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An A to Z of Travel: Sardinia

Maddy Faulkner by Maddy Faulkner

An A to Z of Travel: Sardinia

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Sardinia is home to out-of-this-world beaches, rugged mountainous terrain and quaint towns. It’s varied landscape it what makes this little gem so appealing to families, couples and adventurers alike.

We’ve created an expert guide to this large Mediterranean island as there’s just so much to do, see and explore. So, what are you waiting for?

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What to Do:

Sardinia’s charming capital, Cagliari, is known for its elegant streets and historical quarters. Visit the the hilltop castello which is perched high above the town, surrounded by beautiful architecture and grand buildings.

Hire a mountain bike and head to Molentargius-Saline Regional Natural Park, where more than a quarter of all European bird species’ can be found. If you’re lucky, you may even see the pink flamingos take flight.

You simply cannot visit this island without seeing one of the 8,000 Nuraghi. They are unique beehive-shaped stone dwellings dating back to the Bronze Age. Nuraxi su Barumini, approximately 60km North of Cagliari, is of particular note as it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, despite its original purpose being unknown.

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Sardinia boasts over 2,000km of coastline, so it’s no surprise that the beaches are simply phenomenal. Cagliari’s main beach, Poetto, is 8km of pure white sand and azure-blue water. It’s simply irresistible on a sunny day. There’s also a walking train and cycling path, so it’s easily accessible.

La Pelosa Beach near the fishing village of Stintino, 50km north of Alghero Airport, is one of the best beaches in Europe. You could easily mistake it for the turquoise waters of the Caribbean.

If lying on a beach isn’t your thing, head to Isola dei Gabbiani, which is popular with wind and kite surfers during the Summer months. Watch the professionals show you how it’s done, or hire some equipment and give it a try yourself if you’re brave enough.

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Where to Eat:

Tasting the local food should be an important part of any holiday, but more so if you are visiting the Mediterranean. Don’t expect typical pizza and pasta dishes, though. Sardinian food is characterised by strong flavours, fresh dishes and plenty of wine.

Su Cumbido in Cagliari is a great spot for an authentic meal with excellent hospitality. With fixed-price menus offering local meats and delicious flavours, it’s incredibly popular with the locals, so it must be good!

I Frati Rossi is a top dining spot located a mile or so inland from Porto Cervo. It’s secluded location makes for a romantic meal day or night. Enjoy a glass of wine from the extensive wine list on the veranda during the warmer months, and feast on a selection of locally-sourced cuisine.

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Where to Drink:

Porto Cervo turns into a nightlife hub once the sun goes down. Head to Il Portico for an aperitif or cocktail and soak up the views of the luxury yachts in the marina.

If Porto Cervo’s offering is too glitzy, head to Estasi in Santa Teresa Gallura for an open-air nightspot. House music blares through the speakers all night long, and you’re sure to be in for a night to remember. There’s also a piano bar next door if you’re looking for a quieter affair.

Where to Stay:

The five-star Capo d’Orso is set amongst trees and never-ending gardens; guests will feel as though they have been transported into a secluded jungle. Three private beaches, daily excursions and multiple restaurants are just a few of the hotel’s main attractions. At only 25 miles from Olbia Airport, the hotel is in a great location, too. Double rooms start from £160.

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