Peaceful holidays in Sardinia

There’s something about Sardinia holidays that always appeal to the purists. Whether it’s the Italian style or the 2,000km coastline or maybe it’s just those Tyrrhenian blue hues – whatever it is, if you’re looking for somewhere sunny and sophisticated, you really won’t go far wrong.

Sardinia is where the beautiful people come out to play with equally attractive beach fronts and seaside villages stretched along the Costa Smeralda. Explore elsewhere and it’s the island’s archaeological sites that come to the fore with open-air museums, such as Nora and Tharos, displaying Roman ruins against azure skies and ocean waves. Traditional handicrafts are also very important to the passionate people of Sardinia with ceramics, weaving and leathercraft all represented within thriving cottage industries.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Italy without mentioning the food. Sardinian cuisine combines seafood and sweet treats with hearty mountain fare to provide holiday makers with ample excuses to invest in elasticated waistbands before they set sail.

Situated in the centre of Sardinia, the isolated town of Orgosolo has become a highlight for holiday makers. The main reason is thanks to the Cubist-style political paintings and magnificent murals adorning the exteriors of houses and the town’s side streets. It’s a fascinating place to visit and tells the story of the island and its fight against violence and oppression both at home and abroad.

If you’re heading on holiday to the northwest of Sardinia, the historic coastal town of Castelsardo is a real highlight. This is where you’ll find the remains of the Castello dei Doria that sits on a rocky hillside overlooking the Mediterranean. It’s a super scenic setting and made all the more enjoyable after a spot of snorkelling around the fish abundant shoreline of the Asinara Gulf.

If you’re looking for another alternative to a day at the beach in Sardinia, the Giants’ Graves are an intriguing archaeological highlight that are worth closer inspection. The slab-built tombs and villages are thought to date back as far as the Bronze Age and can be found spread all across Sardinia. The ruins at Nuraghe La Prisgiona and Coddu Vecchiu, in the northwest, are probably the best known and are well worth seeing if you’re staying on the glamorous Costa Smeralda.

The flight time from the UK to Sardinia is around 2 hours and 30 minutes.

You won’t need a visa if you’re visiting Sardinia with a valid GB passport. Please visit GOV.UK for more advice about entry requirements to Italy or, alternatively, visit CIBT visas for more information.

Sardinia enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate all year round. Springtime and autumn are when the temperature’s at its most pleasant although the sea is practically bath warm from June to October. July and August can get super-hot so stick to a resort with a pool or cool off closer to the coast.

Sardinia is just an hour ahead of GMT.

Italian is the official language of Sardinia. English is also widely spoken in the tourist towns and coastal resorts although don’t forget your phrasebook if you’re looking to chat with the locals.

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