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Holidays in Sardinia

Halfway between Africa and Europe, Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean and fiercely proud of its unique identity. If you’re looking for a break with plenty of peace and tranquillity, holidays to Sardinia could be just what the doctor ordered! While the mainland is buzzing 24 hours a day, the laid-back attitude is perfect for those holidaying with children or couples sneaking a romantic escape.

Blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean, there are plenty of places where you can top up your tan, from quiet, secluded coves with silvery sands, to spacious beaches with water sports on tap. Inland, you can unleash your inner adventurer and take treks on horseback, climb unusual rock formations, and go spotting rare species at La Maddalena Islands Archipelago National Park. With so much to see and do, you can make your Sardinia holidays just what you want them to be.

 

10-28 °C

With mild winters and scorching summers, there’s no such thing as a bad time of year to book your Sardinia holidays! If you want to make the most of the sunshine, July and August tend to be the warmest months with clear blue skies and wall-to-wall sun.

 

Approximately two hours.

Alghero-Fertilia Airport (AHO) is around 9km from Alghero. Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB) is 35km from Baia Sardinia and 115km from Badesi Mare.

Hotel La Margherita and Spa

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • This hotel is located 1.5km from the beach, 400m from shops and restaurants and 600m from Alghero Cathedral. Facilities and services include a rest...

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  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort Service

Residence Hotel Europa

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights
  • This charming establishment in Alghero enjoys a prime situation just 100 metres from the beach and a few minutes' walk from the old town and the ha...

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Based on 87 reviews

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  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort Service

Residence Ulivi e Palme

7 Nights, Room Only
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  • With a stay at Hotel Residence Ulivi e Palme in Cagliari, you'll be connected to the airport and convenient to Parco della Musica and Citadel of Mu...

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Based on 274 reviews

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  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort Service

Alma Di Alghero Hotel

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • When you stay at Alma Di Alghero Hotel in Alghero, you'll be near the beach and minutes from Lido Beach and San Giovanni Beach. This 4-star hotel i...

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Based on 883 reviews

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  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort Service

Hotel Ristorante Funtana Noa

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • The Hotel Residence Funtana Noa is located in Villanovaforru (between Cagliari, Oristano and Barumini) , in the heart of the Marmilla region, surro...

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Based on 53 reviews

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  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort Service

The Place Cagliari

7 Nights, Room Only
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  • With a stay at The Place Cagliari, you'll be centrally located in Cagliari, steps from Church of Sant'Efisio and The Ghetto Center for Art and Cult...

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Based on 381 reviews

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  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort Service

A paradise for beach lovers, culture-seekers and adventurers, the lush natural landscape offers a beautiful backdrop for exploring. From horseback riding into the sunset, to discovering rare species at the La Maddalena Islands Archipelago National Parkthere’s plenty of exciting things to do. If you’d rather relax, then you can look forward to soaking up the sun on some of the most breathtaking beaches in Europe.

 

There’s some great beaches here, ranging from the big and busy to the secluded and serene. If you want to leave the crowds behind you, take a trip to Aruttas Beach, on the Sinis Peninsula. Expect snow-white sands and ultramarine waters, with little or no other people around to break the peace and quiet. If you like it lively, beaches such as Putzu Idu offer water sports by the bucketload! Families will enjoy the sun-bleached sands and safe, shallow waters at Spiaggia Su Portu.

 
 

If you can tear yourself away from the beach, you’ll find that there are plenty of natural wonders to explore on your Sardinia holidays. The megalithic gallery, known as the ‘Giant’s Grave’ in Arzachena is a fascinating dip into the island’s prehistory, while the Roman Amphitheatre at Caligari is impressive and fascinating.

For something below ground, pay a visit to Neptune’s Grotto, in Alghero. The most famous marine cave in Italy, you’ll not only see the spectacular stalactites and stalagmites, but there’s also a sandy, subterranean beach a salt lake, and some stunning underground chambers. A great day out for all the family.

Nature lovers can see albino donkeys, wild goats and a variety of rare animals at La Maddalena Islands Archipelago National Park, while divers will enjoy the crystal-clear waters and sea-life.

An island steeped in history and tradition, Sardinia has a rich programme of cultural festivals throughout the year. If you’re looking for things to do during Easter, head to Alghero for a full week of lively festivities, ending in a spectacular fireworks display. 

SARDINIA IS BEST FOR...

Beach lovers: With more than 1,000km of coastline, there are hundreds of beaches to explore, along with secluded coves, beautiful bays, and secluded beaches with powder-soft, silver sand.

Scenery lovers: Holidays to Sardinia will introduce you to an island where the scenery can change from lush forests and golden bays to wind-blasted plains peppered with alien-looking rocks and cliffs. Perfect camera country, so pack some spare batteries, a memory card, and get snapping!

Adventurers: Enjoy horseback riding through the rolling countryside, challenge yourself to some serious rock-climbing or get wet with some white-knuckle water sports.

 

FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken here is Italian, but you’ll find that most of the locals and hotel staff have a good grip of English. Download a language app or pack a phrasebook and try out a few phrases!

Currency: You’ll need to exchange your Sterling for Euros (€) before jetting off on your holidays to Sardinia.

Local time: It’s one hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Alghero-Fertilia Airport (AHO) is around 9km from Alghero. Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB) is 35km from Baia Sardinia and 115km from Badesi Mare.

Flight time from UK: Approximately two hours.

Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found at http://www.italia.it/en/discover-italy/sardinia.html.

Visa & Health: Before your holiday visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy for recommendations and advice on visas and health.

 

WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: Average highs of 28 (°C) in summer and 10 (°C) in winter.

Best time to visit: if you’re looking to enjoy sun, sand and sea on your Sardinia holidays, the best months to go are between May and October, when the mercury hits the high twenties. July and August are usually the hottest months and, as a result, are usually the busiest. To avoid the crowds or if you prefer things a little cooler, consider booking your holidays to Sardinia for late spring or early autumn.


GETTING AROUND

By bus: There’s an extensive public transport system, with most of the towns and villages offering a regular bus services, both locally and across the island. Purchase your ticket beforehand at a local newsstand or tobacconist. Timetables are sometimes posted next to the bus-stops, but this isn’t always guaranteed!

By The Little Green Train: Operating only during the summer months, this old-fashioned steam train covers 100 miles along the east coast, offering a scenic way to discover the island that the kids will love.  

By car: Whether you’re hiring a car or bringing our own, driving it’s fairly laid-back and gives you the opportunity to explore at your own pace. Make sure to drive on the right-hand side of the road; the only traffic jams tend to be caused by wandering flocks of sheep!


EVENTS

New Year’s Eve:  With live music performances in most of the piazzas and a spectacular firework display over the harbour, Alghero is the place to be at the start of the year. Expect lots of merrymaking until the early hours.

Carnival: Shrove Tuesday marks the start of the grand carnival. Join locals and other holidaymakers on the streets as they celebrate the event with live music, street food and parades.

Holy Week celebrations: Dating back hundreds of years, the Easter celebrations are not to be missed if you want to experience a real tradition. Held for one week in March or April, this important time is marked with a week of processions and festivities followed by a grand fireworks display.


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