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SARDINIA HOLIDAYS

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An island of stunning natural beauty, fine beaches and exquisite cuisine

Enjoy hot, dry summers and mild winters

Sardinia holidays whisk you away to the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Sardinia is just a short ferry ride away from it's sister island Sicily and the French island of Corsica.

There are three mountain ranges in Sardinia with the highest peak being in the middle of the island called Punta La Marmora in the Gennargentu mountain range. The island has a few major rivers the longest being Tirso which flows into the Mediterranean Sea and measures over ninety four miles in length. Sardinia has a Mediterranean climate with dry, hot summers and mild winters. The mountain climate tends to be cooler and wetter, in the winter it's not uncommon to see snow fall in the higher peaks. Italian is the most spoken language in Sardinia but inland traditional Sardinian is widely spoken and is used for folk songs and poetry. Sardinia holidays give you the opportunity to visit the largest vineyard in Europe the renowned Sella and Mosca which is situated close to Alghero. There are three main airports in Sardinia, Olbia on the northeast coast,Alghero on the northwest coast and Cagliari on the south coast. There are also four main ferry ports.

Sardinia is a tourist haven attracting visitors to its magnificent beaches offering isolated sandy coves, picturesque harbours and natural beauty. Throughout the year the island plays host to an abundance of festivals, where you will see traditional costumes, local handicrafts, hear local music with plenty of traditional dancing. Late deals to Sardinia offer the chance to sample a fantastic array of food stalls offering traditional Sardinian cuisine and delicacies.

Costa Smeralda on the northeast coast of Sardinia is the main tourist resort, offering a six mile stretch of unspoilt golden sandy beaches that are backed by luxury hotels and private villas. Costa Smeralda is frequented by rich and famous celebrities and the paparazzi due to its famous designer jewellers and boutiques including Cartier, Gucci, Prada, Versace and Armani. However supermarkets and general stores are also available in the resort. The resort offers one of the finest yachting marinas in Europe and hosts world class regattas and races. It's undoubtedly one of the most impressive marinas in Europe. There are plenty of water sports on offer including sailing, scuba diving and windsurfing. Costa Smeralda offers one of the most beautiful places to play golf in the world taking in the impressive views over the resort. Nightlife offers a range of choices from laid back bars to lively discos, if you want to party head to The Billionaire Club famously owned by Flavio Briatore.

Quick Sardinia Tips

The currency needed for Sardinia holidays is the Euro

Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean, the largest being Sicily

Holders of a valid UK passport do not need a visa to travel to Sardinia

It takes approximately 2½ hours to fly to Sardinia from the UK

Sardinia has three airports, Alghero (AHO) in the north west, Olbia (OLB) in the north east and Cagliari (CAG) in the south

In the 16th century the island was known as Insula Vini, or wine island

Geographically, Sardinia is ever so slightly closer to the coast of Africa than it is to the coast of Italy

Between the late 1400's and early 1700's, Sardinia existed under Spanish rule and there are still towns today that have a definite Hispanic feel to them

Be aware of waiters offering you a 'giro di antipasti' or round of starters whilst you are ordering your meal. Whilst extremely tasty and plentiful they can also be expensive, and very filling, so you may not want to eat your main meal!

Wine is a product of Sardinia and in some restaurants is quite expensive, however you will find the house wine is also of a very high standard and much cheaper. Most restaurants will also let you 'try before you buy', so you don't make an expensive mistake!

From Alghero to Cagliari

Alghero in the northwest region still retains its Spanish influence and is one of the most enchanting towns on Sardinia. Alghero boasts many secluded bays, inlets surrounded by lush pine forests and jagged rocks. The Spanish influence is clear to be seen from the Catalan street signs, melodic local dialect, and flamboyant churches to the seven defensive towers that protect the harbour. The beaches are stunning and the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea make Alghero an unforgettable place to visit.

Cagliari on the south coast is the largest resort on the island and is steeped in history, its Sardinian name Casteddu means castle. Cagliari is close to high green mountains, lakes, waterfalls and gorges and occupies a superb position between the fertile plains and sea. Poetta beach has more than six miles of white sandy beach and is regarded as having one of the world finest beaches. Attracting sun worshipers and families with small children, it's easy to see how its reputation developed. When the sun goes down Cagliari is transformed into a vibrant meeting place with open air cafes and restaurants. There are also several shops selling locally crafted Sardinian handicrafts including pottery, ceramics and textiles.

The accommodation on the island ranges from simple self catering to luxury 5 star hotels, providing something for everyone in this beautiful oasis of Sardinia. There's a wide range of cuisine on offer in Sardinia from cheap and cheerful to sophisticated restaurant for fine dining. The excellent cuisine features local fresh fish and seafood as a speciality, bursting with intense aromatic and fruity flavours. There are plenty of Agriturismo or farm restaurants that serve local Sardinian dishes accompanied by a jug of local wine of either Mirto or Limoncello. Sardinia is family orientated and children are welcome in most restaurants. You can book holidays to Sardinia here online at Latedeals.co.uk

Top Places To Visit

Vineyards
The Sardinians are extremely proud of their wine and quite rightly so. Despite producing wine for centuries a radical overhaul of methods in the 1990's catapulted Sardinia to wine stardom, and a tour of the vineyards followed by a tasting session is an absolute must (for adults) on all holidays to Sardinia.

Corsica
Take a boat trip from the north of Sardinia over onto the French soil of Corsica, less than 10 miles away. Explore the most stunning town on the island Bonifacio, which perches precariously on the side of a cliff! Bonifacio has a stunning fjord style harbour and breathtaking views from its 'Haute Ville', or high town.

Grotta di Nettuno
Neptune's Grotto is one of the main tourist attractions for anyone in the Alghero region of Sardinia. Travel by road and descend the 656 steps down the cliff side (not quite so pleasant on the way back up) or relax and arrive by boat to these stunning caves depicting colourfully lit stalactite and stalagmite formations.

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