Sardinia - Holidays Wrapped in Blue
No one wants to feel blue on holiday! You want to feel the warm yellow sun, see the invigorating white snow, or taste the gorgeous red wine. But, with a little imagination, you can take the theme of b...
No one wants to feel blue on holiday! You want to feel the warm yellow sun, see the invigorating white snow, or taste the gorgeous red wine. But, with a little imagination, you can take the theme of blue to a very different level. On the stunning Italian island of Sardinia, the natural landscapes showcase nature's ability to turn one colour into a postcard of an unforgettable trip.
The Mediterranean is renowned for its spectacular blue waters, and a particular jewel in its azure crown is Sardinia. Holidays here invite you to dive into inviting deep blue waves that spill against the rocky outcrops of the ragged coastline, or take a gentle dip into the crystal clear ocean bays dotted with tiny white boats. One of the oldest geological landforms in Europe, this island is famous for having the majority of its rather sparse population based around the centre, as a historic defence against ancient raids. For this reason, its coastline has remained relatively unspoilt and the cliffs, bays, and mountainous stone peaks that shape the craggy outline of this magnetic coast will uplift with their blue-tinged silhouettes.
Of course, you cannot look past the beaches if you're looking to find joy in the colour blue. Azure waves and creamy surf crashing on to sun-kissed golden sand is the iconic image of a Mediterranean vacation. In Sardinia, holidays put you right in the heart of a very special group of beaches, and amid the nearly 1,200 kilometres of coastline you will find great variety: flat white stretches, scraggly yellow half-moons, and soft brown bays set amid rocky ledges. The sheer variety of beaches offers you a range of vantage points to admire the ocean, and the gentle lap of waves on such stunning beaches will make you feel the very opposite of blue.
Venture inland, and there are further blue themed surprises waiting on Sardinia. Holidays should not be restricted to the coastal areas; the island is one of the few places in southern Italy not primarily shaped by volcanic activity, and, as such, it boasts a variety of mountainous paths, massifs, peaks and gullies in which you will discover inlets, rivers and turquoise lakes. The many artificial lakes and dams - such as Omedeo and the one natural freshwater pool, Lago di Baratz - will entice you with their calm blue stillness.
Clear Blue Sky
The sky is a sheer blue curtain that covers unites the world, but any seasoned traveller will tell you all blues are not created equal! To look up at the clear Mediterranean sky is a very different experience to looking up at it on a summer's day back home. When you visit Sardinia, holidays will keep you busy with many things, but to take a moment of clarity to gaze up at the ceiling of blue will afford an unequalled sense of peace and tranquillity – guaranteed!
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Carolyn Spinks is COO of ABTOI - The Association of British Travel Organisers to Italy. If you’re looking for the perfect Sardinia holidays the LoveItaly website provides destination information, contact details of tour operator members to help plan the best Italian holiday, insider tips, year round special offers and information on everything from beach holidays in Sardinia, cycling in Sicily, to a wedding or honeymoon in Tuscany.