Sardinia Family Holidays: Where To stay And What To Do With Your Kids!

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All you need to know for your Sardinia Holidays with your kids, from activities to the best places to stay, hotels and more!




Are you planning a Holiday in Sardinia with your children this summer?

Are you looking for funny activities for your kids and you like nature trails and water sports? Sardinia is a low-stress destination for family holidays with the shallow waters of its clean beaches, its big natural parks, and its healthy food, the ingredients of an unforgettable stay.

This article is a recap of what you can do depending on the age of the children.

Snorkel safely in Tavolara marine protected area




Take the chance to admire an environment still intact, the Tavolara marine protected area is the one of the largest marine reserves in Sardinia and you can explore it following the rules provided by the Area Management and disclosed at the official website of the reserve here:

There is a list of authorized companies who offer a series of activities, from diving excursions to dolphin watching.

Snorkeling is the best way to observe underwater life without the skills required for scuba diving; the snorkeling courses are available for children from 7 years old.


Kitesurfing and stand up paddle boarding for everyone



I want to mention 2 water sports that your kids will LOVE to do when in Sardinia (heck I love them as well!)

1 | Stand up paddle boarding:

It is also known as Sup and  it’s a sport born in Hawaii, that combines many benefits because is funny and delivers a full-body workout, an experience recommended not only for kids but also to surfing and kayaking lovers.

If you have children from 11 years old this could be a great activity for the whole family, never mind if you are a beginner!


2 | Kitesurfing:

This is is a very popular water sport in Sardinia and is possible to learn the basics in just one hour of basic training, but it is essential to rely on expert instructors of course! There are some very good  schools located at Le Saline beach, a stunning spot in North-Eastern Sardinia.

Make sure that the kite school you choose put safety first. Always. Find a good reliable instructor and check whether the appropriate means of assistance are used, as well as water resistant walkie-talkie to stay in touch at all times. The courses are recommended for children from 12 years old.


Exploring Usinavà forest on mountain bike




The Usinavà forest is a protected area close to Monte Nieddu and is one of the main naturalistic attractions of the island.

Here it’s possible to see rare species of animals such as the hare, the wild boar, the Sardinian partridge, the purple swamphen and the mouflon.

The Usinavà oasis is outlined by rugged rocks and you can explore it on mountain bike, entering via the town of Torpè along the road that takes to the artificial lake on the Rio Posada. Bike tours are available also for beginners; this activity is suitable for children aged 8 years or more.


Top Sardinian beaches for children



According to Italian pediatricians, there are 12 beaches suitable for children and awarded with the Green Flag, a certification assigned to the beaches with crystal clear and shallow waters, clean sand to build plenty of sandcastles, lifeguards and a game area for children.

The top 12 beaches in Sardinia for kids are:

La Maddalena-Punta Tegge-Spalmatore (Olbia-Tempio)

San Teodoro (Olbia)

Capo Coda Cavallo (Olbia-Tempio)

Castelsardo-Ampurias (Sassari)

Alghero (Sassari)

Marina di Orosei-Berchida-Bidderosa (Nuoro)

Bari Sardo (Ogliastra)

Oristano – Torre Grande (Oristano)

Cala Domestica (Carbonia-Iglesias)

Poetto (Cagliari)

Quartu Sant’Elena (Cagliari)

Santa Teresa Gallura (Olbia Tempio)



Once you booked your stay, choose the beach nearest to your destination, you’ll be spoilt for choice and you’ll enjoy a pleasant holiday with your family!


The watersports and the other activities aforementioned are also proposed by Residence Hotel Lu Nibareddu, a holidays village with 100 apartments, located in North-Eastern Sardinia, near Olbia and Costa Smeralda.


Stay at a well-equipped apartment located only 15 meters from the beach is a great advantage to enjoy the natural Paradise of Sardinia at its best.






Are you ready for a great travel experience with your children? Let me know your personal itinerary and what you want me to cover in more detail in here!

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  1. Hello Cecelia! Thank you for a very informative article! We are planning our first trip to Sardinia in August with our two kids (they will be 2.5 and 10 months old at the time) and my little brother who will be 17. We wanna stay near a beautiful beach and a walkable town with restaurants/piazzas etc. What towns do you recommend? There are so many beautiful beaches in Sardinia, it’s so hard to choose! I know August will be busy, but we really don’t have any other time to go 🙁 is it really THAT bad?

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      Hey Maggie, sorry for the super late reply. Not sure whether you will be able to read my reply but here we go.

      Well August is pretty bad yes. Very crowded and some people can’t stand going to the beach and literally be 1 cm away from your neighbor 🙂 I’m Sardinian and even if I don’t particularly like the crowds, I don’t mind it anymore as I spend most of my time in the water anyway!
      As for the location, I would suggest Santa Teresa di Gallura, that has a nice Village and beach, San Teodoro, or if you have the car, my favorite is Cala Gonone, even if for my standards the beach in town is not spectacular (when I say that consider that for me anything that doesn’t resemble the Maldives is …..below average!) so it might be nice for many other people instead. But with the car yo can explore a bit more and also take the boat trip to the Golfo di Orosei (if you are staying in Cala Gonone).

      I know that choosing a destination can be overwhelming when it comes to Sardinia 🙂 I hope this helps


  2. Hello, Please can you give me any tips on on self catering on Sardinia. We are on a quite tight budget but we prefer as a retired couple to be private, love beaches and some sightseeing .
    Nice food and quiet location.



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      Hey Carol, sorry for the late reply. For self-catering you mean staying in a small villetta? (not a luxury villa, in Italy we call Villetta any small house near the sea). It’s difficult to give you an advice based on the few info you gave me.. A tight budget can be a very wide range of prices. How many days? Without these info, any place can be good for you in Sardinia, except maybe for the super touristic places such as the Costa Smeralda. Also quite location usually means average beaches especially in high season and you don’t tell me which month are you going either.

      If you happen to read this reply and could give me some more info, I would be able to help you better!

  3. Hello Clelia.
    I’m planning a trip to Sardinia on August 2017,with my spouse and two daughters 3 and 8 years old
    can you recommend the best area to stay.
    We will like a nice beach for the kids,good restaurants activities and looking around.
    I will really appreciate your feedback as we are doing a long trip to Europe and a local opinion it will be awesome thank you.

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      Hi Hellen!

      I would recommend Santa Teresa di Gallura! I created a personalize itinerary for a family recently and they loved it! The beach is great and convenient and the location is strategic to set a base and explore the nearby areas both in the east part (there is a big aquapark in Baja Sardinia, near Arzachena) and lovely beaches all around! I have another article called Sardinia for couples where I talk about the area a bit more. Even if the title is misleading, the informations are good for everyone:) You can read it in here if you haven’t already!


  4. Good day Clelia.
    Great site and very useful comments. Thank you for all the information provided already.
    We will be staying at Sardinia in the Coda Cavallo region and Costa Esmeralda region beginning of September. Bringing a 4 month old and a 3 year old. I would like to see some history. Is there something you could recommend to visit with small children?

    Kind regards

  5. Hi Clelia,
    I am considering visiting beautiful Sardinia at exactly the busiest time at the start of August for around 10 days, which I know is not recommended, however we have an opportunity to do a house swap in old town Alghero, which is very tempting. We could possibly get there in the last week of July instead, if you think it would make a big difference?
    We will have our car with us, but we will not want to drive too far from Alghero if we are staying back there each night, so that will be a little limiting. Can you suggest some day trips from there please?
    We are a family of three , originally from Australia, including myself, my husband and our 12 year old son. We are currently based in the divine South of France. The idea of seeing your lovely country at that time, is to escape the crowds and heat of our little village here, and to have an adventure in a new place , but if Sardinia will be the same, maybe we should delay our trip altogether. What are your thoughts please?
    We do truly love Italy!

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      Hi Michelle

      Thanks for your comment! I know, Sardinia can be very tempting 🙂 I’ll be honest with you (as I always am!) you will find it difficult to escape the crowds in July / August in Sardinia. Especially in big towns like Alghero and maybe visiting the most famous beaches and attractions. It all depends on what you are expecting really. If you imagine semi-deserted beaches then no, is not going to happen. I wish they were, but everyone wants that during peak season (but when a place is a true paradise there is no other way to enjoy it other than sharing it with the others).

      As a local I can say that this obviously used to bother me, but I had to come to terms with it. I’m lucky enough to have been born in here and I can enjoy some fantastic places, but it is what it is in high season. There is not much escape from the crowds I’m afraid!

      I’ve never been to the south of France so I don’t even have any way to compare the two and tell you that is still worth to come here even with the crowds. It’s such a pity tough, being from Australia, the journey to come to Europe is a long one and, crowds or not, all I can say is that Sardinia is really worth it. Now people might think that I’m biased because I’m a local, but everyone who visited fell in love with the Island and even went back for the second and third time (some people come back every year!).

      I know I haven’t been very helpful but the ultimate decision is obviously yours!
      Italy is indeed a lovely country 🙂


  6. Hi, I´m looking for a beach resort to take the family, I have two little girls, one is 4 the other 1,5. I´m looking for calm shallow water and a hotel with all-included or full-pension service, I would like a 3-4 star hotel but without too high prices. Thankyou in advance

  7. Hi, I am sending you a gentle reminder, as per your suggestion, that you have not responded to my request for info. I hope you can guide me in the right direction. Thank you again. Wanda Hedgepath

  8. I am so overwhelmed by all the choices in Sardinia. My husband, 9 yr. old daughter and myself would be travelling late August/September 2016 for 2 weeks. I was wondering if we could just stay in only 2 areas (different hotels/apts.) and have a nice relaxing beach vacation, visiting some cute towns and some historical sites. I was hoping you could suggest 2 diverse areas to stay in that would give us a good taste of Sardinia. I will be renting a car. Also, I am thinking about visiting Rome for a week and then flying to Sardinia. If we do that where do you suggest we base ourselves (1 place)? My husband is not one to tour every day. It is usually rest, sight see, rest (at hotel) sight see. Also, can it be significantly cheaper to fly into rome, take a flight to Sardinia and return the same way? We are leaving from Newark Airport (EWR).

    I would love to hear back from you since you have such a love for your country and are also so knowledgeable. Thank you. Wanda

  9. Hi, I’ve been going a bit wild looking for a nice, near-a-calm-clear-water-beach, with-a-pool hotel for a family of four (2 adults and 2 small kids). We will fly into Cagliari and stay for a week. Will have a car. But I’d love to find a place (mid-range or higher) that is walking distance to a beach and also some restaurants. I’ve looked at Costa del Rei and Villasimius, but just not sure where to go.

    Any advice?

  10. Hello!
    Love reading your articles.
    We are travelling to Sardinia the 10th of oktober and will stay for one week.
    We arrive at Alghero and are planning to stay the last nights there. We are thinking of going straight to the east coast to stay there the first half of the week.
    We have been looking at Orosei or Cala Gonone. Since se are staying in October we are a bit unsure if there are a lot of restaurant open. Which village is best in October? Or do you think some other place is better for us to stay?
    We are travelling with two kids 4 and 7 years old. We plan to rent a car.
    Thanks in advance.

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      Hi Marta,

      October might be trickier for the boat trips but if you are staying in a village like Orosei or Cala Gonone you shouldn’t have any problem. I went to Orosei recently and the restaurants are usually open all year round for the locals, with the benefit that they won’t be as crowded as in high season!
      Orosei tends to be quieter than Cala Gonone in low season, but even in Cala Gonone don’t expect a lot going on in October. Since you have 2 kids, I doubt you will be looking for crazy partying and the quietness of the villages can be a bonus for you to really enjoy the real Sardinian vibe! (And the Golfo di Orosei area is one of the best for this!)


  11. We have 2 children aged 5 and 3 we would be flying into Olbia, could you recommend a good area to stay in? We will be hiring a car and would want an apartment.
    Thanking in advance xx

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      Hi Amy,

      So sorry I’ve missed your comment (and a few others), as I always say..if you see that I don’t reply in a few days, feel free to add a reminder so that I’ll get it on my email and try to reply to everyone. Not an easy task but I’m doing my best! 🙂

  12. Hi!

    We’re looking for a vacation in the beginning of September.
    We’re a family with 2 small girls (will be 1+4 months and 4 months in Sep.).
    We’re interested in renting a place walking distance from the beach which has a market nearby for buying food.

    Is what you wrote here good for such young children too?
    How can we get around easily with the kids (strollers, car seats, etc.)? How do we get to-from the airport?
    Does the Residence Hotel Lu Nibareddu you recommended have apartments with full kitchens? What about other options?


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      Hi Elan, sorry I missed your message..
      I hope you sorted out your holiday smoothly!

      As for your question, I still reply in case it might help other people with similar doubts.
      The hotel Lu Nibareddu offers the Hotel Formula for its residence. If you check out their website you can read this:

      “Hotel Formula means that we will accommodate you in apartments with kitchenette, bathroom and veranda included breakfast, half board or full board, bed linen and towels, cleaning every two days, TV, water and costs of electricity and gas.

      All Services: • Free shuttle bus to the beach (01/06-30/09) • Free parking near the beach and all the apartments of the village • Swimming pool (01/05-19/10) • Wifi Zone Free • Tour Desk: organized tours and excursions • Football or tennis court • Restaurant-pizzeria BBQ • Seaview Restaurant La Tavernetta • Panoramic Beach Bar “Tavernetta Beach” • Reception”

      So you’ll have a kitchenette and free shuttle bus to the beach which is perfect for families with babies, or if you have the car, the free parking also comes in handy! This is why I recommended it as a good choice for families!

      Hope it helps!

  13. Hi – I was hoping you may be able to give some much needed advice! We are visiting Sardinia next month and would like some tips on where to take and entertain 4 children (aged from 6 – 12). I would like to visit a town but not sure if this would be boring for them. We are based about 40mins from Olbia, is the forest you mention near there? do you have any sites for the tours there?

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      Hi Kerry,

      Once again, apologies as I totally miss this whole section of messages! I hope you had a great stay!

      I reply to your message in the hope it will help some other people for next year!
      near Olbia, if you have kids, there is the famous Aqua Park in Baja Sardinia where the children will definitely be entertained!

      The towns can be a little boring for them, unless you go somewhere nice where they have musicians or some kind of entertainment on the streets.

      I went to Orosei in July and the main road was a great place for kids, with games karaoke, dancing on the streets…it was amazing and I saw the children having a lot of fun! This kind of things are quite usual in the villages during high season (especially during the evenings), so you can visit a city/village with the promise of some fun for the kids before/after dinner time.. A good compromise for the whole family 🙂


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  16. Hi,

    I was wondering if you could help me. I’m a little concerned because I have booked an 8 night holiday in Sardinia but my husband and I don’t drive and I have been told it’s much better to have a car in Sardinia. We are coming at the end of May this year, 2015. We are arriving in Olbia with our two children. What is the taxi service like in Sardinia? I was thinking of Isola Rossa but the places on air bnb don’t look very nice. Do you know of any resorts in that area?

    Thank you,

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      Hi Samantha,
      Unfortunately,taxis in Sardinia are not exactly a great option to travel, they are expensive and only available in the big cities. Your alternative would be using the bus service. Usually they are quite decent in the northern part of Sardinia but to travel from Olbia Airport to Isola Rossa it would take 4 hours. It depends if you enjoy a more “adventurous” holiday (at least when traveling is concerned), then the bus can be an option to see some interesting views, but not ideal with the kids…
      If you still want to go there, I know of a great Hotel called “Hotel Corallo” (you can click on the link and see for yourself.

      Otherwise, another option would be to stay closer to Olbia, either you can head to San Teodoro, which is very easy to reach by bus (only 40 minutes) or stay even closer near Arzachena or Cannigione. From there you can explore the area by bus, here is a timetablee for the service from Olbia to Arzachena, passing trough Baja Sardinia (where you can visit the famous aquapark) and the Costa Smeralda Area, so it would be quite convenient for you. You could also reach Palau and get on a day trip to visit the marvellous Arcipelago della Maddalena (I love that trip!)

      To see the most convenient Hotels and resorts you can check out in here for Arzachena, Cannigione and San Teodoro, which are in my opinion, your best options to have a stress free vacation without using the car! I love this website and use it all the times to book my trips as you can cancel last minute without any penalty, and they offer a great deal of places (especially in Sardinia!)

      I hope it helps!
      And by the way, I’m currently in Sardinia and the weather is fabulous right now, people are already going to the beach 🙂


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