In Sardinia, holidays can be moulded to fit any personality. Whether you’re a beach lover, a foodie or a history aficionado, there’s something there for you.
When it comes to the lovely Italian island of Sardinia, holidays aren’t a production of highly commercial enterprises designed to trap tourists; rather, they facilitate a natural coming together of Mediterranean’s beauty, old world charm, fascinating history and wonderful welcoming ambiance.
Here are three of the islands most potent charms.
A Mysterious Past
Many people who enjoy Sardinia holidays are often mystified at some of the unique aspects of culture they encounter on the island. Apart from its relative isolation, which has insulated the locals from too many foreign influences, the island has a storied and mysterious past that must truly be explored in order to understand the present. For instance, the island is home to thousands of megalithic monuments called Nuraghe, built by a civilization that was intriguing both for the things they left behind and the things that have been lost along the way. It has also been claimed that Sardinia fits Plato’s description of the legendary continent of Atlantis—something which is, of course, highly disputable and controversial, but that only makes it more fascinating.
A Stunning Natural Beauty
Anyone who has been to the island will sing high praise of its idyllic beauty. Indeed, in Sardinia, holidays are infused with so many natural attractions it’s hard to know where to look first. But some of not as well known as other, including the wonderful scenic drive along the coast from Chia to Teulada. If you visit anytime from September to June, you’ll encounter Mother Nature at her most spectacular, with unpaved treks, secluded coves and beaches that stretch on and on under the soft touch of the Mediterranean sun.
A Fascinating Festival of Fish
In Carloforte, on the island of San Pietro a little off the south west coast, there is an annual schedule of festivities around the first week of June revolving around the catching of tuna. In this town, as it is elsewhere all over the island, fishermen still use ancient methods to catch their fish – an endeavor that only gets trickier the bigger the fish is. If you’re trying to catch tuna, you’re talking about fish that can be as large as five meters – so the art of tuna fishing has become something to be celebrated. The process is a team effort and, over the years, the ‘Girotonno’ has evolved. Initially a small local festival, the Girotonno has now taken on international proportions, involving the participation of chefs from around the world, who endeavor to create the most innovative and delicious dishes from the fresh caught tuna.
No matter where you’re based in Sardinia, holidays can be as relaxing or active as you desire. With a unique culture and lifestyle all its own, this wonderful Italian island is a welcoming and inclusive destination with something for everyone.
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The author: Carolyn Spinks is COO of ABTOI – The Association of British Travel Organisers to Italy.
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