Holidaymakers looking for an island getaway in the sun but away from hoards of other tourists may like to try Carbonia-Iglesias. It is a small town in the south of Sardinia, which is located off mainland Italy in the Mediterranean Sea. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, B&Bs and apartments.
With so much scenic beauty to find in the area it is a great place for walking, cycling and horse riding. Golf is quite popular on the island and there are several courses in south west Sardinia. There are plenty of places to try out and enjoy mountain biking and climbing too.
A few kilometres from Carbonia are numerous sandy beaches along the south west part of Sardinia including Porto Paglia and Funtanamare, which are great for families to enjoy. There are many water sports that can be tried in all parts of the island including surfing at Pula in the south west. Scuba diving, snorkelling, swimming, sailing, windsurfing and fishing are also very popular in the area.
There are many bars, cafes and restaurants in Carbonia-Iglesias serving local dishes as well as Italian and international cuisine. Self catering holidaymakers can also get take away pizzas in the town. The town has many small shops and markets selling locally produced goods and tourists will be able to buy arts and crafts as well as other souvenirs.
A number of interesting places can be found in Carbonia-Iglesias including some historic buildings like the 11th century Church of Santa Maria di Flumentipido. The Serbariu Coal Mine is worth visiting too as it has been converted into a museum and a place for industrial archaeology.
Another fascinating feature in the town is the Domus di Janus, which are re-historic chamber tombs. Monte Sirai is a hill popular for tourists and locals to relax and enjoy the views as well as being an important area for historic ruins. A ferry take visitors to the nearby island of Corsica from Santa Teresa.
Sardinia enjoys plenty of sunshine in the summer months and stays relatively mild in the winter months. The average high temperatures for July and August are 30 degrees centigrade, with 11 hours of sunshine per day in July. Most of the rainfall on the island occurs during the winter although temperatures reach a minimum high in January of 4 degrees centigrade but may be as high as 15C.
The nearest airport is in Cagliari, which is approximately one hour away from Carbonia-Iglesias. From here there are flights to several Italian cities as well as major European cities such as London, Munich and Brussels. Ryanair has flights from several cities in Italy, Spain, Austria and Belgium. Taxi and car rentals firms are available at the airport. A train line in the Carbonia-Iglesias is connected to most cities in Sardinia as well as useful bus services.