Sardinia is situated midway between Europe and Africa, and is the Mediterranean’s second biggest island. Even if you think you know Italy, Sardinia might well surprise you, as it has a personality all of its own.
The island has a very cosmopolitan history, partly due to the fact that it was a popular stopping off point for people of various nationalities as they passed across the Mediterranean Sea. The most obvious signs are the remnants of Spanish Catalan rule, and some street signs in Alghero are still in Catalan. The city’s cathedral was also designed along Catalan lines. As well as the Spanish, the Byzantines and Phoenicians also left relics behind.
Although different from their Italian peers in many other ways, Sardinians are just as passionate about food as those on the mainland. There’s an abundance of fresh, locally caught fish – including, of course, sardines – which taste nothing like the supermarket canned variety. Seafood specialities are served up in local eateries and fine dining restaurants alike, while meaty Sardinian dishes worth trying include wild boar stuffed with myrtle and roasted suckling pig.
The island caters very well for tourists, and there are therefore Sardinia hotels to suit singles, couples, families and groups alike. Cheap hotels in Sardinia can be very charming, as they are often family-owned and staffed by locals who can give you all sorts of inside tips about where to go and what to do. At the other end of the spectrum, 5-star hotels in Sardinia offer very modern convenience, as well as the ultimate in sumptuous comfort. There are a great choice for those who want to make sure their time on the island is a very special one.
The beaches in Sardinia are nothing short of spectacular, making this a paradise isle for sun-seekers. The gloriously-named Emerald Coast in the east boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, while the northern coast is home to an impressive 80 coves. In the west you’ll find Isola Rossa, a perfect sweeping arc of soft, silvery sand. Costa Smeralda is popular with well-heeled visitors, and is thus speckled with yachts.
Beyond the beaches, there is plenty to see and do. Head to the Maddalena Archipelago National Park for azure lagoons and rare sea life, sample some watersports, search for stalagmites and stalactites at Neptune’s Grotto, take a horseback trek, or search for fabulous flora at Gennargentu National Park.
Whatever your whim, why not have a look at the hotels we offer on the magical island of Sardinia?