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  • Tailor-made luxury hotel holidays to Sardinia

    Luxury holidays to Sardinia

    Sardinia was long regarded as a remote and wild island, inhabited by shepherds and a shy people, who had little to do with the Italian mainland. Once a melting pot of diverse European and North African cultures, Sardinia still bears witness to its colourful past with echoes of the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Spanish and Tuscans being clearly apparent in its traditions, language and architecture today.

    The coastline is startling with its coves, long sandy beaches, inlets, rocky outcrops and clear, turquoise sea. Inland the macchia grassland with myrtle, thyme, prickly pears and dwarf oaks stretches towards the wild peaks of the Gennargentu mountains. Sardinia offers a delightful mixture for your holiday, combining the sophistication of the resorts and hotels of the Costa Smeralda and its stunning beaches with the remote, rural hinterland, where shepherds still tend their sheep in the mountains and traditional costume is worn with pride. Sardinia is a fascinating holiday island.

     

    Local highlights

    Cultural Highlights of Sardinia
    Visit the church of Santissima Trinita di Saccargia near Sassari for its 13th Century frescoes. The Catalan-Gothic 16th Century Cathedral on Alghero. Nuoro has been the home of some of Sardinia`s most important literary figures including Grazia Deledda who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1926. The Museo Nazionale Archeologico in Cagliari houses bronze votive statuettes of the nuraghic people. 

    Festivals of Sardinia
    Cavalcata Sarda festival in Sassari on Ascension Day. Sagra del Redentore festival in Nuoro illustrates traditional dancing and dialects of the region. Feast of the Mamuthones in Mamoiada includes a ritual dance full of the fierce folkoric tradition of the Gennargentu mountains. 

    Gastronomy of Sardinia
    The gastronomy of Sardinia is based very much on produce from the land, especially milk products and meat. Ewe's milk produces Sardinian pecorino cheese, used to flavour many regional dishes. Meat is often cooked over hot embers or roasted on a spit. Specialities include 'Prosciutto di cinghiale' (wild boar ham) and 'Succutundu' (strong meat stock with semolina balls). Roast lamb with rosemary and thyme features regularly on menus. Nougat is a local speciality. Sardinia produces its own red and white wines, with Nuragus and Vernaccia being the best known.

    Getting out and about

    Visit Sassari on the west coast of the island, a town with a mediaeval quarter, cathedral and Renaissance Fonte Rosello. Alghero has a very Spanish feel and from here you can take a boat trip to the Grotta di Nettuno, a spectacular, deep, natural cave. Tour the interior of the island, dotted with about 7,000 nuraghe, truncated stone structures built from basalt blocks. In the centre of the island are the dramatic Gennargentu mountains, whose highest point is Punta la Marmora at just over 6,000 ft (local traditions are keenly preserved in this region). To the north of the Costa Smeralda is the Maddalena Archipelago, of about 14 rocky islands and islets, beautifully scenic and with a rugged coastline. The Costa Smeralda itself consists of pink granite headlands, sandy creeks and bays with wooded hills and mountain ridges behind.

    Travel arrangements

    By Air: Airport at Cagliari with direct flights with British Airways and from the 'No-frills' carriers or charter airlines. Airport at Olbia with flights from the 'No-frills' carriers or charter airlines.
    Hire Cars: We include a hire-car with most of our holidays to Sardinia and a private car transfer with our holidays to the Forte Village and Chia Laguna resorts. Private transfers can be organised for you for all holidays instead of the hire-car. 


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  • Chia Laguna Resort

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    Chia Laguna Resort is a luxurious, family-friendly property which focuses on sports and wellness.

    Hotel Bouganville, Forte Village Resort

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    The 175 bungalows of Hotel Bouganville are hidden amongst bright fragrant flowers and palm trees.

    Hotel Cala di Volpe

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    The Hotel Cala di Volpe is one of Europe’s most exclusive and luxurious hotels. Nestling on the attractive

    Hotel Castello, Forte Village Resort

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    Hotel Castello is an exclusive property within the Forte Village Resort, just a short distance from the sea

    La Coluccia Hotel & Beach Club

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    The Hotel La Coluccia enjoys a secluded location on the northern coast of Sardinia just in front of the isl

    Hotel La Rocca

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    Hotel La Rocca Resort and Spa is the perfect place to stay and relax with its own private beach, excellen

    Hotel le Ginestre

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    Looking at the wealth of lush greenery next to the white sands and deep blue sea along this stretch of coas

    Hotel Rocce Sarde

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    The Hotel Rocce Sarde occupies a vantage point high amongst the rocky hills of Northern Sardinia, enjoying

    Hotel Su Gologone

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    Sardinia is known for its stunning beaches, but the dramatic beauty of its inland countryside is also well

    Il Borgo, Forte Village Resort

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    A typically Sardinian hotel set on a hillside within the Forte Village Resort.

    Le Dune, Forte Village Resort

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    Le Dune is a small enclave of just 41 bungalows and 8 suites in beautiful greenery near the beach. The size

    Le Palme, Forte Village Resort

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    Just a few steps from the beach yet moments away from the centre of the resort, Le Palme provides peaceful

    Royal Pineta, Forte Village Resort

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    La Pineta is a charming hotel, surrounded by towering palm trees and fragrant pines. A seamless transition

    Villa del Parco, Forte Village Resort

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    Set back amongst the greenery of the manicured gardens and the pinewoods are the 25 luxurious rooms and 22

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    Italy FAST FACTS

    Capital
    Rome
    Airport
    There is a very good scattering of international airports in Italy, with the main ones being Venice, Pisa, Milan, Rome, Bologna, Naples, Genoa, Turin and Bari; on Sicily, Catania is served by several airlines from the UK and on Sardinia you fly to Cagliari or Olbia.
    Currency
    Euro (£1 = Euro 1.30)
    Size
    Italy is roughly 650 miles long, but only about 100 miles wide
    Population
    60 million
    Average temperature
    Italy's temperature varies dramatically, from about 4 degrees in Turin in winter to 33 degrees in Sicily in summer, with snow year-round on the summits of the Pyrenees and Alps
    National holidays in Italy
    Some tourist attractions as well as banks etc may close on the following days:
    1 January
    6 January (Epiphany)
    Easter Monday
    25 April (Liberation Day)
    1 May (Labour Day)
    15 August (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
    1 November (All Saints)
    8 December (Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
    Christmas Day
    Boxing Day
    There are a number of local feast days that can affect conditions locally. In addition to the above days, museums are often closed on Mondays in Italy.

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