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Sardinia – Territory

Isle of great charm, Sardinia offers scenarios of great beauty and variety: from the beaches with crystal sea water in Costa Smeralda, to the picturesque villages and islands of the South.
Almost everywhere in Sardinia it is possible to see the archaeological finds of “Giants tombs” and of Nuraghi, the megalithic constructions typical of Sardinia dating back over 1000 years BC. Some of them are well preserved and open to visitors. Experts are still discussing about their origin. Many finds are kept in the National Archaeological Museum of Cagliari.

The North of Sardinia is a land of natural beauty. The northernmost side of Gallura has wonderful beaches for diving, such as those of Capo Testa and Santa Reparata, and also villages of great charm as Santa Teresa di Gallura or archaeological sites such as Li Lolghi and Li Muri necropolis.
To the northeast, over Olbia, you meet the famous Costa Smeralda, with bays, small beaches and popular locations so often mentioned in VIP gossip magazines: Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo.
Further north lies the archipelago of La Maddalena with its marine park and the island of Caprera where it is possible to visit the home of Giuseppe Garibaldi.

Alghero, in the northwestern side of the island, is the only Catalan city of Italy and even today the road signs are written in both languages. Alghero is also famous for its red coral. Near Alghero there are the beautiful caves of Neptune, reachable by boat.
To enjoy nature and see beautiful sea views, it’s perfect to take the road that leads from Alghero to Bosa, the small town with a navigable river, the river Temo.

In the South of Sardinia the white beaches of Notteri are a paradise for surfers while Costa Rei is recommended for snorkeling.
The Monte Linas-Oridda-Margani is a place full of waterfalls and natural caves, and it is populated by many species of rapacious birds.
Sardinia is also a land of old mines, open now to tourists, as the mines of Iglesias, San Giovanni, Masua and Monteponi, all of them in the South of Sardinia.
The historic center of Cagliari retains traces of Phoenician and Roman dominations.
Near Cabras it is possible to visit the ruins of Tharros, ancient Phoenician village (7th century BC) then inhabited by the Romans. The city lies on the Sinis Peninsula overlooking the sea.
In the province of Cagliari there are the lakes in which pink flamingos live.
The ancient Phoenician harbor of Sulcis was based In Sant’Antioco island.
Carloforte, on the San Pietro island, is a very very special village where Ligurian dialect is the “official language”. This happens because in 1738 the king  Charles Emmanuel III gave it to farmers and fishermen living in Tabarka (Tunisia) in order to escape from  the constant difficulties with local rais.
Even today the people of Carlforte are called “tabarchini”.

NATIONAL PARKS IN SARDINIA:
La Maddalena National Park
Asinara National Park
Orosei and Gennargentu Gulf National Park

REGIONAL PARKS IN SARDINIA:
Porto Conte Regional Park
Molentargius-Saline Regional Park
Gutturu Mannu Regional Park
Tepilora, Sant’Anna and Rio Posada Regional Park
Monte Arci Regional Park

MARINE PROTECTED AREAS IN SARDINIA:
Capo Carbonara
Isola dell’Asinara
Penisola del Sinis – Isola Mal di Ventre
Tavolara – Punta Coda Cavallo

UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARKS IN SARDINIA:
Parco Geominerario Storico e Ambientale della Sardegna

WWF NATURE RESERVES IN SARDINIA:
In the Province of Cagliari:
Monte Arcosu

In the Province of Medio-Campidano:
Scivu

In the Province of Sassari:
Steppe Sarde

BLUE FLAGS IN SARDINIA:
In the Province of Cagliari:
Quartu S. Elena – Poetto, Mare Pintau
Teulada – portu Tramatzu, Sabbie Bianche, Tuerredda

In the Province of Olbia Tempio:
Badesi – Li Junchi
La Maddalena – Caprera: Due mari, Caprera: Relitto, La Maddalena: Spalmatore, porto Lungo
Palau – Palau Vecchio, l’Isuledda (Porto Pollo), la Sciumara, Foce Fiume Liscia
Santa Teresa Gallura – Rena Bianca, Rena ponente (loc. Capo Testa), zia Culumba (loc. Capo
Testa, Rena di Levante)

In the Province of Sassari:
Castelsardo – Madonnina / Stella Maris, Sacro Cuore/ Ampurias
Sassari – Porto Ferro
Sorso – Marina di Sorso

In other Provinces:
Oristano – Torregrande (OR)
Tortoli – Lido di Cea, lido di Orrì, Muxì (Il Golfetto), Orrì Foxilioni, ponente (nota “la Capannina”),
porto Frailis (OG)

ORANGE FLAGS IN SARDINIA:
In the Province of Nuoro:
Gavoi
Oliena

In other Provinces:
Aggius (OT)
Laconi (OR)
Sardara (VS)

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