Sardinia Holidays For Couples: The Ultimate Guide on What to do and Where To Stay!

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Romantic & Adventurous Holidays in Sardinia

A complete guide to Sardinia. Last Updated April 2016


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You’ve probably already long realized that Sardinia is a wonderful destination for a perfect vacation, so it won’t come as a surprise to hear that there are plenty of ways for couples to enjoy a romantic holiday in Sardinia too!

Whether you’re young lovebirds looking for a place to create happy memories, celebrating a special occasion such as an anniversary or birthday, planning a perfect honeymoon, seeking somewhere incredible to propose to your partner, or just looking for a deliciously romantic destination to enjoy together, Sardinia is fantastic!

I’ve received loads of requests from loved-up couples who want to enjoy the very best of romantic Sardinia, so whether it’s a special occasion or a hard-earned romantic escapade that you’re looking for I’m going to share with you some spectacularly romantic Sardinian hotspots to make sure you have the very best loved-up holiday possible on my stunning island.

From the best places to watch a magical sunset and the top beaches for couples in Sardinia through to the most intimate places to stay and restaurants that will certainly put you in a passionate mood, and, of course, a variety of activities and attractions to help you make the most of your time in Sardinia with your beloved, get set for one fabulously and blissfully romantic vacation!



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Whether you and your partner prefer secluded and quiet spots or whether you’re a couple that is looking to enjoy Sardinia’s livelier romantic spots you’ll find somewhere that is absolutely perfect for you.



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Even if you’re looking for the best of both worlds, with so many excellent options why restrict yourself to just the one place if you have time to play with? Mix and match for a terrific, varied, and dreamy holiday in Sardinia with your loved one.

Top Five Destinations for Couples in Sardinia

Now, choosing just five places in Sardinia that will set the scene for love is actually a pretty tough call – there are so many romantic destinations! These five, however, are my ultimate pick :

1 | POSH AND PRETTY PORTO CERVO

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If you and your partner love up-market destinations and living the high life, Porto Cervo offers huge lashings of romance and the high life. Make sure you take your best clothes though as it is super posh and you don’t want to look out of place! It also comes with a pretty steep price tag, so be prepared to splash the cash and splurge a fair bit.

Situated on the dazzling Costa Smeralda it is close to some of the finest beaches in the world. Don’t believe me? Take a peek and see for yourself!

Each beautiful beach has its own vibe, from the busier sands in the south to the more relaxed and tranquil beaches of the north. If you are a fun-loving couple that likes to be in the heart of the action the southern beaches will be better for you.

If, however, you are looking somewhere where you can enjoy your own little slice of paradise in relative exclusion, head north. Either way, lively Porto Cervo is close to hand.



BEST BEACHES CLOSE TO PORTO CERVO – SARDINIA

Principe Beach

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Sometimes called by its full name of Spiaggia del Principe, this is one of the area’s most stunning beaches. It is difficult not to fall under the tender spell of love at this beach in the Porto Cervo surrounds!

Liscia Ruja Beach

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Two glorious beaches with multi-coloured waters and soft sands with dunes and amazing snorkelling. Another stunning must-see place, but hey…I told you that there were so many awesome beaches near Porto Cervo 🙂

Pevero Beach

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Two glorious beaches with multi-coloured waters and soft sands with dunes and amazing snorkelling.

Capriccioli Beach

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A busy beach with gleaming white sands, sparkling emerald waters, and interesting rock scenery.



THINGS TO DO AROUND PORTO CERVO

Although the beaches are the main things to do around Porto Cervo, there are also other activities to enjoy in the area!


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Take a stroll by the port:

Let your imagination run wild as you ogle the lavish and luxurious super yachts that dock there of an evening.

Couples can dream together and imagine a life of blissful opulence sailing across the Sardinian waters.


Boat trip to La Maddalena Archipelago:

You can also hop aboard your own boat (although not a yacht!) and enjoy boat trips around the coast.

Postcard-worthy views and some of the most incredible scenery are all but guaranteed to get you excited! The pristine beaches are usually pretty quiet and it is quite easy to find a spot where you can be completely alone with your lover.


Enjoy the nightlife!

Porto Cervo is also a terrific place for romantic couples who like to party hard … the nightlife is one of the best on the island and you can mingle with the jet set in many stylish bars and energetic clubs.

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WHERE TO EAT IN PORTO CERVO

The boutique town has loads of gourmet restaurants for a romantic candlelit meal. You’ll enjoy plenty of sumptuous dishes and fine dining in Porto Cervo. Some top restaurants for a romance-fuelled meal include:

La Mola Restaurant

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Beautiful furnishings and décor with a mouth-watering menu make this a top spot for diners. What makes it even better for couples is that there is plenty of space between the tables, giving you some more privacy!

I Frati Rossi

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The views are one of the main reasons to try out this quaint and rustic place, although the food is really good too! Taste lots of Sardinian specialities as you gaze at the small islands that dot the shimmering waters.

Spinnaker

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Uber trendy, you’ll be tucking into your tasty seafood alongside some of the area’s most fashionable and stylish crowd. This is one of the most popular restaurants in the area!



BEST HOTELS AND RESORTS IN PORTO CERVO

I’ve selected a few places where you can stay during your visit to Porto Cervo, from the budget ones to the fanciest ones!

I Giardini Porto Cervo

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Private beach and an à la carte restaurant, I Giardini Di Porto Cervo offers self-catering apartments with views of the Coast. 

Price: Starting from 50 euros p/p


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Casa Della Marina

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With an outdoor swimming pool,  Casa Della Marina offers self-catering apartments in Porto Cervo, 200 metres from the seafront. 

Price: Starting from 65 euros p/p


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Colonna Hotel

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Colonna Hotel is near the white sandy beach of Cala Granu. It offers 3 swimming pools, tennis courts, and a scenic jogging path.

Price: Starting from 70 euros p/p


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PORTO CERVO PROS AND CONS

There are always pros and cons for each destination you choose for your romantic break, here are the main pros and cons of Porto Cervo!

Pros of Porto Cervo


  • Proximity to divine beaches.
  • Excellent nightlife.
  • High society atmosphere.
  • Fine dining.
  • Social buzz.
  • Designer shopping.

Cons of Porto Cervo


  • Expensive
  • Busy, especially in peak season
  • Little chance for solitude.
  • Super posh.
  • Not much sightseeing in the locale
  • Not a portrait of the real Sardinia traditions


Overall, Porto Cervo is great if you like soaking up the sun on pretty beaches, elegant eating and drinking, and a sophisticated and refined ambiance with lots of other like-minded people all around.

It’s also important to note that if you are on a budget, you can visit Porto Cervo on day trips, and stay in more traditional and less expensive villages nearby like Cannigione, Arzachena and San Pantaleo.


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2 | SPECTACULARLY CUTE CASTERLARDO

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Situated in the north-western part of Sardinia, Castelsardo manages to combine romance by the bucket load, fascinating historical sites, magnificent beaches, superb scenery, and lots of places to eat, sleep, drink, and relax. Love will almost definitely be in the air in Castelsardo!

The small village has an intimate air and plenty of things to see and do for couples who enjoy romantic sightseeing and explorations together. With over 900 years of history, you can celebrate your own long-lasting love as you discover charming Castelsardo.



BEST BEACHES AROUND CASTELSARDO

If you want to chill out and hit the beaches together and soak up some warming Mediterranean sun you’ll be delighted to know that there are several soft sand beaches with clear waters that are suitable for swimming really close to the village. The beaches are ideal for sitting side by side and watching the changing colors of the sky as the sun goes down.

Cala Ostina Beach

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Cala Ostina is a lovely cove, 5 minutes away by car from Castelsardo Village. You can enjoy this fantastic secluded beach, perfect for swimming in its turquoise waters or simply relax and sunbathe all day!

Lu Bagnu Beach

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One of the best beaches near Castelsardo, the water is always clean and shallow for meters from the shore, ideal to walk and swim. It has a sandy and a rocky part which creates a lovely contrast!



THINGS TO DO AROUND CASTELSARDO

Some of the main Castelsardo sights that are sure to inspire romance and awe include:


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Elephant Rock:

Elephant Rock (Roccia dell’Elefante) is a large mass of trachyte stone standing beside State Road 134, a mere 10 minutes ride by car from Castelsardo.

Following a process of erosion, the rock assumed the appearance of an elephant!


Doria Castle:

Perched upon a rock and the village’s namesake, you can enjoy incredible views, have fun together exploring the beautifully evocative ruins, and see lovely handicrafts and local finds in the museum.

A great sight to combine history, Sardinia traditions and the romantic panorama!


Sant Antonio Abate Cathedral

Ideal for architecture enthusiasts and fans of pretty buildings, the cathedral showcases some excellent Renaissance and Catalan Gothic designs.

The high tower and stunning ocean vistas add to the overall beauty of this magical place!


Torre di Frigiano

Sitting on the rocks and looking out to sea, this old tower is a beautiful place to linger with your love.

Below the town of Castelsardo, the tower, thirteen metres tall, stands as the defensive outpost of the small port of Frigiano.

If you’re part of an active couple you can enjoy amorous adventures in the nearby surroundings; explore the scenic woodlands and enjoy the picturesque views by foot, bicycle, or horseback.

Castelsardo is also a brilliant base for exploring other attractive nearby villages and towns such as Tergu, which boasts even more delightful historic buildings, and the quiet town of Sedini where you can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere as you visit one of the island’s best museums.



WHERE TO EAT IN CASTELSARDO

Although you won’t find much nightlife in Castelsardo you will find a good choice of places for a nice meal and your favourite tipple. Recommended romantic restaurants include:

La Guardiola

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Treat your senses with delectable seafood and stunning panoramic views.

Agriturismo Bedda Ista

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Cute and intimate, this small restaurant is one of the best places for simple home-cooked delights. 

Baga Baga

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An elegant atmosphere with terrific service and fine food, there is lots of space and awesome views too.



BEST HOTELS AND RESORTS IN CASTELSARDO

Below are a few  places where you can stay during your visit to Castelsardo, from the budget ones to the fanciest ones!

Rosa dei venti

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Rosa dei Venti is located in the touristy town of Lu Bagnu, 3 km from the centre of Castelsardo. Rooms offer views of the sea.

Price: Starting from 29 euros p/p


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Vicolo della Luna

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Vicolo Della Luna is 130 metres from the coast’s promenade. It features a spacious furnished sea-view terrace. 

Price: Starting from 30 euros p/p


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Bajaloia Resort

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Set on a hilltop overlooking the medieval village of Castelsardo. It features a swimming pool and sunbathing area.

Price: Start from 132 euros p/p


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CASTELSARDO PROS AND CONS

Castelsardo is a popular destination for day-trippers, which may well work to your advantage if you like quiet and romantic evenings away from the crowds – with many visitors leaving in the afternoon you can enjoy evening walks, dinner, and drinks without thinking about people all around you.

Pros of Castelsardo


  • Excellent sightseeing and Historic Atmosphere.
  • Quiet evening ambience.
  • Beautiful landscapes close to hand.
  • Cheaper than other Sardinian places in the North.

Cons of Castelsardo


  • Little nightlife.
  • Few opportunities to socialize with other visitors.
  • You need your own car to move around.
  • The beaches are great but not the best of the best.

Overall, Castelsardo is recommended for couples who like to combine sightseeing, beach days, and countryside excursions, and who also enjoy a calm atmosphere at the end of the day.


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3 | CAGLIARI: SARDINIA ROMANTIC CAPITAL

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Sardinia’s capital of Cagliari is packed with romantic interludes, in the right company of course! If you and your partner enjoy city breaks injected with huge dollops of romance, Cagliari could be right up your street!

The hours will fly by as you explore the historic quarter and visit interesting museums and you can also make the most of the vibrant nightlife and nearby beaches.

A well-rounded destination, Cagliari offers the best selection for a diverse romantic stay. Old and new blend together to create a simultaneously fast-paced and forward thinking place with a timeless and olde-worlde locale. Check out my new article with 9 ready to use itineraries to visit Sardinia in One week (at least 2 of them include a stop in Cagliari!)



BEST BEACHES NEAR CAGLIARI

Cagliari is my city and I can tell you without any doubt that a stopover in the Capital is the perfect choice to take day trips to the most incredible beaches you’ve ever seen in your life!

Chia Beach-Su Giudeu

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One of the most beautiful beaches in South Sardinia. One hour away from Cagliari, it offers golden sands and a breathtaking view from its small rock cliffs which can be reached from the shore  on foot across a stretch of particularly shallow water.

Costa Rei- Marina Rei

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Oh I love this beach so much!The beach of Marina Rei has fine, light-coloured sand. The sea, of extraordinary transparency, puts together its spectacular chromatic variations from turquoise to the emerald green. To die for!


Villasimius-Punta Molentis

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The beach of Punta Molentis is distinguished by its bright, white sandy shore. The backdrop to the beach presents a hill which rises to 101 metres, where ruins of a nuraghe can be found. The sea has wonderful colours, and the landscape offers splendid, naturalistic scenes. 


Tuerredda Beach

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Tuerredda: My favorite beach!it is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia for its transparent colour of the sea that recalls a Caribbean landscape. In front of the beach is the islet of the same name, a few hundred meters from the shore. Awesome!



THINGS TO DO IN CAGLIARI

Cagliari has so much to offer for everyone that it would take a separate guide to list them all. Some of the most romantic things to do in Cagliari include:


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Lungomare Poetto- City Beach:

The Poetto beach is truly vast, stretching as it does between Cagliari and Quartu Sant’Elena, and closed off at one end by the Sella del Diavolo Headland.

This was the beach where I used to spend my days after school, a great city beach, you can’t miss it, and it’s very easy to reach by public transports.


Is centu Scalas- Roman Amphitheatre

Offering a fantastic vantage point for sweeping views across the surrounding areas, the climb up the limestone rock is well worth it.

And, don’t worry – there are steps carved into the rock! See the Cagliari of the distant past as you enjoy the Roman ruins in the here and now with that special someone.


Marina Piccola

If you’re a couple that are into fine dining and pumping nightlife don’t miss the vibrant Marina.

Stroll around the area at sunset, enjoy the view of Poetto beach and find a quiet spot to sit on a rock in front of the beach and simply relax!


Bastione di Sant Remy

This si such an Iconical place in Cagliari! You can’t say you’ve really seen the city if you didn’t visit the Bastione! Not only is one of the most romantic places, especially at sunset, but the whole atmosphere is simply awesome.

The breathtaking view of the city, the restaurants and the best direct access to the old Quartiere Castello, makes it a must see!


Monte Claro Park

Escape town life and relax in this attractive park for a while as you enjoy the peaceful and tranquil atmosphere.

The solitude makes it easy to steal a cheeky kiss as you sit side by side on the lush grass and it could also be a prime location if you are planning to pop the big question.


OTHER THINGS TO DO IN CAGLIARI

I told you that It would take me days to list everything, but being Cagliari my territory, I’ll give you a few more gems!

Sella del Diavolo & Calamosca

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Despite the name translating to the off-putting Devil’s Saddle this is actually one of the top spots for lovers in the whole of Cagliari.

The challenging sections of the approaching pathway offer the prime situation for holding on to your dear one, and once you reach the end you are likely to be blown away be the gorgeous views.

Quartiere Castello & its ancient streets

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Wander through the narrow maze-like streets and lose yourselves in this historic and pretty part of town. Definitely worth a visit!

A medieval visual feast, set your imaginations free as you explore the nooks and crannies of old castles, follow the imposing defensive walls, get high – literally! – and enjoy the fabulous sweeping views as you climb the tall towers of San Pancrazio and Torre dell’Elefante, and marvel at the beauty and serene atmosphere of Santa Maria Cathedral. There are other cute churches to visit too.

Plenty of artisans sell their wares and you can pass several pleasant hours at the ornate palace and interesting museums.

This part of the city is really worth lingering over and taking your time to savour the many delights. Numerous excellent restaurants offer the perfect chance to stop for a rest and a bite to eat. A perfect place to be at sunset is the Bastione di Saint Remy – it really doesn’t get much more romantic than this!

Piazza Yenne & Terrapieno Area

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One of my favorite spots in Cagliari, a small plaza full of restaurants, bars and yummy gelato to spend a lively night and socialize with the locals!

Piazza Yenne is perfectly located if you want to visit the surrounding areas by foot. If you have just arrived in Cagliari, start from Piazza Matteotti, right in front of the pier, the train and bus station and take a stroll in front of the pier. 

Then head up to Largo Carlo Felice street where piazza Yenne is located, on top of the street. You can continue your walk on the right to Via Manno and Via Garibaldi, famous for their many shops, and end up at the Bastione di San Remy (right at the end of via Garibaldi).

From there you can take the road going up on the right to the “Terrapieno” area, a scenic walk around the city walls where you can enjoy the city view  from top, admiring the buildings and even spotting the famous  Poetto beach. It’s a fantastic and romantic walk, especially at sunset!


In addition to the terrific things to do within the city there are also several great day trips that can be easily undertaken from Cagliari, although renting a car is the best option unless you join a tour.

Journey to even more glorious beaches, (see the section above), cruise to the volcanic island of San Pietro, step back in time at Roman Nora, be awestruck by the intriguing rock formation of Arco dell’Angelo … and more.



WHERE TO EAT IN CAGLIARI

As you might expect, there are some top class hotels and restaurants to make your stay in Cagliari that extra bit special.Get that loving glow at one of these top Cagliari restaurants for couples:

Antica Hostaria

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Dine in style at this wonderfully charming establishment that has been enchanting couples and keeping them more than satisfied since the 1800s. 

Address: Via Cavour, 60, 09124 Cagliari

Dal Corsaro

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Head here for the ultimate  fine dining in Cagliari with your partner. Soak up the chic ambience as you enjoy the impeccable service!

The menu uses the best Sardinian ingredients to create popular meals, some with an added twist. It is a fine place to indulge in a bottle of the best Italian wine with your darling.


 

Address: Viale Regina Margherita, 28, Cagliari

Ristorante Luigi Pomata

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Ever have those times where you just can’t decide what you fancy to eat? Or maybe you and your partner want to try different things. 

In this case, a trip to Ristorante Luigi Pomata is highly recommended. As well as a tantalising array of fish and seafood dishes you can also opt for some good old Italian favorites, sushi, and inventive fusion dishes that are sure to set your taste buds tingling.

The informal atmosphere is ideal if you want to keep things low key and simply chill out together.


 

Website: www.luigipomata.com

Address: Viale Regina Margherita, 14, 09124 Cagliari

Phone: +39 070 672058

Hours: 1:00 – 3:00 pm, 8:00 – 11:00 pm

 

 



BEST HOTELS AND RESORTS IN CAGLIARI

The best  places to stay when you visit Cagliari, from the budget ones to the fanciest ones!

L’antica Torre

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Set in the heart of Cagliari, in the Castello district, L’Antica Torre offers free Wi-Fi and rooms with air conditioning and TV.

Price: Starting from 24 euros p/p


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Al Porto

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Al Porto Di Cagliari is located at 200 metres from the harbour. Rooms are air conditioned with free Wi-Fi and satellite TV.

Price: Starting from 40 euros p/p


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Regina Margherita

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Set in Cagliari’s historic centre, Hotel Regina Margherita features modern rooms with satellite TV and a hydromassage shower or bath.

Price: Start from 76 euros p/p


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CAGLIARI PROS AND CONS

If you take pleasure from a mixed bag of things to see and do on your couple’s break, Cagliari is perfect.

Pros of Cagliari


  • Historic attractions.
  • Great beaches nearby
  • Vibrant night scene & City buzz
  • Abundant restaurants & shopping
  • Variety of activities and sights.
  • Accommodation to suit almost any budget.


Cons of Cagliari


  • Can be very busy.
  • Faster pace of life than in other parts of the island.
  • May find it difficult to find solitude
  • Need private transportation to get out of the city.
  • Fewer chances to experience Sardinian culture.
  • You need at least 3/4 days to see the main attractions



4 |THE NATURAL PARADISE OF CALA GONONE

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In one of my absolute favourite parts of Sardinia, Cala Ganone is one of the ultimate destinations for a romantic getaway.

Located almost in the centre of the eastern coast, the journey here in itself is a treat! In the past, you had to come by boat, but there is now a road that tunnels through the mountains and snakes its way around twists and turns near to the coast.

It is a spectacular drive and, although this may not be the most accessible of places in Sardinia, you will almost certainly be glad that you choose Cala Gonone for a few days of fun and discoveries.

With the magnificent mountains behind you and the sparkling sea in front of you, get ready to be clicking away and snapping loads of selfies of you and your partner in some truly outstanding locations.



BEST BEACHES NEAR CALA GONONE

The Golfo di Orosei beaches are my persona favorites. Undeveloped and wild stretches of rugged coast, greenery-clad jagged mountains, turquoise and emerald waters.. No matter how long you stay, you will wish it were for longer! Boats are the easiest (and sometimes only) way to reach many of these paradise places.



Disclaimer: Each beach in the Orosei Gulf is worth a visit, so I’ll let the picture speak for itself! I will mention if you’ll need a boat to reach them or you can trek down the mountain and if there is something specific you need to know before getting there (click on the MORE INFO where I put everything you need to know about each beach!)

Also note that the picture I placed in here show the beaches when no one is there, but you need to consider that in high season they can be crowded, so don’t be disappointed if you have to share paradise with other people… that’s the price to pay to see these marvels!


Cala Mariolu

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My Favorite beach in the Golfo di Orosei, rated #1 in the Area, click below to know more about how to reach the beach, prices for the boats and more!

How to get there from Cala Gonone:

The only way to reach this awesome place is by boat, there is also a path but I’ve never met anyone who attempted it so I can’t give you more info on that, as they say it’s quite difficult.

You can either rent a small boat for the day or join the organized tours.

Prices:

Private boats: from 80 Euros in low season (for 2 or more people)

Tours: 25/28 euros low season -40/50 euros peak season

You can check out these websites to see the routes and reserve the place:

Cala Gonone Excursions | Coop Ghivine excursions | Escursionecalaluna

Things to know about Cala Mariolu:

  • Bring a resistant towel: The beach is formed by small smooth white rocks so take with you a good quality towel and always walk with some beach shoes.
  • Scuba Dive in Cala Mariolu: make sure to ask the company if the option is still available (it might change depending on the season) and how much is it, as you’ll have to pay extra.

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Me scuba diving and feeding the fish in Cala Mariolu, fun times!

  • Don’t Miss the boat: Make sure to remember the name of your boat and get ready 5 minutes earlier than the time the crew told you they were going back to pick you up.
  • Take some food and water with you: The beach is wild and there are no facilities in there, so make sure you have a snack and plenty of water. Always ask the company id the lunch is included (it usually is).
  • Bring your snorkeling gear: The company usually don’t provide the gear for snorkel and Cala Mariolu is a good place to swim around the rocks and small caves and watch the fish, so don’t forget your snorkeling gear!
  • Don’t leave any valuable item on the boat: Always bring everything with you when you leave the boat. If you want to save your spot for when the boat comes back to pick you up, just leave a towel (I always do like that as you usually won’t have assigned seats).

Cala Goloritze’

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Do you want to combine an amazing UNESCO site with the wilderness of the mountains? Trek down the path to reach this fabulous beach!

How to get there from Cala Gonone:

To get to Cala Goloritze’ drive towards Baunei, a small village, near to the beach. You should take the SS125 Orientale Sarda (that’s the name of the road), directed  to the south and head to Baunei.

It will take around 1 hour to get from Cala Gonone to Baunei and from there is another 15/20 minutes to get to the parking lot.

You will easily find the place as there are many signs on the road indicating Cala Goloritze. From there, there is a wooden sign that indicates the path to go down.

Don’t forget to bring a lot of water with you, towels, food and a good pair of shoes for the hike.  It’s not super difficult, but you have to be careful.

Go very early in the morning: This way you can enjoy the beach to the fullest, also considering that the sun disappears behind the mountains quite early (around 4:30pm)

Arriving by boat: You can also arrive by boat, but you can’t go near the beach so you’ll have to swim to reach the beach. I did it and it was exhausting! Next time I’ll bring an inflatable mattress with me. Much easier!


Cala Biriola

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A truly unspoiled paradise in Sardinia! if you are in the Cala Gonone area you can’t miss this wild beach ..(watch the video on “more Info”)!

How to get to Cala Biriola from Cala Gonone

The easiest way to reach this fantastic beach is by boat, but always make sure to ask the company if they plan to stop in there as not all of the boats do.

You can also hike, but it’s a rather difficult path so it’s not advisable unless you go with the locals and you’ll have to be quite fit as  the hike  involves the use of ropes to climb up and down the rocks.

Watch this video on how to hike to Cala Biriola so you have an idea of the difficulty! (or maybe for you is easy) 🙂

 

Snorkeling time!: Don’t forget the snorkeling gear as this beach is a perfect spot for scuba diving and swimming.

The water is quite shallow and safe near to the shore and the wilderness of it will make it for an unforgettable day!


Cala Sisine

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A beautiful beach, slightly more spacious than the other ones and reachable by boat or a fairly easy trek! Using your car is a must for the trek!

How to get to Cala Sisine from Cala Gonone:

The easiest way is always the usual boat trip starting from Cala Gonone (as for the other beaches, make sure to ask whether the boats stops in there or not.

There is also the option to trek to Cala Sisine, I did it with my parents (in their 60’s) and it’s a fairly easy walk, unless you do it at midday (like we did..foxes!). In that case, it will be VERY HOT and you’ll finish all the water you brought! 🙂

Info about the trek to Cala Sisine

Length: Km 2 or 5 depending on where you park your car

Trek time: from 0.45 to 2 hours depending on where you leave your car

Difficulty: Easy

Road Indications: no but it’s not that difficult to find it if you follow the instructions

How To Get There

First you’ll need the car and then leave it and walk

 

1 | From Cala Gonone to Baunei: see my indications under Cala Goloritze beach on which road to take to get there.

2 | Baunei—> Church of San Nicola: Reached the village of Baunei go along the main road towards Tortolì until you’ll reach  the  Church of San Nicola.Turn left onto a narrow road uphill From this point follow the signs to the plain of the Golgo.

3 | The panoramic view: After a series of steep switchbacks, you’ll get to a plateau, a panoramic point where you can enjoy a beautiful view that sweeps from the village of Baunei up to Tortolì and the Arbatax harbor.

4 | Reach St Peter Church: Go ahead on the asphalted road for about 7 km until you reach the  church of St.Peter, from this point on, the road turns into a dirt one, yet it is still ok to drive. A  little before  the church turn to the right into a  15 km road that takes you down to the beach.

5 | When to leave the car and walk: The road  allows you to get to the third  “parking lot” where you can leave your car, at about 5 km from the beach.

You can now walk on  the river bed, but if  you have a car that’s not  too low  you can get even closer to the beach (up to a distance of about 2 km)

6| The trek: It is a pretty easy one,  the path is relatively flat  and does not present any problem of orientation as it is very obvious.Especially the last stretch that emerges in the beautiful beach of Cala Sisine that is nothing but the mouth of the river.

CALA SISINE -THE BEACH:

The large beach is made up of some stretches of fine sand and others of pebbles and is located in front of the  Plumare rock tip. The water is emerald and turquoise and it’s ideal for snorkeling.

On the beach , in the summer months it is running a Bar Restaurant where you can camp for an unforgettable night enjoying the silence broken only by the sound of the waves crashing on the shore and the sounds of  the seagulls that populate the beach .

Want to reach another great viewpoint from there?

Head  to the left of the beach and follow the first part of the route to Cala Luna , from here after a series of hairpin bends you will find yourself above the Cala where you can enjoy a breathtaking view with that ranges from Cala Sisine to the shores of Cala Gonone .


Cala Luna

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Spacious beach, famous for its grotto where people find shelter from the sun while enjoying the view of the beach!

How to get to Cala Luna from Cala Gonone

The beach can be reached easily  by sea with one of the day tours  departing from the port of Cala Gonone and from the beach of the Marina di Orosei;

If you love  trekking, the beach is also accessible through a difficult path, only for real experts, departing from Cala Fuili or Baunei.

Curious facts about Cala Luna:

This corner of nature was chosen as the set for the film “Travolti da un insolito destino” both in its version with Mariangela Melato (1974) and in the remake “Swept Away”, with Madonna as lead actress.

The beach: Facilities and more info

The beach has a bar and a café, and is characterised by shallow waters. It is possible to hire a pedal boat and it’s also great for snorkel and scuba dive lovers.


Cala Osalla

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Cala Osalla is the most popular beach near the village of Dorgali, easy to reach and wonderful sea as usual!

How to get to Cala Osalla from Cala Gonone

Cala Osalla di Dorgali is easily reached by driving the SS 125 panoramic road and, before getting into the town of Dorgali, turning towards the cave of Ispinigoli (a must see).

Turn again towards the locality of Tinnipereddu and after around 4 kilometres you will be at the beach.

There is a bar near the beach and it’s another great spot for snorkeling, which is true for all the beaches in the Golfo di Orosei coast!


Cala Liberotto

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A 50 minutes drive from Cala Gonone, this is another beautiful option to explore in the Golfo di Oorosei area! 

How to get to Cala Liberotto from Cala Gonone:

Cala Liberotto is a lovely beach near to Orosei Village, on the northern side of the Golfo di Orosei.

If you are staying in Cala Gonone (which is on the south side) you’ll have to drive on the panoramic road SS125 for 50 minutes. Follow the signs along the road near the  town of Sos Alinos and you’ll get to the beach quite easily.

Facilities on the beach and other info:

There are plenty of amenities available on this famous beach.

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Small car park
  • Hotel and a campsite
  • Cafè and refreshment areas
  • Umbrellas, sun lounges and pedal boats for rent.

The water is shallow near the shore and very safe for swimming.

Like any other beach in Sardinia, in August is quite crowded, especially during the weekends!


Cala Fuili

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Less than 4 km away from Cala Gonone Village, this beach is a lovely one, easy to get there and just spend the day relaxing!

How to get to Cala Fuili from Cala Gonone

You can easily reach Cala Fuili driving the SS 125, turning towards Cala Gonone and entering the street “Viale Bue Marino”. Then drive along the coast road 26 bis until you reach its end: You can access  the beach through a series of steps cut into the rock.

Facilities and things to in Cala Fuili beach:

There are no facilities on the beach, so bring your own lunch and drinks, There is a parking area available and the turquoise sea is perfect for snorkeling!

The beach is very small, and it can get very crowded in peak season (especially in August). During low season you can enjoy the peaceful vibe  and you’ll feel like you’re miles away from civilisation, completely surrounded by the wild nature!



THINGS TO DO NEAR CALA GONONE

Ok, it’s clear that the main attractions near Cala Gonone are the wonderful beaches, but there are also other activities to do in the surroundings, including:


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Nuragic remains & sites:

There are several fascinating ruins from prehistoric times scattered around Cala Gonone. See how these ancient people lived and wonder at the collection of stone towers that this mystifying civilisation left behind. There’s a large group of Nuraghes at Serra Orrios and another great place in the large and evocatively run down Nuraghe Mannu; enjoy the views as you sit at the top of the gorge and underneath an olive tree.


Grotta Del Bue Marino

The most famous of Cala Gonone’s sea caves, a visit here is incredibly hard to forget!

Hauntingly beautiful, the chamber is filled with unusual rock formations and Neolithic rock paintings, with light streaming in and casting imaginative reflections on the water and really seeming to breathe life into some of the awesome shapes.


Su Gorroppu Gorge

A stunning place for thrill-seekers, you are advised to take a guide along with you rather than going it alone.This is to help you make the most of your trip but also, and more importantly, for safety reasons. Plunging downwards, this is one of the deepest gorges in Europe. The walk can be a challenge but if you are a couple that loves to spend time in the great outdoors


Gennargentu National Park

Escape into the cool and refreshing mountains for some hiking, climbing, mountain biking, and nature spotting … and, for that lovely feeling of being truly at one with your partner and the world.The park boasts cascading waterfalls, soaring mountains, deep gorges, and an abundance of native flora and fauna. Creatures to look out for include Sardinian wildcats, Sardinian foxes, weasels, mice, tigers (just kidding on that one!), and many different species of birds.



WHERE TO EAT IN CALA GONONE

For eating and drinking, you will probably find yourself frequently heading to the long promenade with its selection of quaint and laid-back restaurants and bars. My recommendations for a romantic meal in Cala Gonone are:

Su Recreu

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Close to the main beach this spot doubles as a café by day and a bar come evening time. A great place to spend your night!

Food is simple yet filling and tasty and you can round off your meal by sharing a sweet artisan gelato. In the summer months you can really get in the holiday swing with the lilting sounds of Cuban music.
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Address: Piazza Andrea Doria, Cala Gonone, Dorgali, Sardinia,Italy

Phone: +39 078493135


Il Pescatore

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Right next to the port there is a choice of indoor and outdoor seating, both of which afford great views out over the water. 

A gourmet seafood and fish restaurant, your biggest problem is probably going to be deciding what to actually have – the menu items all look so tempting! If you really are stuck, however, I’d recommend the set platter for a taste of a few different things.


Website: www.ilpescatore.com

Address:Via Acqua Dolce 7, 08020 Cala Gonone, Dorgali, Sardinia, Italy

Phone: +39 078493174

RoadHouse Blues Pub

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Don’t be fooled by the name – even though it doesn’t sound very Italian (at all!) the menu offers a wide choice of tasty traditional eats.

And the portions are huge! Perfect for if you and your loved one like to share. Located on the seafront soak up the views and feel the cooling sea breeze gently blow as you dine in this romantic setting.


 

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Address: Viale Palmasera Cala Gonone, 28, 08022 Dorgali NU

Phone: +39 0784 93187



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BEST RESIDENCES AND HOTELS IN CALA GONONE

The best  places to stay for you visit in Cala Gonone, from the budget ones to the fanciest ones!

Residence Biriola

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At 600 metres from the seafront, it has climbing and diving schools.Furnished apartments with a sea view balcony.

Price: Starting from 38 euros p/p


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Hotel Rurale

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High above the Mediterranean Sea, this country house offers a peaceful countryside location, 4 km from Cala Gonone.

Price: Starting from 40 euros p/p


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Hotel la Playa

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Just 350 metres from the seaside, it offers air-conditioned rooms. It features an outdoor pool, a large terrace and a garden.

Price: Start from 45 euros p/p


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CALA GONONE PROS AND CONS

This is a very easy one! 🙂

Pros of Cala Gonone


  • One of the most beautiful places in Sardinia!
  • Remote location makes it feel really special.
  • Gorgeous beaches.
  • Rugged cliffs and coastal areas.
  • Varied activities.
  • Awesome mountains and nature.
  • plenty of boat trips.
  • Cute bars and restaurants.

Cons of Cala Gonone


  • Other than the journey may be a bit off-putting for some, I really cannot think of any other cons! This place is amazing!


5 | ALGHERO: SARDINIA ENCHANTING CITY

Wait until the maps load, zoom in or out and click on the marks to see the places of interest in the area, so you have an idea on how far apart they are from each other!


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With Catalan heritage and a gorgeously preserved old centre of the town, love birds can feel like they’ve slipped back to a completely time and place as they enjoy the unique and special character of this beautiful area.

Although very popular with visitors it also manages to present a wonderfully natural and simple face. There are numerous traditional pizzerias where you can relax a while, admire the surroundings, and enjoy each other’s company over a shared Sardinian pizza.

Nightlife is low key and relaxed, but there are lots of little tucked away bars where you can share a bottle of wine and places where you can drool over a gelato for some laid-back romance in Alghero.

There is also the modern part of the city with its hustle and bustle of activity, as well as delightful beaches, a big marina, and a busy fishing harbour.



BEST BEACHES NEAR ALGHERO

Sadly, it is impossible to stay somewhere lovely that is at a comfortable walking distance to both the old town and the most amazing beaches around, so you will need to choose one as your base and journey to the other.    


Stintino-La Pelosa Beach

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The most popular and gorgeous beach around Alghero! This place has really  nothing to envy to the Caribbean sea!

How to get there from Alghero:

It takes around 1-hour drive to reach paradise!

From Alghero, go along the SP 42 main road in the direction of Porto Torres; In 30 minutes you’ll find the indications to Stintino ( SP 57 road on the left) until you reach Pozzo San Nicola Village and then take the SP 34 to Viale la Pelosa in Stintino.

Before reaching the town, and before the Spanish Tower, there is a dirt-track road to the right that leads to the Spiaggia delle Saline. After 300 metres from the bridge on the pond of Casaraccio, you’ll find an intersection: Turn left continuing to the intersection to reach the beaches.
From Stintino the beaches are also reached by shuttle services.

Facilities on the Beach:

Since the picture speaks for itself, I’ll only mention that the beach has a car park, a restaurant and a bar. You would want to take your own umbrella and maybe an inflatable mattress to lay on the white sand or relax in the water!

Don’t forget to bring your camera as the beach is truly spectacular and if you go during peak season, it’s advisable to be there as early as possible as even if the beach is quite big, it can get very crowded!

Argentiera Beach

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Do you want to sit down a rock and watch a fantastic sunset from the beach? Then this place is perfect for you!

How to get there from Alghero:

The beach is around 45 minutes away from Alghero town, you need to take the SP 42road, until you find an intersection to Palmadula (on the left), continue along the SP 18 provincial road in the direction of Argentiera, and the beach is found beneath the buildings of the ex-mining establishment.

The beach itself is truly awesome, surrounded by the mine buildings that give a very suggestive vibe to the beach. 

The beach and the amenities

Its sea is ideal for underwater exploration, and the gentle sea shelf keeps the waters shallow out into the bay and  perfect for swimming safely.

The beach has an ample car park and is easily accessible to wheelchairs. It is an ideal spot to spend relaxing days, not only because it is not crowded, but also for the fact that it has a convenient refreshment area.


Mugoni Beach – Alghero

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Perfect if you want to combine crystal-clear waters with a beach full of amenities, with a bar, restaurants and a picnic area!

How to get there from Alghero:

Mugoni  beach is quite easy to reach from Alghero ( only 30 minutes away from the town). It can be reached along the Provincial Road 55; the sign indicating the beach can be seen on the left, 8 km before Capo Caccia.

The Beach

If I put the beach among the best nearby Alghero, it’s because it’s worth it (therefore also pretty popular!). It is a very large beach with fine white sand and emerald green water, which is particularly calm and warm, thanks to its sheltered position from the winds.

 

The Amenities:

Mugoni beach perfect to  spend a holiday in complete freedom; there is a  large car park  and an area for camping. If you are not into camping, do not worry!  You can find a Hotel nearby and refreshment points along the beach.

You can also hire a “pattino”  boat or scuba dive/ snorkel and it’s also great for surfing and windsurfing when the winds get strong. The beach has easy wheelchair access.


Le Bombarde Beach – Alghero

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Another well famous beach for its water wonderful colors and the numerous amenities, including a very convenient shuttle bus from Alghero. 

How to get there from Alghero:

This fantastic beach is the easiest one to reach from Alghero, as it’s just 20 minutes away by car. 

You’ll have to past the inhabited area of Fertilia on the SS 127bis main road; shortly after the 44-kilometre marker you will spot the signposts to the beach.

The Beach and its Amenities:

The beach has plenty of amenities to spend a relaxing day!

There is a restaurant and a cafe and you can rent beach umbrellas, sun-loungers and  pedal boats.

If you want a more  adventurous holiday, Le Bombarde is the perfect place for you as it’s one of the few places in Sardinia where you are still allowed to camp on the beach! 

The beach, with wheelchair access, has a very large car park, equipped for campervans.

if you are into Scuba Diving and snorkeling, Le Bombarde is a great place to put on your flippers and mask and discover the underwater world!

 

 

 



THINGS TO DO AROUND ALGHERO

Alghero and its surrounding offer so much that I’d need a whole guide to list them all. Some of the greatest experiences in and around Alghero include:


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Boat trip to the Asinara Island:

If you have time and you want to take a boat trip that you will surely remember, head north and take a boat trip to the Asinara Park, a beautiful Island and  ex-prison now populated only by…donkeys! The Island can be reached from Porto Nuovo at Stintino and from Porto Torres, where visitors will find information and ticket. If you want to rent a Catamaran, check out this website.


Nettuno Grotto:

At the bottom of a dramatic cliff, this is a wonderful natural attraction near to Alghero. Try and time your visit for the late afternoon / early evening so that you can also enjoy the sunset over the sea. If you would rather get to the caves on your own and enjoy some together time rather than as part of a group, it is also possible to cosy up on a rented scooter and get there independently by road.


Nuraghe di Palmavera

An ancient palace and complex, if you both take pleasure from exploring long-abandoned remains from yesteryear I would really recommend adding this to your itinerary. The ruins are hauntingly beautiful and it is easy to imagine what the complex must have looked like in its former days of glory. Poke around in the small huts and see how people of the past lived.


Diving/snorkeling

The Alghero rocky surroundings are perfect for Scuba dive and snorkeling addicts. Check out the beaches I’ve mentioned above as almost all of them offer great opportunities to spot some great underwater life!

For more information on diving sites and prices, check out this website!


Wine tasting:

A really romantic experience, check out Alghero’s lovely Sella and Mosca vineyards. Take a tour of the expansive vineyard and raise a toast to each other as you sip on some delectable locally produced wines. This experience is also great for all the people who want to discover more of the traditional Sardinian culture, and it’s obviously perfect for wine lovers!


Yoga/Hiking & More!

Do you want to discover the real deal near Alghero? Relxing with some Yoga combined with some fascinating hikes, sailing, biking and much more? Gabriella from Break To Sardinia is what you need! She offers weekly or tailor made packages to let you experience the real Sardinia. You’ll sleep in lovely B&B and eat local food, just like… a local. For more info check my dedicated page in here!



WHERE TO EAT IN ALGHERO

Some great romantic places to eat in Alghero include:

Trattoria Dona Isabel

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A little away from the main cluster of restaurants, eating here can really feel like you’ve found somewhere truly special.

Food is simple yet filling and tasty and you can round off your meal by sharing a sweet artisan gelato. In the summer months you can really get in the holiday swing with the lilting sounds of Cuban music.

Address: Address: Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 59, Alghero SS

Phone: +39 079 978897

 

Al Tuguri

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Located inside a charming old building in the historic heart of the beautiful Old Town, this Michelin-starred restaurant is a real winner.

Lunch and dinner menus are both available depending on the time of the day and the seafood dishes are especially divine. Set meals let you share a well-thought-out selection of traditional specialities.

Meals are so beautifully presented you may hesitate before actually eating! Stone walls, crisp table linen, an intimate vibe, and an attentive Maitre D make for one top class memorable dining experience.


Website: www.altuguri.it

Address: Address: Via Maiorca, 113, 07041 Alghero SS

Embarcadero

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A pretty little place overlooking an attractive harbour, try and snag a table right next to the sand for the dreamiest time with your love.

The views are outstanding, and you really will be in for a special treat if you are dining at sunset. Eat tasty seafood, pizzas, and other Italian favourites al fresco as the sun slowly sets over the sea. It can get quite lively on karaoke evenings.


 

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Address: S.S. 127 Bis KM 48 | Localita’ Portoconte, 07041 Alghero

Phone: +39 334 978 9318


 



BEST RESIDENCES AND HOTELS IN ALGHERO

The best  places to stay for your lovely stay in Alghero, from the budget ones to the fanciest ones!

B&B Alghero

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Set on the western coast of Sardinia, Bed And Breakfast Alghero is only a 5-minute walk from Alghero’s beaches.

Price: Starting from 25 euros p/p


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Gioberti 25

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Featuring a terrace, Gioberti 25 offers simple accommodation in Alghero. The nearest sandy beach is 400 metres away.

Price: Starting from 40 euros p/p


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Villa Paradise

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Villa Paradise is housed in a villa, just 200 metres from the coast and 10 minutes’ walk from Lido San Giovanni beach.

Price: Start from 45 euros p/p


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ALGHERO PROS AND CONS

Alghero is high on my recommended list of places not to miss when on a blissful couple’s holiday in Sardinia.

Pros of Alghero


  • Stunning Old Town with lots of atmosphere and history.
  • Numerous beautiful walks.
  • Pretty beaches.
  • Cute selection of places to eat and drink.
  • Plentiful and varied day trips.
  • World class diving.
  • Adventure activities available.
  • Gorgeous driving routes.
  • Local character and charm.

Cons of Alghero


  • Very popular so can be crowded.
  • Not easy to walk between beaches and other attractions.
  • Own transport needed for many excursions.
  • Some areas can feel soulless.

Overall, Alghero ticks many of the boxes for a fabulous loved-up vacation, but you certainly won’t find much solitude in a lot of the major places.


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FINAL TIPS!

If you are looking for love to blossom and grow on Sardinia it is really easy! There are so many delightful places that offer an exceptional couple’s romantic holiday in the sun.

Beaches, nature, history, culture, cuisine, and more all combine forces to give you a vacation to remember.

  • Porto Cervo is ideal for couples looking for glam luxury and a posh vibe close to amazing beaches.
  • Castelsardo is quiet in the evenings and offers history, village life, and beaches.
  • Cagliari is the lively capital with history, beaches, culture, and plenty of amenities and facilities. If you visit Sardinia, a visit to its Capital is a must!

  • Alghero has a beautiful Old Town and a wonderfully uncontrived atmosphere. There are lovely beaches, but it can get pretty packed.
  • Cala Gonone is great for lovers of the great outdoors, with amazing beaches, mountains, forests, and marine caves. It has a remote feeling about it and is one of the best places for romance in the whole of Sardinia!

THIS GUIDE STARTED AS  A PROJECT FOR COUPLES AND ENDED UP BEING A MASSIVE GUIDE FOR ALL OF YOU!! 🙂








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  1. Hi there,

    Thanks for the great information on Sardinia. My boyfriend and I are looking at going at the end of June this year and you have really sold us on Cala Gonone! I was just wondering if there are many good bars and restaurants in that area/much of an atmosphere at night time?

    Thanks,
    Kerri

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      Hey Kerri

      Cala Gonone is a very nice place if you are looking for great nature, sea and night life! Another option is San Teodoro but depending on the period, it can get very crowded and loud. I find Cala Gonone a bit more tranquil but still with a nice night vibe.

  2. Hi Clelia, what a fantastic site. thank you.

    My boyfriend and I are planning 6-7 days in Sardinia in July 2017. I have read your site back to front! we are interested in exploring beautiful beaches, nice little historic villages.

    Would you agree that this is a good itinerary:

    – stick to east coast given limited time? we are hiring a car.
    – fly into oblia
    – 3 nights Porto Cervo (day 1 – boat trip la maddelena archipelago, day 2 wander porto cervo, day 3???)
    – 3 nights Cala Gonone ( days 1 hire boat to orosei beaches), day 2 visti Dorgali and orosei), day 3 trek cala goloritze)
    – fly out of cagliari

    have i missed anything significant? Is castelsardo or alghero worth doing or is it too far in the car for 6-7 days.

    many thanks

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      Hey Jane
      Sorry, just catching up with a million messages, emails and comments! As per your Itinerary, I’d say it’s pretty reasonable. Below my answers:

      stick to east coast given limited time? we are hiring a car. ABSOLUTELY CORRECT, IN 1 WEEK IS BETTER TO STAY ON THE SAME COAST. SARDINIA IS A LOT BIGGER THAN MANY PEOPLE MIGHT THINK!

      – fly into oblia
      – 3 nights Porto Cervo (day 1 – boat trip la maddelena archipelago, day 2 wander porto cervo, day 3???) YOU CAN DISCOVER ONE OF THE MANY BEACHES AROUND THAT BEAUTIFUL AREA LIKE CALA DI VOLPE AND ROMAZZINO BEACH!

      – 3 nights Cala Gonone ( days 1 hire boat to orosei beaches), day 2 visti Dorgali and orosei), day 3 trek cala goloritze) I’D MOVE THE TREK TO CALA GOLORITZE TO THE SECOND DAY AS YOU NEED TO BE THERE PRETTY EARLY AND IT’S A BIT TIRING, SO THE LAST DAY IN THE AREA YOU CAN TAKE IT EASY IF YOU ARE A BIT EXHAUSTED FROM THE HIKE!
      – fly out of cagliari

      have i missed anything significant? Is castelsardo or alghero worth doing or is it too far in the car for 6-7 days. NO DEFINITELY STICK TO THIS ITINERARY, I’D RATHER EXPLORE MORE IN THE SURROUNDING AREAS THAN MOVE TO SEE CASTELSARDO AND ALGHERO AS YOU WILL BE LOSING THE WHOLE DAY JUST TO DRIVE UP THERE AND BACK.

      Hope this helps and have a fantastic time!
      Cheers
      Clelia

  3. Hello,

    This is a very informed website. Thank you for taking the time to inform us of your beautiful country. My boyfriend and I would love to spend 3 weeks to a month in Sardinia. I’d like to rent a place and then take day trips from our home base. I’d like something with little tourists, nice beaches and highly cultural. Would renting a place in Cala Gonone. Where would you suggest we rent a place and then venture out from there? Thank you for your time!

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      Hey Michelle

      Thanks for your comment! Cala Gonone seems to be the perfect area to set your base and explore! As for where to rent a place, there are several options, I usually use booking.com as they also have small villas (like houses for rent) in there and the prices are quite good without necessarily rent directly with the landlord (I did the same for my stay in Mexico last month), my only advice is to book asap as the best deals for renting a house/villa in sardinia go very fast!

      I’m sure you’ll love your stay in my beautiful island!

  4. Hey Clelia

    Great write up !!

    I am looking to go to Sardinia with my finance for our honeymoon in early July.

    We would like to spend some time exploring the Maddelena Islands as well as get in some relaxing time in a comfortable hotel while keeping travelling to a minimum.

    You mention 2 hotels above, are there any others you recommend in that region for our honeymoon?

    Thanks
    Fab

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      Hey Fab

      Sorry, I’m just catching up now with all the messages! My suggestion is to check out the website booking.com (it is the one I’ve been using for more than 4 years now and I know I can fully trust the reviews). I know Some of the Hotels and resorts I recommend and when I don’t know them personally I research them as I was the one who has to book (and I’m very picky!).

      If you want to get around La Maddalena Island, I suggest you to check this specific page for Hotels & Resorts deals in la Maddalena. Keep in mind that la Maddalena is a small Island and the best beaches are the ones you can see by boat trip but they are absolutely stunning!

      I hope this helps!
      Cheers
      Clelia

  5. Hi Clelia,

    I have found this site extremely useful as I am trying to plan my honeymoon in Sardinia for September 2017.
    I have a few questions I hope you could help with.
    I want to spend a week in Sardinia toward the back end of September, staying in one place with stunning beaches nearby for the daytime but also close enough to a more vibrant town/village for the evening to dine out and experience the true culture.
    Can you recommend the best boutique style hotels that spring to mind with the above in consideration? Preferably more couple oriented boutiques and spa facilities would be nice but not essential!
    Would really appreciate your recommendations.
    Thanks,

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      Hey Chris, as already said …sorry for the super delayed reply! Since you still have time until your honeymoon I thought I might reply anyway, in case you read this or even to help other couples 🙂

      I will try to separate my suggestions based on areas:

      South Sardinia: Chia Laguna Resort. I know this place quite well and love it both for the stunning beach in front of it and for the facilities. If you have a car, you can reach Santa Margherita di Pula (20 min away) to experience the real Sardinian vibe. It’s not super ideal as you would have to drive but it is worth it. Also Cagliari is just 45 min away and it is worth a drive to explore the lovely part of the city (the castle, the belvedere etc)

      North East Sardinia : Grand Hotel Ma&Ma Resort< /strong> This is a dream place in the small island of la Maddalena, I don’t think it could get better than that really. The place is stunning, boat trips to the amazing archipelago are available and the small town is lovely. For a couple, I think it’s ideal.

      If I had to get married tomorrow, I think I would go straight to the second choice but I wanted to give you another one as it is also very good.
      Given all the requests regarding honeymoon places, I think I will have to dedicate a whole article about the best places to book!

      I hope you’ll have a great time!
      Congratulations again 🙂

  6. Hi Clelia, thank you so much compiling such a comprehensive itinerary!

    I am currently planning a honeymoon in Sardinia, my wife and l will be arriving on June 12 next year and we plan to stay for a around 10 days, exploring the north of the island in a circular tour with a car.

    Thus far I have booked one hotel; we will first of all fly from LDN Gatwick to Olbia and drive to the Hotel Thalasso & SPA Capo d’Orso in Cala Capra Palau.

    1. Hotel Thalasso & SPA Capo d’Orso in Cala Capra Palau (4 nights)
    2. Bajaloglia Resort, Castelsardo (1 night)
    3. Alghero (maybe 3 nights), or would it be worth staying in nearby Stintino or Bosa? for a night each also and then only staying in Alghero for 1/2 nights?
    4. Then travelling across from Alghero or Bosa to Cala Gonone (3 nights)

    I would be grateful for any thoughts / suggestions you may have regarding this itinerary, and thank you once more for your very informative and user friendly blog.

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      Hey David, sorry I completely missed most of the comments in December and January! Given that you are planning your honeymoon (congratulations by the way!) I guess I’m now too late to help you out? If you happen to read my reply and still need any suggestion feel free to comment again!

      Cheers
      Clelia

  7. I am so happy I stumbled upon this post! I have been researching Sardinia all day. Going with my husband this summer and want a romantic stay. I was considering Cala Gonone, but wasn’t sure because of all the hiking it seems is involved to get to all the beaches. But after reading this post I am pretty sure we will stay there! Do you know of any easy-access beaches near by?
    Thanks for this great tips!

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      HI Nicole, I’m so glad I could help you! The beach in Cala Gonone has easy access, and there are some another ones you can reach by car (Cala Fuili and Cala Osalla), but I obviously recommend the day trips by boat! If you can afford it, rent your own one so you can really enjoy the trip even more!

  8. Hi Clelia

    Your blog and ideas of Sardinia are fantastic and I am pleased I stumbled across this quality information. I have never been to Sardinia but myself and my wife are planning a 2 week trip in September 2017. As you can see I like to begin my planning well in advance. The questions from other people and your answers I found very useful to pick and choose some ideas about what we would like to do.
    As mentioned at this time I do not have a plan worked out for the 2 weeks. But we would be looking to spend a lot of time on a good beach, ideally the accomodation should be right by the sea. Ideally with some scuba diving and tennis involved. Possibly with a chance to go and view local attractions. Maybe a couple of boat trips. Some local shopping or nice markets might be fun.
    Nothing major on the nightlife but 1 or 2 places to go and enjoy a lively evening could be fun. I am not sure about the hotel yet but possibly half board.

    Keep up the great work.
    Kind Regards
    Nevin

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      Hi Nevin
      I have completely missed this comment, sorry. But you gave me the inspiration to write down some points people should consider when coming to Sardinia.

      Scuba diving: Sardinia has some of the most incredible beaches in the world, I’ve seen a lot of them around and yet our beaches are unique, but given the geographical position we miss the coral reef, so scuba diving might be cool if you are interested in seeing underwater life and old ships and you can find most of it near Santa Teresa di Gallura in the north part of Sardinia. But don’t expect the super colorful fish or underwater flora you might find in tropical countries.

      Tennis: Most of the resorts and hotels provide Tennis courts so that shouldn’t be an issue

      Hotel by the beach: There are so many options in here! The thing is, it depends on what you consider to be a “good beach”. Some Hotels have their private beach and umbrellas, some others don’t and the beach is free for everyone. I personally prefer the free beach but most of the people who visit Sardinia prefer the organized one. Some beaches are very nice (usually those in front of the very expensive hotels of course) otherwise, you have to compromise and have an average beach in front of the hotel and rent a car to see the “Caribbean style” “jaw dropping” beaches. I’m very spoiled so for me, a beach that is considered very good for a tourist is just average. So yes, you can have a decent beach in front of the hotel, you just have to pick which part of Sardinia you want to explore!

      Boat trips: For me, this is a no-brainer. The 2 most beautiful boat trips that should be mandatory for everyone are the one at the Golfo di Orosei and the one at the Archipelago della Maddalena. It doesn’t matter how many time I’ve taken those trips, I would do it over and over each year.

      Nightlife: Depends on what you mean, but since you are not expecting crazy night life, even the small /medium villages in Sardinia have some sort of night life, especially during summer, we have a lot of “sagras” (street parties with night markets, local food, music & co). And we also have some nice relaxing cocktail bar here and there, unless you go to the hinterland super small villages and in that case, all you will find are bars where the elderly play cards (which I actually find pretty sweet, amusing and real Sardinia!)

      These are the considerations I wanted to make as I like when people come here with the right expectations! 🙂

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  9. Hi Clelia,

    Thanks to your wonderful website my boyfriend and I have been inspired to book a holiday to Sardinia this September, most likely in Cala Gonone. I am a nervous driver and he doesn’t drive, so I want to avoid hiring a car. I’ve seen that there are buses from the village, but I wondered if you knew whether they were useful or not. I’m a bit concerned about how isolated the village is from the rest of the island, and it would be a shame if we were not able to explore the rest of the national park! I feel it will be expensive to go on boat tours for the whole week we are there, although I know this might be a better option.
    If you have any suggestions of other towns that might be more suitable for us, then we are open to hear them!

    Thanks for your advice in advance!

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      Hi Kristy,

      Sardinia is so tricky when it comes to public transport. If you just want to use it you are confined to just a few destinations and even in that case, you are basically more or less stuck in there the whole time if you don’t have a car. The buses are ok, but they are mostly for the locals not for the tourists. Meaning that they often don’t stop to the nicest beaches and to go there you’d need a car. Maybe you can just rent it for 1 day and see how it goes? The roads in there are not super crazy unless you go up to the Gennargentu mountain, but I think there are day tours you could join to visit these areas.

      An alternative would be going to San Teodoro which is very well connected by bus, but even if I love San Teodoro I still prefer Cala Gonone (my opinion!), as it combines nature, some nightlife and amazing beaches.

      So I’d stick to Cala Gonone and maybe organize day tours by boat and by bus with private companies and 1 day renting a car 🙂

      Cheers
      Clelia

  10. Hi Clelia,

    First we want to thank you for your help, it is truly appreciated.

    Here is what we decided to do:

    Fly into Cagliari on August 22nd and stay there until the 25th.
    We are planning on going to Chia beach, porto di teulada, visit the town of Cagliari, a day in Vilasimus and that should take up most of our time in that area.

    Then, because you strongly suggested Calagonone, we will drive there for 2 nights. We have booked a boat tour so far but thats about it. If you have any suggestions of other cool activities, restaurants or things to see please guide us.

    After that, on the 28th we will drive up to Olbia (Palau was way too expensive to stay there since we booked late). We want to see Cala Brandchini, Costa Smerralda (we read that we should do a boat tour there also, do you have a company to suggest? Is it really worth it or should we explore on our own?) We dont know all that much about the north so, again, if you have any suggestions, feel free to help us with any kind of suggestions. We will be staying close to the Olbia airport.

    We would like to have your opinion on which vinery we should visit between the following 3 options we researched: Cantine Argiolas (Cagliari), Tenute Olbios (Olbia) or Cantine Surrau (Near Olbia).

    Once again we truly thank you and appreciate the effort you put into making our trip memorable!

    Kelly and Eric

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      Hey kelly & Erik

      I was just going through all the posts about Sardinia to check if I had missed some of the comments, and unfortunately, I have missed yours. I hope you managed to visit my island and had a great time!
      Cheers!

  11. Hello Clelia,
    Thank you for your website – I just found it and have read just about everything – it has been an amazing resource! My husband and I are planning a vacation to Sardinia in early September. We would like to focus on more quiet places with most of our time spent at more secluded beautiful beaches and seeing historic sites and really experiencing more local culture.
    Your description of Castelardo sounded perfect for us but the beaches of Cagliari (Chia beach, Turredda), Stintino and Cala Gozone are the beaches we really would love to explore – we are looking for more quiet secluded beaches if possible. We would also like to see Alghero and the Maddelena archipelago as well – everywhere looks amazing!

    We will only have 5 days in Sardinia and we will rent a car to get around – but where would you suggest we stay as a home base to most easily get to these areas – or perhaps could you recommend where we could focus our travels? Perhaps a shorter itinerary that may capture these things?

    I am trying to find a B&B, hotel or even agroturismo that may be situated in just the right location so we can travel to places and come back at night? Also what are your thoughts on agroturismos?
    Apologies for all of the questions, but I would love to hear your thoughts and recommendations. Thank you so much! I cannot wait to see your island!

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      Hi Behin! Ahh you always put me in uncomfortable positions here 🙂 Everyone wants to see everything on the island (I don’t blame you!!) but Sardinia is pretty big and unfortunately the roads are not easy to navigate for a good part of the island. So, given that, if you only have 5 days (are they full days?) it’s impossible to see more than 2 places that are quite close to each other. The secluded beaches are not easy to find and unfortunately you can’t expect to have the place all by yourself, unless you go by the end of September you might be in luck.

      Which place should you choose? I’m from the south so I know Chia and Tuerredda super well and they are indeed awesome, the best of the south coast, together with the Villasimius area. If you want to rush things a bit but also see other spectacular places, you could base yourself in Cagliari, drive to Chia one day and a bit further to Tuerredda the second day (the locals always do like that during the weekends).

      Then, from Cagliari you have 3 options (depending if you have 5 full days or not).

      1) 5 full days: 2/3 spent in Cagliari or 2/3 in the Golfo di Orosei area to take the boat trip to Cala Mariolu, Cala Biriola, Cala Sisine and Cala Luna, and another day you will drive to Baunei very early in the morning to hike to Cala Goloritze’. I can’t stress enough that the hike is a bit tiring especially going up after a day at the beach, but totally worth it.

      2) 3 full days: 1 spent in Cagliari and choosing either Chia or Tuerredda and 2 to Orosei/Dorgali to explore the already mentioned beaches (1-day boat trip, 1-day hiking to Cala Goloritze’)

      3) Just stay in Cagliari and get to Arbatax to catch the boat for the Golfo di Orosei and get back to Cagliari the same day. This is quite tiring, but I did it once and I would do it over again just for the sake of experiencing the boat trip! You’ll have to wake up super early in the morning and have the ticket bought online. I suggested Arbatax as it’s the first port where the boats leave for the day trip and it’s around 2 hrs drive from Cagliari.

      The agriturismos are very nice choices if you have a car and want to experience a real taste of Sardinia, they usually have nice restaurants with typical Sardinian antipasti and main courses. Anyways, it will all depend on your budget, if you want to relax more, a nice hotel might be better, but the B&B and Agriturismo will give you (most of the times) the real Sardinian atmosphere.

      Hope this helps and have a great time in my beautiful Island.
      Cheers
      Clelia

  12. Hi Clelia,

    Great website! Lots of good information and really helps make Sardinia a top destination!

    I am looking to visit Sardinia with my partner but we are only going to be able to fit in one weekend… flying out on a Friday evening in late September, arriving Friday late at night, and then have to fly back home on the Sunday evening. So really we will have one full day (the Saturday) and then part of Sunday to be able to enjoy. Where would you suggest for such a short trip? Would be nice to get somewhere romantic with nice beaches or nature, and some nice food. Not too worried about nightlife though. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks!

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      Hey Jechon, which airport are you flying to? As if you only have one day you’ll have to stay in the surroundings and I might be able to help you better!

  13. Hi there,

    First of all , your website is amazing ! Congrats !

    My Boyfriend and I will be visiting August 22nd – September 1st. We will arrive in Cagliari and fly out of Olbia. We would like to know what would you suggest for a 10 day itinerary. Our main focus would be on nice beaches and will be traveling by rented car.

    We thought about doing the south for couple days but unsure what city to stay in for that part of the trip ( someone suggest to do Villasimus but im not sure if we should go there or stay in cagliari ? ) then drive up to Alghero (stintino looks amazing too). We would then go up to Olbia (to see maddalena and leave from there).

    PLEASE HELP US WE NEED TO BOOK OUR HOTELS SOON !

    Kelly & Éric

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      Hey Kelly & Eric, I know it’s so complicated to find the right itinerary! If you have 10 days it’s a bit tricky to do everything you listed. I mean, it can be done of course but you’ll be rushing from one place to the other and not really enjoying your holiday!Did you had any chance to look at my article on “1 week in Sardinia itinerary” ? It can be applied to your case as well, even better if you have 10 days,

      I’d split like this: 3 days in Cagliari if you want to go for day trips to the nearby beaches (but It will take you at least 1 hr by car to reach them every day, something that we do very often in Sardinia anyways!), or you can explore the Villasimius area for 3 days and then head up north to Cala Gonone (please, please don’t miss that part as it’s the best!).

      And I will finish my trip with a couple of days in Palau to enjoy the trip at the Maddalena Arcipelago and the beautiful surroundings beaches like Capriccioli, spiaggia del principe and Romazzino. I’d honestly skip Alghero and Stintino (not because they are not beautiful, they definitely are!) but you won’t have enough time, just 2 days in there, 2/3 days in Palau, 3 days in Cala Gonone, 2/3 days near Cagliari. Wow… Sardinia is pretty big and driving all around like this in 10 days is super stressful in my opinion!

      What do you think? If you had at least 2 weeks you could be able to squeeze in also Alghero but like this, a bit of a stretch!
      Hope this helps

      Cheers 🙂
      Clelia

      1. Hi Clelia,

        First we want to thank you for your help, it is truly appreciated.

        Here is what we decided to do:

        Fly into Cagliari on August 22nd and stay there until the 25th.
        We are planning on going to Chia beach, porto di teulada, visit the town of Cagliari, a day in Vilasimus and that should take up most of our time in that area.

        Then, because you strongly suggested Calagonone, we will drive there for 2 nights. We have booked a boat tour so far but thats about it. If you have any suggestions of other cool activities, restaurants or things to see please guide us.

        After that, on the 28th we will drive up to Olbia (Palau was way too expensive to stay there since we booked late). We want to see Cala Brandchini, Costa Smerralda (we read that we should do a boat tour there also, do you have a company to suggest? Is it really worth it or should we explore on our own?) We dont know all that much about the north so, again, if you have any suggestions, feel free to help us with any kind of suggestions. We will be staying close to the Olbia airport.

        We would like to have your opinion on which vinery we should visit between the following 3 options we researched: Cantine Argiolas (Cagliari), Tenute Olbios (Olbia) or Cantine Surrau (Near Olbia).

        Once again we truly thank you and appreciate the effort you put into making our trip memorable!

        Kelly and Eric

  14. We decided to wait until slightly off season for Sardinia in a year or two and are going to the Scottish Highlands for our honeymoon instead. But your input was invaluable! Thanks for your time.

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      No problem Bethany! You’d better experience Sardinia when you can make the most out of it 🙂 Gave a great time In Scotland, I’ve been there too and it’s lovely!!

    2. Ciao Clelia!!
      Your blog is great, I’m sardinian and usually foreign sites don’t catch the real essence of Sardinia, but you do, so brava! 😉 (Yes, my english is not good, pardon 😉 )
      I love Orosei (like you! I’m from Nuoro!), but even Gallura and Ogliastra are so beautiful !!
      I was thinking that there’s another way for couples to enjoy the wild beauty of the lesser known parts of Sardinia: motorbikes!
      I’s possible to arrive to Olbia (or Alghero, or Cagliari), have a bike (and the necessary equipment) delivered and choose personalised tours in the uncontaminated nature of Sardinia … No one think about this way to discover the island, but I think it’s romantic and exiting at the same time, what do you think?!
      Ciauuu

      PS: Mattana..Uhm.. It’s a familiar surname… 😉

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        Hey Manuela, how in hell did I miss this? I’m Sardinian too but I decided to write in English to help people in visiting our paradise Island 🙂 And yes, Mattana is definitely a Sardinian surname 🙂
        Regarding the motorbike, of course it’s a great way to explore the island, or maybe part of the island as people sometimes think that Sardinia can be all discovered in just a week! I love the idea and it’s very freeing. Probably many people don’t do that because of the luggage I guess? But there are some adventurers out there, I’m sure!

  15. Wow what a great find. Thank you for helping me choose particular places to go and visit.

    We are staying at Grande Baia Resort, but plan on renting a car at the airport. We arrive July 4th and are staying until the 11th. My birthday is on the 6th, so it will definitely be a birthday week of celebrating. Could you help fill in some gaps for me?

    Tuesday night we are looking for a place to eat near the Marina di Orosei, can be around 15 minute drive at the most. Somewhere with good quality and possibly a nice view, do you have anything in mind? We are big on wine and good meals!

    Wednesday we have in mind to go to Costa Smeralada for my birthday and will be using your guide! Do you have any recommendations for a good cocktail or wine bar for appretivo during sundown.

    Friday we were planning on visiting the Orgoloso and Supramonte area for some winery visits. Have you heard of these wineries? Catina Di Orgosolo, Cantina Gostolai, and Atha Ruja. We were also looking for something to do in between these visits, do you have any recommendations? Could you also recommend dinner in that area, but not quite sure where, within this area would be great.

    Saturday we were would like to have dinner somewhere in the Palau area, could you recommend a few places?

    Thank you for your help!
    Jordyn

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      Hey Jordyn sorry I’ve missed your comment! I have heard of these Cantine /wineries, they are quite famous in Sardinia, yes!

      Regarding the best restaurants etc, I try to give advice for as much as I know (I haven’t eaten in every possible restaurant in the island but if the owners invite me, I’m totally up for it!) 😀

      What I usually recommend is ask in town, the locals even if they don’t speak the language will try to help you as much as they can. Try going into a bar during the day, or ask in a supermarket. They will know where the best places to eat real Sardinian cuisine are!

  16. Ciao Clelia!

    You are like an angel, a light at the end of the tunnel! I couldn’t be happier to find you and your amazing website. Thank you for all the tips already.
    My husband and I are spending 6 days in Sardinia before we head out to the Amalfi Coast. We will arrive in Cagliari on June 12 and flight out of Olbia on June 18th. We will have car from airport to airport. I did a lot of research in Cagliari and San Teodoro, I was planning to spend 3 nights in each location but my husband was hoping for amazing sunsets on the west coast, which left me unsure if we could break the trip in 2 nights in each place and include Alghero. Do you think it is doable? We are very active and don’t mind driving.
    We haven’t book anything yet and have the flexibility to change the Olbia flight if necessary.

    Grazie mille per la vostra attenzione in anticipo.

    Camila

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      Ciao Camila!

      Thanks so much for your lovely words! After spending countless nights working on my website, writing and sweating buried in my room, you have no idea on how much I appreciate when someone writes that I was able to help them 🙂
      So… back to your question! As I always say, everything is possible of course! To drive from Cagliari to Alghero is about 2 and a half hours by car (let’s make it 3 hours to stay on the safe side) and it would take almost 2 hours drive from Alghero to San Teodoro and from there is quite easy to get to Olbia airport.

      That said, I think that if you really don’t mind rushing a little bit, your itinerary is doable. Of course, it would be better if you could skip San Teodoro and spend 3 days around Cagliari and 3 days in Alghero (so that you can enjoy the sunsets and explore the surrounding areas more in depth).You could fly out from Alghero Fertilia airport to Naples and continue your trip to the amazing Amalfi Coast (jealous, it’s another stunning place in Italy!)

      But If you still want to go to San Teodoro, as already said, it is possible to split the trip in 3 with 2 nights in each location, I guess the choice is yours and how much you want to relax vs see more amazing locations in Sardinia! You said that you don’t mind driving so why not? I actually enjoy road trips in Sardinia, one time I was even crazy enough to drive for 4 hours from Cagliari to Orosei and back on the same day just to enjoy the fabulous boat trip so as you can see, what you want to do, even if it’s not super common, it’s not that crazy! Sardinian Sunsets on the sea are incredible so I get your husband’s point..

      I hope you’ll have a great time in Sardinia! Think of me when you’re here as I will be still buried in my room working on my guides 😀
      Cheers

      Clelia

  17. Hello there!

    I am so happy to have stumbled upon this site! It is amazingly helpful. I was wondering if you could recommend the best possible trip for me and my fiance as it will be our first time traveling to Sardinia.

    Our trip will be from June 24th-july 1st (fly out from olbia to rome? To head back to the usa) We will have about 100-200 dollars a day. We are really looking to enjoy the culture and especially the relaxation time on the beaches. We are not into the loud party scenes. But we do love adventure.

    So with that said, we have already booked a flight in to alghero and have 2 nights booked there. After that it is a blank canvas….I am hesitant to rent a car only because im not sure how that process works. For instance if we rented a car in alghero would we have to drop it back off in alghero or could we drop it off in olbia at the end of our trip? So the car rental is up for debate. Anyway, i was hoping you could give some of your wonderful advice as where we should go from alghero? I am loving the look of Cala Gonone and am hoping we can somehow get there from alghero in the short amount of time we have.

    Thank you in advance!

    Natasia

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      Hi Natasia

      I’m glad you found some good tips in here 🙂 As for your questions
      1) Renting the car: Definitely YES! You will need a car as moving from one coast to the other in Sardinia with public transport is very difficult, long and time-consuming. All the major car rentals will let you drop off the car in a different city so it’s not an issue.

      Going from Alghero to Cala Gonone will take 2 and a half hours driving (through Macomer and Nuoro) but it’s definitely worth it considering that you will have a week, but I wouldn’t choose a third place as 2 in one week is more than enough!

      From there you also need to consider another hour and a half drive to the Olbia airport, but ,all in all, if you don’t mind driving a bit it’s a good itinerary. I am now working on the article “Sardinia in 1 week” and i have 9 itineraries but I usually don’t recommend to move from one coast to the other, except in this case, so I’m going to add this option too!

      Don’t forget to book in advance for the boat trip to the Golfo Di Orosei area as soon as you arrive at Cala Gonone and if you have time you must visit ” Su Gorroppu Gorge” ..if you like adventure, you’re going to love it!! and it’s only 50 minutes by car from Cala Gonone so not that bad!

      I love the Golfo di Orosei area because it combines the best beaches in Sardinia with excursions in the wild mountains and breathtaking views on the way!

      Have a great holiday in Sardinia 🙂
      Cheers
      Clelia

  18. Thank you so much for your help 🙂

    In Portugal we swimm with 18 C, so anything above that would be amazing. And I will think about change Porto Cervo for more days IN Alghero. Cheers

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      Oh If you are used to the temperature then you’re definitely going to be OK! 🙂 Glad I could help you Nuno!

  19. Ciao Clelia,

    First, congrats for this guide!!

    We are a couple arround 35, we planning to travel to Sardinia On the 27 September and do something like this:

    27 to 30 Setember – Cagliari
    30 to 3 october – Cala Gonone
    3 to 5 october – Porto Cervo
    5 to 7 October – Alghero

    Doing all this by renting car at Cagliari airport. It’s a good itenerary?

    What can we expect from weather? People On beachs? Nightlife?

    Thanks for your helo IN advance

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      Hi Nuno! Ok, so… I think the Itinerary looks pretty Ok to me, except maybe for the Porto Cervo and then Alghero,being the end of the season (and the weather can be unpredictable in October) I’d skip Porto Cervo as it might be a bit dead by the time you get there and spend more time in Alghero and surroundings, as Aòlghero is more lively even in low season.

      Regarding the beaches and nightlife, in October if you’re lucky with the weather you could experience the bliss of having the beach all by yourself! Just consider that also depending on the sea conditions, the boat trips to the Golfo di Orosei might stop at the end of September, it varies from season to season, so it’s not set in stone obviously but it might be possible.

      I wish I could predict the weather for you but I’d be lying 🙂 Some years the sun shines in October and people can still swim, other seasons it gets pretty chilly… I hope you will be lucky if you decide to come and visit my island. All I can say is that even if you can’t swim, if the weather is nice, the beaches are super awesome to enjoy. Right now I’m in Sardinia and people are still not swimming of course but they are still incredibly beautiful and enjoyable!

      Good luck 🙂
      Clelia

  20. Hi Clelia,

    Great website.

    We are planning to visit Sardinia, but for us, the most we can avoid high season is to travel from around 24th of august to 4th of September. Do you think is worthwhile? Are we going to see less massive tourism than some weeks earlier? If the answer is not, we do prefer to wait for another opportunity. Place seems to be really beautiful but, for sure, if it is crowded, we are not going to have a pleasant journey.

    Thanks in advance.

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      Hi Victor, Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      Ok, let’s see.. If you expect to have the beach all for yourself then I’m afraid that it’s going to be nearly impossible until the end of September. Unfortunately when a place is beautiful it attracts tourists. But I have to say that after the 15th of August the crowds tend to be a lot less, especially on weekdays, when the locals are back to work.

      It also depends on the destination you choose. The most popular ones like Villasimius, San Teodoro, Porto Cervo might still get a bit busy till the end of the season. Other places, especially on the west coast like Oristano and surroundings will be a lot less crowded.

      I totally get your point, I’m a full-time traveler and being in super touristy places with hundreds of other people is not the same as having the place all by yourself. For sure the busiest months in Sardinia are July and August. It also depends on the weather of course but in Sardinia it usually stays good and relatively hot till the first weeks of September, so it’s a bet really. I’m currently in Sardinia and now obviously the beaches are deserted, they starts to get people in mid/end of May, and the first week or two in June and September are the ideal if you want to avoid the crowds.

      I know my reply is a bit vague but I can’t really predict it with absolute certainty, only give you a guidance based on my experience!
      Cheers
      Clelia

  21. Hi,

    Thank you so much for this amazing blog, it has helped SO much! I have a few questions and was wondering if you could help me plan my route, I have a very (very) rough plan.

    My partner and I are arriving into Cagliari on the 12th June, and flying out on the 23rd. Our plan so far is to travel immediately from Cagliari – Villasimius, just for a pit stop and to enjoy the beach, then drive to Cala ganone. We plan to stay in Cala gonone for about 4 days, and rent a boat 1 day. Then we plan to drive to Arcipelago della maddelena (and stay cannigione cheap accommodation, unless there are cheaper campsites nearer as we plan on camping!). Here we do not know if we should make a pit stop in Oresei on the way, to break up the journey? After Arcipelago della maddelena we then plan to travel to San Tedoro for some night life. It is after this we are completely stuck – as we are flying back from Cagliari we are unsure whether to drive to the southern beaches, maybe making a stop near Oristano to break up the journey, or do you think we should head back to Cagliari/ Chia via Cala Ganone?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
    Many thanks,
    Sian

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      Hi Sian….

      Mhhhh Ok, let’s get over the major problem: If you arrive and fly back from Cagliari, changing from the east coast to the west coast (Oristano), considering the rest of your itinerary, is out of question 🙂

      I mean, anything is possible of course, but you’re going to just spend a whole day (or more) driving in the hinterland where the roads are not clear even for the locals and not seeing anything really significant on the way, so just stick to the east coast.

      My Idea, based on my experience is that, to avoid the stress of being constantly going up and down the east coast before going back to Cagliari, you should actually do the opposite.

      Let me explain: If your flight lands in the morning, I’d rent a car and go directly to Cannigione without stopping. This way you can rest on your first day (it takes approximately 4 hours by car, sometimes less if you know the road well) to get to the northern part of Sardinia.

      Once you are in Cannigione/Palau, you can also rent a boat or join the boat trip to the Maddalena Arcipelago and visit some of the surrounding beautiful beaches (3 days in total maybe?)

      Then you head south, stopping in San Teodoro (1 or 2 nights)

      And then heading straight to Cala Gonone (4 Nights)

      After that, you can go further south and visit Villasimius (1 day, just stopping by) before heading back to Cagliari.

      Take into consideration that Chia is further away from Cagliari, opposite Villasimius so unless you have one more day left you’ll have to stay in Cagliari one night and take a day trip to Chia and back.

      I hope this makes sense! I usually don’t recommend to visit too many places unless you like to rush a bit and don’t mind just having a taste of a place.

      In 10 days, to really relax and enjoy the place i’d say max 2 places, 3 if you are really active 🙂

      Cheers
      Clelia

  22. Hi Clelia,

    I am so glad I found your blog as me and my boyfriend just decided to go to Sardinia this summer(mid July) and because prices are increasing every day, we would like to book our planetickets and maybe car-rental as soon as possible. I will ask a question about our itinerary, but first a little info about us:

    We are a young and active couple which enjoy nature experiences, both beaches, but also hikes in the mountains, waterfalls, national parks, islands.. you name it! We enjoy good food and wine, architecture (as we are both architecs) and are not interested in heavy night life. In general we like contrast, so seing a a variety of what Sardinia has to offer would be nice. We don`t like the most touristy areas. (Last year we went to Sicily and avoided the touristy areas like Trapani and Taormina completely and we still had the best experience, plus a much cheaper one)

    We don`t have a high budget, but we will still rent a car for parts (if possible)of the journey. We haven`t booked any tickets yet, but we are thinking of staying aprox 10 days and arriving at one place and leaving at another. One of these destinations is Cagliari, but i am not sure if the other should be Olbia or Alghero. I am afraid that it will be to much to drive and experience the entire coast up north from Alghero and down south to Cagliari? (via C. Esmeralda)

    So, my questions to you are, first of all where to stay and for how long? If we only want to rent a car for parts of the stay (due to prices) Where would that be best? or in other words, where can we be without a car? I`m not sure how it would work with renting a car for part of the travel as we will be going along the coast… would it be a good idea to have a base? I really need your input here.. I dont know where it could be possible to travel easily with public transport or where we would want to stay for a few days, not needing a car. If we stay at one place for several days, there should be a bech and restaurants I guess.

    Next question is, from 16.th of july and aprox 10 days forth, can we plan as we go ahed or should we book everything in advance? It would be nice to book something and leave something to chance. What would be smart to book now? like car, hotels in some specific villages/places, boat, ferry etc?

    I really hope you have time to answer! I downloaded your guide as well, but my problem is I want to se it all, but we won`t have time or money to do that. We loved experiencing Sicily last summer and hope Sardinia can deliver as well! Thank you for all the advice and tips on your blog – I only read these types of advices and not big travel guides, as they almost always lead you to the most expencive and touristy areas. Your advices are genuine and so much appreciated!

    Kind Reards, Monica and Morten

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      Hey guys! Thanks for your comment!
      Soooo… let’s see how I can help in here 🙂

      Let’s start with the basics. I think that If you have to choose between flying to Cagliari and flying out from another destination, my advice is to choose Olbia for one major reason: since you told me you are quite active and like nature, contrast with mountains and beaches etc, the east coast would be the best.

      It is also true that the west coast is slightly less touristy than the east one but the things you are going to see on the east coast are in my opinion much better!

      As for the renting the car for just a few days, well… to be honest with you, having just 10 days it would be quite stressful and you would miss some very good parts not to mention the freedom of stopping to check out some of the beaches along the way.

      The public transport in Sardinia is not ideal unfortunately. The main trains only serve the route from Cagliari to Nuoro (in the centre of Sardinia) and then you’ll have to change to get to Sassari so you won’t see much. There are buses from Cagliari to Villasimius and San Teodoro/Palau, but it takes a while to get there and San Teodoro is not exactly the perfect place for you if you are looking for a relaxed vacation.

      The area that is perfect for you would be the Golfo di Orosei, (Cala Gonone, Baunei, Orosei are the main villages in the area), but going there by public transport is nearly impossible and you would need a car.

      If you are willing to spend less the only solution that comes to mind is to take the bus that stops in San Teodoro or Budoni and rent the car in there. There is a public service that will take you from Cagliari to Olbia in around 4 hrs and stops in Budoni/San Teodoro. You can check their time table in here http://www.gruppoturmotravel.com/english-version/Linea-Cagliari-Olbia.php

      After you are in San Teodoro you could rent a car and have a few options:

      1) drive directly to the Golfo di Orosei and in there, travel by car mainly (especially to get to the beaches and to the Gennargentu National Park as well as the trek to the awesome Cala Goloritze’ if you want.

      2) Stop in San Teodoro as a base and from there drive further north to Palau first, visit the small village of Arzachena and take the boat trip to the La Maddalena Arcipelago and then go Back to San Teodoro, and drive south to Golfo di Orosei and back up to Olbia to catch your plane.

      To give you an idea of the distances

      Cagliari-San Teodoro by bus: around 4 hrs

      San Teodoro- Orosei by car: It’s less than 80 km and almost 1 hr

      San Teodoro- Cala Gonone by car (further south on the Golfo di Orosei, better location on the sea and good for boat trips): , 1hour and 20 minutes

      San Teodoro – Baunei by car: Around 2 hours (Baunei is usually the starting point to visit the Gennargentu and the Golgo, a famous and beautiful area in the mountains)

      Cala Gonone- Baunei by car: 1 hr and 40 minutes (the drive is quite beautiful but full of turns) and there is no way to get there by bus.

      Last but not least: YES, BOOK EVERYTHING AS SOON AS YOU CAN! Especially the accommodation. Cheap places are very quick to go and people start booking from January to secure the best deals!)

      For the car I recommend you to check out online and make some enquiries to compare the prices. The bus tickets, if you decide to go that way can be purchased in there, but to make sure everything is OK I would email the company first (It’s Sardinia, you never know!)

      I hope this will help you in planning your trip!
      have a fantastic holiday 🙂

      Clelia

  23. Hi Clelia Mattana

    My GF and I are hoping to head to Sardinia the second week of May this year.

    Were looking for a location out of the five that has lots of beautiful beaches where we can relax and chill with the option of boat trips some days.

    In the evenings we would like a nice selection of restaurants where we can taste real italian food then head onto a few nice romantic bars and a potential club.

    We have the option to hire a car if required.

    Thanks

    Samuel

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      Hi Samuel!

      If you can rent the car then, given that you want to experience gorgeous beaches and boat trips I’d say go for the Golfo di Orosei Area (Cala Gonone), the village is nice and there are restaurants available not to mention that it is the main port for the boat trips that are awesome (just double check but I think they should be already running by the end of May).

      Another option is Alghero, being a big city you will find anything you need in there, and at a short distance by car, also beautiful beaches like Stintino which will be amazing this time of the year as it will not be crowded.

      The only downside is that there are not boat trips like the ones in Cala Gonone. Only the one to the Asinara Island, but it’s mainly to get you there not really a “scenic” boat trip per se.

      If I had to choose i’d go with option one 🙂

      Hope it helps!
      Cheers
      Clelia

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  26. Hi,

    Love your site…so informative….however now can’t decide which part of Sardinia we want to visit as we have never been. We usually stay on one of the smaller, still authentic Greek islands…love the local atmosphere of small tavernas offering local traditional dishes and the quite ambience and local charm the smaller islands offer as well as harbours and beaches. We like walking to different beaches along the coast but like to stay close to a town/village on the coast…preferably with a harbour. With this in mind which place in Sardinia would you recommend? It all sounds beautiful and I have been wanting to visit for a long time, however this year we are able to holiday in September rather than August so are looking at other destinations which have previously been off limits due to being too busy in August.

    All suggestions welcome. Thanks

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      Hi Jill, sorry for the late reply, I hope you can manage to read my reply, as you are going to Sardinia in September.

      To get to know the real Sardinia and be near the beaches, I’d recommend Cala Gonone and if you have a car, get around and visit the small villages nearby like Dorgali and Orosei. They are not on the coast but not far away either so you’ll have the opportunity to see the real deal!

      Then you could take the boat trip from Cala Gonone (not to be missed!) and explore the lovely beaches I mention here in the article.

      I think this could be the best option for you. I love that area so much and for me (and many other Sardinian people) is considered to be the best of the Island!

      Let me know if you need further help 🙂
      Cheers
      Clelia

  27. Hello!

    I live in New Jersey, an hour from New York City and am looking to book a honeymoon in Sardinia, probably mid August. No one in the US has really heard of Sardinia, so finding good information has been challenging. I really am sad to have to be getting married in August, but with my fiancé’s family coming from Perugia, it seems to be the only time.

    I have a few questions after reading through your posts and comments. First off, if we came on August 15, 2016, will we cry from the roads and beaches being too crowded? Also, if you have a car, are there designated places to park near the beaches and in the towns?

    I am not too scared of serpentine roads, as my fiance and I did a road trip through Umbria and Tuscany and he was a fantastic driver. But he is anxious about the crowds. I speak a little Italian am looking forward to an amazing trip…though getting to Sardinia for under $1500/USD seems to be impossible, but that is another story.

    Thanks for your blog and in advance for your advice.

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      Hi Bethany

      Sorry for the late reply, and I hope I’m not too late with my reply! First of all congratulations for your marriage 🙂

      Second… well, I would be lying big time if I told you that you won’t be “crying” from roads and beaches being very crowded, especially the 15th of August which is a National Holidays so basically everyone goes to the beach!

      The good news is that after the 15th the Italian people usually are less as a good portion of them tend to book their holidays from July to mid-August, so (slowly) the beaches will start to be less crowded.

      In most of the beaches in Sardinia you will have a parking spot for the car but be aware that you will have to pay for it (usually for half-day or a full day), and in some beaches the fees are ridiculously high (something like 6 to 10 euros sometimes for the whole day). We Sardinians are so disappointed with that as the prices are really crazy and unfair, but that’s the way it is.

      Another thing you need to consider, especially for the very famous beaches is that to secure a spot you need to be there very early in the morning in high season. For example, when I go to Tuerredda, I know that I have to be there at 7:30/8:00 am and sometimes if you arrive a little late there is a huge line of cars waiting to enter the parking lot. One time we had to wait for like 3 hours. So the poor driver stayed with the car and we went to the beach to secure a spot.

      To be honest with you, for me that beach is so beautiful that I don’t really care about the crowds, I jump in the water and enjoy the beauty of the crystalline turquoise sea, knowing that I can’t have it all… (unless I go in May-early June or September).

      One thing you can do to try and reduce the impact of the crowds is to go to less famous spots but even there, you won’t have the beach for yourself, or you can get a bit spoiled and book a place that has its own private piece of the beach. This might be a good solution (probably the only one to avoid the crowds) but it’s obviously more expensive.

      I would check out the booking.com website as they usually state when the beach is reserved to the property and they have very good deals sometimes with the possibility to cancel your booking almost last minute. I always use them (just booked with them for my London mini break in May) 🙂 so it might be worth a shot, as the good places are going pretty fast!

      Hope I could help and have a great time!
      Cheers
      Clelia

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  28. Hi Cle,

    I’m SO glad I found your blog online. Really enjoyed reading your guides 🙂
    My partner and I have booked an apartment in Alghero first week in October and I can’t wait to get there-hopefully the weather will still be nice.
    Our apartment is right opposite the Lido San Giovanni. I have just read some terrible reviews about the beach on trip advisor, how bad is it around there??
    Also we are not really keen on hiring a car so I was wondering I if you could give us any ideas on how easy it it to get around town and the surrounding areas by foot/ on the bus?
    Also you mentioned in your post that there is a shuttle bus operating between Alghero and La Bombarde Beach. Do you know if that is still the case in October?
    Sorry for all the questions…
    Looking forward to hearing from you

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      Hey Sibylle,

      Hmmm I guess I need to check the section comment in here more often! I’m swept away from som many request and sometimes, also traveling non-stop it’s difficult to catch up! 🙁

  29. Hi Clelia,
    Very informative blog thank you. My husband and I are planning to come to Sardinia mid October. We’d like to be in walking distance of bars and restaurants, probably rent an apartment but would like sea views. We plan to fly into Cagliari and will hire a car. I appreciate this is the end of season, where would you recommend us to stay?
    Many thanks for your help.

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      Hi Nicky

      Apologies, I am catching up with the messages in here just now so I was not in time for your request. I hope you had a great time!

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  30. Hi again 🙂
    We have booked our holiday!!!! 2 weeks in sardinia & all based on your recommendations, 1 week in Cala Gonone and 2nd week in Arzachena.
    Just wondered if you can recommend a car hire company?
    We leave on September 12th 🙂
    Rebecca

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      Hey Rebecca, I’m so glad to receive feedback like yours (considering how much time it takes me to write the guides!!!) Unfortunately being Sardinian I always had my car to wander around, my recommendation here would only be based on other people’s experiences. Usually they go with the well known companies (Avis etc) the ones that you usually find at the airports. But I can’t guarantee that they are the best.

      What I would do is to check online to compare prices and conditions and google “X (name of the car hire)company reviews”….I always check out the reviews from several sources when I don’t know whom I can trust.

      Good luck and I hope you have a great holiday in Sardinia, great choices by the way! 🙂

      Cheers
      Clelia

  31. Hi Cle,

    This blog is excellent, thank you for taking the time to put so much effort in to this.

    My partner and I are in our mid 20’s and are coming to Sardinia from Australia, flying in from Barcelona for 8 days. We love beautiful beaches and walks and want to see as much as possible but without being ridiculous and trying to see too much and constantly being on the go. Also places with a good vibe would be ideal.

    What itinerary would you suggest for us? We are going to hire a car.

    Also are there any boat trips/ visits to other islands that you would recommend booking ASAP. We realise we may have left it a little late…

    Thank you very much for your help.

    Cheers,
    Tash

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      Hi Natasha

      Sorry i totally missed your comment in here. I take this opportunity to say that if you don’t hear from me in a week or so, please write a second comment as a reminder so I’ll try to reply ASAP!

      In your comment I don’t see when you wanted to come to Sardinia, if you are still in time, please shoot me a message and I’ll reply!

      Cheers
      Clelia

  32. Hey Cle,

    Really love your blog, especially the way you package information that’s easy to read and concise! It gets to the heart of all the locations and that really helps people like us traveling to these parts of the world for the first time.

    My gf Jasleen and I, are flying to Italy for the first time for a couple of weeks. We are planning on doing Sardinia for about 5 days, from the 25th of August to the 30th. We’re looking to do a lot of beach time mixed with some evenings of partying and other nights, some romantic quite time – and a lot of good food! Hopefully we can get some diving in as well.

    We can’t decide whether to do Cala Gonone or Alghero for the entire trip. Not looking to move around too much, but we’re willing to drive up to an hour away to get to beautiful beach. Even looking to explore some secluded beaches.

    Looking forward to your suggestions – thanks!

    Josh & Jasleen

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      Sorry guys, I missed your comment! i hope you have chosen Cala Gonone as for your purposes it was the best choice! i hope you had a great Holiday in Sardinia, too bad I wasn’t able to help you out!

  33. Hi Clelia!
    Firstly thank you for writing such a great site – I have been looking so much online and struggling to know where to go – now I feel I have some good ideas!!
    I read your couples guide and am thinking that we might try Cala Gonone and possibly another area too, but many sound nice. We are going for 2 weeks in September so any tips you have would be brilliant, we don’t want to travel around between places toooo much but equally think we could explore a lot in 2 weeks! We love gorgeous beaches and villages with lovely restaurants, also going on big walks. A few relaxed bars etc great for the evenings too! It doesn’t need to be super cheap but am trying to stay below £80/night.
    There are obviously many beautiful places to visit but if you have any tips on best places to use as a base for our 2 week holiday, we will hire a car and explore too!
    We haven’t booked flights yet so anything is possible 🙂
    Thank you
    Rebecca

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      Hey Rebecca!

      Your question is, so far, the easiest one 🙂 I’d stay at least 1 week in Cala Gonone and if you want to see another place, I’d stay around the small villages of Cannigione/Arzachena to see the beautiful beaches of the Costa Smeralda (without spending a fortune by staying in there), including the amazing boat trip to La Maddalena Arcipelago. I think this is what I would do, especially because you’ll have a car and from my guide you’ve already seen how many wonderful things you can discover! Don’t miss the hike to Cala Goloritze (but do it EARLY, very early in the morning) and book your flights to Olbia if possible. Even if the ones to Alghero are probably cheaper, than you’ll have the hassle to get from the west coast to the east coast and in the end it’s not worth it!

      Have a great time in Sardinia!
      Clelia

      1. Thank you so, so much Clelia!!
        By chance Olbia is the best journey for us from London so that works out perfectly 🙂 bit scared of very early mornings but will try out best 🙂
        All sounds great, I’m going to book our flights now and look at all the places you have mentioned! Then just have to wait patiently until September…….

        Thank you :):):)

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  34. Hi Clelia,

    Thank you so much for your reply. You’ve convinced me that a car is a must!

    One more question: do you think this route is doable or do you think I’m packing in too much in one week?

    Alghero – Stintino – Castlesardo – Porto Cervo – San Teodoro – Cala Gonone – back to Alghero?

    Many thanks

    Olga

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      Hey Olga

      I think this is a bit too much for one week! I’d skip at least 2 destinations and leave the best ones (in my opinion): 1 day at La Pelosa Stintino, straight to either Porto Cervo or San Teodoro, then Cala Gonone and back to Alghero. That should be more than enough for one week! 🙂

      Have a great Holiday!
      Cle

  35. Ciao Clelia

    We are renting a camper van this august fro the 4th till 12th august, we can arrive in Sardegna 31st july and we can stay until 15th august. As we can flight to / from Alguero and Cagliari, my question is which is the route that you recomend us. Where to start and where to finish? Is it better to start in Alghero and finish Cagliari or backwards?. I have read your guide for couples and I’ve been thinking on starting in Alghero.

    Grazie mile and congratulations for your website.
    Andrea

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      Hey Andrea, Thanks for your message!
      Ok, tricky question this one 🙂

      Here’s why.. I’d say that the best thing to do would be flying into Cagliari and flying out from Alghero, this way you’ll have a few more options (given that you also have 2 weeks!).

      From Cagliari you can stay either in the city and take day trips to Chia and Tuerredda and then move up to Villasimius for a few days, stop in Cala Gonone to discover the Amazing Golfo di Orosei and then up to Arzachena/ Cannigione for the Arcipelago della Maddalena boat trip.From there (depending on how many days you decide to stay in each location), you can stop 1 day at La Pelosa beach in Stintino and leave another day or 2 max to wander around Alghero town and surroundings!

      If you can’t choose 2 different airports, then I’d say Alghero is better, as the north part with the boat trips is definitely unmissable and going up north to go back to Cagliari is quite a stressful journey by car and it would eat up at least 2 days of your holiday!

      Hope it helps 🙂
      Clelia

      1. Hey Clelia!!
        Grazie for your quick answer. It’s going to help us in an incredibly way if finally we decide to do the trip, because..As I told you we are going on camper van or autocaravana and we’ve been reading that in august it is really crowded and really difficult to find a place where we can park the Camper..do you really think it’d be so crazy and difficult? I really wanted to do this trip…

  36. Hey Clelia!

    Your page is awesome, thank you very much for putting together all those informations.

    So since we don’t want to miss anything, I got some questions. A friend and me are going to stay in Arzachena from 20th until 27th of September. And we would love to get a weekly plan with your recommendation like Ed. Our plane is landing in Olbia on 20th at 10 pm and leaving on the 27th at 9 pm. We would love to see the most beautiful beaches (which can be seen in one week). We would also love the see a few of the most beautiful places (sea caves, historical places) as well (but we would like to stay at the beach, most of the time). I don’t mind driving a little, so I get to see the most beautiful of all. At night we want to Party, do you als have a recommendation for that? Thanks so much.

    Best,
    Martina

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      Hi Martina, thanks for stopping by!
      Ok let’s see your “case” 🙂 This is what I would do if I were you and had 7 days to spend in Sardinia.

      Day 1 (arrival): Stay 1 night in Olbia and leave early in the morning to visit San Teodoro

      Day 2: Stop in Arzachena, which is perfect to reach Palau (20 min by car) for the Archipelago della Maddalena boat trip where you will see so many awesome beaches!

      Day 3: Drive to Costa Smeralda (September is an amazing time to see the best beaches!), I’d recommend you start with Capriccioli (20 min by car from Arzachena)

      Day 4: Drive again to Costa Smeralda and visit Cala di Volpe (again 20 min by car) or Spiaggia del Principe… there are so many great choice around the area!

      Day 5: Drive to San Teodoro (1 hour and 40 minutes). This is just if you could stay overnight in San Teodoro, otherwise it’s a bit far and you won’t enjoy the night life in there! If you can’t stay overnight and you are interested in seeing stunning places with sea caves etc, I’d rather drive to Orosei or Cala Gonone for the boat trip including the Bue Marino Grotto and La Grotta del Fico. You need to check out if the boats are still operative as it’s late september and it all depends on the weather (which should usually still be OK, but a bit less predictable at the end of the month)

      Day 6: Drive for 50 minutes south to reach Lu Impostu beach or Cala Brandinchi beach (they are close to each other) and totally worth it!
      Day 7: Spend the day in Pevero Beach, as you’ll need to leave in the evening and it’s still quite near Arzachena so you can relax a bit

      As for the nightlife, being late in September I’m honestly not 100% sure on the best places to recommend as this is already low season, but I guess in the Costa Smeralda area there will still be a bit of “movida”!

      Hope it helps and have a smashing time in my Island 🙂
      Cheers
      Cle

  37. Hi Clelia,

    First of all, I’d like to tell you that I’m impressed with your travel blog. It was decisive for my trip! The thing is: I’m getting married in September 12th and my honeymoon will be in Sardinia or Sardegna. I’m from Brazil and I’ve been in many places in Italy but I must tell you that this trip is really special. Me and my fiancé love Italy but we do love beaches. Sardegna was the perfect choice. We are flying on 15th and arriving at Elmas on the 16th. We will be there for 2 weeks! Yey! I took your advice and chose the places that you indicated! 1. Cala Ganone; 2. Alghero; 3. Porto Cervo 4. Cagliari. Do you think I can get a good idea of the island in two weeks? We are looking for the beaches BUT we are also interested in history and local culture. Do you recommend any other place to go? I’ve heard about the castles and the mines but I’m guessing that it might be dangerous. One last thing, if you had to pick just one beach in each destination, which one would you choose? Thank you so much for your couples guide! It helped a lot! Best, Vi.

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      Hey Vilane, first of all, congratulations fro the wedding! 🙂
      As per your itinerary I think it’s perfect, you are going to see the top sights and being September you will avoid the crowds, which is perfect to have some privacy and thoroughly enjoy your honeymoon. Alghero and Cagliari certainly offer a good deal of historical and cultural sights (I wanted to cover them in this guide so you already have a fairly good idea on what to see).

      Regarding the mines, there is a nice area near Arbus/Piscinas where to reach the beach you’ll see a few of them (the ruins are beautiful and make for a memorable trip).Obvuously you need to be careful if you want to explore a bit more as they are on the hills and some of them are not 100% stable but you can take nice pictures of the landscape and there are not so many tourists in the area anyway. I went there in August and the road was almost deserted, a surreal experience.

      Ok one beach in each destination can be tough! but I’ll try:

      Cala Gonone: Cala Mariolu beach (but you’ll cover that on the boat trip), otherwise I’d say Cala Goloritze'(you’ll need to hike but it’s worth it)
      Alghero: Definitely La Pelosa Beach in Stintino!
      Porto Cervo: I’d say Capriccioli beach
      Cagliari: Tuerredda Beach (it’s not in Cagliari and it takes around 1 hour drive to get there but it’s the best beach around, especially in September)

      I hope you’ll have a great time!
      Cheers
      Cle

  38. Hello Clelia,

    First of all, congratulations on your website – it is amazing!! I cannot tell you how lucky I feel finding out about this, it was definetly the best place to gather information about Sardegna.. Even the travel guide I bought wasn’t that helpful.. Thank god I hadn’t booked the hotels yet.

    Now I just needed your advices on a few things, if possible. I am staying there for 7 days with my husband (we are 26 and 28 years old and from Brazil) and we are interested mostly in relaxing at the beach and the amazing views (a lot of good pics), good food.. nothing too fancy but confortable hotels and not that interested in the night life. We are arriving and leaving through Alghero Airport from 17/7 to 25/7/15. We are also renting a car.

    I know that with 7 days only the ideal would be to see 2 places..but really cala gonone and surroudings are irresistible..as is isla madalena, porto cervo beaches and stintino, right? So I wanted to check with you if you think this is feasible:

    Day 1 (we arrive the night before): Drive until Cala Gonone and relax in some acessible beach, cala or grotta where we don’t need to arrive so early. What do you recommend? Also, google maps is showing a 2h18 drive, is this reasonably correct?

    Day 2: Boat trip to Cala Mariolu/Cala Luna/Cala Sisine. Should I book this in advance?

    Day 3: Trek to Cala Goloritze or Boat trip, still deciding… We were actually wondering if we can rent a boat (could be a small one, not fancy) for these two days and go see everything we wished and stay as long as we wish to in each cala..Is this possible? Would this be too expensive? Does Matteo work with this kind of boat rentals?

    Day 4: Drive up to porto cervo area and spend the day on the beach. I was thinking of Spiggia del Pevero and Spiggia del Principe. It should take us about 1h50 right? And for this region you recommend staying at Cannigione right?

    Day 5: Spend the day on the beach. I was thinking of Spiggia Capriccioli and Spiaggia Liscia Ruja. Do you think its too much to go to two beaches a day (days 4 and 5)?

    Day 6: Day trip to Madalena Island.

    Day 7: Drive up directly to La Pelosa beach and spend the day there until the sunset – it should take us about 2h20 right? Sleep in Alghero since we are leaving the next day at noon.

    So what do you think honestly? Putting together this itinerary I had to skip Grotta di Nettuno and the Nuraghes.. Do you think we can miss those?

    Thank you so much for your time and effort with this website, these are really valuable information you have put together for us travellers.

    Kind regards,
    Cintia

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      Hey Cintia

      Argg I feel bad that I have missed your lovely comment! I hope you had an amazing time in Sardinia! Not sure you will ever read this, but I always feel bad when I miss a comment 🙂

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  41. Hi Clelia!

    Thank you so much for the update.

    I have another question re Alghero as a base: is it possible to take a boat trip to Costa Smeralda from there and if so, who provides such a service?

    If not, what other day trips (again, by boat, preferably) would you recommend?

    Thank you so much.

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      Hey Olga, going from Alghero to the Costa Smeralda for the boat trip is not really possible, unless you wake up at 3-4 am, drive there, take the boat trip from Palau and go back. The ride is about 2 hour and 30 and it’s not exactly a smooth road, you need to know where you are going possibly with a GPS, but all in all I wouldn’t recommend it unless you are REALLY crazy about that boat trip.

      I did something similar for the Golfo di Orosei boat trip, I woke up at 3:30, drove from Cagliari to Arbatax, arrived at around 7 am (I already had the tickets reserved by some friends), went on the boat trip and drove back from 6:30 pm arriving at home at almost 10 as I was exhausted :), so yes, you can do it but it’s VERY stressful.

      A boat trip near Alghero which I recommend is the one to the Asinara Marine Park. It’s not a proper boat trip to discover the coves on the coastline like the other trips on the east side, but you need to rent a boat or use the daily service to reach the Asinara Island and it’s a great excursion! You can see the reviews I found on Tripadvisor in here

      Other excursions near Alghero…I added them on the post (finally) and I’ve chosen the ones that are th best in my opinion. I’d also recommend Bosa marina for a day trip if you have the time and you like the village vibe!

      Hope it helps 🙂
      Cheers
      Clelia

  42. Hi Clelia!

    Thank you so much for posting such an informative and helpful blog! Really enjoy reading it!

    Unfortunately, I could not find anything regarding exploring Alghero in this section and was hoping that you could suggest a couple of options for us.

    We are a couple in our mid-thirties, arriving on the 12th of August into Alghero and flying back on the 19th.

    Would like a beach vocation, preferably beside a busy picturesque little town or village, want to try authentic local cuisine, stroll around shops and markets and simply relax.

    Do not want anything very expensive and posh in terms of hotels, will consider an agriturismo too, excellent breakfast is essential for us!)), prefer not to rent a car but will, if absolutely must. Preferably 2 or 3 places as we don’t want to stay in the same hotel for the whole 7 days. Any suggestions re public transport and how to get to the places you recommend would be highly appreciated.

    Thank you so much!

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      Hey Olga!
      Thanks for stopping by… actually I’m currently working on this post (it’s a real nightmare with my computer these days) and it should be ready in 2 days. It also include a whole section about Alghero, so if you bookmark the page or subscribe to the newsletter here, you’ll receive an email when it’s ready! It’s taking me soooo long to put all these info together, but in 2 days it should be up!

      If you still need any further info after reading the full post, let me know and I will try to help 🙂
      Cheers!
      Clelia

  43. Hello Clelia!

    First of all i’ve been researching Sardinia for a long time and haven’t had much luck or head away until i stumbled upon your blog ! so thank you 🙂

    I can imagine how much time you spend giving people advice on their itineraries so i am going to make mine short and sweet. I have 4 nights (29th – 3rd July 2015) and very little time to book! I want to do only beaches and water so was thinking if we fly into CAG and head to Villasimius where we can rent a nice boat (if you have any recommendations, pls let me know) for 4 nights with a skipper and head up the coast towards Golfo Aranci
    Question — can you suggest from whom i can rent a boat for 2 nights? Secondly, 4 days by boat to do the East coast should be enough?

    If not, we can get off the boat at Santa Maria Navaressa where i was thinking of booking a B&B in Orosei for 2 nights and flying out from Olbia on the 3rd.

    Would love you to know your thoughts and ideas and any recommendation on where to hire the boat from !

    Thank you

    1. HI Clelia —Or i am thinking of booking a B&B at Orosei for 4 nights and planning day trips from there itself to various beaches…what do you think?

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        Hi Sonali, sorry I’ve been crazy busy to get ready for a conference I’m attending in 2 days…I’ll reply properly when I’m back on sunday!
        Cheers!
        Clelia

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        Hey Sonali,
        Here I am! I’m creating a new guide and it’s taking forever 🙂 back to your question… if you have 4 days and are lucky enough to rent a private boat…I’d say the best option is to base yourself either in Cala Gonone or Orosei.

        Cala Gonone is closer to the most famous beaches, but if you want to explore coves, secluded spots and admire the whole Orosei Gulf, then Orosei village is a good base. Always given that you’ll have your own boat!

        Check out both places and see which one has the best accommodation for you!
        That’s what I would do 🙂

        Cheers
        Cle

  44. My wife and I are looking into a trip towards the end of June for around 7 days. So far, I am interested in La Maddalena, Cala Goloritze (possible hike down to it), I’m not as interested in visiting towns and buildings, but beaches and nature. We will likely rent a car. I’m having a hard time comprehending how far each drive is and how much time it will take to drive / do all of the things I’m looking at. I’ve been quite impressed with your site, and much of my research so far has come from this site! (so thanks). Can you suggest a possible 7 day itinerary centered around La Maddalena and Cala Goloritze? Interested in a lot of beach time, don’t want to waste a lot of time driving (unless scenic drive), and mix in some historic / cultural sites (are there any castles worth seeing?)

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      Hi Ed,

      if you just want to concentrate your Holiday in the North Part of the island and combine Beaches and nature, then your itinerary would be pretty easy to make!

      Airport of Choice: Olbia

      ITINERARY:

      FIRST STEP: 3 days in Cannigione: It is a great place near the airport and good as a base to explore the area and surrounding beaches and reach the pier for the boat trip to La Maddalena.

      Distances:
      Olbia airport—> Cannigione: 30 min by car
      Olbia airport —>Palau: 45 min by car

      – DAY 1: boat trip to Arcipelago della Maddalena (the pier is Palau, 20 minutes away from Cannigione)
      – DAY 2: visit the beach of Capriccioli (40 minutes from Palau, 25 minutes from Cannigione)
      – DAY 3: visit the beach of Porto Istana (45 minutes by car from Cannigione)

      SECOND STEP: 3 full days in Golfo di Orosei (either Orosei: or Cala Gonone as a Base)

      DISTANCES:
      Cannigione—->Orosei: around 1:40 minutes by car, with some scenic parts during the drive
      Orosei—> Cala Gonone: 30 minutes and a scenic drive (I love it!)

      -DAY 1: Boat trip to Cala Mariolu/Cala Luna/Cala Sisine
      -Day 2 : Trek to Cala Goloritze’
      -Day 3: Trek (or rent a Boat /find day trips) from Cala Gonone to Cala Biriola(an amazing beach!!!)

      LAST DAY: go back from Golfo di Orosei to Olbia Airport ( 1:30 min by car via SS131dcn – SS meaning: Strada Statale which is relatively smooth drive)

      As for the castles, we don’t have many in Sardinia, at least not on the east coast. You could find Nuraghes instead (ancient constructions build with stones, which you can only find in Sardinia)

      Hope this helps! 🙂

      Cheers
      Clelia

  45. My husband and I are travelling to Sardinia on 13 May for 7 nights ……we were thinking about staying In a hotel in or near alghero for 2 nights to explore the area and then maybe on to the north/ North East Coast to visit the islands at magdelenna. We would like to take a villa or apartment for the weekend where we can do our own thing …..shop and cook the local food but also have the choice of some nice bars and good restaurants. I’ve been looking at Porto Cervo as a possibility?
    We fly out of alghero on the weds 20th but not sure where to finish our week in Sardinia and are afraid to miss out a “must see” as we have only what we read to guide us. Your suggestions would be most welcome!

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      Hey Pat!

      Thanks for stopping by! 1 week is enough to discover a place or two in Sardinia so your idea is not bad! Depending on your holiday style, my recommendation can vary a bit whether you like the posh vibe of Porto Cervo (and its amazing beaches) or you prefer a more touristy/normal type of Holiday.

      Alghero is worth a visit! I’d use the Afternoon/evening to explore the city, visit the Nettuno grotto and stroll around the centre enjoying the sunset over the sea. The second day I’d suggest you to pay a visit to La Pelosa beach in Stintino on your way to the east coast!

      If you decide to go to Porto Cervo, bring with you some nice clothes as that place is well known among the VIP’s and very posh people 🙂 I went there (both in Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo) as a penniless student, just to have a look around and drool over the Yachts on the pier, but I was still wearing my best dress!

      If you like the Idea, I’d say go for it as the nightlife and nice walks are definitely worth it, otherwise I suggest to move a little bit and find accommodation in Cannigione or Arzachena and visit the Costa Smeralda by going there by car (Cannigione and Arzachena are very close and much cheaper).

      Your idea to take the day trip to the Arcipelago della Maddalena,is absolutely PERFECT! You can’t miss it for any reason! then you can also enjoy the beautiful beaches around Porto Cervo like Capriccioli, Spiaggia del Principe, Liscia Ruja and other lovely coves.

      Here are some suggestions on where to stay near Alghero and in Costa Smeralda: (I always use this website because it has many options and you can cancel last minute without losing your money and you only pay at your arrival)

      Alghero:

      La Meta Alghero Very close to the sea and the airport, great reviews and now has a discounted price (not sure for how long the discount will it last!)

      Alma Di Alghero Hotel: Fantastic view on the sea, very close to the city centre, a bit more pricey than the other but I LOVE that place!! (not sure they still have place, as it’s usually fully booked for the entire season by May )

      I put some hotels instead of villas for your first 2 days as it is usually difficult to get a self catering place for just 2 days, but you can still have a look at the main page of the accommodations in Alghero here, as you might find something suitable for you. You can sort the properties by ticking what you want on the left.

      If you think that Porto Cervo is too expensive, I also put the links to the nearby Areas of Arzachena and Cannigione

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      Porto Cervo:

      Apartment Porto Cervo: They still had availability for your dates when I checked, but they go very fast usually!

      Villetta Privata : This was the only one available together with the first one, the rest of the villas and small apartments in the area were all fully booked, whilst the hotels had still some places left and some of them were even promoting discounts (to fill their last spots), so I think its worth giving a look at the hotel as well!

      Here is a complete list of Accommodation in Porto Cervo, so If you don’t think my suggestions are what you were looking for, you can still choose among some other great ones 🙂
      Hotels in Porto Cervo
      Hotels in Porto Rotondo
      Hotels in Arzachena
      Hotels in Cannigione

      In My opinion if you don’t want to spend the whole 5 days in Porto Cervo & Surroundings, you could make a 1/2 days stop (depending on what time is your flight) on your way back to Alghero and visit Santa Teresa di Gallura and the great viewpoint of Isola dei Gabbiani, which are some of the “must see” places in my opinion. But in all honesty, Sardinia has so much to offer that I could spend the whole day talking about a million of “must see” places, but don’t worry, the ones you chose are really great!

      I hope this will help you! let me know if you need some more advice!
      Cheers
      Cle

  46. Hi Cle

    My boyfriend and I are booking to visit Sardinia in mid-June. I notice above you say that it’s easier for you to advise where to go if we let you know what we DON’T like, so we don’t like nightclubs, noisy bars, busy beaches with lots of children (harsh but true!).

    We’d like a quiet village, few shops and restaurants/bars, and a beautiful beach. We haven’t booked any flights so are free to go anywhere. We won’t be hiring a car, but may consider a moped, otherwise we’ll be relying on public transport.

    We are going on this holiday to relax, however we’re also quite sporty so if you do know of anywhere that also offers canoeing/kayaking/scuba diving that would be great, but not essential!

    Many thanks
    Emily

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      Hi Emily, not sure why I skipped your comment! It’s starting to become very challenging keeping track of all the comments for the different guides! Since you’re living in mid-June, I’m still on time to help!

      The question you ask me is a bit tricky and if you could give me a few more details it would be great…
      Unfortunately, if you don’t have a car it’s very difficult to get to the quiet places in Sardinia. Mid June is starting to get more crowded (not the madness of August, but still) and the places I have in mind for those who don’t have a car are always San Teodoro and Villasimius (as you’ll have the village and the main beach at a very short distance (sometimes you can walk or you can rent a bike or a motorbike)

      If you like water sports, these are also good places, but again…they are not exactly peaceful. If you could rent a scooter then for more relaxed places reachable by train, I’d say the Oristano Area (BUT you need at least a scooter as the beaches are not that close to town) Or You can stay in Orosei and (scooter is essential), visit some lovely places in there. If you decide for Oristano, the best airport is Cagliari, whilst for Orosei/Cala Gonone is Olbia.

      It’s so difficult to give you the right answer without knowing the budget, but as a general rule in Sardinia it’s like that: When a beach is STUNNING (not talking about nice…but really beautiful), and you are in season, it’s going to be crowded. There are less and less “secluded” beaches and the ones that are, are not “spectacular”, but maybe I’m being too picky. The point is, if you come to Sardinia, you should see the spectacular places!

      I know, no one likes screaming children or crowded beaches, but sometimes we have to compromise a bit and be prepared. Unless you have the budget to stay in a private villa and rent a car..that would be the ideal solution, but obviously not for everyone.

      Compromise a bit is essential in high season, but you should be still OK as mid June is not that bad!

      Hope it helps a bit, I’m just being honest!

      Cheers
      Cle

  47. Hi there,

    Me and my bf are going to Sardinia end of July start of august. We’ve booked the first 4 nights in alghero and are looking to go up north around costa smerelda. We heard olbia is quiet built up and we wanted somewhere with a bit of culture but still close to the beach. We want to stay along that coastline but probably not olbia. We will have a car but would like the option of small cafés and restaurants to go to in the morning. Our budget is around €100-150 per night.
    We love your site and cannot wait for you to finish it!
    We’d love your thoughts and ideas!
    Thanks
    Cara x

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      Hey Cara

      Thanks for stopping by and be the first one to comment on a post that…it’s not even there yet 🙂 (working on it as we speak, I receive so many requests from couples heading to Sardinia!).

      Ok, back to your question! Since you’ve already booked 4 nights in Alghero, I am not sure how many days do you have left. Regarding Olbia, if you are referring to “Costa Smeralda” then, yes…you are right. It’s build up and doesn’t reflect the real Sardinian culture at all, but I can’t deny it’s still beautiful (even if I’m not crazy about it because of what we just said).

      So, excluding that option, if you want somewhere nice to go, you’ll have to head towards the Orosei, Cala Gonone Area. Unfortunately, July and August are the busiest months of the season so finding quiet beautiful places that are not crowded is almost a mission impossible 🙂 (everyone wants to enjoy their little piece of paradise after all, and things get out of control)

      I personally LOVE the vibe in villages like Orosei, Tortoli’ and Cala Gonone. Not to mention that they are closer to the most amazing area in Sardinia (well, my opinion!).

      If you want to stay a bit closer to Alghero (as the ride by car from Alghero to Cala Gonone/Orosei) it’s quite long (2 hours and 30 minutes minimum), another option could be to stop at Costa Paradiso. I’ve stayed in Costa Paradiso, in a lovely small Villa with my cousins 2 years ago (I was in Badesi, a lovely and quiet traditional village). The beach is not even 10 minutes by car from the village.

      I actually tried to use the bike to go to the beach and it was so much fun (all downhill)…the problem was coming back! I am not exactly a sporty person, and there were men in their 60’s mocking me as I had to get out of my bike and slowly get back to town 🙂 but I’m digressing.

      That specific village is VERY quiet and not on the beach but there are other places worth a visit:
      Castelsardo
      Isola Rossa
      Isuledda known as Isola dei Gabbiani
      Santa Teresa Di Gallura

      (all these places are on the north, proceeding from the west to the east coast from Alghero).
      It’s so difficult to reply when people ask me to suggest a nice place with nice beaches as Sardinia is basically full of lovely places to discover, but it all depends on your personal taste, way of travel (are you adventurous, do you want to just stay in a place and discover the surrounding areas, you don’t mind driving a lot to get from one place to the other and enjoying the ride as well?).

      So I always find it difficult to give specific advice, unless you have a very clear idea on what you DON’T like (that would help me more than knowing what you like as everyone likes nice beaches, lovely villages and so on..how to blame them, right)? 🙂

      So if I confused you more (probably!!), let me know what you ABSOLUTELY dont’ like or don’t want to experience during your stay, and how many days left do you have, so that I might help you better.

      All these feedback it’s very important for me, as I’m putting together the guides and i want to write what people like you actually need 🙂

      Cheers!
      Cle

      1. Hi Clelia,

        Thanks a lot for this incredible summary of Sardines. Me and my fiance is planning to head to Sardines for honeymoon. We thought that it would be interesting to rent a sailing boat and travel all around the island with the boat and enjoy the beaches. Do you have any suggestions for the route of the sailing boat? Where do you think we should start our sailing journey? Do you have any suggestions for a romantic honeymoon stay at a hotel? It does not matter which part it is, as long as it is worth staying.

        Thanks a lot in advance.

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          Hi there! Congratulations on your honeymoon 🙂 Your question is rather unusual for me as, unfortunately, I don’t own a boat and I’m not super familiar with the routes (I just know the ones for the daily boat trips). As for the hotels, I have 2 in mind that are super great for honeymooners: Hotel Pitrizza (I LOVE IT), or a lot less expensive but still a great place is Colonna Resort.
          They are both in Porto Cervo, fabulous views, infinity pools, great restaurants and a great base to wander around!

          I hope this helps and that you’ll have a great stay in Sardinia!

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