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Sardinian Holidays
Sardinia has an eclectic mix of food and culture, and is blessed with glorious Italian beaches and a mountainous interior crossed with hiking trails. Most people think of the glamorous Smeralda coast with celebrities stepping off their luxury yachts but Alghero, Sassari and Cagliari offer much without the price tag. 


Nuraghe Su Nuraxi – Begin your Sardinian holiday with a visit to the circular nuraghi (stone ruins), built by the Nuraghic civilisation in 1500 BC. It is described by UNESCO as the finest, most complete example of this prehistoric architecture.

Cagliari – The capital, Cagliari, is known as the city of water and light, and has an enviable setting overlooking the Bay of Angels. The historic center, the Castello quarter, is enclosed within ancient ramparts and features beautiful historic and architectural gems. The Marina quarter is the perfect place for strolling and dining in the labyrinthine streets near the Via Roma.

Sardinia Beach


Orgosolo – a town once infamous for its bandits, is now famous for its murals which adorn every street. Political, satirical, folkloric, comic, or downright brutalist – these artists’ explore every subject. Festa dell’Assunta – one of Sardinia‘s most colourful and spectacular processions — takes place here every August 15th.

Golfo di Orosei – The Golfo di Orosei, is spectacularly unspoiled, with oak forests and limestone cliffs that plunge down to the sea. The coastline is indented with coves and grottoes.

Cala Luna Beach – Some of the the rugged landscape of Sardinia, its glorious beaches and craggy coastal cliff walks, are only accessible by boat or by hiking down mule tracks, but the white sands and crystal aquamarine waters must be seen to be believed.

Costa Smeralda – For many on a Sardinian holiday, it’s the Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast) the draws them to this island, a famous playground for heads of state, billionaires, glitterati and paparazzi. But with more than 80 sandy beaches, people-watching, and eateries like Porto Cervo’s Piazzetta, there’s something for everyone, regardless of the depth of your pockets.

Arcipélago della Maddalena – Seven islands make up the Arcipélago della Maddalena, characterised by granite rock formations. The only inhabited island is La Maddalena. It’s perfect for walking or biking around and taking a boat trip to see the other islands, including Budelli with its glorious pink beach, Spiaggia Rosa.

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Top Tips

Check out our favourite beaches of Le Bombarde Lazzareto and La Speranza during your holidays to Sardinia. These beautiful beaches can be found along the coastal road towards Bosa. Also La Pelosa at Stintino is wonderful early or late season.

Hot Tip from Sardinian Places

Try horse riding on 3km of sand at La Cinta beach near San Teodoro in north east Sardinia.

Tip from Experto Italy

The best way to see the stunning coastline is to hire a rib from beaches/marina's (half day approximately €150). If you are feeling a little more adventurous, charter a yacht or catamaran to sail between Sardinia and Corsica. The colour of the sea is unbelievable.

Tip from Just Sardinia

Beach vacations and water activities are unforgettable in Sardinia. Holidays can include boat trips from various ports around the Smeralda Coast which sail north around the Maddalena islands offering snorkeling adventures in crystal clear turquoise water.

Take a boat trip from various ports around the Smeralda Coast to sail north around the Maddalena islands to snorkel in crystal clear turquoise water.

Try a two centre holiday. Stay one week close to the Smeralda coast in the north east and then drive 2.5 hours west  across the island to Alghero, a historic walled city with a huge variety of wonderful shops, restaurants, bars and beaches.

For families with small children planning holidays to Sardinia, fly to Cagliari airport in Southern Sardinia and stay around the southern tip where the beaches are white and the warm clear sea is very shallow.

Where to eat and drink

We love the family run restaurant Mabrouk in Alghero because of its fantastic selection of  fresh fish dishes.

Hot Tip from Sardinian Places

Not many people know about Jerry's Beach Bar, a blue and white shack on the white sandy Razza di Junco beach in Olbia. Excellent value lunches and stunning views.

Hot Tip from Sardinian Places

The perfect place for an excellent value pizza is Ichnos Pizzeria in the centre of lovely San Pantaleo, Costa Smeralda.
Hot Tip from Sardinian Places

When planning your holidays to Sardinia, don't miss the degustazione at Wine Country Resort Leda d'Ittiri, usually once or twice a week.

Hot Tip from Sardinian Places

For the most stunning 360 degree views, climb the steps up to the belvedere lookout point at Porto Rafael. Visit at the end of the day with a bottle of wine.

The Gelateria dell'Angolo in Palau - possibly the best and the biggest selection of ice cream in Sardinia.

For the best beach 'al fresco' dining, go to the Dolphin Bar/restaurant right on the beach at Porto Pollo – toes in the sand, drink in hand and dish of the day in the oven – a magical place for sure.

Tips from Essential Italy

Another highlight of the area, and an experience not to be missed, is the local cuisine of Sardinia. Holidays would not be complete without sampling the traditional delicacies including 'pane carasau' a light, crispy, bread delicious served with olive oil, sprinkled with herbs. A speciality is spit-roasted suckling pig with garlic and rosemary potatoes (porceddu) and grilled lamb, beef and kid goat. Spaghetti alla bottarga is pasta with mullet or tuna eggs, known as 'Sardinian caviar' and fish and seafood is excellent around the coast, such as sea bass, tuna, squid, octopus and lobster (aragosta) - is a great favourite, especially around Alghero.

Sardinia also produces some excellent wines: look out for reds from the local Cannonau grape and for whites Vermentino and Vernaccia. Good dessert wines include Moscato and Malvasiaand Mirto is a speciality, made from Sardinian myrtle berries. The local firewater (rather like grappa) is called su fil'e ferru, meaning rod of iron-beware, it's around 40% proof.