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Sardinia Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Sardinia , created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

Language Italian
Time Difference 2 hours
Currency Euro
Voltage 220V

Picture a breathtaking combination of chalk-white beaches and cerulean seas, encased by wildly rugged hinterland - a dream backdrop to your next luxury holiday. Stunning Sardinia is an island destination synonymous with paradise, a wonderful choice for a relaxing getaway or a special occasion alike.

Outdoor adventures range from relaxing beneath the glorious sunshine on bright white beaches to hiking along spectacular coastal paths, or rambling through sheep-farming countryside in the peaceful interior. There is wildlife, too, including wild horses and charming blue-eyed albino donkeys. The glistening sea beckons for many reasons. Enjoy a huge array of thrilling watersports, or spot the many super-yachts that grace the island each day. A particular hotspot for these luxurious boats is the Costa Smeralda on the north-eastern coastline, where craggy landscapes meet pampered living.

Sardinia’s history is an intriguing one, resulting in an island littered with 7,000 Bronze Age relics, ancient temples and more. A good place to time-travel is in the historic neighbourhood of Cagliari, built across seven hills and filled with Roman ruins, Baroque façades, palazzi and medieval churches. Whether you are seeking the sea, the sun, the scenery or the sights, Sardinia has it all!

Highlights+

Costa Smeralda
Besides fabulous villas and luxurious yachts, the coastal area of Costa Smeralda is utterly idyllic and exudes romance. Top attractions include its magical coves for sunning and swimming - Liscia Ruja, Cala Pietra Bianca and Poltu li Cogghi are just a few examples. The millionaire marina of Port Cervo has a generous helping of swish restaurants, cocktail bars, art galleries and designer boutiques, including Versace, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Meanwhile, don’t miss a trip from the seaside town of Cala Gonone to Grotta del Bue Marinom, which involves a scenic sail and short guided walk to a vast and beautiful underground cavern of caves, lakes and stalagmites.

Maddalena Archipelago
Just off the Costa Smeralda, this archipelago is a National Park comprising seven main islands and fifty-five smaller isles, beaches and secluded coves. Boasting inimitably white sands and clear seas, it wouldn’t look out of place in the Caribbean, apart from the blush pink beach on the isle of Budelli, created from finely crushed shells. The main island of La Maddalena is where 90% of the islanders live and the picturesque village is built around an old Italian Naval base. Meanwhile, the island of Caprera has an Environmental Education Centre and museum dedicated to Italian General, Garibaldi.

Cagliari
Explore Cagliari, the island’s capital and a city steeped in history and heritage. A climb up to the central district of Castello offers a glimpse of ancient monuments, like the Pisan Towers of San Pancrazio, the 12th century Elephant, the National Gallery, the National Archaeological Museum and the cathedral, standing proudly on Piazza Palazzo. The multi-cultural, artisan district of Stampace houses stunning frescoes in its Municipal Building, whilst the Marina district boasts more beautiful churches and a waterfront lined with coffeeshops and elegant arcades. Watch the sun set and soak up the scene of this bustling Italian gem.

Alghero
Cosmopolitan yet charming, Alghero offers picturesque medieval churches and city walls that encircle the Old Town, atmospheric streets with little shops, a working fishing port and lovely sandy beaches just a pebble’s throw away. The most striking building is the cathedral, Piazza Duomo, which was built in the 16th century in a Catalan-Gothic style. From the port at Alghero, book a scenic boat excursion along the coast and explore the tranquil bay of Porto Conte, the spectacular cliffs at Capo Caccia, or the Grotta di Nettuno that shelter impressive stalactites and stalagmites.

Archaeological Sites
The ruined city of Nora (near Pula) is an important archaeological site founded by the Phoenicians and conquered by the Romans. Highlights include the temple of Tanit, the Roman theatre, mosaics, villas and thermal baths. For prehistoric remains, visit the UNESCO-listed Su Nuraxi di Barumini close to the village of Barumini. Built in the Bronze Age around 1,500BC by the ancient Nuragic civilisation, this fortified structure is the most complete example of its kind. Another glorious option is to travel by rail from Alghero to Sassari, home to a museum filled with prehistoric island finds.

Food & Drink
A blend of Italian and Catalan flavours influences the island’s exquisite culinary scene, with distinctive local dishes such as ‘malloredus’ – a type of gnocchi served al dente with tomato sauce - sausage or cheese, as well as Sardinian breads, pastries, sponge biscuits and almond cakes. Seafood is also a speciality, particularly rock lobsters, while ‘burrida’ is a delicious fish stew served as part of the Sardinian antipasti – especially typical in Cagliari. Meat-eaters should try the traditional spit-roasted suckling pig, cooked over logs and infused with myrtle leaves. Wash down these gastronomic delights with deliciously complex Vermentino white wines and dark-ruby Cannonau reds.

Bird-watching
Sardinia is a true treasure trove of birdlife. The wetlands of the Sinis Peninsula Marine Protected Area are the perfect place from which to spot flocks of pink flamingos, as well as migratory and nesting birds. In the Bosa area, discover colonies of Griffon Vultures, while the cliffs of Cape Caccia are home to species including Crag Martin and Alpine Swift. In the south-west, San Pietro is where you’ll find one of the Mediterranean’s most renowned colonies of Eleonora’s Falcon.

Explore
Diverse and captivating, be sure to discover every corner of Sardinia. The town of Tempio Pausania is famous for cork, granite, nutmeg and Vermentino wines, whilst the artisan town of Oliena specialises in olive oils, Cannonau wines, filigree jewellery and silk embroidered shawls. Meanwhile, the medieval city of Oristano showcases a historic centre, ancient ruins, boutique shops, fresh fish eateries and gorgeous little beaches. Why not rent a car and take the lovely coastal drive south from Alghero to Bosa, home to a wonderful medieval castle? For the very best views, take the road to the top of Monte Mora and glimpse the islands of Tavolara and Caprera, ringed with sapphire seas.

Travel Gems+

Travel Planning
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know

Cookery School
Forte Village’s unrivalled cookery school offers guests the unique opportunity to learn the culinary secrets of multi-Michelin-starred chefs. Presided over by Chef, Rocco Iannone, the courses include theory and practical sessions, with lessons on choosing ingredients, preparing sauces and condiments and the creation of various dishes. Cookery demonstrations take place in a specially designed open kitchen.

Golf
The Pevero Golf Club, an 18-hole course with a par of 72, is in easy reach of our featured hotels on the Costa Smeralda.

Climate+

Summers are perfectly hot and dry with lots of sunshine and temperatures usually above 25°C - expect frequent storms.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Sardinia.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January1455
February1565
March1658
April1848
May2231
June2621
July295
August3018
September2630
October2271
November1766
December1590

Getting There+

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Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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