Released: Tue Jul 12 2022

Sardinia — Top 10 Highlights 2022

Glowing stalactite caves, secluded, unspoiled beaches and a touch of luxury against the panorama of a lush archipelago:
The sights of Sardinia are characterized by an authentic Mediterranean island charm.
We’ll tell you which towns have authentic Sardinian flair, which historic cities bear witness to the country’s history, and where you can find the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia.

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La Maddalena

In the northeast you will find a group of islands that is one of the most popular destinations in Sardinia, especially for divers and snorkelers.
The archipelago of La Maddalena, consisting of 62 individual islands, is located between Sardinia and Corsica and looks like a collection of granite rocks from afar. On closer inspection, however, the archipelago turns out to be a true natural spectacle.

giovanni cultrera 📸

The eponymous main island of the group has almost 13,000 inhabitants and is often the starting point for exciting dives and boat trips. The bays of the islands offer numerous relaxing beaches.
The region becomes even more impressive if you not only swim, but also explore the intoxicating atmosphere below the water surface in a dive.

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Porto Cervo

The northeastern coast of Sardinia is one of the most popular vacation spots on the entire island, boasting shimmering waters with a hint of green and the sophisticated esprit of luxury.
The port of Porto Cervo is a busy landing place for luxury yachts.

Giuseppe R.F. Seccia 📸

Sailing boats are lined up in the harbor like a string of pearls.
In the evening, you should take a look at the hustle and bustle of the maritime resort with a glass of wine in one of the numerous cafes and take in the pleasant scent of the Mediterranean shrubs.
As Porto Cervo is one of the more luxurious vacation destinations in Sardinia, it is suitable for a day trip.

Francesco Dettori 📸

Cagliari

On the south coast of Sardinia lies the largest city on the Italian island, where you can experience a pleasant but not overwhelming mixture of charming alleys, splendid Mediterranean architecture and maritime flair.
Although the city is located directly on the coast with many small stores, it seems nowhere near as crowded and commercialized as other popular destinations on the Italian coast.

Voltaire Miran 📸

For city tourists who prefer to experience the Sardinian town’s own rhythm, we recommend a walk to the old town, which is located on a hill that can be easily reached from the old town.
A wide staircase will lead you up to the Bastione di Saint Remy.
From the neoclassical observation deck, popular with locals and visitors alike, you’ll have a stunning view of the sea and Poetto Beach.
The promontory of the so-called Devil’s Saddle (Sella del Diavolo) juts out into the beach area, behind which are salt ponds for sea salt extraction, enhanced in color by the bright pink of the flamingos that live there.

Enrico Carboni 📸

Su Nuraxi

You might think that it is a field of rubble on a hill: In fact, the building remains that you can discover in southwestern Sicily are remnants of a so-called nuraghe. The tower complexes and walls at the foot of the Parco della Giara near Barumini are still clearly recognizable today.

Pavlo Vakhrushev 📸

It is astonishing, since archaeologists assume the time of origin in the late Bronze Age between 1330 and 1250 BC.
The site, where you can discover, among other things, a 14-meter high tower, was only uncovered in the 1950s and gradually opened to the public.
The interior of the fortress bears witness to the impressive craftsmanship that people displayed more than 3,000 years ago.

Lubomir Mihalik 📸

The Sinis Peninsula

On the Sinis Peninsula on the west coast you will find one of the most famous archaeological sites in Sardinia. The remains of the city, built in the 8th century, bear witness to the various cultures that have settled in Sardinia over the centuries.
In addition to the Romans, the Carthaginians, Byzantines and also the Vandals have lived within the walls that are still visible today.

Alessandro Caputo 📸

Tharros

Although there are certainly more impressive temple complexes, such as the Valley of the Temples in Sicily, the two still standing towers of the former acropolis of Tharros bear silent witness to the decay of the city once founded by the Phoenicians.

Giorgio Gaetani 📸

Bosa

On the northwest coast of Sardinia, a trip to the small town of Bosa is worthwhile. Even from a distance you can see the colorful pastel colors of the charming baroque and classicist houses.
Due to its location directly on the river and its proximity to the sea, Bosa was an ideal place for the fur and leather industry.

Michele Marrucci 📸

Even today, wine is grown on the fertile hills surrounding the town, which you can enjoy in one of the many small cafes in the town center.
If you would like to take a closer look at the surroundings, we recommend a hike to the castle complex of the old town.

Jan Zabrodsky 📸

Bosa Malaspina Castle

From Castello Malaspina you have a good view of the town and the river Temo, which ends in the sea at Bosa Marina.
The sandy beach is known for its calm sea, making it one of the best places in Sardinia for a beach vacation with children.

Andrea Morittu 📸

Alghero

While in many places in Sicily one can feel the cultural imprint of the island due to the colonization by Greece that took place in ancient times, Alghero in Sardinia is considered a Catalan language island.
More than half of the 44,000 inhabitants living there have Catalan roots that can date back to the 14th century.

Davide Mandis 📸

The streetscape of the tranquil town on the northwest coast of Sardinia is characterized by massive city walls, which were intended to protect the town center from enemy attacks.
If you get lost on your way through the orange-glowing old town, you can find your way again by looking at the Italian as well as Catalan street signs or ask for directions in one of the numerous small stores and boutiques.

Viktor Goloborodko 📸

Arbatax

Why take a vacation in a community of 5,000 people? What almost sounds like the beginning of a flat joke, is a question that many tourists ask themselves when they are looking for the most spectacular places in Sardinia.
At the latest, when they look for pictures of the small coastal town, some will find an answer.

Jean-luc Bohin 📸

Arbatax on the east coast of Sardinia is surrounded by rugged cliffs that glow red, made of the volcanic rock and offer an unreal but fascinating sight at any time of the day, if you are a fan of natural monuments.
However, it is well worth not just stopping for a moment, taking a few photos for your loved ones and then moving on.

Davide Bianchi 📸

Costa Verde

It may sound unbelievable: But the southwest coast of Sardinia is still one of the most undeveloped regions of the entire island.
The Costa Verde is an almost 47-kilometer-long stretch of coastline that is lushly overgrown and almost deserted. Admittedly, the rugged coastal area is known and loved by locals and vacationers, but lively offshoots of mass tourism and classic party tourists are not to be found here.

Dario Fanny 📸

Even the busier beaches of Sardinia are comparatively quiet, which is why some of them are even among the most beautiful beaches of Italy.
Although the Costa Verde is a seemingly endless string of pristine beaches, you should be very careful when venturing into the sea.
In some places the coast slopes very steeply, so that you are immediately in deep water.

Davide Cazzamali 📸

Grotta di Nettuno

The cliffs of Capo Caccia hold a secret: Admittedly, the impressive natural witness is not so secret, almost popular or, more precisely, one of the most beautiful sights of Sardinia.

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In the steep rocky coast west of Alghero you will find the two million year old Neptune’s Grotto. An imposing, golden shining stalactite cave, which was eaten over a total length of almost four kilometers by fresh water streams into the rock material. You can only partially enter the cave, but you will be able to gather breathtaking impressions of massive stalagmites and stalactites.

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