Sardinia has long been a favorite of the Italians; discover why with Cadogan’s insightful and fascinating guide. Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls, the Italian travel experts, uncover the hidden sights of the elegant capital of Cagliari and explore the wild beaches and pure turquoise sea of the coast of the Nurra. They ponder the quiet simplicity of Oristano, which explodes into life for a two-day festival every year, and study the beautiful political murals adorning the streets of Orgosolo. Evocative descriptions of the rocky granite mountains of the Gennargentu National Park and the luxury of the Costa Smeralda, playground of the titled and wealthy, will transport you to the island before you have even arrived.
A detailed chapter on Sardinian culture includes a section on the island’s most enduring mysteries: the nuraghe, ancient towers dotted throughout the landscape. Illustrations of the different types of nuraghe allow you to identify them and understand the differences between them. As always, the very best places to try out Sardinian cuisine are listed, alongside hand-picked hotels, villas, bars and shops.
Excerpt: Essential Differences
Cetti was discussing flora, but that’s just the start. If you spend some time on Sardinia, you may find yourself forgetting that it's an island altogether. One of its nicknames is 'the other continent', a continent that has been there in the centre of Western civilization for millennia, and yet on the fringes, remote and detached and timeless, just far away enough to be alternative world that remembers things the rest of Europe has forgotten. Not even the conformist pressures of modern society have succeeded in changing its heart. The coasts perhaps- before the war they were malarial swamps. But not the heart.
Decades ago the cliché went that one visits Sardinia not for the sights but for the atmosphere. ...click here to read the rest
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