Sardinia, Italy: Island of Powerful Energy and Irresistible Charm
Sardinia, Italy: Island of Powerful Energy and Irresistible Charm
A journey through the senses
Red rocks and soil are typical of several Sardinian areas, especially in the North. The contrast between their vivid color and the blue-sky sea create a landscape of rare beauty.

Giovanni Manca

Red rocks and soil are typical of several Sardinian areas, especially in the North. The contrast between their vivid color and the blue-sky sea create a landscape of rare beauty. Giovanni Manca

Sardinia is famous for its transparent sea and pristine beaches.

Giovanni Manca

Sardinia is famous for its transparent sea and pristine beaches. Giovanni Manca

Budelli is an island located in the Maddalena Archipelago, near the strait of Bonifacio in Northern Sardinia, Italy. It is part of the La Maddalena National Park. Budelli is very famous for its pink sandy beaches. Once open to all visitors, it was later closed to the public, as many tourists used to steal big quantities of the pink sand as souvenirs, resulting in damage to the environment. Budelli was sold last November to Michael Harte, a 47-year-old businessman from New Zealand, under the condition that the island remains pristine and preserved. 

Giovanni Manca

Budelli is an island located in the Maddalena Archipelago, near the strait of Bonifacio in Northern Sardinia, Italy. It is part of the La Maddalena National Park. Budelli is very famous for its pink sandy beaches. Once open to all visitors, it was later closed to the public, as many tourists used to steal big quantities of the pink sand as souvenirs, resulting in damage to the environment. Budelli was sold last November to Michael Harte, a 47-year-old businessman from New Zealand, under the condition that the island remains pristine and preserved. Giovanni Manca

The historical town of Alghero is located in the Northwest of Sardinia. Its charms include its Spanish Catalan heritage, narrow lanes of the old town, tourist port, San Francesco’s Cathedral, bastions, and beaches. The town is also famous for its restaurants, gelaterie, and night market in summer. 

Michele Canu

The historical town of Alghero is located in the Northwest of Sardinia. Its charms include its Spanish Catalan heritage, narrow lanes of the old town, tourist port, San Francesco’s Cathedral, bastions, and beaches. The town is also famous for its restaurants, gelaterie, and night market in summer. Michele Canu

Calcareous rocks spattered with caves and ravines that hide a mysterious world atop the turquoise sea. The marine area of Capo Caccia Isola Piana is within reach by going along the coast road from Alghero. It’s part of the National Park of Porto Conte and home also to some native fauna, such as griffins and other species.

Michele Canu

Calcareous rocks spattered with caves and ravines that hide a mysterious world atop the turquoise sea. The marine area of Capo Caccia Isola Piana is within reach by going along the coast road from Alghero. It’s part of the National Park of Porto Conte and home also to some native fauna, such as griffins and other species. Michele Canu

The historical Tower of San Giovanni which faces the sea on the homonym coast in the little town of Posada,.

Giovanni Manca

The historical Tower of San Giovanni which faces the sea on the homonym coast in the little town of Posada,. Giovanni Manca

A traditional parade in honor of the Virgin Mary, in the village of Torpè; each Sardinian district has its own typical handmade costumes, which the locals still wear in historical or religious festivals.

Giovanni Manca

A traditional parade in honor of the Virgin Mary, in the village of Torpè; each Sardinian district has its own typical handmade costumes, which the locals still wear in historical or religious festivals. Giovanni Manca

Montresta is a commune in the Province of Oristano in the Italian region of Sardinia, located about 85 miles northwest of Cagliari and about 30 miles north of Oristano.


Michele Canu

Montresta is a commune in the Province of Oristano in the Italian region of Sardinia, located about 85 miles northwest of Cagliari and about 30 miles north of Oristano. Michele Canu

The Maddalena Archipelago is a group of islands in the Straits of Bonifacio between Corsica and Northeastern Sardinia, Italy. It consists of seven main islands and numerous other small islets. The islands of the archipelago, made of granite and schist rock, form a precious land and marine environment, which has been preserved over the centuries— thanks to limited human presence. One of the main islands, Caprera, was home to Giuseppe Garibaldi.

Michele Canu

The Maddalena Archipelago is a group of islands in the Straits of Bonifacio between Corsica and Northeastern Sardinia, Italy. It consists of seven main islands and numerous other small islets. The islands of the archipelago, made of granite and schist rock, form a precious land and marine environment, which has been preserved over the centuries— thanks to limited human presence. One of the main islands, Caprera, was home to Giuseppe Garibaldi. Michele Canu

A typical Sardinian white beach; the island showcases many pristine beaches that range in color from white, to pink and brown. 

Giovanni Manca

A typical Sardinian white beach; the island showcases many pristine beaches that range in color from white, to pink and brown. Giovanni Manca

Sardinia is home to many species of birds and wildlife, some of which are only found there, such as a specific type of white donkey or a breed of little horses with a long mane. San Teodoro in the Northeast is known for its flamingos.

Giovanni Manca

Sardinia is home to many species of birds and wildlife, some of which are only found there, such as a specific type of white donkey or a breed of little horses with a long mane. San Teodoro in the Northeast is known for its flamingos. Giovanni Manca

The Italian island of Sardinia is a place like no other, radiating a powerful energy and irresistible charm. It is an island of unique beauty and magnetism. 

It was this combination that lead the early 20th century English novelist D.H. Lawrence to write in his book Sea and Sardinia: “The spirit of the place is a strange thing. Our mechanical age tries to override it. But it does not succeed. In the end the strange, sinister spirit of the place, so diverse and adverse in differing places, will smash our mechanical oneness into smithereens, and all that we think the real thing will go off with a pop, and we shall be left staring.”

The celebrated author took his wife Frieda on a trip to Sardinia in 1921. They landed on the coastal town of Cagliari, traveling inland to Mandas, Sorgono, before reaching the inland village of Nuoro. He was very impressed by the strong features of Sardinia and its people. 

Land for the Senses

Located on the West side of Italy, Sardinia is one of the most geologically ancient bodies of land in Europe, as well as the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. it’s surrounded by clear waters and covered in miles of uncontaminated nature.

The coastline features a wide range of landscapes—rocky edges, long pristine sandy beaches, and secluded bays and inlets. 

Inland, the natural parks, green pastures, and hills give room to lush forests and mountains with their peculiar fauna. Those who pass by the inshore villages, which have been isolated from one another for centuries, will be under the impression of having traveled back in time. 

Sardinia is a place that tickles the senses. It is a land of light, colors, flavors, scents, and music. Spring offers a jubilation of vibrant color. The sea, with its shades of turquoise, joins the deep blue sky; green meadows are spotted with white sheep and dark cows; and olive tree groves extend from red soils. There are also fields covered in endless flowers of blue, green, yellow, pink, red, white, and purple.

The air is scented with distinct smells of lemon and eucalyptus trees, mimosas, maritime pines, and the intense salty smell of the sea.

The summer’s music consists of a rhythm of waves and the breeze, joined by choirs of cicadas, crickets, and native birds signing their melodies. 

Sardinia is also known for its range of local, hand-made, traditional delicacies and great quality wines. The mild Mediterranean climate is ideal for genuine and diversified farming. This region also produces some of the best olive oils in Italy and in Europe.

Planning Your Visit

This island provides an ideal setting for a quiet vacation (except for August, when it is overflowing with tourists). For those who seek retreat with a deep connection to nature, it offers secluded corners, natural parks, beaches, mountains, and forests, which can be visited by hiring a car, renting a boat, riding a motorized scooter or bicycle. 

From April to the end of September, the East Coast (Costa Smeralda) opens its elegant clubs and hotels and attracts a European jet-set crowd. Porto Cervo, Porto Rotondo, and the surrounding areas are favorites for many Italian and international celebrities, many of whom arrive on private yachts.

However, you don’t need a private yacht to enjoy your stay, as there is a wide range of accommodations suitable for every budget across the island, from five star hotels to affordable and very charming bed & breakfasts, which provide the opportunity for more intimate interaction with the locals.

The languages spoken in Sardinia, (apart from Italian), are Sardo, with its numerous dialects, and Algherese, a variation of Catalan, spoken in Alghero on the West Coast. It’s worth noting that Sardinians are also very generous, kindhearted, and hospitable, though it isn’t unusual for them to take some time to warm to strangers.

Ancient Land 

Sardinia has a long history, as well as rich and strong traditions and culture.

The first establishments in Sardinia took place in its Northwestern side and date back to the Mesolithic Era, even though some previous civilizations seem to have lived in the Oliena area, in the Central East part of the island.

From 1500 BC, some villages were built around tower-fortresses called Nuraghi, many of which are still in excellent condition all around the island. The Nuragic civilization spread across the territory had a solid level of technology and they were able to manage a complex society. Nuragic wealth is demonstrated by the artwork and the monumental Nuraghi that are still well preserved, along with a number of sacred wells and religious buildings.

Sardinia was once at the center of important commercial routes and an exporter of raw materials such as copper and lead. Several artifacts have been found in Nuragic sites, which came from as far as Anatolia, Greece, as well as from Italy. 

Villages and Festivals

Sardinian modern culture and traditions are the result of the influence of many ancient civilizations, which made contact with this land in different ways. Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Vandals, Roman, Byzantine, Spanish, and French have all contributed to create a complex and extremely rich background. 

Cagliari, (in Sardo “Casteddu”, meaning Castle), is the capital city of Sardinia and a fascinating place. The old city lies on top of a hill. Most of its walls are intact, and feature the two early 14th-century white limestone towers—the Torre San Pancrazio and the Torre dell’Elefante. The local white limestone was also used to build the walls of the city and many buildings. 

In “Sea and Sardinia,” D. H. Lawrence, described the effect of the warm Mediterranean sunlight on the white limestone city and compared Cagliari to a “white Jerusalem.”

With its particular charm and Spanish-Catalan heritage, the town of Alghero (Catalan name, “L’Alguer”) is located Northwest of Sardinia and showcases its history through ancient buildings, bastions, the Gothic-Catalan churches, the Cathedral (14th–19th centuries) and St. Francis’s Church (14th century) with its magnificent cloisters. 

At the edge of the town, those keen on archaeology must visit the Anghelu Ruju Necropolis (3500 B.C.) and the Palmavera Nuraghe complex (10th–7th centuries B.C.). Alghero is also well known for the strong presence of coral in its seabed, which is used to produce jewelry and other precious objects.

The town of Nuoro stands on the high ground on the foot of Monte Ortobene, in the center of the island and in the mountainous area of Barbagia; its surroundings were the cornerstone of the Nuragic civilization. More than 30 Nuragic sites can be visited there, such as the village discovered in the countryside of Tanca Manna, just outside Nuoro.

Olbia, a beautiful little town on the East Coast, is very ancient too. Probably founded by the Punics; it was always an important port and it still is. 

Also, worth visiting are Sassari (20 minutes by car from Alghero, on the West Coast) and Oristano (Central West Coast), with their ancient archeological sites and ruins and the little villages around the island.

All of these places have strong traditions, their own costumes, and heritage. La Sartiglia of Oristano, la Cavalcata Sarda, Candelieri of Sassari, and la Setmana Santa de l’Alguer are festivals and celebrations, which originate back hundreds of years, and remain very popular today.

Inspiring Place

Several iconic movies were filmed in Sardinia, such as “The Spy Who Loved Me” directed by Lewis Gilbert; “Red Desert” by Michelangelo Antonioni; “Swept Away” by Lina Wertmüller; and its recent remake directed by Guy Ritchie, whose protagonist was Madonna – just to name a few.

Grazia Deledda, the first Italian woman to receive the Nobel Prize, was born in Nuoro. Her mother tongue was Logudorese, not standard Italian. Due to the historical isolation of the Sardinian villages, she never saw the sea in her childhood years but took inspiration from the nature around her, as well as from Sardinian legends, folklore, and native customs that preserved cultural traits and themes from ancient times.

Sardinia gave birth to and inspired many artists, writers, poets, and filmmakers. They were all enchanted by its beauty, contrasts, strong character, and by the heart of its inhabitants. There truly is an intoxicating magnetism that can only be understood by experiencing for one’s self.

Further information at www.sardegnaturismo.it 

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Epoch Times. Have you had a different experience visiting this region? Share it with us in the comments section!

  • JasmineStarlight

    It looks like the most beautiful spot on earth :)

    • HeyJude

      It really does, and such a rich history to go with it. I don’t think I would ever get tired of seeing the world, and I know I’m missing so much with the many places that I will never get to experience first hand. These pictures are the next best thing. :-)

      • JasmineStarlight

        You’re an interesting soul Jude, just caught your convo with another on the universe….fascinating stuff, I saw a documentary on string theory awhile back, amazing, I was so intrigued by it. We certainly don’t know it all. AND yes those pictures drew me in, so beautiful! GoodNight :)

        • HeyJude

          :-) Goodnight, Jas. And thanks…interesting sounds better than eccentric! I do love going on about the possibilities. :-)

  • konspikuous

    But do they have wi-fi?

    Really though, I’d like to sit on those shores contemplating the cosmos.

  • Giovanni Manca

    :) see you in Sardinia !

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