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
Particularly 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 that get to know you they are the friendliest people on earth.
Winter provides the perfect opportunity to visit the larger cities of Sardinia.
Cities like like Cagliari which is really an interesting city full of history and fascinating old alleys and avenues.
I particularly enjoy the rather Bohemian Marina Quarter which is full of lively restaurants and tiny shops selling all manner of interesting things.
If it is the latest fashion and a stylish caffè or two that you prefer 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.
Though it is cool in winter I still enjoy walking along this beach on a sunny winter's day.
Cagliari is particularly good as a base during the winter with many Hotels in Cagliari offering 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.
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.