Sardinia is well-known as a paradise in the heart of theMediterranean. Obviously, its sunny coasts and its white and sandy beaches are the main tourist attractions, but there is a endless list of places and facets to discover in Sardinia. The Top 10 Sardinian places is a list of not-to-be-missed places during a holiday in the Island.
1) Nuraghe of Barumini
It is the most important and well preserved among about 7.000 nuraghe spread all over the island. Also called “Su Nuraxi”, The Nuraghe, in 1997 it was declared World Heritage by UNESCO and is absolutely a Sardinian place worth visiting.
Where to sleep? Antica Locanda Lunetta (Mandas)
2) Maddalena Archipelago
Consisting of 7 major islands, Maddalena Archipelago is another Unesco World heritage (declared in 1994) of Sardinia. Its waters are clear and clean; full day or half day excursions are organized: they allow you to visit some small beaches and coves only reachable by boat, whose nature is still preserved and whose beauty is breathtaking. Lovers of pure and pristine sea can choose to stay at the 5-star Grand Hotel Ma&Ma, in the south-west coast of the island, at 350 meters far from the sea. Otherwise, for a more private and secluded stay, La Casitta is the right choice. Offering a familiar and attentive service, it is one of the few villas in the small island of Santa Maria.
Where to sleep? Grand Hotel Ma & Ma and Santo Stefano Clubviaggi Resort
3) Chia beach
Dominated by the homonym tower (Parco Torre Chia), visible by all its beaches, Chia owes its popularity to the transparency of its waters, which bathe the coast of Chia for about6 Km. In Chia area you can also visit the archaeological site of Nora, of punic origins, considered the most ancient village of Sardinia. Chia area reaches Capo Spartivento, the second most southern point of Sardinia, where is located the spectacular Faro di Capo Spartivento, a lighthouse – still working - turned into luxury Guesthouse.
Where to sleep? Chia Laguna, Hotel Aquadulci and Faro Capo Spartivento
4) Su Gorroppu gorge
The deepest canyon of the island as well as one of the deepest in Europe finds in the region of Ogliastra, in the south-eastern part of Sardinia. Places to visit but above all to experience, where you can enjoy the wildest nature of the island and walk the lands of centenaries. It is told that, in Ogliastra, there is a magic piece of land: those who walk on it, will have a long life. Nobody know where is it, but why not groped the fate?
Where to sleep? Hotel Nascar and Lanthia Resort (Santa Maria Navarrese)
5) Alghero e Bosa
Charming and unique, Alghero and Bosa are two worth visiting Sardinian places in the north-western coast, about 50 Kmfrom each other. Alghero shows today traces of its Catalan past; it has an evocative historical centre and gorgeous nearby beaches. Bosa is smaller, it has the romantic charm of the river cities and a still alive heritage of traditions. Check out our accommodation tips and find the Hotel in Alghero or in Bosa that best suits your needs.
Where to sleep? Villa Mosca Charming House (Alghero), Corte Fiorita (Bosa)
6) Neptune Caves
The most popular caves of Sardinia find in Alghero and are dedicated to the sea God Neptune. They are both reachable via ferry boat and through a 600 steps staircase, offering stunning views over the sea and the coast.
Where to sleep? Bienestar Maison de Charme and Inghirios (Alghero)
7) Murales of Orgosolo and Mamoiada Museum
Mamoiada and Orgosolo are two traditional Sardinian places located in the heart of the island, the region called Barbagia, in the province of Nuoro. Orgosolo is well-known for its wonderful Murales (about 150), while Mamoiada for its traditional carnival masks: you can discover all them and much more visiting the Mediterranean masks museum of the town.
Where to sleep? Hotel Su Gologone (Oliena)
It has about 6.400 inhabitants and is the only municipality of the Island of S. Pietro, in the south-western coast of Sardinia. A quiet and lovely place, with small pretty beaches and charming narrow streets, a own dialect which is a variant of Ligurian language, testimony of its history, unique in Sardinia.
9) Bastion of Saint Remy,Cagliari
It is one of the symbols of the city and is located in the ancient district of Castello, in the very heart of Cagliari. From its Umberto I terrace you can enjoy a wonderful view over the city and over the fascinating port.
Where to sleep? Hotel Villa Fanny, La Villa del Mare and T-Hotel (Cagliari)
The town of Castelsardo is a charming medieval village included among “The most beautiful villages in Italy”. From the top of Doria Castle, which dominates the town, you will enjoy exciting views over the gulf of Asinara.
Where to sleep? Bajaloglia Resort (Castelsardo)