Fly To Sardinia, Italy
Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Med after Sicily, and nature lovers headed here have much to be excited about in this primarily mountainous region. Scenery aside, Sardinia serves up a lovely mixture of sea, sand and history. From glamorous Costa Smerelda in the north to medieval Alghero in the northwest to the lively capital of Cagliari in the south, and with many picturesque towns and unspoiled sandy beaches in between, Sardinia is just waiting to be discovered.
Among its top attractions on offer to tourists are the medieval churches, ancient ruins, gorgeous beaches and monuments. Water loving sports enthusiasts will delight in swimming, windsurfing and boating, while ‘landlubbers’ can indulge in hiking, mountain-climbing and camping.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders do require an Italian Schengen Visa for Sardinia. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy is in Rome. Via Tanaro, 14, 00198, Roma, Italy. Phone: +39-06-85-2541.
See and do
The beaches along the coasts of Sardinia offer a wealth of things to do and see. Chia and Pula in the south are gaining popularity with tourists, while the northern beaches are regarded as the most beautiful the island has to offer. For scuba divers the Alghero area is the most sought after for its subterranean caves and grottoes.
Other adventure activities can be found in the Domusnovas area which features vertical walls of limestone, wonderful for mountain climbers. Horseback riding is another favourite pastime which tourists can enjoy in Sardinia.
Archaeological sites of Nuragic constructions depicting ancient rituals and daily life are dotted around Sardinia, the foremost of which is Su Nuraxi in Barumini which was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1997.
Sardinia also boasts a few monuments, museums and medieval churches which are well worth a visit. Museo Sardo di Antropologia ed Etnografia, Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Cagliari, and the Museo Etnografico Sardo in Nuoro are great starting places for tourists.
Cagliari Elmas Airport – CAG
Cagliari Elmas Airport (code CAG) is located a convenient 7km north west of the city centre of Cagliari, Sardinia. The airport is the main gateway to the island, and on average the airport serves about three million passengers a year.
Food and beverage: There are a variety of bars and restaurants within the arrivals and departures areas at Sardinia Airport.
Currency Exchange: A Bureau de Charges is available at the airport.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to the Cagliari Elmas Airport authorities on +39 (0)70 211211.
Airport Hotels: There is no hotel on site. Hotels in close proximity to the airport include: Hotel Tanca Irde, Holiday Inn Cagliari and Sardegna Hotel.
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