With a lot of wonders, with breathtaking views over the emerald sea and beaches with snow-white sand … this is Sardinia, a very interesting island with natural colours, that mixes tradition with pure and wild nature.
Well known as a paradise, Sardinia has a long tradition of being fiercely independent and separate with its own customs, speech and history. The variety of its coastline and the rugged beauty of its interior caters rather for the discerning traveller who is looking for an Italian holiday with a difference that still contains those essential Italian ingredients of beautiful seas and mesmerizing sceneries, exquisite wine and food and a wonderful Mediterranean climate.
Imagine yourself admiring the picturesque paths of the city, filled with traditional scents and with the ancient flavours of the Sardinian cuisine. The historic areas of Castello and Marina, two of the most popular historical districts in Cagliari are the perfect places to find typical objects such as exclusive ceramics, silver and gold jewellery, carpets and many other unique pieces of art and craft.
Every corner of this beautiful island has something exclusive to offer to each traveller. Here are the major attractions that you must take into consideration, once you step on the Sardinian land.
Getting to Sardinia
Car ferries connect Sardinia to mainland Italy, 193 kilometres away, and less frequently to Mediterranean ports in both France and Spain. Ferries leave from Savona (on the western Italian Riviera), Genoa, Livorno (near Pisa), and Civitavecchia (Rome), arriving at the Sardinian ports of Cagliari (the capital in the southern part of the island), Arbatax (on the east coast), Olbia (Costa Smeralda), and Porto Torres (north coast). Lines serving Sardinia are Tirrenia, Grandi Navi Veloci, Moby Lines, Corsica/Sardinia Ferries, and Grimaldi Lines. Regular flights connect Cagliari International Airport to Rome and other cities, and smaller airports for domestic and other flights are at Olbia and Alghero.
Best time to visit Sardinia
In Sardinia, the climate is Mediterranean and with mild winters and warm and sunny summers, a bit sultry but tempered by sea breezes. In the plains and on the coast, the average temperature of January and February is about 10 °C (50 °F), while that of July and August is about 25 °C (77 °F). The rains are not abundant.
For beach life, the best time to visit Sardinia is summer, from June to August. For swimming, the best time is from July to September, although in September, which in any case is still a good month, you begin to see the first periods of bad weather. In June, the sea is still a bit cool, while in May it’s a little cooler, and sometimes even the air can be a little cold for sunbathing but perfect for long invigorating walks and bird watching.
April and May are suitable for hiking and visiting cities, while in summer it can sometimes be too hot. In October, the temperatures are mild or pleasantly warm, but the days are shorter and the weather can be a little more changeable.
Where to stay in Sardinia?
Accommodation options from Italian Breaks around Sardinia include some of the best villas to rent, ideal for a magnificent holiday with your friends or family in this region. From luxury villas with a private pool to villas near the beach, you have a lot of choices with all the facilities included so you can spend your vacation in a relaxed atmosphere. If you’re looking for a romantic break with your loved one, rent one of our villas perfect for couples. Picture a bottle of champagne, a gorgeous pool and your own luxury villa for two. Also, we offer plenty of family villas located close to the main attractions with child-friendly facilities and all special activities to keep everyone entertained. So, don’t waste your time! Choose the best option for you and let’s collect authentic experiences in Sardinia!
Now, let’s move to another chapter and discuss a little bit more about what you can do in Sardinia… good food, turquoise sea, dramatic coastline – what else can you ask for? From Alghero to Cagliari, the variety of things to do in Sardinia is so diverse that you are not likely to be disappointed.
Villas in Sardinia FAQ
Why Italian Breaks?
All of our holiday homes in Italy are handpicked by Italian Breaks founder, Cristina Swift. She was born and raised in Italy so you can be sure that she knows the best locations for an Italian getaway. Whether you’re looking for luxury or value, the Italian Breaks portfolio is always filled with exclusive properties that radiate comfort and quality. If you’re looking for a top-of-the-line accommodation with a local touch, Italian Breaks is where you’ll find it.
Is there a deposit?
A refundable deposit for incidentals is required on arrival to the key holder. Each property differs in price, so the deposit total will be indicated at the time of confirmation. Make sure to claim your deposit when handing in your key.
Are additional services available?
Additional services can be made available for a fee. Whether you’re looking for a chef, babysitting, special events, or recovery of lost property, you may be charged a fixed amount starting from £30, or a % of the cost of the service.
What do you recommend doing in the area?
Cagliari’s Castello Neighborhood
Visit the capital city and explore the medieval streets, ancient buildings, and city walls. There are defensive towers, a 13th-century cathedral, and Roman ruins. Make sure to spend some time exploring the shops, restaurants, and cosy bars.
Located on the ‘Emerald Coast,’ this is the place for the rich and famous. Don’t worry, you can also enjoy the scene by wandering the waterfront, watching the mega-yachts, and staying up all night dancing at the disco. Don’t be surprised if you bump into an Italian film star while you’re out wining and dining yourself.
Golfo di Orosei
This area of Sardinia is full of hidden coves, beaches, and grottos. Stop off at several beaches, take a dip in the sea, and watch for the dolphins as they hop by.
Alghero’s Seafront and Neptune’s Grotto
The seaside here dates back to the 13th century. Wander the area, take in the sights, and then descend into Neptune’s Grotto. You can reach this beautiful sea cavern via boat or by taking the rock staircase down into the cavern.
Seaside Ruins of Tharros and Nora
These archaeological sites date back farther than 1,000 BCE and were the home of the Romans, Phoenicians, Nuragic people, and the Carthaginians. These sites are both partially under the water, but they are definitely worth a visit.
When is the best time to visit Sardinia?
It’s best to visit Sardinia from April to June. This is when the ocean finally starts to warm, the flowers are in bloom, and temperatures are still warm and comfortable. September and October are also great times for travellers as the weather is mild and there are few crowds. If you really want to save money and dodge the crowds, visiting from November through March can be interesting, although some of the main attractions may be closed and top activities may be too cold to enjoy.