5 places that make Sardinia our favourite island

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One thing is sure: Sardinia is the most beautiful island we have ever visited. The second biggest Italian island (after Sicily) lies in the Mediterranean sea. We all know what that means: perfect climate, crystal clear water and delicious food. These reasons (and many more) keep us coming back and wanting more. We definitely want to explore it all. In the meantime we bring you 5 places that make Sardinia our favourite island.

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1. Alghero

Alghero Old Town (source https://www.flickr.com/photos/olly301/4783113321/)
Alghero Old Town (source https://www.flickr.com/photos/olly301/4783113321/)

It feels right to start with a city, even though Sardinia doesn’t have many big cities. Alghero used to be a part of the Crown of Aragon. In case you hear a language resembling Catalan you’re not hallucinating at all. A Catalan dialect is still widely spoken in Alghero and the surroundings. Its rich history goes back to the pre-historic times and it became a settlement of the Nuraghe civilization which is widespread in Sardinia. In the medieval times it developed into an important port town built by the Doria family from Genoa.

Alghero (source https://www.flickr.com/photos/michalo/4454783433/)
Alghero (source https://www.flickr.com/photos/michalo/4454783433/)

There are many monuments that you can visit. You can explore the city centre with its impressive religious architecture or walk along the city walls. After the sightseeing stop in one of the many restaurants for a nice meal. This area is also famous for dishes with sea urchin such as spaghetti ai ricci di mare. As a second we totally recommend trying the crayfish alla catalana. Afterwards you can have a nice cup of coffee with papassinos, which are yummy biscuits with raisins, almonds and nuts.

2. Stintino – La Pelosa Beach

Stintino - La Pelosa
Stintino – La Pelosa

This place will literally take your breath away. Around 30kms from Sassari lies the La Pelosa Beach (Spiaggia La Pelosa). It is super easy for tourists to appreciate the incredible turquoise waters and white sands. Moreover, if you come in the summer the place will be packed.

We decided not to visit in the peak of the season and it was worth it. The 300-meter-long beach was totally empty and we could enjoy the stunning colours of the sea. In the distance you will see an ancient watchtower: Torre della Pelosa. It used to be a part of the defense system. Now it gives a special atmosphere to the whole place. It is impossible not to include it among the 5 places that make Sardinia our favourite island.

3. Neptune’s Grotto

Neptune's Grotto
Neptune’s Grotto

It is a shame to avoid the Neptune’s Grotto if you’re visiting Sardinia. The reason is simple. Le Grotte di Nettuno will make you understand the incredible creativity of nature. The scientists found out that this 4-kilometre-long stalactite wave was formed more than 2 million years ago. There are to ways of getting there. For lazy asses there is a ferry from Alghero which will take you directly to the grotto. For those who are not afraid of challenges we recommend the second option: escala del cabirol. Exactly 654 steps will make your bottom hard as a piece of rock.

places that make Sardinia our favourite island
Stairway to the Grotto

The Grotto is a popular destination for scuba divers, especially the Nereo Cave. As we’ve already mentioned, the length of the cave is 4km in total but only a few hundred metres are open to the public.Fun fact: in 1978 the place became one huge set for the movie Island of the Fishmen. A must see!

4. Cala Sarraina

Cala Sarraina
Cala Sarraina

One of our favourite beaches and one of the places that make Sardinia our favourite island in is Cala Sarraina. Located just a few kms from Costa Paradiso this stunning spot offers its clear waters and panoramic walks. Like most beaches in Sardinia it can get pretty crowded in the summer. Make sure you arrive early in the morning since you might encounter parking issues.

Cala Sarraina - Panoramic point
Cala Sarraina – Panoramic point

The labyrinth rocks are a great place to do a little snorkeling. It is also worth visiting at sunsets when the sky changes into a painting canvas. If you’re going to spend some time there you’d better bring food and water. However, try to maintain the beach clean and take all the garbage with you.

5. Tinnari

Tinnari beach
Tinnari beach

So this is actually the top place of our list. However, we were saving it for last. The Tinnari beach is a little paradise on Earth. It is not easy to find and to get there needs a little effort. You can find this hidden cove between Costa Paradiso and Cala Canneddi. There is a turn from the SP90 road but you will have to leave the car at the end of the dirt road.

Do not bring too much stuff with you as getting to the beach is not exactly a piece of cake. Walking for about a km under the hot Sardinian sun will be quite challenging so pack just the necessary things. Trust us, all this struggle is worth it. You will experience a breathtaking and almost empty beach covered with tiny pebbles. The water is so clear that you don’t need any snorkeling equipment to see what’s at the bottom. This place is no longer a secret but we hope that it won’t be destroyed by the growing number of visitors!

Tinnari beach - A paradise!
Tinnari beach – A paradise!

The list does not end here. You would need a lot of time to explore it all and we still miss a huge part of the island. Which is your favourite place in Sardinia? Let us know in the comments and share the article with your friends!

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