Its name means ‘happy’, and that’s how you’ll feel when the lively town of Olbia is the first to welcome you to the treasures of Sardinia: the second you step off the plane or boat, the rapturous fragrance of Mediterranean scrub will revive your senses and make you feel brand new. And that’s just the start of what you’re going to experience on this extraordinary island: the harsh and magical landscape with its wind-sculpted red rocks, the charm of ancient herdsmen traditions, the luxurious lifestyle of the Costa Smeralda jet-set, not to mention emerald green crystalline waters like you won’t find anywhere else in Europe.
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Surface 376.10 km²
One thing you’ll notice once you spend a holiday in Sardinia, is that wherever you go, whatever time of the year, you can be sure to find some local celebration with country festivals, wine & food tastings, parades, and popular dances and chants in traditional costumes. Traditions run strong in Sardinia, and yearly celebrations like Carnival and Easter are astounding and unique events. In autumn, the central region of the island, known as Barbagia, hosts the renowned ‘Autunno in Barbagia’ hospitality festival where the prettiest country manors open up their doors so that everyone can visit and enjoy their lovely homes.
Enjoying the Sea of Sardinia also means water sports: sailing, windsurfing, surfing and even the recently established kite surfing are hugely popular here. Since 1999, the practice of kite surfing has experienced exponential growth along the windy beaches of Sardinia. In fact, an essential element of this sport is wind, so thanks to the constant currents of wind that blow along the island’s entire coastal perimeter, water sports can be practiced any time of the year. It’s no coincidence that Sardinia has been called ‘the Hawaii of the Mediterranean’ by a world-renowned surf guide.
Thanks to its mild year-round climate, Sardinia is a perfect place to spend the holidays, particularly off-season; not only is it possible to bath in the sea from April to November, but in spring and autumn the majestic landscapes of Sardinia explode with colours and scents. So trekking is a very popular way to fully immerse yourself in nature, with hikes delving into forests, and along lakes, dunes (the Piscinas complex), and mountains (Gennargentu). Canyoning is also a widely-practiced sport in Sardinia, especially near the Barbagia region, where the 400-metre deep Su Gorropu limestone gorges are among the deepest canyons in Europe.