Five reasons why Sardinia is paradise (and why you should visit it)

21/11/2011 14:34:01

Five reasons why Sardinia is paradise (and why you should visit it)

Five reasons Sardinia is paradise and why you should visit it. Did you really fall for this title? Do you really think Sardinia can be summarized in five bulletpoints just to hold your attention for more than two seconds? Probably Sardinia isn't even like paradise at all!

Sardinia may be called paradise by those that want to stay at some beach, enjoying the sun and the sea, and sail or surf. But if you don't like the sea or don't like to lie there on a beach under the roasting sun why care that Sardinia has 1800 kilometers of coast with many bays and fine white sandy beaches, ranging from private beaches of luxury resorts to small beaches you have to walk miles to reach them?

Sardinia may be called paradise by those that want to hike and bike through the country. So many trails through rough countryside, desolate mountain ranges or secular forests with unexpected idyllic waterfalls. So many colours in spring when each and every bush and plant pulls out it's most fabulous flowers and scents. But then again maybe you're not interested at all in these natural environments.

Sardinia may be called paradise by those that want to sit at a table and taste the genuine or traditional, no big deal down to earth, kitchen. The artichokes or the wild fennel, the reknowned porceddu or the sheepsmeat, the succulent eal or the vongole, the pasta alla bottarga or the divine seadas with honey. Every region has it's own specialties born from traditions. But probably you're absolutely not out there to fill your stomach.

Sardinia may be called paradise by those that want to drink noble or traditional or genuine wines. Starting with a light Monica, maybe continuing with dark red wines like the Carignano del Sulcis or the Cannonau of Dorgali. With light meals and fish some Vermentino di Gallura or one of the white wines they produce in the region around Alghero. And maybe to start or to finish a strong Malvasia di Bosa or a Vernaccia di Oristano. But there are so many more it would fill the page, and maybe you're not interested at all, and even if you only drink beer a pint of Ichnusa is not your drink.

Sardinia may be called paradise by those that are profoundly interested in traditions, history and archaeology. With the bronze age towers called nuraghi, prehistoric tombs and sanctuaries, the ruins of roman towns, medieval churches, all surviving for centuries in to our own times. They're not magnificent buildings of rich famous cultures, just often enough simple remains that tell us centuries of history of the people that lived the island. As does the carnival of Mamoiada with it's pre-christian roots tell us something about ancient traditions. But then again, why would you care about a heap of stones or old-fashioned traditions?

Hard to summarize Sardinia in five bulletpoints, I couldn't manage it and I couldn't think of one single simple reason why you would call Sardinia paradise or tell you in one word why you would want to visit it. But as you did come this far reading it must have captured more than two seconds of your attention already. It's a small step to start planning your trip. Thank you.

Five reasons why Sardinia is paradise (and why you should visit it)

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