Monday, 27 August 2012

Beautiful Sardinia - Fly & Drive Tour discovering a marvellous and splendid Mediterranean island.

Benvenuti in Sardegna", Welcome to Sardinia.After your arrival at Olbia and rental of your car accommodation in Hotel.Have a first contact with Olbia.Greek mythology gives birth to the son of Hercules in Olbia, the first large human settlement on the east coast of Gallura.The Nuragic Civilisation (1800-238 BC) expanded on this stretch of coast of Sardinia characterised by vast plains,rugged headlands and granite natural harbours on which to build their own buildings sighting of worship or burial.

But it were the Phoenicians who founded the first town in the same site where is located the present town of Olbia,their only colony of the north-east of the island.Documented the birth of the centre, however, is dated between the fourth and third centuries BC, this period was the granite "S´Ibalconaddu" (visible in the Museum Sanna in Sassari), in which the symbol of the Punic goddess Tanit.

The few remains of the first urban settlement lie beneath the present church of St. Paul, near the "Corso Umberto I". During the Roman domination Olbia underwent an expansion in its history,only the extreme proximity to the capital of the favoured significant development of Olbia in the middle of 400 A. D. Sardinia was invaded by the Vandals, the population was limited and stood along the coast, occupying several towns land villages and scared away the people inland.During 'the age Judiciary' Olbia came to the fore,with a castle and was elevated to capital of the kingdom. In the next Aragon rule, the centre was abandoned again and its inhabitants scattered in the arid countryside, forming the typical rural houses of Gallura. With the advent of the Savoy laid the groundwork for the end of the feudal system and the area resumed its development thanks to the reopening of the important interventions such as maritime transport, the construction of the railway and the road that linked Olbia to the "Carlo Felice", currently the most important road of the island. A notable development came with the cork industry,sheep farming, dairy and fisheries sector.Enjoy your dinner in "Trattoria Assaggio" you can taste here the typical Sardinia cuisine,"Culurgiones" and "Fregula" and excellent wines as "Cannonau" and "Vermentino" the restaurant is very close to the railway Station and "Corso Umberto" one of the most important avenues in Olbia.


After your breakfast enjoy your day visiting the beautiful "Costa Smeralda",the Emerald Coast surely the most famous tourist area of Sardinia.You can visit the resort of Porto Cervo meeting point of the "international jetset".With the birth of the "Costa Smeralda" by Prince Karim Aga Khan, who here wanted to create an exclusive area for the top international high society in this area and was created the capital of "Porto Cervo".The heart of the worldliness of Porto Cervo is a village near the old port with the Hotel Cervo,the "Piazzetta",a charming small square,the long promenade and "Sottopiazza" the area adjacent to the little town centre.Shopping, luxury boutiques and restaurants are the highlights at Porto Cervo.Interesting is the marina,at the entrance you can admire the "Azzurra", finalist of the America's Cup in 1983.Of great fame is the Yacht Club, a reference point for all the most beautiful yachts in the Mediterranean.

Not surprisingly, Porto Cervo has hosted the most prestigious sailing competitions such as the Sardinia Cup, the Swan Cup, the Veteran Boat Rally and the Maxi Yacht Rolex.Near Porto Cervo you can reach the picturesque beaches like Pevero, Pedra Bianca, Cala Liscia Ruja,la Baia di Capriccioli,Cala la Volpe and Portu li Coggi.

Continue on to one of the most beautiful landscape of Sardinia "Capo Testa".Capo Testa is a large rocky promontory linked by a peninsula on the outskirts of Santa Teresa di Gallura.The Valley of the Moon is especially worth a visit to sample the views and the stunning evening sunsets. There are a selection of bars and restaurants to choose from and the beaches are some of the best in Sardinia with crystal clear water and white sand.This peninsula overlooks the Strait of Bonifacio and is connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus,along which extend two beautiful beaches.From Capo Testa you can clearly see the Lavezzi Islands and the Southern Corsica.After continuing to Alghero an ancient -catalan town called also "Alguer" rich of history and culture.Accommodation in your hotel and you can enjoy your dinner in Ristorante Cavour excellent cuisine,relaxing place very close to the coast. Overnight in Alghero.


After your breakfast,visit Alghero,called in Catalan "Alguer".It is an important and beautiful town situated on a small hill dominating a beautiful bay.Alghero is also known as the "Little Barcelona of Italy".The city is considered a Catalan linguistic area,and Catalan is used by many of its inhabitants.Between two adjacent bays, the Bay of Alghero and the bay of Porto Conte, Alghero is situated in a favourable position that has allowed human settlement since ancient times. Alghero is situated in a suitable environment for nature lovers, with a terrestrial fauna with over a hundred species of animals and the presence of wildlife oasis Ark of Noah.Also spectacular and highlights of this area is its sea with the seabed of "Punta Giglio", "Capo Caccia "and "Punta Ghisciera" where there is a marine reserve.Striking the wide range of which some century-old olive groves.

Do not miss anyway a historical visit of Alghero.The churches of this town such as the Cathedral of St. Mary of Mercy Church, the Sanctuary of Valverde, the Church of St. Francis and the Church of San Michele.
Other important historical buildings are the Palace of Abis, Machin's Palace, the Tower of the Portal, the Espero Reial tower, the Torre de Sant Jaume, and the Roman Bridge Fertilia.Have your lunch in the "Ristorante Le Tre Torri"  very close to the Church of San Michele,the cuisine is traditionally mediterranean,fish,seafood,and excellent pasta

.After your lunch you can enjoy a beautiful mini-cruise to the spectacular "Capo Caccia" , an imposing limestone promontory located in the north-west of Sardinia."Capo Caccia" owes its name to pigeon shoots that were making the 800 notables from the boat during periods of calm around the headland from the top of which you can see the wide Gulf of Alghero and the nearby island of forming Foradada one of the most beautiful and fascinating island.In recent times it has been declared permanently protected fauna oasis to the great benefit of the various species present both above and below the water.Overnight in Alghero and dinner in the restaurant "Angedras". Here you can enjoy a mixed menu "sardo-catalan" with a wide range of pasta,rice and seafood similar "Paella valenciana",fish,seafood but also excellent meat.The restaurant is located not far from the Cathedral in "Bastioni Marco Polo" near the ancient rampant.


After your breakfast,departure to Oristano and visit this interesting town located in the centre of the great plain of Campidano.Oristano is the island heart,centrally located along the west coast of Sardinia,Oristano presents itself to visitors in all its beauty, with the seaside resorts of Bosa, Tresnuraghes, Santa Caterina and the pine forests surrounding the town.The ancient "Orissa"Oristano was founded in the XI Century and became the capital of the province of Arborea in 1070.

The town t has numerous architectonic evidence related to the Middle Ages.In "Piazza Roma", you'll find historic remains of the town walls.Do not miss anyway other important historical places as the Cathedral, the Church of Santa Chiara, the Church of St. Francesco, the Tower of Mariano II and the Palace Siviero Corrias.Oristano is very popular and well known nationally and internationally for some of its events, such as the Carnival of Oristano and the "Sartiglia",an equestrian tournament which is played on Sunday
 and the last Tuesday of Carnival.This is one of the last races to the ring that is practiced in Europe.Enjoy a great lunch in "Ristorante da Salvatore" the speciality here is the "Spigola"and fish in general also seafood excellent the squids and a great choice of local wines.

After your lunch continue your trip visiting the site of Tharros. This important archaeological site was founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC. Little is left of the archaic period, except for one part of the necropolis and some buildings re-used by the Carthaginians,who took over from the Phoenicians in the 6th century BC,enlarged and fortified the city Cando, while the area still retains the remains of about 100 "nuraghi" the typical sardinian constructions scattered throughout the peninsula.

The name of these typical Sardinian buildings derives from the word "nurra" which means "heap" or "mound", but also "cavity".It is perhaps for this double meaning that the word has been applied to the original shape of the "Nuraghi", built by laying big stones one on top of the other to create a hollow which is then covered by a stone dome to form a room.

After this interesting visit continue to Cagliari. Accommodation in your hotel and dinner in the restaurant "Sa Domu Sarda" not far from the Cagliari University,excellent pasta,fish and "pan carasau" and "pan ghitiau" typical sardinian thin breads with pecorino cheese,Overnight in Cagliari.


After your breakfast visit Cagliari, capital of the island .The city offers museums and monuments of all civilizations over the past centuries: Phoenicians, Romans,Vandals, Byzantines,occupied from Pisans, Genoans, Aragonese, Catalans,Spaniards and Piedmontese.

Cagliari is situated on the south coast of Sardinia on the hills that rise in the fertile plain which slopes down towards the "Golfo degli Angeli" (the Bay of Angels) Cagliari is the island's most important trading center and its port city is connected with the main towns of the Mediterranean.Visiting the city stand the origins and interactions that make a fascinating Cagliari meeting place of different cultures.

Worth visiting the Roman Amphitheatre, the beautiful Cathedral, Royal Palace, the Roman Sepulchre, the National Archaeological Museum, the Castle District and the Church of Santa Restituta.Cagliari, as all Sardinia is synonymous with the sea.Crystal clear waters and beautiful beaches like the endless beach of "Poetto".Do not miss the excellent "cagliaritana cuisine". that revolves around seafood like "burrida" (dogfish with parsley and walnuts) and "bottariga" (eggs pressed tuna or mullet).A good restaurant is "Ristorante Basilio" good quality and relaxing situated in Via Satta.You can continue your visit of the historical Cagliari after lunch or have a relaxing afternoon in the Poetto beach and for dinner Ristorante "Sa Piola"the grilled fish is excellent and also the pasta with fresh tomato and basil.Overnight in Cagliari.


After your breakfast departure for Nuoro.This town is situated in the central part of Sardinia,built on a granite plateau surrounded by valleys and dominated to the east by Mount Ortobene. Nuoro is the city considered the capital of Barbagia a large area in the interior of Sardinia.Nuoro is located in an area called the "Nuoros", the other areas of the province are those of Siniscola, Orosei, Ogliastra,, Sarcidano the Marghine Planargia, and part of Gallura.If you are interested about sardinian culture do not miss the Art Museum of the Province of Nuoro and the Museum of Sardinian folk life and traditions.Also very interesting the Museum Grazia Deledda dedicated to the most important sardinian writer.

Nuoro is a land of great gastronomy traditions.Among the delicacies are a cheese called "casizzolu of" fresh milk curdled "frue knows", the minced pork and seasoned with spices "purpuzza", the traditional Sardinian bread made thin and crispy discs "on the famous "pan carasau ".Excellent restaurant in the town is "Ciusa" in Via Ciusa with homemade pasta, the desserts and wines excellent.

Continue to Orgosolo,this town is is certainly one of the iconic interior towns of Sardinia. The village looks like an eagle's nest.Pasquale Cugia a sardinian writer wrote that it is like a fortress to which nature has thrown before ramparts and ditches.Orgosolo is the main centre of the culture of Barbagia pastoral country, which lies at the foot of the mountains of Supramonte.

The town became famous during the struggle of peasants and shepherds to defend the land against expropriation.The banditry of the sixties left its mark in the film "Orgosolo Bandits" directed by Vittorio De Seta told with style cold and dry the hard life of the shepherds and the traditional mistrust towards the state. The political and social passion has left considerable traces in the village: there are hundreds of murals, from about 1975 onwards, were painted on the facades of houses and the rocks around the country.After this interesting visit continue to Olbia.Overnight in Olbia and enjoy your dinner in the restaurant "Perittu" in Via Nuoro,in excellent position very close to the sea and "lungomare"the beautiful maritim promenade of Olbia.


After your breakfast depending of your flight time,if you have your flight at evening you can enjoy a beautiful mini cruise from the Port of Palau visiting the Maddalena archipelago with La Maddalena and Caprera islands.Visit the town, the capital of the archipelago of the same name, which is crossed by alleyways, the name of the Genoese its narrow alleys, topped by houses that climb the hill that stands above Cala cookset; the historic port around which the entire village has developed.Then visit the island of Caprera, the island is connected by a bridge mother.Declared a nature reserve,the island owes its fame above all to the museum dedicated to Giuseppe Garibaldi, who spent the last period of his life.His house, boats and objects have become a museum of memorabilia of the most known and visited in the world. At the end of this beautiful excursion return to Olbia and transfer to Olbia Airport and .practices boarding flight to your destination.

Arrivederci Sardegna,see you Sardinia.

Francesco Mari