Sardinia is one of the most beautiful islands of the Mediterranean Sea, famous worldwide for its lush and unspoiled nature, its white beaches, clear waters and charming local traditions. You will be spoiled for choice when you have to decide what to do in Sardinia on your summer holidays: in this article, we want to help you discover what you cannot miss in this paradise!

Life in Sardinia is perhaps the best that a man can hope for: twenty-four thousand kilometres of forests, countryside, coastline immersed in a miraculous sea ought to coincide with what I would advise the good Lord to give us as Paradise.

Fabrizio de André

THE SEA, JEWEL OF SARDINIA: THE SAPPHIRE BLUE, THE EMERALD GREEN, AND THE CRYSTAL CLEAR OF DIAMONDS

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With its 1800 kilometres of coastline, Sardinia is one of the most beautiful places in the world to spend the holidays for lovers of the sea. This supremacy is due to the great variety of landscapes and colours that make Sardinia a true spectacle of nature: you can find long white sandy beaches, rugged coves, gentle dunes of golden sand, and expanses of stones sparkling in the summer sun. The seawater shine in incredible shades of blue and sparkles like a jewel in the beautiful summer light.

Suppose you are planning your vacation and wondering what to do in Sardinia on your summer holiday. In that case, you should know that every minute spent exploring the beaches and swimming in the sea waves will be a moment of pure joy that you will remember forever. But what are the unmissable beaches? Let's see them together!

The northern area is considered by tourists and locals the most beautiful of Sardinia: here, you will find breathtaking coves and bays as you have never seen anywhere on the planet. We suggest you visit the area of Santa Teresa di Gallura to admire its spectacular coves, in particular, the beach of Marmorata and if you love surfing you cannot miss the beach of Porto Pollo. Furthermore, if you prefer a sophisticated atmosphere, don't miss the famous Costa Smeralda's white beaches and luxury hotels! Let's enjoy the amazing views and fashionable places: Michael Douglas, Mariah Carey, Catherine Zeta-Jones. Leonardo di Caprio and many other famous actors, actresses and other VIPs fell in love with this destination. 

The eastern part of the island will offer you fantastic naturalistic views and, if you get the opportunity, we recommend visiting this part of the coast by boat. The Mediterranean scrub here hides beautiful small beaches, away from the crowds of tourists and deep blue waters: we recommend reaching San Teodoro and Cala Murtas.

The southern area of Sardinia has been re-evaluated in recent years, mainly thanks to the beautiful beaches of Villasimius, such as Is Molentis, chosen for several advertising sets. The area boasts top-quality hotels and services, ideal for families.

The beaches to the west of the island aren't spectacular as the north ones, but if you are looking for a bit of tranquillity and nature, especially during the week of August, this is top for you! Rocky beaches and uncontaminated nature will make you love this greenest and "wildest" coastal area of Sardinia.


A real tradition is not the relic of a past that is irretrievably gone; it is a living force that animates and informs the present

ÍGOR STRAVINSKIJ

NOT ONLY SEA: CULTURE AND FOLKLORE

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In addition to natural wonders, Sardinia is an island that boasts a unique millenary culture, original when compared to other Mediterranean traditions and the Italian ones.

Sardinians are a people very attached to their history and traditions. They have always struggled to keep alive their dialect (which is considered a natural language, different from Italian), traditional costumes, religious and folk festivals and their portentous culinary recipes.

During your summer holidays in Sardinia, you can discover many archaeological and historical beauties that will unforgettable your island experience.

Here you can find some tips! 

- Go and get to know the spectacular testimonies of the Nuragic civilization, the famous Nuraghi and the Tombs of the Giants scattered everywhere throughout the territory.

- Visit some of the most spectacular Phoenician-Punic necropolis in the whole Mediterranean.

- Admire the Roman churches and aqueducts and enjoy recognizing the most evident signs of Spanish influence in the architecture of Alghero and some words in the dialects of the northern area such as "Ventana" (window in Sardinian and Spanish languages).

To eat is to embed a territory

Jean Brunhes

TRADITION ON THE TABLE

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If you decide to live fully this fantastic place you will discover that the Sardinians are an open and hospitable people, eager to tell you the myths and legends of their territory, to make you listen to the folk songs handed down from generation to generation and make you taste their most delicious food: from Culurgiones (ravioli stuffed with potatoes, mint and pecorino cheese), to lamb cooked in a thousand different ways, to snails (very folkloristic is the festival "Ciogghitta d'oro" otherwise known as "of the snail suckers"), to pasta with sea urchins, to bottarga (do not miss the Festival of Bottarga di Cabras) end the yummy seadas (traditional fried sweets stuffed with cheese).

In addition to food, Sardinians do not miss the opportunity to raise their glasses for a toast: among the best wines that you can find, we recommend the Cannonau and Syrah (if you have the opportunity, participate in the 36th wine festival of Jerzu near Nuoro), be also tempted by Myrtle (a typical Sardinian liqueur that we recommend you to taste at the Festival of Myrtle in Telti) and the famous Ichnusa, the blonde beer that as its label has chosen the four Moors, a traditional Sardinian image.

Sardinian specialities: the best traditional dishes

Myrtle

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Marvelling at everything is the first step of reason towards discovery

Louis Pasteur

THE UNMISSABLE EVENTS OF SUMMER 2021 IN SARDINIA

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What better way to fully experience this fabulous Italian island if not by participating in the many events that fill the nights and days of this land so full of charm and tradition?

Your plan will be full of unmissable appointments for your summer in Sardinia. Let's discover together some of those you cannot give up!

A festival deeply linked to the Sardinian tradition is the S'Ardia of Sedilo in the province of Oristano: it is a historical re-enactment of the famous battle of Ponte Milvio in which the Roman emperor Constantine got the better of the usurper Maxentius. It is a crazy gallop on horseback along the village's streets to reach the top of the hill at the sanctuary of St. Constantine. According to the legend, the priest Giammaria Ledda, a prisoner of the Moors, had a vision: a Roman warrior promised him freedom if he built a sanctuary dedicated to St. Constantine. The priest accepted, and a few days later miraculously obtained freedom and also 20 gold coins to build the church.

Still, on the subject of historical re-enactments, another very suggestive event is the Corsa degli Scalzi (Race of the Barefootmen) in Cabras. The festival reproduces an event that happened during a Saracen invasion. While the local men were fighting the invaders, the village women ran barefoot and carried the statue of the patron saint San Salvatore di Sinis to safety in a nearby village. Today a group of young people re-enacts the event by running barefoot and dressed in a white tunic along the dirt paths around the town. At the same time, the women parade in typical traditional clothes and playing the accordions and "launeddas".

About music, this year, we recommend you keep an eye on the calendar of events of the festival Musica sulle Bocche 2021, a travelling jazz festival that throughout August will offer high-level musical appointments in beautiful locations scattered in different places of Sardinia.

Still, on the musical theme, this year will take place the 25th edition of the International Festival Isole che Parlano (Talking Islands) in Palau, in the north of Sardinia. There will be musical, theatrical and visual arts performances. The events and concerts will be located in wonderful archaeological areas: some examples are the Tombs of the Giants, the Pozzi Sacri and on the beaches by the sea.

But the events in which you can participate during this summer in Sardinia do not end here: if you are in the Sassari area, you can join in Cavart - Extrazioni Culturali, the Onion Festival and the Artichoke Festival, the Ittiri Folk Festival and the Weekend of Tastes; in the area of Gallura, in addition to the famous event Primavera in Gallura, you can attend the Festival of the Mountain.

Are you going to visit North Sardinia? We recommend you follow the project SALUDE & TRIGU: there are many North Sardinia and Sassari Area events to bring the strong Sardinian cultural traditions to the attention of tourists. This name (Salude e Trigu) is a Sardinian wish: it means "Health and Bread" to remind us that after all, when you have these two things, you do not need anything else. It is a program created for the tourist enhancement of cultural and traditional events that will help you to better organize your vacations in the jewel of the Mediterranean island!

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