Sardinia during this period is a miracle. Many people know this only for the sake of the sea, but the island is a land of stones and mysteries, with nuraghi, domus de janas, menhirs and dolmens, caves with huge stalagmites, sacred wells and desert dunes overlooking the sea. And then there are ghost towns and abandoned mines. Here’s our pick:
In white paradise, holidays in Chia for athletes
Chia, located south of Cagliari, has a coastline that has been awarded 5 blue flags for many years. Each beach is a bay with rocks and sometimes small islands, like in Su Giudeu, small, sheltered from the wind and Cala Cipollaconvenient for parking Sa Cologne, Bell it is protected by dunes with hundred-year-old mastic trees on top, and Morteau Beach can be reached via a panoramic, almost hidden path. The path leading to Monte Cogoni beach runs along a pond where pink flamingos live all year round. To ride the waves, you can rent or take kite, paddle board, canoe, wave and strapless freestyle lessons from Su Giudeu Beach School.
Those who love pebbles and stones head to Su Porto beach (but there is no port), where in the evening it is nice to have an aperitif at a kiosk with tables on the sand. All beaches are equipped with food outlets and establishments with umbrellas and sun loungers, some also have Wi-Fi, and in the evening an aperitif with music. The coastal road that starts from Chia and goes all the way to Teulada, almost all of which has spectacular views, can be covered by scooter or bike, but you need to have well-trained legs because it’s all ups, downs and hairpin turns. Those who are not trained can rent an e-bike or scooter (from Domus de Maria from Ecorentsardinia, tel. 3317293081).
27-hole golf course with sea views and deer (which live free in the nearby nature park) Is Molas in Santa Margherita di Pula, for avid golfers. A few kilometers away, chef Christian Collu prepares excellent cuisine using local ingredients into the modern and delicious dishes of Cucina Machri in Pula.
Roman road between the village of Pinus and Bitia, partly overlooking the sea, for those who like to walk without disturbance, the excursion between Cala Cipolla, Capo Spartivento and Pedralonga is more challenging. In addition to the routes along the coast, you can walk along the paths of the Oasis of Monte Arcoso, a WWF-listed site in Capoterra, or through the Is Cannoneris park in Domus de Maria, through the Pishinamanna forest and through the Gutturu Mannu park, extending over the territory of ten municipalities: Pula, Villa San Pietro, Silicqua, Uta, Assemini, Santadi, Capoterra, Sarroch, Domus de Maria and Teulada. House-Museum of the Domus de Maria, small but with archaeological finds from the Phoenician, Punic and Roman eras found in the area of the ancient city of Bitia (now Chia). The highlight of the collection is the reconstruction of a Phoenician-Punic tomb with funerary objects.
Sleep: The Aquadulci Hotel in Chia, with its garden and swimming pool, next to Su Giudeu beach, becomes even more convenient with the “September Special”, which means a 10% discount on standard rates. In addition, thanks to an agreement with the ferry portal, a special rate applies to hotel guests. In October, rooms with breakfast start from €75 per person per day..
In Porto Pino beach and sea
Porto Pino owes its name to a forest of very rare Aleppo pine trees., which, together with thorny oaks, centuries-old juniper and Mediterranean bushes, protect the area from the summer heat. The six-kilometer-long bay has many white beaches plunging into the blue of the sea. Behind the dunes are made of very fine sand, shaped every day by the wind, which changes their profile and height. The Porto Pino area, comprising Is Solinas, Porto Botte and Punta Tretta, is ideal for surfing and kitesurfing, (www.kitezone.it) In fact, all year round it is one of the destinations for windsurfers and kitesurfers. Shallow lagoon – summer house pink flamingos and kingfishersbut also herons, coots and herring gulls. Entire ecosystem and dunes they are objects of protected public importance. Nearby is the nuraghe Arresi, which stands in the center, between two churches dedicated to Sant’Anna, and on the road to the sea the nuraghe site of Coi Kasu.
Sleep: For a group of friends, one of the villas in Aqua Marina is ideal. Villa Domos is a building surrounded by a beautiful garden, close to the sea, with apartments decorated in Sardinian style and with six beds. A swimming pool, beach towels, daily housekeeping and housekeeping, and friendly service with a bathrobe are provided. In September the villa costs 990 euros per week. Dine on superb Sardinian cuisine on the lagoon at La Peschiera restaurant in Porto Pino.
In the north, on holiday with children
In the north, Coast of Badesi, due to the richness of flora and fauna, it has been declared a site of public interest. They nest here resident and migratory birdsand the surrounding hills are covered with vineyards, where Vermentino from Gallura.
All beaches are well organized for family holidays.: Li Mindi Beach, crossed by the mouth of the Koghinas River, has fine white sand and high dunes covered with juniper. From here you can see Asinara, Castelsardo and Isola Rossa, and on clear days even Corsica. But the real masterpiece of nature near Badesi is Lee Cossey a sheltered bay sheltered by pink trachyte rocks jutting out from the turquoise and emerald green sea.
It is easy to find parking, umbrella rentals, bars and restaurants in the area. About half an hour’s drive from Badesi are Cala Sarraina, the bays of Porto Leccio and Lee Tinnari Baywhich can be reached by boat or easy hike, in the form of a double arch consisting of made from shells chopped, grain made of granite and round pebbles. On the way back you will see Isola Rossa, a snorkeling and diving destination with a small port dominated by a Spanish tower. Among the important archaeological finds lin the Li Fathi poolgranite cave carved into the rock and Bastianazzu-nuragewest of Isola Rossa.
Sleep: Resort and SPA Le Dune di Badesi, the best beach resort in Italy according to the World Travel Awards. For September, the “No Thoughts” offer includes hotels plus transport to Sardinia, from 910 euros per person for 7 nights, including breakfast and dinner, one child under 6 years old free. Taxes and registration fee with insurance included. Those arriving by plane can stay 7 nights at Resort & SPA Le Dune, taking advantage of an offer that includes the rental of a Group B car for 8 days with full Casco insurance, including breakfast and dinner, from 820 euros per person, child up to 6 years free. The flight has been cancelled.
Two hearts and a stazza in Gallura
For many centuries Stazzo was the center of rural life in Gallura. Mistral Day could be an opportunity to go and visit Olivastri di Luras https://olivastrimillenariluras.it who lived for centuries on the hills ending at Lake Lysia. These are extraordinary natural monuments: the largest, known as the Great Patriarch, is included in the list of “20-century Italian trees”, it seems to be the oldest olive tree in Europe. Its height is 14 meters, its circumference is 12 meters and its area is about 600 square meters. Also in Luras is the museum of Femina Agabbad, a controversial and mysterious figure, as well as the main character of Michela Murgia’s book. In practice, she was a compassionate woman who ended the suffering of terminally ill patients with an olive wood hammer. Another Galluran town worth visiting is Agius, with its ancient white stone houses and open-air museum.
The village’s houses are decorated with art frames by Maria Lai, paintings by street artists from around the world and large panels of historical photographs. Museums tell the history of the country, banditry and civil strife, ancient holiday customs and objects of labor of past centuries. The Ethnographic Museum has a section dedicated to I sing in tenor, typical of Agius, and thanks to multimedia support you can listen to songs and concerts. In another part of the museum you can see skilled weavers at work, making a carpet on a wooden loom using an ancient method.
Sleep: Gallicantu in ancient Sardinian Alba, in Luogosanto. A farm abandoned for almost half a century passionately restored by Marco Maria Berio and Raffaella Manca, has just five rooms and two suites designed by architect Jean-Claude Lesuisse, plus a rock-cut swimming pool, a pre-nuragic tasting cave and a small wellness centre. Surrounded by a vegetable garden where ingredients for cooking are grown, hundreds of olive trees, an almond grove, fruit trees, citrus groves and cherry trees of varying quality. More than two hundred myrtle plants give birth to a delicious handcrafted liqueur, and ten families of bees produce honey. In September, a classic room in a B&B costs from 240 euros per night, in August – 450 euros.
Nature, traditions and typical cuisine of Barbagia
He stayed in Barbagia, precisely in Oliena, Madonna during the filming of the remake of “Overwhelmed by an Unusual Fate in the Blue Sea of August”, and also Richard Gere when Paramount filmed King David in the area. Barbagia means Orgosolo and the famous frescoes that turn its streets into an open-air museum, then Nuoro with the Museum of Man, the square with sculptures by Constantino Nivola, Spazio Ilisso with works of the greatest Sardinian artists, and then Supramonte and the limestone plateau with gorges, rocks and cliffs, extending over the territories of Oliena, Orgosolo, Dorgali, Bunei and Urzulea. Amazing cortes and craft workshops to discover crafts that have been passed down from father to son for centuries, such as carpentry in Belvie and Aritzo, leatherwork in Dorgali, tailoring in Olien and copper pots and pans in Seoul.
At the Museum of Carnival Masks of Mamoida, you can admire the mysterious power of the Mamutons, as well as discover the roots of the island in the monumental complex of Nuragic origin in Romanzesu, 13 km from the municipality of Bitti, or in the Nuragic village of Ili Murales with 50 round stone huts built in the Bronze Age . In the heart of Supramonte it is incredible. village Nuragik Tiscali on the top Mount Tiscali (about 500 m). The archaeological zone is enclosed in a cave-in cavity and preserves the remains of some huts and prehistoric buildings. Source On Gologon Considered a national monument, it is very deep and therefore very popular with speleo divers. In 2010, Alberto Cavedon descended to a height of 135 meters. The area maintains an archaic gastronomic tradition: specialties include grilled lamb, mince and cordula, as well as first courses such as malloreddus with sausage, pasta de busa, culurgiones ogliastrini and sweet seadas. For more than 20 years, the area has become popular thanks to the Autunno in Barbagia festival, which begins on the first weekend of September and ends on December 17th. The review is like this journey step by step in the heart of Sardinia, it takes place in more than 30 cities, in each of which you can taste typical dishes and wines, enter courtyards and discover true Sardinian hospitality.
Sleep: Hotel Su Gologone, which has preserved the cultural, artistic and gastronomic heritage of Barbagia for decades. Giovanna Palimodde, patron of Su Gologone in Oliena and art collector, offers artistic, gastronomic and naturalistic experiences to discover Supramonte. Offer Food and wine for September and October with breakfast and dinner for 4 nights, also includes courses in the preparation of typical pasta and bread, various tastings of cheeses and wines, Sardinian myrtle and grappa, a tour of the vegetable garden and field of aromatic herbs, and costs from 2200 euros per couple.