Long uninhabited, despite its ancient geological origin, Sardinia has preserved its own freshness, capturing the gaze and admiration of many who, in the flow of centuries, irresistibly attracted by the geographical position, the heart of the western Mediterranean, have made it the object of the most different designs: the Phoenicians followed by Carthaginians, the Romans afterwards, the Byzantines, the Spanish and the Piemontese.
Sardegna is the second largest island in the Mediterranean and is formed by a series of mountainous massifs, hills and narrow highlands. The coasts are jagged and rocky, interspersed with marvelous beaches of very fine sand and countless inlets. The seaside landscapes, especially on the Costa Smeralda, are among the most beautiful in the world. Numerous small, enchanting islets are scattered in front of the coasts.
Getting here: International airports are Cagliari (CAG) on the south coast, Olbia (OLB) on the east cosat, and Alghero (AHO) on the west.
Ferries from Genoa, Livorno (Pisa PSA airport close by ) Civitavecchia (Rome FCO airport the nearest) – Ferries can take as little as 5 hours (Civitavecchia to Olbia) or if taking an overnight crossing and sleep onboard, from Genoa it takes about 13hrs (depart at 8.30 pm arrives at 09.30 am) and it is a mini cruise on its own.
Moving around: Rental Cars (Major companies in all Airports), Private Cars and Minivans with driver available throughout the region.
What to visit:
Olbia is one of the main entry points with both an international airport and a very busy port not to miss a visit to the Romanesque Church of S. Simplicio, the Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast) with its beautiful cliffs, beaches, inlets, marinas, sports amenities, harbors and luxurious hotel complexes, making this one of Europe's most famous and elegant holiday resort areas. The main towns are Porto Cervo, Cala di Volpe and Pitrizza. Once there visit the islands of Maddalena and Caprera. Alghero for its world known Pink sand beach of Stintino. Alghero is also called Sardinia's most 'Catalan' city, with truly magnificent monuments. It stands in an extraordinary region, with beaches, nuraghi, caves, Saracen towers and peaceful little bays (Porto Conte, Ricami grottoes and the necropolis of Anghelu Ruiu). Cagliari a modern, lively city with some fine monuments and so many folk traditions, partly left behind by the Spanish. One important celebration is the Feast of S. Efisio (1st May); another is the Feast of S. Maria di Bonaria (24th April), and the Festival of the Sea (in April), as well as the night processions that take place in Holy Week. On all these occasions, the men wear splendid uniforms, and the women are dressed in richly embroidered costumes with lace, veils and jewelry. We do not have much time to speak of all the monuments, but we should visit the Cathedral (13th-18th c.) with its museum, the Elephant Tower (1307), the archaeological zone to the west (Roman remains and a Punic necropolis), the Roman Amphitheatre, the Churches of S. Saturnino and S. Domenico, the Tower of S. Pancrazio, and the National Archaeological Museum which is a 'must' if you really wish to get some idea of the island's pre-Roman civilizations (particularly in the Section of nuraghic bronzes which are extraordinarily 'up-to-date' in many ways).
Nuoro for its cathedral, the Museo Regionale del Costume, the delightful little Church of Nostra Signora della Solitudine. The Grotta del Bue Marino for its clear waters and one of the best grottos in the island which you can visit for about 1 kilometer (it is 15km long in its entirety), Villasimius for its magnificent beaches, Arbatax (with its typical red rocks), do not forget to visit the inland part of the island and especially Barumini, to visit the Su Nuraxi nuraghe, this is a grandiose fortress in the centre of the nuraghic village, and perhaps the most important of all the 7,000 examples that still exist.
Food & Wine
Sardinian towns and cities, especially those along the coast, have a rich tradition of fish and sea food. Over the centuries the mixing of the traditions has evolved into a unique gastronomic experience. There is a large fishing industry catching everything from lobster to squill, from "astici" to spider crab, from prawns to scampi. The so called "faoni" crabs are fished in the sea beds around the Archipelago di La Maddalena. The mussels are used in both soups and "pasta" dishes, either with tomato sauce or in "green" which means to be cooked in olive oil, garlic and parsley. They are excellent grilled and as a stuffing for pancakes. The local recommended cuisine includes the 'ziminio, the 'coata' soup, the ever-present bottarga (tuna roe) as well as the delicious spaghetti with lobster. A common way to cook fish is to cover the fish in coarse sea salt and bake it in an oven which preserves the original taste of the fish. Desserts make large use of local products such as Honey and cheeses (Seadas). Do not miss to taste the Porceddu da latte (suckling pig). Wines are strong and fruity, best for the fish is the Vermentino and for the meat the strong red Cannonau (do look for its variation MANDROLISAI). Desserts wines as the Mirto are known all over and in the most remote areas you can still find homemade production of this delicious distilled beverage.
Believe it, or not…
Sardinia’s Nuraghic monuments, dolmen, menhir, domus de janas, giants’ tombs, are all striking testimonials to an ancient megalithic culture. They are believed to be surrounded by strong magnetic energy which influences and improves the wellbeing of body and soul. The Giants’ Tomb of Li Mizzani at Palau is recognised as possessing great power transmitted by the magnetic flows from the fissures in the granite. And so quite a few people come to this site to cure minor illnesses and take-in positive energy. But this is by no means the only ancient site believed to be a repository of positive energy: another is S’Ena e Thomes at Dorgali, as well as uncountable other Nuraghic sites dotted throughout Sardinia. Most of these monuments can be accessed free of charge, and many have become meeting points at special dates in the astronomical calendar such as full moon, seasonal planets’ alignments and so on; but they are also used as natural outdoor gyms for practicing meditation, yoga and reiki.
But the most sacred element of all is water. The holy wells were considered divine places, places of regeneration and for recovering spiritual wellbeing through the cult of the waters and contemplation of the cosmos. Built where strong magnetic energy was felt, they were aligned with the motions of the sun and moon which mark the passage of the seasons, the equinoxes and solstices.
A striking example is the well temple of Santa Cristina at Paulilatino, where the moon centres the hole in the tholos (*a round building of classical Greek date and style/a circular tomb of beehive shape approached by a horizontal passage in the side of a hill) every 18 and a half years, as a prelude to the winter and summer solstices. Descending its steps is a truly emotional experience of initiation and purification. At the bottom, in contact with the water, you can feel the energy rising from deep in the earth, and the feeling as you descend and climb back up the staircase is also instinctive.
Stones and water are also natural sources for the wellness treatments proposed by the spa hotels. Stones are used for hot stone relaxing massages and energetic treatments. Thanks to the water gifted by the thermal springs and the sea, Sardinia offers a unique opportunity for full immersion in health and beauty, something to make your dreams reality.
A perfect taste of Sardinia
Escape the hustle and bustle, and getaway to the contemporary, boutique-style Hotel Cala Cuncheddi.
Situated on the north-east coast of the island of Sardinia, in one of the most desirable resort areas of the Mediterranean island, just steps away from the turquoise waters of its beaches, this luxurious and intimate hotel offers visitors a perfect taste of Sardinia.
It’s ideal for travelers looking for a beach breakaway, couples on honeymoon wanting a private escape, or families looking for something a little off the beaten track.
Surrounded by expansive views of the Gulf of Olbia, enjoy attentive service and authentic Sardinian charm combined with an intimate, luxury experience.
Do as much or as little as you like:
The waters of the Mediterranean are a Mecca for divers and snorkelers, alive with vibrant colors and unexpected encounters, a Marine Protected area totally inaccessible except to a privileged few.
Discover the enchanting Tavolara Archipelago as you dive in the natural pools surrounding the islands of Molara, Cala Girgolu, Cala Moresca and Figarolo, ending the day with a sunset visit to the dolphins which inhabit these waters.
Sailing, Golf, mountain biking, or Nordic walking – for those with a little more energy, Hotel CalaCuncheddi offers something for everyone.
→ Costa Smeralda
• VIP destination
• Luxury Relais
• Possibility to charter a Sail Boat or a Yacht
• Exquisite food
• Excursion to Caprera and Maddalena islands
• Arts and heritage
• Typical food
• Beaches and exclusive secluded bays
• Luxury accommodation Margherita di Pula / Villasiumius
• Naturalisit excursion and Horses trekking tours