Summer has begun and the time has officially come to start planning your holidays perhaps with a trip to our beautiful country. Schools finished, holidays on the way and a world at our feet that awaits us with many different destinations. But how beautiful is Italy? Too much, and unfortunately we never realize it enough. For this reason, today I want to talk and advise about beautiful holidays in Sardinia. Our beautiful Sardinia.
Holidays in Sardinia: what to visit in Sardinia
Latitude 40° 3′ 0″ N, longitude 9° 5′ 0″ E, altitude of 334 meters above sea level. About 1,656,003 inhabitants for 5 provinces in one of the most beautiful destinations in Italy. Second Mediterranean island and third Italian region by surface area. But holidays in Sardinia are not just that. They are not only its capital Cagliari and the most renowned places to see. The Costa Smeralda, the Maddalena Archipelago National Park, Barbagia, Tiscali Village, Cala Mariolu and Cala Goloritzé. Or Su Gorropu and Stintino, to name a few. Sardinia is also an enormous artistic-cultural heritage that deserves to be known and visited.
Cultural and artistic heritage to be visited in Sardinia
Not everyone knows how much there is a high concentration of monuments as well as archaeological and historical-artistic sites distributed throughout the territory. Of course, to know them well there is no other way than direct experience. However, a mini guide divided by historical periods, with the most important stages, I think it can be a good starting point in deciding what to visit during the holidays in Sardinia, according to our every personal interest.
Prehistoric age (from the earliest testimonies of man to writing)
Temple-altar of Monte d’Accoddi in Ottawa. The hypothetical tombs called “domus de jeans“. The tombs of giants in Santa Teresa di Gallura. And the various megalithic circles, menhirs, dolmen, well-known temples and nuraghi throughout the region. Her most beautiful nuraghe, in my opinion, is that of Sorradile.
Ancient age (from writing to the fall of the Roman Empire in 476 a.C.)
All the main centers of the Romanesque island. Especially the great coastal towns of Cagliari, Nora, Sant’Antioco, Tharros and Porto Torres. They offer mosaics, palaces, spas, aqueducts, bridges, theaters, amphitheatres and cathedrals typical of the time. Among them are the Palace of King Barbaro and the Basilica of San Gavino in Porto Torres, the Roman amphitheater in Cagliari, the cathedral of Sant’Antioco of Bisarcio in Ozieri, St. Peter of Sorres in Borutta, St. Nicholas at Ottana, palatine chapel Holy Mary of the Kingdom at Ardara. And the Churches of Our Lady of Tergu, Basilica of Saccargia in Codrongianos, Santa Maria in Uta.
Medieval age (from the fall of the Roman Empire to the discovery of America in 1492)
Capitals, sarcophagi, frescoes and marble altars begin to enrich the architectures of Sardinia. Among these are the cathedrals of Santa Maria di Monserrato in Tratalias and San Pantaleo in Dolianova. In Cagliari there is the oldest Gothic-Catalan church, the sanctuary of Our Lady of Bonaria, the Aragonese chapel inside the cathedral, the complex of San Domenico, the church of San Francesco di Stampace and the church of San Giacomo. In Alghero there are the church of San Francesco and the cathedral. Instead, as beautiful Renaissance architecture, St. Nicholas Cathedral and St. Catherine’s Church both in Sassari and the church of Saint Augustine in Cagliari.
Modern age (from the discovery of America to the French Revolution in 1789)
Wide emphasis on baroque architecture. The Collegiate Church of Sant’Anna and the Church of San Michele in Cagliari. The facade of St. Nicholas cathedral in Sassari and the cathedrals of Ales and Oristano.
Contemporary Age (from the French Revolution to today)
Neoclassical inspirations throughout the Sardinian territory by architect Gaetano Cima. Palazzo and Civic Theater of Sassari by Giuseppe Comiotti. Cathedral of Santa Maria della Neve in Nuoro and the Dome of Santa Maria di Betlem in Sassari realized by Antonio Cano. Neogothic instead is the Palazzo Giordano di Sassari. Interesting influences in the period of fascism are found in the centers of Fertilia, Arborea and Carbonia. Lastly, it is impossible to mention the headquarters of the Bank of Credit Sardo in Cagliari by Renzo Piano for those who love modernity.
How to reach Sardinia for our holidays
Sardinia is an island and as such it can be reached in two ways. Or by plane, landing in Olbia, Cagliari or Alghero. Or by taking advantage of the ferries.
I always recommend trips where you can use the car as it allows you to fully experience the traditions of the place, the landscapes and organize the itineraries as best we want in complete freedom. So reaching Sardinia by car necessarily requires the use of the ferry.
In this regard, I would like to point out this site: https://www.traghetti-sardegna.it/. Dealing with maritime transfers to and from the Italian islands and Corsica, it is the best point of reference for ferries to Sardinia. Not only that, even out of season, for a holiday to discover the immense riches of the territory, it is always possible to find various more than tempting promotions.
In conclusion, I just have to remember to never eradicate anything from the places we visit because if we all did it, with the passage of time, there would be nothing left of the Sardinian wonders. Every grain of sand, flower or pebble is a precious commodity. We must take care of it and respect it. And now no more chatter, I’ll let you go with RESERVATIONS24 for your most beautiful holidays in Sardinia. Happy holiday!