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
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Caverns & Caves
Nature & Wildlife Areas
Your day starts in Cagliari, Sardinia's biggest city. Have a walk in the historical city center and climb up one of its hills. One hill is home to the famous area Castello, the castle, whose entrance way is marked by the Bastione triumphal archway. Bastione is like a big balcony with a beautiful view of the city: have a cappuccino at one of the bars and enjoy the view.
Everyone in Cagliari loves its city beach: You can't beat taking your lunch break on the sand or the chance to do water sports right in the heart of your city! In summer it's really crowded, especially on Sundays, so I highly suggest going somewhere else if you're looking for quiet time. But if you happen to be here during any other day, take a walk along this stretch of sand and feel like a local.
This was a very important city during Phoenician and Roman times, and it is located on a small peninsula, overlooking the sea on two sides, as well as bordering a lagoon which is home to a marine life protection center. Phoenicians founded the city here because it's protected from strong northern winds. So if you want to go the beach on a windy day, this is the place to be!
Chia is a popular holiday place with several white sandy beaches, blue crystal waters, lagoons filled with flamingos, and rich vegetation. You are simply surrounded by beautiful colors, perfumes of Mediterranean plants, and the sound of the sea here. Isn't it paradise?
Driving from the south, you'll enjoy a beautiful landscape of blue waters, old mines, and green vegetation, until after some turns you end up at this beach. Cala Domestica is narrow but quite long, and surrounded by rocks and cliffs: Walk over the rocks and you'll reach another tiny beach that is even better!
Sardinia underground is almost as interesting as Sardinia on the surface. In addition to a broad network of old mines, Roman tanks, and church cellars, there are many natural caves all over the island. The Grotte di Su Mannau cave is about 8 kilometers long. Of course you would need a lot of courage and proper equipment to visit the whole thing, but the tourist path — just 500 meters — is still enough to see some of its wonders: small lakes, waterfalls, and even traces of ancient water devotion rituals.
This is not just a sandy beach — it's a wide deserted area (about 5 square kilometers!) with the highest dunes in Europe (about 100 meters!), something unique in Sardinia and in Europe itself. Everywhere, you can see traces of old mines and the tracks of animals that walk here undisturbed.
Did you know that Sardinia is one of the oldest areas in Europe? The whole southwest region was, until the '90s, an area for mining all different kinds of materials. Today you can explore the remains of old mining villages and derelict mines, and among these, Montevecchio is one that has been pretty well preserved. You can visit here to learn about workers' accommodation, and the workshops and machines that were used at the time.
Everywhere in Sardinia, you will see towers: most of them are 'nuraghi,' and are evidence that a large Nuragic civilization existed on the island as far back as 1800 BC. This civilization is thought to have been so big in fact, that some historians believe Sardinia was Atlantis! Nuraghi themselves number about 7,000, but there are also giants' tombs, sacred wells, and even the recently discovered 'Giants' statues. At Complesso Nuragico you can learn a lot about the Nuragic civilization.
After having seen beautiful beaches and visited cultural sites, you have definitely earned some delicious Sardinian food: This is one of the best rated restaurants in the very heart of the island. Culurgiones, porcetto, salami and sheep cheese, Cannonau wine, sebadas — you will find it all here. One meal is not really enough to taste everything, but it will give you a good reason to come back to Sardinia.