The island changes continuously, plains follow mountains and water “chases” plateaus, providing fantastic reflections. Sardinia is the second largest Italian island as well as in the Mediterranean Sea, and is surrounded by very deep waters and almost two thousand kilometres of coastline.
From an orographical point of view the land is a combination of small hillsides, short plateaus and fairly high mountain ranges. This is because it is ancient territory that has undergone many erosion processes. The southeast area of the Island is one of the most singular habitats to admire, due its scarce vegetation and rough landscape and includes the Barbagia and the Gennargentu range. The territory’s unique morphology and the resulting gradual isolation during the course of the centuries, has favoured the conservation of the unmodified landscape and customs linked to the Island’s more atavic traditions. There are few plains and these are not particularly big, except for the Campidano that stretches from the Gulf of Cagliari to the gulf of Oristano for a total of 100 kilometres. There is little left of the vast live oak, chestnut and carob forests that were utilised as from the ancient times.
The Sardinian coastlines are famous for their beauty. Their conformation is varied and they offer various and fascinating landscapes: in some points they are high and rocky, with their peaks hanging over the sea and in others they leave room for long stretches of sand that run for kilometres, between enchanting inlets surrounded by small islands. It is impossible to be disappointed with such a combination of unmistakeable rock colours, nature and seas that display all possible shades of green and blue.
For people looking for a quiet holiday there are many comfortable and tranquil places, where it is possible to relax away from noise and carry out various sports. Those people who don’t want to leave behind their social life and fun, will be equally as happy in the Emerald Coast’s well-known towns, where names such as Porto Rotondo, Porto Cervo and Golfo Aranci need no presentation.
The city is situated on the alluvial plain of the River Tirso, between the left bank and the Santa Giusta pool. The area surrounding the Sardinian province is characterised by a remarkable number of landscapes, ranging from the classic seaside resorts situated on the west coast of the island to the hinterland’s characteristic villages.
The people of Sassari and tourists alike meet in the beautiful Piazza Italia for their traditional stroll. This area is unique and extremely beautiful, and can boast some of the most beautiful coasts of the entire island along with well-known places, such as Porto Cervo, Golfo Aranci and Stintino.
In Nuoro, ancient traditions and origins live side by side with more modern and recent aspects. The Nuoro province is known for its white beaches and crystal sea, the Gennargentu Park and the nuraghi, a unique testament to the world of the ancient civilisation that lived in this area.
Cagliari started out as a Phoenician settlement and bishopric and was subject to various dominations before becoming the capital of Italy’s second island. Its province has magnificent inlets and beaches combined with protected naturalistic areas and ancient villages full of history and culture.