Are you heading to Italy this summer and aiming to hit up one of the islands but not sure which? The island of Sardinia is a perfect place to get introduced to the island life of Italy, with expansive coastline, mountains and hills throughout, meaning you won’t be stuck for things to do or see. With a number of ferries to Port towns such as Olbia, getting to this unique island has never been easier.
Sardinia is a large island to the south west of mainland Italy, right in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, meaning that its climate is pretty fantastic year round, but can be rainy and slightly dreary as the autumn approaches, making hilly treks and mountain walks a bit more difficult. The culture of Sardinia is very strong and many places operate a “siesta” time, where food may not be served in restaurants. There are a number of festivals throughout the year which are worth catching and the food is both traditional and unique, offering up a sampling of island cuisines.
The Food and Drink
The food of Sardinia is locally produced and you can find island-specific foods such as breads and cheeses which are almost exclusively made by hand, following age-old traditions. Porcheddu is a Sardinian dish hailing from the inner regions of Sardinia and is a young pig roasted with local herbs known as Mirto. An interesting, yet forbidden cheese, Casu Marzu can be found by speaking with locals who know where to find it, but considering this cheese is almost literally rotten, it is important to trust your source – but can also lead to a very unique culinary experience. Sardinnian pastries are prevalent, the difference being in their composition – the use of pig fat for lard, and honey in place of sugar which gives them a unique taste over pastries and breads you’d find elsewhere.
Ichnusa is the most popular and common beer in the region, with the locals drinking on average 60 litres of beer each per year! The red wine of choice on the island is Cannonau, but it may be difficult to find while the Monica di Sardegna is more widely available as far as wines go. Mirto, as mentioned above, is put into a drink of the same name which is a local speciality, being a wine spirit flavoured with the Mirto shrub berries.
Being an island region, Sardinia lends itself to having a vast amount of activities surrounding beaches and being in the water. Water sports are prominent, including sailing around various local islands where you can stop off to spend a few hours wandering around villages or sipping local wines in the shade. The inner regions of the island are home to mountains that provide excellent skiing in the winter time, so you aren’t limited to just the summer time for Sardinia!
In all there are a number of reasons you should make Sardinia your next holiday destination, and these are only a few of the reasons! Don’t take it from us though, get out there and see for yourself how fantastic this Italian island really is!