The second largest in the Mediterranean the Italian island of Sardinia is probably best known for its beautiful beaches with a coastline that stretches for over 1800km; to the East you will find dramatic coves and towering cliffs and to the West sand dunes. The climate is typically Mediterranean with mild winters, hot summers and sea breezes; the sea is clear and warm - you can count on swimming comfortably throughout the summer months. For 2016 there are direct summer flights available from Manchester to Olbia in the North East and Alghero in the North West of the island. There are also direct flights from Bristol to Olbia and from London flights to Cagliari in the South. Hiring a car is a great way to explore, it only takes a few minutes to escape to the unspoilt countryside and find a still very traditional way of life. Alternatively the ‘Trenino Verde’ an old fashioned diesel train operates on various routes during the summer months offering an alternative way to explore.
The Sardinian people are friendly with a strong sense of tradition and a passion for their island. They love their families and their food and you will still see large family groups meeting for a long, traditional Sunday lunch. The food is high quality with much being locally grown, it is Mediterranean in style but there are a wealth of local specialities and the many farm based restaurants give great opportunities to sample traditional food and wines. Compared to other destinations Sardinian life is quite traditional with many people still employed in agriculture.
Known for its culture, Sardinia has been populated since Neolithic times, home to many differing people you can see evidence of these successive layers of history all over the island. Sardinians have a strong sense of their own identity and the festivals that happen throughout the island in the summer months are an excellent opportunity for visitors to experience traditional costume, music, dance and foods.
Sardinia is a fantastic destination for water sports enthusiasts with windsurfing, sailing, snorkelling and diving widely available. The island also attracts many walkers and mountain bikers, with options for the serious and not so serious with well-marked trails and tracks. Le Prigionette Nature reserve at Porto Conte in the North West is a great location as are the Gallura in the North East and Gennargentu in the central Nuoro region. The island has a long tradition of horse riding and where ever you stay you will not be far from stables. Tours include treks through the spectacular mountain scenery and rides along deserted beaches with opportunities for novices as well as experienced riders. Golfer are well catered for with first class courses throughout the island, Peverio near Olbia is one of the most prestigious.
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We can offer package holidays inclusive of flights, accommodation, car hire or transfers with the option of simple to luxury hotels, rural cottages, cosy apartments and villas. We can tailor make your trip to include two or more centres or help you plan your own customised tour. With an increase in the number of direct flights this summer from Manchester we are delighted now to be able to offer more flexible durations.
The main resort on the Costa Smeralda and paradise for the jet set is Porto Cervo which attracts many wealthy Italian’s in July and August. Definitely the place to see and be seen, there are designer shops and luxury yachts in the harbour. For a less commercialised alternative Palau and Porto Pollo offer a lively small town, port and beach with a selection of shops bars and restaurants. From the harbour ferry boats cross to the islands of La Maddalena. The beach at Porto Paulo is great for water sports and conditions are excellent for sailing, windsurfing and diving. To experience the authentic Sardinia culture head inland to the mountain village of San Pantaleo – one of the prettiest places on the island it is bursting with tradition and character with a picturesque piazza, lively cafes and artisan shops. In the summer there are regular fiestas and a weekly market.
Alghero has an attractive old town and charming harbour front with a strong Spanish influence. Outside of the town you will find unspoilt countryside, archaeological sites and fine sandy beaches. Inland is the town of Sassari, the provincial capital and a centre for Sardinian culture.
To fine ‘real’ Sardinia then head inland to the huge province of Nuoro. Embracing spectacular mountains, lakes and isolated villages with life lived still in a traditional Sardinian way. There are also secluded and unspoilt beaches many only accessible by foot or boat – magnificent coves backed by dramatic limestone cliffs.
The driving distance from Olbia in the North of Cagliari in the South is about 360km and takes around 6 hours. Away from the main towns the road are quiet but travelling the mountain road is not to be rushed and we would recommend breaking the journey with one or two nights around Nuoro. Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia has a fascinating history and it is worth spending time to explore the old city centre, cathedral, museums and marina. To the west of Cagliari is the island’s most well-known hotel – The Forte Village, a huge luxury property popular with families and sports enthusiast. For families seeking something a little less expensive we can recommend other properties such as the Chia Laguna resort or the Flamingo Hotel. To the East of Cagliari is an area of exceptional natural beauty renowned for its golden sandy beaches and the vibrant inland town of Vilasimius.
Adeona Travel can offer fully protected package holidays inclusive of flights, accommodation, car hire or transfers with the option of simple to luxury hotels, rural cottages, cosy apartments or private villas. We can tailor-make your trip to include two or more centres or help you plan your own customised tour. With the increased flights available we are delighted this year to be able to offer more flexible durations.
Please call us to start planning your Sardinian holiday.