New Year Greetings From Sardinia With Love

Wishing you all a safe, successful, and happy New Year filled with love, joy and peace.

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If you have any questions about your trip to Sardinia, don’t hesitate to send me an email. Just click on the contact tab at the top of the page.

See you in Sardinia my friends.

Snapshots: Climbing common roads at Castlesardo

Snapshots: Climbing common roads at Castlesardo

A simple snapshot of one of the most romantic towns I’ve found in Sardinia.

This is Castlesardo.

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Go ahead and explore her ancient alleys and mythologies. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Elephant rock

A lovely post from an Australian living in Bagni di Lucca and made a visit to Sardinia a few years ago.

Bagni di Lucca and Beyond

There are some incredible rock formations in glorious Sardinia, and this one beside the road near Castelsardo is no exception.

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The Sardinian countryside is spectacular, even on a dull day.

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Elephant rock is near the lovely coastal town of Castelsardo. It is an ancient Sardinian town. Excavations have shown human presence in the area since pre-Nuragic times as well as Roman settlement. It is no doubt named for the castle built in the 12th century by the Doria family from Genoa, marking the beginning of the present town. There are currently about 5,000 people living in the town.

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Come for a walk through the narrow streets of Castelsardo.

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There are some fabulous old doorways.

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…some intriguing old wiring.

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There is a wonderful museum with interesting artifacts.

This old passage way lined with Juniper wood is centuries old…and is still standing strong and proud.

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The ancient church has a beautiful…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

This week the folks controlling the Weekly Photo Challenge have asked us to represent “The Golden Hour.” The golden hour is the first and last hour of the day. I’ve never been a sunset photographer and sunrises are just too early for me. I did however manage to capture a photo of the setting full moon one early morning.

The Golden Hour – Asinara Bay, Sardinia, Italy

The Golden Hour by Jennifer Avventura 2013This photo was shot at 5:03 am using a Sony Cyber-Shot. I think it turned out pretty cool, you can even see the moon’s reflection, shining brightly on Castlesardo. There is nothing golden about this photo but it was shot at the right time for this weeks theme.

Any tips for capturing the perfect golden hour of a sunset?

Sunday Lovely Sunday | A Traditional Sardinian Wedding

It was a Sunday lovely Sunday that I won’t soon forget. We are on the grooms side of the family and keeping with the traditions, all friends and family of the groom gather at his house to begin the morning festivities. The morning started out just right with a mixture of prosecco and peach juice and traditional Sardinian sweets.

Sunday Lovely Sunday | A Traditional Sardinian Wedding

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Top 10 Sights in Northern Sardinia

Top 10 Sights in Northern Sardinia

In no particular order of importance, as each town, beach and island, is a spectacular assault on the senses. All ten areas will leave you breathless and in awe.

Top 10 Sights in Northern Sardinia

  1. Dorgali – with its Giants’ grave, the beach of Cala Gonone, Nuraghic villages, grottos and caves, this area is yours to discover.
  2. Grotta di Nettuno – is a spectacular cave just outside of Alghero. Discovered in the 18th century by fishermen, it has since turned into a tourist mecca. Guided tours are provided in Italian and English.
  3. Stintino – famous for La Pelosa Beach is just one of Sardinia’s gems. Stintino is a coastal community filled with culture and history. From here you can catch a boat to the next item on the list.
  4. Isola Asinara – is one of Sardinia’s National Parks. In English this island is suitably called ‘donkey island,’ for its white albino donkeys that inhabit the island. During the First World War the island saw its first maximum security prison and for 110 years the only human inhabitants were the prisoners and wardens. The prison closed in 1997 and all construction is banned on the island.
  5. Castlesardo – or Casteddu in dialect is a stunning town centered around Doria Castle which was built in 1102. There are traditional shops which line the cobblestoned streets and plenty of fantastic traditional Sardinian restaurants to choose from. Castlesardo is a lively town during the summer months, filled with festivals, sagre and concerts.
  6. Isola Rossa – owes its name to the deep pink to red granite islet that lies in front of the harbour. There are two beautiful beaches: Spiagga Longa and Marinedda. Both beaches are fitted for the tourist in mind. Plenty of shops, galleries, restaurants and warm Mediterranean sand to keep the traveler relaxed for days … months.
  7. Santa Teresa di Gallura – on the Northern tip of the island you will find crystal clear, shallow, warm waters, plenty of shops and restaurants, the popular Rena Bianca beach, summer festivals and concerts.
  8. La Maddalena – is just 2km offshore from the northeastern shore of Sardinia. La Maddalena renowned for its beaches, rocky granite terrain and ancient forts. The only way to travel to La Maddalena is by ferry leaving from Palau, Sardinia.
  9. Costa Smeralda – The Emerald Coast is a rich mans gold mine. Celebrity yachts line the harbour, private helicopter services, exclusive golf clubs, dance bars and ancient giants tombs. Costa Smeralda is where the rich rub elbows.
  10. Isola Tavolara – is a small island off the northeastern coast. The highest point on the island is 565 meters above sea level. At each end of the island, you will find beaches and coves, the perfect place to set off on a scuba diving excursion. There is one restaurant on the island and only a handful of families.

Has this Top 10 satisfied your hunger for Sardinia?

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