Are you traveling to Sardinia? Great! It’s the right thing to do – and I promise you will fall in love with it.
⏱⏱⏱ TIME CODES:
00:00 Welcome to Sardinia
01:11 1️⃣ Sardinia is Italy
02:08 2️⃣ But still.. Sardinia is not Italy
02:47 3️⃣ The Local Language in Sardinia is Sardinian
03:26 4️⃣ But some parts of Sardinia speak Catalan
03:51 5️⃣ Sardinia is a large island
04:48 6️⃣ Sardinia is scarcely populated
05:35 7️⃣ There are more sheep than people in Sardinia
08:11 8️⃣ Sardinian Food is delicious
07:28 9️⃣ And so is local Sardinian wine
08:43 🔟 Or beer in Sardinia
09:28 1️⃣1️⃣ Sardinia is one of the very few blue zones on earth
10:13 1️⃣2️⃣ The landscape in Sardinia can vary enormously
10:35 1️⃣3️⃣ Sardinia has some unique wildlife
11:15 1️⃣4️⃣ Sardinian beaches are amazing
11:56 1️⃣5️⃣ Travel to Sardinia is not as expensive as you think
1 – Sardinia is Italy
After many dominations, Sardinia became part of the Reign of Piedmont in 1847 and one of the first regions to be part of united Italy in 1861.
2 – But not quite so
Most people traveling to Sardinia will say so – and as a Sardinian, I can say this is actually true: despite being part of Italy, Sardinia isn’t quite Italian. In fact, the overall vibe, as well as the landscape is quite different from the rest of Italy.
3 – The local language of Sardinia is Sardinian
All people here obviously speak Italian
But the local language is Sardinian, which is one of the 12 officially recognized minority languages of Italy, and it is spoken by more than a million people.
4 – But some parts of Sardinia speak Catalan
Should you visit Alghero you will soon realize that the local language isn’t Italian,
and not even Sardinian. This lovely town is a small Catalan enclave and most locals speak Catalan, in a variety that is actually quite similar to the one spoken in Catalonia. It’s one of the 12 minority languages of Italy.
5 – Sardinia is a large island
One thing that cracks me up every time is people who ask me if 3 days are enough to visit Sardinia.
6 – Sardinia is scarcely populated
Sardinia has the lowest population density in Italy. We are 1.6 millions in a land that is almost as big as Sicily, which has 5 millions, and Israel, which has 9 millions.
7 – There are more sheep than people in Sardinia
Chances are that at some point during your trip, you will end up in a small country road where you’ll encounter a traffic jam (ok, this is an exaggeration) caused by a herd of sheep.
8 – Sardinian Food is delicious
One thing you will soon realize when visiting Sardinia is that you will never be hungry.
Sardinian food has a focus on the use of local, seasonal ingredients so what you will be eating here is fresh and usually prepared to order.
9 – And so is local Sardinian wine
Where there is food, there also is wine, and Sardinia makes some excellent ones.
Local grapes include Vermentino and Nurargus for the whites, and Cannonau, Bovale and Carignano del Sulcis for the richest of reds.
10 – Or beer in Sardinia
Sardinians love the unfiltered variety. The consumption and production of craft beer is increasing too. The one to try is Pozzo, produced in Guspini
11 – Sardinia is one of the very few blue zones on earth
This high life expectancy is due to a combination of factors which include a healthy diet, with a small dinner and a larger lunch; regular exercise (don’t think anything drastic: Sardinians love walking); a glass of red wine; strong family bonds (elderly live at home for as long as possible) and overall happiness
12 – The landscape in Sardinia can vary enormously
Travel to Sardinia and you’ll see that there is an incredible variety of landscapes. Sandy beaches and small rocky coves, vast plants and mountains, gorges, forests and even sand dunes in some parts of the island!
13 – Sardinia has some unique wildlife
Molentargius Nature Reserve is a nesting area for pink flamingoes and it is not uncommon to see these elegant birds fly over the skies of Cagliari.
14 – Sardinian beaches are amazing
I suppose this is the main reason you are traveling to Sardinia, and rest assured you won’t be disappointed. Sardinian beaches are even more beautiful than you can picture them in your wildest dreams.
15 – But there are many more incredible things to do in Sardinia
🇮🇹 Travel to Sardinia is not as expensive as you think
The glitz and glamour of Costa Smeralda have little to do with the daily lives of the majority of locals, and if you decide to visit you’ll easily conclude that Sardinia is actually as expensive (and at times quite a bit cheaper) as many other Mediterranean destinations, and cheaper than more famous places to visit in Italy.
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