Sardinia photography: photography holidays
For anyone that enjoys taking pictures, photogenic Sardinia will be a real treat for your camera lenses. An island that includes mountains, massifs, beaches and caves, Sardinia photography opportunities are endless.
These are the best places on the island that’ll stir your camera lenses and also your creative senses.
Sardinia photography – La Maddalena Archipelago
Why photograph one island when you can have over 60 to choose from? La Maddalena Archipelago is the principal island of an archipelago off the north-eastern corner of Sardinia. Granite mountains married with the turquoise blue of the sea form a primary backdrop. It also has isolated beaches and uninhabited lands that’ll make for memorable pictures.
The island of Caprera is adjacent to the archipelago. It’s connected to La Maddalena by a causeway and a bridge. Caprera is also a nature reserve that’s perfect for exploring by foot.
Sardinia photography holidays – Su Gorroppu gorge
Test your photography skills on shadow and light with a visit to the grand canyon of Su Gorroppu gorge. Limestone walls reach up to 400m in height. From here, you can also reach Sardinia’s spectacular gorge by foot or mountain bike. After 500m in, you reach the narrowest point of the gorge (4m wide).
A word to the wise: proper hiking shoes are also recommended as limestone rocks can be slippery. And, if you want to beat the crowds, and the sweltering heat during summer, be sure to go early.
“Granite mountains married with the turquoise blue of the sea form a primary backdrop.”
Photographing Sardinia is better with a local tour guide! I couldn’t have seen as much of the island without the knowledge of a local. They can tell you the best time to visit, and the best spots to photograph.
Where to take photos in Sardinia – Nuraghe Su Nuraxi di Barumini
The Nuraghe di Barumini is the most important and well-preserved among approximately 7,000 nuraghe spread over the island. It’s a special type of defensive structure dating from the Bronze Age. The complex at Barumini is also the finest example of prehistoric architecture. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, it’s also an absolute must-see for photographers.
The Nuraghe di Barumini is also the most visited nuraghe for the reasons listed above. Saying that, be prepared for long queues particularly during the hot summer months.
Birdwatching in Bosa
You’ll need your zoom lenses if you want to capture the wildlife on Sardinia. The small town of Bosa located on the west coast of Sardinia is home to two Griffon Vulture colonies. Along with being a beautiful part of Sardinia, it’s also a notable spot for taking pictures.
Photographers are also asked not to get too close to the nests, as Griffon Vultures are extremely sensitive to disturbance. They advise guests to visit during summer as the birds circle above the colony at most times of the day. In winter, they’re less active and therefore more difficult to spot.
Sardinia photography – La Pelosa Beach
There are many Sardinia beaches I want to feature, and choosing just one feels like a near impossible task. However, after reducing the list, I love the 300m long La Pelosa Beach located in the Sassari region of north-west Sardinia.
Find yourself surrounded by translucent waters, fine white sands, and a 16th century watchtower, Torre della Pelosa. Naturally, there are also plenty of photo prospects, plus spectacular views of Isola Piana and Isola Asinara.
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