Sardinia is a large island in the Mediterranean and Tyrrhenian Seas off the coast of Italy. It’s famous among travellers for its warm turquoise waters and long sunny days. With nearly 2,000 kilometres of coastline, beaches, and volcanic cliffs, the island is a popular place to hike, boat, and just relax.
From long days spent lounging on pristine sand to cooler days enjoying the view from a cliffside villa, Sardinia has something to offer during any time of year. You can see our villas in Sardinia here.
April to June are the most pleasant months to visit the island of Sardinia – after the winter rains end but before the summer tourists arrive. The average high temperatures only reach 18 to 26 degrees during spring, while wildflowers bloom. Rainy days are rare and sunshine is common, while ocean temperatures begin to rise.
Moreover, locals relish the longer days of spring with folk festivals complete with costumes and traditional feasts! It’s the perfect time to get to know the local Sardinian culture while enjoying the gorgeous coastline without large crowds of tourists.
The summer months are by far the hottest and most crowded months in Sardinia. Days are long, humid, and hot, reaching up to 31 degrees in the centre of the island. If you plan to visit this Mediterranean island during July to early September, plan to spend most days swimming in the beautiful turquoise ocean, or exploring some the many unique sea caves by boat.
With crowds of tourists also come increased numbers of events, tours, and transportation options. Colourful carnivals and music festivals fill the city’s summer calendar and the ferry to mainland Italy runs twice as often during these warm months.
If visiting Sardinia between late September and early December, be prepared for highly varied weather. Some late November days will resemble mid-July and be perfectly suited for a day of lounging on the beach, while other days will be filled with fog and best spent indoors with a glass of wine.
Average autumn temperatures range from 15 to 22 degrees with rainfall reaching nearly 40 millimetres most months. With fewer tourists, most accommodation and tour prices will drop. However, some locals that work in the tourism industry will take their post-summer vacations and close their business during this time of year, so be sure to call ahead to confirm reservations.
Winter is the best time of year to avoid crowds in Sardinia and enjoy budget-friendly rates. Although the daily temperatures are too cold to take a dip in the Mediterranean or Tyrrhenian Seas, winter is a wonderful time of year to enjoy the local culture. Taste the local seafood-rich cuisine, rent a villa with a spectacular view, or take a picnic to one of the empty beaches.
During the last month of the year, enjoy a number of winter markets and holiday festivals with locals only. It’s important to know that Sardinians speak a unique dialect of Italian and rarely speak English, so prepare to be patient and bring a phrasebook during your low season visit.