Summer dreaming: Sardinia

Picking a destination for the summer holidays may be a daunting task, but I have no doubt I will go to Sardinia again this summer. I have visited many times, and each time I fall in love with it a little bit more. This Italian island is the second biggest in the Mediterranean. Although it belongs to Italy, the feeling one gets here is that it is a world apart and completely unique.

Every time I visit Sardinia I make it a point to go to my favorite places in the region, such as the long, white sandy beach of Costa Rei – about 1 hour drive from Sardinia’s capital, Cagliari. But I also try to visit as many new places as possible.

Costa Rei Sardinia

My plan for this time around is to go to Oasi Biderosa, a protected marine area which allows access to only a very small number of visitors every day (and for which I will have to make reservations in advance). I also intend to visit the Maddalena archipelago, famous for its gorgeous beaches and incredibly clear waters.

Sardinia sea

But I also won’t miss out on some of Sardinia’s most hidden treasures, such as the archeological site of Sa Sedda e Sos Carros, not far from Lanaitto Valley, and if it is not too hot I plan to hike the Supramonte area.

I will finally head to the west coast to visit the feline colony of Su Pallosu. Here, cats live right on a gorgeous beach and a group of volunteers created a charity to protect them and provide for them. Such a great job they are doing that they have made the national and international news several times, and a cat lover like me can’t go to Sardinia and skip such a place.

Sardinia sea

As I plan to move around a lot, I think the best thing to do is to take a ferry to Sardinia so that I can also take my own car and once back I can stock on some of the local specialties without having to worry too much about having to check in too much luggage at the airport.

Have you ever been to Sardinia? What did you like the most about it?

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I'm a former human rights lawyer and academic. I abandoned my career to follow my true calling, which involved rafting down mighty rivers, zip lining across canyons and trekking to the craters of active volcanoes. Through my blog I share my stories, provide tips and occasionally go on a rant. My mission? Hiking up all volcanoes in the world!

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