Welcome to the second largest and arguably the most beautiful of the Mediterranean islands – Sardinia
! This island is strongly independent with its own language, culture and a tradition of isolation and clannishness. Step back in time with a visit to Sardinia – the island has weathered the stormy changes of the 20th and 21st centuries well and the islands relaxed place of life and unique culture has been preserved to this day. What will you love about Sardinia? Well for a start the food
is to die for! The landscape
is also beautiful, as are the beaches and interesting historical monuments. In this guide we’ll run through the essential things to see and do on Sardinia!
Where to stay on Sardinia
10 million tourists visit the island every year and there are hotels and hostels spread all over Sardinia to suit various budgets and needs. If you’d prefer a self-catering holiday apartment or guest room in a genuine Sardinian villa then take a look at Wimdu
’s range of holiday accommodation on the island – you’ll find quaint guest rooms
, seaside villas
and bright apartments
Sardinia enjoys 135 days of sunshine per year!
The origins of the word ‘sardines’ can be traced back to Sardinia!
The famous Beatles song ‘Octopus’s Garden’ was written after an interesting meal Ringo Starr had on Sardinia!
More and more researchers believe Sardinia is the site of the Lost City of Atlantis.
The rocky island of Sardinia has seen its fair share of history over the decades.
Things to see and do on Sardinia
is the largest town on the island of Sardinia. Here you’ll find many excellent restaurants, amazing Roman ruins and excellent beaches. There are several museums in Cagliari that are dedicated to the story of Sardinia – check out the Museo Sardo Di Antropologia Ed Etnografia
and the Museo Etnografico Sardo
for the complete lowdown on the island! The Bastione di Saint Remy
is worth climbing up (or taking the lift) for spectacular views over Cagliari old town. These ancient ramparts are now popular with locals who enjoy socialising at the bars and restaurants that surround the bastione! Cagliari is famed for its nightlife too and you’ll find many clubs aimed at the islands swelling numbers of tourists.
Perhaps Sardinia’s biggest draw are the largest number of astonishingly beautiful beaches
that rival that of any beach in neighbours Italy, Spain and France. All along Sardinia’s coastline are stunning beaches including several ‘long beaches’ that seem to stretch on for mile! Located on the east side of Sardinia, Cala Mariolu
(‘cala’ means beach in Sardinian) is perhaps Sardinia’s nicest and best loved beach. To get to this beach you have to take a boat around the rocky cove but you are certainly rewarded for your effort! The water is crystal clear and the views are beautiful! There are unfortunately no facilities at this beach and if you prefer a bit of civilisation at your beach perhaps Penisola del Sinis
or Isola di Mal di Ventre
will suit you more. Here you’ll find scenic beach paths, historic Roman remains and beautiful clear water stretching out into the distance – perfect!
Excellent tourist attractions
A holiday on Sardinia doesn’t have to involve spending all your time on the beach! There’s plenty of interesting tourist attractions, quaint towns and historical landmarks worthy of your time! Check out the Santa Trinita di Saccargia
, an ancient Pisan church that sits alone on the main road out of Olbia. This rustic church is a treat to visit – take time to admire the limestone and basalt interior and iconic frescos.
The Grotta del Fico
is an intriguing cave experience full of amazing cave features such as stalagmites and stalactites. The cave is somewhat unique in that you must take a boat to reach the cave! The cave is well lit, safe to get around and audio guides are available.
Sardinia is located 6-7 hours west of Italy. There are airports near the towns of Cagliari
, and Alghero
and the Cagliari airport has connections with Western Europe. There are ferry services to Cagliari, the north coast at Porto Torres and Olbia on the east coast. Getting around Sardinia is best done with a car. You’ll be able to explore at your leisure and visit some of the more secluding beaches and coves. It’s certainly possible to get around on public transport such as bus or train but hiring a car is worth your time and money!