Sardinia is a fabulous Island, located in the Mediterranean. Rich with history, culture and vibrant, friendly people, Sardinia hosts thousands of tourists with style and flair each year. With a tourism industry fashioned by history, lush landscapes, good food and clear turquoise waters, it’s easy to see why people flock to this island. Sardinia boasts a myriad of fascinating destinations such as the Maddalena Archipelago, Su Gorroppu gorge, and Alghero. For your pleasure, we’ve included a list of four of the best tourist destinations in Sardinia below.
Nuraghe of Barumini
In the Sardinian Province of Medio Campidano lies the Nuraghe of Barumini, one of the 53 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Nuragic refers to an ancient civilization in Sardinia, which existed during the Bronze Age. Nuraghe refers to the mysterious monuments located in Sardinia. The Nuraghe of Barumini are the best preserved monuments in all of Sardinia. Also known as ‘Su Nuraxi’, this archaeological zone in Barumini houses the ruins of a central tower, and various living complexes. As no written records exist, archaeologists can only assume what the actual function of the Nuraghe was. Some consider it a fortress, others a place of ancient worship. Whichever the case, to taste the true historical mythos of Sardinia, the Nuraghe of Barumini is the place to visit. one of several hotels in the area, such as the Diecizero, or Hotel Su Nuraxi.
Cittadella dei Musei
The Cittadella dei Musei or Citadel of Museums, lives in the heart of the Royal Arsenal and houses some of the most cherished finds relating to Sardinia’s past. Here, you’ll find artifacts dating back as far as 6000 BC onward, depicting various gods, goddesses, sculptures of nature, bronze and limestone sculptures. Museums in this network you can visit include the National Archaeological Museum of Cagliari, Civic Siamese Art Museum, Anatomical Waxwork museum the Clemente Susini, National Picture Gallery, Civic Art Gallery, Basilica Church Museum of Bonaria, and the University Botanical Gardens. Hotels to consider during your stay are Residenza Kastrum, Villeneuve Cagliari, and Le Tre Case.
The Chia Beach can be found nestled in the Costa del Sud area of Cagliari in southern Sardinia. The pristine sands of Chia Beach measure a generous 750 meters long, and 90 meters wide, and host the annual Chia Classic watersports event. If you love to scope out the natural flora and fauna, then be aware that Chia Beach is dotted with handsome Juniper trees, while flamingos breed in its lagoon. Tourists also may enjoy a dolphin sighting or two as they soak up the sun on Chia Beach. The summer months of July and August can see a heavy tourist concentration, so if you’d like more solitude during your stay, try for either June or September. Popular hotels in the area include the Chia Village, Hotel Laguna, and Hotel Aquadulci.
Dedicated to the god of the ocean, Neptune’s Grotto is a magnificent marine cave laden with outstanding rock formations for you to enjoy. Located inside the Park of Porto Conte, you’ll find that the carefully placed artificial lighting complements the integral beauty of the stalactites, stalagmites and underground salt water lake. This stunning and unusual attraction is a must see when in Sardinia. The cave measures about 4 kilometers, but tourists are only allowed to visit a few hundred meters in. When you go to visit this magnificent stalactite cave, you’ll join a guided tour. Be prepared for a crowd, as they can hold as many as 200 people per tour. Nearby hotels include El Faro Hotel and Spa, La Casa Bianca di Porto Conte, and Corte Rosada Hotel and Spa.
There you have it, our top picks for some of the most beautiful sites in Sardinia to visit. Whether you are interested in watersports, ancient Sardinian history, relaxing on a beach, exploring a gorgeous grotto, or visiting ancient ruins, the island of Sardinia has something for everyone. Let the culture of Sardinia wipe away the tired ways of life, and revitalize you in ways you’ve never experienced before. Reach out and book a trip for you and your loved ones today, and enjoy all that Sardinia has to offer.