The autonomous island of Sardinia is situated off the west coast of Italy in the Mediterranean Sea. The laidback island’s beautiful coastline and crystal clear waters have earned it a reputation as an excellent destination for a beach holiday. No matter where you choose to stay in Sardinia, you can expect a wealth of cultural attractions, stunning scenery, and, of course, delicious Italian food.
Due to its enviable location, Sardinia enjoys warm, pleasant weather throughout the year. The island’s best weather is experienced in the summer between June and September. It is a good idea to avoid the island during July and August as the weather can be too hot for some and this is the peak tourist season, leading to crowds and high prices
Sardinia is served by three international airports that frequently receive flights from the UK. Of the three airports, Cagliari Airport (CAG) is the main airport. Flight times vary from 2 hours 15 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes depending on which airport you fly to. Flight prices vary considerably according to which airport you fly to. In all cases, flight prices double in the summer months.
What to Do in Sardinia
As mentioned in the introduction, Sardinia’s principal draw is its 1,200 mile-long coastline. The island’s best beaches are found in the North East of island along the Smeralda Coast. Cagliari and Alghero are renowned for their beautiful collection of beaches. If you enjoy surfing or are keen to give it a go, the best beaches for this are situated in the West.
There are a number of galleries and museums distributed throughout the island. The bulk of them can be found in Cagliari. In Cagliari you will find the Pinacoteca Nazionale (the National Picture Gallery) and the Cittadella Museum Complex. The Pinacoteca Nazionale has an impressive collection of art which spans from the 15th Century to the 17th Century. Collection highlights retablos and four works by Sardinian artist Pietro Cavaro. The Cittadella Museum Complex consists of four separate museums which look at a variety of subjects such as wax works and archaeology.
Sardinia also has a number of monuments and landmarks such as the Ruins of Barumini in near Cabras and St. Mary’s Cathedral on Alghero. However, perhaps the most famous landmark in Sardinia is Cagliari’s Il Castello, the iconic citadel on overlooking Cagliari. The citadel used to be the residence of the city’s aristocracy and beyond the city walls there are plenty of interesting buildings to visit including palaces, a cathedral and plenty of museums.
As Sardinia is such a popular holiday destination, there is a great range of accommodation options from bed & breakfasts and guesthouses through to all-inclusive resorts and private villas. While there is plenty of tourist accommodation throughout the island, hotels and resorts tend to be concentrated along the coast or in towns and cities.
No matter where you plan on staying in Sardinia, it is important that you book your accommodation in advance for August and July.