Sardinia Holidays

A gorgeous, gourmet island

Italy has plenty of beautiful beaches, but on Sardinia holidays you’ll get to enjoy some of the world’s finest, with hundreds of white sandy stretches lapped by warm turquoise seas. If it’s natural beauty you’re after, this island – 210 kilometres long by 110 kilometres wide – has it in spades. It’s a landscape of mountains, flamingo-filled lagoons and olive and citrus groves.

Its heritage is pretty spectacular, too – Sardinia is a prehistoric treasure trove, with thousands of Bronze Age towers dotted across its rugged landscape, as well as beautiful towns and villages and phenomenal natural parks. Sardinia has a character distinct from the Italian mainland, and its cuisine is unique as well. Italians rave about its cheeses and cured meats, and the island is renowned for its superb suckling pig, seafood and lobster.

But holidays to Sardinia are about more than just eating in its superb restaurants – you’ll have the chance to try local produce at the island’s many festivals – the locals love a good party, and there are events year-round celebrating saints’ days and different foodstuffs. With its dazzling white beaches, clear blue seas, yachts gliding around hidden coves, much to see and do, and some of Italy’s most renowned cuisine, it’s unsurprising that when the Italians themselves go on holiday, they often head to Sardinia.

Three tips for a top trip

Hire a car

Sardinia has efficient local buses connecting towns and villages, but if you want to explore and discover its hidden corners, it’s best to hire a car.

Find a festival

Sardinians love to celebrate festivals, usually honouring the town or village saint, but sometimes devoted to a particular dish. Expect food stalls, music and costumed parades.

Take a boat out

The Maddalena Archipelago is a beautiful group of seven islands just off the Costa Smeralda. Charter a boat to explore them, or enjoy an organised trip.

Best attractions to see in Sardinia

Gennargentu

A protected area spreading across 460 square kilometres, this national park is criss-crossed by hiking trails and includes Gola di Gorropu, nicknamed ‘Europe’s Grand Canyon’.

Costa Smeralda

The Emerald Coast is Sardinia’s most famous coastal stretch – celebrities flock there for its bright white beaches and crystalline sea, and the wide range of five-star resorts and yacht harbours.

Su Nuraxi

This is the best preserved and restored of the many mysterious Bronze Age towers that are scattered across the island, dating to around 1800 BC.

Your Sardinia questions, answered

Sardinia has accommodation at all levels, and you can eat extremely well here on a budget as well as in the array of high-end restaurants and bars.
Sardinia is an ideal family destination, with beautiful beaches, warm seas, tons of things to do and plenty of child-pleasing pizza, pasta and gelato.
Sardinia’s hot summer temperatures combined with cool sea breezes make this time of year a popular one. Music festivals and a buzzing nightlife add to the attraction. It’s warm enough to enjoy the beaches during the spring and autumn seasons too. If your heart is set on exploring some of the narrow, cobbled streets in the traditional towns, winter is a good time to go. With fewer crowds, you’ll be in your element. And there’s a good calendar of traditional festivals at this time, so you won’t be short of entertainment.
If you’re looking for an active holiday, Sardinia has plenty to offer, with excellent walking, rock-climbing and scuba-diving, as well as boating, sailing, kitesurfing and more.
You can stay anywhere in Sardinia and have a good time. Pittulongu and Badesi Mare are excellent choices for a beach holiday. If you’re going to Sardinia for the nightlife then Olbia, Santa Teresa Di Gallura or Porto Cervo are the places. If your holiday is more about scenery and wildlife, then Golfo Aranci and Cala Gonone are splendid. And if you fancy a mix of nature and nightlife, then you could base yourself in San Teodoro.
Sardinia’s food is a rich mix of fresh seafood, meat and pasta. It ranges from rustic dishes, like the bread-based zuppa Gallurese, to fine dining with fresh ingredients such as lobster and mussels. The island’s cuisine is highly regarded so, whatever style you prefer, it’s almost guaranteed to be flavoursome. And if you’re not too sure about trying the local delicacies, there are plenty of Italian favourites to be found too.
Some areas of Sardinia have a higher reputation for their beaches but, the truth is, you may find some of the lesser-known spots have excellent sandy shores too. So it really doesn’t matter which side of Sardinia you head. You could go to the white sand beach in Budoni or golden sands at Cannigione. Baja Sardinia has a bay with sailing and diving, whereas the natural beauty of Badesi Mare and San Teodoro may be just the tranquil escape you need.
Sardinia is probably most famed for its beautiful sandy beaches and shallow waters. Wildlife and natural scenery are part of the island too, with protected areas ranging from wooded hills to wide lagoons. The food and nightlife are almost as famous, bringing in visitors from around the world. And Sardinia’s wealth of traditional culture is not to be missed.
Sardinia is a good place to head for a holiday with lively nightlife. There are plenty of areas with a good choice of bars, clubs and restaurants. Towns such as Porto Cervo and Budoni are well-known for decent nights out. However, you can also experience the island without the buzz. There are quiet spots everywhere, perfect for early evening meals and taking it easy.