Sardinia – an island of stone towers

Most people imagine lots of holiday places, beaches and hotels when hearing the name of Sardinia. But this is a very simplified view. Sardinia, an island belonging to Italy, is primarily a place with a remarkable history and beautiful nature.

How to get there? Of course the best, cheapest and fastest way is by air, but if you really want to know Sardinia, it is better to use a car or scooter and get here on your own.

Nuraghe - Stone Tower in Sardinia, Italy
Nuraghe – Stone Tower in Sardinia, Italy by Jon Connell

There are lots of ferries sailing from several Italian ports heading mainly to Olbia. You can also come from neighbouring Corsica, where the journey takes about 50 minutes from Bonifacio to Santa Teresa di Gallura.

Sardinia is a mountainous island, although not so wild as Corsica.

Cala Mariolu beach, Sardinia, Italy
Cala Mariolu beach, Sardinia by Roberto Cossu

Finding an accommodation on Sardinia is not a problem. There are a lot of hotels of various types, as well as many well-equipped camps.

Unfortunately, some places are already over-crowded and a tourist industry is sometimes changing the original character of the island.

But it is not everywhere and you can still find some quiet places for your tranquil holidays.

La Maddalena, Sardinia, Italy
La Maddalena, Sardinia by Lino M

Rugged coastline is very diverse featuring tall granite and inaccessible cliffs or the vast beaches that are among the most beautiful in Europe.

Read more about the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia here.

The sea is warm, clean and emerald-blue, considered a diving paradise. Sometimes you can even enjoy quite large waves.

Amazing Sardinia, Italy
Amazing Sardinia by Chris

At the beginning I’ve mentioned a rich history of Sardinia, which is still a little vague and mysterious. You can find many megalithic monuments on every corner of the island.

Those include “Tombs of Giants” (Tomba dei Giganti), but mainly stone towers called Nuraghe. Especially in the central part of the island you will see lots of Nuraghe.

Giant's tomb, Dorgali, Sardinia, Italy
Giant’s tomb interior, Dorgali, Sardinia by Gaspar Torriero

Today you can still find several thousands of them throughout Sardinia, the original number is not known.

The towers are of different sizes and shape, most of them have a stone spiral staircase inside and even a few floors.

Tombs of Giants, Sardinia, Italy
Tombs of Giants, Sardinia, Italy by SehLax

The towers were built without any mortar or other fasteners, and are still standing even after about 3800 years.

There are several theories and myths about their builders and purpose – perhaps it was a sophisticated defense system, or residential or religious buildings, or some combination thereof, or something else entirely. In fact, it is still not clear and probably will never be.

Nuraghe Losa, Abbasanta, Sardinia, Italy
Nuraghe Losa, Abbasanta, Sardinia by Jack Aubrey

To complete the face of Sardinia, it is necessary to mention numerous Sardinian vineyards and olive groves providing delicious products.

In addition, we can find cork, eucalyptus and oak forests, aromatic pine forests and typical species of plants, called macchia or garrigue.

Due to the long isolation of the island, there are many endemic plant species.

Cala Gonone, Sardinia, Italy
Cala Gonone, Sardinia by Michele Testini

Well, during your exploration do not forget to taste the local cuisine. It is now very similar to Italian, but in itself reflects local influences.

Contains fish, seafood, as well as lamb and pork.

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