CHEAP HOLIDAYS IN SARDINIA?
Yes, it is possible!
Have you always wanted to visit Sardinia but never managed to organize the perfect holiday? Do you think it would be too expensive?
Relax! There is always a solution to everything. In this specific case, the best decision you will ever make is to visit Sardinia during low season. In this post, I will give you 5 excellent reasons which will make you want to start packing right now (don’t forget your swimsuit!). You will feel that this is the perfect time to go and enjoy this wonderful island!
First of all, if you are not sure whether you should visit Sardinia or not, you should read the below article! I’m sure that, after reading it, you won’t have any doubts. In that article, you will also find everything about cheap accommodation, hotels, and B&B in Sardinia, for all the most amazing locations.
I also published another massive guide for Sardinia for couples, but it has now become a huge resource for all the people who want to visit the Island, with detailed guides about Porto Cervo, Castelsardo, Cagliari, Cala Gonone, and Alghero. Check it out!
In the article, I will explain in detail the pros and cons of visiting Sardinia (mainly during high season).
Now that the 2 hottest months of the year have gone, is it still worth to visit this magical island? There is only one answer to this question: YES! It is absolutely worth it. It is actually even better because Sardinia is at its best when the hordes of tourists have left.
Being Sardinian, I definitely know what I’m talking about! The local people enjoy the island in all its beauty during the months of May/June and September/October. But I did even more for you! If you are looking for ready to use itineraries for Sardinia (including maps), check out my new article with 9 different routes divided by areas!
THIS IS MY NEWEST ARTICLE WITH SEVERAL SARDINIAN ITINERARIES FOR A ONE WEEK HOLIDAY!
SO WHY SARDINIA IS PERFECT IN LOW SEASON? HERE IS WHY!
1 | FLIGHTS AND FERRY PRICES FOR CHEAP HOLIDAYS IN SARDINIA
Whilst in July/August you will need to book your tickets way in advance to find good availability, but in September/October you can book your tickets at the last minute!
Availability is not a problem at this time of the year and prices are significantly lower than in the high season, both for flights and for Ferries.
CHEAP BOATS AND FERRIES TO SARDINIA
Traveling to Sardinia by boat in September will cost you around 30 to 50 Euros for a one way ticket if you pick the basic option (no bed included – I recommend buying an inflatable mattress), and around 100 to 130 Euros one way if you pick the more comfort-oriented option, which includes a cabin with a bed.
The prices vary depending on the route and the company you choose. These prices are valid for 1 person traveling without a car.
If you have a car, the prices start at around 70 to 80 Euros for the basic option, depending on the route and company as well as the car you have (the price is calculated based on the size of the car).
In my opinion, traveling by boat is the best way to reach Sardinia. I love spending time on the deck, admiring the sunset and the sunrise. It definitely adds some poetry to the trip! To find and book the best deals for Sardinia you can check Traghetti line, the official website offering tickets with the main maritime companies.
BOOK YOUR FERRY TO SARDINIA DIRECTLY FROM HERE!
Below is the tool I always use to book my Ferry tickets.
CHEAP FLIGHTS TO SARDINIA
Depending on your destination, there are 3/4 companies flying to Sardinia all year round. To find the best deals on the web, I always search with Skyscanner. It shows me all the airlines flying in a certain date and allows me to compare them and find the lower price (useful to see how the prices go up and down depending on the season). You can also see the General Info on my Sardinia section for further information on the best airlines.
2 | BEAUTIFUL DESERTED BEACHES IN SARDINIA
Having the beach all for yourself, who didn’t have such a wild dream? If you visit Sardinia in September, your dream may become true.
When the majority of people are back behind their desks, you will be enjoying kilometers of white sand and turquoise water in paradise. Many beaches in Sardinia become deserted by the end of August, even the most popular and touristic ones.
It happened to me more than once both in June and September and it was such a surreal experience: I went to Chia Beach, on the south-west of the island and had a huge beach all to myself.
TIP: If you want to try the experience, avoid the beach during the weekends, as the locals still go there to break their weekly routine!
Not only will you find deserted beaches, but also deserted roads, which is such a relief! During peak season, it may take hours to reach the most popular destinations, and even more so to come back to your hotel if you are not staying in the proximity of the beach.
3 | CHEAP ACCOMMODATION AND HOTELS IN SARDINIA
This is a valid statement for all the touristic destinations, low season always means low accommodation prices. Sardinia can be bloody expensive, especially in July/August (average cost for a small villa is around 500/700 euros per week), but during the months of September (and if you want to risk a bit more, October) the prices go down, sometimes even by 50%!
This is even truer if you don’t choose a very touristic area (which I strongly recommend, as there are amazing places still not very popular that deserve all your attention).
Some examples are the Carloforte, Oristano and Piscinas areas. They are stunningly beautiful and rich in culture and atmosphere. I’ve been there and I can not recommend them enough. If you don’t feel like discovering new areas, no problem! The touristic areas can be really cheap too!
Here are some links to agencies/websites I personally used to find accommodation for my many mini-breaks around the island! Every year my family and I decide to discover a different part of the island. We usually rent small villas close to the sea where we can save money by cooking our own food and go to the beach by foot or bicycle.
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4 | TRADITIONAL STREET FESTIVALS IN SARDINIA
You can find Sardinian festivals (gastronomic, religious and cultural) all year round, but September and October are the best months to enjoy them in full. The weather is still very nice and you can experience the thrill of being surrounded only by locals, and this makes the interactions much easier (especially if you are a solo traveler or a couple)
There are plenty of festivals all over the island, and it is really rare to go to a place and not stumble upon a traditional festivity. Even the religious processions can be quite something!
Here are some links to websites with a list of festivities for you to check out, so that you can organize your stay according to these dates if you want to join in on one of them.
In my opinion, these festivals are, together with the beaches, the very core of Sardinia. Every tourist should be part of them at least once in their life. Nothing gives you more sense of Sardinia culture than being in the middle of the action, with all the smells, sounds and the magical atmosphere.
5 | WEATHER IN SARDINIA:
The weather in Sardinia is almost always good. In September/October you will experience the most pleasant temperatures. It’s not too hot but still hot enough to swim and sunbathe without melting.
From my 20 years experience living in Sardinia, sometimes in September it rains for a couple of hours, very rarely for a few days, but even so, the temperatures during the day, never go below 24/25 degrees.
Tip: Bring a light jacket with you for the evenings as sometimes (not every year but it can happen) the temperatures go down a bit after the sunset.
Do you still have doubts on visiting Sardinia in low season? If you need more information or suggestions about where to go or what to see, send me an email and I’ll try to help! Don’t miss my latest massive Sardinia Guide!
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