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which the beach must meet; should the beach fail to comply with these criteria during the year, the blue flag can be withdrawn.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?
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?
- I studied Thai kick boxing, Jiu-Jitsu, karate, Jeet Kune Do and have a white belt in all four, watch out!
- I played soccer at the community level for 15 years, in Canada and England.
- I studied lyrical jazz for 15 years and loved it, till I broke my ankle (see #2.)
- My first job was delivering Sears catalogs; Christmastime sucked. My second job, I was a chambermaid, where everyday pretty much sucked. My third job was a waitress at a local sports bar which didn’t suck at all!
- I’m a professional waitress, who’s worked in Australia, England, Cayman Islands and Italy, and have over 20 years experience serving the public. Yikes!
- I can do the splits, both ways (see #1).
- I graduated from college with a diploma in Human Relations. My favourite class was Deviant Behaviour. I used my new diploma to sling beer at all hours of the night, then followed my spirit down the path of travel to the center of Australia.
- I have super-sonic hearing and can watch a program in Italian, listen to my friends rattle on in Gallurese and hear the kitten mew down the street and, understand everything.
- After 18 years I can see my natural blonde locks, and I don’t like it.
- I have natural curly hair?
I would like to give a special shout-out to Lisa from Bites for Babies who nominated My Sardinian Life for the Liebster Award. This marks the second Liebster Award for MSL. Thank you, Lisa. 🙂 Please be sure to check out Lisa’s fabulous, yummy blog. She provides great recipes for children and adults alike.
And now, for the 11th thing you didn’t know about me: I don’t like chain letters or chain blog posts, but I truly appreciate the mentions and links from fellow bloggers. I won’t pass on this prestigious blogging award but I will place it on my mantle for all to see.
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Tell me something I don’t know about you.
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
There are a few things in life, for which I am deathly afraid of. My blood begins to boil at just the thought of seeing or being involved in one of these things. Here’s a quick Top 10 list of my fears.
My Top 10 Fears
6. Anything with antlers
5. Being a passenger in a fast car
4. Bungee jumping
3. Big, long bridges
Numbers 1-3 really freak my freak and as a traveler there are times you can’t get from A to B without crossing a bridge. In 2005 there was one bridge which I crossed in Brazil. I was going from Rio de Janeiro to Cabo Frio; it was a hot, three-hour bus ride from hell.
We had just turned a corner when I noticed a low bridge in the distance which covered a huge body of water. My first thought was that the bridge is too low, but maybe it’s better because I don’t like heights. I started to get anxious and my travel partner assured me that we would be okay. I kept envisioning the bus careening off the bridge into the water; I thought maybe the bus driver is having a bad day or life and today is his day to stop living and I thought about some crazed passenger seizing the bus and driving it into the huge body of water.
None of this happened – thankfully.
In 2007 I boarded a plane for Vancouver, British Columbia where I met up with an old roommate from Cayman Islands. It was just like old times – two friends reminiscing about the good times on Seven Mile Beach; laughing at silly tales of stealing Vespa’s and riding to Rum Point; drinking too many cocktails and riding our bicycles back home – those were the days.
My friend thought it would be a super idea to rent scooters for the day to scoot all over Vancouver’s lovely streets and parks, I eagerly agreed – even though I had never operated a scooter in my life, maybe it’s like riding a bike, I thought.
After a few spins around the Rent-A-Scooter parking lot, I was confident enough to hit the road. I followed my friends lead onto the busy roads, I felt a little vulnerable – the only protection was my helmet, I wished for a full body suit.
We scooted here and we scooted there. I yelled to my friend to slow down but for her, riding a scooter was like riding a bike – easy. I brought up the tail end when I noticed a King Kong sized bridge up ahead. I thought no waaaaaay! We are not – no, I am not going on that bridge.
I screamed out my friend’s name but she could not hear me – the traffic was increasing as were the transport trucks and the traffic lanes were doubling.
Oh dear me – she is crossing the bridge. Do I chicken out? What do I do? Mommy??? Is it legal to drive a scooter across this bridge? What if my scooter decides to do the funky dance over the railing and into the water? These were the thoughts crossing my mind.
Thankfully – none of the above happened.
Lion’s Gate Bridge – Vancouver, British Columbia
And me, in the Rent-A-Scooter parking lot, before the bridge.
How do you overcome fear while on the road?
My advice is – Just do it! You won’t regret it.
I didn’t chicken out, I didn’t allow fear to stop me from experiencing the single most frighteningly fantastic event of my life. I did it!
How have you overcome fear while on the road?
Source: Lions Gate Bridge via Wikipedia
It would be a complete injustice if I wrote only about the horrors I faced this year with my Italian job(s). There were a few good points to waiting tables in Italy and I’ve listed them for you in a fun Top 10 List.
Top 10 Reasons I’ll Miss the Italian Job
10. The fabulous multi-cultural clients.
9. The extra €20 slipped into my pocket, every other night.
8. Being offered to sit and drink with clients during my shift (was offered many, many times but never took anyone up on the offer).
7. Nightly raids of the (permitted) gelato station – pistachio here I come!
6. Well-behaved gorgeous children from all walks of life.
5. The Russians. They were hilarious, generous and polite.
4. The blazing orange sun-set.
3. My Italian, Sardinian, Czech, Hungarian and German colleagues. They were all a fabulous bunch of people.
2. Packing take-away lunch and dinner for my husband from the staff dining-hall. The food was good – plus I had to pay for it!
1. Speaking English to Italian clients; speaking Italian to English clients and speaking a mix of both to the Russians. They laughed, I laughed, and we all laughed together. Priceless moments.
What are some of the pros and cons of your expat work?
Cathy from An Italophile emailed me to take part in her popular expat series featuring expats, who now call Italy home. Thank you Cathy for asking me take part in this great series. I look forward to reading more stories from expats in Italy.
When you’re finished reading this awesome post why don’t you head on over to Cathy’s blog to discover more about Italy. You can find the links at the top and bottom of this post.
She wrote with just one question:
Sardinia is a smorgasbord of colourful annual festivals that are held high in the mountains or close to the sea. Sardinia will not disappoint those looking for tradition, culture, energy and fantastic feasts.
Sardinia is yours to discover, on your own time and by your own two feet. Just try it and you will see.
Follow me on my voyage to discover and share Sardinia’s most imporant festivals.