Sardinia, Italy is an enchanting island and sanctuary for adventure and nature explorers and it’s the ideal place to test boundaries and defy gravity in a multitude of exciting ways. The island is blessed with a 1800km jagged coastline, pristine white sandy beaches and a commanding rugged interior that begs the visitor to climb, play, trek and push limits. There are diverse gravity defying adventures that will suit any type of thrill seeker from sunset paragliding in spiritual and ancient places, to free diving at one of Sardinia’s most magical and controversial islands. For those that want to slowly reconnect with nature and find balance within the movement, there’s a variety of diverse yoga activities to rejuvenate awareness, physique, and consciousness. Come and play with gravity to discover a hidden Sardinia witnessed by few. Continue reading
Sardinia has done it again with an impressive 28 Blue Flags flying effortlessly around her turquoise coast. That is 21 more blue flags since 2013, so there is plenty of beach to play for those seeking a little vitamin sea in the heart of the Mediterranean.
What is a Blue Flag?
The Blue Flag is a world-renowned eco-certification awarded to beaches and marinas in countless countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and the Caribbean.
When you see a Blue Flag flying, you know a beach or marina is clean and accessible; has great water quality; meets high safety standards; and is working hard to protect local shorelines and ecosystems. Blue Flags are flying at 25 beaches and six marinas in Canada.
Beaches are awarded the blue flag based on several criteria which the beach must meet; should the beach fail to comply with these criteria during the year, the blue flag can be withdrawn. Here are just a few of the criteria needed:
- Environmental Education and Information
- Water Quality
- Environmental Management
- Safety and Services
It takes a strong community and desire to keep these beaches immaculate. These 28 beaches are sparkling gems from Sardinia’s coastal populations. Please enjoy responsibly.
28 Blue Flag Beaches: Sardinia 2013-2016
- Poetto, Quartu Sant’ Elena
- Mare Pintau, Quartu Sant’ Elena
- Portu Tramatzu, Teulada
- Sabbie Bianche, Teulada
- Tuerredda, Teulada
- Spiaggia di Li Junchi, Badesi
- L’Isuledda, Porto Pollo
- La Sciumara, Palau
- Foce Fiume Liscia, Palau
- Palau Vecchio, Palau
- Spiaggia dei due Mari, Isola Caprera
- Spiaggia del Relitto, Isola Caprera
- Porto Lungo, La Maddalena
- Spalmatore, La Maddalena
- Rena Ponente, Capo Testa
- Rena Bianca, Capo Testa
- Zia Culumba, Capo Testa
- Lido di Cea, Tortoli
- Lido di Orri, Tortoli
- Muxi, Tortoli
- Orri Foxilioni, Tortoli
- La Capannina or Potente, Arbatax
- Porto Frailia, Arbatax
- Spiaggia di Torregrande, Oristano
- Marina di Sorso, Sorso
- Madonnina/Stella Maris, Castelsardo
- Sacro Cuore/Ampurias, Castelsardo
- Porto Ferro, Sassari
There you have it! 28 stunning stretches of sand, sea and sun to sink your feet into. Which beach(s) have you set foot on?
It’s the little things that I miss the most about Sardinia, and seven months later I’m still heartbroken over leaving her beautiful, mysterious land. Considering I’m feeling all sorts of nostalgia over my breakup, I’ve decided to compile a short top 10 list of what I miss the most about her.
Top 10 Things I miss the most about Sardinia
- Saying buongiorno when entering any type of shop.
- The Mediterranean smell of her salt water hair.
- A perfectly poured espresso with a mirto chaser.
- The sloping red, granite landscape.
- Pasta, oh yes, pasta!
- The earthy, dirty red known as Cannonau.
- Swimming in the crystal, clear, clean waters only known unto her.
- Her secret and seductive language.
- Seadas, seadas, seadas!
- Her humble and hospitable people.
I lived on her land for six long, beautiful years and there is not a day that passes that I don’t think or daydream about her. I’ve set foot on countless countries but Sardinia really, truly stole my heart.
Have you recently re-expatriated? How are your feelings of nostalgia?
As winter closes in around us, it’s good to keep in mind our next summer vacation destination, and here are seven reasons to make Sardinia, Italy your holiday destination in 2014!
This past year, Sardinia’s immaculate beaches were awarded with seven blue flags from the non-profit organization – Blue Flag.
What is a Blue Flag?
“The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to more than 3850 beaches and marinas in 48 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and the Caribbean.”
Beaches are awarded the blue flag based on 32 criteria which the beach must meet; should the beach fail to comply with these criteria during the year, the blue flag can be withdrawn. Here are just a few of the criteria needed:
- Environmental Education and Information.
- Water Quality
- Environmental Management
- Safety and Services
- All Blue flags are awarded for one season at a time.
Sardinia’s Seven Blue Flags 2013
- Olbia-Tempio – La Maddalena Punta Tegge – Spalmatore
- Olbia-Tempio – Palau Vecchio – Scimara
- Olbia-Tempio – S. Teresa Gallura – La Rena Bianca
- Oristano – Torre Grande
- Sassari – Castelsardo – Ampurias
- Tortolì – Lido di Orri, Lido di Crea
- Quartu S. Elena – Poetto
I’ve only visited one blue flag beach and that was La Rena Bianca, and it was during an August heat wave; it was beautifully packed and spectacularly stunning.
My mission for summer 2014 is to visit this year’s list of winners. Should be a splendid beach season!
Here’s to 2014 Sardinia – wishing you success in collecting more blue flags.
Have you been to any of Sardinia’s Blue Flag Beaches?
Top 10 reasons to make Sardinia a year-round travel destination
10. Sardinia’s summer season runs from April – October.
9. The sun shines on average 300 days a year!
8. With 1800km of rugged, emerald coastline you won’t have any troubles finding that secluded, romantic beach.
7. Sardinia is not just a summer destination. Stunning ski slopes greet the visitor in the spectacular Gennargentu mountain range.
6. The local food is out of this world! Be sure to try: suckling pig (the national dish of Sardinia), local pecorino, mirto, seadas, and of course local wine which will knock your socks off.
5. Sardinia is an adventure sporting heaven with rock climbing, mountain biking, road cycling, sailing, hiking, rally car, skiing and kayaking.
4. Sardinia offers the guest year round fantastic festivals for the entire family.
3. Staying with a family at an ‘agriturismo’ (farm-stay) has never been easier with thousands of locally owned and operated agriturismo’s all over the island which cater to skiers, climbers, boaters, beach bums, families and groups.
2. By visiting Sardinia throughout the year you are giving the islanders much-needed jobs, security, well-being and helping to sustain the local economy for longer periods of time.
1. The hospitality of the islanders is second to none, they are generous, humble and extremely kind.
The awesome folks over at Expats Blog held a contest for us expats, all we had to do was write a Top 10 list and submit it by December 11th. On the eve of December 9th I sat down with pen and paper and penned my submission, the following morning I was prepared to type up the list and send it off to Expats Blog – one full day before the due date.
The morning of the 10th I severely burned my thigh, calve and top of my foot with scalding hot coffee, leaving me bedridden and in agony. Needless to say my Top 10 list went un-typed and un-sent which was a total bummer as I was looking forward to
winning entering the contest.
Will you make Sardinia your travel destination for 2014?
This blog My Sardinian Life receives daily hits from people looking to move to Sardinia, Italy. So, I’ve compiled a little list for those out there searching for a life less ordinary in paradise. The search engine terms which brought people to my little blog are always written in English: Sardinia cost of living, move to Sardinia, jobs Sardinia and so on.
Canada, England, Australia and America want ‘in’ on this little island secret but before you pack your bags, take these pointers into consideration. My intention with this post is to put into perspective what day-to-day life is like on the most stunning island in the world – Sardinia, Italy. Disclaimer: these are just my opinions. Continue reading
It’s been a busy and exciting year at My Sardinian Life; I’ve witnessed traditional festivals high up in the mountains and had the pleasure of being crushed by i Candelieri at the fantastic, energetic festival in Sassari, Sardinia. I’ve virtually met some of the most fantastic bloggers out there today and you’ve all inspired me to blog on; you’ve humbled me and made me laugh out loud one too many times and you’ve even made me shed a few tears. Thank you.
I’ve put this little post together to highlight My Sardinian Life’s top posts and pages of 2012. I’ve already done a year review of my favourite photos from 2012 and you can see it here. According to the wonderful stats by WordPress, here are …
My Sardinian Life’s Top 12 posts or pages of 2012.
1. Home page / Archives with 45,928 hits!
2. Top 7 Shirtless Italian Soccer Players with 5,283 hits.
3. The naked truth on nude beaches in Sardinia, Italy with 2,854 hits.
4. Aboot me (thanks for checking me out) with 2,413 hits.
5. A Mediterranean Medusa | Sardinia, Italy with 1,696 hits.
6. Cost of Living | Sardinia, Italy with 1,618 hits.
7. How to make tomato sauce like an Italian with 1,402 hits.
8. My Expat job struggles | Sardinia, Italy with 1,095 hits.
9. Contact page with 1,088 hits.
10. Start Here page with 1,053 hits.
11. Top 11 Reasons why Living in Sardinia Rocks with 869 hits.
12. The Raw Reality of Expat Life in Small Town Sardinia with 862 hits.
My Sardinian Life’s Top 12 Search Terms.
1. Medusa with 657 searches.
2. My Sardinian Life with 438 searches.
3. Living in Sardinia with 259 searches.
4. Rossella Urru with 207 searches.
5. Gianluigi Buffon with 164 searches.
6. life before the interner with 164 searches.
7. jennifer avventura with 153 searches.
8. Andrea Pirlo with 144 searches.
9. Andrea Pirlo shirtless with 143 searches.
10. Buffon with 141 searches.
11. Sardinia with 131 searches.
12. forza Italia 2012 with 129 searches.
I’m SUPER stoked that people searched more for me than Andrea Pirlo! Snaperiffic!
Wishing you all a safe and successful new year. Thank you for sticking with me these last two years – each day I learn something new.
What’s your most popular post? Drop the link in the comment section below.
Let’s take a look back at some of My Sardinian Life’s best shots from the most spectacular island in the world – Sardinia!
Wishing you all a safe and happy new year.
Thanks for sticking with me! 🙂
To check out more awesome photos from 2012 – be sure to check out the Weekly Photo Challenge.
I recently read a hilarious meme on Eupedia titled: you know you’ve lived in Italy too long when... It was an awesome read and made me think about the past five years of my life; holed up in small-town Sardinia. So, I decided to write a list about living in Sardinia, Italy.
40 ways you know you’ve lived in Sardinia too long
- Time ceases to exist in all matters of urgency and you learn patience really is a virtue.
- You talk with your hands and a few facial expressions to get your daily bread.
- The deli clerk, butcher, bartender and painter know what colour your underwear is.
- You don’t care when people push in front of you while waiting in line as you now have this iron clad patience.
- You hear multiple gunshots go off in the near distance signalling that it’s October & hunting season has begun.
- Casu Marzu intrigues you and you are tempted to ask the local shepherd about it but can’t stomach the thought.
- You notice a community poster stating that construction will begin on your street in a months time. The following morning construction begins.
- You find a job and work like a horse only to be paid months down the road.
- You go for a 6k run and finally have the courage to flip the finger and shout asshole to anyone that drives past you faster than 30mph.
- You get irritable if you miss your 3 hour siesta.
- You stop comparing prices against the Canadian dollar because fuck, everything is expensive on an island, in Italy.
- You foolishly believe that Sardinia is a country on to her own and are shocked by the shenanigans of the ‘mainlanders.’
- You drink only purified spring water from the mountains high up because plastic bottled water freaks you out.
- You walk 3km up-hill to collect this precious spring water; carrying 10 litres on your back on the way back down-hill.
- You say ‘only if He permits’ as you gaze sky-wards when old ladies ask you why you’ve not created life.
- You carry little old ladies groceries home from the supermarket, cause well, they remind you of your Nana.
- You speak more of the local dialect than you do in the national language.
- You hitchhike and people pick you up because you’re that crazy Australian, American, Canadian girl and they want to know more about you.
- You are a converted espresso drinker; you drink three cups of espresso before 11am.
- You realize that one mirto is okay but two mirto will knock you out for days.
- You go mushroom hunting in the mountains and step in cow dung; you don’t squeal like a girl because tonight you are cooking a mushroom risotto for 8 people.
- You go wild asparagus hunting and fend off wild dogs with a stare down.
- You eat pecorino cheese for breakfast, lunch and dinner because it’s just that good.
- You don’t own a cell phone because all your friends & family are on Skype.
- You have no real girlfriends here because they are all jealous of your Australian, American, Canadian heritage.
- You show up an hour late to every appointment because that’s just the way the cookie crumbles in Italy.
- You are scheduled for a pap smear while menstruating and when you try to protest the doctor asks you – what’s your problem?
- You pay €100 for every gynaecologist visit which lasts seven minutes and involves two doctors a nurse and your husband.
- You befriend every local cat, kitten and dog even when the locals tell you not to.
- Other expats reach out to you who are living/lived in Sardinia and they confirm that it’s not easy to live & work in Sardinia.
- You have a few haters because of your blog; they want you to shut the hell up and stop talking smack about the reality of living on a small island in the Med.
- After 5 years you realize the grass is the same colour all over the world.
- You receive baked goods, canned goods, fresh fruit & vegetables instead of iStuff for Christmas, Thanksgiving and your birthday.
- You stop a friendship with an elderly man because he asks you how many times you “lay under your husband.”
- You hear and see jet fighter planes that soar too low and think the world is coming to an end and hide under the bed for the rest of the afternoon.
- You wear the same clothes for five days in a row and sometimes sleep in them.
- You refuse to work for € 3.90 an hour because it’s unethical and against your Australian, American, Canadian rights.
- You are chastised for refusing the above payment – you should be grateful to even have a job at all – but you aren’t.
- You pee in the bushes, even on the side of the road and you don’t care who see’s you.
- You respond to yes questions with Eja and say Ajo all the time.
Did you laugh out loud at any of these points? Which ones? Tell me below.
If you love food as much as I do, then you will drool over the following photo montage of my favourite Sardinian delights.
Everything that you’ve seen here is locally farmed, produced and hand crafted from age-old traditions that still ring true today. (I’m still, slowly learning the art of patience in the kitchen.)
I try my best to buy only products (fruit, veg, meats, cheese and wine) which are produced in Sardinia. It’s difficult sometimes but I can proudly say that 80% of the products consumed in my house come from Sardinian farms.
I think it’s important to keep our struggling Sardinian economy going and have bought only local produce for many years. I find the food tastes better, looks better and lasts longer than the produce shipped over on the boats.
Do you support your local growers, farmers and shepherds?