TO DO LIST
What to do in South Sardinia
Whatever you are into, there are endless of things you can do on this island of beauty. The island is bigger than you think; it is the Mediterranean’s second largest after Scilly and about the size of Wales. By car, it takes 4 hours to drive cross from south to north and 2.5 hours from west to east. Due to the size of the island, it will be ideal if you can spend at least two weeks or longer so you can explore the different parts of Sardinia. This sadly didn’t happen for us due to both of our work commitments in London but we came back fully recharged after spending seven days in paradise. Being one of the culinary destination, food is unbelievably good everywhere in Sardinia, with this in mind, we picked the coastline of south to be our base and worked out our 7 day itinerary around it.
DAY1 – Arrive in Cagliari/Drive to the accommodation/Visit the nearby town Pula/Have a gelato/Shop at the deli and market for food and drinks/Enjoy BBQ dinner
DAY2 – Visit Chia Bay, Dinner at Sa Furriadroxu in Pula
DAY3 – Porto Pino Beach, BBQ dinner
DAY4 – Visit Cagliari City, Lunch at Lapola, get Sardinian sweets from Durke, A quick dip at the beach by the house
DAY5 – Visit Nora Archaeological site, Nora Beach, Snorkel/dive around the ruins of sunken Roman city
DAY6 – Visit Chia Bay, Have gelatos in Pula, Buy souvenirs to take home from delis, Buy hand-made pasta from Pastificio Pula for dinner
DAY7 – A quick dip at the beach by the house, drive to Cagliari Airport
7 days in South Sardinia
We stayed at Mattia’s House near the town of Pula in south Sardinia where we enjoyed evening BBQs in the back garden. In Pula, we tasted Italian craft beers at BeeRestaurant, bought natural vinos and delicious Sardinian things to eat from the delis, had all-natural gelatos at Dulcis in Fundo and dined at chefs’ favourite spot Su Furriadroxu. We visited Porto Campana, Porto Pino and Nora for some beach actions and explored Nora Archaeological Site to get to know the island’s history. In Cagliari, we had fantastic seafood experience at Lapola, tasted yummy traditional Sardinian sweets from Durke and strolled through the traces of rich history the city still holds today in its spectacular scenery.
South Sardinia in 7 days
One of our main reasons for staying in South was to explore the beautiful Costa del Sud. It stretches 40 kilometres from town of Teulada to Pula in south coast of Sardinia and is famous for being one of the most enchanting coastlines on the island with its long, sandy beaches and crystal clear water.
Swim in Costa del Sud
NORA ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE
Nora’s ruins located in Capo di Pula are thought to be the first city of Sardinia. Today, the most visible remains are the ruins of the Romans including small but well-preserved amphitheatre, substantial remains of Roman bath structure and beautiful mosaic floor works. Because the southern part of Sardinia is sinking into the Mediterranean Sea, a considerable part of this old city is now under the sea and you can dive or snorkel the sunken city with a permit. Or have a dip at the peaceful Nora beach right by the site which is one of the only coves that is sheltered from strong onshore winds Sardinia is famous for.
Visit the Sunken City
Food is unbelievable here. This is a one of the culinary destination where you want to budget the restaurant bills in when you are planning for your trip. And it’s worth every penny. From Buttariga (Bottarga, smoked mullet or tuna caviar) to Pane Carasau (dry, light and extremely thin shepherd’s bread) – this is a gastronomy heaven where you will find local cuisines at their family best.
Welcome to the Gastronomy Heaven
If you want to experience Sardinia to closest to its roots, it is best to stay in the agriturismo usually found in the countryside in a farmhouse setting. Agriturismo is a combination of the words for “agriculture” and “tourism” in Italian and often translated to “farm stays” in English. At a typical Italian agriturismo, you get to experience a rural life of the area including a chance to taste a local traditional cuisine at first-hand. Meals are prepared using only home-grown or locally produced ingredients with family’s secret recipes. You will get to see the activities around the farm like how cheese and sausages are made.
Enjoy the Rural Life