8 Unusual Destinations To Visit In Sardinia
Nestled in the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean between Italy and Africa, the charming island of Sardinia is mostly unspoiled by tourism yet is blessed by stunning natural beauty which rivals islands in the tropics. Most of the tourism in Sardinia is centred around the capital of Cagliari and the popular coastal resorts of Portobello and Costa Smerelda, but there are many other noteworthy places to be discovered. This article provides information about 8 unusual destinations to visit in Sardinia.
If you want to see Sardinia at it most genuine, head for the Ortobene mountain province of Nuoro where you will rewarded with stunning scenery and a warm Sardinian welcome. The capital, Barbagia has a distinguished reputation for art and crafts and attracts many artists, poets and writers. This was the land of the barbarians.
The Foresta di Montarbu park, Perdasdefogu
Visitors to Perdasdefogu will also discover the real Sardinia. The pretty village nestled in the raking Sardinian mountains is surrounded by contrasting terrain of ancient Holm-oak trees and lush golden sands. The Foresta di Montarbu Park is considered one of the islands national treasures where pine martens and deer roam freely and trout can be pulled from the river.
Raved about by locals, Orgosolo has numerous attractions in which to offer tourists, yet when you visit you will hardly notice anybody other than Sardinians. Wall murals depict the village´s long-standing history of blood feuds and banditry, and the century old castle of Fortezza di Monte Altura still shows the battle scars of World War II.
If you want to see Sardinia at its finest visit Muravera. The Flumendosa River dominates this quaint fishing village. Muravera illustrates Sardinia´s immense historical and cultural wealth. There are several notable monuments which are well worth a visit whilst you are in the region including the Pranu Mutteddu (a highland cork forest), Funtana Coberta (a sacred well) and Piscina Rei (the aligned stones).
Situated just seven kilometres from Muravera, the tiny village of Torresalinas offers visitors a secluded stretch of exotic Sardinian coastline that is untouched by tourism. The crystal waters is a great place to relax and swim and just behind the beach is a former nature reserve where you can still find flamingos and other rare species of bird. Afterwards head for the grocery store in the village and try the sumptuous pizza.
Just 30km to the east of Sardinia´s capital, Cagliari, you will find Geremeas, a beach-lovers paradise. Along this stretch of coastline you will find one of the most lush, white-sandy beaches of the island, but because it cannot be seen from the road, it is relatively untouched by tourism and only frequented by a handful of locals. It´s an ideal place if you have young children as the village has a kiddies´ playground.
Is Molas on the south-west peninsula is regarded as one of Sardinia´s undiscovered pearls and is blessed with natural beauty of lush golden sands and glittering turquoise waters where you will sometimes find jumping dolphins. Wander through the juniper-covered dunes and explore the lake where you will find flamingos.
Three kilometres from Is Molas is the lively village of Pula where you can see everyday Sardinian life from a close perspective. The bustling market and range of chic boutiques and craft stores make it an ideal place to do some shopping and the beach has numerous sports activities. Pula is also just 10-minutes walk away from the Is Molas golf course which is regarded as one of the most beautiful in Europe.
Sardinia also has alternative places to stay including quaint hotels and farmhouses in each of the villages described above. With 25 car hire firms operating in Sardinia prices are very competitive and as the roads are relatively quiet driving will not pose you any problems.
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