Finally, we’re near the capital of Sardinia - the city of Cagliari. Just before we visit it, let’s stop at which is known as a paradise for scuba diving fans. It’s near the coastal zone of Villasimius town, where several big ships found their last refuge. Underwater excursions are often organized to explore this place.
If there is enough time in your route, get familiar with the grandiose historical heritage of Sardinia. We’re talking about Su Nuraxi di Barumini. It is located just near Cagliari and your yacht team can organize the excursion there. You’ll see unusual nuraghes, which are several thousand years old. Historians still have disputes of why nuraghes were built. This place at Sardinia is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The unique feature of nuraghes which resemble towers, is that they are built of huge stones that are not tied together with any special material. How they managed to stand still to these days and not to fall apart is another mystery of this world. As well as no one can say for sure where the civilization which built them is gone.
Sailing from the south to the north of Sardinia, you will certainly want to make a stop in Sassari. It is the main city of the north-western part of the island. It is located 12 km from the sea, and yet has something to show its visitors. First of all, there are lots of magnificent churches. Their architecture will not leave you indifferent. One of the gems is the cathedral of St. Nicholas. If this is not particularly interesting, then you can visit the parks and gardens, go shopping or taste local specialties such as dumplings with sausage gravy. Although for the summer the dish can be a bit heavy for stomach. If so, try grilled sardines or a variety of dishes with seashells. Sassari is also surrounded by a large number of artesian wells. It is always a pleasure to taste natural clean water, especially on a hot summer day.
South of Sassari along the west coast there is a place worth of seeing - the city of Alghero. The locals call it the Coral Riviera because of expensive red corals which grow in the near-by waters. Inside Alghero itself visit local cathedral, famous white sand beach Lido. A bit to the west of Alghero there is the grotto of Neptune. It’s a huge and picturesque cave. Tourists are allowed to explore it as deep as around 100 meters.
If you like fishing, Sardinia is ideal for that. Find out more about local fishing rules and go get your fishing gears. Locals fish for tune, moray eel and small cat sharks for centuries here.
Speaking about fish and food itself. Sardinian cuisine is impossible without the freshest seafood, vegetables and fruits, meat, and a huge selection of local cheese. By the way, Sardinians are very proud of one particular kind of this dairy product. And it’s not Pecorino sardo, insanely delicious cheese made from sheep's milk, which is being produced here since Roman times. Casu Marzu is a star of local milkmen. It won a scandalous glory because inside of it there are special insects living. Yes, you did not misread. And so it is eaten. In Italy it is banned from selling. But in Sardinia this cheese is recognized as a cultural heritage. But even if you are a fan of extreme cuisine, you must first learn more about this cheese, and then decide whether to eat it or not. If yes locals recommend it with the popular Sardinian bread pane carasau, also known as "paper for music", because it is made of the finest dough, and with a glass of local ruby red Cannonau, a wine with rather warm flavor.
One more pride of local cuisine, however not eccentric at all is Sebadas dessert. It looks like a fairly large-sized ravioli with cheese, which is fried in olive oil before being served on the table with melted honey. They say it's pretty tasty.
Oh Sardinia, when talking about it more and more we feel romance, authenticity and the flavors of citrus which fill every corner of this paradise. It does not matter which part of this island you choose to explore with the yacht and onshore, you will definitely be satisfied. And if you are also a romantic and an admirer of sunsets, then just go for it. The sunsets here are unique when they evening light colors the incredible shades of local granite boulders and rocks. Yet it’s definitely better to see once then to hear one hundred times about it.
Many travelers admit, after visiting this Mediterranean pearl, they have changed their idea about relaxation. The reason for this is how unhurried the locals are, the exquisite simplicity of island’s details, and, of course, the richness of nature. All this for sure will charge you with the energy that is so needed to carry on happily until your next vacation. You will be remembering how back in summer you were getting lost among the blues during this bright, at the same time civilized and wild, quiet and active holiday.