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There are many ways to get around Sardinia: From choosing the best cheapest flight to deciding whether renting a car or not.  To help you out, I put together these useful FAQs to literally guide you around my Island, STRESS FREE!


If you want me to cover something more specific, leave a comment below!


Cagliari airport picture, cagliari airport outside how to get from cagliari airport to the city centerCagliari Airport is only 15 minutes away from the city center. Don’t worry, it’s very easy to move inside the airport and you have several options to reach Cagliari!


The cheapest option is to get the bus just outside the arrivals and departures. The ticket to get to Cagliari and vice-versa is around 4 Euros  and you can buy them at the newsstand  (at the arrivals) and at the Mc Donald’s at the departures. The bus  will take you to Piazza Matteotti, at walking distance from the bus station and the port. Very convenient!

Timetable from the departures: the first bus departs at 5:20 am and the last one at 10:30 pm, there is one every 30 minutes. (If you get lost or you’re not sure where the stop is, just ask (in English or why not, in Italian! “dove e’ il bus per Cagliari?” You will find many people ready to help you out!


Finally, after years of waiting, we have a train stop at Cagliari airport! It takes around 5/7 minutes to get to Piazza Matteotti and it’s also cheap: around 1.50 Euros. The train station is 5 minutes walk from the terminal, to go to Cagliari stay at platform 1. You can buy the tickets online here  (search for ELMAS AEROPORTO as departure and just Cagliari for the final destination.)

If you are already in Cagliari heading to the airport you can also get the tickets at the train station. The last train is at around 10-10:30 pm (but make sure to check on the official website).

This is also cool as if you are not headed to Cagliari, you can now easily take a train to several other destinations around Sardinia! (For more info, please read the next FAQ on how to move  in Sardinia without a car)

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There are 3 main Airports in Sardinia:

  • Cagliari Elmas (South Sardinia)
  • Alghero Fertilia (North West Sardinia)
  • Olbia (Northeast Sardinia)


SKYSCANNER : Since this is my N.1 choice for 90% of my flights around the world, I highly recommend it as I never had any issue and it saves me hours of research online. It’s easy to use and compares every possible airline for the route you need. It is convenient if you don’t have the option to book a direct flight to Sardinia.

To give you an honest review, I compared the prices when booking with Skyscanner or directly through the airline website and sometimes there is a difference of 10/20 euros more when booking with Skyscanner. This doesn’t apply to all the flights and routes, so if you have time, do some research (especially for direct flights), for non-direct flight It’s much better to just go with it, as the research is sometimes exhausting!




RYAN-AIRRoutes covered from Stansted, Luton and Dublin to Alghero, and from Gatwick to Cagliari.

Tips: check out for additional taxes and fees and restriction on luggage when booking! Ryan air might be cheap but sometimes is not convenient if you plan to stay on the east coast, as the roads from Alghero to Olbia are not very easy to figure out. Maybe it’s better to spend  a bit more with other companies and travel stress-free!

 EASYJET:  Gatwick, Luton and Bristol to Olbia and from Stansted to Cagliari.

Tips: I used Easy Jet when I lived in London and they have very convenient prices. In winter they just fly on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, whilst from May on they have daily flights. Be careful as the prices shown don’t include the check in baggage (around 20 euros for 20kg). They will also ask you to choose your seat, insurance, car, hotels etc. I usually decline.



BRITISH AIRWAYS: Heathrow to Olbia and Cagliari.

Tips: The flights to Cagliari are only on mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. To Olbia they only operates on Wednesday and Saturdays. The prices are inclusive of taxes, no hidden fees and are pretty similar to the low costs companies.

THOMSON FLIGHTS: London Gatwick to Alghero. 

Tips: Honestly? I don’t  recommend them. They only fly  on Saturdays and the prices are VERY expensive.  I give you this choice just in case everything else is fully booked and you don’t have a fixed budget. Ps: If you happen to book with them, and you don’t find “Alghero” on the choices is because they put it under “Sardinia- Alghero”.


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Comments 36

  1. I was more than happy to discover this great site. I
    want to to thank you for your time just for this fantastic read!!

    I definitely savored every little bit of it and i also have
    you book-marked to see new things in your site.

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      Thanks so much lulur! I’m so overwhelmed by comments and requests via email and it’s refreshing to see that all the work and passion I’m putting into helping people with their Sardinian holidays is appreciated 🙂

  2. Thank you for your excellent blog. My wife and I are thinking of spending 2 weeks in Sardinia from November 28 to December 11. However, it seems that is not advisable as many hotels and restaurants are closed, and many towns empty out. What do you think? And what places would you recommend for a December trip?
    Thank you so much for your help.

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      Hi Ernie! Thanks for stopping by!In December the main touristic villages are a bit dead of course but you can still enjoy the beauty of Sardinia! I’d say to make the most of it you would need to base yourself in the bigger cities where the local usually live (hey we go to restaurants in December!) 🙂
      Cagliari could be the perfect starting point for your holiday, everything will be full functioning, you might even be lucky and have a few sunny days, and even if it’s relatively cold you can stll enjoy walking on the beaches nearby with the bonus that they will be completely deserted.
      Cagliari also has a lot to offer in terms of History, traditions and lovely spots like the old city center, the bastione with its spectacular view and much more.
      If two weeks in there seem too much and you want to change a bit, I recommend you go to either Oristano or Alghero. Both big cities, so everything will be functioning and so much to discover in the surroundings.

      Anyway, my main suggestion is: stick with big cities and rent a car to discover the surrounding villages/beaches and historical/cultural sites. Sardinia is beautiful all year round!


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  4. Hello Clelia, We will be coming to your island for just a short trip of three nights in May. We will be on our Honeymoon! What we have planned is to fly into Olbia an renting a car an driving to Cala Gonone for a few nights. The plan is to rent a boat on go to some of the beaches like Cala Luna. Do you have any tip or ideas we should know?

    Keith F.

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      Hi Keith, sorry I’ve just seen your comment now! If you are still in time, you can have a look at my huge guide on Sardinia for couples where I give away all the necessary tips for Cala Gonone!


  5. Hi from Sydney, Australia! My partner and I have only 4 nights – any suggestions on where we should base ourselves in Sardinia? We are arriving from Milan and need to fly to Rome after our stay, any recommendations on flights/ferries would also be very useful!
    We have quite a jam-packed month in Europe, so these 4 nights will be our downtime – looking for beautiful swimming beaches, restaurants with atmosphere and perhaps a bit of nightlife as well. Planning to hire a car to see as much as possible.
    Any suggestions at all would be much appreciated!
    Thank you, Lara

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      Hi Lara, sorry just saw your comment! when are you coming to Sardinia? Did you also check out my article Sardinia for couples? In there I give a lot of useful tips for different locations and you could choose one from there. From what you say, I think either San Teodoro or Cala Gonone would be great choices! Cheers

  6. hi
    i am going to sardinia from the 6 to the 9 of october 2015
    i am arriving from corsica so the only port available during that time period is santa teresa

    i wanted to stay in Olbia near a beach do you have any recommendations?
    also i wanted to know how i could get around from santa teresa port to Olbia near a beach

    Bus? Train?

    thank you for your help

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      Hi Stephanie, to be honest I think that sicne you are arriving in Santa Teresa di Gallura, that could also be a great base for you, without the need of going to Olbia, where there are no great beaches (I’m talking in the immediate surroundings of the city).

      i I were you i’d check out Rena Bianca beach, which is the main one in Santa Teresa and from there go by bus to the nearby Palau area. Unfortunately, I can’t guarantee that there will still be boats to the Arcipelago della Maddalena in October (it all depends on the weather). If they are still available, I highly recommend the trip, if not you can just relax at the beach. The public transports to the beaches in low season are not ideal but if you ask the local tourism office they will give you some information about which beaches are reachable by bus from Santa Teresa.

      I wouldn’t count on trains to be honest,the buses are usually more and cover more routes!
      Good luck!





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      Hi Catherine, sorry I’ve missed your comment! I hope you had a great stay! 🙂 Note for the other people commenting: If you don’t receive a reply within 7 days, feel free to add an extra comment with a reminder as I’m literally overwhelmed!
      Thank you 🙂

  8. No sobs needed, boyfriend has decided to spend holiday apart from me 2 days before I arrive , fri 24th, at elmas, cagliari airport. I am determined to go for a shorter version of about 5 days. Want to stay somewhere easy to get to, preferably family, run, friendly b&b or hotel so I have someone to talk to AND where I can go to beaches- I need a rest. I do not want to drive. I speak good italian, tho’ not your dialect ( yet!)
    Ps I am a young 52, I work with children so have a mental age of about half that, and am sporty – could hire a bike?!

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      Hey Caroline,

      Sardinia by yourself can also be a very rewarding experience if you speak a bit of Italian (don’t worry Sardinian people speak Italian not just our language)!
      If I were you I’d go to places like Costa Rei or Villasimius where you can easily rent a bike and have a chance to talk to the locals and visit the nearby beaches. I don’t suggest other nice areas as they would be difficult to visit without the car!

      There are plenty of B&B and small hotels everywhere in Sardinia (unfortunately I don’t know them all). All I can say it’s that the beaches easy to reach by bike are also the more touristy so you’ll have to sacrifice a bit of traditional vibe. To get that you’ll have to go inland or to places like Dorgali, Baunei or Orosei, but I honestly don’t recommend using the bike there if you don’t know the road…

      Hope it helps (even if you’re leaving tomorrow) sorry but I’ve been overwhelmed with work these days and I’m just catching up with all the messages now!

  9. Hi! Me and my family are visiting Sardinia for 2 weeks in august. I’m trying to figure out how long it’ll take to drive from Olbia to Sant’Antioco? Many thanks and kind regards, Boel

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      Hey Boel, thanks for stopping by! Going from Olbia to Sant’Antioco is a hell of a ride 🙂 (about 3-4 hours). You’ll have to drive to Nuoro first then head towards Oristano and from there follow the indications to Carbonia. If you have a GPS it will be much easier to plan your itinerary in advance and don’t get lost!

  10. Hi,

    You really have a great website with a lot of helpful information :).
    We (2 p) are flying into Alghero end of July and we have approx. 11 days. We are planning on retning a car but not sure where to stay? Maybe 2-3 different places? As we are a bit late many places seem fully booked and i am having some problems finding priceworthy accomodation, do you have any tips?
    Thank you in advance!! Regards, Natalie

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      Hi Natalie, Thanks for your message!
      I know, now the best places are clearly fully booked but you can still try and find some last minute offers. What I noticed is that when I use for my trips (and also to check the availability for people who use my consultancy services), they usually have discounted prices for good places when there are some last minute cancellation and the hotel/resort wants to fill in the spot.

      As per the itinerary, with 10/11 days I’d stay in 2 places max for a relaxing holiday where you can actually see more of a place and 3 places if you want to discover more about Sardinia.

      Since you are flying into Alghero I’d recommend the northern part. My favorite places in the North are Stintino, San Teodoro, Santa Teresa di Gallura and Golfo di Orosei. For Stintino and San Teodoro you can even stop for just 1 day on the way, visit La Pelosa (stintino) and Cala Brandinchi beach (San Teodoro) and then stay put in the other locations. The must is the boat trip in Cala Gonone, everyone knows that I’m obsessed with that and you can’t leave Sardinia without this experience!

      As for the Accommodation, you can try and check if they have special offers in here (I always look at the reviews to choose my place!)

      San Teodoro
      Santa Teresa
      Cala Gonone

      Hope it helps!

  11. My husband and I are going to Sardinia on July 4 for 10 days. This is our second trip. Three years ago we were in Costa Esmeralda and loved it. This time we are going to stay in San Teodoro because we saw the La Cinta beach and decided that we must visit it.
    We are renting a car to visit some nearby places and beaches, any special must see nearby? And what about restaurants near San Teodoro? Can you recomend us some reasonable ones, preferable where the locals eat? We spent a lot of money eating in Porto Cervo the last time, and we do not intend to spend that much this time.
    Is San Teodoro as nice and fun as they describe it? I am a regular contributer to Tripadvisor and I like your website. It comes from local with plenty of knowledge that I feel I can trust,
    Thank you.

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      Hi Lucia,

      A bit delayed with my reply, but here I am 🙂
      I bet you spent a lot eating in Costa Smeralda as it’s the most expensive part of Sardinia! San Teodoro is definitely cheaper and you can find good resturants serving local dishes for a decent price like in here and here.

      San Teodoro, together with Villasimius is one of the best places for its nightlife, I’ve been there on holidays a few times and loved it. La Cinta and Cala Brandinchi are very nice even if during peak season can get quite crowded so my advice here is to go early in the morning and use a car to move away from La Cinta (visit Capo Coda Cavallo, Lu Impostu, Budoni) as La Cinta is a place where people without a car tend to stay and even if it’s quite big it fills up with tourist pretty quickly during the day.

      I still love it, but some people expect to find it deserted and quiet during the summer month, so their expectations can be totally wrong. I know Sardinia and I also know that to find a beautiful beach not crowded in peak season is almost impossible (not to mention the weekends), so I just deal with it and still enjoy the beauty of the beach even if I have to share it with other people 🙂

      I think it’s quite important to point this out so that people know what to expect..
      I hope you’ll have a great time here!


  12. HI there

    I would like to say the site is amazing.

    I am due to fly this saturday to Olbia and we are looking to stay in near Pittulongu Beach & Pellicano Beach – After looking at your guide I was little worried that I will miss out on the best beaches you have outlined. This is my second visit and we stayed on algero – I must say the beaches we visited were amazing. I cant remember the exact name of them.

    I am trying to create an itenaray and will be staying for 6 nights. I dont really want to drive but I was trying to understand a fairly central location on the east cost so we not to far from olbia but not miles away from the south. Can you please advise. or make any suggesstions.

    I am looking for a nice clean beach holiday, golden sands, to relax. I assume the beaches above will do this?
    Im i positioning myself in terms of location to go to the your no1 choice in your best beaches section? if not what would you suggest?
    would you stay around olbia?
    are you aware of any boat trips from the beaches outlined above or nearby?

    Thank you so much

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      Hi Baz,

      Glad you liked my website 🙂 Unfortunately, I’ll have to rush all the requests these days as I’m traveling and the internet is not very good, so I’d say my n.1 choice is Golfo di Orosei without any doubt. But for white sand beaches the ones around Olbia /Costa Smeralda are awesome. I also created another great guide with all the info on some more beaches (it’s a guide for couples but you can get A LOT of info even if you are not going for a romantic Holiday), check it our as it’s basically a book of the best places in Sardinia, How to get there, boat trips and more!

      Near Olbia there is the Boat trip to Arcipelago della Maddalena and I talk about that one too on my new guide 🙂
      Hope this helps!


  13. We are thinking to come to Sardegna, we shall stop in Cagliari I am lookng for somewhere relaxing but at the same time not isolated and happy not to be too far away from centre etc. Where is best to stay? I would like a nice resort, yet as I said before don’t want to be isolated
    Thanks 🙂

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      Hey Stephanie! Sorry, I’ve been incredibly busy these weeks as I’m traveling non stop until the end of June! You can check out my new guide (it’s for couples but I go into great detail for the Cagliari area with advice on EVERYTHING!), it took me one month to put it together and I’m sure you will find the help you need in there! If not, write a comment below the guide and I’ll try to help 🙂


  14. Hi Clelia

    I just stumbled across your site and this is VERY short notice but I am flying into Olbia tomorrow late afternoon and have 6 nights on the Island ( travelling solo) and wanted to mix up some time on the coast visiting some nice beaches if it’s warm enough, with some hiking nothing too far inland. Would you recommend I base myself somewhere for the entire 6 nights or perhaps split it between two towns say, and if so, where would you recommend that’s no more than 1-1.5 hrs from Olbio airport? Thanks so much and I appreciate your help at such short notice. Sally

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      Hi Sally,

      I guess this was bad timing as I couldn’t reply to any message for the past few days as I was traveling too! I hope you have a great time in Sardinia! 🙂


  15. Hi
    First congrats to the amazing website super useful!!

    i am going there 10 days beginning of august with my best friend (2 girls 30 years old)

    We have many questions such as:
    – how much does it cost to rent a car for 10 days (all included insurance and whatever hidden costs?)
    – is it worth renting a car or is it easy to move around?
    – there is so much to see, is 10 days sufficient to see most of the island?
    – or shall we plan to only stay in 1 area for 10 days (north OR south?)
    – would you find it useful to stay 5 days north and 5 days south?
    – how long does it take from north to south in car?

    thanks so much

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      Hey Julie, Thanks for your message!
      I’m writing a short note to all of you who asked me for some tailored itineraries to let you know that I’ll be replying to everyone in 3-4 days as tomorrow I’ll be heading to Rimini to speak at a conference, so no time to work o the blog, but stay tuned! 🙂

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      Hi Julie! Thanks for your message!

      I loved it as it reminded me of the times I spent driving around Sardinia with my best friends! such good times!!
      Ok, straight to your questions! 🙂

      -how much does it cost to rent a car for 10 days (all included insurance and whatever hidden costs?)

      Since I never rented a car in Sardinia (I have my own), I’m still studying the best options for my readers and at the moment my best advice would be, check it online, there are a few very good websites for renting cars and they offer you the major companies which are in my opinion also the most reliable. What I usually do when I try something new is google the name of the company adding “reviews” or “scams”, this way you’ll see immediately if the company has some major issue. Obviously I’d expect every company to have a few complaints here and there, but the majority of the reviews have to be good to convince me!

      – is it worth renting a car or is it easy to move around?

      Straight answer: YES! it’s definitely worth it. Public transport in Sardinia is not ideal and not easy to understand (even for the locals!). Don’t get me wrong, when I was younger I traveled around Sardinia by bus and trains so it’s doable but it’s not the best way, also considering that the best beaches are usually only reachable by car, so you’re going to miss out if you don’t rent a car!

      – there is so much to see, is 10 days sufficient to see most of the island?

      I know, right!? Unfortunately, Sardinia is not a small island (some people tend to think that you can see everything in one week…I wish!!), so 10 days are good enough to see 2 max 3 places without rushing too much

      – or shall we plan to only stay in 1 area for 10 days (north OR south?)

      If you want an absolutely relaxing vacation or want to discover a specific area more, be social and meet new people, then this is a great option. I stayed even 2 weeks in the same place and I had the opportunity to really discover the surrounding areas and meet some great people! If you wish to see more than one place, 10 days are Ok, which leads to the next question!

      – would you find it useful to stay 5 days north and 5 days south?

      In my opinion, yes it could certainly be done, but if I had to follow my preferences, I’d stay in 2 places that are relatively close to each other and possibly on the same coast. I usually recommend to check out the Golfo di Orosei area for the boat trips (awesome) and then head up north to Cannigione/Arzachena for the other smashingly beautiful boat trip to the Arcipelago della maddalena.
      If you want to have a bit more of social life, San Teodoro is also a good choice, but it can be very crowded in peak season, so it depends on what you want to get from your holiday. For relaxing times, maybe San Teodoro is not the right choice, for fun times, definitely yes!

      Visiting the North and the south is also possible in 10 days (splitting the holiday in 2) but it’s more stressful and I’d recommend only 2 places as a base so you can actually see something. A possible itinerary including North and South could be :

      1) Palau Area and Villasimius (located on the same coast)
      2) Stintino/Alghero and Chia/Tuerredda beach
      3)Santa Teresa Di Gallura and Costa Rei

      There are so many combinations really, but I particularly like these ones to get to see some of the best beaches around

      – how long does it take from north to south in car?

      From Alghero (west coast) to Cagliari is 3 hours max (going slow and including a few stops)
      from Olbia (east coast) to Cagliari is also around 3 hours if you take the main road 131 passing through Oristano, and this is also the easiest and fastest way, but if you want to stop to check out some nice spots, there is the coastal road passing through San Teodoro, Nuoro and then the Muravera/Costa Rei and Villasimius areas.

      This route is longer and you can choose it only if you plan to stop for a day or 2 in one of these places, and it’s also a bit wilder and panoramic in some places, but there are more turns and it’s more stressful (but I love to drive and stop in random wild places, so I prefer this route actually).

      If you don’t want to be too adventurous, just go for the main road and you’ll cross Sardinia in 3 hours max.

      hope this helps!
      Clelia 🙂

  16. Hi !
    I came across your website and decided to book a week in Sardinia in end of July for me and my family.
    Do you have any recommendations for good restaurants?
    We are staying in Stintino, Alghero and La Maddalena.

    Btw, we love your tips on beaches, hopefully we can visit a few of them.
    Have a nice day !
    / Olle

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      Hi Olle,

      I’m just about to finish a massive guide which will cover some restaurants in Alghero and some other places. MY recommendations for restaurant is to always ask around when you’re there, that’s because sometimes they might have changed the management over time so the locals know the new trends and the best places to eat out!

      Usually, the Hotels and resorts are the best places to ask, but if you are able to communicate with the locals is obviously even better! I always found the best places by chatting with people.

      But still, stay tuned as In one day (hopefully) I’ll be publishing the new guide whit tons of new info. It was meant to be addressed to couples, but it’s so detailed that it can be easily used by anyone!


  17. Hiya!
    My husband and I weren’t really sure where to go this year on holiday, but after coming across your website and the Best Sardinian Beaches page, it made our mind up!
    Anyway, we have booked to go to San Teodoro. The picture of the beach just won us over! But I wonder if you can help us with one little thing? We have booked flights and a hotel but now need to arrange our transfers from Oblia airport to the hotel. We’ve looked on line and it looks as though this is an hours drive but the companies are charging around £150 return. Is that about the going rate or would we be better to jump in a taxi when we get there (around 8pm on a Saturday night)?
    Many thanks for your help

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      Hey Claire, glad I “convinced” you to visit my island! 🙂
      As for the transport, which companies did you check out? as 150£ is way too much to get to San Teodoro from Olbia! Did you check ARST website? It’s the most popular bus transport in the Island and the prices are not that high! I checked out for you as their website is not only just in Italian, but even Italian people find it hard to understand it.

      So there is a bus departing from Olbia Airport at 9:50pm and arriving at S. Teodoro at 22: 26 PM.
      A single ticket for that distance (a little more than 30 km) doesn’t cost more than 5 euros (and it’s an inflated fare if you buy the ticket directly on the bus).

      This bus is available from mid-June until mid-September. Paying 150£ is getting scammed!!!
      Hope it helps! 🙂


  18. Hello,

    I love the site. Great info. I am looking to visit Sardinia in july. Family of 3. 1 Adult and two children. Where would you recommend

    Thanks in advance

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      Hi Emmanuel
      it all depends on what you want to do, how long you want to stay and what you’d like to see the most. I suggest you to check out my other articles (and replies on the first one as they are very detailed, depending on the needs):
      Top Sardinia Beaches
      Sardinia for Families (This one gives you general info and I’m going to add more info in the next few weeks!)

      Hope it helps!
      Ps: A reminder for everyone leaving a comment: the more specific you are, the better is for me to give you a helpful answer as people have different needs and Sardinia has so much to offer!

      Thank you 🙂

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