Considered to have some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, the island of Sardinia is one of dualities.
Discover – Costa Smeralda
With a coastline attracting Europe’s jet set, this façade belays the islands inner beauty, one with snow capped mountains and ancient ruins. Viewed as one the oldest geological bodies in Europe, the island’s people and its geography share an ancient and storied history. Providing a heaven for mountaineers and beach lovers alike, Sardinia’s strength lay in embracing the duality of its rustic roots and that of its glitzier, costal tourist industry.
Its capital, Cagliari, situated in the gulf of Angels, provides a pleasant mix of history and nature. The Castello district, with its ornate palaces, allows for a great view of the city while also soaking in the warm Mediterranean sun. For travelers looking for something more casual, the Poetto beach, the longest in the area, acts as a meeting spot and overall great place to unwind after a long day.
Visiting Porto Cervo, the tourist capital of the Costa Smeralda, gives a brief glimpse into the glamour and high pace life of Europe’s jet set. It’s turquoise waters and expensive cafes provide the perfect backdrop from which to people watch and swim the afternoon away. Further in land the sleepy town of San Pantaleo, provides a much more grounded experience. The town, centered around a quiet piazza, showcases an authentic Sardinia, where local traditions still take precedence over the more commercialized coastal towns.
Visit – Warm Sun and Exceptional Wines
With its warm Mediterranean climate and gentle sea breeze, Sardinia has become home to some truly exceptional wines. Of note are the white’s being produced in the Vermentino di Gallura wine region, the only DOCG appellation on the island. Further South, the Cannonau appellation is considered one of the oldest on the island.
Taste – Tradition and Sustainability
Being one of Italy’s more secluded regions, Sardinian culture and to a large extent its culinary traditions have come to reflect this. With a strong history of herding, many local dishes were created to meet the demands of the agricultural based economy. Pane Carasau, a thin flatbread conceived to provide food for the islands shepherds, has in turn become a staple of the island. The bread was often baked to have as little moisture as possible to diminish the possibility of mold.
The town of Carloforte on the picturesque Isola di San Pietro, is home to the local delicacy of Tonno Rosso. Known for its bluefin tuna, the town has developed the tradition of utilizing every part of the fish, with dishes using the heart and tuna tripe. Local restaurants also make a point of preserving any leftovers so as to maintain fish numbers during off season periods.
Flagship wine grapes
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Malvasia bianca
Flagship wine appellations
- Cagliari DOC
- Carignano del Sulcis DOC
- Vermentino di Gallura DOCG
- Vermentino di Sardegna DOC
- Vernaccia di Oristano DOC
Wine-related activities in the region
- Wine and food pairing
- Wine Tasting
- Discovery ride