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Holidays in Sardinia

The second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sardinia’s natural landscape will dazzle even the most seasoned traveller. Boasting some of the most breathtaking beaches in Europe, Sardinia is the perfect spot to rejuvenate mind, body and soul. More adventurous holidaymakers can look forward to horseback riding, rock climbing and a variety of other adrenaline-pumping experiences, while the whole family will enjoy spotting the rare species at La Maddalena Islands Archipelago National Park.

 

28 °C

Temperatures reach an average high of 28 (°C)  at the time, with July and August usually experiencing the warmest weather.

 

2 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.

 

Recommended offers in Sardinia

RELAIS COLONNA PORTO CERVO

Porto Cervo, Porto Cervo

7 Nights, Room Only
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The hotel has 23 rooms, all with bath or shower, air conditioning, color TV, telephone, minibar, safe, exclusive pool with sun loungers and parasol...

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£530

BAIA MARINA

Orosei, Orosei

7 Nights, Room Only
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Situated in the Golfo di Orosei, near the mouth of the Cedrino River and beneath the Monte Tuttavista, the town of Orosei is the ideal place for a ...

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£469

LA VECCHIA FONTE

Palau, Palau

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
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La Vecchia Fonte Hotel in Palau, with its central position in front of the new Tourist Port and at only 400mt from the beaches of Palau, presents i...

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£604

El Faro Hotel

Alghero, Alghero

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights

With a stay at El Faro Hotel in Alghero (Porto Conte), you'll be close to Port Conte Marina and Nuraghe di Palmavera. This 4-star hotel is within c...

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Hotel Corte Rosada Resort & Spa

Alghero, Alghero

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
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With a stay at Hotel Corte Rosada Resort & Spa in Alghero (Porto Conte), you'll be convenient to Port Conte Marina and Nuraghe di Palmavera. This 4...

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A paradise for beach lovers, culture-seekers and adventurers, Sardinia’s lush natural landscape offers a beautiful backdrop for exploring. From horseback riding as the sun sets, to discovering rare species at the La Maddalena Islands Archipelago National Park, there are a variety of memorable things to do in Sardinia. Guests seeking relaxation can look forward to soaking up the sun on some of the most breathtaking beaches in Europe.

 

Why choose Island Princess?

Built in 2003, the Island Princess was designed to be the largest possible cruise ship that could sail through the Panama Canal. Cutting across the American continent, she offers passengers an unrivalled itinerary of cruise destinations.

Destinations and Itineraries

For the summer months, the Island Princess tours the northern waters on a 14-night cruise entitled Voyage of the Glaciers. Departing from and returning to Vancouver, the ship spends a day at sea before arriving at the isolated American state of Alaska. Ports visited include Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay College Fjord and Anchorage.

Breathtaking natural beauty features heavily on this itinerary, with sights including 16 converging glaciers, Native American totem poles, gold rush towns and mountains. In total the voyage makes five ports of call. Shorter cruises are available on this voyage between Vancouver and Anchorage, or the other way around.

This pattern is repeated until September when the ship heads to the waterway it was specifically designed for, the Panama Canal. The first stop after Vancouver is San Francisco, where passengers can see the Golden Gate Bridge, try clam chowder at Fisherman’s Wharf, or walk in the footsteps of the convicts on the prison island of Alcatraz. Punctuated by days at sea, the next stops are Cabo San Lucas in Mexico and San Juan Del Sur in Nicaragua. The final stop on the West Coast is Puntarenas in Costa Rica. The ship then heads through the Panama Canal and arrives in the Caribbean at Cartagena, the Colombian fortress city that is also a UNESCO world heritage site. The final port of call is Aruba in the Dutch Antilles before the Island Princess finally arrives in Fort Lauderdale.

The Island Princess is a floating haven of tranquillity offering some of the finest views of the Panama Canal and the Alaskan frontier in the Princess Cruises fleet.

Pull yourself away from the beach and discover Sardinia's impressive natural landscape on an adventure tour. From hiking the island’s limestone rocks, to horseback riding through the countryside, there are variety of things to do in Sardinia besides soaking up the sun. 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 in Sardinia during Easter, head to Alghero for a full week of lively festivities, ending in a spectacular fireworks display. 

SARDINIA IS BEST FOR...

Beach lovers: Enjoy emerald waters and white powder sand while you tan on Cala Mariolu beach.

Scenery lovers: Watch the sun set over the rock formations at the Capo Testa quarry.

Adventurers: Enjoy horseback riding through the vast green countryside.

 
 

FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Sardinia is Italian

Currency: The currency used in Sardinia is Euro (€)

Local time: Sardinia is 1 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 2 hours

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

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

 

GETTING AROUND

By bus: Sardinia has a fairly extensive public transport system, with most of the towns and villages offering a regular bus service. Purchase your ticket beforehand at a local newsstand or tobacconist.

By The Little Green Train: Operating only during the summer months, this old-fashioned steam train services most areas of Sardinia, offering a scenic way to discover the island.  

By car: The best way to escape the beaten track is to hire a car and explore the island at your own pace. Keep your eyes open for the archaeological sites on your journey.


EVENTS

New Year’s Eve:  With live music performances in most of the piazzas and a spectacular fireworks 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 Sardinia’s 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 Sardinian 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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