Although a popular destination for summer tourism, Sardinia is an island that hides wonders that can be enjoyed in every season of the year. Winter included. If you are planning to take a tour of the island during the winter low season, here are five places to visit without delay.
We start from one of the most important archeological sites on the island: Tharros. Founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC, the city sits in the municipality of Cabras in the province of Oristano. It was once one of the main Carthaginian cities in the northern Mediterranean but was conquered by Rome in the 3rd century BC. It is effectively an open-air museum, with remains dating back mainly to the Roman domination and to the early Christian period. It is also set in a landscape of extraordinary beauty, making a visit here both cultural and idyllic.
Oristano and the Sa Sartiglia
If you are in Sardinia during the carnival period (the last Sunday before Lent and Shrove Tuesday), stop in Oristano to enjoy the famous Sa Sartiglia festival. It has medieval origins and is a flamboyant theatrical event with horseback jousts and colourful parades.
Also called Barceloneta, or “little Barcelona”, Alghero is a sort of Catalan colony in the Italian territory. The city has in fact preserved the Catalan language and houses an institutional seat of the government of Catalonia. Alghero boasts unique characteristics, making it an unmissable destination during the winter season. Here you can enjoy a trek in the Oasis of Le Prigionette or visit the nuragic village of Palmavera. There are also the historic city walls where you can enjoy a peaceful stroll or go to the city center to visit the numerous artistic churches and historic buildings.
The capital of Sardinia is worth visiting at any time of the year as it is an ancient and fascinating city, hiding precious treasures allowing you to delve into the island’s history, culture and artistic heritage. Must-sees include the Basilica of San Saturnino (the island’s oldest church), the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the Royal Palace, the Roman amphitheater and the National Museum of Cagliari, which is full of ancient artifacts from all over the world. If you want to get a taste of the authentic city life, visit the market of San Benedetto, which is the largest in Europe and full of products of all kinds, from crafts to foods typical of southern Sardinia.
In the heart of Sardinia, in the province of Nuoro, you’ll find the Gennargentu Massif, a mountainous area with the highest peaks on the island, including Punta La Marmora, which rises more than 1800m above sea level. In this area of extraordinary beauty, you can fully enjoy the beauty of Sardinian nature, with rare flowers and animals to see in their natural habitat.
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