baia Sardinia.
In addition to beaches and natural beauty, tourists are attracted by the unique rich cuisine of Sardinia, based on simple products (such as bread, cheese and meat). The peculiarity of the local cuisine is the mixing of the traditions of Spain and Italy. All the luxury of the culinary tradition of Sardinia will open before you when you visit the coastal areas - here they prepare delicious dishes from fish and seafood.
You should definitely try the thick Sa cassola fish soup, fresh octopus salad, juicy mussel and shellfish soups seasoned with bluefin tuna vegetables, Bottarga of dried tuna or mullet caviar and cat shark soup with nuts. Grilled fresh seafood is very popular - shrimp, mullet, sea bass, etc.
The island also has a rich tradition of cooking meat. Popular meat dishes - baked suckling pig, kid on a spit, Fregola soup with meat broth, different types of salami, etc. Many dishes are oven baked and are therefore healthy. Good climatic conditions and fertile lands allow the cultivation of delicious fruits and vegetables, as well as quality livestock feed, so local delicacies are of excellent quality and are popular throughout Europe.
Sardinia produces wines that are popular far beyond its borders. The leader in the production of wines is the Campidiano region in the south-west of the island. The region of Cagliari is also full of wine-making activities. One of the most fine white wines is Vermentino di Gallura, the rich red Cannonau di Sardegna is served with meat and game dishes, and the most used variety is Vermentino di Sardegna. Among spirits, Zedda Piras myrtle liqueur is popular, which many people use as an aperitif.
The climate in Sardinia is extremely mild, subtropical, with dry hot summers and short winters. Summer heat on the coast is noticeably softened by the sea breeze, and temperatures do not drop below zero even in winter. The driest time of the year is spring, with occasional rains in autumn and winter. The number of sunny days per year exceeds 300.
The best time to get acquainted with the traditions and ancient culture of the island is autumn, when the heat recedes, and the water still keeps the summer warmth. Plunge into the traditional way of life of the Sardinians will allow the festival "Autumn in Barbagia", held in the mountain village of Barbagia. The tourist season lasts from April to November, May is ideal for independent trips around the island and sightseeing.
The most popular among yachtsmen is the northeastern coast of the Costa Smeralda - here the world's highest concentration of yacht clubs and ports per 1 sq. km. It should be borne in mind that the marinas in Sardinia are the most expensive in Italy, Marina Del Sole in Cagliari is popular with 150 places on the water for boats up to 28 m in length, Marina di Capitana is 20 minutes from the center of Cagliari with 480 berths for yachts up to 27 m, Porto Cervo Marina in the north of the island with 700 berths for boats max. up to 120 m in length, Marina di Portisco in Olbia with 585 berths for yachts up to 150 m and Marina di Porto Rotondo in Porto Rotondo with 642 berths for yachts up to 90 m.One of the most beautiful marinas is Marina di Porto Massimo on the island La Maddalena, designed to receive 136 ships up to 50 m long, is cozy and well protected.
Since the coasts of Sardinia and the surrounding islands are rocky, special attention should be in coastal navigation. Safe sailing requires good experience, or you need to hire an experienced skipper.
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