When you are making plans for your next family holiday, you may want to consider the island of Sardinia, the second largest in the Mediterranean. In addition to finding some of the most exciting tourist attractions, in Sardinia you will also get to enjoy some of the best hospitality, accommodations and cuisine you can find while you are on holiday.
There is certainly no dearth of tourist attractions in Sardinia. From ancient archaeological ruins to modern exciting sporting events and fabulous festivals, there is something for everyone here.
Going Back in Time in Sardinia
Sardinia could really be considered a huge open air museum. The Nuraghi are stone structures that have been built over many centuries, but mainly between 1200 and 900 B.C. There are over 7,000 of them were built back then and they are one of the main tourist attractions in Sardinia. If you want to know all about these ruins it is best that you book one of the guided tours rather than going on your own. Another special characteristic of the Nuraghi are the burial chambers, also known as the Tombe dei gigantic or the Giants’ Tombs.
There are many ancient cultures that have left their mark on the island. Some of these can even be dated back before the Nuraghi. The monuments that are really popular tourist attractions in Sardinia are the “Fairy Houses” which can be traced all the way back to 3200 and 2480 B.C.
Other recommended tourist attractions in Sardinia include:
1. The Phoenician city of Sulci
2. The ancient city of Nora
3. The city of Tharros
4. The Trajani forum
5. The ancient Roman city of Turris-ly bissonis
6. The Roman Amphitheatre
The Roman Amphitheatre draws thousands and thousands of tourists each year. Located in Cagliari, this amphitheatre was built between the first and eleventh century A.D. It is the largest Roman Empire monument in Sardinia. The amphitheater was built into the face of a hillside and it held ten thousand people. Most people in the world mistakenly think some of these tourist attractions in Sardinia, especially the Roman Amphitheater are located in Rome, Italy.
Modern Tourist attractions in Sardinia
Other tourist attractions in Sardinia include the shopping. Many of the ancient traditions have stayed the same throughout the centuries. The handicrafts of Sardinia include rugs, baskets, ceramics, and jewelry.
The rugs, tapestries, and linen are made by hand on huge oak looms and usually are done in the fashion of Byzantine art. The dyes are made from berries, herbs, roots, and different types of soil. Weaving is a very popular occupation and one of the common tourist attractions in Sardinia includes watching the artisans use techniques that have been passed down through the centuries. Carpentry is also very important and Sardinia is well known for their exquisitely carved chests made from walnut, chestnut, and durmast trees. You can also find wooden masks, many of which are from figures in Sardinia’s history. These masks are often prevalent during the Carnival.
Outdoor Tourist Attractions in Sardinia
The island of Sardinia is home to an incredible array of wildlife. This is one of the main tourist attractions in Sardinia. Naturalists come to see the bald coots, storks, ducks, cormorants, the endangered Monk seal, and stilt birds on the coast, and the hares, wild cats, Sardinian deer, champis, are often found farther inland. Since much of the shoreline of Sardinia is still wild and unpolluted, the wet areas are home to pink flamingos. The numbers have risen steadily over the years because of the near perfect breeding and nesting conditions here.
One of the reasons that Sardinia is such a hotspot tourism destination is because of its year-long gorgeous climate with over 300 days of sunshine each year. Long hot summers and short mild winters invite tourists out from April until October.
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