Top 5 Must Do's in Sardinia

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Sardinia, or Sardegna in the native language of Italian, is an island in the Mediterranean Sea with a population of about 1,670,000. The island is considered an autonomous region of Italy, meaning the Sardinians have their own home rule government. Because of Sardinia's location and it being the second largest island in the Mediterranean, it is no surprise that tourism is high and there are many modern and ancient sites to see. Here are the top 5 must do's of this beautiful island:

1. Su Nuraxi di Barumini 

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered one of the most unique finds of archaeology on the island of Sardinia. Su Nuraxi is a megalithic (large rock) edifice that was built in the 1500s B.C. At this site you can find an ancient fortified village and a 3-story tower that sits in the center of the site. Su Nuraxi is located in the town of Barunimi.

2. Gennargentu 

Gennargentu is a mountain chain in Sardinia with the highest peaks on the island, the tallest of which being Punta La Marmora. This chain can be found spreading across the Nuoro and Ogliastra provinces. Gennargentu sits amongst the Gennargentu National Park and, since its rocks are considered some of the oldest in Europe, you can even take a small yet ancient treasure home with you.

3. Bidderosa Beach 

With about 300 sunny days per year, it's hard to pass up visiting a beach while in Sardinia. Many have claimed that Bidderosa is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and worth the 4 km trek through the nature of the island. Because the island is part of a nature reserve, don't forget to buy your ticket for legal access to the 5 coves making up the beach.

4. Tharros 

Visit an ancient city that sits aside the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. Outside of the city of San Giovanni di Sinis is Tharros, a Phoenician village dating back to around 700 B.C. Excavations are still taking place in the now open-air museum. Many of the findings are in the Archaeological Museum of Cagliari.

5. Archaeological Museum 

Visit the island's capital of Cagliari to get a taste of ancient Sardinia. The museum is a prime destination for the history buff, boasting artifacts from all of the ancient cultures previously inhabiting Sardinia, including the Phoenicians and Romans. See statues, sarcophagi and a vast array of ceramics, jewelry and many other ancient materials from the region.

January 05, 2010 change by kileybugher

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