The winter in
is often known as the secret season. The days are commonly sunny and
warm, the food is as always excellent, and there are few other tourists
Winter provides the perfect opportunity to visit the larger cities of Sardinia, cities like like Cagliari.
Cagliari was a city I never really expected to like but ended up loving it. It really an interesting city, full of history and fascinating old alleys and gracious avenues.
I particularly enjoy the rather Bohemian Marina Quarter it's full of lively restaurants and tiny shops selling all manner of interesting things.
If the latest fashion and a stylish caffè or two is more your style then you really must head on down to Via Roma. This is the most fashionable street in the city and the place to see and be seen.
cooler days of winter make it a lot easier to explore. During the sweltering heat
of summer all you really feel like doing is getting down to one of the
city's great beaches -
Poetto beach is the best of these.
Although it is cool in winter I still enjoy walking along this beach on a sunny winter's day - with only my thoughts to keep me company.
Cagliari is particularly good as a base during the winter. Many Hotels in Cagliari offer very reasonable deals during the winter season.
The interior of the island too is great in winter, the perfect place to really experience the traditional way of life of this magical island.
Inland you'll be the only tourist anywhere.
If you stick around in one village for any length of time you might even find yourself invited to lunch (sure to be magnificent).
The Sardinians are like that, once they get to know you they are the friendliest people on earth.
In fact inland Sardinia is a world away from the coast and has an austere beauty which is easy to fall in love with. The people too are different from anywhere else in Italy, very proud and determined folk.
Often when I travel through the inland villages of Sardinia I feel that not only am I visiting another world but also that I have taken a journey back to another simpler, calmer and more peaceful time. This is how all of Italy must have been fifty years ago.