Sunny Holiday on the Island of Sardinia
If you’re looking for a beautiful and exciting family friendly destination, the Italian island of Sardinia has a lot to offer: pristine beaches, natural wonders, local history and much more.
With almost 2,000 miles of coastline, it’s easy to see why the island is such a popular beach destination. While there are many beaches to choose from, the Costa Rei or Pula beaches in the southern region are more conducive to children due to the shallow water and weaker currents.
You can also visit Castelsardo, a small and quaint town in the northwest. The nearby beaches are sheltered and ideal for swimming or unwinding, while the medieval town is fun to explore. After a day at the beach, you can even visit a 12th century castle.
Get away from the crowded beaches for a while and learn about the ancient Nuragic civilization that used to inhabit the island. Scattered throughout the island you will find megalithic stone structures known as Nuraghi. While their exact purpose remains a mystery, they were likely temples or fortresses. There are about 700 of these structures throughout the island. The Su Nuraxi complex is a must-see UNESCO World Heritage Site and an educational experience, the whole family will enjoy.
The island has an abundance of vibrant and exiting marine wildlife, and there’s no better way to experience it than at the Acquario di Cala Gonone. With an amazing variety of fish, as well as other creatures like sea urchins and sharks, you can explore and take things at your own pace. The touch tank is popular with kids and adults alike.
In addition to the beaches, you don’t want to miss the chance to explore Sardinia’s wealth of grottos and caves. Grotto di Nettuno, or Neptune’s Grotto is a popular choice. Here you’ll find a beautiful lake along with stunning pillar-like natural formations. You can explore these areas on your own or arrange a guided tour.
Cagliari is the regional capital of Sardinia. This is a great destination to experience architecture, especially the 13th-century Cagliari Cathedral. Step into the past and visit the Castello district. This is a walled medieval section of town that is located on a hilltop. For an educational experience, be sure to check out the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Cagliari, where you can find incredible archeological exhibits ranging from the ancient Nuragic civilization all the way through to Byzantine times.
Sardinia is also known for its hiking trails. Check out Cannoneris, one of the largest oak forests in Europe. This is a great destination for the whole family. Kids will love encountering deer and goats, and the view from Punta Calamixi is worth the trip. The trees also offer shade in the summertime.
With a holiday home on Sardinia you can experience this beautiful island for yourself!
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