Sardinia is one of the biggest Italian islands, located in the Mediterrean sea.
For some reason I always find people talking more about Sicily than Sardinia, that’s why I decided to write this article.
This year was my third times visiting and working in Sardinia, and I decided to share with you the reasons why you can’t miss this place if you are planning on being in Italy during summer.
Punta Molentis San Teodoro Cala dei Gabbiani Cala dei Gabbiani
Sardinian beaches are worldwide known for their crystalline blue water and suggestive locations: pictures don’t do any justice to the infinite shades of blue that I’ve witnessed, but here’s a hint!
I mostly appreciated Punta Molentis in the South, Porto Pollo in the North (surfers looove this place since it’s particularly windy) and Cala dei Gabbiani in the central region Ogliastra (characterized by tiny little white stones).
There are so many good ones that I just suggest you to explore around!
I spent most of my time (due to my job as a photographer) in the South, in particular in the town of Villasimius, which is surrounded by breathtaking beaches.
Porto Giunco Porto Sa Ruxi
I’m more a town person than a beach person, so I naturally try to spend my time exploring cities rather than sun bathing at the beach (boooring ;). If you relate to me, don’t miss out Cagliari, Sardinia’s capital. Head over to the Castello, the hilltop medieval quarter, and enjoy the view from the Bastioni.
“And suddenly there is Cagliari: a naked town rising steep, steep, golden-looking, piled naked to the sky from the plain at the head of the formless hollow bay. It is strange and rather wonderful, not a bit like Italy.” DH Laurence
Sardinian people (“i sardi”) are very welcoming and will be more than happy to share with you their stories about local traditions!
Typical Sardinian costumes
Sardinia’s landscape is also dotted with thousands of Nuraghi – “mysterious Bronze Age stone ruins shaped like beehives.”
I basically keep coming back to Sardinia because I’m obsessed with the regional food!
Ricotta fresca, Carasau and Guttiau bread, Malloreddus pasta, Sardinian sausage, Porceddu, Culurgiones are just a few of the incredible dishes you’ll taste on the island.
My favorite dish is indeed the Seadas, a “dessert” made of fried dumpling filled with pecorino cheese and covered by tons of honey (which makes it sweet).
Carasau Bread Homemade Ricotta My favorite spot in Cagliari: Bastione di Saint Remy Ichnusa Beer
4. FAUNA / WILD LIFE
Goats and sheep are the most typical animals you’ll run into when traveling through Sardinia, but if you happen to be in Ogliastra, which is in the center-east of the island, pay a visit at the Arbatax Park. If you have children, they’ll adore the farms and multiple animals that inhabit this unique park.
5. THE WEATHER
Arbatax Park Resort
The weather in Sardinia is mostly windy, and besides when the Maestrale wind kicks in (and you’ll notice!), the island’s climate is very very enjoyable. You most likely won’t suffer the typical (terrible) Italian heat that hits up every year during summer, that’s why Sardinia is such a popular destination among Italians as well 🙂
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