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In the footsteps of George Clooney and Leonardo DiCaprio: what to do on the island of Sardinia

Dal Kikin
February 13, 2019

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The second largest island of the Mediterranean, Sardinia in all other areas is ahead of the rest of Italy. “We have a special history,” say locals from the doorway, who even at the airport of the capital, Cagliari, recently opened a portal to the past. Instead of architectural extravagance, the ancient idols of Monte Prama meet, instead of the food stalls, showcases with old plates and jugs. Everything - in the framework of the exhibition "Open Air Museum".

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This museum, however, begins already behind the doors of the terminal. There, under the cirrus clouds, the web of roads diverges to the main points of attraction of the island: to nearby Cagliari - the main Sardinian city, which is older than Rome itself, to the park with mysterious stone towers - nuragami - or to grottoes with a chain of stony formations - aragonites. All this in Italy, of which Sardinia, which survived more than one conquest, entered only in 1861, and there is no mention of it. Interestingly, the shape of the island rhymes with the shape of the "country-boot": in shape, it looks like a footprint, which according to ancient legend is considered to be the trace of the Most High.

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All shades of blue

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This island is really blessed: in Sardinia there are neither poisonous snakes nor dangerous fish. Even such a scourge of any tourist Mecca, as an excessive density of tourists per square meter of beach, has not yet touched these latitudes. There are not many people here even at the peak of the season, hotels are not located next to each other, and each new design is organically integrated into the landscape. Such a unity of flora, fauna and architectural thought is also demonstrated by the main resort on the southwest coast - a chain of hotels and private ocher-colored villas called Chia Laguna. Not one, not two, but as many as five places for rest filled the entire valley of the picturesque place called Kia with body and soul. Four hotels and a complex of private properties are built of each guest - from the largest five-star hotel Laguna to the democratic Hotel Village.

Five-star Laguna hotel

The place of residence does not affect the privileges of the inhabitants of the valley - everyone has access to both the three-story spa center and several pools, and to two beaches. The local coast, which has been awarded “Sea Oscars" for several years in a row - Five Blue Sails - for the purity of water and sand, demonstrates the whole range of shades of blue. By the second week of rest in Sardinia, you yourself will learn to distinguish the colors and properties of the sea wave. keep your nose in the wind: with the north - mistral - the water is clear and cool, with the south - ostro - dark and warm.

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No sardines

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Contrary to the name of the island, to the fish of the herring family here is a smooth attitude. Much more sardis are proud of the Bottarga - dried mullet roe, and the main preference is given not to the sea, but to the meat kitchen. Ham, sausage and baked pig with myrtle leaves - these dishes are served in nine restaurants scattered throughout the Kia Valley. For younger visitors there is a Bimbi institution, for those who like less sedate rest eight bars. Diversify a special program: Dine Around: a new day - a new place for a feast. Airing after a hearty dinner is best in the company of flamingos - the “children of sunset” have long chosen the local lagoon and often announce the surroundings with lingering cries.

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"We are almost a continent," assure sardis, who are proud of their isolation, and offer to take home several options for guests: lovers of pasta or carazau bread, which can be purchased only here, and fans of local handicrafts - coral and silver jewelry. Just do not take the sand from the beach as a souvenir. The local pebbles are the national treasure of Sardinia, theft of which is punishable by a fine of 500 to 3,000 euros.