Sardinia is beautifully unspoilt, with mile upon mile of stunning white-sand beaches, dazzling blue seas and picturesque rock formations.

Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and, despite being an autonomous region of Italy, it is actually closer to Africa. Whilst on holiday here, visitors can experience the fabulous scenery with rugged cliffs, immaculate white beaches and turquoise waters. Away from the coast, Sardinia’s interior is equally stunning, with forested mountain peaks and citrus groves.

Over 60,000 hectares of Sardinian territory is environmentally preserved and it has three national parks and 60 wildlife reserves. Sardinia’s landscape is scattered with a host of Roman ruins and curious stone fortresses, temples and tombs which date back to prehistoric times. Don’t miss the medieval archways and sun-baked streets of Alghero or the historic gem of Oristano.

 

Insider tip

You can enjoy the warm Sardinian sunshine and cycle for miles across the wild lands of Sardiniawithout coming across a soul. It has a natural wealth of coastal trails and undulating country roads. There is a Diving Center at Capo Galera :this professional diving centre in the crystal-clear waters near Alghero, offers the biggest underwater grotto in the Mediterranean.

 

Events and festivals

Sardinians are friendly, warm and have a real passion for their island. This has given the local culture in Sardinia a strong sense of tradition and love to gather together and enjoy good food and festivities. The island hosts year-round festivals and events which are traditions that have been ongoing for centuries.

Religious festivals

On January 16th huge bonfires are lit all over Sardinia in honour of Sant’Antonio Abate, to represent his descent into hell to bring fire to earth. Throughout the night there is the flow of traditional music and dance. Also San Salvatore barefoot running is an intriguing event and one of the oldest festivals of Sardinia. It takes place on the first Saturday of September; at dawn, a group of around a thousand barefoot young men wearing white robes gather to carry the simulacram of San Salvatore between churches.

Cultural festivals

Traditional wedding in Selargius - during the second week of September there is a celebration of the traditional Sardinian wedding where real couples get married and the whole town takes part in wearing traditional costume. The streets are decorated with flowers and there is cake and drinks for everyone.

Sa Sartigilia – this is an equestrian tournament held in Oristano. It is one of the most impressive and choreographed carnivals which selects the figure of Su Componidori, the horseman who wears the mask of a mysterious God to pierce the star. The atmosphere is charged with rolling drums and cheering crowds.

Food festivals

Many islanders are still employed in the agricultural industry and there are numerous fairs which celebrate the quality of Sardinia’s produce, from the artichoke festival in Uri in March to the cherries festival in the small village of Belvi in June. There is also the three-day chestnut festival in Aritzo in October and the fish festival in Santa Teresa Gallura in July which marks the rebellion of 1802 and celebrates the sea’s offerings.

 

Popular things to do and see and unmissable experiences

You’ll find something exciting to see and do in Sardinia however you enjoy spending your time. From delightful medieval towns, to unspoiled beaches, seaside resorts and activities aplenty, Sardinia is a holidaymakers dream.

1. The Capital: Calgliari

Cagliari is known as ‘the city of the sun’, a vibrant port town on the southern tip of Sardinia. It has several parks and beaches as well as lots of bars and nightclubs. The old part of the city, Castello, lies on top of a hill and has a soaring view of Angel’s gulf. Other highlights include the Cathedral di Santa Maria and a complex of museums called the Citadelle dei Musei.

2. Bosa Town:

A small but beautiful medieval town, Bosa is surrounded by wild countryside and beautiful beaches. It is a patchwork of medieval streets, terracotta rooftops, piazzas, cafes and shops through which run the palm tree-flanked river Temo.

3. Parco Nazionale dell’Arcipelago di La Maddalena:

This consists of seven scenery-rich islands and 40 islets. The area has been declared a national park and has lots of hidden coves and pretty coves to discover. There are plenty of boat trips that operate from Palau, you may even glimpse dolphins playing in the crystal waters.

4. Beaches:

Costa Verde Beach :named ‘the green coast’ after its lush vegetation, Costa Verde extends along the south west coast of Sardinia with small rocky bays, sand deserts and windswept Mediterranean maquis. Santa Teresa di Gallura: this unspoilt seaside resort has a little more character than the Costa Smeralda. The attractive old town centre has some good-value restaurants and hotels and some great architecture. Nearby you can also see the wind-sculpted granite rocks of Capo Testa.
 

5.  Alghero and Olbio Towns:

Sardinia’s main towns have many cafes, shops and restaurants which make for a great day out with the family. They also have historic centres and interesting harbours so that you can do some sightseeing before trying the local cuisine.

 

6. Icecream ! Isola del Gelato:

this popular gelateria will be a favourite with the kids with its delicious selection of ice-cream treats.

Climate

Mediterranean with summer temperatures from 20-31 degrees on average.

Other information

  • Best time of year to travel: Flights operate from May to September.
  • Currency: Euro
  • Flight time from UK: 2 Hrs 45 mins
  • Visa and passport information: N/A
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