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20 June 2010 / Destination Villas

Sardinia finest beaches

Planning a beach holiday in the Italian island of Sardinia? The following list could help you decide on which among Sardinia Island’s best offering will suit your getaway plans.

Costa Rei Beaches

Beaches along this long coastline are characterized by golden sands, clear water, a breath taking lake system serving as a nature reserve, and the bays of Sant’Elmo to the south. The playful hues created by the sun in the morning, noon, and at dusk is one thing that keeps on drawing tourists to return to this paradise. Rock formations also dot the long sandy beaches leading to rocky bays and producing scenes worthy of a painting. Read more…

18 June 2010 / Destination Villas

Sardinia. Why is it so different.

It’s an hard question, but i will try to offer you an exhaustively reply. First of all it’s an island politically part of Italy but totally different if we compare history, cultures, languages, food and wine traditions.

Located in the middle of Mediterranean sea, it’s the second largest island after Sicily. It has been dominated from centuries by different conquerors such as Phoenicians, Romans, Spanish, Catalans, Pisans, Moors, Piedmontese, but has also developed an autochthonous civilization named Nuraghic era, dated back 3.000 years b.c., and for many aspects still mysterious.

Sardinian history is for this reason extremely complicated and hard to explain, but makes this island so different creating a fascinating mixture between different cultures. When you travel it around you can easily get different feelings, watching local architecture, tasting food, listening to local languages. This feature make it a never boring place to visit. Sometimes you may drive for a few kilometres and discover a totally different world. That’s why we Sardinians consider it as a small continent and not just an island.

Men have done only a part of the work, nature has done all the rest. Sardinia has a unique environment that is result of a millenary erosion of its mainland caused by sea currents and winds. Crystal seas, sandy dunes, cliffs, sandy coves, uninhabited archipelagos, are the best features of a spectacular coastline. A lush vegetation, valleys, rivers, lakes, caves, and rocky hills make the Sardinian inland equally interesting.

An ideal tour of Sardinia starts from the coast in order to enjoy its beach life, from the end of April to half October, and continue visiting the inland. Moving from north to south it’s possible to discover totally different places, cultures, food and wine traditions, UNESCO world heritage sites.

Sardinia offers several kind of accommodations that meet the needs of different customers such as hotels that may be family-run, charming or luxury, basic or luxury villas, holiday homes, apartments. A full range of accommodations that will allow you to manage your stay in a comfortably way and to plan your self-drive or guided vacation in Sardinia.

16 June 2010 / Destination Villas

Discovering a Sardinia treasure: Alghero

Sardinia’s northwest coast shelters a trio of the most attractive seaside resorts on the island, interspersed with some really spectacular coastline. The principal town on this stretch is Alghero. Sardinia stands in sharp contrast to the Italian mainland and Sicily, and Alghero provides an even sharper contrast to Sardinia itself.

Alghero was not greatly disturbed by foreign influences in modern times until it suffered bombings during World War II. Alghero is one of those places that the Italians have been happy to keep to themselves. Every year thousands upon thousands of main land Italians swarm to Alghero in August, the traditional Italian holiday season.

Alghero has become a major package destination, yet it has retained its distinctive Catalan character – the result of intense Spanish colonisation in the fourteenth century. Strangely given this faintly exotic tinge, it is simultaneously the most “Italian” of Sardinia’s holiday towns, its old centre a tight web of narrow lanes packed with boutiques, bars and restaurants. The town has countless boutiques and a busy weekly market as well as a fruit, vegetable, fish and meat market held in the town centre on Monday to Friday.

Alghero is often compared to mainland resorts like Sorrento or San Remo, and if it lacks their glamorous edge, it’s also refreshingly free of their cynical hard sell. Even a short stay should be enough to get acquainted with the abundance of enticing beaches in the vicinity and to investigate the area’s most important archaeological sites, not to mention the famous Grotta di Nettuno (Neptune’s Grotto) on the point at Capo Caccia.

Outside the resort the northwest coast presents a wild and rocky aspect, sparsely populated and ideal for roaming. Although public transport services are adequate for travelling between the main towns and villages, hiring a car gives you more freedom, while renting a bike is an enjoyable way to cover the shorter distances. The local terrain is rewarding and challenging for walkers, with few overly strenuous tracts though they should be aware that the rough and rugged nature of the coast means that much of the alluring Alghero – Bosa stretch, for example, must be tackled on the road; fortunately, it’s free of much traffic most of the time. Read more…

9 June 2010 / Destination Villas

Idea for an excursion between Stintino and Alghero

The crystal sea of StintinoThe beauty of Sardinia is the incredible diversity of the island itself and the thousands of different diversion opportunities it offers. So when you spend a holiday in Sardinia, is a sin to merely stop inside the gilded confines of the resort or city to the sea where you are staying.

Indeed! In our opinion the best way to discover Sardinia is to explore it by car (your own or an rented one).

A day of history and sea (with an appetizing final).

The itinerary that I suggest to you today will lead you to a some sort of time travel. From the depths of the Neolithic, through the lesser known recent history of Sardinia, until the touristic present.

Tip: to easily visit the places that I suggest is better wake up not too late. Although the distances in km are not that large, it is better to travel slowly from place to place of the map of Sardinia in order to appreciate the incredible views that this region offers. Read more…

26 May 2010 / Destination Villas

Discovering the island National Park of Asinara in Sardinia

Sardinia, synonymous with white beaches and clear blue sea. But reducing Sardinia only to this stereotype would be unjust.

Sardinia is in fact a real world apart, offering endless opportunities for diversion and that is offered completely for every type of tourist.

For example, if you want to escape the ‘monotony’ of the sun and sand seaside holiday, and maybe if you’re staying in one of the many villas in Stintino, you could spend a day exploring the National Park of the Asinara island.

The National Park of the Asinara island is fairly recent, having been established only in 1997. The island of Asinara was for nearly a century home to one of Italy’s most famous prison, and thanks to its status as “prison island” was saved by the boom in tourism that – for better or for worse – has transformed, for example, the island of La Maddalena, even though it is true that man’s presence has transformed the area, so one of the objectives of the Park is the recovery of the original flora and fauna of the island, for example, the original White Donkey (or Albine Donkey) of which only 120 specimens survived.

Asinara is semiarid, an island where it rains very little and is beaten by the West wind and the Mistral. A place that offers magical views, in which the stone punctuated by green Mediterranean vegetation is reflected in its turquoise waters.If you visit the island for the first time, it’s best to rely on a one of the many organized tours that are offered. The group visits aboard the train or bus are recommended to get an overview of the island.

If instead you want to make a more detailed visit, you should use an SUV.

Instead, if you have already have visited the park, we advise you to live it with freedom, by bicycle or on foot trekking the trails. You can also explore the island on horseback. And, of course, you can spend the day exploring the villages on the island and / or exploiting the beauty of its beaches.

The sea, then, offers further opportunities for diversion: trips with the fishermen, diving or exploring the coves with a private sailboat.

For more information please visit the official website of the Asinara Park.