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SARDINIA
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Sardinia has various characteristics that make it an ideal place for holidays. Green meadows, colorful flowers, many species of them all year round flowering ones, light-brown and light-gray granite rocks, snow-white sand, turquoise or crystal-clear water together with the Mediterranean macchia perfumes create a perfect paradise island.
It can be reached easily from all the directions, from the Italian mainland or abroad, by ferries or planes arriving to the international airports at Olbia, Alghero, Cagliari.
The mild and hot climate all the year round is ideal for seaside holidays and in the meantime there are various possibilities for activities, for example trekking, climbing, cultural events, history or cuisine oriented itineraries.
The Costa Smeralda, so-called Emerald Coast, is the most famous part of Sardinia, well-known all over the world. It is situated in the north-east corner of the island and it includes 55 km of the coastline. Its center is Porto Cervo with all the luxury hotels, restaurants, boutiques and disco clubs. The clients appreciate the top quality of the well-equipped facilities and extraordinary nature. There are many lovely beaches like Liscia Ruja, Capriccioli, Cala di Volpe with the most prestigious homonymous hotel, Celvia, Pevero, Romazzino or Spiaggia del Principe.
A boat trip to the archipelago of La Maddalena with its beaches like Cala Corsara, Cala Granara, Spiaggia del cavaliere or to nearby Corsica with its snow-white limestone cliffs are two of the unforgettable and almost obbligatory trips while staying in Sardinia.
Another interesting and beautiful parts of the island are Alghero with its coral tradition and Neptune's grotto, the capital of the island Cagliari and the surroundings, the central part of Sardinia with the Barbagia mountains and Orgosolo that is famous for the murales – the wall paintings expressing the opinions of the local people.
Sardinia has rich and 4.000 year long history. Nuragic people, the most ancient inhabitants of the island, had their settlements called nuraghe in the very strategic points from which they could control wide territories, either land or sea. Nowadays only a small part of the nuraghes exists. These constructions were of great importance. Houses, fortresses, royal places or temples – whatever they were, they were built by laying huge stones upon stones without any jointing material and they are an extraordinary proof of the great skills of one of the most ancient population of the Mediterranean area.
The local folklore and traditions mirror the life of the Sardinian people. The most visible proof of the past periods is the traditional customs that are often used by the locals not only for the feasts or special occasions, but also during everyday life, mainly in the hinterlands. Every region has its own particular custom with different colors and embroideries.
The Sardinian language is one of the most ancients ones in Europe – it reminds the ancient Latin language and is spoken mainly by older people. Many literature competitions are organized every year, just like improvised poetry competition or singing in Sardinian language without music.
The traditional cuisine is based mainly on the simple and genuine dishes, little elaborated and very tasty.
There are various types of bread. The most famous one is very thin twice baked carasau (music sheet) originally from Nuoro, but nowadays baked and well know everywhere, even abroad.
Among the first courses there are Sardinian gnocchi malloreddus, culurgiones or zuppa cuatta, a typical meal of Gallura region.
Among the main courses we find mainly meat menus like roasted sucking pig or lamb, but also lobster at Alghero area or mullet at Oristano area, where also caviar is produced.
One of the Sardinian particularities is a variety of high quality local seasoned or semi-seasoned pecorino cheese.
For preparing the Sardinian sweets like amaretti, bianchini, papassini almond paste are used largely.
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