Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and is certainly one of the most stunning with its contrasting coastline of sublime cliffs and sand beaches. In addition to mesmerising scenery, Sardinia has a number of cultural attractions, warm hospitality and, of course, great food.
When it comes to accommodation in Sardinia, holidaymakers are truly spoilt for choice. There are some great luxury accommodation options in Sardinia including lavish resorts with spa facilities and award-winning restaurants. Alternatively, there are a number of luxury guesthouses which housed in historic mansions and extravagantly decorated.
Cheaper accommodation options are available in the form of small hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts. The most expensive destination on the island is the stunning Costa Smeralda, especially during the peak months of August and July. So, if you are planning on visiting Costa Smeralda, be sure to book in advance in order to secure the best deal or alternatively consider one of the cheaper, but equally beautiful, destinations on the island.
Top Destinations in Sardinia
There are a number of great destinations to visit while on holiday in Sardinia. Whether you spend your trip at just one of flit from destination to destination, there are plenty of fun things to do and great sights to see. The rest of the guide highlights some of the most popular destinations on the island.
Literally meaning ‘happy town’, the lively seaport town of Olbia has emerged as a popular holiday destination, drawing in visitors from across the globe. With a number of excellent beaches, Olbia is the perfect destination for those looking for a relaxing beach holiday. Bados beach and Pittulongu beach are the best beaches in the area. However, if you are a keen diver or snorkeler, you are best off heading to Punto Tronfino. Away from the coast there are plenty of sightseeing opportunities. Landmarks not to be missed include the Church of St. Paul Apostle and the 11th century Church of San Simplicio.
One of the most popular destinations in Sardinia is the town of Alghero which is situated on the Northwest coast of the island. One of the highlights of Alghero is its beautiful scenery; there are a number of excellent beaches in the area, many of which have facilities where you can rent water sport equipment for a nominal fee. In addition, in Alghero you will find Neptune’s Grotto which is a fascinating marine cave in one of the cliffs and the Porto Conte Nature Reserve which has plenty of diverse trails for walking. Alghero has a wealth of historical attractions including the Palazzo d’Albis which dates back to the early 1500s and the city walls.
Cagliari is a municipality situated in the south of Sardinia and is home to nearly 150,000 residents making it both the capital and largest city in Sardinia. Cagliari, called Casteddu in Sardinia, is an ancient city with a history that stems back 2000 years. However, Cagliari’s history is not restricted to museums and galleries but the whole city itself is a living museum. There are plenty of interesting attractions to explore while on holiday in Cagliari. Highlights include the Santuario & Basilica di Nostra Signora di Bonaria and Il Castello. Be sure to head to Poetto beach for a swim and check out the salt marshes where you can often spot a flamboyance of flamingos.