About Elena Z
Lives in Stuttgart, Germany
Since Nov 2010
25-34 year old female
Born and grown up in Sardinia, for work and studies I spent part of my life in Lisbon, Milan, Triest, Malta and the awesome Berlin. I have finally landed in Stuttgart. When I travel, I walk a lot and I like getting in touch with locals as much as I can. I love hiking and I am definitely a nature lover. Next trip? Definitely outside Europe! My dream destination is Bhutan
Nature & Wildlife Areas
Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Mines, Lookouts
Caverns & Caves
Everyone who makes the trek to this beach -- whether on foot (a one-hour hike) or by boat -- is left speechless. This tiny, rocky, beautiful beach is situated on the west coast of the Island, and if you hike a little further, you can also visit Cala Luna, Cala Mariolu and Cala Biriola. All are amazing!
In Sardinia there are so many wonderful beaches that it's very difficult to make a choice. This beach is truly special though: The sand looks just like silken arborio rice!
In Sardinia there are beaches for all tastes, and this is a pure, white sandy one. Simply relax and enjoy its beauty.
This is a protected area in the very south of Sardinia. Fishing and navigation are partially prohibited, which means that the sea flora and fauna are very well preserved here. You'll find many environmental and educational activities for discovering the sea world on offer, a paradise for divers, plus a wide choice of beaches to visit.
This national natural park is just stunning. It's a perfect spot for sailing both in summer and in winter. There are also boat trips offered that will take you around to places that you'll never forget.
Everywhere in Sardinia, you can see old, crumbling towers ('nuraghi') -- there are more than 7,000 around the island. Made of huge stones, these towers served as fortifications against invaders during the Nuragic era (about 3,500 years ago). Sardinia has a long and fascinating history, and according to some theories, the island is actually the 'Atlantis' described by Plato!
The southeast part of the island was, until the end of the 20th century, a very important mining area. Coal, silver and even gold were extracted and exported, high-level engineering projects took place, and the city of Carbonia was founded to exploit coal deposits. Porto Flavia served as a port connected to the extraction sites, and is located in a unique spot in front of 'Pan di Zucchero,' a rock in the Sulcis Iglesiente area. Mining villages and old mines are all part of the unique landscape here.
Cagliari is Sardinia's biggest city. People from Cagliari love their city beach Poetto, located close to the city center: When you can enjoy your lunch break at the beach, you really feel you are living in paradise! The historical city centre is very pretty and interesting, with traces of many cultures, from Phoenician and Roman, to Spanish and Pisan.
This is a medieval town with a well preserved castle from the 12th century. It's considered one of the most beautiful villages in Sardinia, together with Bosa, OT and Carloforte, CA. In its surrounding area, you also have the chance to visit some interesting archaeological sites from the Nuragic period, 'domus de janas' (witch or fairy tombs), and many beautiful beaches.
Grotte Su Marmuri is a spectacular cave in the Ogliastra region. It opens at 880 meters above sea level and stretches for some 850 meters. As you walk, you will reach a depth of -34 meters and see numerous big chambers such as the 'Organ Chamber,' whose concretions look like the pipes of the musical instrument, and the 'Cactus Chamber' with tall stalagmites similar to cactus plants.
Sardinian mountains are unknown to most travelers so you may be surprised to learn that the Gorroppu canyon is one of the deepest in Europe: It's spectacular and impressive. To reach the canyon, you will need to hike for several hours. Then, you can walk along the canyon until the stones become too big to pass.
Here you are in the very heart of the Barbagia region, where traditions have been kept very much alive. Orgosolo is one of the most famous villages in Sardinia, not because of its amazing architecture, but because of its open air museum, filled with political wall paintings.
You can't leave Sardinia without tasting 'pecorino sardo' (Sardinian sheep cheese), Cannoanu wine, 'porcetto' (pork) and 'culurgiones' (ravioli). This is a good agriturismo committed to '0 km' philosophy, where all Sardinian food specialties are made right in the heart of town!
Carnival in Sardinia is a heartfelt tradition and is celebrated in many villages with a variety of masks that portray something between man and beast. The most famous are the 'mamuthones' -- masks from the Mamoiada village. In this museum, you can learn about the traditions behind these Sardinian masks, and those from the greater Mediterranean region.
Want to take a trip into the past? Jump on this train and prepare to be amazed by what you see: Untouched nature, beautiful old villages and amazing landscapes that you only have the chance to discover on the Trenino Verde routes.