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
Places to Visit
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.
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.