Holidays in Sardinia
Holidays in Sardinia: Travel Deals, Events and Tourist Information
July 30, 2015
 
PorcellaSome are calling it the heaviest wipeout in history. 27 year old Niccolò Porcella, Maui born and Sardinian bred, hit the headlines this week. From The Guardian to online surf magazines, the film of Porcella’s heart-stopping moment flooded the web, as he was swallowed by a huge wave, then churned inside it, in a monstrous spin. A professional kite-boarder, big wave surfer, wing-suit flyer, cliff-jumping stuntman, it was his first trip to Teahupo’o in Tahiti. One of the deadliest swells in the world, Teahupo’o loosely translates as “sever heads” or “place of skulls”. Porcella, miraculously out of the tunnel, described his experience, “It was the most violent thing — I got annihilated. I was bounced, pinballed on the reef, the whole 9 yd. Just up and over and up and over. It held me under pretty long. My life vest got blown off right away, and then the second wave drilled me — I actually hit the bottom even harder. Hit my back, my knees, and then I got about four more waves on the head after that … washed over the reef.”
After spitting blood and recovering from a brief headache, he was seen paddling out for another bomb. Apart from his wedding day, Porcella enthused that this was the best day of his life.
Sardinia cannot boast the heights of Tahiti, but is nonetheless a haven for lovers of kiteboarding, windsurfing and wave surfing.Hotspots for kiteboarding include many beaches on the south of the island, where conditions are ideal for the sport. The capital’s town beach, Poetto, hosts international kiteboarding competitions, and La Maddalena spiaggia is also popular. Villasimius and Costa Rei on the southeast coast, with Chia and Porto Botte at San Giovanni Suergiu on the southwest coast provide ample choice in stunning locations.

Surf in SardiniaOn the northwest coast, for visitors of Alghero and the area, beaches for surfers, windsurfers and kiteboarders include Speranza, Porto Ferro, Maria Pia, Mugoni and Porto Conte. Hotspots on the north coast are Isola Rossa, the bay of Marinedda and Vignola. Travelling further east, Porto Pollo near Palau is a mecca for windsurfing, kiteboarding and sailing, with ideal conditions and excellent facilities for the whole family.

On Sardinia’s west coast, the isle of San Pietro is popular with surfers, then Guroneddu, near Porto Paglia and Fontanamare, where some claim the best waves in the Mediterranean. The west coast is wild and often windy, with sand dunes on golden beaches and great spots for surfing and windsurfing alike, such as Masua, Buggerru, Scivu, Piscinas, Porto Palma and Torre dei Corsari.
Further up the west coast, wave surfing is popular in San Giovanni di Sinis, Putzu Idu and Capo Mannu, hosting national competitions. For a taste of surfing and life in Sardinia seen through the eyes of a young American surfer with Italian roots, Chris Del Moro, see the Bella Vita film clip.

 

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Video of the wipeout
Accommodation in Sardinia

June 16, 2015
 

From 1st June 2015, a new yacht charter service is available in Sardinia, on the lesser known west coast. The charming Sparkman & Stephens vessel can accommodate up to 10 guests for daytrips and up to four to sleep on board.

The sailing experience begins with a briefing from the skipper, and involves some participation from the guests on board, depending on level and preference. Read more »

January 28, 2015
 

The central west coast of Sardinia is a wonderful place for a holiday. There is a lot to do in the area, places to visit and explore, as well as lesser known but equally stunning beaches. The area of Sinis, a peninsula near Oristano, is a marine protected area. It has some extraordinary landmarks of exceptional and rare beauty and interest. One of these is the beach of Is Arutas, famous for its “grains of rice” sand, made up of billions of grain-sized pieces of quartz. Read more »

June 29, 2012
 

Sardinian landscapeNestling between the mountains of Barbagia that encircle Gennargentu, the Gulf of Orosei and the marvellous beaches of eastern Sardinia, Ogliastra is a region that seduces the traveller with its unique landscape, characterised as it is by the imposing rock formations known as the Tacchi (or ‘heels’). Read more »

May 9, 2012
 

Caves in Sardinia: Is JanasThe caves in Sardinia are a world apart, little know among the people visiting this beautiful island. But these caves are as beautiful as the beach and the coast of Sardinia. One of the most beautiful is the cave of Is Janas. It is located in the territory of Sadali, near Nuoro, and it’s 240 meters long. It extends horizontally, so the visit is within reach of anyone and is not particularly difficult.

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