A voyage over an emerald sea, past characteristic coves and beaches of snowwhite sand … this is Sardinia, an island that strikes its visitors with natural contrasts, the lights and colors of a region that boasts old traditions and a wild and pure nature. Situated in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Sardinia is a mainly mountainous region, without high peaks, with a vast and charming, yet bittersweet, natural environment. In fact, the presence of man does not seem to affect this territory; great surfaces still preserve their natural composition, luxuriant woods with even millenary trees, small desert areas and marshes inhabited by deer, wild horses and rapacious birds. The sea reigns over this region with its colors that migrate into the coves, along the coasts, towards the beaches and the most popular resorts. An example is the Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast) with Porto Cervo set as its gemstone and uniting the history and culture of ancient traditions with a joyful and colourful nightlife. Porto Cervo was named after its enchanting cove that resembles the antlers of a deer; the Old Port is considered the best-equipped touristic port in the Mediterranean Sea. Porto Rotondo is also a famous location; it overlooks the wide Gulf of Cugnana and is full of villas and piazzas swathed by such a splendid natural environment as this. Those who prefer the mountains can explore the area of Gennargentu, the vastest mountain range in Sardinia; with its peculiar landscape, it proves that the loveliest painter of them all is Mother Nature herself. This region is rich in flora and fauna, with its mouflons, golden eagles, Sardinian deer and several other species now threatened with extinction. Among its wonders, Sardinia offers the visitor the Nuragic complexes scattered all over the territory. These monuments are unique to the world, testifying to an ancient culture that - though it endured from the 16th to 15th Centuries B.C. still rains rather mysterious. The Nuragic constructions were built using great blocks of stone and developed around a central cone-shaped tower that communicates strength and power. These are archaeological sites where it is possible to grasp the archaic charm of ancient rituals and domestic life. Of these many constructions, the Barumini complex, in the Province of Cagliari, is among the sites in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Granite bale shaped by time, arches of sand similar to amphitheatres, salt obtained between walls of white limestone or red porphyry, squares of charming villages, archaeological sites and even sea caves. Natural glimpses, often recalling ancestral times, become stages and take vitality on the scores of famous performers from all over the world. From mid-July to mid-August, jazz, blues, soul, rock, pop and light music concerts take place: Jazz in Sardinia, Dromos festival in the Oristano area, Abbabula in the prenuragic site of Monte d'Accoddi (Sassari) and many events in the Sinis peninsula, starting from those in the Suoni di Riola Sardo park, an inimitable scenery among sandstone quarries, a few steps from the site of the Giants of Mont'e Prama. Here natural acoustics and ambience seem designed specifically for music. And also the events of Cabras: exclusive locations such as the amphitheater of the ancient city of Tharros and the quartz bean beach of Is Arutas.
A dreamlike (and solitary) scenario chose Michelangelo Antonioni for 'Rosso' (1964): the Rosa di Budelli beach, island of the Maddalena archipelago. Ten years later, in Cala Luna, Cala Fuili and Capo Comino, he was staged by an unusual destiny in the blue sea of August, a masterpiece by Lina Wertmuller, interpreted by the shipwrecks' Mirgela Melato and Giancarlo Giannini. Even Sergio Corbucci transformed Cala Luna (between Baunei and Dorgali) into a desert island: Paolo Villaggio is Mr. Robinson in 'a monstrous story of love and adventure' (1966). In the same vein, three decades later, 'Selvaggi' by Carlo Vanzina with a company of comedians as vacationers who plunge into the beach of Razza di Juncu in Porto Rotondo. Two years earlier, with Vanzina Sardinia had been the scene of 'Little Big Love', with a very young Raul Bova. In 2002, the Gulf of Orosei again starred in the remake 'Travolti dal destino', directed by Guy Ritchie, with Madonna and Adriano Giannini, Giancarlo's son.
In the emerald sea of Sardinia there is always the wind in the stern for lovers of sailing, kite and windsurfing. Not only sailors: when the Mistral sweeps the Mediterranean blows on the west coast, the fascinating coasts are transformed into a must for lovers of surf board, with fast waves and tubing that can reach up to four meters in Capo Mannu , at the northern end of the Sinis peninsula. From Buggerru to Funtanamare the west coast is the paradise of the most experienced surfers, who do not fear the rush of the sea and the rocky seabed.
The “Porto Cervo Wine & Food Festival” is not only the most important wine and food fair in Sardinia but also the big event with which the Costa Smeralda’s tourist season starts. For three days, 18-20 May 2018, it offers a unique journey through Sardinian wine experts and food specialists, with plenty of tasting opportunities combined with a rich programme of meetings, book launches and cooking demonstrations.
The event is organised by the Hotels Cala di Volpe, Cervo, Pitrizza and Romazzino in the town of Porto Cervo and it’s hosted in one of the most beautiful and exclusive destinations in Sardinia and in the whole Mediterranean sea. Thanks to its international setting of incredible beauty, this is one of the most loved events by tourists who are so lucky to visit Costa Smeralda in Spring.
Please note that pets are not admitted, that only persons over the age of 18 are allowed to get into the tasting room, and that the ticket price is 50.00 euros per person (that you can purchase discounted online). Its full schedule is not official yet, anyway it will be updated as soon as possible:
Rally Italia Sardegna 2018
Rally Italia Sardegna is 15 years old: the island version of the Italian Rally is disputed on the Island of the Four Moors from the now distant 2004 for the fifteenth consecutive time. Scheduled for the week 4 - 10 June, the Italian round of the FIA World Rally Championship confirms Alghero as the headquarters of the service park and the headquarters and focuses on extensive television coverage. In fact there will be 5 special tests broadcast live on television: the Ittiri superspecial on Thursday 7 June, Coiluna-Loelle on Saturday 9 June and the two stages on the Power Stage on Sunday 10 June.
The 2018 service park will always be located between the docks of the marina, the "ramblas" of the Bousquets promenade and the Piazzale della Pace, while the headquarters of the event will remain in Lu Qualté, historic building in the center of Alghero undergoing radical restoration and inaugurated in 2015. Calata Sassari and its bastions will host, instead, the closed night park of each day and the podium, which will be the venue for the ceremony of departure and arrival, followed by the Olympic award ceremony as well as shows and side events to the sporting event.
From a sporting point of view, the Rally Italia Sardegna 2018 will have 21 special stages for over 310 kilometers of kilometers on a total of almost 1,500 kilometers of length. The event will begin on Monday 4 June with the opening of the sports secretary, while the reconnaissance of the route will take place on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 June. The first competitive events will be the shakedown and the SSS1 Ittiri Arena Show, respectively scheduled for the morning and afternoon of Thursday 7 June. After three days of competition, the Rally Italia Sardegna will end with the traditional party on the arrival Podium, Sunday 10 June at 14.30, preceded by the consolidated Power Stage Sassari-Argentiera scheduled at 12.18. The Power Stage, but also the Coiluna-Loelle on Saturday 9 June at 9.08 am and at 3.08 pm, will be broadcast live on television, while the whole Rally will be live with the new All Live WRC + platform by wrc.com.