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Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and, despite being an autonomous region of Italy, it is actually closer to Africa. Whilst on holiday in Sardinia, visitors will experience the fabulous scenery with rugged cliffs, immaculate white beaches and turquoise waters. Away from the coast, Sardinia’s interior is equally stunning, with forested mountain peaks and citrus groves.
Over 60,000 hectares of Sardinian territory is environmentally preserved, and it has three national parks and 60 wildlife reserves. Sardinia’s landscape is scattered with a host of Roman ruins and curious stone fortresses, temples and tombs which date back to prehistoric times. Don’t miss the medieval archways and sun-baked streets of Alghero or the historic gem of Oristano. Perfect for cycling, Sardinia has plenty of coastal trails and country roads to explore. If you prefer activities on the water then there is a professional diving centre, the largest underwater grotto in the Mediterranean. While on your Sardinia holidays with Mark Warner, you'll be able to enjoy everything that the area has to offer.
Perdepera Beach Resort is located right on the edge of a long sandy bay on the eastern side of the island with sweeping views of the coastline to the front and a backdrop of magnificent mountains behind. The resort is perfectly positioned for outdoor activities. The beach is protected by a headland, providing ideal conditions for beginners to make the most of the free tuition and try their hand at sailing or windsurfing. If you’re feeling energetic, there’s a full fitness programme and two tennis courts where our resident coach is on hand to offer expert tennis instruction. There’s even the chance to explore the island and check out the fantastic mountain biking trails with our guide.
You'll find plenty of exciting things to see and do on your Sardinia holidays, however you enjoy spending your time. From delightful medieval towns, to unspoiled beaches, seaside resorts and activities aplenty, Sardinia is a holidaymakers dream.
Cagliari is known as ‘the city of the sun’, a vibrant port town on the southern tip of Sardinia. It has several parks and beaches as well as lots of bars and nightclubs. The old part of the city, Castello, lies on top of a hill and has a soaring view of Angel’s gulf. Other highlights include the Cathedral di Santa Maria and a complex of museums called the Citadelle dei Musei.
Bosa: a small but beautiful medieval town, Bosa is surrounded by wild countryside and beautiful beaches. It is a patchwork of medieval streets, terracotta rooftops, piazzas, cafes and shops through which run the palm tree-flanked river Temo.
Parco Nazionale dell’Arcipelago di La Maddalena: this consists of seven scenery-rich islands and 40 islets. The area has been declared a national park and has lots of hidden coves and pretty coves to discover. There are plenty of boat trips that operate from Palau, you may even glimpse dolphins playing in the crystal waters.
Costa Verde: named ‘the green coast’ after its lush vegetation, Costa Verde extends along the south west coast of Sardinia with small rocky bays, sand deserts and windswept Mediterranean maquis.
Santa Teresa di Gallura: this unspoilt seaside resort has a little more character than the Costa Smeralda. The attractive old town centre has some good-value restaurants and hotels and some great architecture. Nearby you can also see the wind-sculpted granite rocks of Capo Testa.
Alghero and Olbio: Sardinia’s main towns have many cafes, shops and restaurants which make for a great day out with the family. They also have historic centres and interesting harbours so that you can do some sightseeing before trying the local cuisine.
Isola del Gelato: this popular gelateria will be a favourite with the kids with its delicious selection of ice-cream treats.
Sardinians are friendly, warm and have a real passion for their island. This has given the local culture in Sardinia a strong sense of tradition and love to gather together and enjoy good food and festivities. The island hosts year-round festivals and events which are traditions that have been ongoing for centuries.
On January 16th huge bonfires are lit all over Sardinia in honour of Sant’Antonio Abate, to represent his descent into hell to bring fire to earth. Throughout the night there is the flow of traditional music and dance. Also San Salvatore barefoot running is an intriguing event and one of the oldest festivals of Sardinia. It takes place on the first Saturday of September; at dawn, a group of around a thousand barefoot young men wearing white robes gather to carry the simulacram of San Salvatore between churches.
Traditional wedding in Selargius - during the second week of September there is a celebration of the traditional Sardinian wedding where real couples get married and the whole town takes part in wearing traditional costume. The streets are decorated with flowers and there is cake and drinks for everyone.
Sa Sartigilia – this is an equestrian tournament held in Oristano. It is one of the most impressive and choreographed carnivals which selects the figure of Su Componidori, the horseman who wears the mask of a mysterious God to pierce the star. The atmosphere is charged with rolling drums and cheering crowds.
Many islanders are still employed in the agricultural industry and there are numerous fairs which celebrate the quality of Sardinia’s produce, from the artichoke festival in Uri in March to the cherries festival in the small village of Belvi in June. There is also the three-day chestnut festival in Aritzo in October and the fish festival in Santa Teresa Gallura in July which marks the rebellion of 1802 and celebrates the sea’s offerings.
Sardinia is one of the most ancient land masses in Europe, with evidence of civilization since prehistory, dating back to the Palaeolithic period, with permanent settlements appearing in the Neolithic age around 6000 BC. This population, mainly pastoral, was known as the Nuragic people and its traditions have been maintained right up to the present day. Sardinia went to Rome in the First Punic War and, with the fall of the Roman Empire, was subjected to heavy raiding by pirates which is why most of the main Sardinian cities are inland.
Four kingdoms cropped up during the Middle Ages but were rapidly colonized by Pisa and Genoa. Then, by the end of the 14th century, Spain seized Sardinia and the island remained out of mainstream history for 400 years and then passed into the hands of the Austrians. In 1861, after Italy’s wars of independence, Sardinia was transformed into an Italian state. With the unification of Italy, Sardinia became one of the twenty Italian regions, with a special statue of autonomy.
There is plenty to keep you occupied in our Perdepera Beach Resort. You can head down to the waterfront and check out all the activities going on down there. Back on land you can play tennis, go mountain biking or join in our fitness classes.
Outside the resort you can explore the land and sea.
Diving Center Capo Galera: this professional diving centre in the crystal-clear waters near Alghero, offers the biggest underwater grotto in the Mediterranean.
Cycling: you can enjoy the warm Sardinian sunshine and cycle for miles across the wild lands of Sardinia without coming across a soul. It has a natural wealth of coastal trails and undulating country roads.
Local food in Sardinia favours plenty of hearty pasta dishes using herbs like mint and myrtle for flavour. Wild boar and suckling pig are spit-roasted or boiled in stews with beans and vegetables then thickened with bread. Sardinian bread is made dry because it keeps longer than high-moisture bread. Rich pungent cheeses like pecorino and smoked ricotta are also popular in Sardinia, as is fresh seafood such as rock lobster, bottarga, sardines, scampi and tuna. Sardinians have a sweet tooth and produce a range of different cakes, pastries and sweets. Torrone is a local speciality, similar to nougat, it blends honey, almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts.
Sardinia produces a variety of good wines including the strong Cannonau and the less intense Monica di Sardegna. An alcoholic speciality is the head-splitting fire water Fil'e ferru, drink it at your peril!
Sardinia has a typical Mediterranean climate with long summers. It is hot and dry from May to October, making the crystal clear waters all the more inviting. Coastal temperatures reach an average high of 29°C in July and August. Inland, temperatures can even rise to 40°C.
September and October still see a lot of sunshine and winter months are mild and damp, although the mountain regions can see temperatures fall to 0°C. Spring begins in March and gets a good amount of sunshine; it is an ideal time to visit as it is hot during the day and cooler at night.
Sardinia is also known as isola del vento or ‘the windy island’ due to the winds that come across the Mediterranean. Winds such as Scirocco, a hot wind originating from the African deserts in the South, the Mistral, a strong north-westerly wind, and the Levante, a moist wind from Northern Africa, mean that the island is a top destination for surfers and sailors.
Mediterranean; average temperatures, rainfall and daily sunshine hours for Sardinia.
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Sardinia’s long summer starts in May, with pleasant warm temperatures averaging the mid-20s. Sea temperatures can be quite nippy at 14°C – perfect for cooling you down in the heat of the day.
June sees less rain and higher temperatures. However, there is rarely a time when the heat becomes overwhelming, thanks to the fresh sea breeze which blows all year round.
July is a very dry month and sees an average of 12 hours of sunshine a day. Although this is a popular time of year to be soaking up the rays the beach at Perdepera Beach Resort is vast.
August falls in the peak of summer, with averages up to 30°C, even the nights remain close at 20°C. Make sure you wear cool clothing and seek out shade.
Early autumn is a good time to visit Sardinia as there is still plenty of sunshine and sea temperatures are pleasantly warm. Those looking for a bit more privacy will find it is not so crowded with tourists.