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Top Recommendations in SARDINIA from Marco Polo Guides – PLUS GIVEAWAY
22nd March 2017
Come and join our current read on #TFBookClub set in Sardinia and Dorset!
We are now reading Rosanna Ley’s “The Little Theatre By the Sea” set in Sardinia and Dorset. There is still plenty of time to read along and joint the discussion with us, just follow this link
Our interest in Sardinia has definitely been piqued by reading this novel. So we hand over to the wonderful people at Marco Polo Guides who will transport you in the blink of an eye to the wonder that is this fabulous Mediterranean island off the coast of Italy! Here are some of their top tips….
Plus WIN three copies of Marco Polo’s “Perfect Days in Sardinia with Insider Tips”! Check out the amazing things to do and see in Sardinia. Just leave a comment below and tell us where you would like to visit in Sardinia! First 3 names out of the hat on 1st April win a copy each.
EVENING STROLL TO BASTIONE SAN REMY
When the heat of the day slowly abates and the setting sun glows across the Golfo degli Ángeli, the “Gulf of Angels”, the inhabitants of the capital and its visitors flock to the “balcony” of Cagliari, to the Bastion of Saint Remy. You can see people strolling around the plaza, playing with their grandchildren, sitting flirting on the walls or enjoying the refreshing evening breeze over an aperitivo at a bar.
FAIRY HOUSES & GIANTS’ TOMBS (mentioned in the novel!)
Sardinia is an ancient island. Nowhere else in Europe has as many prehistoric sites. The most visible evidence of this is seen in the innumerable nuraghi, the towers named after the mysterious Nuraghic civilization who built them. You can discover many undeveloped giants’ tombs, fairy houses, holy wells, temples and cult sites. No one can deny the magic and mystical aura surrounding these places.
BEACH LIFE ON LA CINTA
A beach paradise set against a spectacular backdrop. The Spiaggia de La Cinta is a beach paradise between a crystal clear sea and white sand speckled pink by the flamingos. Rising majestically in front of it like a monster from the waves is the Tavolara massif. Here you can meet, swim and surf, or try your hand at paragliding. The cool and inviting beach bars serve icecold cocktails.
CELEBRATING IN THE OPEN AIR
Regardless of whether it is the sheepshearing period, harvest time or the village saint’s special day, the Sardinians can always find a reason to have a celebration. These traditional festivities offer wonderful opportunities to become acquainted with the soul of the Sardinians, their hospitality, their cuisine and cultural traditions. Make sure you attend one of the many local events celebrated together with everyone in the community. Guests are always welcome!
THE WILDLY ROMANTIC MOUNTAINSCAPE OF BARBAGIA
Barbagia from its wildest and prettiest side! Anyone who loves walking as a way to unwind will find plenty of great opportunities in the Foresta di Montes by Orgosolo. A narrow road leads to Pratobello and ends at the entrance to the wildly romantic mountain area at a forestry station. It takes just a good half an hour to reach the 1316 m (4,318ft) high peak of Monte Novo. The panoramic view from the top is sensational.
PANE, PECORINO & PORCHEDDU
It is best to wear your belt a little looser on Sardinia; the island is a mecca for those who love good food and good wine. Each region and village has its own specialities and wines. Thus a drive over the island becomes a gastronomic discovery tour. On the coast, you can find excellent seafood, in the mountains the traditional farmhouse fare. Regardless of whether you dine in the garden of the legendary country hotel Su Gologone on the sea terrace of the famous La Gritta in Palau near Oliena, or in the well-known Sa Muvara in Aritzo wellknown for its mountain food, chances are it will be an epicurean and unforgettable evening.
LA DOLCE FAR NIENTE ON THE PIAZZA
Mediterranean lifestyle only needs a piazza and a mild summer night. One place right out of a picture book is the Piazza Centrale in the heart of the Old Town of Orosei. Sooner or later everyone sits down on a little wall or in a bar to indulge in dolce far niente, a very pleasant form of idleness.
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La Cinta sounds gorgeous and with flamingos too, irresistible.
I love walking so would really enjoy the MOUNTAINSCAPE OF BARBAGIA.
I would love to see Barbagia in Sardinia. I love walking in towns and discovering things.
I was very lucky to spend a few days at the renowned country hotel Su Gologone several years ago. I can still see, smell and taste their signature dish – roast suckling pig,as moist and tender as anything I’ve ever eaten, after being spit-roasted all day, above a fire burning local wood and infused with fresh rosemary.
One of the strengths of Rosanna’s book is definitely her vivid description of Sardinia’s wonderful cuisine. Yum.
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I am a reader and travel agent and I am working on a honeymoon for some clients. I am hoping they will stay in Sardinia, so this is all very timely. Hotel Pitrizza looks lovely. I hope I can convince them to stay on Sardinia.