Quick Guide to Sardinia
Lying just south of Corsica, the island of Sardinia is surprisingly large - in fact it's the Mediterranean's second largest island! Long overlooked by sunseekers flying right over it on their way to the Greek islands, it's time to rediscover holidays in Sardinia. Offering its own food and culture, some of Europe's most stunning beaches and a gorgeous and largely unspoilt interior, there's plenty to keep you busy. The north coast is the most popular for beach-based holidays whilst cities Alghero, Olbia and the capital of Cagliari all have plenty of cultural attractions as well.
Fab holidays for:
Stunning views, Delicious food, Seaside Activities
Olbia-Costa Smeralda, Alghero-Fertilia, Tortolì-Arbatax & Cagliari-Elmas Airport
Did you know?
The Costa Smeralda was used as the location for James Bond driving his Lotus Esprit out of the sea in 'The Spy Who Loved Me' in 1977.
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Top 5 Things to See in Sardinia
Holidays to Sardinia are often beach-based but there is so much else to see!
- Day trip
- Take a day trip on the Andrea Jensen, a traditional wooden sailing boat, to explore the marine reserve around Alghero. As you sail on the crystal clear waters, you might be lucky enough to spot a dolphin. And even if you don't, we're sure the gentle sea breeze coupled with intermittent stops at secluded coves for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing are more than enough to satisfy!
- Visit a winery
- Also in Alghero, you can take a wine tour, visit the Neptune caves and sample the freshly caught seafood. The island's local wine is cannonau, and there are vineyards dotted all over the island offering tastings, and well-priced bottles. The wine-obsessed can even stay in a hotel on a vineyard!
- Giara di Gesturi
- Don't miss the Giara di Gesturi, a plateau in the centre of Sardinia where an ancient breed of wild horses roam. Stretching across 45sqkm, it has its own unique microclimate, meaning its fauna is unique on the island. The plateau also has several shallow pools - it's at these that you'll be likeliest to see the Giara horses.
- From unique species of deer and foxes to fin whales and turtles, Sardinia is home to many fascinating different animals. There's the Giara horses, which are unique to the island, and pink flamingos that are native to the area around Chia.
- La Maddalena
- The national park of La Maddalena is an archipelago that promises stunning views and natural surrounds. And, if you're there at the right time, you might catch the Louis Vuitton Trophy - one of the most prestigious sailing races in the world.
Where to stay in Sardinia
White sand, turquoise waters and a cool, mountainous exterior are partially what make Sardinia holidays so popular, but if you are landing in Cagliari, the main hotel spot is the town of Pula, five minutes inland from the sea. Cagliari is bustling but has plenty of parks and public gardens. If you are driving, you can explore the other regions of the island and stay in some of the superb hotels at affordable prices in Alghero, Olbia, or Villasimius.
How to get to Sardinia
West of mainland Italy and south of Corsica, Sardinia has long been associated with the sophisticated side of beach holidays. However, that doesn't mean that cheap holidays in Sardinia are out of the question. Only a two hour flight from most UK regional airports, Sardinia has some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean. Cheap flights to Cagliari Airport leave you about three kilometres from the city centre. If you want to make your own plans once there, Sardinia car hire is a good option.
Top Resorts in Sardinia
Sardinia combines everything we love about Italy into one island: its tasty cuisine, friendly locals, splendid weather and amazing scenery. What's more, it's on a gorgeous island encircled by white-sand beaches. The only fault we can really find with it is that there are so many wonderful places to visit that we don't know where to begin! We've put together a little list to get you started...
Costa Smeralda - when we think of this stretch of coastline, the word that immediately springs to mind is 'swish'. One of the most expensive places in Europe, this beautiful resort is a hub for million-pound yachts, and even more expensive houses. It's possible to do Costa Smeralda on a Primark budget, taking advantage of its incredible beaches, golf courses and waterfront restaurants.
Chia - with its unspoilt apricot-sanded beaches, frolicking flamingos, famous hilltop watchtower and mysterious caves, Chia offers a little something for everyone. This family friendly village on the island's south coast has several beaches, and natural beauty in spades.
Oristano - this charming city is full of streets for shopping, ornate piazzas and great restaurants - not to mention a fascinating history. It's also not far from a variety of exquisite beaches.
Alghero - a medieval Sardinian city with a distinctive Catalan tinge (it was colonised by Catalonia in the 14th century), Alghero is dynamic and beautiful. Visit for its incredible old centre, piazzas, pretty marina and proximity to top-notch beaches and the Riviera del Corallo.
Costa Rei - looking for natural beauty? Look no further - Costa Rei is home to colourful coral reefs, truckloads of white sand with the Mediterranean gently washing upon it, and peaceful olive groves. There's also plenty of bars, nightclubs and restaurants to entertain away from the great outdoors!
Sardinia for Couples
We can think of few places more romantic than Sardinia. With its seemingly infinite stretches of white-sand beaches, crystal-clear water, and secluded bays, it's an amazing destination for honeymoons, anniversaries, or even just a break from the everyday world. Its myriad restaurants offer intimate nooks and crannies, and for an unforgettable proposal, why not head out on a yacht or sailboat for the day?