La “top 5” dei luoghi dell’Isola secondo l’edizione 2015 della più celebre guida turistica del mondo.

Il posto più bello della Sardegna? È il Golfo di Orosei. A incoronarlo, la nuova edizione della prestigiosa guida Lonely Planet, dedicata alla Sardegna. Gli autori, Kerri Christiani e Duncan Garwood, hanno stilato la loro top 5 anche sulle pagine del quotidiano anglosassone Daily Telegraph. Dopo Orosei, si piazza la Gola di su Gorropu. Al terzo posto la Costa Smeralda, seguita dal Castello cagliaritano. Al quinto posto nella classifica delle cose da vedere assolutamente se si viaggia nell’Isola ci sono, a pari merito, Nuraghi e Giganti di Mont’e Prama. Spazio anche ai consigli sulle pietanze da non perdere, divise per provincia: la burrida cagliaritana, la zuppa gallurese, la zuppa di cozze e vongole di Olbia, la pecora in cappotto della Barbagia, l’aragosta alla catalana di Alghero e, a Nuoro e in Ogliastra, Fiore sardo, agnello e maialetto.

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In spite of the hardships it has faced in recent times – high unemployment, coal miner protests and a devastating cyclone – things are slowly looking up for the island, with a new ferry service, Go in Sardinia, which operates between Livorno and the ports of Olbia and Arbatax; and tourist numbers are climbing steadily.

Non-Italians now make up half of all visitors, a trend that is set to continue as the island gradually wakes up to the fact that sustainable, year-round tourism is the way forward, and that it can’t rely on Italian beach tourists in July and August.

In March 2014, the unveiling of the Giants of Monte Prama made headline news. Following years of renovation, the larger-than-life sandstone statues, shaped like boxers, wrestlers and archers, finally saw the light of day in stunning new exhibitions at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Cagliari (archeocaor.beniculturali.it) and the Museo Civico in Cabras (penisoladelsinis.it). Dating to the eighth and ninth centuries BC, the statues are among the most important examples of nuraghic statuary ever discovered and serve as reminders of a lost civilisation.

 

TOP FIVE

1. Golfo di Orosei

For sheer stop-dead-in-your-tracks beauty, there’s no place like this gulf, forming the seaward section of the Parco Nazionale del Golfo di Orosei e del Gennargentu (www.parcogennargentu.it), Sardinia’s largest national park, which takes in the Supramonte plateau and the Golfo di Orosei.

Here the high mountains of the Gennargentu abruptly meet the sea, forming a crescent of dramatic cliffs riven by false inlets, scattered with horseshoe-shaped bays and lapped by exquisitely aquamarine waters.

Beach space can be at a premium in summer, but there’s room for everyone, especially in the elemental hinterland.

 

2. Gola su Gorropu

The first glimpse of Gola su Gorropu (gorropu.info) on the scenic hike down from the Genna ’e Silana pass is mesmerising. Dubbed Europe’s Grand Canyon, this ravine is for explorers, with 400m-high rock walls and enormous boulders scattered like giant’s marbles. At its narrowest point – just 4m wide – the gorge seems to swallow you up, blocking out the sun and silencing the world outside. Were it not for the occasional fellow trekker or climber, the chasm would have the eerie effect of seeming totally lost in time and space.

 

3. Costa Smeralda

Believe the hype: the Costa Smeralda is stunning. Here the Gallura’s wind-whipped granite mountains tumble down to fjordlike inlets, and an emerald sea fringes a coast that is necklaced with bays like the Aga Khan’s favourite, Spiaggia del Principe – a perfect crescent of frost-white sand smoothed by gin-clear water. Play paparazzi, eyeing up the mega yachts in millionaires’ playground resorts, or eschew the high life to seek out beautiful secluded coves, embedded in fragrant macchia, where all of the views are simply priceless.

 

4. Il Castello, Cagliari

This hilltop citadel is Cagliari’s most iconic image, its domes, towers and palazzi (mansions) once home to the city’s aristocracy, rising above the sturdy ramparts built by the Pisans and Aragonese. Inside the battlements, the old medieval city reveals itself like Pandora’s box.

The university, cathedral, museums and Pisan palaces are wedged into a jigsaw of narrow high-walled alleys. Sleepy though it may seem, the area harbours a growing crop of boutiques, bars and cafes that attract students, hipsters and bohemian types.

 

5. Nuraghi and Tombe dei Giganti

Defensive watchtowers, sacred ritual sites, prehistoric community centres … the exact purpose of Sardinia’s 7000 nuraghi is unknown. Yet the island’s Bronze Age past is still tangible within the semicircular walls of these stone towers and fortified settlements. Most famous and best preserved is the beehive complex of Nuraghe Su Nuraxi. Equally mysterious are the island’s tombe dei giganti (giants’ tombs), megalithic mass graves sealed off by stone stele.