Sardinia summer holidays
Sardinia is famed for its gorgeous white sand beaches and authentic Italian cuisine. The island has a coastline that stretches over 1,800km, offering holidaymakers a choice of spectacular beaches. Water sports include sailing, kite-surfing and windsurfing, as well as scuba diving. Activities on land are as diverse as golf and mountain biking. Alternatively, treat yourself to a spa-day, where you’ll receive exceptional treatments such as therapeutic mud-wraps, face and neck massages, and body-scrubs. Enjoying a healthy way of life is reflected in the sporting activities, health spas and delicious Mediterranean cuisine on the island. Sardinia has dozens of fantastic restaurants serving authentic Italian dishes, as well as unique Sardinian cuisine, including the speciality cheese, Pecorino, Sardinian bread, ‘carasau’, and locally produced wine, Turriga. In fact, in the sixteenth century, Sardinia was hailed ‘insula vini’ meaning ‘wine island’, a testament to its wine production.
Top five destinations for Sardinia summer holidaysWhether you choose to view the picturesque vineyards on a late afternoon walk, or sample the island’s wine in a tasting-session, retire to HomeAway's Sardinia accommodation to reflect on your idyllic stay. If home cooking is important to you, find locally-sourced ingredients at a morning market and prepare an authentic Italian meal in your Sardinian villa. It might be essential that you’re minutes away from the beach, or that you have a garden to eat brunch in and map your day ahead. HomeAway’s lists of rentals enables you to tailor your search to meet your criteria for an sublime Sardinian break.
Summer holidays in Olbia
Olbia is home to some of the Mediterranean's finest beaches. Despite the region's popularity, Olbia still retains an authentic Sardinian atmosphere, with great food and wine, and a relaxing ambience. Olbia is a favourite holiday destination for Italian inlanders, a testament to the friendly locals and beautiful coastline. Visitors can choose whether they want to pamper themselves in one of the various spas, or partake in an adrenaline-fuelled water activity. For an excursion into the countryside, as well as an opportunity to learn about the island's history in wine-production, enrol on a vineyard and wine-tasting tour. The climate reaches spectacular temperatures in the summer, so do remember to pack copious amounts of sunscreen; you will want to explore Olbia's beautiful landscapes.
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Summer holidays in Sassari
Sassari, the largest province in Sardinia, is located in the north-west of the island. The landscape is both visually stunning and versatile. Explore the coastline and scuba dive, or adventure into the majestic caves: the region is home to Neptune's Grotto, a cave with spectacular stalagmite and stalactite formations, which you can view when lead by an experienced guide. There are several excellent museums in the region, including the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography, which is home to an art gallery and several fascinating archaeology selections, and various rooms designated to specific historical eras, notably the Middle Ages. For visitors drawn to impressive architecture, visit the thirteenth century Cathedral of St. Nicholas, an example of Roman, as well Gothic architectural development.
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Summer holidays in Carbonia
View the awe-inspiring scenery of Carbonia and hire bicylces. As you snake around the hill-tops, the incredible view of south-western Sardinia is a perfect excuse to stop for an afternoon break. The province of Carbonia-Iglesias has a number of ancient villages, ideal locations for an afternoon drink. Explore the mines of Sulcis Iglesiente, such as the San Giovanni mine, and the Serbariu mine. Alternatively, tackle the challenging terrain with trekking and climbing groups in the region. Exploring the province on horseback is a superb alternative to rambling or cycling, and the region has experienced instructors who organise regular excursions.
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Summer holidays in Nuoro
The region of Nuoro, located just east of central Sardinia, is the island's second-largest province. In Nuoro town, visit the beautiful nineteenth century Cathedral which is home to a collection of artwork by local painters. The town is also famous as the birthplace of the writer Grazia Deledda who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1926. Her home is now the Mueso Deleddiano, a building devoted to her life and work. Trek up the extraordinary granite peak, Monte Ortobene, to find the perfect picnic spot at lunchtime, or enjoy the authentic Italian cuisine and exceptional seafood dishes in one of Nuoro's fantastic restaurants.
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Summer holidays in Cagliari
Cagliari is a stunning city, and the capital of the island. The oldest part of the city is coined the 'Castle' district, and visitors can immerse themselves in the immense history of this part of city by walking along the fortifications and exploring the ancient structures. The area has numerous historical buildings, including the Tower of San Pancrazio, and the Elephant's Tower, as well as the beautiful Cathedral of Santa Maria, erected in the thirteenth century. Whether you choose to spend an afternoon exploring the Church of Saint Lucia, or visiting the flurry of pink flamingos at the Molentargius Park neighbouring Poetto beach, remember to sample the delicious dishes consisting of malloreddus and fregula pasta, the Sardinian breads, 'coccoi' and 'su civraxiu'.
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