Sardinia: always worth a visit!

Posted on 06/02/2018 by Valentina Bernasconi
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When I first travelled to Sardinia years ago it was love at first sight. I truly fell in love with this magical island and I can’t stop but going back every summer. Why do I love Sardinia so much?

SardWell I think the island has really so much to offer, dreamy beaches and blue Sea but also a captivating culture, cuisine, traditions and beautiful wild nature. Let’s face it: Sardinia’s beaches truly will make you think you are somewhere in the Caribbean while in fact you are in the middle of the Mediterranean. There are so many white sandy beaches where the Sea is bluer than blue. Every summer, celebrities from all over the world are spotted enjoying the emerald waters of Sardinia’s coasts.

If you love celebrities spotting, Porto Cervo is the place for you, in the heart of the Costa Smeralda, it is a true paradise where glamour, luxury and an exciting nightlife meet with gorgeous beaches and blue waters. Porto Cervo Marina is also one of the biggest and most charming ports in the Mediterranean Sea and during the months of July and August you are sure to spot some gorgeous yachts anchored there. Porto Cervo boasts luxury boutiques and has an exciting nightlife thanks to the many exclusive nightclubs.

IMG_2727Porto Rotondo is another popular location and one of my favorite places in Sardinia. A true gem secluded between the gulfs of Marinella and Cugnana. It boasts an impressive Port and Marina.

I love stopping for a coffee in one of the bars down at the Marina and just watching the world go by. I would also recommend taking a walk around the Marina and the center to discover Porto Rotondo’s elegant boutiques and ateliers. Porto Rotondo is the home of some of the best beaches in Sardinia such as Ira, Punta Sassi and Punta Volpe, which are well equipped and easy to reach.

A place perhaps less known but certainly not less impressive is Santa Teresa di Gallura, a breezy and vibrant village on Gallura’s North Coast, which has managed to retain a truly Sardinian character. It has a lovely coastal setting and Bonifacio in Corsica is only a short ferry journey away. Strolling from Piazza Vittorio Emanuele in the nearby streets, you will find souvenirs and gastronomy shops selling typical Sardinian products and there is an extensive number of quality bars and restaurants.

I truly recommend you walk down to the panoramic spot, which is situated on a headland over the Sea and overlooks the Torre Longobardo, an ancient tower. On a clear day you will be able to enjoy the views of the beaches and coasts and even see Corsica in the distance.

Sardegna-Valentina-3Sardinia is a also a paradise for food lovers: fresh fish is on offer at most restaurants while meat lovers will appreciate the “Porceddu”, a tender young pork meat roasted usually over juniper and myrtle wood fires.

I definitely recommend you try the Vermentino, a light and aromatic white wine that thrives in the North of Sardinia or, if you prefer red, to go for a glass of Cannonau, that locals enjoy with bread, the “Pane Carasau”.

From a traditional Agriturismo to exclusive restaurants, there is really something to suit everyone’s taste.

Food shoppers will love the region! Just take a walk around one of the many markets of the island: you will find not only fruit and vegetables but also a wonderful selection of regional products.

Then there are the many local jewelry shops selling the renowned gold filigree for which Sardinia is so famous or crafts workshops selling handcrafted ceramics and the typical Sardinian weaving rugs which all make for great souvenirs.

Sardinia has three international airports: Alghero, Olbia and Cagliari. If you wish to reach the Costa Smeralda, you best fly to Olbia. Easyjet and Swiss both fly to there making the island very accessible from Switzerland. The airport of Olbia is connected to the Costa Smeralda and Santa Teresa di Gallura by public and private transport. However if you wish to explore Sardinia to the fullest, I feel a car is really essential to move around freely as public transports usually don’t connect small villages or remote beaches.

Sardinia has really something for everyone and for every budget, from the five-star hotels of the Costa Smeralda to lovely B&Bs in more secluded spots.

The island is waiting for you! Why not book your next vacation right now?

Santa Teresa di Gallura

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Porto Cervo Harbour

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