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Featured Sardinia

Discussion in 'Sardinia' started by TuttoItaly, Jun 1, 2013.

  1. Sardinia is the second largest island of Italy, after Sicily. It lies right in the Mediterranean Sea and it's definitely a place worth visiting.

    As a short geography lesson, Sardinia is surrounded by the Sea of Sardinia to the west and by the Tyrrhenian Sea to the east. Both seas are actually independent units of the Mediterranean Sea. The climate here is obviously Mediterranean so it's warm all year long with only a few snowfalls up in the mountains.

    Getting to Sardinia is obviously impossible by car only. You can fly here and land in one of the three international airports or on other airports Sardinia has. You can also get to the island by ferry, there are quite a few companies that operate here, welcoming thousands of tourists every year. Sardinia is the only region of Italy that doesn't have motorways, but the road system is very well developed.

    Well, now that you know how to get here, it's time to see what can you do for fun.

    Sardinia is very well known for the 'cantu a tenore'. UNESCO named it a world heritage because of its importance. It's a unique style of polyphonic folk singing characteristic and it was invented here, on the island. Sardinian culture is still important for the people living here and it's very interesting to hear them sing the "launeddas" and "chiterra", both traditional instruments.

    Sardinia is home for three of Italy's important National Parks. Asinara National Park, Arcipelago di La Maddalena National
    Park and Gennargentu National Park are all home for great varieties of habitats. The Asinara Park is famous for it's Albino Donkeys, a rare protected species. The Arcipelago di La Maddalena Park and the Gennargentu are just breathtaking, they're a real must see if you're ever in Sardinia. Sardinia has a series of regional parks as well, about 60 wildlife reserves and some natural monuments, all preserved by UNESCO.

    Given the fact that the island is surrounded by sea, you can, of course, choose a beach to go to. Bidderosa Beach is one of Sardinia's most important beaches, it's a natural reserve and the access is limited. It's secluded by oasis and coves and it's a magnificent place to spend your day. Cala Luna, Cala Fuili, Cala Mariolu are just a few of Sardinia's magnificent beaches.

    If you're up for an adventure, you can visit the island's capital, Cagliari. It's quite a busy city but the scenery will make you want to see more and more of it. If you climb up to Castello, you'll be able to admire some great 13th century buildings and towers. You could visit the city's Cathedral or the Archaeological Museum, famous for it's collection of bronze statues and historical artifacts.

    Southwest of Cagliari you will find more interesting sites to visit. The town Nora is believed to be the first town ever built in Sardinia and there are still the ruins of an ancient temple and mosaics you can visit.

    On its over 9,000 squared miles, you can find a lot of things to do. Sardinia is a very beautiful place to either spend your vacation or have a short city break and admire the beauty the island has to offer.

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