Sardinia: David Herbert Lawrence, the famous English writer, loved Italy. He traveled through it far and wide, often on foot. Sardinia inspired him, and he dedicated his excellent book to it, Sea and Sardinia, where he wrote: Sardinia is left outside of time and history. Of course, nowhere is left outside of time and history.
But Lawrence’s affirmation has an absolute poetic truth, which captures and sums up a sensation that unites everyone who goes to Sardinia. It’s the feeling of finding oneself in a region where the stunning beauty of nature, the limpid waters of the sea, the reserved and genuine character of the people, the exquisiteness of the many typical dishes, the ancient traditions, and the various expressions of Sardinian culture, will never change.
The Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs, Byzantines, and Spanish all arrived in this splendid island. In spite of the twists and turns of history, and in spite of the passing of time. Sardinia assimilated and reinterpreted all these different influences, integrated them into its own culture, but did not allow its heart, its profound way of feeling, to be touched or changed.
It is a guide for a visit to Sardinia lasting ten days to two weeks.
The itinerary starts from Olbia, on the Costa Smeralda, and then touches La Maddalena, Porto Torres, Sassari, Alghero, Macomer, and its nuraghi, Oristano, Iglesias, Cagliari, Sorgono, Nuoro and Orosei.
There are descriptions and photos of the attractions. Also, the best beaches are near the locations described.
Cuisine and several recipes in Sardinia are covered.
It has information on how to get to Sardinia by either air or by a ferry service.
It contains reviews on many restaurants in the towns covered by the guide. With the guide organized circularly, you can start from Olbia or from any other city where you can arrive via air or ferry.
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Sardinia captivates with its wild hinterland, out-of-this-world beaches, and endearing eccentricities. Here coastal drives thrill, prehistory puzzles, and four million sheep rule the roads.
Sardinia has some of the dreamiest beaches you’ll find without stepping off European shores. Yes, the sand really is that white, and the sea the bluest blue. Imagine dropping anchor in Costa Smeralda’s scalloped bays, where celebrities and supermodels frolic in emerald waters; playing castaway on the Golfo di Orosei’s coves, where sheer cliffs ensure seclusion; or sailing to La Maddalena’s cluster of granite islands. Whether you’re walking barefoot across the dunes on the wave-lashed Costa Verde or lounging on the Costa del Sud’s silky smooth bays, unroll your beach towel and you’ll never want to leave.
Whether you go slow or fast, choose coast or country, Sardinia is one of Europe’s last great island adventures. Hike through the lush, silent interior to the twilight of Tiscali’s Nuraghic ruins. Walk the vertiginous coastal path to the crescent-shaped bay of Cala Luna, where climbers spider up the limestone cliffs. Or ramble through holm oak forests to the mighty boulder-strewn canyon of Gola Su Gorropu. The sea’s allure is irresistible to windsurfers on the north coast, while divers wax lyrical about shipwrecks off Cagliari’s coast, the underwater Nereo Cave and Nora’s submerged Roman ruins.
Island of Idiosyncrasies
As DH Lawrence so succinctly put it: ‘Sardinia is different’. Indeed, where else but here can you go from near-alpine forests to snow-white beaches, or find wildlife oddities such as the blue-eyed albino donkeys on the Isola dell’Asinara and the wild horses that shyly roam Giara di Gesturi. The island is also a culinary one-off, with distinct takes on pasta, bread and dolci, its own wines (Vermentino whites, Cannonau reds) and cheeses – including maggoty casu marzu pecorino, stashed away in barns in the mountainous interior. In every way we can think of Sardinia is different, and all the more loveable for it.
Sardinia has been polished like a pebble by the waves of its history and heritage. The island is scattered with 7000 nuraghi, Bronze Age towers and settlements, tombe dei giganti (‘giant’s grave’ tombs) and Domus de Janas (‘fairy house’ tombs). Down every country lane and in every 10-man, 100-sheep hamlet, these remnants of prehistory are waiting to be pieced together like the most puzzling of jigsaw puzzles. Sardinia is also an island of fabulously eccentric festivals, from Barbagia’s carnival parade of ghoulish mamuthones, said to banish winter demons, to the death-defying S’Ardia horse race in Sedilo.
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