Mediterranean Holidays on Sardinia

By: Andy Adams

Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea only slightly smaller than Sicily and is also a part of Italy. The island itself has a long and interesting history dating back beyond the Roman rule and was home to the Shardana people who had attempted to invade Egypt only to be defeated by Ramesses III in 1180 BC. But these days Sardinia is much better known for its tourist attractions from sporting events like motor sport to relaxing beaches of which there are many!

Like most Mediterranean isles Sardinia is no different with its turquoise oceans and many beaches forming the majority of its 2000 kilometre coastline. For those who like to miss the holiday crowds and get their own tranquil piece of paradise there are many smaller islands which can provide an excellent retreat from stresses of working life.

One other point about the beaches is that they do not all fall victim to the over development of most holiday hotspots because a large proportion of them are protected by a heritage trust ensuring that marine life is undisturbed. If beaches aren't your thing there are plenty of mountain ranges that span the entire island and have varying heights and vistas depending on where you visit. Sardinia is also home to a number of rare species of wildlife that can only be seen on the island, animals such as the Great Spotted Woodpecker and the Mediterranean Monk Seal as well as being home to a colony of the rare Griffon vulture near Bosa.

Sport has been popular in Sardinia with Cagliari having a football team in Italy's top division "Serie A" but also Motorsport has been popular on the island with Formula 3000 races taking place on a street circuit in 2003 and the mountainous dusty roads playing host to the World Rally Championship in the surrounding roads to the town of Porto Cervo. A series of trade winds and weather systems mean that windsurfing and kitesurfing are popular in the North West part of the island.

Accommodation in Sardinia is plentiful with many hotels and apartments in Sardinia set in idyllic locations both in tourist towns and quieter areas. Many people have chosen Sardinia self catering holidays as they would prefer to sample the fine local cuisine in the many port based towns, and with Sardinia being split into eight differing regions you're bound to encounter many different cultures on your holiday to the island.

Another option becoming more popular in recent years is villas in Sardinia as well as other Mediterranean islands since these days the typical family is much larger and can't normally fit into the standard hotel room where you'll typically get a double bed for mum and dad and a sofa bed for however many children you may have. As well as this villas are more popular as some families may choose to holiday with other family members such as aunties, uncles and grandparents. The whole family living under one roof on holiday can make for a memorable vacation that all the family can enjoy.

So in summary Sardinia has a lot to offer for summer holidays and a definite competitor to the neighbouring Balearic Islands for holidaymakers' choice this year.

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