Are you planning summer holidays in Sardinia?
Read more in our post about what to eat and do in Sardinia written by locals.
Simone (co-owner of this blog) was born in Sardinia and he decided to share with you his personal story on delicious Sardinian food, how to treat Sardinian people and which Sardinian beaches are the best to visit.
Sardinia is fantastic in all its aspects and we love talking about it all the time. For us, Sardinia is a Caribbean island in Europe and we would recommend it to anybody.
As for Sardinian food, you will find incredible products and sometimes unique in its kind. Sardinian food recipes are based on a long tradition and trough the time they become world-known.
Sardinian bread with a very flat and crunchy cylindrical shape that last for a long time. It is one of the oldest pieces of bread and the story says that it was created by the Sardinian women to feed their husbands (sheep pastors) who stayed away from home for a long time.
It has been used by many International Chefs to create their dishes and the well-known dish is Pane Frattau (Flatbread stack with tomato sauce and poached eggs).
Bottarga is cured and air-dried grey mullet roe. It is a great and delicious Sardinian product and the most famous one is made in the Cabras lagoon.
You can use bottarga for appetizers or enrich any pasta dish. Spaghetti with clams and bottarga is one of our favourites, simply delicious.
SARDINIAN CHEESE – Pecorino Sardo
Pecorino Sardo is the king of Sardinian cheese famous worldwide. This delicious cheese is the protagonist of the tables in Sardinia and if you are cheese lover, this one must be on your list to try.
SARDINIAN CHEESE – Casu Marzu
Considered one of the most extravagant delicacies on the planet, it is a delight for lovers of strong cheese. It is traditional Sardinian sheep milk cheese with insect larvae (maggots).
Basically, fly deposits the eggs and their larvae in the cheese which creates a high level of fermentation inside of the cheese. This makes the cheese more soft like cheese paste.
As it considered illegal, you can still buy it at the black market in Sardinia and we would recommend to try it at least once, in your life, it is definitely an experience!
Delicious stuffed pasta originally from the area of Ogliastra in the East of Sardinia. The classic Sardinian recipe included Culurgiones with mint, potatoes and Pecorino cheese.
Another pasta dish with a long Sardinian tradition. Fregola is made in various types but usually consists of wheat semolina, water and salt that is toasted in the oven.
The composition of fregola is very similar to the couscous, but due to its texture, it is ideal for sauces or vegetable stews. A famous Sardinian dish is a fregola with clams.
Sardinian land offers different types of grapes which brings excellent qualities to Sardinian wine. Among the best-known wines are the Bovale, Canonau, Monica or Vermentino.
Where to eat in Sardinia
We have many friends that after living abroad for years decided to come back to their home, Sardinia.
Azienda Agricola Cleopatra
This is the case of Laura and Alessandro who after many years living in Northern Italy decided to move back to this magical island and start a new project.
The project was to create Azienda Agrícola Cleopatra which began with the cultivation of saffron and successively expanded with the cultivation of aromatic herbs and vegetables. They always treat their products with completely biological systems, creating incredible products while respecting nature.
Turismo Rurale Cortes
A similar case is Lelle and Lisa, a couple of amazing Chefs who created great projects which were awarded by international gastronomic critics. They also decided to return back to Sardinia and start their new project in Tourismo Rurale Cortes.
It is a very nice rural house surrounded by vegetation and nature. It consists of a couple of guest rooms, a restaurant and a swimming pool (open seasonally).
This incredible place is located only about 20km from the Scivu beach (amazing beach in the Arbus Marina on the West coast of Sardinia called Costa Verde).
The last time we have been in Sardinia we had the pleasure to visit the restaurant and it was just delicious. Lelle and Lisa are both focused to use the products from Sardinian land like the saffron of Campidano cited above or seasonal fish.
We tried Fish Menu since Lelle told us that he caught fresh fish last night as his passion is also surfcasting (a type of sport to catch a fish) and Lisa prepared a delicious menu with the products.
Menu in Tourism Rurale Cortes
Homemade Bottarga with celery (fresh and perfect to start)
Catalan Prawns (interesting proposal)
Burrida a la Cortes (Sardinian traditional dish with red-rumped catfish)
Orziadas Fried Mix (Sea anemones) and lobster
Toast with Sea urchins
Fregola with red shrimps and Ravioli with burrata
Ravioli with burrata and bottarga and Spaghetti with sea urchins
Let me share with you the general image that I have about Sardinian people . In general, people in Sardinia are very good people with a big heart and willingness to help each other.
They are people of few words and very direct in their communication. The reason is that they do not like to waste their energy and that’s why they simplify the conversation.
On the other hand, if they are in a group of people, the argument is something very important for them so they can be talking about the same thing for hours. They are often stubborn and very proud (especially of their homeland), and although at first, it is difficult to gain their trust, once they consider you as a friend, you will be always welcomed to their family.
Here are few tips on how not to offed Sardinian people:
First, never refuse an invitation to the bar from a Sardinian person. They could get easily offended and also do not try to pay for them if they invite you.
The second part is about Sardinian beaches. When you go to the beach in Sardinia, always remember to respect the environment, nature and the ocean. There is nothing worse for a Sardinian people than to see tourists who do not respect their island and leave trash and cigarette butts everywhere.
Sardinia is definitely a paradise in the middle of the Mediterranean. This island offers many beautiful beaches with blue crystal water and white sand.
We wrote two blog posts about the Best Sardinian beaches so click on the links to find out our personal recommendations.
Just a personal tip, Sardinia does not offer very reliable public transport, so you are coming to Sardinia for vacation, definitely rent a car.
We can definitely recommend it when you are renting a car as no hidden fees.
We definitely recommend visiting this beautiful island as it always remains our second home.
When you visit Sardinia for the first time, and then you come back to your life routine, you might get a special Sardinian disease. This means that your mind and body always want to come back to Sardinia. Many people have been diagnosed with this disease including us and that is why we visit Sardinia, our family and beaches every year.
Feel free to comment below your holiday experience in Sardinia and if you were also affected by the Sardinian disease:)