Situated approximately 350 kilometers west of Rome, the Italian region of Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean. Sardinia boasts of a wide range of coastal topography – sheer cliff faces, sprawling white sandy beaches, emerald-colored sea, large dunes held down by scrub brush, reef-crowned coves, as well as a slew of tiny islands easily reached by ferry or pleasure craft. No less varied is Sardinia’s inland territory of rolling foothills, green planes, lakes, mountain ranges, dense forests, saltwater lagoons populated by pink flamingoes.
The city of Sassari is located in the northwestern part of the island, a between 20 and 40 minutes away from some of the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean. A university town with a population of 150,000 people, Sassari has all of the amenities of the large city while preserving the feel of a small town. A smattering of influences can be seen in its Catalan-Gothic churches, Romanesque and Baroque architecture, all forming a wonderfully old-world backdrop for Sassari’s lively summer nightlife.
As cultural hub of northern Sardinia, Sassari is also an excellent base from which to explore all that Sardinia has to offer, including the famous “Pelosa Beach” in Stintino, the striking cliffs of “Capo Caccia” the famous “Neptune’s Grotto” (a breathtakingly beautiful sea cave), “Palmavera” or “Anghelu Ruju”, complexes of ruins left behind by the mysterious Neolithic “Nuraghic” civilization, or “Porto Cervo”, that posh stomping ground of the rich and famous and their over-the-top luxury yachts. Trainees may also want to visit Cagliari, a thriving metropolis on the southern tip of the island.
Sardinia in popular culture
What’s the deal with the Sardinian flag?
Sardinia has a high concentration of centenarians!
Sardinian folk dancing
Haunting accapella “Tenores”
Heart-breaking Sardinian love song
Launeddas (traditional Sardinian shepherd’s pipes)
Sardinian Jazz Festival (with famous trumpet player Paolo Fresu)
Sardinia – Home to the Paleolithic Nuraghe Civilization
Sardinia – Home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean
National Geographic Society documentary