Sparsely-populated Sardinia is markedly different from the rest of Italy. Curious place names and mysterious stone-age structures remind us of prehistoric civilisations on this island, that later Roman and Christian conquerors were not able to erase. Over 7,000 Nuragic stone fortresses, some almost 4,000 years old, are set in unique landscapes of micro-climates and plant life found nowhere else on earth.
Sardinia is relatively dry, with few rivers, so it lacks the intensive agriculture you’ll find in other parts of Italy. Instead, wide plains and rocky outcrops stretch out to sea vistas, making this the perfect place for photographers to capture wild, untouched Mediterranean scenes. The shallow waters of its coastline make for clear turquoise bays and wide, sandy white beaches.
The dramatic sea walls of Alghero remind the visitor of Sardinia’s importance as a strategic military possession. Traces of the long Aragonese occupation are found not only in the art and architecture of beautiful towns like Oristano, but also in the Catalan language still spoken in some parts, alongside Italian and the ancient Indigenous language of the island.
I have a summertime series of coastal Sardinia, including beaches in the Costa Smeralda and in the Northwest. I have a winter series on central Sardinia, including of the spectacular parade of Boes e Merdules in Ottana and of some heavy snowfall in Nuoro.
List of photographs of Sardinia available in my collection
HISTORIC CITIES (September 2017) – Alghero, Sassari, Bosa, Oristano, Nuoro (under heavy snowfall January 2017).
BEACHES (September 2017) – La Pelosa, Cappriccioli (Costa Smeralda), Capo Testa – Cala Spinosa (Gallura), Porto San Paolo – Isola di Tavolara
ARCHEOLOGICAL AREAS (September 2017) – Tharros, Arzachena – Tomba dei Giganti di Coddu Vecchiu
CHURCHES (September 2017) – Santissima Trinità di Saccargia (SS), Villaspeciosa – San Platano
OTTANA (January 2017) and Rural areas of Barbagia, Landscapes, flamingos
Events and festivals – Fuochi di Sant’Antonio Abate (Sa Prima Essia) – Boes & Merdules in costume, Carnival, January 2017
Photo Galleries of Sardinia