Nestled in the Mediterranean Sea, the Italian island of Sardinia
makes for an idyllic spot for your summer holiday. But should you go to the north or south of the island?
North Sardinia and south Sardinia have common traits of sprawling coastline and natural landscapes, where you can embrace the outdoors with hikes and mountain biking. Both regions are spectacularly foodie too, with a brilliant local food and wine culture.
It really depends on what you’re looking for in your holiday. Much of north Sardinia is untouched and invites exploration. It’s also a little more dramatic with dizzying cliffs and a mountain range. “One great place to visit is the unassuming Oliena
, which lies in the foothills of the Supramonte Mountains,” says Heather Green, Citalia’s Regional Destination Manager. “This historic town is teeming with traditions and produces the ‘nectar of the gods’, the region’s much guarded and delicious Nepente di Oliena wine.”
Venture to Santa Teresa Gallura
, and you’ll be welcomed by pretty beaches that are drenched in warm sunshine and surrounded by spectacular scenery. From Stintino on the northwest of the island you can take a boat trip to a gorgeous nature reserve, or from the lovely harbour town of Palau
you can sail to the stunning Maddalena Islands
. But there’s another side to this region too.
North Sardinia is all about glamour. The famous Costa Smeralda
strip is a luxurious coastline of soft white sand and glittering emerald waters, where it’s quite possible to spot celebrity visitors. At the heart of Costa Smeralda lies Porto Cervo
, a purposefully-styled resort town that was the brainchild of Prince Karim Aga Khan in the 1960s. You can best witness this characteristic style in the Sottopiazza portico, home to multicoloured balconies and curved alleyways. On the outskirts of Porto Cervo, you’ll find a buzzing nightlife of haute cuisine restaurants and who’s who
“Couples or groups of friends travelling together will love it here”, adds Heather. “The town adds a harmonious yet chic edge to the surrounding rural landscape”.
So, with all this in the north, why would you venture south?