Sardinia should not be thought of only as a holiday island. The beauty of its sea, the scenery of its coasts that is sometimes sandy and sometimes made up of cliffs and the wild panorama of its hinterland are undeniable. Yet Sardinia has many places to spend a romantic holiday.
Romantic places in Sardinia for couples
Among panoramic viewpoints and intimate places for romantic dinners, Cagliari is the ideal destination for a couple’s holiday. The Sardinian capital offers in fact the right dose of romance thanks to the evocative atmospheres and enchanting places such as the Castello District. Here it is a real discovery to walk hand in hand through the narrow streets that lead to the ancient castle, lingering until sunset. Among these stands out the Bastion of Saint Remy, one of the main monuments of Cagliari, also famous for offering one of the most beautiful panoramic points with the whole city at its feet. Completely surrounded by nature is the Monte Claro park which, despite being in the centre, is a real oasis of tranquillity where peace and relaxation are assured. Remaining on the subject of naturalistic attractions, the Sella del Diavolo (saddle of the devil), despite its name, is actually a place with a particular romanticism: it is a promontory that directly overlooks the Gulf of Angels with a particular saddle shape, whose path to climb it is a bit challenging but the view certainly repays the effort, especially when the sun is about to set. There are many couples who are looking for a romantic corner to spend some time together and the Sella Del Diavolo is certainly a special place.
In the province of Oristano, the town of Bosa rises on the edge of the island’s only navigable river and for this reason, it is even richer in romantic suggestions. Couples who like to go beyond the beautiful beaches and the worldliness of VIPs in Sardinia know how many picturesque realities there are to discover on the island: one of these is Bosa, located between Alghero and the Cabras pond. Here, too, there is no shortage of beaches and beautiful sea, but the setting is quite different since it is a river town with an ancient centre of Phoenician origins that is reflected in the waters of the Temo river, the only one that can be navigated in Sardinia. This gives Bosa even more suggestions, also given by the fishermen’s houses on the riverside and by the castle built between the 11th and 12th centuries: it stands on the Serravalle hill and can be reached by walking along two long stairways located to the east and west of the town or through the narrow streets of the center. The Sa Costa neighborhood has cobbled streets and brightly colored house. Particularly interesting is the Church of Our Lady of Regnos Altos, with Spanish-influenced 14th-century frescoes. The main street is Corso Vittorio Emanuele II which develops along the river, among facades decorated with family crests and wrought iron balconies of the most important buildings such as the Sargenti-Randaccio, Demuro-Spada, Delitala and Uras-Chelo. From the small port of Bosa Marina you can go on excursions to Capa Marrargiu to admire isolated coves that cannot be reached by land, such as Cala Rapina, Cala’e Moros and Tentizzos.
Costa Verde (Green Coast) offers unspoiled landscapes and silence interrupted by the sound of the waves and the wind: it is one of the most fascinating corners of Sardinia and you can visit it to appreciate its wild beauty, the privacy and the silence it offers. This area of Sardinia, also known as Marina di Arbus, extends for 47 kilometres along the southwestern coast of the island. The Mediterranean scrub creeps among the dunes, interrupted only by the majestic cliffs overlooking the sea. Here and there the abandoned buildings of the old mines emerge. In Costa Verde you can enjoy a holiday of tranquillity and privacy with your sweetheart. Only dark and imposing cliffs on which small rocky coves open up at times among the dunes. No exclusive resorts, no crowded beaches. Nature and silence, are to be contemplated hand in hand in an atmosphere of profound intimacy.
Straddling the provinces of Nuoro and Oristano, the town of Atzara is an enchanting jewel set in the heart of Sardinia, far from the sea, in an area made up of countryside with magical lights and colours. You will be enchanted by this town with a thousand-year history. Just stroll through its narrow streets, admire its buildings, discover its culture and the long winemaking and artisan tradition of this “remote” town of Barbagia, surrounded by woods, vineyards and orchards that create a perfect setting for a couple’s stay at ‘sign of tranquility and relaxation. Walking around the historic centre is pleasant and interesting. The town has, in fact, kept the urban fabric of the Catalan era unchanged with the picturesque low buildings made of granite with attics covered with oak beams. The 15th century parish church of Sant’Antioco is also magnificent, a jewel of Gothic-Catalan architecture, as well as that of Santa Maria de Susu and of Santa Maria Bambina, in Romanesque style, dating back to the 11th century.
Fascinating is also the sunset that can always be admired in the western part of the island, on the beach of Ampurias, adjacent to the medieval town of Castelsardo. The picturesque town perched vertically on a rocky ridge, offers the vision of stupendous views and the true taste of a genuine Sardinian location.
Close to Santa Teresa di Gallura, in the Gulf of Asinara, Isola Rossa is another place that arouses strong feelings full of romanticism. The delightful port characterized by red granite, the Aragonese Tower, the beautiful promenade and the beautiful beaches, create more than just a stimulus to visit this Sardinian town.
Arco dei baci (Arch of kisses) is a rocky beach located on the island of Sant’Antioco, exactly in the locality of Is Preneddas. What characterizes this small beach is its rocky arch, known as Arco dei baci. Surrounding it there is a crystal clear natural swimming pool in which it will be difficult to resist the temptation of a dip. Swimming in this transparent pool with your soul mate will allow you to live a special experience and admire the suggestive seabed together, rich in marine life. This location is also difficult to reach but its beauty attracts many tourists every year.
Sardinia also offers many alternatives to mountain and trekking enthusiasts in the countryside. Southern Sardinia reserves special places, such as the many waterfalls that can be visited. Each waterfall has its own charm, but declaring your love in front of the San Valentino Waterfall, near the town of Sadali, is certainly a unique emotion.
Palau is our last destination. It is one of the most elite places in Sardinia, with which Costa Smeralda theoretically ends and offers beaches and landscapes of rare beauty that blend with the narrow streets of the center dotted with shops and clubs that animate the summer nightlife together with the picturesque markets.