Surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and almond orchards, Oliena is a picturesque town with quaint streets and a 15th century church. The town itself has a reputation for producing one of the island’s finest wines. From here, you can get guided tours to the archaeological site of Tiscali, a Nuraghic village deep in the mountains.
Accessible by boat or on foot, the secluded beaches around Cala Gonone are backed by limestone cliffs and lapped by crystal clear water.
South of Cala Gonone lies the exquisite beach of Cala Luna, backed by majestic limestone and macchia covered mountains.
A stunning stretch of coastline and 9km of sandy beach.
Easter - Various locations
Costumes, processions and intense drama are the main ingredients of Sardinia's various festas commemorating Easter.
Festa dell' Annunziata - Bitti - May
A pastoral celebration of the Annuciation.
S’Ardia horse race - Sedilo - July
One of the most exciting annual events on the island, in which bareback riders race recklessly around the church of Sant'Antine among a lively audience participation. It's a thrilling spectacle, full of hot tempers, commotion and displays of virility.
THINGS TO SEE & DO
In the village of Tiscali, deep in the mountains, you will find the remains of a Nuraghic village dramatically sited within a vast hollow space inside the mountain itself.
The museo della Vita e delle Tradizioni Sarde is the island’s most comprehensive collection of costumes, masks and handicrafts – a fascinating overview of the rural culture of the interior.
One of the deepest and most spectacular in Southern Europe. It is also the highlight of one of Sardinia's beast walks.
Sample traditional Sardinian cuisine in a farm restaurant.