It is really hard to list of the amazing beauties of Sardinia. Places like San Teodoro, Santa Teresa di Gallura, Poltu Quatu, Baia Sardinia are only some of the charming locations that deserve a visit. Visiting the Maddalena Archipelago and its "seven sisters", the main islands of the archipelago, and sailing along the coast of the Maddalena National Park with its lively seabeds, perfect for scuba-diving lovers, is an incredible experience
The Emerald Coast with its pearl, Porto Cervo, combines the sweet shades of colors of the sea with the history and culture of a region that has old traditions, as well as a cheerful and colorful night life. Porto Cervo (Deer Port) was named after its enchanting cove, which looks like the antlers of a deer; its Old Port is considered the best-equipped tourist port in the Mediterranean Sea. In the north of the Bay, we can find new Porto Cervo Marina, a charming and picturesque location where you should definitely visit the church of Stella Maris, which contains a painting by El Greco and an organ of the 17th century. Porto Rotondo is a famous location, too; it overlooks the ample Gulf of Cugnana and is full of villas and piazzas embedded in a splendid natural environment.
Those who prefer the mountain instead of the sea can explore the area of Gennargentu, the biggest range of mountains in Sardinia, with its peculiar landscape, where Man and Nature met and decided that the former should have the priority. This region is rich in flora and fauna, with its mouflons, golden eagles, Sardinian deers and several species that are now dying out.
The provinces of the region are: Cagliari (regional capital), Carbonia-Iglesias, Nuoro, Olbia-Tempio, Oristano, Medio Campidano, Sassari, Ogliastra
To be visited: Caprera, the second biggest Island after Maddalena, is full of pastures and pinewoods, and shows its visitors the places where Garibaldi lived, with a museum-house in the typical Mediterranean vegetation, which guards the memorabilia of the "hero of two worlds", as well as his and his family's grave. Sailing from Caprera to the Bocche di Bonifacio, you will be struck by the beauty of Budelli Island, wild and uninhabited, with its enchanting Pink beach, a natural masterpiece called after the pink color of its special corals and shells, which you can admire from the sea. Again in the north-west of the Sardinian coast, in front of the Natural Park of Asinara Island, we can find one of the most famous tourist resorts, Stintino, which combines the charm of a lively fishing village with high-level accommodation facilities. This small seaside town, that looks like a painting with its white houses and the contrast between the crystal-clear sea and the light blue sky, offers endless leisure possibilities, from golf to excursions and scuba-diving, from cycling to horse-riding.
On the central-east coast of the island, in the Gulf of Orosei, are extraordinary beaches made up of white sands and wild nature. Many caves and coves are the destination of tourists who want to discover unparalleled views and sensations; Cala Gonone, Grotta Bue Marino, Cala Liberotto, Cala Goloritzè are some of those natural sceneries where time seems to stand still. Sardinia combines sea and nature with folk traditions, mysticism and curiosities, like the mysterious giant's tombs and the domus de janas, the house of witches, ancient caves dug out of the ground which are scattered around the region, just like the nuraghi. These stone towers are the biggest and best-preserved megalithic monuments in Europe; the most important town with nuraghi is Su Nuraxi di Barumini, near Cagliari, inscribed on the World Heritage List by Unesco.
In Cagliari, besides admiring the several colonies of flamingos of the lagoon, it is really worth joining the traditional festivals and fairs that take place round the year, like the beautiful festival of S. Efisio, one of the most important religious and folk events in Sardinia, where all of the participants coming from other towns of the region wear their traditional costumes. Heading back to Oristano, you should definitely visit the Roman archaeological site, Tharros, and enjoy its breathtaking view overlooking the sea.
To eat: Sardinian food satisfies the most demanding palate with its simple and natural ingredients, and with its delicious recipes made with both delicate and strong local products. The main ingredient is wheat, which is used for making the famous pane carasau, but also the well-known malloreddus, culurgiones and fregola. You cannot leave the island without tasting the savoury porceddu, a grilled suckling pig which is served on cork trays and covered in myrtle branches. As for fish, the lobster of Alghero, the bottarga of Cabras and Carloforte tuna fish are absolutely excellent. Other exclusive fish dishes are clam soup and spaghetti with sea urchins. Sausages and cheeses are some of the tastiest local products and Sardinian pecorino is certainly the most renowned.
Sardinian people accompany their dishes with excellent wines like Vermentino di Gallura or Cannonau. Myrtle liqueur is delicious as well.