If you find yourself on the Island of Sardinia wanting to get away from the billionaire yachts and general stuffiness found in the Northeast region, look into visiting the humble and charming town of Santa Maria Navarrese. Located about halfway down the eastern coast, this town is a great jumping point for both beach and mountain excursions such as swimming in the famous Cala Goloritze or a hiking up Punta La Marmora. Santa Maria Navarrese also has its own beach deserving of praise, and features several local festivities throughout the summer. Prices are based on locals, not tourists so not much gouging goes on here. At the same time, enough tour operators and info centers are around town so that the confused visitor can get some help with exploring.
1)During my visit the "Sagra de Capra" or goat festival was happening in which my normally herbivorian tendency was seriously broken for good reason. The meat was phenomenal.
2)Other great eats: http://www.mecpuddus.it/. The owner created this restaurant and initially called it McPuddu's (to make fun of McDonanlds), but his business was threatened by McDonald's to change the name. Now it's called "Mec" Puddu's. Make no mistake on the fast food flair however, this food is local and amazingly delicious.