Sardinia is a 9,301-square-mile island in the Mediterranean Sea, just west of the Italian mainland. Its unique blend of ancient culture and amazingly beautiful coastal views lures in visitors. Lounge on a white beach or wade out into clear, turquoise waters, enjoy a leisurely lunch complete with Sardinia’s pasta and wine, snorkel among colorful fish in nearby coves, or explore inland Sardinia’s traditional villages and see shepherds tending to their flocks. Drive along the island’s northern Emerald Coast characterized by glamorous hotels and restaurants, and perfect beaches. Yes, Sardinia has something for everyone. Continue reading our ultimate guide to Sardinia accommodations, and start planning your Sardinia vacation. Visit all of the best beaches of Italy here, or visit us on Pinterest.
Sardinia Weather – Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Sardinia is from April to June (temperatures from mid 60s to high 70s) when the flowers are in bloom, the sea waters are warm, and the temperatures haven’t yet reached their July and August (temperatures in mid 80s) highs. Summertime in Sardinia does have its perks: the Tyrrhenian Sea (east of the island) and the Mediterranean Sea waters are incredibly refreshing this time of year, and a nice lineup of festivals and events fill the calendar. September and October (temperatures in mid to high 70s) offer travelers mild weather and fewer crowds, while the months between November and March are the low season with chilly temperatures (in the low 60s!) and fewer tourists.
Best 5 Sardinia Beaches
Cala Brandinchi is known as ‘Little Tahiti’ for its incredible clear waters, and one of the most famous beaches in Sardinia. Its shallow waters are perfect for swimming, while 700 meters of soft sand and its surrounding pine trees make for a serene environment in which to catch the rays.
Spiaggia di Tuerredda
Tuerredda Beach is one of the most rustic coastal locations in Sardinia. The v-shaped beach stretches for over 500 meters, with a wonderful strip of sand and some of the best snorkeling conditions on the island. The views across to Isola Tuarredda are also very rewarding from this Sardinian beach.
Spiaggia della Speranza
La Speranza Beach, near Alghero, is the best beach in the Alghero area, perfect for water sports enthusiasts, or for simply relaxing on the sand; if its total rejuvenation you’re in search of.
Spiaggia Capriccioli is another fantastic snorkeling spot, with clear water and rocky areas that allows you to spot an abundance of marine life beneath the waves. Enjoy the fine sand and the aromas of pine and olive trees wafting through the air. This is a wonderful choice for families due to the clear shallow water.
Cala Biriola is a great beach for scuba diving and snorkeling, while others will enjoy the fantastic trekking to be had in the mountainous terrain inland from the beach. Its an unbelievably picturesque spot, so it’s no wonder that Cala Biriola is one of the top beaches of Sardinia.
Best Sardinia Tours & Activities
La Maddalena Archipelago Boat Tour from Palau
While vacationing on Sardinia be sure to cruise the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea. This boat tour takes you to the Maddalena Archipelago on the rugged northwest coast of the island, where you can spend the day swimming and shopping. The spacious vessel stops at several islands, including Spiaggia Rosa (Pink Beach) on the Isle of Budelli. Daily departures from the Palau port make this a convenient getaway. Book Your La Maddalena Archipelago Boar Tour from Palau Here
Mountains And Beaches 4×4
Highlights of the tour: – Watching pink flamingos in their natural habitat – Easy panoramic Offroad on path only accessible by 4×4’s – Reach great view points – 2 beach stops of two hours each at Tuerredda and Su Giudeu around Chia – Few panoramic stops to take great pictures both on mountains and beaches – Snorkeling sets provided for free Book Your Mountains and Beaches 4×4 Tour Here
Half Day Sea Kayak Trip
Visit parts of the Italian coast only accessible via boat on this kayaking journey from Alghero. You’ll get views of the wild coastal areas and marine life that few tourists see; paddling along under the leadership and supervision of an expert guide. All instruction and equipment is included, as well as insightful commentary on the natural surroundings. Book Your Half Day Kayak Trip Here
Cagliari Segway Tour
Discover the spectacular sights of Cagliari the alternative way on a 2.5-hour guided Segway tour of the Sardinian capital. After selecting either a morning or afternoon departure time, glide past prominent landmarks like the hilltop citadel of Castello and the grand Cagliari Cathedral. Listen to insightful audio commentary as you explore the quaint cobbled streets and stop regularly for excellent photo opportunities. Revitalize with a refreshing drink on a Castello terrace that affords sweeping vistas of Cagliari’s picturesque sprawl. Book Your Cagliari Segway Tour Here
Andrea Jensen Sailing Day Cruise on a Traditional Ship with Lunch and Wines
Experience the thrill of setting sail on a vintage Danish sailboat with this day cruise aboard the Andrean Jensen. Skirt the Sardinian coastline with the British crew from Alghero to Capo Caccia along the scenic Coral Riviera, stopping in Porto Conte Bay. Take a dip in the crystalline waters and check out the marine life with snorkeling gear. Relax on board with beer, wine, and lunch provided. Book Your Andrea Jensen Sailing Day Cruise Here
Best Santorini Restaurants
Da Renzo $11 – 30
Da Renzo is in Siamaggiore, and has one of the most luminous dining rooms. It’s famous for matching Sardinian pastas with local seafood. The pasta is made by a company set up by the owner; buy some to take home. Try a raw platter, then the rock lobster, or aragosta. Make sure to try the tiramisu. Telephone: 39 078 329048 Web: Da Renzo
Josto & Framento $11 – 30
At Josto find timeless classics with clever combinations. Up the hill is the Framento pizzeria where traditional slow-fermented dough is baked with typical or more unusual toppings such as smoked salmon or cauliflower. Crispy, slightly sour and completely moreish, this is pizza Sardinian style. Telephone: 39 070 351 0722/39 070 667 0370 Web: Josto/Framento
Sa Nassa $11 – 30
This is unquestionably Bosa’s best restaurant. Tucked down an alleyway and run by a father and son, it serves a variety of local dishes; order anything cooked with the local Malvasia, a slightly sweet, fragrant white. Telephone: 39 347 781 4166 Web: Sa Nassa
Nautilus $11 – 30
At Nautilus, go for whatever on the menu is ‘alla catalana’, a speciality of fresh fish marinated in oil and served with finely sliced red onion, parsley and vinegar. Telephone: 39 333 430 0979 Web: Nautilus
Da Marco Under $10
This shack has no frills, with gingham paper tablecloths and sandy floors, but it fills up in minutes for summer lunches. Try the local fregola pasta (like cous-cous) cooked in a seafood and tomato sauce. Other favorites include a type of escabeche with orange and the irresistibly salty bottarga pâté. Telephone: 39 340 568 4528 Web: Da Marco
Best Places For Coastal Cocktails in Santorini
Fabulous mojitos go hand-in-hand with stunning sunset views at this buzzing little bar on the western walls. Upbeat Latin tunes and a cavernous interior add to the friendly, laid-back vibe. Located in Alghero. TripAdvisor: Buena Vista
Offering lovely sea views from its shady terrace below the spreading branches of an ancient olive tree, Bar L’Olivastro is a relaxed spot for a coffee and snack by day, or a cocktail by night. There is occasional live music. Located in Santa Maria Navarrese. Telephone: 39 0782 615513 TripAdvisor: Bar L’Olivastro
In the seafront arcade, this central cafe is a popular meeting point and good for a quick bruschetta at lunchtime and live music and drinks by night. Telephone: 39 0789 99484 Web: News Cafe