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Rough guide to Olbis-Costa Smeralda: Rough Guide Cagliari-Villasimius: general info, restaurants, beaches, places to visit, details on food specialities and local drinks.

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    Rough guide to Sardinia: Olbia - Costa Smeralda - Badesi [Travel Guide] Rough guide to Sardinia: Olbia - Costa Smeralda - Badesi [Travel Guide] Document Transcript

    • SARDINIA„In Italy you won’t find what you find in Sardinia and in Sardinia you won’t find what you find inItaly“ that wrote the natural scientist and Jesuit monk Francesco Cetti during a visit at the end ofthe 18th century .Sardinia, that means respect for the traditions which are deeply laid down in the minds of thepeople and they are living them day by day. This means passionate resistance against everyinvasion as a result of an ancient and constant fight against the ambitious MediterraneanEmpires who wanted to enlarge their territories. During the course of the history the Sardinianshad only few contact with the sea. Their history and their activities developed in the interior partof the country where they retired in order to escape from the coasts that were occupied by theinvaders and conquerors. There they developed a civilisation which is firmly connected with themountains and plains as well as the meadows. The origins of the Sardinian economy lay in theanimal breeding (especially sheep) and agriculture.Sardinia has a lot to offer! Most peoples visit the second biggest island in the Mediterranean seabecause of it’s 1.850 km long coast line and the crystal clear seawater that gleams in all facets ofgreen, blue and turquoise. In fact, the water around Sardinia is among the cleanest in wholeMediterranean basin.On the other hand there is a lot of history to discover: thousands of years old archaeological sitesare testimonies of the strategic and geographic importance of Sardinia and the peoples whosettled on it. Starting with the prehistoric tombs caved in the rocks – Domus de Janas, followedby the “nuraghe” buildings which are unique in Sardinia and the most monumental andastonishing buildings of the ancient history after the pyramids – giant tombs, sacred wellscontinuing with Phoenician-Punic-Roman trade centres and commercial cities – Paleo-Christianchurches, Medieval abundance and richness and the Spanish occupation as well as the modernlive of today.Centuries old traditions, wild, uncontaminated nature, intact landscapes give Sardinia a strongtaste of originality – get enchanted by the magic of the island!Also discover the interior of the country the landscapes where olive trees grow on granite rocksand longhair sheep graze the highland meadows around the villages of the mountains. Feasts of Sardinia dream beaches of SardiniaFeatured by Charming Sardinia www.charmingsardinia.com tel.: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail: booking@charmingsardinia.com
    • GEOGRAPHIC ASPECTSSardinia is situated almost in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea. It has a surface of almost24‘090 km2 and is therefore the second biggest island of Italy and the whole Mediterranean Sea.It’s about 3 times Corsica and 7 times Mallorca. The rhomboidal shape of the island explains thename that it was given by the Greek Ichnusa (Icnos = trace footprint) and Sandaliotis (sandal).The Roman name Sardinae is supposed to result from the legendary Sardus son of Hercules,who is supposed to have brought a group of Libyans to the island.Sardinia has a lot of space and landscape but the population is rather few with only 1.7 millioninhabitants. 17% are occupied with sheep breeding and agriculture which is the double of theEuropean average. In Sardinia there are about the double of sheep rather than inhabitants!Sardinia is mostly hilly, the biggest mountain massif is the Supramonte – Gennargentu in thecentre of the island. The highest summit is Punta La Marmora with 1‘834 m. Nevertheless themountain chains seem very majestic because of their bizarre granite rocks looming up to thesky. The steep cliffs of the mountains that end in the sea on the West and East coast, the fertileplains, of the West or the fjords in the North are typical imagines of this very individual island.The short rivers which deserve their name only in spring during the melting of the snow and therain period. After short flooding periods most of them dry out in summer. The biggest river is theTirso. It has its source in the mountains close to Buddusò and leads to the Golf of Oristano. Theonly navigable river is the Temo which passes through Bosa. When the river deltas were driedout in order to extinguish the marshland because it was dominated by malaria flies which transmitthe malaria disease until the 1950’s, the water was blocked and accumulated at the beginning ofmany rivers. In this way small lakes were created like the Lago Omodeo (not far from the Tirso),the Lago Coghinas etc. In the rivers there can be found eels, trouts and mullets.Sheep breading and minery have a long tradition in Sardinia. Coal, iron, lead, zinc, copper andsilver were mined. Lead and zinc mineries were founded as well as petrol refineries, chemicaland textile works. In the Gallura, in the North-East of Sardinia, there are many granite caves andalso the cork production and elaboration is an important economic branch. Another good is seasalt from the Salinas of Cagliari for example which has been traded since ancient times. ButSardinia is also famous for wine- and olive-oil production.Sardinia has about 64‘000 acres forest territory with mostly cork oaks which are the origin of thisbranch. Sardinia for a long time was leader in the cork production until it was passed by Portugaland Spain.Featured by Charming Sardinia www.charmingsardinia.com tel.: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail: booking@charmingsardinia.com
    • HISTORYIn order to understand Sardinia better we would like to introduce you to Sardinian history.Sardinia never “made” history but it always only bore it.Some parts of Sardinia are 600 million years old. The island has situated in its today’s position for65 million years. Geologically it is one of the oldest territories of Europe, older than Italy, and hasbeen inhabited for about 10.000 – 8.000 yearsThe Sardinian people of the prehistory lived in villages with huts or pile dwellings, in grottos alongthe lagoons or in megalithic fortresses (nuraghs). Their religion consisted in the symbols of lifeand fertility. They worshiped the mother goddess and the bull deity, did the death cult and buriedtheir death in tombs caved in the rock which were called “Domus de Janas” – fairy tombs.From the year 2.200 – 1.800 B.C. other peoples of the East arrived in Sardinia, spread over thewhole island and constructed buildings megalithic style, that means with big stone blocks, onheights, on the promontories or at the valley’s ends. From this nuraghe civilisation there are stilltoday 7’000 nuraghe ruins on the island. The nuraghe people worshiped the water cult with theirsacred wells “pozzo sacro” and venerated their ancestors with the “giant tombs” by offeringthem bronze figures. archaeological monuments historic monuments Sardinian cultureFeatured by Charming Sardinia www.charmingsardinia.com tel.: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail: booking@charmingsardinia.com
    • Featured by Charming Sardinia www.charmingsardinia.com tel.: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail: booking@charmingsardinia.com
    • OLBIA & SURROUNDINGSThe town has 40’000 inhabitants and connects North Sardinia with the rest of the world thanks toits big harbour „Isola Bianca“ and the airport „Costa Smeralda“. The industries of the city arefishing, breeding of mussels and food-industry like the thuna-works. Olbia is also called the“shopping centre of the Gallura” which is the name of the North-Eastern part of Sardinia.In most cases the place is only the arrival and departure station for a holiday in North Sardinia.But Olbia has some nice things to offer, for example Corso Umberto I. This street is lined byboutiques and shops leads from the harbour to the Piazza Margherita which is the vital heart ofOlbia where cafés and “gelaterias” invite to a pleasant break.Close to Olbia there are beach areas like Pittulongu, Capo Ceraso and Porto Istana wherebeautiful beaches can be found and visitors can enjoy there the marvellous view on the majestic“island Tavolara” which is a huge granite rock that stands 600 m out of the sea and seems to bea dragon of ancient times.Golfo AranciTimes ago Golfo Aranci was a small fisher village. When in the harbourwas built wharfs for the ferry boats of the Italian train company (FS) in1960 the place developed rapidly. Different ferry boat companies(transport- and passenger traffic) dock in the harbour of Golfo Aranci.Contrarily to other places which seem deserted during winter, in GolfoAranci live about 2’000 peoples throughout the whole year. Some ofthem are still fishermen and you can see repairing their nets in theharbour. From Capo Figari visitors can enjoy a beautiful view on the Golf of Olbia and the “island”Tavolara. For those who want to go swimming, the beaches of the areas Cala Moresca, in frontof the small island „Figarolo“ at the end of the village Golfo Aranci, and the beaches CalaSassari, Cala Banana or Pittulongu along the panoramic route of Olbia may be suitable.Golfo di MarinellaNorth-West from Golfo Aranci the bathing place Golfo di Marinella is situated which has a longwhite sandy beach. According to a tradition this sand has curative therapeutic qualities. There isa good choice of bars, gamble- and play possibilities as well as entertainment. The biggest partof the beach is occupied by the hotel complex Abi d’Oru. Golfo di Marinella has been known as aholiday place long time before other places but was developed only in the past years by buildingnew and better infrastructures. Famous peoples who want to escape from the publicity of theCosta Smeralda rather chose this small holiday place.Porto RotondoIs also called the “little sister” of Porto Cervo but “geographically” isnot anymore part of the Costa Smeralda. However, the style andarchitecture is likewise. The place was founded by the Venetiannoble brothers Delle Rose. Some names and characteristicsindicate the origin of the founders as for example the Piazzetta SanMarco and some small canals with wooden bridges. Also PortoRotondo has a modern yacht harbour (630 places) and is analternative if it becomes too straight in Porto Cervo in summer. Theplace has a lot of boutiques and shops, bars and restaurants.Featured by Charming Sardinia www.charmingsardinia.com tel.: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail: booking@charmingsardinia.com
    • BADESI – ISOLA ROSSA Along the scarcely settled West coast of the Gallura region between Santa Teresa and Valledoria, the two holiday villages Badesi Mare and Isola Rossa are situated. Badesi Mare is located along a 8 km long sandy beach which extends onone side to the red porphyr-rocks from Isola Rossa and on the other side, almost uninterruptedlyto Castelsardo. It is surrounded by an uncontaminated nature which consists in a landscape ofdunes, pine trees, and Mediterranean macchia with it’s scents and vineyards. Also during thehigh season one can find silent places here.Badesi is an old fisher village on the mountain side, above the plains of the river Coghinas andwith a wide view over the landscape and the Gulf of Asinara. It’s not a typical tourist place butthere are all shopping facilities; bank, post office bars and restaurants.Isola Rossa is a picturesque place and was founded by the fishermen of the Gulf of Asinara. Thecharacteristic island with red rocks is famous for the majestic guardian tower, the beautiful beach,the harbour and the beach promenade.Beaches Badesi Mare, Sa Marinedda (Isola Rossa), Spiaggia “Coghinas” (Valledoria), Spiaggia“Li Cossi” (north-east of Isola Rossa), Monte Tinnari (with rose coloured pebbles) and otherbeautiful beaches are to find are along the coast, numerous small bays with clear sandy beachesand crystal clear sea water. Often it is worth to do a detour away of the main road.Places around Badesi and Isola RossaValledoria The holiday village Valledoria is situated on the bay between Isola Rossa andCastelsardo. The river "Coghinas" leads here into the “Golfo dellAsinara”. Around the mouth ofthe river Coghinas there is a Laguna in front of which a large white sandy beach extends. Castelsardo This little town is situated about 20 km west of Badesi. You should not miss a visit of the historic old town in the Genoese fortress. It’s a picturesque little town with it’s granite houses and buildings situated on the promontory within the fortress Castello dei Doria. Castelsardo is famous for its baskets therefore in the small streets you can see old ladies weaving baskets and offering theirproducts. Not far from Castelsardo the famous elephant-shaped rock “roccia dell’Elefante” can beviewed. It’s a rock of about 10 m heights in the shape of an elephant.Trinità d’Agultu While the coastal places get crowded in summer in the countryside the typicalgallurese village Trinità d’Agultu still offers tranquillity.Tempio Pausania Once was the main town of the Gallura area and still is the “main town of thegranite“. It is situated at the foot of the Mount Limbara. The small town was built in granite, manymiddle class houses have been built and also the pavement of the small roads of the old town isof this for this region typical stone.Santa Teresa di Gallura The town most north of Sardinia is a vital holiday place and from herestart ferry boats to Corsica several times a day. Four kilometres west there are the rock gardensof Capo Testa.Featured by Charming Sardinia www.charmingsardinia.com tel.: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail: booking@charmingsardinia.com
    • COSTA SMERALDA The story of this holiday paradise for high quality standards started in 1961 when two English Gentlemen John Duncan Miller (banker) and Patrick Guiness (brewer) went for a trip with their yacht along the Sardinian coast. There were enthusiastic from the crystal clear emerald green water of the sea, the marvellous beaches and the uncontaminated nature. So after their return they talked enthusiastically about this place to a friend. They were that convincing an passionate that this friend came here in order to see the place with his own eyes. This friend wasthe Ishmaelite prince Karim Aga Khan who is a urbane, weel-informed, cultured religious leaderof more than 15 millions of Ishmaelite. He saw the chance and founded a consortium in 1962. Inthis way the original “Monti di Mola” became “Costa Smeralda” which means emerald coastaccording to the colours of the sea. It should become a “mating” call for the international Jet-Set.The first was Jaques Couëlle one of the most famous architects of the sixties and member of theConsortium Costa Smeralda, he built the 5-star hotel Cala di Volpe in the most beautiful bay ofthe whole coast area and created a new architectonic style which was called the „neo Sardinian“style. From that moment on in all projects that were realised and all structures that were built waspaid great attention to environmental suiting. The buildings were inserted in the natural landscapewithout destroying or modifying it too much. All the buildings are low, little towers, arcadewindows and doors, consumed stair steps and plaster artificially flaking off set new accents.Natural materials like granite, clay and wood, especially juniper were used as well as naturalcolours like brown, ochre, yellow, pastel colours, rock- grey or white.The development of the Emerald Coast went on very fastly: Luxury hotels, villas, apartmentareas, entire villages and yacht harbours were built. In 1964 the airway company Alisarda wasfounded which is today Meridiana, and at that time was an important link to connect the island ofSardinia with the European continent. In 1977 the Pevero Golf course was founded (18 holes).The Consorzio Costa Smeralda with more than 2000 members, consisting in hotel owners andowners of holiday villas and apartments, controls severely that no “environmental sins” are maderegarding new buildings and constructions and they therefore decide if a project will be approvedor not. In the centre of this 55 km long beautiful coastal landscape Porto Cervo is situated which is the main place of the Costa Smeralda. The small town was created like a fisher village by the star architect Luigi Vietti and offers all that peoples may desire. The yacht harbour „Marina di Porto Cervo“ has more than 700 places and is among the biggest and best equipped of the whole Mediterranean sea. Also the little white church “Stella Marina” is very famous. It is situated on the promontory which divides Porto Cervo Marina from Porto Cervo and it is built in Greek style. It contains precious art objects like forexample an organ from the 16th century and the altarpiece shows the world famous Madonna ofEl Greco (this is a donation of the Thyssen family). The meeting point of Porto Cervo is thecentrally situated piazzetta. No cars are allowed in the centre.Featured by Charming Sardinia www.charmingsardinia.com tel.: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail: booking@charmingsardinia.com
    • COSTA SMERALDABeachesAlong the whole coast of this area beautiful beaches are lined up like pearls on a chain: − Spiaggia del Principe (named after the Prince Aga Khan) − Capriccioli − Liscia Ruia / Petra Ruia − Pevero − Cala Granu − Liscia di VaccaAl beaches are public and accessible for everybody. In order to arrive at the bathing bayssometimes it is necessary to do a little walk. Some of the beautiful beaches are accessible onlyby boat.We suggest you following hotels from www.CharmingSardinia.com around Olbia:Hotel Cala di Volpe – Costa Smeraldahttp://www.charmingsardinia.com/sardinia/hotel-costa-smeralda/cala_di_volpe.htmlHotel Romazzino – Costa Smeraldahttp://www.charmingsardinia.com/sardinia/hotel-costa-smeralda/romazzino.htmlHotel Pitrizza – Costa Smeraldahttp://www.charmingsardinia.com/sardinia/hotel-costa-smeralda/pitrizza.htmlVilla Armony – Porto Cervohttp://www.charmingsardinia.com/sardinia/hotel_costa-smerlda/hotel_villa-armony.htmlHotel Don Diego – Costa Doratahttp://www.charmingsardinia.com/sardinia/hotel_costa_dorata/hotel_don_diego.htmlHotel Villa del Golfo – Cannigionehttp://www.charmingsardinia.com/sardinia/hotel_cannigione/villa_del_golfo.htmlHotel Pellicano d’Oro – Pittulonguhttp://www.charmingsardinia.com/sardinia/hotel_olbia/pellicano_oro.htmlHotel Arathena – San Pantaleohttp://www.charmingsardinia.com/sardinia/hotel_san_pantaleo/arathena.htmlL’Ea Bianca Luxury Resort – Cala dei Gineprihttp://www.charmingsardinia.com/sardinia/hotel_costa_smeralda/hotel_ea_bianca_luxury_resort.htmlFeatured by Charming Sardinia www.charmingsardinia.com tel.: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail: booking@charmingsardinia.com
    • PLACES AROUND COSTA SMERALDACosta DorataThis beautiful spot located between Olbia and the lovely village San Teodoro is a fantastic placefor relaxing moments. All around you find nice beaches and directly in front, there is themagnificent Island “La Tavolara”.Baia SardiniaThis holiday place is not part of the Consortium Costa Smeralda – but the style, peoples andatmosphere is very similar. Above a semicircular white fine-sandy beach hotels, holidayapartments, small villas as well as a small shopping mall are situated around a small stone-pavedpiazza. Cosy cafés invite for a short break. There is the Acqua-Dream water fun park at theentrance of the village.San PantaleoThis small village is situated only a few kilometres away from the coast in the countrysidesurrounded by majestic granite rocks. It is very typical and its location is breathtaking.ArzachenaIs a vital small town and the administration town of the Costa Smeralda. Don’t miss “Il fungo”which is a mushroom-shaped granite rock block and it is easy to find if you follow the indications.CannigioneAlong the Western shore of the Gulf of Arzachena Cannigione is situated which is an old fishervillage and today a holiday village with fisher- and yacht harbour.PalauThe small town is famous as departing place for excursions to the LaMaddalena island which is located in front of it and is part of the nature park ofthe La Maddalena archipelago which is composed of 7 islands. Moreover Palauis known for the bear shaped granite rock which is situated about 5 km eastfrom Palau. And the best place to spot it is from the sea while you are crossingover to La Maddalena or coming back from there. This rock sculpture is the“work” of wind and weather throughout thousands and millions of years.Island-ArchipelagoLa Maddalena is the main island and connected with the island Caprera. Other islands are: SantoStefano, Spargi, Budelli, Ràzzoli, Santa Maria. In summer there are boat trips to the uninhabitedislands. Crystal clear water, fine sand and virgin nature promise a relaxing beach day. The wholearchipelago has become nature park in 1997.Featured by Charming Sardinia www.charmingsardinia.com tel.: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail: booking@charmingsardinia.com
    • WHERE TO GOPorto Cervo − Restaurant “Gianni Pedrinelli”, Località Piccolo Pevero − Restaurant “La Mola”, Località Piccolo Pevero − Restaurant / Pizzeria “La Bricciola”, Località Liscia di Vacca − Pizzeria “Dante”, Località Sottovento − Restaurant “Il Pescatore”, Vecchio PortoBaia Sardinia − Restaurant “La Rocca” (around 3 km outside the village) − Restaurant “Casablanca” (Club Hotel) − Restaurant “Azzurra” (Piazza) − Restaurant “Grazia Deledda” (on the road direction Arzachena)Porto Rotondo − Restaurant / Enoteca da Giovannino, Piazza Quadrata − Restaurant “La Loggia”San Pantaleo − Restaurant “Giagoni”, Via Zara, 1Cannigione − Restaurant “Entro Fuori Bordo”, Lungomare 8Palau − Restaurant “Da Franco”, Via Capo d’Orso, 1Golfo Aranci − Pizzeria / Restaurant “D’Andrea”, Via Baia CaddinasPittulongu − Trattoria RossiOlbia Stadt − Restaurant “Gallura”, Corso Umberto 145 − Restaurant “Da Bartolo”, Viale Aldo Moro, 133 − Restaurant / Pizzeria “La Sosta”, Via Talenti, 27NIGHT LIFEPorto Cervo − Disco “Sopravento” und “Sottovento” − Disco “Pepero Club” − VIP-Disco “Il Billionaire” − “Finger’s Club” at Cervo Tennis Club with Jet-Set peopleForte Cappellini − “Phi Beach” the place to be at the Costa SmeraldaCala Granu − “The Nikki Beach” well known bar at the beach front of Cala GranuBaia Sardinia − Disco “Ritual”, special location surrounded by Granite landscapePorto Rotondo − Country-Club, Monte MaiorePoltu Quatu − “Smaila’s” bat located at the hidden harbour Poltu QuatuFeatured by Charming Sardinia www.charmingsardinia.com tel.: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail: booking@charmingsardinia.com
    • NORTH SARDINIA – GALLURA The Costa Smeralda belongs to the communal administration of Arzachena, is part of the area of the Gallura (which is the name of Sardinia’s North-East) and of the district “Provincia” of Sassari. Beside of the fantastic beaches and the sea that gleams in all shades of blue and green the typical landscape of the Gallura is characterised above all by granite, cork and vineyards. 80 percent of Italian cork comes from Sardinia, especially from the Gallura because it has the biggest extension of cork oak forests. At Calangianus there is the only specialised school for cork elaboration and cultivation in Italy. Souvenirs are produced from it like postcards or the bottles of the typical “Mirto” liquer is wrapped in cork but also isolation material for walls and pavements are made of cork. Only the very best cork quality is taken as cork to close wine bottles.Granite is the typical stone of the Gallura. Wind, rain and weather have created bizarre shapes.Natural sculptures like the Capo d’Orso close to Palau (bear-shaped rock) or the rock garden ofCapo Testa close to Santa Teresa di Gallura. Natural grottos were built and they were used bythe shepherds as a protection for their sheep and themselves. The strong mistral wind that blowsfrom France is always continuing to model new shapes.During a trip through the countryside many vineyards can be noted. This is where the deliciouswhite Vermentino wine is cultivated. In the Gallura there are numerous, famous vineyards. Someof them are: Cantina del Vermentino – Monti, Cantina Gallura – Tempio Pausania, Tenute diCapichera – Sant’Antonio di Gallura, Cantina Sociale – Berchidda.We suggest you following hotels from www.charmingsardinia.com :Valle dell’Erica Resort – Valle dell’Erica, Gallurahttp://www.charmingsardinia.com/sardinia/wellness_hotel/hotel_valle_dell_erica.htmlHotel La Coluccia – Conca Verdehttp://www.charmingsardinia.com/sardinia/hotel_santa_teresa_di_gallura/la_coluccia.htmlHotel Capo d’Orso – Palauhttp://www.charmingsardinia.com/sardinia/wellness_hotel/hotel_capo_d_orso.htmlPark Hotel Cala di Lepre – Palauhttp://www.charmingsardinia.com/sardinia/wellness_hotel/hotel_cala_di_lepre.htmlMarinedda Thalasso & Spa – Isola Rossahttp://www.charmingsardinia.com/sardinia/wellness_hotel/hotel_marinedda.htmlHotel Relax Torreruja – Isola Rossahttp://www.charmingsardinia.com/sardinia/wellness_hotel/hotel_relax_torreruja.htmlFeatured by Charming Sardinia www.charmingsardinia.com tel.: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail: booking@charmingsardinia.com
    • GENERAL INFORMATIONBeach Generally the water is very clean: small bays divided by rock formations and fjords are characteristic for the North-Eastern Coast, especially the Costa Smeralda. The area Palau – S. Teresa di Gallura – Capo Testa are famous for their bizarre rock sculptures which were created by wind and weather during thousands and millions of years.Bus/Taxi Public busses are more frequent during the main season (June – September). The hotel reception will call a Taxi for you.Car rental Charming Sardinia will helps you with renting a car. Please follow this link http://res.rent.it/sites/EN/Default.aspx?l=EN&siteid=13-80B6E139Doctor In case of emergency the hotel reception calls a doctor at any time. Important: You will have to pay right away for every visit. Please keep the receipt in order to get refunded by your insurance.Drinking water Water is very precious in Sardinia. Water from the tap generally is clean, if not indicated differently. However, we recommend to use bottled water for drinking. There is “frizzante/con gas“ (sparkling) or “naturale/senza gas“ without carbonic acid.Duty Free There are no duty free shops in Sardinian airports.Golf The Pevero Golf course in front of the Cala di Volpe hotel is one of the most beautiful golf courses of the world. It’s a 18-hole-camp, handicap 36.Horseback Horseback riding and scuba diving places are possible in the surrounding.Riding / Diving The hotels will give you more information.Markets Typical Italian markets where you can get fruit, vegetables, fish, cheese but also clothes, shoes, leather articles, household and handcraft articles. They take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Monday Dorgali Tuesday Orosei Wednesday Olbia, Via Roma, Arzachena, La Maddalena Thursday Santa Teresa di Gallura, Dorgali Thursday San Pantaleo – Piazza Friday Palau, Santa Teresa di Gallura, Orosei, Nuoro Saturday Olbia, Viale Aldo Moro Sunday Tempio PausaniaNewspaper International newspapers are usually available only in the peak season from June – September.Featured by Charming Sardinia www.charmingsardinia.com tel.: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail: booking@charmingsardinia.com
    • GENERAL INFORMATIONPost office «Ufficio Postale» in Porto Cervo and Baja Sardinia is located next to the church (June-Sept.), in Palau in Via Nationale and the main post office is located in the centre of Olbia next to the «city market». General opening hours: Monday to Saturday 08.30 a.m. – 13.00 p.m. Charges: Letters and postcards within the EU: 0.65 EuroPrecious objects Cash, cheques, jewellery and other precious objects can be deposited in the hotel safe or in your room safe. No hotel is responsible if precious objects are stolen from your hotel room.Shopping Usually the shops are open as follows: Morning 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Evening 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and in tourist areas during high season shops are often open from 6 p.m. until midnight.Souvenirs Baskets, products of cork, wooden sculptures or caved patterns on furniture, ceramics, hand-woven Sardinian carpets, embroidery, golden jewellery and leather articles. Sardinian wines are among the best in Italy. The Romans called Sardinia “a swimming vineyard”. You can find good Sardinian wines in every supermarket.Sport You can play tennis or rent bikes in most of the hotels. Further the Tennis Club of Porto Cervo offers following activities: Tennis, Squash, Fitness room. Telephone 0789 93 11 11.Tips Normally tip is included. However, every employee of the hotel will be pleased about a further recognition. In the restaurants, if not especially indicated, tips are not included and you are expected to give about 10% of the amount of the bill.Traffic rules It’s compulsory to fasten the seat belt. Speed limit is 50 km/h within cities. There are no highways in Sardinia. The speed limit on the “superstradas = SS” the fast roads is 90 km/h. Drive carefully and defensive, Italian drivers can hardly be previewed. Always be aware of animals (sheep, goats, cows, etc.) on the road, especially in the mountain regions. Keeping animals in stables is not very common in Sardinia. In the case you may have an accident please always call “Polizia” or “Carabinieri” and fill out the accident report “CID”. Your rent car is insured therefore you can’t do without the damage report. Please note the no-claims bonus. We ask you kindly to inform the Charming Sardinia Team.Featured by Charming Sardinia www.charmingsardinia.com tel.: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail: booking@charmingsardinia.com
    • SARDINIAN SPECIALITIESCarta da Musica very thin flat breadPane Frattau Carta di Musica with tomato sauce and fried eggsZuppa Gallurese a kind of “Lasagne” bread with broth baked in the ovenGnocchetti Sardi small noodle “Gnochetti” wit tomato sauce and pieces of meatRavioli alla Ricotta Ravioli filled with a fresh cooked cheesePorcetto suckling pig (about 6kg)Capretto small goatAgnello LambOrata, Spigola, Cernia, Dentice, gilthead, sea brass, brass, dentex,Pagello, Triglie, Ricciola, Sarago red sea bream, red mullet, other local fishAragosta Spiny lobsterArselle Venus clams (white)Vongole small Venus clamsCozze black musselsBottarga Dried fish eggs which are served with spaghetti or with celery as starter.Pinzimonio Raw vegetables consisting in tomatoes, celery, radishes, carrots served with a dip from olive oil, lemon juice and salt.Seadas Sweet dessert: “pastry bag” foiled with fresh Pecorino cheese, fried and served with a spoon of honey or sugar on top.Featured by Charming Sardinia www.charmingsardinia.com tel.: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail: booking@charmingsardinia.com
    • LOCAL DRINKSDry white wines Torbato, Cala Viola, Terre Bianche, Funtanaliras, Vermentino, Seleme, Giogantinu, Ladas und Balari lightly sparklingDry red wines Thaora, Rosé di Alghero, Filieri rosatoRed wines Cannonau, Monica, Tanca Farra, Filieri, Terre Brune, Santa Cristana Abbaia, NepenteAs an aperitif you may have “spumante“ or “frizzante“ which is a dry sparkling white wine.Vernaccia is a kind of dry Port wine as aperitif or the sweet “moscato” and among the dessertwines there is “Malvasia di Bosa” or “Malvasia di Alghero” which is a kind of “Vin Santo” sweetwhite wine for after meals, ideal digestive.The most produced liqueur of the island is the “Mirto”, red (berries) or white (leaves) made fromthe myrtle bush.The famous “Filu e Ferru“ is another “effective” digestive. It’s the Sardinian grappa which is verystrong. “Fil de Ferru” means a peace of wire. „Antipasti“ artichoke starters „Mallureddus“ typical Sardinian pasta Variety of Sardinian cheese, dry sausage, typical bread and wine Dolci Sardi“ Sardinian sweets grilled suckling pig – the traditional main course Choice of fresh fish Spiny lobster sea specialityFeatured by Charming Sardinia www.charmingsardinia.com tel.: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail: booking@charmingsardinia.com
    • Looking forward and interested coming to Sardinia, spend some beautiful and unforgettableholidays on this wonderful island?Book here and now with www.charmingsardinia.com , your online specialist for luxury hotels inSardinia.We are pleased to give you more information or further particulars, kindly contact us onbooking@charmingsardinia.com.The general office opening hours are from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. OFFICE Royal Travel Jet Sardegna S.r.l. Via S. Tommaso D’Aquino 18 09134 Cagliari – Italy tel.: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964Featured by Charming Sardinia www.charmingsardinia.com tel.: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail: booking@charmingsardinia.com