The beautiful town of Bosa
Sardinia, the second-largest Mediterranean island, lies about
190 kilometres west of the Italian peninsula. Since the 1950s,
crystal-clear seas, extraordinary landscapes and fascinating
archaeological history have made it an increasingly popular holiday
For centuries, Sardinians built most villages inland to protect
them from the constant siege of invaders, leaving virgin coastline
stretching for many kilometres. Today, relaxation-seekers crave
these deserted beaches.
"Nuraghi," hollow stone mounds used as shelter for some of the
island's original inhabitants, dot the island's rugged landscape.
The necropolis of Anghelu Ruju, in Alghero, offers visitors the
chance to explore funeral caves and "Domus de Janas," ancient tombs
or "fairy houses" carved in rocks and mountain faces.
The Sardinians are just as colourful and unique as their home.
They speak a language all their own, celebrate more saints' days
than any other place in Italy and rejoice in costumed events. Each
February brings La Sartilglia, a spectacular carnival steeped in
tradition that includes horsemanship exhibitions and a re-enactment
of a medieval tournament. During Sagra di San Efisio in May,
festive local cultural groups parade throughout the day and streets
fill with music and performances each night.
Bountiful seafood reaped from some of the cleanest Mediterranean
waters around, inland farm produce and a tantalising cheese
produced from the milk of sheep that feed on wild herbs bring
excitement to the dining table.
Lazing on a cliff-side Sardinian beach surrounded by prehistoric
buildings after a day of sightseeing and fabulous food, one can't
help but think "magic."
Districts (Provinces) of Sardinia (Sardegna)
Cagliari | Carbonia-Iglesias | Medio Campidano | Nuoro | Sassari | Olbia-Tempio |
Ogliastra | Oristano