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General Informations

GEOGRAPHY

Sardinia, with its about 1800 kms (1149 miles) of coasts, is the first island in the Mediterranean Sea and an autonomous region of Italy, which goes by the official name of Regione Autonoma della Sardegna (autonomous Region of Sardinia).

Mediterranean Sea Map, Sardinia, ItalyThe “strategic” position of Sardinia in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, between Spain on the west, Italian Peninsula on the east, North Africa on the south and France on the North, makes this destination easily reachable,  by one of numerous flights connections so as by several ferry boats.

Sardinia, with its archipelagos and small islands extending 270 km from north to south, and about 145 kms from west to east, covers an area of 24100 square kilometres (10000 sq mi about).

The island has an ancient geoformation and, unlike mainland Italy, is not earthquake-prone. Its rocks date from the Palaeozoic Era (up to 500 million years old).

Full of mountains, forests, plains, largely uninhabited areas, rivers, rocky shores and long sandy beaches, the variety of its ecosystems, the island has been described metaphorically by many, as a microcontinent. In modern times many travelers and writers have extolled its beauty, remained untouched at least until the contemporary age, as well as on a landscape that is home to the remains of the mysterious Nuragic Civilization.

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CURRENCY

The official currency is euro (€), no other values are acepted. Bureaus change are almost absent throgout the island. We advice you to bring enough cash, no more than 10.000 € p.p. or a valid credit card (visa and master are the most difused).

PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS

Entry requirements vary depending from which country you are coming from. It is your responsibility to verify you have the correct documents prior to travel. For any doubt, please, contact us to info@visitsardinia.travel or connect to the Foreign Ministery official web site and use the automatic multilanguage system to check it out for the passport and VISA requirements, depending from your country.

DRIVING

Cars drive on the right-hand side of the road. Driving licence requested.

VOLTAGE

Electricity in Sardinia and throughout Italy runs on 220 volts – 50Hz. Mostly of electronic devices are compatible, but please, we advice You to check for the your device specifications to confirm it. We also recommend you to bring with you an universal adapter, because the sockets provided in hotels, apartments and villas, differ from those in other countries.

CLIMATE

The island is renowned for its six month summer which means that the sea can be warm enough for swimming from May until October.  Swimming in the crystal clear waters is like bathing in a warm bath, a wonderful experience popular with visitors and locals alike.

Sardinia ClimateThe chart on the left shows the Sardinia average temperatures over the period of 12 months (altitude 4 mt).

Please, click on the image to enlarge (temp expressed in °C and °F).

 

TIME

1 hour more than Greenwich time ( GMT + 1 ). If You wish to know the right time difference with your country or city, please, use the following link: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/difference.html?p1=2194

LANGUAGE

The official language of Sardinia are Italian and Sardinian. By the way Sardinia boasts other languages and or dialets, as Sassarese (spoken in Sassari City area) in the north west, Gallurese (spoken in the Olbia town area) in the North East and very similar to Sassarese. Other dialets are Algherese (an arcaic form of the modern Catalan Language and spoken in Alghero town in the North West of the Island just about 30 kms from Sassari City) and Tabarchino (from Tabarca, an island in Tunisia, spoken in the South West of Sardinia on the Island of San Pietro and San’t Antioco).

If you’re concretely interested and looking for a holiday in Sardinia, we recommend that you contact us to info@visitsardinia.travel. Click here for some Travel Ideas in Sardinia Island.

WHAT TO WAER
Summer time

If you’re visiting Sardinia in the summertime, make sure you pack the right clothes. Typical temperatures can hover around 35 degrees celsius (about 95 farenheit) and the humidity is well above 80 per cent. In the night time can be lower 20-25 celsius (70 – 77 farenheit).

We advise you to bring with you sport lightweight shirts, trousers, T-shirts and Bermuda shorts in the day time. Women can maybe feel more confortable lightweight dresses and skirts. A broad-brimmed hat can also be a good idea. In the night time it is advisable to bring with you even some light sweater or jacket for cooler evenings.

The shoes are also a very important speech, and we advice you to bring different kind ones ideal for the different moments of your day and stay. Sport sandals are not the most beautiful ones, but very practical for doing lots of walking when it’s hot and on the beach. Tennis shoes or sneakers are very good for longer walkings, specially during shopping tour or escurtions. Remember that in many historic city centers, more common in the north west side of the Island, as Alghero, Castelsardo, Sassari, and also Cagliari in the South, have some tough streets to walk on, because made by cobblestones or paved.  For ladies: make sure you can get around easily, wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes.

When visiting religious sites remember to cover your shoulders and knees. Long shorts (below the knee) and capris are fine; short shorts and miniskirts are not permitted.

Italians tend to dress more formally when dining out, but you don’t need a dress or a jacket and tie unless you plan to go to very elegant restaurants. A polo shirt with trousers or a skirt and top are fine in summer, and sweaters and trousers are fine in winter. At casual restaurants, which are very prevalent in the historic center, t-shirts and shorts are acceptable. Usually, there’s no need to wear different clothing at meal times than what you wear when sightseeing. If you accomodate in a luxury hotel, maybe you would like to bring a nice jacket and more elegant dress (we strongly advice you it) for some gala dinner which oftenly the hotels organize for their guests.

TELECOMUNICATIONS

Whenever you can use your mobile phones counting on a good network throughout the island. By the way, sometime,  you could have some problem in reaching the network signal, depending from the area where you are, for example in some mountaning area, or driving through a forest area, or when staying on some beach. It also depends and change by the provider you are connected with. In such case, we advice you to select and test different providers networks by setting your mobile manually. Most diffused are TIM, Vodafone, Wind and more..

TRASPORTATION

Unluckly the trasportation system in Sardinia is not the best, and oftenly it is very difficult to move between different places. The main cities of the island, Sassari and Cagliari, are well connected by bus and train, even if very slow.  We advice you to considerate to rent a car or book some guided tours to discover the territory.

AIRPORTS INFORMATIONS

Sardinia have three airports, two in the North of the Island, Sassari-Alghero and Olbia-Costa Smeralda, and one in the South, Cagliari-Elmas.

SECURITY AND HEALTH

No special immunizations or medications are necessary for travel to Italy, besides those routinely required for the most common diseases contractible in any part of the world.

By the way make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip, specially the children. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

Ask your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you will be doing, and if you are traveling from a country other than the your one.

SHOPPING

“Made in Sardinia”, a label that your family and friends will definitely appreciate!

Shopping experiences in Sardinia are absolutely amazing: ranging from shopping in a relaxed atmosphere in shopping centers, doing duty-free or craft shopping or having purchases in shops selling famous Italian brabded clothing.

Sardinia has also become known worldwide as a manufacture of quality textile, unique designed coral and gold jewelery,  and wide range of hand crafts such as: wooden art, carpets, ceramic, straw baskets, masks, cork souvenirs.

Sardinia also boasts an excellents choice of foods and wines, extra virgin oils and bottarga (the Sardinia caviar), which you will wish to bring home just when you will taste them whenever throughout the island.

So, pleasantly surprise your family and friends with some Sardinian products.

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