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The second largest island in the Mediterranean, after Sicily, offers striking contrasts to those who take the time to explore it in all its diversity. From Porto Cervo, the ultra-chic seaside resort on the Costa Smeralda in the north, to the prehistoric archaeological site of Su Nuraxi in the south, via the ghostly old mines of Montevecchio and Ingurtosu. Sardinia offers an extraordinary range of surprising places. The landscapes between the cliffs offering a panoramic view and the coastline lined with beautiful beaches will also intoxicate you like a good Sardinian wine, well accompanied by your Sardinian tour guide. Less high than its Corsican neighbour, the island is nevertheless a paradise for hikers. It is made up of 80% wild and green mountains and hills, with rugged relief in the Barbaria or steep horizons enamelled with centuries-old oak and olive trees in Supramonte. It is not uncommon to come across shepherds e, heading for the heights of the emerald coloured jewel. Sardinia is also the steep alleys and old palaces of Cagliari, its capital, the fine sandy beaches of the Costa del Sud, the small coves of the Mediterranean Sea. The multicoloured façades of Bosa, the ramparts of the medieval city of Alghero or the wall paintings of Orgosolo are wonders not to be missed. You're not going to get around it! The atmosphere of the peninsula invites you to laze around. Villages like Burgos bear witness to its medieval past. A holiday in Sardinia is also an opportunity to taste the typical cuisine of the region accompanied by its pecorino: the Sardinian cheese par excellence. In short, if you dream of a destination that mixes heavenly beaches, archaeological sites, small remarkable villages and the possibility of hiking in the mountains, take a plane ticket to Sardinia!

What to see, what to do Sardinia?

When to go Sardinia ?

If you can, avoid Sardinia in July and August (especially the north of the island and especially its coasts): apart from the scorching heat, the island is literally invaded by tourists at this time. It becomes more difficult to know where to stay if you don't book in advance and hotel prices go up. The best time to visit Sardinia is undoubtedly spring: the weather is ideal, nature is in bloom and popular or religious festivals follow one another. The second half of September is also a good time. You can still enjoy the beaches, the crowds of tourists have already passed by and the prices are more accessible. The Mediterranean climate, however, makes it possible to enjoy the island almost all year round. Sightseeing tours are permanently proposed to you. Take advantage of these to discover the caves in Sardinia.

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Covid-19 : current situation Sardinia

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, entry and travel restrictions may apply Sardinia. Remember to visit the site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before you leave for the latest information
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Sardinia offers multiple possibilities of excursions, from a few hours to several weeks for a complete exploration. It takes 3 weeks to do the grand tour of the island and enjoy its archaeological remains, its natural beauties, its countless beaches. For a first approach or a long weekend, get to know Cagliari and its surroundings. Its Mediterranean atmosphere, numerous museums, narrow streets and nearby beaches provide a complete change of scenery. In addition to the Nuraghic remains, Sardinia is also populated by charming Romanesque churches that provide a welcome break from the crowded beaches during the summer. Nevertheless, we have selected the most beautiful of them, from the small, little-known cove to the immense beach backed by the dunes and beaten by the winds. Finally, no one can claim to know Sardinia without having visited the shepherds of Nuoro.

How to go Sardinia

How to go alone

There are direct flights to Sardinia. The whose price can vary from single to double. The price variation depends on the company borrowed but, above all, on the time required to book. To obtain attractive rates, it is essential to do so well in advance. It is also possible to come by ferry from France or Italy.

How to go on a tour

Sardinia lends itself well to a road trip or accompanied tours of a week or more to discover the four corners of the island. However, beware of bus distances as the roads can be long and winding from one site to another. Many thematic stays also à la carte, depending on your interests: sport, gastronomy, cultural sites, unmissable sites...Your Petit futé guide is provided in good addresses.

How to get around

The road network is in very good condition and buses serve most cities. Be careful if you rent a car because petrol stations are not necessarily numerous in mountainous areas and they are often closed on Sundays. The train is also an option, but not necessarily faster or more convenient.

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If it is the immaculate beaches and crystal clear waters that seduce at first sight, the complex and mysterious Sardinian culture quickly takes over. The island has been inhabited since 6000 BC and has undergone many periods of invasion, which have created a unique heritage where magic rubs shoulders with the very present Catholic religion. The island is criss-crossed by colourful festivals where the Sardinians dress in their traditional costumes and sing songs from the depths of time. To get a feel for Sardinia, it is imperative to leave the gentle torpor of the coast to explore the interior. It is here that local craftsmanship is best expressed, from the famous Sardinian shepherd's knife to the olive oil protected by a designation. The Nuraghic Route allows you to travel the island from north to south, in search of its sentinel towers, the last vestiges of an ancient civilization considered to be the founder of Sardinian culture.

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Les eaux claires de Lu Bagnu. Author's Image
Le village médiéval de Castelsardo. Levranii - Shutterstock.com
Filet de pêche au port de San't Antioco. Author's Image
Bosa est une ville située au bord du fleuve Temo. Hugo Canabi - Iconotec

The 12 keywords Sardinia

1. #Berger

Reputedly stubborn, shady, jealous, the shepherd sums up the Sardinian identity. He is the guardian of the culture, but also of his flock of sheep, another emblem of the island. Gifted with great wisdom, we owe him the proverb: "He who comes from beyond the seas is a thief". The Spaniards, who were once conquerors, described him as "crazy and a brawler".

2. #Cutlery

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In Sardinia, the shepherd's best friend is the knife. Cutlery is elevated to the rank of art and a museum pays tribute to it in the small town of Arbus. The finest blades come from the village of Pattada, in Nuoro. Damascus steel or chiselled, handle made of sheep horn: the resolza (retractable knife) is still made by hand.

3. #Domus de Janas

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Domus de janas means "house of the fairies" and it is by this poetic name that the Sardinians refer to the funeral circles of their Neolithic ancestors. They date back to a period extending from 4000 BC to 2700 BC. Legend has it that the janas were witches, sometimes malevolent, sometimes unfortunate, who lived in these houses.

4. #Limba

If the word sounds like a summer hit, it is in fact the Sardinian language. In the absence of a written set of rules, the Sardinian language has its own nuances, and even differences, depending on the region. Today it is the language closest to the one spoken by the Romans in ancient times. It is still spoken by 62% of the population

5. #Malloreddus

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To taste the Sardinian pasta, you will turn to the malloreddus, also called locally cigiones, macarones caidos or cravaos. Made from durum wheat semolina, this pasta was traditionally made by hand by women on the occasion of important events. They are prepared in a tomato sauce and accompanied by sausage.

6. #Myrte

This berry, halfway between the blackcurrant and the blueberry, is not eaten. It is drunk as a black and syrupy liqueur as an aperitif or digestive. The Italians call it limoncello, the Sardinians call it murta. Each family has its own recipe and it is only recently that production has been "industrialized" to promote this typically Sardinian product.

7. #Nuraghe

More than 7,000 of these remains of the Nuraghic civilization, which reached its peak in the Bronze Age, remain. Archaeologists are still investigating the significance of these round or conical stone towers. Scattered throughout the island, the nuraghes probably had several functions: military, religious and astronomical.

8. #Passeggiata

This word alone sums up the Sardinian art of living and the best of social ties. At the end of the day, when the temperature drops, the Sardinians leave their homes, dressed to the nines, to stroll along the corso or the village piazza. They stroll with their families, before meeting up with friends, by chance or by habit, to chat for hours.

9. #Pecorino

"To try it is to adopt it. This is what the Sardinians must have said to themselves when they stole the recipe from the Romans who came to invade them. This 100% sheep's milk cheese, the oldest in Italy, has become an essential product on Sardinian tables. It has a Protected Designation of Origin, just like Fiore Sardo, its smoked version.

10. #Tanca

The Sardinian farmer erected dry stone walls around his plots of land, redrawing the contours of the plateaus and meadows into tiny plots of land. The Spaniards, inspired by these landscape patterns, gave them the name of tancas, which means closed or blocked. These tancas are still a characteristic landscape of Sardinia.

11. #Tenores

Polyphonic singing is a very old musical tradition in Sardinia. Practised in a four-man choir, it is characterized by its harshness and a form of obstinacy. The melodies are part of a melancholic repertoire that is transmitted orally. In the process of dying out, this type of singing is still in use in some villages of Nuoro.

12. #Tomb

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The Nuragic civilization left tombs that the Sardinians have called Tombs of the Giants. The mausoleums of 5 to 10 meters long could contain more than a hundred bodies. The tomb consists of a corridor, often covered, at the end of which stands a row of monoliths placed in an arc and placed on edge.

You are from here, if...

You take possession of your sandbox with a parasol, folding chairs and a cooler.

You wear your street clothes, especially in the mountain villages and in the evening.

You practice sporty driving on winding roads. But we do not recommend this for obvious safety reasons and because there are many speed cameras.

You go shopping or have an ice cream at passeggiata time, between 6 and 9 pm.

You take the time to go to the centre of the island, deserted by tourists.

You sprinkle your pasta with shaved pecorino rather than grated parmesan.

You prefer a meal in a farmhouse with local cuisine rather than a pizzeria, reserved for tourists.

You avoid asking too many questions and you don't take offense at an abrupt answer. Sardinians know how to be friendly, but they need time

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