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Italy, Sardinia – Diverse Beauty
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We invite you to the second largest island of the Mediterranean - Sardinia. We will visit the south of the island, the mountains inland, the east of the island, the north and the northwest. Our author Veronika Kocmanová left the capital Cagliari. The next few days, she took a full-day boat trip along the Orosei coast, visited the mafia village of Orgosolo, conquered the Su Gorropa canyon, rested on the enchanting beaches of the Costa Smeralda, and even climbed the highest mountain in Sardinia, Punta la Marmora. She documented everything, so you can see these beautiful places with us.
Text: Oskár Mažgút
Photos: Veronika Kocmanová
Today we leave continental Italy for sunny Sardinia.
There are up to twenty thousand ghost towns all over Italy, yes, it's an incredible number. It is due to frequent earthquakes and landslides, and thus unsatisfactory conditions for agriculture and life. Today we will visit the most famous depopulated cities and learn about their past and present.
Corsica is one of the destinations where you can find beautiful beaches, azure and clear sea, mountains, romantic bays, natural lakes and historic towns with a seaside atmosphere in a relatively small area. Thanks to this, Corsica is proud of nicknames such as "Island of beauty and fragrance" or "Pearl of the Mediterranean".
You will recognize Volterra right away because it looks over the surrounding hills. In good weather, you can even see the distant island of Corsica.
Once Tibur, now Tivoli. The city of sixty thousand is located approximately 30 kilometers east of Rome in the Sabine hills. Emperor Augustus had once enjoyed this place. He sought shelter here from hot summer in Rome.
This year did not want to travel much, but we still found tickets to a place we have been planning to see for a long time. The aim of this year's holiday was a diverse Sardinia. Within 14 days we had the opportunity to cross the island from the south through the mountains inland to the east, then north and northwest. Our journey begins in Cagliari, from where we then move east to the island.
More than two thirds of Sardinia are covered by mountains. They do not reach dizzying heights, but you will find beautiful and unspoiled nature. It is therefore not surprising that this island is a popular outdoor Mediterranean destination with interesting treks. If there is a place in Sardinia where it will feel completely small, it is the Su Gorropu canyon. The rock sides of the gorge rise to a height of 500 meters, making it the deepest gorge in Europe.
Traveling during the corona crisis brings with it considerable positives. One of them is that the number of tourists has been reduced to a minimum, so you can be completely alone on some beaches. We did it too. Let's take a look today at the northwest of the island, which offers beautiful beaches, diverse nature and true tranquility.
Whenever we go on vacation, one of the first things we look for is the highest mountain on the island. It is already our tradition to try to look at the highest point of the area. It will not be different today. We set off to the highest mountain in Sardinia, which is Punta la Marmora with a height of 1,834 m above sea level.
West Sardinia is completely different from other parts. It is not mountainous, but it is rough, windy, wooded, almost flat and was a pleasant surprise for us at the end. I suddenly feel like I'm on another island, in another country.
When we say Costa Smeralda, probably each of us imagines an emerald coast, luxury yachts and probably the most famous resort of millionaires and the whole of Sardinia - Porto Cervo. But the Costa Smeralda is something more. It impressed us thanks to the breathtaking beaches we were able to visit and the unusual architecture.
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