Sardinia - Italian Paradise
A synonym for a holiday in luxury - Sandalon
For some, the Canary Islands are synonymous with relaxation in luxury, for others, the Bahamas or the Caribbean. There are also many people who come to mind about Sardinia, the second largest Italian island. It is washed by the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea, and the island itself lies halfway between Europe and Africa, tempting tourists with paradise views, a series of picturesque islands and fairy-tale bays. Visitors are delighted with beautiful, sandy beaches, which make up over 1,800 km of extremely varied coast . There are also raw, precipitous rocks cutting sharply into the water of a wonderful emerald color and crystal clear. Everyone who has come here will understand why so many people associate an exclusive holiday with this place.
In the past, the island was known as "Sandalon," or the footprint of the divine foot. A remnant of old times are thousands of nuraghes, megalithic structures of mysterious origins. They are a great tourist attraction, and we can find them all over the island. The most famous and largest nuragic complex in Sardinia is Su Nuraxi , located in the center of the island. Sardinia is also famous for its vines and, of course, the wine itself, which is among the oldest in the world. In 2010, research was carried out, which shows that it may be the wine with the oldest lineage in the world - it was produced as early as 1200 BC. The results of the research refuted the widely repeated mistake that wine appeared on the island in the Middle Ages, brought from Civilians. However, regardless of the research, it is known that the roots of Sardinian wine production are deep in the distant past and the most important thing is to take advantage of the delicious strong red Cannonau when you arrive on the island.
Every tourist visiting Sardinia sooner or later will head to the northern part of the island. In this area, the infrastructure has developed the most, which is not surprising - there is the pearl of the island, the Costa Smeralda , i.e. the famous Emerald Coast. It owes its name to the wonderful color of the sea, which is a great attraction in itself. In combination with the varied coastline, fanciful rock forms jutting out above the water, hills descending straight into the sea and lush vegetation, it creates a paradise landscape.
Sardinian beaches are characterized by romance and intimacy. They are created not only for those in love - due to their hiding in coves and gentle descents to the sea, they are very popular with families with children who can enjoy a rest in the midst of beauty and peace. On the other hand, there is no shortage of noisy and crowded places in Sardinia. In the Gulf of Arzachena, in Baia Sardinia, there is the Aquadream water park, and a little further away the popular Ritual disco. Porto Cervo , the most famous resort of the Emerald Coast, much loved by celebrities, should not be missed. You can see the luxury here at every turn, the town has, among others, a huge yacht marina, towering over, as if for a contrast, the small church of Stella Maris.
To the north of the Costa Smeralda lies the popular resort of Palau with an array of beautiful beaches, rocky islets and rock formations. One of them is the symbol of the city - it is called Orso, rises 122 m high and resembles a bear looking at the sea. From Palau, you can go on a cruise around the islands of the La Maddalena archipelago, where you will also find beautiful, virtually unspoiled beaches. Porto Rotondo, a resort south of the Costa Smeralda, is also famous. In its center there is a Piazza with numerous restaurants, boutiques and cafes, in close proximity to the famous Marinella, a beach popular with water sports enthusiasts.
Something for trekking enthusiasts
One would like to write that it is definitely worth a trip to the Su Gorropu gorge, located in the Supramonte massif, between the municipalities of Orgosolo and Urzulei. It is definitely worth it, but it is not an adventure for everyone. Such a trip requires good physical condition, and most importantly, you need help. Every year, a few tourists get lost here, so it is wise not to explore the unknown area on your own, but use the help of an experienced guide. The walk takes the whole day, you have to spend about 6 hours walking, so you will need some provisions and plenty of water. Recently, you can only visit the gorge after paying a fee - tickets cost from 3.5 to 5 euros.
Even more extreme is Selvaggio Blu , a trekking route in the heart of the island. It is considered by many to be the most difficult in Italy, it lasts several days, so during it you have to carry food and water with you, and sleep in really harsh conditions (under the open sky, in tents or in cuiles, i.e. shepherds' shelters). However, if someone knows that he can overcome it, he will spend 3 to 7 days wandering between the sea, rocky ground and the sky.
A stop in paradise
When asked if it is possible to visit Sardinia in a few days, the answer is short: absolutely not. Such a beautiful place deserves at least a week's stay, and you will still leave the island feeling unsatisfied. Since the former Sandalon is very popular among tourists, we will come across a hotel or campsite at every step. For example, in Palau there is Camping Capo d'Orso with a view of the La Maddalena archipelago and with a wide price range: an adult will pay from 6 to 9.5 euros for a night, while prices for a motorhome range from 6 euros in low season to even 27.5 euros at the peak. It's worth it because it's really beautiful here.
We will spend our vacation on an island scented with Mediterranean flowers, surrounded by the emerald sea and mysterious rock formations. Coral reefs and various species of fish tempt frutti di mare gourmets as well as diving and windsurfing enthusiasts. We invite you to paradise!
A writer by profession, a passion of a cat. One day he will see what is behind the Urals - good to Vladivostok. So far, when he can, he enjoys the sun of the countries of southern Europe. And it's also fun;)