Sardinia Tourism & Visitor Guide
Welcome to Sardinia!
Located off mainland Italy's western coast, Sardinia is one of the world's
oldest inhabited lands. In 1979, human remains uncovered on the island were
found to be 150,000 years old.
Cosmopolitan and cultured, Sardinia's capital of Cagliari's several museums house the island's most precious artifacts. Inland, Iglesias was the centre of Sardinia's rich mining industry, which began in prehistory with the discovery of obsidian. Spanish influence is audible in northern Alghero, where Catalan is still spoken. Sassari is home to Sardinia's first university, and acts as the island's main librarian and bookkeeper, preserving many rare manuscripts. In 1961, the Aga Khan purchased a strip of Sardinia's pristine, unlimited beaches at Porto Cervo and created the Costa Smeralda, one of the world's toniest resorts.