Villa rental in Sardinia
Punta Sardegna is a promontory on the northern tip of Sardinia, near Porto Rafael, Palau and Olbia. Casa Beatrice is a villa for rent sleeping 13 situated in an untouched natural surrounding high up on the cliffs opposite the island La Maddalena, with direct access to the sea.
between sky and sea
Sardinia is most definitely a destination for nature-lovers.
The diversity of its landscapes, between sky and sea, offers visitors who love trekking unbelievably beautiful places of botanical, archaeological or geological interest. As for the sea, it is as clear as in the Seychelles. Coves, fine sand, pebbles, granite, the coastal areas are as varied as they are stunning. You should travel through Sardinia from East to West, from North to South, but if you would rather bask in the sun, then go round the island by boat.
Sardinia –Sardegna- is a Western Mediterranean island that lies to the west of Italy and to the south of Corsica. It covers an area of 24,000 km2 and was long considered the largest island in the Mediterranean (although it is smaller than Sicily). It consists mainly of mountains and hills; the Gennargentu reaches 1,834 m at its peak. Two rivers flow through it –the Flumendosa and the Tirso- and a number of dams form artificial lakes. The climate is Mediterranean and there is plenty of sunshine all year round. In summer, the temperature easily reaches 30o C or even 35o C. Cagliari is the capital of Sardinia.
A Brief History
Sardinia's history is rich, complex, and stretches back a very long way.
The first traces of man on the island go back to the Lower Palaeolithic period (500,000 BC)! More recently, the Phoenicians showed interest in Sardinia' s easily accessible and therefore trade-friendly geographical location from the 18th century BC onwards. Next it was annexed by Rome, along with Corsica, in 227 BC.
The island then passed progressively through Byzantine and Arab hands before becoming Italian again from the 15th century (AD) onwards. The Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia was established in 1847 and became the Kingdom of Italy in 1861.
Today, Sardinia is an autonomous region of Italy, and has been since 1948.
Landscapes, Nature, Walks
Geology treks around Lake Gusana
One day circuit beginning on the outskirts of the village of Gavoi. From the top of Monte Loiloi, there is an opportunity to admire the north side of Mount Gennargentu, of the Supramonte Orgoloso, of the Monte Gonare and of Lake Gusana. The trek continues along the mountain ridge and leads into the magnificent Aratu valley, the natural border between Fonni and Ovodda. The outing ends at the top of Monte Astore, from where the views are majestic. It is a magical walk, both from a botanical and a geological perspective.
Nature treks at Cala Goloritze
Off-road vehicle transfer to the Golgo plateau and a trek of roughly one and a half hours through woods and hundred-year-old oaks. After crossing a spectacular stone arch, climb to the wonderful and unique Cala Goloritze. The deep turquoise colour of the sea, combined with the white of the pebbles on the beach, will leave you with unforgettable memories.
Mountain-biking in the magical Aratu valley
A nature and archaeological trail of unbelievable beauty.
You can explore the valley by mountain-bike, jeep or foot for 18 km.
A quick tour of Sardinia's beaches
In the North, the Gallura Coast consists of coves and little beaches with fine sand and clear water. It is one of Sardinia's most beautiful coastlines.
On the East Coast, go for a walk in Caletta, Posada and Berchida and admire the granite coast.
In the South, the long sandy beaches of the Costa Rey will enchant you. The beaches of Chia, with their powdery sand dunes, are a must-see too.
Finally, in the centre of the West Coast, choose Giovanni's beach, right next to the Tharros archaeological site.
Sardinia is home to the most beautiful archaeological sites.
So rich is its history, it is considered to be an open-air museum.
There are many museums to visit, amongst which you will find the National G. Sanna de Sassari Museum, the Sella & Mosca d'Alghero Museum, or the Brigata Sassari Museum.
Museums with a natural theme also abound, like the Alghero Aquarium, the Natural Science Museum in Belvi, and the Nature Museum of the Sa Corona Arrubia Territory at Villanova Forru. The latter is well worth the trip, with its Modern Art gallery housing Sardinian and Italian artists.
You will also find botanical and wildlife sections there.
The variety of the regional wines is remarkable and almost every locality has its own wine.
Do not pass up the Vermentino (white wine from Gallura), Cannonau (red or rosé wine from Barbagia and Ogliastra) or the Nuragus (white wine from Campinado).
Bread plays a predominant role in Sardinia.
It is called carasau bread, a fine sheet of dough shaped like a circle, double-baked in the oven. It is crunchy and delicious.
Sardinian cheese, cooked meats and cakes also deserve a special mention.
Among the better known cheeses, try Sardinian Pecorino (goat's cheese).It has a soft texture, and its taste is wild and strong. Try caciocavallo (cow's milk cheese) and ricotta too.
Among the cooked meats, we recommend the sausages and mountain ham.
Finally, try the famous bianchini, guelfi and amaretti, which are the island's most typical cakes.
In Sardinia, it is mostly the gourmet specialities which are irresistible. Bring back olive oil, sauces, condiments, dried pasta, honey, panettone and almond biscuits.
Devoted followers of Italian fashion will find an ample selection of clothing and shoes at the big brand-name stores (Gucci, Moschino, Prada). You can also dig out very pretty coral jewellery and ceramics with a variety of designs.
The shops are open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. on weekdays.