About island: Sardinia

For several last decades Sardinia has become one of the most luxurious resorts in the Mediterranean Region. It features very beautiful nature, mild climate, excellent beaches and warm sea. As everywhere in Italy, there have been preserved curious historical sites.

Sardinia has two international airports – in the south (Cagliari) and in the north (Olbia) of the island. You could have a good beach vacation almost in all parts of the island, however, the most famous and exclusive resorts of Sardinia are in the north of the region, near Olbia, and on Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast).

Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo are the most fashionable resorts of Costa Smeralda. Both resorts are in the northernmost tip of Sardinia. Porto Cervo is popular among yachtsmen because of constant winds, which are the strongest in the Mediterranean. There have been conducted various international competitions, and since yachtsmen are generally very well-to-do people, it has adequate tourist infrastructure – swell hotels, glamour restaurants, and different boutiques (by the way, shopping on Sardinia is at least as good as that in Milan).

Porto Rotondo, which is not far from Porto Cervo, is also very popular, but it isn’t as ex-pensive. This resort has also wonderful beaches. La-Maddalena is near Porto Rotondo. There has been opened the national park, which could be especially interesting for lovers of nature – scenic rosy rocks, azure sea, and curious underwater world. There are also beaches with rosy sand on the islands of this archipelago. The most interesting excursion in the north of Sardinia would be a trip to Sassari (nearer to western coast), where there are a lot of nice churches, cathedrals and palaces.

In the south, around the capital of Sardinia Cagliari, there are three resorts – Villasimius, Pula and Santa Margherita. Though these resorts aren’t as elite and posh as those of Costa Smeralda, they also have fine beaches, wonderful sea, good opportunities for diving, and beautiful mountains. As well, you could get acquainted there with historical sites of Cagliari and Nuoro.

There is a small city Piscinas on the western coast of the island (near Iglesias). There is a beach stretching for nearly a thousand hectares. The place is often called Italian Sahara. Some people like to live in tents put up among dunes forming a peculiar community of infor-mal tourists.

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