- Alghero - medieval town (L'Alguer in the local Catalan language)
- Nuoro (Nugoro in the local Sardinian language)
- Budoni - where you will find one of the most beautiful Mediterranean sea
- San Teodoro - one of the most important seaside resorts of the island
- Isola dei Gabbiani - a haven for windsurfers and kitesurfers
- The Punic and Roman archaeological sites of Nora and Tharros
- The Stagno at Cabras
- Costa Smeralda - Glamorous beaches
- Bosa - Small but beautiful medieval town
- Stintino A small fishing village on the North-Western tip of Sardinia which boasts one of the finest beaches in the whole of Sardinia - La Pelosa
- Iglesias and the Sulcis are undiscovered treasures of art and sea. While near Iglesias, visit the mines, and hear the history of Sardinian miners. Do not forget to go and see the lovely Santa Barbara cove
- Tavolara Island - a popular spot for scuba diving
There are airports near Cagliari, Alghero and Olbia.
There are ferry services to Cagliari (south coast), Porto Torres (north coast), and Olbia, Golfo Aranci and Arbatax (east coast).
While it is possible to get around Sardinia by bus and train, doing so may well limit how fast you travel and where you go. If you can, hire a car. It is well worth the outlay, and it will allow you to visit some of the more remote and enchanting places and areas.
Unlike the rest of Italy which has a reputation for reckless and inconsiderate driving, Sardinians tend to drive much more slowly and carefully. However, a lot of the roads are narrow, winding and often deserted, and because of this oncoming drivers may not expect to encounter other vehicles.
Regular, cheap buses between the main centres: Cagliari, Sassari, Alghero, Nuoro etc. You may end up changing buses (or trains) in Macomer. Less frequent buses, but worth persevering for the smaller villages.
Sailing is one of the best way to see Sardinia. Most charters offers many solutions from bareboat to crewed and cabin charter, with all the type of the boats.
Regular trains from the edge of Alghero to Sassari and from Sassari to Cagliari, although buses are usually quicker. Change at Macomer for trains or buses to Nuoro. Less frequent trains on this and other routes.
In the summer period, twice a week, there's a small train that travels from Sassari to Tempio and back. It runs especially for tourists and is highly recommended.
While you can find most major hotel chains in Sardinia, the better way to really enjoy a stay in the island is to find a local hotel. Most accomodations are located near the cost, but also internal regions offer great opportunities. A complete listing of places and accomodations is offered by local tour operators such as Hosteras, Holidays in Sardinia or SardiniaTravel, but some other information may be obtained by the local tourist board. Bed & breakfast accommodations can be found here through satellite map search.
- Cruccuris Resort, Località Cruccuris, Villasimius, ☎ +39 070 7989020(fax: +39 070 7989018), . The Cruccuris Resort in Villasimius, provides privately accessible guestrooms in a beautifully landscaped garden, complemented with 4 star services
- Stella Maris Sardinia, Località Campulongu, Villasimius, ☎ +39 070 797100(fax: +39 070 797367), . The Stella Maris in Villasimius, provides a welcoming holiday destination complemented by 4 star service in the beautiful area of Villasimius.
- Porcheddu is a local specialty of inner Sardinia, it's a young pig roasted in a special manner over a wood fire with an aromatic local shrub called mirto. The pig is basted frequently.
- Try the Culurgiones. They are similar to Ravioli (made with typical pasta of Ogliastra) with a filling of potatoes, 'Pecorino' cheese (sheep's milk cheese), egg, onion, mint and garlic - available in many Sardinian restaurants.
- Malloreddus are a type of gnocchi that are derved al dente with a tomato, meat or cheese sauce.
- Stufato di capretto is a rich casserole made from kid goat, artichokes, wine and also egg.
- Try the mediterranean fish (pesce azzurro). Look for a fish market in any small coast town and buy early in the morning, cook and eat: it's simply fantastic barbecued.
- A Seada (pl. Seadas or Sebadas), typical of Barbagia, is a dessert similar to Ravioli. It comprises of a characteristic filling of fresh cheese and lemon rind, and melts when Seada is cooked. It must be fried and served with honey.
- There are numerous types of Sardinian bread and pastries, with specialties such as Carasau (a type of thin crispy bread), sponge biscuits and almond pastries.
- There are a number of Pizzerias serving fresh, stone oven baked authentic style pizzas as well as pasta dishes.
- Mirto is an alcoholic drink that's a local speciality. It is made of wine spirit flavoured with the berries of mirto, a local shrub.
- Fil'e ferru is another alcoholic local speciality. Its name means "iron wire" because in the XIXth century it was clandestinely distilled and hidden in small holes covered with soil. Only a small iron wire came out from the soil, to remember where the bottles were hidden.
- Limoncello is a sweet drink made with lemon rind, usually best served chilled. It is widely produced in locally.
- Vernaccia di Oristano is a high alcoholic wine produced in Oristano zone. It's a special wine to drink with pastry.
- Vermentino di Sardegna is light wine with a strong minerally taste.
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This page was last edited at 08:06, on 28 March 2009 by Wikitravel user Mok9. Based on work by Marco Busdraghi, Peter Fitzgerald and Sergey Kudryavtsev, Wikitravel user(s) Sardegna2009, Anonymous user(s) of Wikitravel and others.