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Sardinia – a jewel in the Mediterranean Sea
The beautiful island of Sardinia is the second largest in the Mediterranean. Sardinia was under Spanish control for a period of about 400 years until the beginning of the 18th century, so as well as some Spanish customs having been integrated into the traditions of Sardinia, the Iberian language of Catalan can still be heard in Alghero in the north west. Now part of Italy, Sardinia has so much to offer any visitor. On top of beautiful beaches and warm weather, there is a busy capital, traditional towns, mountains and nature reserves, so you can do as much or little as you like.
Sometimes compared to those in the Caribbean, with super white sand turquoise warm waters, the beaches of Sardinia are truly beautiful and there will be one to suit everyone. In Chia, the beaches have shallow water, perfect for swimming, as does that at Santa Teresa di Gallura. There a trip to the beach will also reward you with views across to Corsica. For more to do, there are a range of water sports at Putzu Idu. The Costa Verde, or Green Coast, is rugged and beaches here are surrounded by sand dunes. Although it is more of an effort to get to these beaches, they offer peace and quiet even in the peak of summer. The beaches along the Costa Smeralda, or Emerald Coast, are very popular. In the height of summer, this area is a playground for the rich and famous, with hotels in this part of Sardinia being fairly pricey as a result, but the well-kept beaches are still open to the public.
Enjoy the culture and history of Cagliari
Rising above Cagliari is Il Castello, a fortification where the aristocracy of the city would have lived in their palazzi. Here, in the maze of little streets of the old city, you will find museums and a cathedral. You could pay a visit to Torre dell’Elefante. Built in 1307 for defence, and later used to house political prisoners, this 42-metre high tower gets its name from the carved elephant by the portcullis. If you have the energy to climb to the top, there are views of the city to the sea. Evidence of the Roman occupation in Sardinia can be found at Villa di Tigellio, which is the remains of three Roman villas, and at the amphitheatre. Built in the first and second centuries, the theatre was carved into the rock to seat up to 10,000 people for gladiator shows and fighting with wild animals. If you would like to stay in Cagliari, to have the city at hand, you will find a good choice of hotels.
Spoilt for choice in the markets
Cagliari has five municipal mercato, or markets, where you will find a large choice of delicious fresh produce and where you can get a glimpse of day-to-day life in Sardinia. The market traders are happy for you to browse in your own time, and to share their knowledge of their products, without any hard sell. Inside, each of the markets also has a bar or café where you can grab a bite to eat with the locals. The markets are spread out in and around Cagliari, so hopefully your hotel is not too far from one and you can pop in for some provisions for a tasty picnic. Outside of Cagliari, you will find equally good markets in the towns all around Sardinia. As well as the indoor markets, look out for the day of the week that the town holds its outdoor market. This is usually a busy day, when locals come out not just to shop but meet their friends and socialise too.
National parks and nature
With stunning coast, wetland areas and mountainous inland, Sardina has a diverse natural environment and offers the chance to see a great range of local wildlife. The west of Sardinia is popular with birdwatchers, who come to see many of the rare species that live here or choose to spend the winter here, including golden eagles. Even if you are not a keen birdwatcher, you may still enjoy the chance to see the Flamingos who choose to spend their winters in the wetlands in the south thanks to the mild climate and the large amount of their favourite food, saltwater shrimp. Sulcis Park has trails through valleys and mountains, where you may see mountain goats, or you can pay a visit to the national park on the island of Isola dell’Asinara, named after the albino donkeys who live there. If you are a nature lover, perhaps look for a hotel in one of the inland towns close to one of the national parks.
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Hotel da Giovanna Alghero
The B&B Giovanna is situated a few kilometres from the town of Alghero and is also few minutes from Fertilia, lovely town easily accessible from the B & B just in 5 minutes by bike, where you can find all the services to you useful (buses, supermarkets, pizzerias, restaurants, ATMs, post offices and tobacco). Located on the borders of the Natural Park of Capo Caccia-Isola Piana, the B & B is only 2 km from the most beautiful beaches and coves of the coast of Alghero. The Alghero B & B Giovanna is also very close (not even 3 km) from Alghero airport. In these beaches you can snorkel or simply relaxing tanning. The Bed and Breakfast is only 45 km from Stintino and 27 km about from Porto Torres. You can visit the ancient part of Alghero with the Aragonese Gothic churches, the Carthaginian necropolis of Anghelu Ruju and the fantastic Neptune's grottos at Capo Caccia, the Sella & Mosca wine producers, Porto Ferro, Capo dell'Argentiera. The sunset at Capo Caccia is very picturesque and very romantic. From Fertilia, going to Arzachena, you can visit Castelsardo, a very nice fishing village. From Fertilia you can visit, in about one hour by car, Bosa. more
Hotel Alghero City Hotel Alghero
Featuring bright air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi, Alghero City Hotel, 4 stars, is a 5-minute walk from San Giovanni beach in Alghero. Rooms have a traditional Sardinian design with wood furniture and light tile floors. They all come equipped with satellite TV, a minibar and have a private bathroom with hairdryer and toiletries. Some have a balcony. Alghero Cathedral is a 10-minute walk away in Alghero's historic center. The Hotel Alghero City is just a few steps from the harbor and 3 miles from Bombarde beach. more
Hotel Residence Hotel Monte Ricciu Alghero
Situated in the Sardinian countryside, Residence Hotel Monte Ricciu features 2 free outdoor pools, a lounge bar and a traditional restaurant. This property is less than 6 km from the sandy beaches of Alghero. Wi-Fi is free. Air-conditioned rooms have a classic décor and are located 1.5 km from the main building. Each comes with a minibar, a satellite TV and a private bathroom with free toiletries. Some rooms have a garden or patio and countryside views. A sweet and savoury buffet breakfast is served daily in the main building. There you will also find the restaurant where you can sample traditional regional cuisine for dinner. Poolside barbecue evenings are also held twice a week. Residence Hotel Monte Ricciu is complete with a garden with children’s playground. The surrounding area is ideal for cycling and trekking excursions. Fertilia International Airport is a 20-minute drive from the property, while the centre of Alghero is 5 km away. more
Hotel Hotel Soleado Alghero
The Soleado Hotel is located in the quiet and peaceful Lido area of Alghero, within walking distance of the sea and the beach. This hotel is the perfect choice for a wonderful beach holiday. The property features spacious and comfortable guest rooms, with lovely views over the sea. The convenient position and the friendly atmosphere make the Soleado Hotel an ideal destination for all those who wish to spend a relaxing vacation in Sardinia. Hotel facilities include a restaurant and a cosy bar, and a TV room, as well as a nice outdoor swimming pool equipped with sun-loungers and beach umbrellas. more
Hotel L'Edera di Gavina Alghero
The B & B IVY Gavina, with a 2-star certificate given by ass. Bed And Breakfast, is in a unique position in Alghero for the sea and the beautiful beach of Lido San Giovanni just 200 meters away, suitable for all people who do not want to drive. You can walk along the Via Garibaldi for 500/700 metres to arrival at the marina and the famous old town; the bus stop to and from Airport Fertilia is 200 metres away. The hosts are present day and night, living with you as your host family, at your disposal for everything you need. The host is an expert and knows all the typical Sardinian festivities. He will not hesitate to take you by car to see them and experience them. more
Hotel Camping Village Laguna Blu Alghero
The 3-star Il Camping Village Laguna Blu is located on the north west coast of Sardinia, between the city of Alghero and the Airport. Maritime pines and eucalyptus shade the pitches where you can stay with your camper or tent and also the mobile homes of the village area. For guests there are also rooms with daily cleaning, linen, and air conditioning. The camping is in front of the white and sandy beach on one of the most beautiful Sardinian seas. It is also a perfect base to discover the surroundings and the other shores. Inside the camping you find a restaurant and pizzeria con take away, a market, and a bazar to give you the best service and a fitness area to keep always fit. The camping has a partnership with the Porto Conte diving and offers different level courses and diving into the beautiful underwater world of Capo Caccia, or excursions with dinghies. On the beach you can also go sailing or windsurfing. more
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