The island Sardinia has on every side different coasts, rocky and wild or sandy and blue. If you leave the coast and head for the centre of Sardinia you’ll see hills and mountains and a lot of green plants. The cactus but also the palm and the oak colour the landscape, also nice herbs such as Thyme, Rosemary and Mirthe.
The sea that surrounds Sardinia has every blue colour you can imagine. From deep and dark blue till light blue and emerald green.The Road SS 131 divides the island in three parts. From Olbia in the Northeast, to Sassari in the Northwest. In the centre Nuoro and in the Southeast Cagliari, the capital.
The island has had a lot of conquest , such as Spain and the Romans, but the centre of Sardinia has never been conquested. They speak a different language, no dialect, which has similarity with Latin. They also speak italian. In Alghero they speak a language similar to Catalan, on the isle San Pietro they speak a Ligurian dialect.
There more sheep than people in Sardinia and for an island the Sardinian kitchen has a lot of meat, sheep. Also pecorino, the cheese made of sheepmilk is a typical product of Sardinia.
Also very typical for Sardinia are the so-called “ Nuraghi”. These are some kind of towers built without any use of cement. They were built approx. 1800 B.C. There are still 7000 Nuraghi ruins to discouver. There are towers, but also graves and forts. The most famous and best preserved are those at Barumini( village with fortress) and Tiscali( a village in a cave).
The Costa Smeralda is very famous but also very expensive. Here you can feast your eyes at the richest of the world.
Inwards you ‘ll find the Gennargentu mountains, with the highest mountain of Sardinia, 1802 mt high.Also there is a national parc where you can wander and see a lot of eagles, vultures wild cats and Muflons.
The biggest cities to visit are Alghero, Nuoro and Cagliari. Alghero in the northwest, is a beautiful 12th century town with narrow streets and small squares surrounded by old walls and numerous watch towers, dating from the time of the Catalan domination. Beautiful beaches and do not forget to visit the spectacular nearby Nettuno Grotta. Across the sea from the port accessible by boat or by land through the steps of the Escala Cabirol. In both cases a different but spectacular panorama.
Nuoro deserves a mention because it is so beautiful against the backdrop of Monte Ortobene in the Monte Sopra region. The town has an authentic atmosphere that has not been affected by tourists. Nuoro was the inspiration for many writers and sculptors. It is the birthplace of the writer Grazia Deledda. In 1926 she received the Nobel Prize for literature for her entire oeuvre in which the Sardinian culture is central. It is no surprise that the Museo della Vita e delle tradizioni popularity Sarde is right here. In this museum, all objects of the Sardinian culture are preserved and exhibited. The old traditions and customs of which the island is so proud of you can see in this museum.
The capital Cagliari, with its 190,000 inhabitants, is the largest city. You can find remains of Phoenicians, Romans and of course Cartaghen (Amphitheater). In the Museo Nazionale Archeologico is plenty to see from their legacy, including many items found in the famous Nuraghi. The center has a slightly North African appearance. Enjoy the beautiful view from the Bastion San Remy or a stroll through the hilltop medieval Castello district, with its Roman and Pisan fortifications.
Strolling through the streets can be delicious but also very tiring. Take a ride by Il Treno Turistico. This train follows different routes and brings you to the sights.
Sardinia is a beautiful island with extensive opportunities for all Italy fans. Art and culture, beautiful white sandy beaches with lots of entertainment or just enjoy busy cities or a deserted inland where you can walk, bike or get to know the people.