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Sardinia

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Sardinia

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Sardinia (Sardegna) [1] 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.


Cities

Other destinations

The sea from Capo Sandalo, in a natural reserve on San Pietro Island, south of Sardinia
  • Alghero - medieval town (L'Alguer in the local Catalan language)
  • Budoni - where you will find one of the most beautiful mediterranean sea
  • San Teodoro - one of the most important seaside resorts of the island
  • The Punic and Roman archeological sites of Pula and Tharros
  • 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

Understand

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.

A long distance hiking trail stretches from the north tip of the island as far as Cagliari at the south coast. So far, a German hiking guide has been published, covering the first quarter of the trail, that is a 7 days hike. It is named "Italien: Sentiero Italia - Trans Sardinien: Von Santa Teresa nach Monti", by Benjamin Flad, Conrad Stein Verlag, March 2007. ISBN: 3866861958

In the near future, the author has planned to publish an English version of the guide with Cicerone, a British publisher, under the title "Sentiero Italia - Trans Sardinia".

Talk

Along with standard Italian, Sardinians speak one of the dialects of Sardinian language (similar to Latin). In Alghero they also speak Catalan.

Get in

The same rules apply as in Italy.

The following budget airlines can get you there cheaply: Ryanair, Easyjet, TUIFLY.com, Germanwings.com and Meridiana.

By plane

There are airports near Cagliari, Alghero and Olbia.

By boat

There are ferry services to Cagliari (south coast), Porto Torres (north coast), and Olbia, Golfo Aranci and Arbatax (east coast). From MAY until AUGUST 2007, Olbia will be a port of call for the DISNEY MAGIC cruise ship.

Have a look at Ferriesonline or the state owned ferry service Tirrenia and the private companies Moby Lines, Sardinia Ferries, Grimaldi, Snav.

Get around

By car

It is possible to take buses and trains around Sardinia, but doing so will limit how fast you travel and where you can go. If you can hire a car, it is well worth the money, as this will enable you to visit remote and beautiful locations. Unlike the rest of Italy which has a reputation for reckless and inconsiderate driving, Sardinians seem to take it much more slowly and carefully. However, a lot of the roads are tiny, winding and usually empty, so oncoming drivers may not be expecting to come across anyone else.

By bus

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.

By train

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.

Eat

  • Try Is Culurgiones (typical pasta of Ogliastra made of flour, lard, salt and water ), similar to Ravioli comprised of a filling - potatoes, 'Pecorino' cheese (sheep's milk cheese), onion, mint, and garlic - in any Sardinian restaurant.
  • Seada (pl. Seadas), typical of Barbagia, similar to great Ravioli, comprised of a filling: a characteristic fresh cheese with lemon flavour that melts when Seada is cooked. It must be fried and dipped in honey.
  • Porcheddu is a local specialty of inner Sardinia, it's a young pig roasted into a hole on terrain in a special manner with local wood (oak) and an aromatic local shrub called mirto.
  • Try the fish too, the mediterranean fish ( pesce azzurro ) is a real special dish in the coast of Sardinia. 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.

Drink

  • Mirto is an alcoholic drink that's a local speciality. It is made of wine spirit flavoured with the berries of mirto, a local shrub.
  • Fil'e ferru is another alcoholic local speciality. Its name means "iron wire" because in the 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.
  • Limoncello is a sweet drink made with lemon rind, usually best served chilled. It is widely produced in locally.
  • Vernaccia di Oristano is a high alcoholic wine produced in Oristano zone. It's a special wine to drink with pastry.
  • Vermentino di Sardegna is light wine with a strong minerally taste.

Sleep

There are many campsites all around the coast, most of them close at the end of September or early October, but some are open all year round. 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).

See city / district / destination articles for apartments, guesthouses, hotels, etc.

Get out

Daily ferries link Northen Sardinia with Corsica (it is feasable to take a day trip to Bonifacio, Corsica) from Santa Teresa di Gallura.



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