Sardinia - Jewel of the Mediterranean | Charter Itinerary
With high cliffs of white granite lost in clear lagoons and preserved vegetation, Sardinia is a must-see destination in the Mediterranean. Lovers of beautiful scenery, hiking and diving will not be disappointed by this exceptional environment. Offering a rich culture and history, refined gastronomy, and surprising natural contrasts, Sardinia is an idyllic holiday destination.
Former Roman colony
The city of Porto Torres is organized around its ancient port, which since the Roman Empire has maintained commercial relations with the rest of the island but also with the cities around the Mediterranean. Former Roman colony Porto Torres includes many archaeological sites and ancient monuments, surrounded by paradisiacal beaches.
The archipelago of La Maddalena,
A favourite destination among superyacht owners
The Archipelago of Maddalena, located on Sardinia’s northern tip offers a large variety of sandy and rocky beaches. It is a natural oasis, surrounded by a warm, transparent sea. It was declared a National Park in 1996 and is a favourite destination among superyacht owners. La Maddalena is the only inhabited island in the archipelago, which also includes six others: Spargi, Razzoli, Budelli, Santa Maria, Capera and Santo Stefano.
Cala di Volpe,
You can spend the day anchored off the bay of Cala di Volpe, which is well be surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches.
Its crowning feature is the spectacular five-star Hotel Cala di Volpe at the end of the bay. On one side this hotel is overlooked by the Pevero Golf Course and on the other side are the fabulous villas of La Celvia. You will have access to the amenities of the resort, including their delightful spa if you wish to indulge yourself with a choice of their relaxing treatments.
Following this, you may want to explore the scenic beaches of Carpiccioli where you can unwind and take breathtaking photos. To finish off your day here, be sure to visit Vesper Beach Club and spoil yourselves with a decadent meal overlooking the sunset.
Could be mistaken for a Caribbean island
With a backdrop of dramatic limestone cliffs covered in lush green Mediterranean fauna, breathtakingly blue waters and white sands, you could be forgiven for mistaking this serene spot for a Caribbean island. It’s a perfect spot for snorkling. Only a quick tender ride away are the “Grotte del blue Marino”, which are dramatic caves featuring ancient carvings and lined with stalactites and stalagmites.
A UNESCO listed site of wild Sardinial beauty
Created by a landslide detaching from the sandstone wall in 1962, Cala Goloritzè Beach in Sardinia’s Baunei region is now renowned for its unique beauty and fascinating rock formations. Cala Goloritze is a tiny and almost completely unspoilt nook along the Gulf of Orosei and is Sardinia’s ultimate hidden beach. This humble cove can be discovered at the base of a stunning ravine, although not without some difficulty.
Towering cliff faces, pure white pebbles, and warm crystal waters await, while a notable lack of people makes this beach a splendid little sanctuary. Due to its protected status, boats cannot come close to the shore; but the clear and calm waters will no doubt seduce you to dive in and swim straight up to shore.
Limestone rocks cluster at either end of the beach and the contrast between their craggy surfaces and the crystal clear blue sea provides a postcard-worthy scene. The environmentally-protected waters have created one of the best spots for swimming, diving and snorkling in Sardinia.
The area is home to a string of coves drenched in natural beauty, which includes Spiaggia delle Sorgenti (Springs Beach, named after its natural springs) which is around 200 metres away from Cala Goloritzè.
The thriving historical capital of Sardinia
Cagliari is drenched in historical and cultural riches. Built on seven hills, the city is made up of four colourful districts: Stampace, Castello (old town), the Marina and Villanova.
The Stampace district is the most modern area and its main street, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, is filled with cafes, tapas bars and food shops. Castello can be most scenically entered by the magnificent Torre dell’Elefante. This part of town is a place to wander and get lost in the ancient beauty of Sardinia.Bbring a visit to the Bastione di Saint Remy and take in the panoramic views of the city from Piazza dell’Indipendenza. At the foot of the Castello is the Villanova district which, beautifully preserved and restored, is a quieter area of the city. Typically Mediterranean houses line the streets along with Aragonese churches and ancient workshops with a few elegant boutiques nestled in between. The colourful Marina district is full of charm and here you’ll find some great little restaurants serving traditional plates to end the day before getting back on board.
The island of Sant'Antioco
The wild beauty of southwest Sardinia
Following the coast westwards of Cagliari, you will cruise past the island of Sant'Antioco, which has a number of attractive beaches, such as the sand and pebble beach at Maladroxia, and is an ideal site for scuba-diving. Just inland, the Nuragic site of S'Ega de Marteddu is worth a look for those interested in archaeology.
Ancient monuments and surfers paradise
Heading north you'll reach the wild Costa Verde, a paradise for surfers, with long, secluded sandy beaches and high waves, while inland there are fascinating ancient monuments to explore such as the Roman Temple of Antas at Fluminimaggiore. Those with more time can discover the UNESCO-listed remains of Su Nuraxi, an impressive megalithic settlement dating back to the 17th century BC.
Charming medieval town along the Temo
Bosa is built 5 km inland on the River Temo, which is the only navigable river in Sardinia. Its isolationist situation, ringed by mountains and sea, has protected it from tourist development and given the town a relaxed, laid back atmosphere.
Bosa is dominated by the hilltop remains of Castello Malaspina, the medieval fortress constructed by the powerful Malaspina family in 1112. In addition to its exterior walls and towers only the single church of Nostra Signora di Regnos Altos remains standing within, although this contains some fine examples of Catalan style frescos dating back to the fourteenth century. To the south of the Castle, on the north bank next to the bridge, is the Cathedral. This structure dates back to the fifteenth century, although the exterior is from the more recent Baroque period. Inside is a splendid interior of marble statues and nineteenth century frescos.
Bosa Marina is located at the mouth of the River Temo and this resort extension was once the site of the main town. Today it comprises of a deep and wide sandy beach overlooked by a Spanish watchtower and backed by a small number of hotels, restaurants and bars.
Continuing north along the western coast of Sardinia, you will reach Alghero, a city with a distinct Catalan character. Take time to explore the Old Town, with its cobbled lanes, squares and ancient churches, and stop for lunch at Al Tuguri to sample the city's famous Catalan-inspired cuisine.
One sight not to miss while you are here is the breathtaking Grotta di Nettuno - Neptune's Cave - in the nearby rocky headland of Capo Caccia. One of the largest marine caves in Italy, it is renowned for its remarkably beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. It is an easy day excursion from Alghero and a highlight of any Sardinia yacht charter vacation.
Language & Food
Sardinia does not only has its own flag, but also its own language; Sardo. Although Italian is commonly used, Sardo is still widely spoken. A remarkably rich language, Sardo varies greatly from area to area, even from village to village, with Latin, Arabic, Spanish and Catalan influences reflecting the turbulence of the island’s past.
When visiting the Island, you will not be able to avoid indulging in its rich cuisine. A few of Sardinian specialities and delicacies are;
Su Porcheddu; A real countryside tradition and better known as roast suckling pig, usually cooked on a spit for up to five hours.
Malloreddus; This is Sardinia’s famous pasta shape, and used in many first courses. The pasta is made from semolina and saffron and is shaped in its distinctive style in order to catch sauce and grated cheese within dishes.
Pecorino Sardo; The home cheese of Sardinia, Pecorino Sardo is bound to be accomplished if you consider that the island boasts over 5,000 years of cheese production. It’s rich and sharp flavour is best enjoyed grated on top of a pasta dish or melted in a grilled sandwich.
Seadas; A rustic dessert comprising sweet ravioli with fresh cheese, the real sweetness comes from the honey and sugar drizzled over the top of the dessert. Seadas are lightly fried, giving it a distinctive golden brown colour.
Sea urchins; An acquired taste which isn’t for everyone, but sea urchins are certainly something worth a try. In fact, sea urchins are so popular in Sardinia, there are even sea urchin festivals held across the island.
Mirto; A popular liquor obtained from the myrtle plant through alcoholic maceration of the berries, Mirto is a classic Sardinian digestivo.
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