Sardinia is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. Crystal clear waters, gorgeous beaches and stunning landscapes magically attract visitors. But it’s not just the sea that tempts: rocky mountains, charming villages, majestic landscapes and the vibrant capital of Cagliari also form the unique backdrop of the Mediterranean island.
We spoke to Sardinian expert and travel agency owner Andreas Kroll about the Italian island and received some valuable advice and insider knowledge. Andreas Kroll, Managing Director of Christophorus Reisen, has over 25 years of experience with the so-called “Caribbean of Europe” and corresponding inside knowledge.
Why is Sardinia called the “European Caribbean”?
“Sardinia has not been called the ‘Caribbean of Europe’ for nothing, anyone who has been there will confirm that this title certainly deserves. The shimmering sandy beaches and turquoise waters shimmering in the sun, which allow you to see the seabed, are typical of the island, but also of a region Caribbean. So if a Caribbean vacation is too expensive for you, you can also get that Caribbean feeling in the Mediterranean.”
Which of the beaches should you not miss?
“It’s hard to choose because there are so many beautiful beaches in Sardinia, but some of my favorite spots are Spiaggia Capriccioli on the Costa Smeralda, where you can meet emerald green seas, and the beautiful sandy beaches of Costa Rei, aptly called the King’s Coast. Here groups rotate. Gorgeous boulders and beautiful white sandy beaches. The herbal scent of typical regional maquia gives this area its very special character. Here you can surf and snorkel, for example. The cape of Capo Ferrato is protected and close to nature.
‘In the south there are many small bays on the Costa del Sud. The beaches there are among the warmest on the island. The recommended beaches are also Spiaggia Campagna and Spiaggia Su Giudeu, both of which never fail to amaze me with their beauty. Spiaggia Li Cossi is not to be forgotten on Costa Paradiso, which lives up to its name. Gorges, pink granite boulders, fragrant macaques, and bright blue bays are wonderful there—perfect for swimming, diving and snorkeling, but also for hiking.”
Which cities or attractions should you absolutely see?
“What you should definitely see is Cagliari – the capital and one of the most beautiful cities of Sardinia. The alleys and local architecture paint a unique picture. The light-colored town houses can be admired from Cape Sella del Diavolo. The Cathedral of Santa Maria and the tower of San Pancrazio are also not to be missed. The Mercato di San Benedetto fish market is typical and allows visitors to get a feel for the Sardinian way of life.”
“The coastal town of Olbia in the north invites you to wander through its historic, winding old town. This can also be combined excellently with a little shopping. The Basilica of San Simplicio on the port and Anfiteatro Michelucci are among the must-sees.”
“Equally recommended is the Bossa to the West. The small town, whose old town is built almost entirely of pink tracket, is famous for its Malvasia wine. In Bossa you will find a mixture of quiet country life and exquisite craftsmanship.”
What delicacies can you recommend?
“Culinary Sardinia is special and unique. Many of the typical dishes are only available here. They are not found in the rest of Italy. Sardinian cuisine is very different from that of mainland Italy. The best thing you can do is try the whole collection.”
“The Pane Carasau is a traditional, crunchy flatbread that can be eaten on its own or served with an egg and tomato sauce as a Pane Frattau. It’s a real treat for the palate! Grilled foods like porchetta, fish and seafood can also be found everywhere, as can culurgiones (stuffed pasta”). Dried pasta, a typical Sardinian pasta, is also a very special souvenir. For dessert, try the turron, a different type of white nougat, or sada, dumplings stuffed with pecorino cheese and drizzled with bitter honey.”
When is the best time to visit Sardinia?
“The best time to travel to Sardinia is from May to September. If you also want to experience exciting traditional holidays, you should travel to Sardinia at the beginning of May. The Festa di Sant’Efisio is held there. This is a traditional procession attended by thousands of people every year. It is the city’s most important event and a fixture on the calendar. It is very unusual in Sardinia at the time of carnival. The carnival takes place in February all over the island and each region has its own unique traditions.”
What is the best way to get to Sardinia?
“You can get here either by ferry or by plane. Ferry can be reached from various Italian cities. There is a particularly popular route from Genoa to Porto Torres. An alternative would be to travel from Livorno to Olbia. The practical thing about arriving by ferry: you can take your own car with you and explore Sardinia is with it. The most famous ports on the island are Olbia, Porto Torres or Golfo Aranci. Possible ferry destinations on the island are Olbia and Cagliari.”
“Arrival by plane is quick and easy. The airports are on the island in Olbia and Cagliari. Olbia, for example, can be reached from Vienna in just under two hours. There is another airport in the west of the island, at Alghero – but there are only a few flights available here.” Aviation! “
“I highly recommend renting a car if you arrive by plane. The island has so much to offer and so many places to explore which definitely pays to be mobile.”
How is the pandemic affecting the holiday experience in Sardinia?
“Traveling here is possible without major health concerns. On the one hand, the island is very wide and sparsely populated. On the other hand, Corona’s various security measures also contribute to a safe vacation, which is still in force here. (Status: 05/16/2022 https:/ /www.bmeia.gv.at/reise-services/reiseinfozrmation/land/italien/) Sardinia is not only a great travel destination, but also a safe holiday.”
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Original content by: Christophorus Raisen, transmitted by Actuel News