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About Sardinia

It's all too easy to forget the island of Sardinia, sat all by itself. But whatever you do, don't! With miles of untouched coastline, spectacular beaches and wilderness as far as the eye can see, Sardinia is a must for anyone looking to explore a different side to Italy.

Best time to visit: The hot summer months pull in the crowds of tourists, many of them local, but it's still possible to find some hidden spots. In spring it's also possible to get some very sunny days without the crowds. But it's also a good time to experience the abundance of wild greenery on the island before the summer sun dries it out. Temperatures can drop sharply in winter and you'll find many towns and villages to be very quiet, almost empty in fact!

Essential eats in Sardinia: Seafood plays a prominent role in the local cuisine and you'll find some incredible lobsters. Sardinia’s signature dishes are Pane Carasau, Malloreddus and Culurgiones.

The best wines of Sardinia: Vermentino di Gallura, Cannonau, Malvasia, Moscato, Cabernet Sauvignon

Things to Do in Sardinia: Beaches, watersports, walking and all round relaxation. A superb summer holiday retreat with everything at easy reach on the island.

Where is Sardinia? At the heart of the Mediterranean sea, Sardinia is the second largest island off the coast of Italy. A narrow strip of ocean separates Sardinia from Corsica ot the north.

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When should I plan a trip to Sardinia to avoid tourist crowds?

While Sardinia is considered a part of the Emerald Coast, there are very few tourists who get around to crowding the whole island during peak Italian seasons.

The island is large enough to accommodate masses of travelers, and as many choose to stay in the made hubs such as Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo, it's easy to avoid them a bit further down the coast or by heading inland.

If you are still unconvinced, consider traveling during the spring months. The weather is cooler that time of year, but you'll hardly notice. Sardinia's National Parks are especially lovely in the spring, which is something that most tourists sadly rarely see.

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Why I love Sardinia

The sweetest dreams I ever had were in Sardinia after being lulled to sleep by the sound of ocean waves.

Spending time in Sardinia was like being transported to a worry-free paradise. With no hassles or stress, it was a very relaxing trip. Compared to the hustle and bustle of city life, the lights and colors were a burst of freshness. When I ventured into the town, the locals were very helpful and friendly. Their stories lit up my life better than the moonlight that shone clear on the crystalline ocean.

Did I mention how fantastic the food was? It was amazing! There are many quaint little restaurants with skilled chefs and courteous hosts. I have never gained those few vacation pounds so willingly. I cannot wait to journey back to this land of beauty and culture.

About the author

Obsessed with the scenic views in Italy, Diane makes it her mission to explore the European coasts at least twice a year.

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Things worth remembering in Sardinia

Fun Fact: There are archeological sites across Sardinia where visitors can wrap their minds around an archaic culture with ancient artifacts from the 15th to 16th centuries B.C. Tours run regularly at these historic and culturally significant sites.

Famous Locals: 1938 actress Mavie Bardanzellu was a Sardinian native, along with American actor Christopher Meloni and famed historian Pasquale Chessa.

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Are there national parks for families with kids visiting Sardinia?

Yes! There are several parks, but the National Park of Asinara is one of the most family friendly and beautiful. There are colonies of wild white donkeys, parrots and other gorgeous animals living untamed within the greenery. There are also roaming horses that were born and raised on the island. The animals are used to visitors trekking through their environment, so don't be afraid to take pictures.

Youngsters will especially love the abundance of park activities. There is sailing, guided scuba diving, horseback riding, bicycling and hiking. Thousands of Mother Nature's wonders are growing wildly on either side of designated pathways, and guides are posted every few miles to give much-needed direction or information about the park. The family bonding time is worth the trip!

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Which holiday area should I choose in Sardinia?

Sardinia has a wealth of choice for visitors from classic beach resorts to wild rolling countryside. Here are a few tips on which destination to choose on the island.

Cagliari Villasimius Southern Sardinia Holiday Area

The southern side of Sardinia is lined with unspoilt sand beaches and wild landscapes around the towns of Castiadas, Calasetta and Carloforte. All of them are within easy reach of Cagliari, the capital of the island and main transport hub.

Costa Smeralda Holiday Area

What’s known as the Emerald Coast comes alive in summer as the bays fill with luxury yachts and the who’s who make their presence known. That reflects in the vibrant nightlife and bustling beaches of towns such a sSanta Teresa di Gallura, Golfo Aranci , Orosei and many more. It’s also possible to head inland for some superb wines from Cardedu and Muravera.

Alghero Northern Sardinia Holiday Area

This area has many charming towns and villages that make for great bases to explore the area such as Castelsardo and Borso, as well as the bigger town of Alghero.

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