Sardinia (Sardegna) is a large island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, between the Balearic islands and the Italian peninsula and south of Corsica. It is one of the regions of Italy.
- Alghero medieval town (L'Alguer in the local Catalan language)
- Wild areas of Barbagia and Ogliastra
- The Punic and Roman archeological sites of Pula and Tharros
- Costa Smeralda - Glamorous beaches
- Bosa - Small but beautiful medieval town.
- Stintino small fisherman village in the North-Western tip of Sardinia, its beach La Pelosa is among the very finest of the entire island
- Iglesias and the Sulcis are undiscovered treasures of art and sea. Near Iglesias, you should visit some mines, listen at the history of the sardinian miners, and go to see the marvellous Santa Barbara cove.
Near Perdasdefogu there is a launch site for military and sounding rockets . Unfortunately it seems to be impossible to get informations about launch dates and there seem to be no possibilities to view the area.
Along with standard Italian, Sardinians speak one of the dialects of Sardinian language (similar to Latin). In Alghero they also speak Catalan.
The same rules apply as in Italy.
The following budget airlines can get you there cheaply: Ryanair, Easyjet, Hapag-Lloyd and Meridiana.
There are airports near Cagliari, Alghero and Olbia. See below for some links.
There are ferry services to Cagliari (south coast), Sassari (north coast), and Olbia, Arbatax (east coast). See below for some links.
Have a look at the state owned ferry service Tirrenia and the private companies Moby Lines, Sardinia Ferries, Linea dei golfi, Grimaldi.
Beware the way locals drive: racing along the narrow and bendy roads in the hills.
Regular, cheap buses between the main centres: Cagliari, Sassari, Alghero, Nuoro etc. You may end up changing buses (or trains) in Macomer. Less frequent buses, but worth persevering for the smaller villages.
Regular trains from the edge of Alghero to Sassari and from Sassari to Cagliari, although buses are usually quicker. Change at Macomer for trains or buses to Nuoro. Less frequent trains on this and other routes.
In the summer period, twice a week, there's a small train that travels from Sassari to Tempio and back. It runs especially for tourists and is highly recommended.
- Try Ravioli con Ricotta (ravioli with fresh cheese) in any Sardinian restaurant or home.
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- Porceddu is a local speciality, it's a young pig roasted into a hole on terrain in a special manner with local spices.
- Try the fish too, the mediterranean fish ( pesce azzurro ) is a real special dish here. Look for a fish market in any small coast town and buy your own fish in the early morning, cook and eat it: it's simply fantastic.
- Another thing to try is the sardinian pastry: they have a lot of specialties in this field.
- Have a look at Sardinian restaurants Eating & drinking in Sardinia
- Mirto is an alcoholic drink that's a local speciality.
- Filuferru is another alcoholic local speciality. It's name means "iron wire" because in XiXth century it was clandestinely distilled and hidden in small holes covered with soil. Only a small iron wire came out from the soil, to remember where the bottles were hidden.
- Vernaccia di Oristano is a high alcoholic wine produced in Oristano zone. It's a special wine to drink with pastry.
There are many Campsites all around the coast, most of them close at the end of September or early October, but some are open around year. Prices get as high as 30-40€ in the Mid-Season (August) for a small tent, car and 2 people and tolerable in September/October to an average of 15€ (3-star-campsites).
- There are many solutions for every budget in Sardinia from small bed and breakfasts to farmhouses and of course some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Have a look at Sardinian Connections for direct contact tourist information.
For some serious night life, you obviously have to go to the big cities or the tourist beach places. In the small towns, the young people will get you to join in with their drinking games. You should join them since there's nothing else to do there anyway.