June 09, 2014

What to do in Sardinia: don’t stop only in Emerald Coast

Villasimius, Sardinia
Sardinia’s most known side is north, with the splendid and wild Emerald coast. Actually, not so much wild anymore. With the massive tourism and the presence of millionaire yacht along its shores has lost part of its charm of wild land and has become a VIP destination, inaccessible for many, economically speaking.
But still there are many reasons to travel to Sardinia and one of them is its southern, more authentic, side. To be precise, one of them is the regions’ capital Cagliari, an outdoor museum of the different cultures that passed through Sardinia over time. And a perfect base location for trips to the surrounding Mediterranean beaches and resorts, like the fascinating Villasimius.
If you desire to discover this island, read something more about these destinations, then compare it with this post about Emerald coast and finally ask yourself: which direction to take, north or south?


Cagliari is an interesting city for its history, due to its beautiful beach Poetto, and for its extensive wetlands populated by numerous species of birds, including pink flamingos. Founded, it is believed, by the Phoenicians, Cagliari has a heterogeneous appearance that reflects the diversity of cultures that have crossed it.
Cagliari, Sardinia
From the Carthaginian Necropolis to the Roman Amphitheatre, from the Byzantine architecture to the fortifications of Pisans, up to the eighteenth century buildings built under the Piemontese domain: the ancient history of the city is told by its buildings. Cagliari also suffered a very hard bombing during the Second World War, and in some places the wounds are still visible today. The Roman Amphitheatre, dating from the second century AD, carved into the white limestone of an old quarry, is undoubtedly the most important Roman monument in the island.
It's also very pleasant to walk in the historical center of the city and especially in the Medieval Quarter Castello, where between dark and narrow cobbled streets, ancient buildings, stairs, squares and scenic walks along the walls, stands the Cathedral of Santa Maria with its two precious Romanesque pulpits. From the Bastion of Saint Remy, that was once part of the fortifications of the old city, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city and harbor in the Angels’ Gulf.


Ancient small fishermen village called Carbonaria on the south-western coast of Sardinia, renamed Villasimius in 1862, it was converted into a pleasant and frequented seaside resort.
Some monuments evoke the past of the village: the Archaeological Museum and the Old Fortress that date back to the fourteenth century. But the most attractive thing for tourists are the beautiful beaches nearby: Cala Pisanu for its transparent waters, Porta Sa Ruxi for the fine, white sand, Campu Longu and Campus ideal for surfing and, last but not least, Punta Molentis.
Villasimius, Sardinia

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