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Top 10 Sardinia Beaches & Hotels for Cheap Holidays!

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SARDINIA BEST BEACHES, HOTELS & RESORTS

 

Last Updated for your Sardinia Holidays: April 2016

Every Year, around March/May, like a Swiss clock,  my friends start emailing me with the same old request:  “Clelia, this summer I really want to go to Sardinia! Can you recommend the best places/beaches and how to find cheap Hotels, Resorts and Villas in Sardinia?”

So I thought.. well, I have a travel blog now and I’ve been so lucky to be born on one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Let me share everything I know about it!

Recently even  Seth Kugel, New York Times columnist wrote a touching article of his visit to Sardinia explaining why my island and its people are so special!


INDEX: CLICK ON THE CHAPTER AND SKIP THE REST!



PROS AND CONS TO GO TO SARDINIA ON HOLIDAY:

Before you decide to take a plane and visit Sardinia, I put together a list of Pros and Cons to give you an idea of what to expect:

PROS:


The sea:

Almost 2000 km of coasts with turquoise transparent sandy beaches that have nothing to envy to the Caribbean. In fact, people who’ve been to the Caribbeans and to Sardinia as well, usually prefer the latter in terms of colors of the sea. We don’t have the coral barrier like the tropical countries, but there are areas in Sardinia were scuba diving and snorkeling is still very interesting.

Weather:

Sardinian weather is usually very nice, sunny and warm from May until September/October, which gives you plenty of choices to decide the best period for you to book your perfect holiday! There are people from Northern Europe and Russia who come to Sardinia in what we consider to be the “colder months” (from October to February) and still find it very enjoyable!

Variety:

You can find both quiet and relaxing places or very mundane (mostly VIP) ones, beautiful beaches, Cultural/Historical sites, and not to mention a very tasty and filling cuisine! My favorite Sardinian dish is “Spaghetti alla Bottarga” and “Tallarinus”. I will be talking about what you should try in terms of food in my new Sardinia section, so stay tuned, a lot more coming up soon!

For everyone:

From the Sultan of Brunei, with a Yacht resembling the size of a transatlantic boat to the young penniless backpacker, Sardinia offers all kind of deals. Very cheap accommodation in lovely villas, and super expensive luxurious resorts with everything you could dream of  (and much more, for a super fancy and comfortable Holiday).

CONS:


High season prices:

They can be REALLY expensive if you don’t book way in advance. Same applies for flights and boats: last minutes purchases can be either really expensive or not available anymore. Best time to book is March/April. Don’t miss my article on “Why visit Sardinia in September/October!


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Crowds:

During peak season, it can get quite crowded, especially on the touristic beaches. You can easily avoid it by visiting in June/September. It goes without saying that the more beautiful a place is, the more you have to fight to find your little piece of paradise, and get ready to share it!


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Public Transport:

Public transports in Sardinia can be very frustrating if you don’t know the area well. I will give you some useful links on public and private transport in the last part of the article. We are trying to improve, but there is still a lot to do, especially the connections between the east and the west coast. Read more on…


 GETTING AROUND


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FOR EACH BEACH I WILL DESCRIBE:

Main Points:

A brief recap on why I included the beach in my Top 10 list with its specific features and peculiarities.

Costs for cheap Hotels, Resorts, Villas and Campings in Sardinia:

Camping/bungalow:  Camping is not for everyone, but it’s a very popular and cheap way to enjoy your holiday in Sardinia! I tried it many times (I was a huge fan of camping when I was a teenager, now my back needs a bit more than a thin mattress:), but it was a lot of fun! ). Ideal for students, backpackers, and adventurers of all ages!

 

Suggestions for Cheap Hotels, Villas, Resorts and B&B in Sardinia:

OK, if you (like me) need to rest on a comfy bed in a room with – possibly- an en-suite  bathroom, finding the right place to stay, without spending a fortune is time-consuming.

Well, since I really want you to come to my beautiful Island, I did the job for you! It took me 3 full days to research the Best deals for Hotels in Sardinia on the web (from a trusted website I use myself obviously!). You just need to click on my suggestions and decide what’s best for you! Do you want a ready to use itinerary for one week in Sardinia? Read my new article here!

 

Reviews on what to do and the best activities in Sardinia:

I think it’s also important for you to know what other people think about a specific place/Accommodation/Hotel or activity. I want you to have the clearest idea of what suits you the best. You might be a single traveler, a family with kids, or traveling as a couple: your needs vary and what is good for you might not be good for someone else.

During my travels, I always check out TripAdvisor and I make sure to review the places I’ve stayed so that other people can benefit from my experience. I hope this will help you in your decision-making!

TOP 3 WEBSITES I USE TO BOOK MY TRIPS ONLINE


YONDERBOUND: 

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A new and cheap option compared to the other websites. I  love it as it’s simple to use and allows you to save your favorite hotels in a “box”. Each hotel is linked to Tripadvisor and get your info in one place. Get a 10$ discount on your next booking. Click here! Read the review Here!


Check The Hotels

TRIPADVISOR:

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The best place to look for reviews of activities, places, and restaurants in Sardinia online! (now available for Hotel reviews directly on the Younderbound booking website!). Tripadvisor is my first choice before deciding where to book. I consider it a MUST!


Check the Reviews

BOOKING.COM:

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You will find very cheap options for Villas, B&B and Hotels in almost every location in Sardinia (I love this website, it really has it all!).You can cancel your booking last minute without losing your money and it’s a very reliable website.



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So, now that you have all the tools to help you decide the holiday of your dreams in Sardinia …LET’S GET STARTED!

 TOP 10 BEACHES AND HOTELS IN SARDINIA

 

This is a tough one, but I try my best! I will start from my “least favorite” (which is nothing less than stunning anyway) to my “top of the top” beach, the one I drool over all the time! In addition to this, I will put my recommendations for Cheap Hotels and Resorts in the area!


10: SAN GIOVANNI DI SINIS  

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San Giovanni di Sinis. Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/

MAIN POINTS:

Lovely beach on the west coast near the city of Oristano and Cabras.

It’s not as touristic as the other beaches, and quite easy to reach by scooter or car (around 20 minutes from the main city – Oristano).

 

LOW BUDGET AVERAGE COST IN ORISTANO:

Around 9/12 euros  for Camping in June/July/beginning of August. Renting a house here is also a cheap option if you are 3/4 people and book a bit in advance. If you have a Caravan, the Oristano area is full of dedicated places and it’s quite easy to get around!

 

CHEAP ACCOMMODATION, HOTELS AND RESORTS IN ORISTANO:

Oristano is one of the less touristic areas in Sardinia, so it’s easy to find cheap hotels and B&B. (Click on the link to see more).

 

REVIEWS:

Want to know more? Click on this link, Tripadvisor Reviews for Oristano Hotels, activities and highlights!


My Suggestions: Hotels and Resorts near Oristano

 

AFFITTACAMERE ACQUAMARINA

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Located in Torre Grande, this B&B is perfect to save money and experience the Sardinian life. Free Wifi, terrace and garden. Twenty minutes away from San Giovanni di Sinis beach. I know the village and love its vibe!


Price p/p:  From 25 Euros

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SA DOMMU DE NONNA

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Many people ask me about experiencing the real Sardinia. If you book this B&B you definitely can! Typical Mediterranean furniture, AirCon and Wifi, and the owners are very nice and helpful! The real Sardinia deal!


Price p/p: From 26 Euros 

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IRIDE GUEST HOUSE

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For a more modern vibe, this guesthouse is perfect and conveniently located in the heart of Oristano. It has a kitchenette, AirCon, Flat screen TV, balcony and it’s only 7 km away from Torregrande beach!


Price p/p: From 45 Euros 

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9: RENA BIANCA – SANTA TERESA DI GALLURA

-Located in the top North of the Island-

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MAIN POINTS:

The atmosphere is breath-taking,  with deep turquoise water and beautiful underwater formations, which make Santa Teresa di Gallura  the perfect location for Scuba Diving lovers!  You still don’t believe me? Watch the video below, it will show you some awesome images taken during an immersion in Santa Teresa (next on my bucket list).

 

LOW BUDGET AVERAGE COST IN SANTA TERESA DI GALLURA:

Camping in the area (not on the beach, which is strictly prohibited in Sardinia!) costs around 10/20 euros per day, depending if it slow or high season. Click in HERE to see the reviews online for camping in Santa Teresa di Gallura. One very popular camping site in the area is Camping La Liccia check it out!

 

CHEAP ACCOMMODATION, HOTELS AND RESORTS IN SANTA TERESA DI GALLURA:

Here is the link to Santa Teresa Di Gallura’s  best deals.  Alternatively, if you are traveling with your family or in a group of at least 3/4 people, one of the best options would be to rent a villa. This way you will have all the comfort of staying in your private house and cook your own meals if you want, and save money!

I love this option, and I had great experiences all around Sardinia by renting a villa with my friends and sometimes with my family.

 

REVIEWS:

Check out the main attractions and things to do in Santa Teresa Di Gallura on Tripadvisor. There are plenty of activities to discover for everyone!


My Suggestions: Hotels and Resorts near Santa Teresa

 

RESIDENCE OLIMPO

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These apartments are a real bargain! 800m from Rena Binaca beach, cheap price (especially in Low season, but also high season). They usually are sold out very quickly, so hurry up! Good for 4 people.


Price p/p: From 10 Euros 

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RENA BIANCA APARTMENTS

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These apartments are awesome! No wonder why they are already almost fully booked for the season. You’ll have a fantastic sea view, balcony, kitchenette and an oven. Close to the beach and Airport.Good for 8 people.


Price p/p: From 13 Euros

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LE VILLETTE DI CAPO TESTA

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Do you want to stay near the beach? These villas are only 300m from the Colonne Romane Beach! They include Kitchenette, dining area, and flat-screen TV. Hurry up as they are almost fully booked! Good for 4 people.


Price p/p: From 30 Euros

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 8: SAN TEODORO  (Love this place!)

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MAIN POINTS:

If you want spectacular  sandy beaches, a cheap place to stay and A LOT OF FUN…. San Teodoro is the place for you!

I went camping there a few times while I was a penniless student and I remember those times as the funnest of my life! Parties on the beach, fantastic music, cocktail bars and a lot of new friends!

 

LOW BUDGET AVERAGE COST:

Camping is very cheap for the location (around 20/30 euros per day now), yet full of amenities.  We had the possibility to rent the bikes to reach the main beaches.

The one on the picture above is La Cinta, and one of the biggest camping sites is just in front of it, really convenient for those without a car. I remember spending my days laying down ni the sun and playing beach tennis with my new friends….ahhhhhh! Such amazing memories!

 

CHEAP ACCOMMODATION, HOTELS AND RESORTS IN SAN TEODORO:

Again, to make your life easier, here is the link to some pages for the cheapest accommodation in the area: San Teodoro best deals.

 

REVIEWS:

Here is the link for you to check out what other people say about San Teodoro on Tripadvisor. (if you don’t trust me that it is indeed a paradise!)

My Suggestions: Hotels and Resorts near SanTeodoro

HOTEL LA PALMA

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Another great deal! Only 300m from La Cinta Beach, restaurant and pizzeria, terrace and a ridiculously low price for the location. The reviews are very positive, but again…You need to hurry up!


Price p/p:  From 20 Euros 

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IL VIANDANTE RESIDENCE

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Fantastic deal! Just a few minutes away from Cala D’Ambra and La Cinta Beach, this place is awesome and very cheap given the location. The only issue? It’ll be sold out in no time. HURRY UP! Breakfast included.


Price p/p: From 28 Euros 

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AGRITURISMO LI TEGGI

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The reviews for this place say: “Fabulous”. A fantastic sea view, surrounded by nature, the perfect place to enjoy the San Teodoro area. 7km away from the main beach.  Cheap deals for early bookings!


Price p/p: From 35 Euros 

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There are many other Hotels, Villas and Resorts to check out on  Booking.com: so many cheap options that your head will spin! I’ve used this website many times and I always found great deals. Highly recommended.

My only advice here is: Book as soon as possible!

The best Villas/ Hotels will be sold out if you wait too long. January, February and March are the best months to book. If you start your research later you might find out that many places are already fully booked up until September-October.

San Teodoro is also quite close to other very interesting locations such as “Golfo di Orosei”,  and the famous VIP destination Costa Smeralda.  You can reach these areas in less than 2/3 hour by bus or car.


7: LA PELOSA BEACH – STINTINO

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MAIN POINTS:

Even if the name is not really flattering in Italian -Pelosa literally means: “hairy woman”- 🙂 the place is actually paradise on earth!  Close to a small fishing village, the beach is  stunning, with fine white sand, enclosed on the north by the seventeenth-century Torre della Pelosa.

In front of the beach lies the Asinara Island Natural Park where the only human construction is a prison. Yeah, I know, a really terrible  place to be incarcerated! You can buy a ticket to get to the island for a 1-day tour. Worth it!

LOW BUDGET AVERAGE COST IN STINTINO:

Unfortunately, there are no camping sites really close to Stintino. The closest one is at around 45 minutes by car and it’s quite cheap (15/20 euros per night).

There is a bus service running  from the main city Porto Torres to La Pelosa beach every day, to check the departure time you can go the bus company’s website ARST (see links below ).

 

CHEAP ACCOMMODATION, HOTELS AND RESORTS NEAR STINTINO:

Here is the link for the best deals in Stintino.

 

REVIEWS:

Here are the reviews on Stintino and surrounding areas collected from Tripadvisor.

My Suggestions: Hotels and Resorts near Stintino

HOTEL CALA REALE

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Incredible Hotel, and also incredibly cheap! 3km away from La Pelosa Beach (transfers included), swimming pool with sea view. Tennis court and children playground. Perfect for a relaxing family vacation!


Price p/p:  From 23 Euros 

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PARK HOTEL ASINARA

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One of the most famous Hotels in the Stintino area, with a luxury vibe but very affordable prices. A great restaurant with typical Sardinian dishes, amazing swimming pool, and near to the town center!


Price p/p:  From 24 Euros 

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HOTEL AL SARACENO

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An incredibly nice 4 star Hotel, with big swimming pool, free transport to La Pelosa Beach, restaurant with typical Sardinian dishes, night entertainment and an incredible sea view and private patio!


Price p/p: From 25 Euros 

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6: MARI PINTAU – ( Villasimius)

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MAIN POINTS:

The name of this beach is much better than our hairy woman above! “Mari Pintau” is a Sardinian expression that means “Painted sea” (not difficult to guess why!).

This beach is located in one of my favorite parts of the Sardinian coast… The main road is on the edge of a cliff degrading directly to the turquoise sea, creating a beautiful scenery for many kilometers, up until Villasimius town (a very touristic and famous area).

 

LOW BUDGET AVERAGE COST IN VILLASIMIUS:

Camping in the surrounding areas is quite cheap (around 10/13 euros depending on the season). There is also a bus service on the main road from Cagliari to Villasimius that stops at every small beach (cheap and panoramic trip, but a bit slow).

 

CHEAP ACCOMMODATION, HOTELS AND RESORTS IN VILLASIMIUS:

Link to the best deals in the Villasimius area from this website. I Love Villasimius, there are so many small beaches that it was impossible to list them all.

 

REVIEWS:

As usual, here is the link to the Tripadvisor Page for the reviews on activities and places to stay in Villasimius.


 

Before giving you the names of my favorites I have one warning here: As I already told you, I’m checking the places one by one (it’s taking me forever to guarantee you the best possible choices!) and for Villasimius most of the places are already fully booked, so my main suggestion here is HURRY UP!

 

 

My Suggestions: Hotels and Resorts near Villasimius

GREEN VILLAGE RESORT

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Only one piece of advice for this incredible place: If you want to visit Villasimius for a reasonable cheap price, this is it! Hurry Up as the availability is already limited. Check out the pictures…Amazing!


Price p/p: From 27 Euros 

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HOTEL DOMUS SIMIUS

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If I could only use one word to describe this Hotel would be: “WOW”. OK, I have a sweet spot for jacuzzi pools, and this property has one with a fantastic sea view, not to mention the rest of the amenities. Awesome!


Price p/p:  From 45 Euros 

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HOTEL SIMIUS PLAYA

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A bit more expensive than the average, but well worth it! Walking distance from Simius beach, private beach, swimming pool, tropical gardens and very close to the bus stop. You can’t miss this paradise!


Price p/p:  From 77 Euros 

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 5: CHIA BEACH

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MAIN POINTS:

Chia is MY BEACH! It’s just 45 min from my house and I’ve been there a million times, so I can say this is definitely my territory! The beach is huge and very long, golden fine sand and spectacular water with 2 little islands just in front of it.

You can reach them by walking in the sea and “climb” the biggest one to see the entire bay from the top. Worth it! But don’t forget to wear sandals to avoid hurting your feet on the rocks! Perfect beach for everything: water sports like windsurf, surf and canoeing are really popular here as well as just relaxing by swimming and sunbathing all day!

 

  • Warnings: There are no restaurants nearby, just a few bungalow size bars that sell chips and ice creams, so bring some packed lunch with you if you want to stay all day long.
  • Getting to Chia beach: Walking from the main road bus stop will take a bit long (I never did it, but I’d say it would take at least 30 minutes). The best way to enjoy the beach is searching accommodation nearby and rent a bike.

 

LOW BUDGET AVERAGE COST IN CHIA:

Camping is around 16/25 euros depending on the season. The beach is a bit secluded so it is more expensive compared to the other areas. There is a huge resort nearby the beach: “Chia Laguna Resort which is fantastic but obviously  a bit more pricey, if you want to splurge a bit…this might be the perfect place for you. I LOVE IT!

 

FUN/SAD NOTE:
Every time I pass the resort to go to the beach, I give it a longing look, thinking about those  lucky people who can afford to stay in there! I’ve seen it from the inside when I used to work in the kitchen to pay for my studies, and it’s something out of this world!

 

CHEAP ACCOMMODATION, HOTELS AND RESORTS IN CHIA:

Chia is not a very cheap area, but you can still find reasonable prices if you book in advance and is patient to research for the perfect deal for you.  In the link, there is a list of all the Villas/hotels/resorts in the area: Accommodation in Chia  (From the cheapest options to the Luxury Resorts).

 

REVIEWS:

Activities and places to see around Chia reviewed on Tripadvisor.


 

My Recommendation here is: BOOK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! It was very challenging to find these deals (even in low season), as almost all the cheapest options were already fully booked until September!

My Suggestions: Hotels and Resorts near Chia


APPARTAMENTI LAGUNA DI CHIA

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Lovely “Villette” (well-sized fully furnished apartments), near to the main beach Chia. Perfect for family holidays, they can host up to 4 people. A note: It’s been very challenging to find availability for these!


Price p/p:  From 43 Euros 

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HOTEL SU GIUDEU

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A well-known family-run Hotel, at 500m from the beautiful Su Giudeu Beach. It has a bar and a common Lounge Area to relax, and it’s 15 minutes by car from the main village Pula. Great deal for the price!


Price p/p: From 50 Euros 

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HOTEL ACQUADULCI

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One of the dreamy Hotels around Chia and if you book now (updated on February 2015) they have 30% discount! I have to admit it, I was literally drooling over this offer! Fantastic setting for an unforgettable Holiday!


Price p/p: From 73 Euros 

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4: ARCIPELAGO DELLA MADDALENA

 

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MAIN POINTS:

One of the most beautiful Marine National Parks is located in the north. If you come to Sardinia I strongly recommend taking a few days and visit it, it’s breath-taking!!

 

Day trips by boat to the Arcipelago della Maddalena are available at a reasonable price (around 30 euros), and you can choose what itinerary you want (some boats let you stay in one or 2 beaches for the entire day, while others allow you to see more islands, but for a limited amount of time).

Tip: To get the best price go directly to the local agencies or to the box offices at the pier for more info.

 

There are also buses that take you to the closest attractions of Costa Smeralda, the VIP part of the Island. I’m not crazy about it, but many people find it fascinating and give them the “Portofino” feeling of luxury.  If you are there why not? Trying never hurt anybody right? 🙂

 

LOW BUDGET AVERAGE COST AT ARCIPELAGO DELLA MADDALENA:

“La Maddalena” is the only island in the archipelago that has a small inhabited village where you can find some sort of accommodation. The place is really nice, but rather expensive.

 

For camping and  accommodation, a good base camp is the small village of Arzachena/Cannigione.  I’ve been there for  a couple of years, and it was amazingly cheap for the location (around 25/30 euros up to date). From there you can choose local buses or mini buses that will takes you to the pier for the boat trips.

 

CHEAP ACCOMMODATION AND HOTELS AT ARCIPELAGO DELLA MADDALENA:

Good news here! Even if the place is located in one of the most popular VIP areas, if you choose to stay in Cannigione/Arzachena, the prices are considerably lower. Here is a full list of accommodation available for Arzachena and Cannigione:

Arzachena Hotels and B&B

Cannigione Hotels and B&B

La Maddalena Hotels and B&B

 

REVIEWS:

Here are the top attractions and things to do and see, reviewed on TripAdvisor.

My Suggestions: Hotels and Resorts near La Maddalena – Sardinia


LEBERIDES -LA MADDALENA

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Incredibly cheap apartments, considering the location, fantastic reviews, they include all the amenities: washing machine, flat screen TV, kitchenette, WiFi and Balcony. These properties will be sold out in no time! 


Price p/p: From 21 Euros

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HOTEL DELLE ISOLE

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Great value for this Hotel in la Maddalena Island. Perfectly located near to the harbor, each room has a private patio or balcony and it’s very convenient to explore the Island and take the fantastic day trips!


Price p/p: From 38 Euros 

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B&B VILLA MARLENA

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This lovely B&B is set only 100m from the sea, exceptional quality for the price and the location, free WiFi, refrigerator and flat-screen TV. The pier is only 10 minutes away by car, where you can catch the boats for Palau.


Price p/p: From 40 Euros 

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3: TUERREDDA

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Tuerredda beach, Sardinia. Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/

MAIN POINTS:

If I could choose the best beach in my area, Tuerredda would be # 1! Just  a few kilometers away from Chia beach, Tuerredda is a piece of paradise.

 

It has EVERYTHING you need to define it as “the perfect beach”:  A breath-taking scenery when you arrive,  perfect fine white sand, bushes and rocks at the two ends of the beach, and a sea which is so clear, blue and crystalline that the first thing I do every time I go there is throw my stuff on the beach and go for a swim. I just can’t resist!

 

LOW BUDGET AVERAGE COST IN TUERREDDA:

Tuerredda isn’t cheap. People that can afford to rent a house for a couple of weeks are spending A LOT of money for it! So how can you still enjoy this paradise without spending a fortune? Well, first of all: GO LOW SEASON!

 

In June the weather is already very good, prices are down and you can even have the beach to yourself! (Maybe not entirely, but nothing compared to the August crowds!).

My suggestion is to go for a cheap camping area around, there are a few for just 20/25 euros per night, and take the local bus to get there (this way you will avoid the ridiculously high price for the parking area too!).

 

CHEAP ACCOMMODATION AND HOTELS IN TUERREDDA:

Not all the hope is lost here. If you are not into camping at all, you could still find a villa at affordable prices. Here is a link to plenty of options for Hotels/Resorts and Villas around the area: Tuerredda hotels and cheap villas (this includes all the accommodation in the area of Domus the Maria, the municipality to which Tuerredda belongs to).

And HERE you can find cheap Hotels deals for the Domus De Maria area.

REVIEWS:

Here are the reviews for Tuerredda beach from TripAdvisor. It ranked number one of places to see close to Teulada (See? You can trust me after all!). In the next link there are the reviews for all the activities in the Teulada and Domus de Maria area.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT  AFFORDABLE PLACES TO STAY NEAR TEULADA

 

My Suggestions: Hotels and Resorts near Tuerredda

APARTMENTS DOMUS DE MARIA

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For these apartments I can say only one thing (I know the area and the prices): BOOK IT NOW! I had to search for availability in different dates as they were full. Now, that’s a real deal!Good for 6 people.


Price p/p: From 14 Euros 

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VILLA LIA

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What an incredible deal, Ideal for groups and families. A fantastic private villa with swimming pool at this price! It goes without saying that this won’t stay on the market for long. Good for 6 people.


Price p/p: From 25 Euros 

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B&B DA ANDREW

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A B&B with great reviews, fantastic location and at a super affordable price in Tuerredda-Domus De Maria! The B&B is also very close to Chia Beach and offers breakfast, a flat-screen TV and a terrace!


Price p/p: From 30 Euros

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2: CALA GOLORITZE’

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 MAIN POINTS:

Cala Goloritze  has been declared World Heritage site by UNESCO. It is a very secluded beach out of reach from ANY possible road. It is located on the east coast on the “Golfo di Orosei”, around 2 hrs from Olbia.

 

You can get there through an amazing (but quite tiring!) path that goes through bushes, oaks and whitish limestone walls. As you descend in altitude between the canyons, you can see the deep blue sea and sky. After 1 or 2 hours walking and sweating, as soon as you see it, you instantly know it was WELL WORTH IT!.

 

If you go there early in the morning, you will literally have the small beach all to yourself. All the areas around the “Golfo di Orosei” is truly AMAZING. I like the contrast between the turquoise of the sea and the high mountains full of green trees and bushes behind the beach. It’s just amazing!! I can’t get enough of that view!

 

LOW BUDGET AVERAGE COST CLOSE TO CALA GOLORITZE’ :

As you can imagine, it is not allowed to stay on the beach overnight. You need to collect  your remaining energy and get back on the same path for a 3 hours climb back to the main road. Quite something after a day swimming and roasting under the sun!

 

The good part is that you can sleep for one or two nights in a bed and breakfast in one of the small villages around (Baunei being the closest one).

Cost is around 20/25 euros per night, so not bad at all. Transports to the main road are also quite difficult and you need to have a scooter or a car of your own. But again, it is well worth it for a 1 or 2-day tour.

 

CHEAP ACCOMMODATION AND HOTELS NEAR CALA GOLORITZE’:

The closest  village is Baunei where you can find some cheap Hotels and B&B at reasonable prices. Here is a list of Hotels and B&B in Baunei.

 

REVIEWS:

You can read the reviews from Tripadvisor on Cala Goloritzè beach in HERE, and the reviews for other activities close to the Baunei Area HERE. If you are interested in discovering the beauty of Golfo di Orosei, there are further reviews HERE. Enjoy!

My Suggestions: Hotels and Resorts near Cala Goloritzè

LA TERRAZZA PANORAMICA

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With air conditioning, the apartment comes with a seating area with a sofa and flat-screen TV. It has an equipped kitchen and a washing machine. Cala Goloritze is 20 minutes away by car. Good for 4 people.


Price p/p: From 15 Euros 

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ANTICHE CASE IN PIETRA

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Antiche Case in Pietra is a lovely traditional Sardinian place, located in Baunei. It offers self-catering accommodation with rustic décor, air conditioning and a great kitchenette! Good for 2 or 4 people.


Price p/p: From 26 Euros 

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B&B DOMMU AGOSTINA

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Great reviews for this B&B located in the lovely traditional village of Baunei. It offers a garden, terrace and classic-style accommodation with a balcony. Free WiFi is available in public areas. Great value!


Price p/p: From 30 Euros 

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 1: CALA MARIOLU

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CALA MARIOLU MAIN POINTS:

This is the most spectacular beach in Sardinia (my modest opinion!). I actually just discovered that it is also ranking #1 on TripAdvisor.

 

First of all, the picture doesn’t make any justice to the beach! This is just a part of it, on the left there are other 2 beaches separated by big white rocks. You can reach the beach by boat. If you are on a low-budget, you can use the 1-day trip boats and choose one that allows you to stay there the whole day.

 

I think this is the best way to enjoy this spectacular beach, as it can get quite crowded when the boats arrive and let people on the beach for a couple of hours. This way you can stay there when everyone else goes back on the boat, and have fewer people on the beach, until the next boat full of tourists arrives.

 

The day trip by boat is around 35/40 euros, and I would happily spend it every summer to get to my favorite beach! I also tried scuba diving there. The picture below is the proof 🙂

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LOW BUDGET AVERAGE COST NEAR CALA MARIOLU:

As for Cala Goloritze, you can’t stay overnight, so the best option is to find accommodation in one of the villages nearby (Baunei and Orosei) and start your day trip from the Arbatax pier. For some options on cheap Hotels and villas near Cala Mariolu, check out the point below.

 

CHEAP ACCOMMODATION AND HOTELS NEAR CALA MARIOLU:

The best places to search for cheap accommodation are Baunei and Orosei, but  if you just try the one-day trip and have a car, anywhere within the Golfo di Orosei is a good place to stay.

Below are the links to the main hotels/villas/apartments you should check out:

Baunei | Orosei

 

REVIEWS:

Here is the link to the best things to do and see in Orosei from the TripAdvisor website.

My Suggestions: Hotels and Resorts near Cala Mariolu

B&B CASA SABA

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Great reviews for this B&B set in central Orosei and less than 3km from the Sardinian seafront. It offers free Wi-Fi in the entire building, free bike rental, and a garden. An Italian-style breakfast is offered daily.


Price p/p: From 30 Euros 

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CLUB HOTEL MARINA BEACH

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Club Hotel Marina Beach is a wonderful establishment in the heart of the East coast of Sardinia. Enjoy a relaxing stay by the sandy beach. Perfect for Families. Swimming pool is a plus!


Price p/p: From 39 Euros 

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B&B ADDISORA

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Offering an outdoor pool, B&B Addisora is located in Orosei. Free WiFi access is available. Rooms here provides you with air conditioning and a patio. The B&B is a few kilometers away from the Golfo Di Orosei beaches!


Price p/p: From 40 Euros 

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HOW TO GET TO SARDINIA:

Option #1: CAGLIARI/ORISTANO AND SURROUNDING TOURISTIC AREAS:

From mainland Italy, fly to Cagliari/Elmas Airport, from there you can take a direct bus to Cagliari and then take a local bus to your destination. Buses are the most convenient way to reach touristic destinations that are out of the main cities. Private and public bus lines cover almost every single touristic place.

The bus is generally quite slow, takes a couple of hours or more per 100 km since it stops at the main villages, but it’s cheap and comfortable. Trains are also available from Cagliari to the main cities of the island. Alternatively you can take the Passengers boat from Livorno or Rome to Cagliari, as the bus station is just a 5 minute walk from the harbor.

 

Option #2: OLBIA/SASSARI AND TOURISTIC AREAS (Costa Smeralda, Golfo di Orosei, Arcipelago della Maddalena, Stintino)

From mainland Italy, fly to Olbia airport or Alghero airport and take one of the local buses to your preferred destinations.

 

Alternatively you can take the Passengers boat to Porto Torres or Olbia, and from there take the direct trains available to all the main cities on the island OR take one of the many private/public buses to your destination.


Useful Links to the main private/public transport companies in Sardinia:

 

TRAGHETTI LINE:

Do you want to book a ferry to and from Sardinia? Or just check the availability and routes?

Below is the most useful tool to find all the companies operating to all routes! That’s the only thing I use to book my ferry to Sardinia.

 

 

ARST:  Public service buses to the main touristic destinations.

TURMO TRAVEL: Another well-known bus company.

 


 

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SO MY DEAR FRIENDS, ENJOY SARDINIA AND MAKE THE MOST OF IT! THIS IS A REALLY SPECIAL ISLAND! IF I CONVINCED YOU AND YOU WANT SOME MORE INFO, CONTACT ME OR LEAVE ME A MESSAGE HERE AND I’LL TRY TO HELP! 🙂

CIAO!


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  1. Lena

    Dear, amazing blog, was really happy to find it. 🙂 A lot of useful infos.
    But now,straight to the point, if you were me: going mid-June, on your own, just to relax, being lazy, enjoy amazing beach, read books and have nice walks, where would you go? 🙂
    P.S. Won’t be having a car, so I guess I cannot easily move around

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Thanks for the nice comment Lena! Ok, where would I go (If I didn’t have a car?) definitely San Teodoro! I just saw like 5 minutes ago a few pictures of my friends on Instagram and they are now at La Cinta Beach.. Oh my! I’ve been there so many times and in June is going to still be not that busy, plus is easily reachable by bus from Cagliari Airport (I took the bus from there and it was nice to see the surroundings during the ride, which is around 2 and a half hours) or even better from Olbia Airport, very close to it so very convenient for people with no car!

      So yes, that’s where I would go, no doubt! 🙂
      I hope you’ll have a great time in my beautiful Island Lena!

  2. Teodor Todorov

    Hello Clelia,

    Currently I have advantageous offer for Castelsardo, however I am not quite sure that the beaches near the village will meet my expectations :), so I was wondering are there any cool beaches nearby which me and my frineds will be able to access easily from our hotel in Castelsardo.

    Best Regards,
    Teo

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Teo, apologies for the slightly delayed reply, hectic days! I think Castelsardo has some nice beaches around but yes, if you ask me, there are much better beaches! If you want the “jaw-dropping” effect, you can drive 1 hour to La Pelosa beach in Stintino. In Sardinia, we drive for 1 hour easily to go to the best beaches! But why choosing Castelsardo if you want to experience the best beaches in Sardinia? There are other very great deal if you look for them. Now I don’t know your budget, but I was researching for my article “Sardinia in one week” for the best deals and I found very interesting offers at 30/35 euros per day, and if you are a group of friends, even better as you could share maybe? Just my two cents of course 🙂

  3. Gunjan

    Hello Clelia,

    Thanks for the great post, it is of immense help. My husband and I are planning a visit to Sardinia and are looking for a quiet beach (less crowded) and preferably accommodation on the beach. Our agenda is just to sit back and relax – we don’t want to go to different places but be at one nice destination. Could you please help us with some beach and accommodation options in Sardinia? We will be travelling from Rome in July and plan to spend a couple of days (max 3) in Sardinia.

    Looking forward for a response. Many thanks,
    Gunjan

  4. Jetchoice

    hi clelia, just love this post.thanks for tohis post.after reading your post our mind is flying for going there. so we make a plan for going in sardenia’s some places ,
    like
    1: Carloforte,
    2: Murales of Orgosolo and Mamoiada Museum,
    3: Bastion of Saint Remy,
    4: San Teodoro,
    5: Chia beach

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey, thanks for your comment! How long do you have planned in Sardinia? As this itinerary might be way too much if you only have let’s say 1 week- 10 days… (especially moving from the south to Orgosolo and San Teodoro) otherwise I’d stay in just one area (south for example) Ticking out Carloforte, Chia and Tuerredda, with a day trip to Cagliari or staying overnight in Cagliari before heading towards the beaches and Calrloforte.

  5. Petya

    Hello Cleila,

    I just found your blog because me and my boyfriend (husband to be), are planning a trip to Sardinia for our honeymoon in the end of August – beggining of September for 10 days. So we booked a flight now to Cagliari, and are thinking of stayign in the city. We are planning also to rent a car, because we want to see everyday one or two different beaches, and we don’t mind the city life, on the contrary we prefer to be close to restaurants and nice historical sites. So our idea is mostly to have closeby beautiful sandy beaches, although we may go even further, to have a place to drink our coffee in the morning in city surroundings, to walk around in the evening also. I was wondering is it a good idea to stay in Cagliari, or better in Villasimius ? Also I checked out some hotels and guest houses, we were thinking of booking a guest house but it seems like there are problems with parking, noise, or the staff in the places ( because I read a lot of comments on booking.com from visitors). We checked out the following all in Cagliari:
    – Chambres Du Monde
    – Holiday Inn Cagliari
    – Neverfull Boutique Hotel
    – Hotel Panorama
    – Hotel La Terazza
    – Sardegna Hotel

    Do you have any suggestion regarding these ones, or if we should avoid Cagliari and book something in Villasimius ?

    Thank you very much in advance.

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Petya!

      Do you mean there are problems in Villasimius for the noises etc? If so, it all depends where you find your accommodation. If it’s not in the centre there are some quiet spots too. But the idea of staying in Cagliari is actually not bad, as some of the best beaches can easily reached by car for a day trip, which is what locals do all the time!

      As for the Hotels,

      Sardegna Hotel is not ideally located as it’s not in the city center, the others look nice but of course taste is personal and if I had to choose I’d go for the Never full Boutique Hotel, as I love the location, but then I realized that maybe it can be noisy at night, especially in summer (I always travel with my earplugs but not everyone likes to wear them, I get it!),The others are also OK, because are well located. Hotel Panorama is in Viale Diaz, which is a big road in the center, so you’ll need to walk a bit to get to the Castello area which is the prettiest in Cagliari in my opinion.

      If I had to choose my own place in Cagliari (considering the price range you’ve chosen for the others), I’d go for Buena Vista Apartments, located in Castello, so easy to walk around the center, and the views are also super nice. Alternatively, I’d go for the T- Hotel not only for the central location but for their Wellness/SPA. But this is me, I have a thing for SPAs, but after a day walking around it really adds up to the experience (I booked a fabulous place in Prague and that was the icing on the cake!)

      So In the end, I think you can easily stay in Cagliari, so you’ll be able to visit the city and plan day trips to both Villasimius and Chia/Tuerredda. Plus I think Cagliari really deserves to be visited, there is so much to see!

      I’m almost done with my itinerary for 1 week in Sardinia (I also give some tips for the south) and if you haven’t already, check out the post “Sardinia For Couples” where I have a whole section about Cagliari and things to do and where to stay in there!

      Cheers
      Clelia

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  12. JP

    Hello Clelia

    Very useful blog, you definitely know the island inside and out

    Was hoping you could give me advice. My wife and I are visiting Sardinia the last week of Jul/first of Aug.
    We will be there for 5 days and are flying to Olbia.
    We dont want to rent a car, since we are “on a budget”, but we want to stay near the beach.
    We want to sunbathe, swim, lay on the ebach and have good food. What would you recommend on a range of 80-120 eur per night?
    Thanks a lot!!
    Thanks

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey JP, thanks for stopping by!
      Well, being Sardinia my island (well not literally mine but…) I know it quite well 😀

      So, regarding your question: If you are on a budget, considering that you’ll have a car, I’d suggest you to choose either Santa Teresa di Gallura (the village has a beautiful beach and you will also be able to drive to Palau for the boat trip to The Arcipelago della Maddalena, which is unmissable if you are around that area).

      Second option is San Teodoro, which also have a beach in Town but during peak season all these beaches are obviously the most crowded ones so the car is indeed necessary to try and find some other places around.

      If you go to either the Santa Teresa di Gallura or San Teodoro Page (click on the links) you will have several option on that budget (I usually go to the left side and choose the maximum budget when I book my accommodation) and I always check out the reviews, as they are quite reliable.

      I hope this helps! Have a terrific time!!!
      Cheers

      Clelia

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  14. magi

    Hi,
    we fell in love with Sardinia. We are hoping we will manage to visit it this year. Unfortunatelly we would have to go in August, from 24th to 31st. Sadly. We are planning a flight to Olbia where we see two options – we rent a car or stay in Olbia and go on organized one-day boat trips.

    We would like to see San Theodoro, La Pelosa beach, Arcipellago della Maddalena ( we would like to see the beautiful beaches – Spiaggia Rosa and del Calvaiere, beach Santa Maria doesn’t sound so attractive to us so maybe we would only like to see it from the boat, then Cala Granara/Corsara on Spargi Island, we would like to see also Isola Caprera, also Cala Cottico maybe if we would have the time. And of course, we would like to take one day trip to cala Coloritze and cala Mariolu.

    We have a lot of wishes. But there are soooo many beautiful beaches. We really like the idea of one day boat trips where we would visit 2 beaches per day max. Like Cala Coloritze and Mariolu in one day… We are just not sure where to take the accomodation – what town/village would be situated the best to get all this one day boat trips to those beaches? Is it hard to get a boat trip that would leave you on the same beach the whole day?
    All these beaches are really beautiful. But… if you have to go to the bathroom, do they have any wc on cala Coloritze/Mariolu?

    What would you recommend to us? Where to stay? Where to get the boat trips that would leave us on the same beach the whole day? Rent a car or not?

    Any information would be helpful…

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Magi! Thanks for your comment 🙂

      Ok, let’s see your case here!! You really want to do the boat trips (I don’t blame you, they are the best part!) but you are going in August, meaning that, unfortunately, you’ll have to deal with the crowds.. but that’s part of the deal, right?!

      I think the best location for the boat trips is either Cala Gonone or Orosei, but you really need to hurry (if you haven’t already booked, do it immediately!)

      When you are there you go straight to one of the many agencies in town that sell the boat trip tickets and ask if it’s possible to stay the whole day in Cala Mariolu, I did it more than once and, usually, they don’t have a problem with that but be careful to remember the name of your boat as if you miss it you’ll be stranded on the beach for the night 😀

      Regarding renting a car, definitely yes, especially for that area (but in general to travel around Sardinia) is a must)

      For Cala Goloritze I’ve just been informed that from this year is not possible to even swim to the beach from your private boat so the only option to see it is to drive to Baunei from cala Gonone (more than 1 hour but very scenic views!) and then there is a path to go down to the beach. It’s not very difficult but it will take at least 1 hour to go down and 2 hours to go up.

      Quite the hike but worth it!!!
      Have a great time in Sardinia 🙂

      Cheers
      Clelia

  15. Debi

    Hi Clelia,

    My boyfriend and I are planning a trip at the end of June, flying into Clagliari – looking for a relaxing time, will hire a car and visit the beautiful beaches. Where would you recommend we base ourselves?

    Many Thanks!
    Debi

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Debi, how long are you planning to stay? It really all depends on that as Sardinia is pretty big and choosing more than 1 destination for just a week or less might not be ideal! If you give me more specifics (also the budget for the Hotels, or camping is important!) I will able to help you more!

      All the places I’ve mentioned in here are super great, but if you want to stay near the airport, the best beaches on the south (at least the ones I talk about in here) are Chia, Tuerredda and Villasimius!
      Cheers
      Clelia

      1. Manuel Ipina

        Hi Clelia,

        Thanks for all the information and the time you spent describing all! I am travelling with my girlfriend and are staying for 4 nights during the last week of june. I still haven t booked anything but we are looking for a nice hotel and wonderful beaches. I read about these great places in the gulf of orosei but would like to go there by boat. Also visit la maddeleine by boat so will be 2 day trips by boat. Is it possible? They told me to stay at porto cervo but all the nice beaches you mentioned are far away from there unless i can go by boat.
        Is it possible

  16. Jolly Thakkar

    Hi Clelia,

    Thanks a lot for the quick reply. We are not able to decide where to base ourselves. We will be arriving by car so thought we could find accommodations at 2-3 places one of which is villasimius, other options are somewhere near Cala Gonone to visit the gorgeous beaches or alghero. But we would also like to definitely go to la maddalena. Would you suggest to stay there or do a day trip? Now if we are doing a day trip where should it be from? Is there some nice place in the north where we can stay so that we can do the day trip to la maddalena easily? We don’t need party atmosphere, happy with a small town too Thanks again:)
    Jolly

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Jolly

      If you want to visit La Maddalena, then I’d exclude Alghero as it would eat up too much time, being on the other coast.

      A few places to stay that are convenient for the boat trip are: Palau, the small village of Cannigione (I stayed there camping and it was relatively cheap) and Arzachena Village, all very near to the pier by car or even by bus (the closest being Palau, which is the most expensive one).

      If you have the time to do the boat trip to La Maddalena AND the one to the Golfo di Orosei, you will fall in love with Sardinia. They are really both amazing. I think I went to both tours at least 40 times and I never have enough.

      Have a great time!
      Clelia

  17. Shane

    Clelia,

    I need some advice! I will be traveling to Sardinia in May with my girlfriend and we are extremely torn between two options. We will only be in Sardinia for 3 days unfortunately and we are staying in San Teodoro. On our last day we are hoping to book some kind of boat tour. The one option we are looking at is an exclusive tour of the archipelago la maddalena where we can choose our destinations, but this option is a bit expensive (350 euro + gas). The other option is much cheaper: renting our own inflatable boat from Cala Gonone and traveling along that coastline (Cala Luna, Cala Sisine, Cala Biriolu, Cala Mariolu, etc.) I am just having trouble deciding between the two options! If you have any suggestions please let me know what you think! Also, if you can, please let me know about any other helpful tips for our Sardinian experience!

    Thank you!

    Shane

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Shane, don’t panic 🙂 If you are staying in San Teodoro and I suppose you have a car, in 1 hr you can be in Cala Gonone so I think option 2 is actually a good one. If you are comfortable with using your own boat then go for it, or you can also ask to get an expert guide to come along (I know, less romantic, but maybe less stressful as well?), or why don’t u simply book one of the tours with the big boats? they are relatively cheap, especially in low season and they leave you in one beach if you want (for example i wanted to stay longer in Cala Mariolu instead of going to Cala Luna as well and they picked me up at the end of the tour), that is an option I always suggest to people…

      Too bad you have only 3 days! I hope you will be back for more 🙂
      Cheers
      Clelia

      1. Clelia Mattana

        Oh By the way… I forgot to mention, from San Teodoro you can also drive to Palau and join one of the organized tours as well! (same as the Golfo di Orosei). I personally prefer the one starting in Cala Gonone, but really, they are both very good!

        1. Shane

          Thanks Clelia for the quick response!

          So I guess the only question I have left is, with my limited amount of time, you would prefer the beaches and scenery of Cala Ganone and Cala Mariolu over that of the la Maddalena area? (That is if you HAD to choose!) I am sure they are both worth the visit. I will definitely have to plan a return trip to Sardinia as there is so much to see and do!!

          Thanks again!
          Shane

          1. Clelia Mattana

            Easy question, for me the Cala Gonone area (Cala Mariolu, Cala Biriola, Cala Goloritze’etc) are the best of the best in Sardinia because of the contrast between the high rocks and the turquoise sea! 🙂

  18. Suzie

    Hi there,

    Just to echo others comments your blog is amazing and very informative, thank you soo much for the effort put in.

    My husband and I are planning to visit Sardinia for 7 nights the first week of July (we are wanting to book very soon!), we have a budget of £1000 GBP for flights and accommodation and have extra for hiring a car and spending money (is this realistic?). We would like to be based in 1 hotel and have access to drive to different tourist sites, beaches, see the flamingos and relax in the hotel one or 2 days too so a pool would be great. We are in our late 20’s/early 30’s so are not after a crazy night life but would like to be able to leave the hotel in the evenings to relax with a nice dinner and drinks in a village/sea view setting and if possible a lovely spot to watch the sunset which is walking distance to the hotel. We don’t want to have to use the car in the evenings where possible but also don’t want to be (for want of a better word) “trapped” in the hotel in the evenings either.

    We would be happy to take trips out but would like to know the best places to book these please as well hiring a car, are we best booking here or at the airport on arrival?

    We have visited South Africa and spent time driving around the coast of cape town which we loved, to take in the atmosphere of different areas rather than just where the hotel is based so are hoping to do the same in Sardinia.

    Many thanks in advance for your help 🙂

    Kind Regards

    Suzie

    1. Clelia

      Hi Suzie

      Thanks for stopping by! I’m glad you found the article useful 🙂 As for your question… If you book online now (it’s actually already a bit late for Sardinia as there are people booking as soon as January to secure the best prices and spots!) you might be able to stretch it with the budget you have.

      Find a cheap hotel and invest the money in renting a car so that even if the accommodation is not right by the sea (for a cheap price you might not find it) you can still use your car to reach some fabulous beaches!

      I’m not a huge fan of pools in Sardinia as I think the beaches around are much better than a pool but I understand your point of course, sometimes you just want to relax and not bother driving at all!

      As for the location.. in my opinion the best beaches and villages are on the east coast, which unfortunately means no sunset! Unless you venture further north to Stintino, or Santa Teresa di Gallura, where you can also admire the sunset on the beach!

      For the booking of the accommodation, I can’t stress this point enough: the sooner the better! (people start booking in January!) That is why I also put some recommendations in this article as I can see people appreciate it and they book a lot through them. Not necessarily the same place I recommend but browsing the website they are usually able to find a good deal for their needs!

      Given the budget as I said you might need to use the car but it would be like 10 minutes drive to find a nice restaurant and some “movida” during the night in the villages.

      A fine place to check out is Santa Teresa, the village is quite nice and lively, you might be even able to walk from your hotel to the center if you are lucky to find the right accommodation or just use the car for a short ride. Also Santa Teresa offers amazing beaches for snorkeling and it’s close enough to Palau to book a day boat trip to la Maddalena (I recommend it big time!), so all in all, given your requests… I think this might be the place for you.

      Ps, I’m back from an amazing trip in Southern Africa but I missed South Africa so I’m quite envious of your incredible experience in there! Next time I won’t miss it 🙂

      I hope this helps and have a great time in Sardinia!
      Cheers
      Clelia

  19. Jaime

    Hey! Your blog is super helpful!

    I wonder if you can help me plan a trip: Looking to go away with my mum to Sardinia for 7-9 days at the beginning of Sep. Looking for the type of holiday where there are beaches, but plenty of things to do like cycling, walking etc in the day time as well. In the evening we like finding restaurants and pottering about and drinking wine.

    The other thing to mention is that I am Vegan, am I going to struggle for food? I think it may be better to get an apartment (self catering) so that I can at least prepare food myself anyways 🙂

    Price wise – middle of the range – not looking to spend a fortune so Porto Cervo is out. Maybe Chia? or should we move about a bit?

    Ideally I wouldn’t want to be driving a car about but understand if it necessary on the island to visit places etc.

    Please let me know your thoughts!

    Many Thanks
    Jaime

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Jaime, thanks for your comment 🙂

      Ok, let’s see! First of all, I definitely approve the choice of visiting Sardinia in September, it’s going to be lovely!
      The place I’d recommend for you if you like walks, using the bicycle etc is the Golfo di Orosei area, especially Cala Gonone, well located and with tons of awesome beaches to discover in the surroundings! The only thing is that in 90% of the places in Sardinia a car will be necessary to discover the beautiful gems it has to offer, it would be a shame not to see them!

      Cala Gonone (or Orosei) is less expensive than Porto Cervo and most importantly it still has the Sardinian vibe that is missing in Porto Cervo.

      Chia is also affordable, depending on where you book, but being far from the closest village (Santa Margherita di Pula or Domus De Maria), you will feel a bit isolated and yes you can use the bike to reach the beach but nothing more, you would either have to cook your own meals (which is good as you are vegan but it will force you to always eat in) or eat at the hotel’s restaurant and I’m not 100% sure that all of them have a vegan menu. Definitely Vegetarian, but vegan, as you know, is a bit more complicated…

      Plus, Cala Gonone is the best spot to get to the famous boat ride around the Golfo di Orosei area (stunning!!)

      So I’d say, go for Cala Gonone or Orosei and explore a bit by bike and car, you won’t regret it!! Just be quick to book the accommodation as the deals go pretty fast (people book from January!)

      Have a great time in my beautiful Island 🙂
      Cheers
      Clelia

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  21. Mya

    Hi! Love your Sardinia pages! Its what convinced me of planning a trip to Sardinia.
    We are 2-3 girls visiting for a week from 13-20 june (flying to Olbia). I have understood that, june or september is best, because of less people then.
    We are thinking of spending most time in San Teodoro. We are looking for great beaches but also some partying and nightlife.
    I looked up SanTeodoro on google maps and i am a bit concerned of the city being too quiet. I am sorry but it looks a bit dead on Goolge street view. I know its not Ibiza-like in the summer. But do you think there is some people and life here already in june?
    The plan is to stay 5 nights in San Teodoro and then 2 nights in Olbia. In ST we are just planning to be at the beach, and some party. And maybe rent bikes one day, if it is easy to bike around the city (maybe to other beaches?). The day before we leave we are thinking of taking a bus to Palau from Olbia, so we can spend the day on a Maddalena boat tour.
    Is there something else you would recommend for 22 year old girls, or do you think these plans sounds ok?

    Hoping for an answer, Thank you! Love, Mya (norwegian).

    1. Clelia

      Hi Mya

      Well, I’ve been to San Teodoro many many times, but not in June (mostly in July/August), but I’m pretty sure the clubs and the “party scene” has already started in June, as the weather is nice and the tourists start to arrive! I had so much fun in there and it’s also an easy place to reach by bus and to roam around by bicycle!
      The idea of going to Palau for the Maddalena boat trip is EXCELLENT! I love that trip and I do it every year.. it’s truly amazing!

      Also San Teodoro is very near to the airport and there are public services that will get you there in less than one hour which is quite convenient. So all in all I think this might be the right choice for you!

      Have fun!!
      Cheers
      Clelia

  22. Anne

    Dear Clelia,

    Your review is fantastic!
    I have a question, I am planning to come to Sardinia mid July… but we want 0 traffic jam (villages, restaurants, beaches…). I already have a lot in Switzerland and if I do have some, it’s no holidays at all, what would you recommend?
    We need a sandy beach, best babysitting for the kids, easy to access, also for the kids, and not overcrowded or overhype, that’s for the parents. We would like to stay 2 weeks in a lovely house, agriturismo, in a small village or in the outskirt… would you have any happy place?

    Many thanks for your kind help.

    Anne

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Anne… yours is probably one of the most difficult requests I’ve ever received 🙂 Being mid July is going to be a bit crowded and given your needs (by the beach, baby sitting etc), my best advice would be going to a resort.

      I know it might seem a bit too touristy, but they usually have gorgeous private beaches not very distant to the traditional villages and offer baby sitting/entertainment for the kids so that you can also enjoy your holiday.

      I have a few ones in mind, let me know if this can be of any interest for you. Also, a very important question. How picky are you in regards of the beach/sea? As the less crowded places are nice but not super spectacular. It all depends on your priorities.

      Unfortunately in high season we can’t have it all!
      Hope it helps!

      Cheers
      Clelia

  23. G

    Hi Kle,

    Thanks so much for your blog, it has already helpled me hugely. My fiancée and I are planning to go to Sardinia in July for 7 days for our honeymoon. I am currently making a plan and looking to book accommodation/flights…I just wanted to get your opinion on the following, if you have a chance to reply:

    – Fly into Olbia
    – Hire a car and drive to Cala Gonone (stay here for 4 nights – check out the beaches, go on a couple of excursions somewhere, find some activities to do etc.)
    – Then drive to Porto Cervo (possibly stop off somewhere on the way..San teodoro maybe).
    – Stay in Porto Cervo for 3 nights (check out the rich surroundings, nightlife, maybe more activities or just chill/see sights)
    – Then drive back to Olbia airport to fly out.

    What do you think? any suggestions about things to do, or anything you think doesnt quite look right?

    Many thanks for your help and thanks again for all the useful info in the blog! 🙂

    G

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey G! Thanks for stopping by and congratulations on your honeymoon 🙂
      As per your itinerary… it doesn’t sound crazy at all, 1 week and 2 destinations not that far away from each other is quite ideal actually and choosing San Teodoro as last stop is much better as it’s very close to Olbia.
      As for the things to do… did you have a chance to see my article ” Sardinia for couples”? It is a massive guide with everything you need to know, especially for Cala Gonone and Porto Cervo. San Teodoro might be quite crowded with younger people (parties etc) but if you book a place not in the centre you can enjoy your privacy without the noises 😉

      Have a great time!
      Cheers
      Clelia

  24. Nicola P

    Hi Clelia!
    Wow this blog was amazingly helpful! Sardinia looks absolutely stunning!
    I’m sure you’ve answered this question a million times, but where would you suggest staying if I flew into Olbia? Me and my husband are 28 and will be renting a car. We want to visit beaches, go on boat trips and also be walking distance to restaurants!
    Thank you 🙂

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Nicola,
      Glad you liked my blog post! Did you had a chance to see my other article “Sardinia for Couples“? It was bìmeant to be only for couples but it has become a massive resource for things to do in various areas of Sardinia.

      From Olbia I would suggest:

      Porto Cervo:(if you like posh places)
      Golfo di Orosei:(for stunning nature and awesome beaches)
      San Teodoro: For a bit of fun and also explore the awesome nearby beaches
      Santa Teresa: For snorkeling and stunning landscapes

      There is so much choice that you can’t really go wrong!
      Have a blast!!

      Cheers
      Clelia

  25. Adam Templeton

    Hi,
    We are a couple with four kids between 16 and 10. We are in Sardinia for 3 weeks in August, landing in Olbia and will have a car. We are looking for a chilled out holiday and past experience tells me that camping is the best way for this. So, I am hoping you can help me with the set up. Is it best to take our own tent or is tent accommodation available on sites? I like the idea of staying in two or three areas maybe for a week each. The Oristano area sounds great and on the quieter side, which is again is good for a wholesome and simple few weeks. Can you recommend other sites/places?…Many thanks, Adam

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Adam
      Camping is great! I just went back from a 2 months of mainly camping (in Africa) and it was awesome! So you have my full approval 🙂

      For Camping in Sardinia there are various options, it is obviously cheaper to bring your own tent but there are sites where you can rent the tent. The Oristano area in my opinion is the best for camping and Caravans but you can find camping sites scattered all over the island.

      It all depends on how flexible are you and what level of comfort are you looking for.
      Here are a few links that might help you in deciding what’s best for you!

      Camping in Oristano Or you can simply click on the Sardinia image and choose the area of your interest. It’s a very good website for camping lovers!

      Hope it helps, enjoy! 🙂

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    1. Clelia Mattana

      Thanks Steven! Glad I gave you some inspiration! feel free to check my other guides about Sardinia. I wrote one for couples but it is actually a massive guide for everyone really! 🙂

  27. Sally

    This has to be the most in-depth and well-researched travel article I ever read, congrats! Even though I don’t have planned any trips for the rest of the year now I’m dying to see Sardinia! These are all amazing beaches but La Pelosa immediately caught my attention – by the way, such a hilarious name for a beach. – due to the prison, that’s a very unique beach. I kinda hate crowds so I always opt for more secluded beaches, thanks for the tip, I actually thought in September there will be a lot of tourists there.

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Sally,Thanks! I don’t blame you… Sardinia is magic! I’m here as I write this and I can tell you that September is,in fact, one of the best months to visit as finally the beaches are not crowded anymore. Not even the most popular ones 🙂

  28. Bella

    Hi, I am a solo traveler looking to come to Sardinia in mid October for 4 days. I would love to be able to get to Cala Genone but am wondering if its feasible in my time frame? I looked at staying in Baunei, but can’t find how I would get there and from what airport would be best? Would it then be possible to get to the beaches from Baunei by taxi or foot?

    If I have to choose a more appropriate destination, I would really love for my trip to revolve around beaches and scenic spots, with lots of walking involved. But of course more cultural areas would be amazing as well. I am just hoping to spend some days swimming.

    At first I looked at Alghero but the beaches and coast line on the east side look more like me. I would consider hiring a car for one day perhaps, and I haven’t booked any flights yet so am flexible with airports.

    I was wondering what you would recommend?
    Thanks

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Bella

      Going from Olbia to Cala Gonone is feasible but unless you rent a car you’ll lose a significant amount of time for such a short stay. Baunei is a very traditional village in the heart of the mountains but not far from the sea, but you still will need a car as the public transport in there are almost non existent to go to the beaches. Baunei is a good base to visit the Golgo and for the fantastic trek to Cala Goloritze, not to mention the scenic view from the village itself but you still need to have your own car or scooter at least.

      If you want a traditional stay I’d recommend it but keep in mind that moving around is difficult in that area (but totally worth it!). If you want something easier but less scenic, I’d go to San Teodoro/Budoni, easily reachable by public transports and very close to Olbia airport, and having only 4 days it might be the more sensitive choice for you!

      Cheers
      Clelia

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  30. Julia

    Hey Clelia,

    I’m so glad that I found your website with all the useful information for my trip to Sardinia! I want to go there in September with my boyfriend. And we are both looking for a quiet place with nice beaches that are not overly crowded.
    Do you have any suggestions on which area we should go?

    Thank you so much in advance!
    Julia

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Julia,
      In September the beaches are usually not that crowded, so if you’re looking for a quiet place I’d say go for Orosei or Dorgali, they are nice villages very close to stunning beaches like Cala Mariolu, Goloritze and Cala Biriola. That’s my favorite part of Sardinia, I’ve been there recently and I didn’t want to leave!

  31. The-Worldwide

    After reading your article, we have inspired to write a blog about sardina island. Most of our people want to travel worldwide, they are searching for cheap hotels, accommodations etc, want to belong in a house. This article is full of information. I will suggest them to visit your hometown.

        1. Clelia Mattana

          Hi The worldwide,
          unfortunately, I don’t allow extra links on my comment section, as I consider it as advertising. Each commenter has the opportunity to link to their URL when posting the comment (the URL will be linked with the name). This is the most I can do.

          Thanks for your understanding. This is to prevent private companies from posting comments just to get a link back to their websites in the comment.

          Regards
          Clelia

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Thanks India,

      Sorry I had to cut the link as I don’t accept any indirect advertising on my comment section for this article.
      Thanks for your understanding.

      Cheers
      Clelia

  32. Angel

    Dear Clelia,

    First i would like to express my sincere gratitude. I spent hours browsing trough your Sardinia guide and now i have set my mind on going to this beautiful island. We are a group of 5 people and we were considering either Sicily or Sardinia, but now it is decided :).
    The plan is to spend a weekend on Sardinia in the end of September (25-26). After everything i read here it is obvious that after we land in Cagliari we will rent a car and go spend the weekend in some place near the Golfo di Orosei. Anyway i have two specific questions i could not quite get the answer to.
    1. It will be really helpful if you can recommend a local car rental company that does not require credit card (we prefer paying cash and as strange as it sounds we have no credit cards but only debit cards and all the rental companies i can find online require a credit card).
    2. Other question is about the boat trips to the Golfo di Orosei. Is there a boat trip that includes both Cala Mariolu and Cala Goloritze beaches. Second – are you familiar with options to rent small boat for 5 ppl. to sail on our own so we don’t have to keep someone else’s schedule.( considering that 3 of us are big guys 95kg.+).

    Thank you in advance and keep up the good work – i can honestly say your guide is the reason we are going to Sardinia.

    best regards

    Angel

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Angel, I didn’t see your message!

      Unfortunately, having a car available in here I can’t tell you for sure about a car rental that doesn’t require the credit card. You can ask directly upon your arrival at the airport. But honestly I doubt they would accept cash these days..

      Second question about the boat trip, if you head towards Cala Gonone or Orosei there will be plenty of places where you can directly walk in and ask, there are many options for small boat rentals and Sardinian people are still “old style” so walking in and booking directly in there is the best way to go in my opinion.

      You shouldn’t have any problem, but depending on the size of the boat they require a nautical licence or the driver coming with you. But I definitely recommend going by yourself if you can, the experience will be totally different as you don’t have to follow any schedule!

      Let me know if you need any more info 🙂
      Cheers
      Clelia

    2. Clelia Mattana

      Oh Almost forgot. There is no boat for Cala Goloritze (they can’t get close to the shore), the only way to visit is either to swim from the boat (but it’s not very convenient) or hike through the dedicated path!

      1. Angel Rizov

        Dear Clelia,

        thank you for your thorough answer and thanks again for writing your Sardinia guide. I just can’t wait to go to some of the beautiful places you described.

        best
        Angel

  33. thanasis

    Hi clelia
    First of all congrats for the great website and the effort you put into.Its very helpful.
    We are visiting Calgiari with my wife between 10 and 17 august and we are staying on the main city. We ll not have a car so we would like to ask you some good beaches nearby the main city that we can access easily by bus. Thank u very much

  34. Jolao Antonio

    Is always good to check a site where to find interesting contents about Sardinia and traveling. I especially like the fact you provide some tips and show the pros and cons about the region (I totally share the point of view of the editor)

    I am a local Sardinian and I created a site where unique and real experience in food and wine field. I facilitate the meeting between producers, chefs and wine makers: wineries tour and tasting, lunch with the shepherds and much more.

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Jolao, Thanks for the message!What you’re doing is great 🙂 Apologies if I had to cut the comment, but I never allow any self-promotion without an agreement, otherwise my comment section would quickly become a huge self promotional space. I’m sure you’ll understand my point of view. Keep up with the good work!
      Cheers
      Clelia

      1. Charlotte

        Hi,

        Great website we love it and will print off pages for ur up an coming trip to Sardinia the first week in september – But can you advise please?

        we arrive on the 31st August and have booked in to Hotel Excesior on La Maddalena for the first 2 nights , we then thought after your reviews for San Teodoro for our last 3 nights. We would quite like to be close to the port if that’s were the night life is (we are mid 40’s so not really looking for clubs etc but nice bars and restaurants) can you please advise us of a good area/hotel or suggest a different location we fly home on Sunday 6th September am.

        Many thanks in advance

        1. Clelia Mattana

          Hi Charlotte

          Sorry, your message was under one of my replies and I missed it. regarding your concern for San Teodoro, if you go in September it is much quieter and have nice quiet areas as well (just check the hotels reviews and choose something that is not too central and you should be perfectly fine).

          If you don’t want to stay there, but still close to the airport, Arzachena could be a good option for you. It’s definitely quieter than San Teodoro but still has nice beaches to discover in the surrounding areas.

          Have a great holiday!
          Cheers
          Clelia

  35. Dan

    Hi Clelia

    My girlfriend and I are headed to Sardenia on July 15th and staying until the 22nd.

    We are flying into Cagliari and because we didn’t have a car, we booked 5 nights in Cala Gogone. Figured it would be the easiest way to get private boat rides to your top beaches and maybe find a way up to San Teodoro for the beaches up there.

    We are trying to find our way from Cagliari to Cala Gogone without a car. Is there a train or bus that get us up there pretty easy??

    Also once up in our hotel, is it easy to rent boats for the day to get to the beautiful beaches without having to hike hours to get there? We would like to stay for a few hours and have a lunch and I’m curious if people do thst without a boat.

    What the best way for us to proceed.

    Thank you. Loved your site and all the information! Helped me a bunch!

    Dan

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Dan, Not sure you’re going to read the message by now, but I’ll try anyway in case you do!

      It’s pretty difficult to reach Cagliari from Cala Gonone without a car honestly. It can be done by bus or getting to Nuoro by train but it’s a long Journey and not very advisable for someone who doesn’t know Sardinia.. I will be writing about it in one of my articles so people are aware of what to expect. For renting the boat or go to a boat trip from Cala Gonone is very easy! Don’t worry, you’ll find plenty of places to book your trip. Some places/hotels have their own boat service.

      Hope this helps! Have a great time!
      Clelia

  36. nitin

    Hi Clelia

    Amazing and useful information . I would be flying to Olbia in last week of Aug for a week , what places would you recommend as we would like relaxed vacation and would like to visit mostly the best beaches and places with some night life. yes we would hire a car.

    Thanks,
    nitin

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Nitin,

      For me, the best place, with the best beaches is the Cala Gonone Orosei Area. Cala Gonone is also quite lively (not Orosei). Alternatively you can have your base in San Teodoro, well known for it’s night life and good beaches, and drive the car to enjoy a day boat trip to Cala Gonone/Golfo di orosei beaches that are really stunning!

      Cheers
      Clelia

      1. nitin

        Hi

        is it ok to make olbia as a base for 4 days and do day trips to porto cervo and san teodoro as there is better choice of hotels available.

        thanks
        nitin

  37. Angelo

    Ciao Clelia, amazing site as everyone has mentioned, so much great information! I am only going for a very short trip, so I plan on sticking to 2-3 destinations, I was planning on doing La Pelosa beach, La Maddalena, and Cagliari (since this is where I fly in and out of).

    Quick question about visiting La Maddalena area – I understand that it’s highly rated and considered a must, since you have to take a boat across to the island where is the best place to stay around there (on the mainland side like by Palau)? So that you can then take a day trip out to the island and then come back to your hotel. I guess I am just not so sure where most people stay as a home base when they want to make day trips to La Maddalena island.

    Also, any recommendations for a traveler that wants to see some nightlife and a bit of partying in Sardinia?

    Grazie mille, molto apprezzato!

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Angelo, thanks for the nice comment 🙂
      For the boat trips to Arcipelago della Maddalena, well I’ve been there many times and every time I was staying at a different place as long as it was not more than 45 min away bu car, so anything in the area would do (Arzachena, Cannigione if you want to stay for cheaper) or the whole Costa Smeralda area. Anyway going for the boat trip is a must but also the beaches in the Area are worth a visit so you could stay for a few days and then head to Cala Gonone on your way back to Cagliari and also enjoy another MUST SEE place (for me it’s the best!).

      As for partying.. The best places are San Teodoro, Alghero, Villasimius and obviously Cagliari!
      Enjoy your stay! 🙂
      Cheers
      Clelia

  38. Lucia

    Ciao clelia,
    Your website is so informative and extremely well laid out. I’ve loved reading through it and having some insider tips. Keep it coming! My sister and I are undecided between going to olbia or zona sant’andrea near Cagliari. We are looking for great beaches but not too far from the city as we won’t have our own transport. Which would you say is best please? Thank you in advance!

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Lucia… mmmhh not having a car is a shame as the best beaches are usually only reachable if you have your own car or at least a scooter. For Olbia, there are many beaches around but the buses stop on the main road and from there you’ll have to go by car. the only advice I have is to stay near cannigione (not far from olbia) and relax in there, or San Teodoro where you can reach the beach by foot or bycicle. To get from Olbia to San Teodoro there are buses so it wont be a problem.

      For the Cagliari area, the only easy beach to reach is the city beach Poetto, otherwise you can take a bus towards Domus the maria, but you’ll have to walk from the main road to the beaches and it’s not ideal.. Unfortunately without a car you are going to miss out on the best parts 🙁

      Hope this helps!
      Clelia

  39. Federico

    Hi Clelia, first of all – and as all others say- thanks for the great blog!!! ☺
    So, here we are, Fede & Beba a couple from Argentina. We have tickets for the 20th August (landing in Cagliari) until 4th September (departing from Alghero). That is, 14 days.
    Before I start, and it´s important to mention beforehand, we don´t have car license, so as far as i read, our itinerary Could be a bit limited, right?

    This is our plan so far:
    20th August in the morning we get to Cagliari. We plan to stay in the city 2 nights.
    First day: visit the city, what you mentioned in another reply (pier, Piazza Yenne, Via Manno, etc)
    Then, here, first question: how long does it take going from Cagliari to Mari Pintau or Tuerreda or Chia Beach (one of those) to spend the day and then back to sleep in Cagliari? Does it make sense?

    Then we plan to go up on the East coast and spend there 5 or 6 days. Cala Marilou or Cala Goloritze. Is it possible to get there without a car?
    The thing is, we don´t want to spend only 1 or 2 days in each place, because without a car this will be the hell. We did such a trip last year in Sri Lanka –we were shooting a documentary- and we couldn´t chill properly. And the main goal of this trip to Sardinia, is to rest, eat and chill!!

    After that, we plan to g oto San Teodoro, Rean Bianca or Archipielago Madalenna another 5 or 6 days.
    And finally, Alghero, where our flight departures on the 4th September. Is it Alghero a nice city to stay?

    Some extra questions:
    1. End of august/ beginning of September is still so crowded? Do you recommend to book everything before?
    2. So, as you´ve read, we don´t plan to go to the West coast. Is this a terrible mistake? I guess no, since in your post there only 1 beach worth to visit there: San giovanni.
    Again, thanks a lot!!!
    Have a nice week.
    Fede&Beba

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey guys, as you said..without a car your itinerary will be limited so my suggestion is:

      1) stay in Cagliari 2 days and visit the city as you planned (check out my other article here where I have a whole section about Cagliari and other areas you’re interested in. It says it’s for couples but it’s actually a massive guide for everyone)

      2)It’s very stressful to go to Chia, let alone Tuerredda by bus. It is possible, but from the main road you’ll have to walk for a while to get to the beach. Not many people do it, especially if they want to relax! It’s much much better if you get the bus to Villasimius and relax in there for at least 5 days. The beach Simius is big, nice and close to the village and you can also take day boat trips so you wont get bored to see the same beach over and over

      3) Go to Cala Gonone (also see it on the guide I’ve already mentioned), considering that you dont have the car, I’d stay there for 5 days, there are amazing boat trips and you can also organize excursions to go to Cala Goloritze’. It’s the perfect setting to enjoy that area. I’d honestly skip the rest as it would be too stressful, and the other area mentioned will confine you to just 1 beach for days, with nothing else to do.

      For the bookings, yes, I highly recommend you book in advance! You can find some suggestions on my second guide for Cala Gonone! But hurry as I’m receiving so many emails of people asking for help as they can’t find anything as everything is almost fully booked for the entire season! (people start to book in January for August/September!)…

      Hope this will help you, don’t stress too much in seing everything at once, just relax and enjoy your stay! wherever you go…it will be worth it!
      Cheers
      Clelia

      1. Fedda

        Good morning Clelia.
        Woww!!! thanks a lot for your fast reply.
        I won´t be creative at all, I have nothing more to add than, THANKS A LoT and you are doing a very nice blog!!!

        Follow the sun is our motto, and I might think it´s also yours 🙂

        Have a nice week.
        Fede & Beba

  40. Gaby

    Hey Cleila,

    awesome blog indeed, lot of information!

    So far what I’ve seen from your blog & other research/resources is that on Sardinia there are not too many small (boutique type of) hotels on the seafront / with private beach.

    I was planning to go between 5-13 September but so far, I have not found any accommodation. Can you advise please?

    We’d like to have a base (as ‘isolated’ as possible = not too many other hotels around) but near a medium size city. We’d rent a car and drive around, must see is definitely Cala Gonone, La Maddalena.

    Thanks much in advance,
    Gaby

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Gaby, I replied to your comment because I remember your question and my advice but i must not have gone through for some reason, sorry about that!

      Anyway for other people seeking for a similar information, in Sardinia there are actually all the type of accommodation you can imagine. You just need to look for them carefully. My advice is to rent a private apartment (and they can be also quite cheap, depending on location and seasonality).

      Listing all of the hotels on the beach with private beaches could end up in a massive reply! In the south there is Forte Village, Chia laguna resort and many others and in the north east you will find hotels like Pitrizza with nice private beaches. They are always more expensive of course but this is the price you have to pay to be more isolated and have a private beach in Sardinia.

      My advice is to take a day or two to look in websites like booking.com where I find the best deals and I’m sure people will find anything they need, including private beaches (I saw many listed in there and i might write a separate blog post to help people with this specific request for the next season!)

      I hope you made it to Sardinia and had a great time in my beautiful island!
      Cheers
      Clelia

  41. Roxana

    Hey Clelia,

    Great blog! Gorgeous photos and thorough information!

    I am planning a trip at the begining of september for 11 days in Sardinia. I am curious if the water is warm enough for swimming:)

    Thank you in advance for your help.
    Roxana

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Roxana

      I was pretty sure I’ve already replied to your comment, but I don’t see it anywhere in here…weird.
      Anyway, even if I’m late I still want to reply to your question as this is a quite frequent question: The answer is yes! absolutely, unless you are not lucky with the weather (some days might be a bit “colder” than usual in September), but as a general rule people swim without any problem during this time of the year!

      cheers
      Clelia

      1. Yolanda

        Hi Clelia,

        What a great blog – thanks so much for taking the time to give us such amazing feedback. I am planning to go to Sardinia in August for 2 weeks! I am a solo traveller and love beautiful beaches and the sea more than anything – preferably places that aren’t too touristy. I will be flying in from Madrid. Can you recommend an itinerary for me please? Do you think i need to book accommodation in advance? Is care hire necessary? Sorry for bombarding you with questions, really appreciate your advice. Thanks so much, Yolanda

        1. Clelia Mattana

          Hi Yolanda

          Sorry I’ve missed your message! please always make sue to sending me a little reminder if you don’t see my reply within a week or so as it’s getting very challenging to keep up with all the request! 🙂

  42. Amanda

    Hi Clelia –

    What an inspiring and informative post! Thank you so much!

    I am considering a first time visit in September for approx 5 days, on my own and without car. Ideally I would like to spend time on the beaches and maybe change locations once or twice. Anywhere in particular that you recommend for safe solo travelling?

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Amanda, I wrote a post about solo travel in Sardinia (which I have to edit and add a few more info), depending on what you want to do…if you want to socialize I’d say go to San Teodoro (if you like camping there is a nice place in front of La Cinta beach) and you won’t need the car, then you could organize a day trip to Orosei and take the boat to see the beautiful beaches, or you can take the bus to Palau for the Arcipelago della Maddalena Boat trip. I HIGHLY suggest at least one of the two, if not both 🙂 I know you only have 4 days but you could spend 2 days in San Teodoro and organize 2-day trips for the boat experience!

      Sardinia is usually very safe for solo travelers, you just need to use common sense like anywhere else and you’ll be perfectly fine!
      Cheers
      Cle

  43. abok

    Hey Clelia,

    Great blog! Gorgeous photos and thorough information so thanks!

    I plan on going to Sardinia for only 4-5 days from Naples in early July. I want to visit your top 2 beaches and plan to base myself in Cala Gonone. Are those beaches reachable by local boats or by hiking? Also, since I plan on taking the ferry from Naples and it only goes to Calgiari, I’m concerned about the bus from Cagliari to Cala Gonone. Do I have to transfer in Nuoro? I don’t have the option of ferrying back to Naples so I am probably going to fly from Olbia to Naples. Is it easy to get to Olbia from Cala Gonone? If I have to spend a night in Olbia for my flight the next day, can you recommend a cheap b&b?

    I also saw photos of your visit to the Philippines where I was born. I’m glad you liked it. I actually lived near Siargao till I was 20. I miss the beaches of the Philippines. Did you go somewhere else?

    Grazie!

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Abok,
      Wow a Filipino visiting Sardinia, what an honor! 🙂

      The best beaches from Cala Gonone are reachable only by boat (there are other nice ones but the top of the top are by boat only), for the transports, unfortunately Sardinia is not well connected.

      You either have to take a train to Nuoro and then get a bus or take a bus directly (you can find the link for the transport here at the end of the article), Cala Gonone – Olbia is not that bad by bus also counting that you will spend the night in Olbia!

      As for the B&B, I always recommend the usual website (which is the one I also use when I travel most of the times) booking.com , here is the direct link for the accommodation in Olbia, I’m sure they have plenty of very cheap places not far from the airport!

      As for the Philippines, oh I miss them too! I went to many islands (I stayed 4 months): Panay Island(Antique region), Boracay, Carabao, Camotes Islands, Bohol, Siargao, Palawan (both El Nido and Coron) but I want to go back ASAP!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE THE PHILIPPINES!!

  44. Alina

    Hi,

    We will be traveling there this Autumn 4-11 of October. I hope the weather will be great and that we can still swim at that moment. We will land in Alghero and now I am trying to get the accommodation. The idea is that I don’t know if we should stay at only one hotel. What do you recommend? I think it might be really hard to visit something and then go back to the hotel to the other part of the island. So, I think I have to make a plan with the best things we can see in one week. What do you advise me?

    Thanks a lot!

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Alina! In one week, I’d recommend you to go to 2 areas: 1 area Alghero and surroundings and 2nd area the Golfo di Orosei area or alternatively the Olbia/Costa Smeralda area.

      This way you’ll have the time to discover a bit more but without stressing too much! The only thing I’d make sure (since you’re going in October), is to contact the companies that organize the boat tours to Arcipelago della Maddalena and Golfo di Orosei area to make sure they still provide the service. It will surely depend on the weather so you’ll have to keep your fingers crossed for that as unfortunately, no one can predict it 🙂

      I just finished a huge guide on Alghero, Costa Smeralda area, Cala Gonone area, Castelsardo and Cagliari, the guide was supposed to be for couples but it ended up being for everyone as I add so many details on the excursions, links to the direct websites, things to do, where to eat etc. Here is the link, I’m just adjusting the maps and a few minor details, but the article is basically done!

      I still need to add the accommodation section, but I’ll usually research very carefully the best deals from my favorite website, the one that I use all the times as it makes you book the room and you can cancel last minute and pay when you arrive.

      You can have a look at it here for:
      Alghero
      Cala Gonone
      Cannigione
      Arzachena

      which are the areas that you would like to visit!
      I also try to give advice on specific hotels I like but it all depends on your budget and also on the availability (but in your case, being in October you should be much easier to find the perfect accommodation for you!)

      I hope this helps!
      Cheers
      Clelia

  45. Fernando

    Ciao Clelia, come stai? Ho scelto la sardegna come nozze, sono brasiliano di origine italiana e vorrei sapere cosa ne pensi di questo roadtour che ho programmato.

    1 giorno – Arrivo a Cagliari e rimango due giorno a Chia, primo giorno Baia / Spiaggia di Chia (cosa mi consiglia? Dove pranzare e se `e piu economico comprare un ombrellone/ sedie/ lettino invece di affitare ogni giorno, sar`o in sardegna per 1 settimana e ho affittato una macchina.

    2 giorno – Spiaggia di Tuerreda (cos altro posso fare? E mangiare?)

    3 giorno – Andare verso Olbia con fermata ad Orosei per vedere CALA GOLORITZE.

    4 giorno – Nostro albergo sara sempre ad Olbia e da qui andiamo verso i locali, al 4 giorno penso di uscire mattina presto da Olbia e andare ad Alghero, voglio vedere le grotte e magari qualcosaltro, di sera ritorno ad Olbia.

    5, 6, 7 giorno – Non so bene cosa fare, voglio vedere Calaghari, le Isole e cos’altro mi raccomanda, visto che sar`o ad Olbia.

    Vorrei sapere cosa mi consiglia da mangiare (quello che ‘e la specialita del isola), dolce, salato, pasta, pizza?! Se vuoi mi rispondi per email!

    Grazie mille per l`articolo e scusami per il mio italiano ‘e da un p’o che non lo uso.

    Arrivo da vuoi tra un paio di settimana se riesci a rispondermi in questa settimana, sar’o moltissimo grato!

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Ciao Fernando! Ho un amico Brasiliano con lo stesso nome quindi ti rispondo ancora piu’ volentieri 🙂

      Faccio copia/incolla delle tue domande cosi trovi le risposte sotto!

      1 giorno – Arrivo a Cagliari e rimango due giorno a Chia, primo giorno Baia / Spiaggia di Chia (cosa mi consiglia? Dove pranzare e se `e piu economico comprare un ombrellone/ sedie/ lettino invece di affitare ogni giorno, sar`o in sardegna per 1 settimana e ho affittato una macchina.

      Chia e’ sicuramente approvata come spiaggia! Bellissima e con un mare stupendo. Considera pero’ che non ci sono ristoranti vicinissimi quindi ti converrebbe portarti un panino e qualche snack per il pranzo se vuoi restare tutto il giorno in spiaggia. Se ce l’hai, portati una mini borsa frigo, compri i panini e (se ti piace) un po’ di prosciutto e te li fai in spiaggia quando hai fame, oppure li prepari prima, cosi risparmi anche un pochino visto che il costo del parcheggio per una giornata e’ do circa 6 euro (a meno che non l’abbiano aumentato quest’estate, ancora non sono risucita a farci un salto).

      Per l’ombrellone e sdraia, io personalmente preferisco avere i miei, non costano molto e te li porti appresso facilmente senza spendere in ogni spiaggia (ed alcune sono molto selvagge quindi ti conviene portartelo).

      Se vuoi, lo stesso giorno che visiti Chia (la spiaggia grande con gli isolotti di fronte: Su Giudeu) puoi anche fare un salto a vedere Cala Cipolla che e’ la spiaggia di fianco. Ci arrivi proseguendo dal parcheggio e facendo una salitina a piedi e 5 minuti di camminata, e’ piu’ piccola ma molto carina!)

      2 giorno – Spiaggia di Tuerreda (cos altro posso fare? E mangiare?)

      Tuerredda e’ la mia spiaggia preferita! (nonostante i prezzi del parcheggio e il sovraffollamento in alta stagione, ma devi arrivare prestissimo, verso le 7 max 8), li c’e un bar/ristorante dove puoi mangiare, pero’ non conosco i prezzi perche’ io mi faccio sempre il mio solito panino! 🙂 ) Io ti consiglio di restarci tutto il giorno fino a sera quando si svuota e diventa un paradiso!

      3 giorno – Andare verso Olbia con fermata ad Orosei per vedere CALA GOLORITZE.

      Considera che se vuoi vedere Cala Goloritze devi partire veramente prestissimo da Cagliari, perche’ ti ci vuole 1/2 ore per scendere giu’ dal sentiero e 2 orette buone per risalire e sarete super stanchi. Non so se hai gia’ prenotato l’albergo, ma secondo me e’ meglio farti 2 giorni a Cala gonone cosi puoi fare sia la gita in barca alle altre spiagge bellissime come Cala mariolu e Cala Biriola e sia il trek a Cala Goloritze senza fare una maratona super stancante!

      4 giorno – Nostro albergo sara sempre ad Olbia e da qui andiamo verso i locali, al 4 giorno penso di uscire mattina presto da Olbia e andare ad Alghero, voglio vedere le grotte e magari qualcosaltro, di sera ritorno ad Olbia.

      Se resti (come ti dicevo) a cala Gonone per almeno 2 giorni, poi io spenderei altri 2 giorni in zona Olbia, e farei la boat trip all’arcipelago della Maddalena da Palau e visiterei una delle spiagge della costa Smeralda (ho scritto un post super dettagliato per la Sardegna in coppia dove parlo sia di Cala Gonone che della Costa Smeralda, Alghero e anche Cagliari), ti consiglio di darci un’occhiata!

      5, 6, 7 giorno – Non so bene cosa fare, voglio vedere Calaghari, le Isole e cos’altro mi raccomanda, visto che sar`o ad Olbia.

      Io ti consiglio di restare in zona, quindi stare di piu’ sia a Cala Gonone che vicino Olbia. A meno che non vuoi fare una cosa tutta di corsa e con abbastanza stress, andare e tornare ad Alghero da Olbia nello stesso giorno e’ abbastanza massacrante, la Sardegna vista dalla cartina sembra piccola, ma le distanze sono di almeno 2 ore o piu’ dalla costa orientale a quella occidentale, e le strade non sono facilissime da navigare quindi il mio consiglio sarebbe (e questo e’ un itinerario gia’ abbastanza stressante perche’ devi guidare un bel po’!):

      2 Giorni zona Cagliari/ Chia ( vedi Baia Chia e Tuerredda)
      3 Giorni Cala Gonone (Gita in barca, Cala Goloritze e un giorno a rilassarti in una delle spiagge vicine raggiungibili in macchina, vedi il mio post con il link che ti ho dato dove ci sono parecchie opzioni sulle cose da fare in zona)
      2/3 Giorni Olbia area (gita arcipelago della maddalena e visita la costa smeralda, e le bellissime spiagge nei dintorni come Romazzino, Spiaggia del Principe e Capriccioli.

      In questo modo ti stressi di meno, perche’ fare mordi e fuggi in molti posti secondo me non ne vale la pena, soprattutto perche’ le cose piu’ belle da fare come le gite in barca le devi programmare almeno 1 giorno o due prima, perche’ altrimenti rischi di non trovare posto e sarebbe un peccato non farle!!)

      Vorrei sapere cosa mi consiglia da mangiare (quello che ‘e la specialita del isola), dolce, salato, pasta, pizza?!

      Allora, quando non sei in spiaggia tutto il giorno, ti consiglio di assaggiare la Pasta alla Bottarga (specialita’ dell’isola!) e le Seadas, dolci fritti con formaggio fuso dentro, anche queste tipiche sarde (e buonissime), per il resto, se ti piace il pesce e i frutti di mare, io mi butterei sugli spaghetti alle vongole o ai frutti di mare,conditi con olio e prezzemolo e senza sugo di pomodoro… rendono molto meglio!)

      Spero di esserti stata di aiuto 🙂

      In bocca al lupo e congratulazioni per il matrimonio!
      Clelia

  46. Kunal

    Hi Clelia,

    Thanks for a very informative blog.
    I plan to visit with my family and 2 kids for 7 days and would like to know which would be the best place to rent a villa. We would like to visit a few beaches but not make the trip too hectic with the children.Are there some good websites for renting villas that I could try and search?

    Thanks,
    Kunal

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Kunal,

      Thanks for your message! I recently wrote a post mentioning a good friend who deals with villa renting in south Sardinia, he might be able to help you out if you are looking for quiet places to stay in the area: This is the post, you can fill in your details on the contact form and he will receive your query and I’ll be in copy to check things out.

      Hope this helps!
      Cheers
      Clelia

  47. maxi

    Absolute travel frenzy that you have created by posting about Sardinia. Good for those planning to go on a Mediterranean holiday.

  48. Sally

    Hi Clelia,
    Thank you so much for your website and your kindness in answering emails.
    We have 7 days in Sardinia and I believe I have narrowed down what MUST do/see:
    1. Cala Gonone- rent a rubber boat to see the various caves and beaches
    2. Beaches in Costa Smerelda- Romazzino, Cala di Volpe, Capriccioli, Porto Rotondo and Li’ Iltriceddhi
    3. Boat Trip to Maddalena Archipelago
    4. Tinnari & Isola Rosa
    4. Stintino & La Perlosa Beach

    We are confused about where to stay- we could stay in 2 hotels in various locations. We are flying from Rome and are able to fly into Olbia and leave from Alghero. Do you have any recommendations? We like small towns, near the sea, with restaurants. We don’t need nightlife.
    Thanks so much.
    Sally

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Sally!

      Thanks for your nice comment 🙂

      Your itinerary it’s quite nice as you’re going to see some beautiful places, but in 7 days you’ll need to rush a bit. If you don’t mind, then of course go ahead!

      I’d say:

      1. Cala Gonone- rent a rubber boat to see the various caves and beaches :

      Perfect idea to rent your own boat! you can stay in Cala Gonone Village for 1/2 nights, which is perfect as it’s near the pier and on the beach, not much nightlife but at least a few restaurants to eat, you can have a look at their deals in here:(I don’t give you specific hotels as you need to check he availability first)

      2. Beaches in Costa Smerelda- Romazzino, Cala di Volpe, Capriccioli, Porto Rotondo and Li’ Iltriceddhi
      3. Boat Trip to Maddalena Archipelago

      In here you can stay in just one Hotel as the places are quite close to each other, I personally liked the villages of Cannigione which is directly on the sea, whilst Arzachena andSan Pantaleo are not directly on the sea.
      A great place to stay in Cannigione is this: as it has great views or this other one. If you stay in Cannigione, you can drive a bit and look for nice local restaurants in Arzachena for your dinner time. The Village is bigger than Cannigione and you’ll find several options in there.

      Again, being already May, it’s more difficult to find availability, but you can check the website and make sure to book as soon as possible as the best deals go very fast!

      4. Tinnari & Isola Rosa:

      I LOVE Tinnari and being on your way to Alghero airport I’d say that your best bet for the place to stay is in Badesi: A nice little village, very close to the sea and with a few panoramic restaurants with sea view and the sunset. I’ve been there a few time and it’s a good base to move and see Tinnari and Isola Rossa (only 30 min by car from Badesi).

      4. Stintino & La Pelosa Beach

      I’d say, if you want to see la Pelosa, you could drive from Badesi directly to the beach on your last day (1 hour and 20 minutes by car) and spend the last night before your departure at a nearby hotel in Stintino, so you can check in, leave your stuff in there and go to the beach, then rest for the night and head to Alghero the next day.

      A place I’d recommend in Stintino is “Hotel Cala Reale”, very nice, but I’m not sure about the availability as it’s quite popular, you can check out the places and availability for Stintino in here.
      I saw a few good deals for last minute bookings as May is the hottest season for bookings! 🙂

      I love your Itinerary and you’re going to see some amazing places, it would have been great if you had 2 weeks so you could relax more, but you will see the best of the best! 🙂

      Cheers
      Clelia

  49. Saima Bukhari

    Hi Kle,

    Loved reading thru your beach blog about Sardinia. As a fellow blogger in Dallas, I understand it takes so much time to respond to everyone’s questions but your answers are so kindly written so that’s why I’m writing you. My boyfriend is going to Barcelona for a 10 day biking adventure and I’m meeting him there in 2 weeks. We were originally going to visit Ibiza and Amalfi coast but have changed our minds last minute.

    So we will be arriving on Sunday, Jun 7 and flying into Olbia airport and want to visit beaches/towns in the north / east coast areas. We will be flying back to Barcelona on Friday Jun 12. So……not to add more to your busy plate i need HELP!!!! I’m not concerned with hotels because those i can easily find but given the timeframe I just mentioned, what would your recommend. We’re looking forward to relaxing by the beautiful beaches. Plus we will have a car.

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Saima! Thanks for stopping by (and for your understanding on how much work do I put in answering to everyone!), I’ll be back and reply to you in 3-4 days (I have a business conference so no time to reply properly these days!)I hope I’ll still be in time to help you…stay tuned!!

      1. Saima

        Hi again,

        Yes , just let me know when your time frees up a bit. Just to make it more detailed here is what I was sort of thinking:

        The purpose of trip is to relax, see some of the countryside, explore beaches and enjoy the culture & wonderful food. The beaches we hope to see are Calo Goritze, Cala Mariolu, Cala Luna, La Pelosa Sintino and Bidderosa Beach? I realize we will have to get a boat to go to some of these. Also before you read the itinerary idea below, is it worth it to take a day trip to La Maddalena or maybe a day/overnight trip to Corsica. I know this sounds like a lot in a short time frame LOL…maybe I’m being a bit enthusiastic. And I know that you mention how much you like San Teodoro, we are not necessarily that keen on bars/nightlife parties on this trip.

        -We fly into Cagliari airport on Sunday
        -Rent car and drive up the coast to Cala Gonone area to explore the beaches in that area and stays at Hotel Su Gonone. Stay 2/3 nights.
        -Drive from Cala Gonone to the Porto Cervo area and stay at Petra Segrete Hotel for 2/3 nights.
        -Drive from Porto Cervo back to Cagliari early Sat morning and stay within the city at The Birkin Luxury Apartment or The Place Cagliari. Enjoy the city. We fly back to Barcelona on Sunday

        I hope that gives you an idea so you don’t have to write paragraphs of itinerary. Thanks so much!

        Saima

  50. Eyera

    Ah ok thanks for your info 🙂 one last question, is San teodoro and santa teresa near from each other? Is it possible to visit both for 5 days trip? If not, which is worth to visit ? Thanks

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Eyera,

      San Teodoro and Santa Teresa are not THAT far away if you don’t mind driving for 1 hour and 30 minutes! It’s definitely worth it to see them both in my opinion, if you like nice beaches and great night life then San teodoro is Better, for snorkeling and a bit more quiet atmosphere, Santa Teresa might be better.

      Cheers
      Clelia

  51. Maciej

    Hi Clelia,

    Poland invades Sardinia soon! 😉
    Just wanted to double check my stuff. We like traveling by car and discovering cities, landscapes and beautiful places. Rarely we swim but can stare at nice things for hours :). A lot of photo shooting. Love real food and natural stuff. We have 7 days (14/06, landing in Cagliari at 18:00, departure 21/06 at 7:45). No too much time to discover things.

    What about this?:
    14/06 at 18:00 (1 night) –> transfer to Bosa (nice city?), morning up visit a town
    15/06 afternoon –> north coast travel from Bosa to Palau area to visit La Maddalena islands. She we go directly or through Capo Caccia or La pelosa? Or…anything else?
    15/06-17/06 (2 nights) –> Palau area. Better to stay 2 days in Palau and trip to La Maddalena for a day or dock directly on La Maddalena for 2 days with hotel? Can we make it by foot there or bike (boat tripis not for us)? We like nice area and good food and wine. What shall we do? 🙂
    17/06 morning –> transfer to Orosei area (can be Orosei or Cala Gonoe or Banuei or Artabax). What do you recommend? We do not swim too much. Prefer to drive a little and go by foot or bike further.
    17/06-20/06 (3 nights) – Ortosei area. Probably one day we will go by foot to Cala Mariolu (18th) or sth like this. Second day (19th) mountains or canyon. Third day (20th) travel by east-south coast to Cagliari hotel to be there afternoon. Any reco how to navigate to Cagliari through nice things? Having arrived at Cagliari, short city trip afternoon with nice restaurant. Any recommended with sea food?
    21/06 at 7:45 –> Departure to the land of Poland.

    Thanks a lot for your advice. You are doing a great job here!

    Macek

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Maciej! I’ll be replying in detail to your question in 3 days as I will be at a conference and can’t work on my blog during these days (I have to pack my suitcase as we speak)!!! Stay tuned! 🙂

  52. Eyera

    Hi Clelia,

    Thanks for your quick response. I will definitely check out the east cost beaches . But also, I came across this chia beach, it looks amazing as well. Is the beach located at east cost? Or it’s far from olbia airport? Thanks

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Eyera, I know Chia beach very well (so well that I call it MY BEACH)! But unfortunately is on the South West Sardinia, so yes…it’s very far away from Olbia, that’s why I don’t even mention it in my reply, as it’s not worth to drive for 4 hours and back.

      No one would ever do that ,unless you had more time and it would make sense to stop for a while in the north and then in the South, but as for the South, Chia and Tuerredda are in my opinion the best beaches, other than that, since I’m very picky, the North East beaches are more and almost all of them are smashingly beautiful so you can’t go wrong! 🙂

  53. Javier

    Good evening. Congratulation for the phenomenal Blog. My question is if you see feasibly to visit cove Mariolu and Cove Goloritze with a baby of 15 months. Also which are the calmest or paradisiac beaches. Thank you very much.

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Javier,

      Thanks for your nice words! I’m always glad when people find my content useful! As per your request, it depends… If you can carry your baby on your back or your front with those special straps, then it’s doable, but for Cala Goloritze you need to be careful as the path is steep and you wold need to go slowly. Always ensure to have enough water and food for you and your baby because you won’t find anything on the beach.

      For Cala Mariolu, if the Baby doesn’t suffer of motion sickness it should be OK, but never forget to bring with you an umbrella or something to protect him/her from the sun as the beaches don’t have any facilities (they are quite wild), but all in all you can do it!

      As for the calmest and best beaches…well, on my top 10 there are many to pick from! depending on which area you want to explore, they are all great!

      Hope it helps

      Cheers
      Cle

  54. Eyera

    Hi Clelia,

    Great blog you have here, useful info too. I am planning to visit sardinia in June from the 13th June til 18th. Based on your info and pictures, I feel like visiting all the beaches in sardinia! so beautiful. So for the first timer like me, where do you recommend that has the best beaches? white sand, easy to find food ? and i am not sure to fly to olbia airport or alghero. which airport is easier to travel to the best beaches? hope to hear from you soon. Thanks

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Eyera, I know….the beaches are all gorgeous but having only 5 days you have to pick one area 🙂
      If I had to choose for the first timers, I’d say, go to the North and land at Olbia airport as the east coast has the most beautiful beaches!

      I thought I was biased, but the other day I made a small survey among my Sardinian friends and they all agree with me that the east coast is the best. From Santa Teresa, to Villasimius, you will have the best beaches.

      I’d say, stay close enough to the Airport, as you won’t want to spend your holiday driving, so either Santa Teresa, Palau area (don’t forget the boat trip in there, amazing!), or San Teodoro if you want a bit more of social life and cocktail bars, restaurants, live music etc by night).

      I won’t move further than these 3 locations because you really don’t have the time. So you will be “forced” to come back for more, as usually people do after their first visit! 🙂

      Cheers
      Cle

  55. Sneha

    Hi Clelia,

    Sorry if I missed it somewhere, but I am really trying to find the best place strategically to stay in Sardinia.
    We are a young couple, and we have 10 (maybe 12 days) in July.

    What’s the best option for arriving by plane, Caglari or Alghero ?

    Which part of the island has the better water…?

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Shena

      In my opinion, the best place to stay strategically in Sardinia is the North East Coast, where you can easily move around and where you will find the best beaches, so I’d say Olbia Airport for that part of the island, or if you want to explore the south, the choice goes obviously to Cagliari Airport!

      Based on my experience, all the east coast from Villasimius to Santa Teresa has the best water and landscapes in general. Not that the rest of Sardinia is bad, not at all. I’m only pointing out the best of the best (if that makes sense) 🙂

  56. Dallas

    No questions…but just wanted to say thank you for putting all this information out there for all us Sardinia fans. It is truly exceptional for a blogger to offer so much information in response to personalised questions. I myself can never decide between Goloritze and Mariolu…have to keep going back to see if I will ever be able to put one ahead of the other in my affections!

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Dallas, you can’t imagine how glad I am to read message like yours. Well, you know what? I can’t help it. Usually Sardinian people are very helful so maybe that’s why I want to take my time to reply! Unfortunately now the people asking questions are increasing, and I don’t have the material time to reply immediately, especially to specific questions, but I love my country and my Island more than anything!
      As per Cala Goloritze e mariolu…i love both almost the same way, they are both spectacular!

  57. Jim

    loooooove your web site and great information about your beautiful Sardinia Island. will keep reading for my next trip to amazing Italy and only Italy….. love it so much…
    thx,
    Jim

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Awww thanks Jim! I am planning on writing some new guides about Italy and Sardinia, so stay tuned 🙂
      Thanks for your kind words, they mean a lot to me!

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Thanks! A lot of work (and I seriously mean A LOT) was involved to write this post, so I’m always glad to hear some good feedback from my readers!

      Cheers
      Cle

  58. gabry

    hello, i will go sardinia on 10 june, arriving( 9am) to Algero airoport and rent a car from there.

    So, I decided:

    day 1- stay in Alghero- visit La pelosa, Grotte de nettuno

    day 2 – travel from Alghero to Porto Cervo, visit capriciolli

    day 3 – go from Porto Cervo to Cala gonone , take the boat and visit Cala mariolu

    day 4 – returning Alghero from Cala Gonone

    day 5 – going home

    will be dificult do all this? i know time travel is around 2-2.5 hours. Is this a good idea? Can u pls help me with other itinerary maybe?

    i wanna relax on beach also , not driving and driving

    thanks!!
    ps. i dont wanna explore all the areas i am just focused in La pelosa, capriciolli, cala mariolu , cala goloritze

    1. gabry

      Ciao Clelia, Can you reply me please, i still have time to change my rezervations:-)
      thank you very much!
      Love your blog!

    2. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Gabry! Here I am 🙂
      I had a look at your itinerary and it MIGHT be doable but it’s a bit stressful as you’ll be driving around a lot!

      Let’s see..
      Day One Alghero : I’d suggest you spend your day at La Pelosa beach, not sure if you will be able to fit the visit at the Grotte di Nettuno, unless you stay in Alghero 2 days…

      Day 2 From Alghero to Porto Cervo: The shortest route is 2 hours drive, passing through Berchidda and Olbia, not that bad, spend the day in Capriccioli Beach (stunning choice!) and the next day you can head south to Orosei

      Day 3: Porto Cervo Orosei: another 1 hour and 40 minutes by car to the main village of Orosei, so to be able to catch the boat in the morning you’ll have to be at the pier at around 8 am (Cala Gonone is the closest pier from where you can catch the boats, other options are Arbatax and Santa maria Navarrese, but they are further away. To reach Cala Gonone is around 2 hours from Porto Cervo, whilst it will take you 3 hours to get to Arbatax and surroundings).

      You can check out this website to see the options from Cala Gonone, but there are other companies covering that route too.

      Day 4: going back from Cala Gonone to Alghero: 2 hours and 30 minutes drive…quite a long journey

      I’d say, this itinerary is OK if you don’t mind rushing from one place to the other but you’ll have to be very organized and on schedule the whole time!
      In my opinion, if you REALLY want to visit the Golfo di Orosei you should skip either la Pelosa beach or Capriccioli, otherwise a valid alternative would be skipping the Golfo di Orosei and focus on the Porto Cervo area, where you can take another amazing boat trip to the Arcipelago della Maddalena Instead.

      If you were flying to Olbia then your itinerary could be doable and easier (skipping Alghero of course), but since you have to go back there, I’d say for 5 days, stay in one max 2 places, so you’ll have to sacrifice something.

      If I had to choose, knowing the roads and the stress to get from one place to the other, be on time for the boat etc… I’d skip the Golfo di Orosei (even if I LOVE that place) as it’ really too far away from Alghero.

      This way you’ll have an excuse to come back to Sardinia, this time landing at Olbia and visit that fantastic area!

      I hope this helped you a bit 🙂
      Cheers

      Cle

      1. gabry

        Thank you so so much for your reply!
        MMM… hard decisions…. I arrive to alghero after a long way so my first day will be in alghero, because i dont wanna drive another 2 hours in the same day i arrive there.
        I definitly wanna visit the orosei coast !
        So first and last night will be in alghero, my flight is on 8 am when i departure, safer be around airport. Second and third night night around golfo di Orosei i think is the best choise.
        I also don.t find difficult drive 2 hour from 7-9 am, reach porto cervo from alghero, and the next day from 6-8 arrive cala gonone and hire a boat. If i do all this i don’t care what i will be doing on the last day :)) like i said hard decision when the time is so so short!
        Thanks again for your reply Cle kisses

        1. Clelia Mattana

          Hey Gabry!
          It seems to me that you are quite keen on driving your way around Sardinia! This is good news as your itinerary is quite feasible then! I’m also pretty sure you will (literally in this case) enjoy the ride!!

          Have a great time in Sardinia, the weather at the moment is lovely! 🙂

          Cheers
          Cle

  59. Roisin Mac DC

    Hi Cle!

    Your blog is absolutely fantastic, such detailed information which I’ve found hard to get anywhere else on Sardinia! 🙂
    I was wondering if you could help me out with a few details of a trip I’m planning with my boyfriend to Sardinia in July?:)
    We have seven days, and are flying into Cagliari from Rome. When I read your other blog replies, I was a bit worries when you mentioned July as the peak tourist season as we are both students in our twenties and looking to travel sardinia on a budget! That said we don’t mind spending a bit more to see as much as such a beautiful place has to offer!
    Initially we had looked at travelling up the west coast as we fly home to Ireland from Alghero, but having read your advice and seen the stunning beaches the east coast has to offer I think i’ve changed my mind!
    So, these are our queries:
    1. We are thinking of renting a car, but were worried about cost- is travelling feasible without a car, bearing in mind that we have to get from Cagliari to Alghero, and want to visit as many costal regions as we can on the way?
    2. We are looking at spending two nights in Cagliari, do you recommend the city itself as worth seeing? Also would daytrips to Chia and Villasimius be feasible?
    3. We are then looking to head up the east coast to Orosei. How close is the town to the beaches of Cala Marilou/ Cala Goloritze and what would you recommend for activities in the area?( snorkelling, sightseeing, trekking, boat excursions etc 🙂 )
    4. Is the national park nearby worth visiting/accesable? We are both avid hikers and would love to get some landscape trekking in 🙂
    5. The next few days I’m not too sure yet what we are thinking, would you have any reccomendations in the Olbia/San Teodoro area? We are thinking of spending 1/2 nights in Alghero before our flight so that would be our eventual destination. Is it a long drive from Olbia to Alghero?:)

    Sorry for the long essay haha! But seriously, well done with your blog and I would really appreciate any advice you would have for us:) Can’t wait to visit it seems like a wonderful country! :))

    Roisin 🙂 x

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Rosin,

      I’m so glad I let you change your mind towards the east coast! 🙂 I mean don’t get me wrong, there are fantastic places on the west coast too, but overall the east coast has much more to offer in my opinion!

      As for your questions..
      1) It is feasible to travel without a car, for example, from Cagliari to Olbia you can either take the train (Less than 4 hours and 17 euros) or the bus (not recommended in this case as you have to change at least 2 and it takes more than 6 hours). The only issue I foresee is that in 7 days if you don’t have the car you’ll have to plan your trip by bus very carefully, checking the departure schedules and so on, quite stressful as Sardinia public transport is, unfortunately a bit messy not to mention that to reach the best beaches you still would need a car. The bus will certainly take you to the main cities but not to most of the secluded beaches. So the car is a good investment for such a short period of time!

      2)Yes I highly recommend you to visit Cagliari, it’s a very nice city, take one day to discover the pier area, going up to Piazza Yenne, and then turn right to Via Manno and Via Garibaldi to get to the Bastione di San Remi’ where you can admire the whole city at sunset. Also the old town and the cathedral are worth a visit (you can walk there from the Bastione), the atmosphere in the old town is enchanting! Or you can take a walk at “Terrapieno” (also starting from the Bastione). It’s a nice walk outside the walls of the old city and the view of the city is very suggestive. Other places worth checking in Cagliari are the main beach Poetto (even if now they are reconstructing the main road and make it available only for buses and bicycles) and Monte Urpinu, another great place for its view on the city.

      The day trips to Chia and Villasimius are certainly doable (but get up VERY EARLY in the morning as in July the traffic is crazy and It might take you more than 1 hour and a half to get there if you leave later than 8 am).

      This is especially true for Chia, also… getting back to Cagliari is even worst if you don’t choose the right timing, either leave the beach early (around 2/3 pm at the latest) or very late (later than 8 pm) otherwise it might take 2 hours of more with massive traffic.

      Try going during the week, when the locals are still working and the roads are a bit better in terms of traffic. The beginning of July is still not as crazy as August, I’m just warning you because the weekends are the worst!

      You’ll need 2 days to visit both Chia and Villasimius as they are on the opposite site of Cagliari and Villasimius is a bit trickier, as recently the relatively new road collapsed in a few points so you can get there by driving along the coast (which I love for the views), but it’s a bit more stressful for the driver.

      I used to go to both Chia and Villasimius for a day trip all the time, they are not exactly around the corner, but it can be done easily. Take Umbrellas and some food/snacks with you because, especially in Chia, there are no restaurants near the beach.

      So if you want to visit Cagliari, Chia and Villasimius you’ll actually need 3 days in Cagliari, then you can move up to the Orosei area, which leads to question n.3 🙂

      3)Cala Mariolu, Cala Luna, Cala Sisine and the small coves on the coastline are only reachable by boat (except for Cala Sisine but you’ll need to drive up to a certain point and then leave the car and walk for around 1 hour). With 30/40 euros you’ll get on a big boat that will take you around for the whole day, leaving you a few hours in Cala Mariolu, Cala Luna and Cala Sisine (the itinerary might vary a bit depending on the company you choose so make sure to ask how long the boat it’s going to stop in each beach and also ask if lunch is included in the price as some companies charge less but don’t provide lunch). Also, if you are interested, ask if they have English speaking guides.
      So my recommendation for the Orosei area is: 1 day DEFINITELY devoted to the boat trip, and another day since you like hiking and trekking, you can go to Cala Goloritze’, which can be reached only by foot. the path is quite steep and it takes around 1-2 hours to go down and a bit more to get back. But it’s TOTALLY WORTH IT! Yet again, the beach is very small and you’ll have to get there quite early in the morning, also because the sun set early in there, because of the mountains surrounding the beach. At around 4:30 /5 pm there is no more direct sun on the beach, so better to enjoy it early in the morning anyway.
      The Orosei area is also perfect for trekking, you can find a base in Orosei or Cala Gonone and discover the small traditional villages of Baunei, Hike the Gorroppu Canion and visit the Golgo(a surreal place!).

      For other trekking/hiking paths, the Gennargentu National Park is perfect for you and quite easy to reach if you are based in Baunei, or even Orosei (it’s just 1 hour and 15 minutes away and the drive itself is also part of the fun, as the views are great!)

      So , since you want to see a lot in one week, we said 3 days in Cagliari, and I’d say AT LEAST 3 days in the Orosei area (boat trip 1 day, trekking to Cala Golortoze’ 1 day, Trekking to Gennargentu /su Gorroppu, another day), This way you’ll just have one day to go from Orosei to Alghero (it’s a bit more than 2 hours drive passing through Nuoro, Macomer and Sassari), so if you leave very early in the morning you’ll have the time to see a bit of Alghero as well!

      As you can see, there is so much to do! The only thing you can do is either skip the visit to Cagliari city, or one of the two beaches in the south and have more time to spend in Alghero. Difficult choice 🙂

      I hope it helped and that you’ll have a great time in my beautiful Sardinia!
      Cheers
      Clelia

      1. Roisin Mac DC

        Hi Cle, only seeing your response now!! Wow!

        Thank you so much for such a thoughtful, detailed response. We have decided you hire a car- thank you for the traffic warnings haha!

        If you are ever in Ireland don’t hesitate to ask for travel advice 🙂

        Thanks again, and well done on your blog, its super!

        🙂

        xRoisin

        1. Clelia Mattana

          Awww thanks Rosin, I’m always so happy to receive feedback on my answers, i really put all my effort when I reply and I’m glad you found it useful 🙂

          Have a smashing holiday in Sardinia!

          Cheers
          Clelia

  60. Chris

    Hello Clelia,

    There’s so much good information here on your website. Stumbling upon as I did has done a lot to firm my plans for the summer, which, yes, do include a visit to Sardinia! I was hoping to get your advice on something specific and targeted related to Sardinia. My visit to Sardinia would not include the use of a car. I am attempting to forego one to start. However, with that in mind, what would be the one spot in Sardinia that would offer enough in the way of beach, sun, food, and evening entertainment to satisfy? In other words, if one was to stick to one location in Sardinia, which would offer the most in terms of the things I mentioned above? In my case specifically, it would also be worth noting that I’d be arriving to Sardinia via ferry from Ajaccio, Corsica. So perhaps something along that coast or the northeast coast would ideal as well to keep in mind. Looking forward to you sharing your thoughts! Thanks in advance!!!

    -Chris

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Chris! Glad you liked my post! :)Your question is quite common among my readers! If you don’t want to use the car, there are a few options to consider:

      1) San Teodoro is always my top choice. I went there many times with no car, that’s why I know for sure it has everything you need. It’s easy to reach, well connected to other places of interest by bus (Golfo di Orosei, Olbia, Costa Smeralda and all the beaches along the way). Seeing that you’ll be arriving from Corsica, I assume you’ll get to Porto Torres pier? Or are you arriving to Golfo Aranci? That would be a useful info as depending where you arrive some places are more convenient than others but still, even if you arrive at Porto Torres, getting to San Teodoro is not that bad. You can take a local bus to Sassari (only 20 minutes away) and then get a bus (ARST OR TURMO TRAVEL are the ones that cover that route) and you’ll get to San Teodoro in less than 2 hours.

      2) Villasimius. It’s another good choice for people without a car as the beach and the village are at walking distance and you also have some great surroundings to explore by bike if you want. Your only problem here is that to get to Villasimius by the northern part of Sardinia is quite an hassle so I’d still recommend san Teodoro.

      Other places to consider, that people liked are the Alghero area, but without a car you’ll have to stick to the local beach which is in my opinion not fantastic (yet again, I have to remind you that I’m super spoiled with beaches!) 🙂

      So all in all I’d say that San Teodoro is your safest choice!
      Hope it helps! Have a great time in Sardinia Chris!

  61. Alex

    Hi Clelia,

    Great blog. We are a group of 4 friends thinking of visiting Sardinia this summer and as a result of knowing very little about the Island were hoping for some advice on where to stay?

    Ideally we would like somewhere with reasonably nice accommodation, good beaches and food and somewhere with a bit of atmosphere/night-life in the evenings.

    We have had a look at San Teodoro but is there anywhere else that you would suggest which meets the above criteria?

    Thanks,
    Alex

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Alex,

      Honestly, from my experience when I wanted to experience nice beaches and great nightlife, my mind immediately goes to San Teodoro or Villasimius. I also stayed at a camping near Arzachena and the vibe was awesome, but mostly because of the great company and the camping experience itself as there is not much going on in Cannigione during the night, unless you have the car, a bit of money to spend and then you can join the jet-set nightlife in Porto Rotondo or Porto Cervo (Costa Smeralda).

      I personally prefer the more “simple” nightlife of san Teodoro and Villasimius, with nice cocktail Bars, music places, restaurants and night markets.

      All the other areas I know in Sardinia are maybe amazing for the beaches but a bit far away from the villages and their nightlife. I’d never get tired to say it, but you have to consider that for me a beach that is probably awesome for many people is only “nice” or “nothing special” as I’m very spoiled, knowing that in Sardinia we have some truly amazing spots!

      Hope it helps!
      Ciao! 🙂

  62. Kerem Aslan

    Hello,

    I stumbled upon your blog by accident and love your tips on Sardinia!

    I was wondering if you could reccommend me a place (or two) to stay at during my 5 day trip in June? I’ll be travelling there with my girlfriend and another couple and based on your recommendations in the comments, I was thinking of heading to Golfo di Orosei and spend the five days there (we land in Olbia).
    Do you think there is enough to do in and around Orosei for five days or should we spend our time between, say Orosei or Costa Smeralda/San Teodoro?

    Activities-wise, we like hiking, watersports, beaches, exploring culture, good food and we will rent a car to get around. 🙂

    Thank you very much for taking time to answer my questions!

    Cheers,

    Kerem

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Kerem!

      Sardinia is definitely worth a visit 🙂 As per your Itinerary, since you have only 5 days you have 3 choices really (depending on whether you want to move to see more or just relax a bit) 🙂

      OPTION ONE:
      You stay in Orosei which is a good base for the type of activities you want to try like Hiking, exploring culture and food. Since you have the car you can also move to some other great spots like San Teodoro, Budoni and Siniscola. Obviously you have to take the day trip by boat to Cala Mariolu, Cala Luna and the small coves around the Golgo di Orosei area. When you are not driving around you can relax at the nearby beaches of Marina di Orosei, Osalla Beach and Su Barone Beach.

      OPTION TWO:

      You stay 2 days in the Orosei Area (one day for the boat trip and the second day to relax on the beach) and then drive up to Palau or the smallest village of Cannigione/Arzachena (around 2 hours drive) so you can check out the other AMAZING boat trip to the Arcipelago Della Maddalena and spend the second day relaxing on a nice beach around Arzachena like Spiaggia del Principe or Capriccioli. Then you can go back to Olbia to take your flight ( 30 minutes by car from Arzachena).

      OPTION 3: you skip Orosei completely and just stay in the Arzachena Area take the boat for the Arcipelago della Maddalena, and spend the rest of the days exploring the Costa Smeralda beaches and the more local vibe in Arzachena and San Pantaleo villages.

      I don’t want to influence you too much so I won’t tell you which one I’d choose, but if you read my comments you probably know already 🙂

      Cheers
      Clelia

      1. Kerem Aslan

        Thank you for your reply!

        I hadn’t received an email that you had replied to me, so sorry for the late reply.

        Option one sounds great and thank you for the suggestions to how to spend our time. We will definitely check out San Teodoro, Budoni and Siniscola.

        Cheers,

        Kerem

        1. Clelia Mattana

          No worries Kerem,
          I also have big troubles in keeping up with all the messages I receive 🙂 Have fun In sardinia!!

  63. Cami

    Cle,
    I just read almost all the comments, and cannot believe the dedication you have to answer each one, its amazing!
    I am an 21 year old argentine student living in Italy right now. During my 6 months in Italy I discovered this blog and am becoming slowly addicted. And of course, cannot finish this experience without getting to the wonderful Sardinia!!
    Yet I only have 5 days to visit. I want to do 1 or 2 villages, and as many beautifull beaches as I can. What would you reccomend? San Teodoro blew my mind, but also golfo di orsei.
    Still deciding wether to fly to olbia or cagliari, depending on the towns to visit, and probably renting a car. My boyfriend is coming to visit me, and we will go together:)
    Thank you for everything!!

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Cami!

      I saw your emails on my inbox the other day and I was about to reply asking you to post your question in here and you preceded me! Well done, at least some people still read my policy on the contact form 🙂

      Thanks for your kind words and for taking the time to read almost all the comments (they are very useful for me too as this way I discover what people really want to know and therefore I’m able to improve this guide and write other related ones…coming soon!)

      As for your question, if you really want to see both San Teodoro and The Golfo Di Orosei, I think it’s doable. You should book a flight to Olbia and go straight to Orosei, Cala Gonone or any of the other small villages in the area close to the pier for the boat trips.

      From Olbia to Orosei is 1 hours and 15 minutes by car and 2 hours and 30 minutes by bus
      From Olbia to Cala Gonone is around 1 hour and a half by car and 4 hour and 30 minutes by bus…the last option is not very convenient, just in case you decide not renting a car.

      You can stay there for 2 days, which is enough time to see the best beaches by boat and roam around the villages at night!

      Then you can head north to San Teodoro for 3 days and enjoy the party vibe and the beautiful beaches around the area, this way you’ll be closer to the Olbia airport : 25 minutes, max 45 min by car, taking it VERY SLOWLY and counting the possible traffic, or 40 minutes by bus. The bus route, in this case might be better as the bus drives along the coast, but if you have the car you can still take the same road (strada statale 125), it’s up to you, either way, from San Teodoro, the Olbia Airport is very easy to reach!

      From Cala Gonone to San Teodoro is a little bit more than 1 hour by car but almost 4 hours by bus
      From Orosei to San Teodoro is 1 hour by car and 1 hour and 40 minutes by bus, so a bit more convenient if you don’t want to rent the car and save a bit of money.

      So wrapping it up, I think you can see both places! Ok it might be a bit rushed up but don’t forget that I once drove from Cagliari at 4 am to be at the Arbatax Pier (Golfo di Orosei) before 7 am, buy the ticket for the boat trip to Cala Mariolu and the other stunning beaches and drove back after the trip the same day! 🙂 That’s how much I LOVE the area, no matter if you only stay one day, the experience is worth the trip!

      Hope it helps and let me know how it goes 🙂
      Ciao!!
      Clelia

      PS: I forgot to tell you something VERY important! I LOVE ARGENTINIAN PEOPLE!!! I met a few during my trips and you guys are so much fun! Very similar to our Italian way of life and similar sense of humor too!

      1. Cami

        Cle!
        Thank you so so much for your tips, and for the nice comment on the Argentinians ☺ I agree 100%, argentines and italians, we are so similar. And if you like travelling, and incredible nature I strongly reccomend the beaches in Uruguay and south of Argentina for your bucket list.

        Regarding my questions, do you think these two towns are a good idea for a first impression of Sardinia?

        It would be something like this:

        June 2:
        Fly into Olbia Airport/
        Rent a car
        Drive to Cala Gonone or Golfo di Orosei.

        From June 2 to 5:
        Go to the beaches around the area, so Cala Mariolu and Cala Goloritze are a must right? Go by boat or driving? What else shouldn’t we miss?
        Any recommendations of nice (reasonable price) hotels? You put apartments in your post, but being 2 probably a hotel is the best idea!

        June 5th:
        Drive to San Teodoro, maybe stop in a beach on the way.
        I’m checking the La Palma Hotel wich looks great. If no availability, any other at a reasonable Price?
        The best beaches there are near the village?

        June 6: Enjoy any specific Beach?

        June 7: Drive to Olbia and head back to milan.

        I am literally blown away with your dedication to your blog, I will recommend it to everyone I know and likes to travel.

        If you are ever in South America, dont hesitate to write and I will give you all the help I can.

        Cami

        1. Clelia Mattana

          Hey Cami!

          Here I am again
          Ok, let’s see all your questions!! 🙂
          The first one is ABSOLUTELY YES! Golfo di Orosei and San Teodoro are perfect as a first visit in Sardinia. I love both places, but my top one is Golfo di Orosei for its wild beauty and typical Sardinian vibe and San Teodoro because there is so much to do in town and the beaches around are also beautiful.

          Regarding the itinerary, it looks good to me, and yes, Cala Mariolu and Cala Goloritze are a MUST indeed!

          You’ll need to get a boat trip to get to Cala Mariolu (which also stop to Cala Luna and depending on the company you choose it will take you to some small coves as well).

          For Cala Goloritze you can either rent a private small boat (some of them cost as low as 70 euros) and swim to the beach (maybe take an inflatable mattress with you!) or if you are fit, you can reach the beach from the road but it’s a pretty long, steep and not so easy hike (at least 1-2 hours to go down and more to go up). But please, please DON’T SKIP IT! try to go very early in the morning as the beach is very small and can get crowded.

          Other beaches you can’t miss in the area (if you stay in the village of Orosei) are Cala Liberotto beach (20 minutes by car from Orosei) and Berchida Beach (less than 40 minutes by car from Orosei), they are stunning sandy beaches, you’ll love them!
          So you can spend one day on the boat trip and the other 2 days relaxing on these fantastic beaches!

          For the accommodation, you can find something cheap in Orosei, I’d say check both hotels and small houses as sometimes the houses are cheaper! Here is a link to check out the best offers for Orosei (which in my opinion is your best option as a base, because it’s very close to the beaches I mentioned earlier).

          On your way to San Teodoro the best stops to check out a few nice beaches are Siniscola (half way between Orosei and San Teodoro) where you can check out one of these 3 beaches: Capo Comino, Santa Lucia or la Caletta. Alternatively you can stop at Budoni Beach (I personally prefer this one to the others, even if they are still lovely!),

          When in San Teodoro, if the Hotel La Palma is no longer available, you can check out all the offers in town, click here and you’ll have plenty of choice! (but hurry as that area is very popular so you have to book way in advance, people secure the best spots in January!!).
          The main beach, La Cinta is reachable even by foot or bicycle, depending on where you are located in San Teodoro. I love that beach, it’s huge, white sand and turquoise sea, but depending on the season it can get very crowded and sometimes the tourists ruin its beauty. Since you are going at the beginning of June, it should hopefully be still relatively quiet as it’s the beginning of the season. I wouldn’t recommend it in August..

          Other beaches worth exploring in the area are Lu Impostu beach (20 minutes by car), Spiaggia di Coda Cavallo, 25 minutes by car on towards Olbia, and Cala Brandinchi, which is also paradise (off season), BUT as per La Cinta Beach, it might get very crowded and the parking it’s very expensive in there (around 15 euros for the day…which is ridiculous). They call it the little “Thaiti” but it’s a bit of a risk to pay such a price and see that it’s full of people, so I’d say ask around before getting there and go first to Lu Impostu, which is less crowded and also protected from the wind. The water is spectacular with awesome colors!

          Damn it, I’m writing all this from Sardinia and I have to work (my blog is my job), so I end up talking about my beautiful Island and for now I’m not able to enjoy it :), that’s why I’m taking a break either in July or September, to drive around!

          Oh and when I will finally head to South America I’ll definitely let you know as I need a few tips, I really can’t wait to visit your country!!

          1. Cami

            Dear Cle,
            After a bit of coming and going, i have finally my tickets and hotel reservation. Unfortunatley we can only take 4 days, but I did not want to miss my opportunity to see Sardegna. So we are going only from June 15 in the morning, till June 18 at night, and staying at a nice b&b in San Teodoro. We will have a car, so wich beaches do you say we should not miss??
            Lu Impostu? Cala Liberotto? La Cinta (doesnt it get too crowdy?) Spiaggia di Coda Cavallo?
            Thank you again 🙂
            Cami

          2. Clelia Mattana

            Hey Cami,

            If you only have 4 days I’d say to try and check out La Cinta first (but yes, it does get crowded by mid june as it’s the most popular beach also for people who don’t have a car).
            Lu impostu is a lovely beach, but it also get a bit crowded. To be fairly honest, during the summer season it’s very rare to find semi-deserted beaches in sardinia, and if they are, it means that are not spectacular.So you’ll need to compromise a bit and share paradise with other people. When I go to Tuerredda beach for example, I HATE that it gets incredibly crowded, but I understand that its beauty it’s so worth it that I go there anyway. Same applies to all the beaches near San Teodoro.

            So I’d say, don’t miss Lu Impostu. Capo Coda Cavallo is also nice but it’s a small beach so not ideal when the tourists start to arrive… and the parking fee it’s quite expensive in there. You should try the Spiaggia dell’Isuledda” instead, they call it the “twin sister” of La Cinta, beautiful water, very crowded in august but less in June and so far the parking is for free (unless they changed things last minute)
            Then….you can try and visit Cala Brandinchi. I loved that beach, it’s really awesome but the parking fees are ridiculous and you should go early in the morning to try and enjoy it to the fullest (and I mean very early in the morning!)

            If I were you, I’d rather spend one day driving to Orosei or Cala Gonone (only 1 hour after all!) and do the boat trip to Cala Mariolu.
            Then I’d spend another day driving up to Palau for the other amazing boat trip to Arcipelago della maddalena.
            You’ll see some truly awesome places and June it’s still reasonable.

            The remaining 2 days, as I said, try and see how crowded is La Cinta first (it’s so close to the village) and if it’s too crowded try Lu Impostu first and then Cala Brandinchi, as for Cala Liberotto, you’ll need to drive down near Orosei and the beach it’s pretty small but very nice and it should be far less crowded than the most famous ones.

            What gets to my nerves is that I LOVE Sardinia and I truly think that 99% of the beaches are some of the most amazing in the world. And I’ve seen a lot of beaches in Thailand, Philippines etc, but when the tourist arrive they get a bit ruined. I get it, as I said… the beautiful beaches are the ones that everyone wants to see, but the Sardinia Region should put a limit for the number of people to get access to the beach (which is never going to happen as it would be a disaster for the travel industry) so I do hope you’ll find your little corner in these small paradise beaches and you might have the chance as June is still borderline and the mass tourism is still concentrated in August!

            I hope that helped a bit!
            Cheers
            Clelia

  64. Ilona

    Ciao Clelia,
    I wanted to thank you for keeping this page, it’s very informative and useful. Actually I just came back from one-week trip, Tour della Terra Sarda 😉 and had checked 9 of 10 beaches you have recommended to see. I added some too, as people I met have recommended me to see some more (i.e. Is Arrutas, Porto Pino, Capo Testa – being not a beach exactly, but what a view!). I didn’t make it to Maddalena’s archipelag, next time will do.
    I must say I fell in love with Sardegna, it is a truly beatiful island and a definite must-come-back for me 🙂
    Thank you for all the effort of keeping this blog,
    kind regards from Poland!

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Ilona, thanks so much for your comment, and WOW, you really checked out 9 out of 10 of these beaches in 1 week?! what an accomplishment! I know, there are so many other great beaches in Sardinia to discover, that’s why I’m planning to write many more articles about it and opened my new section. Still work in progress as there is too much to say!

      Next time don’t miss the Arcipelago della Maddalena, is really a great place, but still I’m so glad you loved the Island and I’m always happy to receive these kind of comments and feedback, as they prove how beautiful my place is! I just landed in Sardinia yesterday where I’ll be staying for the summer and I can’t be happier!
      Cheers from Sardinia!
      Clelia

  65. Dee

    Hi Clelia,

    I’m travelling to Sardinia for 4 nights mid May. I’m flying into Alghero. I would really like to spend time on a nice beach/beaches. What would you recommend? Is it worth leaving the area for 2 nights to get to these beaches or are there some near Alghero?

    Thanks,

    Dee.

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Dee, since you just have 4 nights, I’d recommend to stay in the Alghero Area, explore the surroundings, check out the beautiful “La pelosa beach” and “le Bombarde” beach and if you feel like driving a bit further you can either go to Bosa marina (lovely Village a few hours away by car from Alghero), or alternatively you can discover the northern part of Sardinia (Costa Paradiso, Castelsardo, Badesi beach and Isola dei Gabbiani).

      Hope it helps 🙂

      Cheers
      Cle

  66. Jared

    Hi Clelia

    Is it even worth going to sardinia for only 4 nights?
    And id it is, where is the best area to stay for beautiful beaches and good simple sardinian food?

    Please help me!

    Thanks so much

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Jared,

      I know of people who spent only 3 days on the Island and loved it, that said it depends on your budget and what you are expecting from the experience. Four days is definitely not much to see a lot of what Sardinia can offer, but is enough to stay in one cool location and enjoy the beach! Since you won’t have much time, I’d say to stay in one of the beautiful beaches on the east coast. You’ll have plenty of choices depending on your budget of course. If you could give me a bit more info I might be able to point you in the right direction.

      It’s always good to know when you want to go (even if you’re still not sure, but at least I need to know if you prefer high season or low season), your budget, age range and main interests 🙂

      As for your question, YES Sardinia is worth a visit, even for 4 days!!

      1. Jared

        Thanks so much for the reply clelia

        I was thinking of staying in the Cala Gonone area? It seems the best way of getting to beaches like Cala Mariolu, Cala Goloritze and Cala Luna?
        And from what I’m reading its not as commercial and pretentious as the north?
        All i want is good food and good beaches.
        I don’t need fancy accommodation, just clean. Hopefully i could find a 2 bedroom apartment or something because my friend and his wife are meeting us there.

        We are both from South Africa, so spending in Euros is not ideal, but i don’t mind spending a bit to be in a good area with a neat clean room (i was thinking like around 150-200 euro for a room as i don’t really know what these things cost).

        I also heard that you can rent a boat for like 80 euro per day which between 2 couples is not the end of the world i think. That way we can take ourselves to these beaches as apparently cars can’t get there?
        Is this realistic?
        We are all 30 and fit so also don’t mind walking to find things.

        1. Clelia Mattana

          Hi Jared

          I think your idea looks very doable! The Golfo di Orosei Area is actually a perfect fit for your needs, not too far away from Olbia Airport and you can rent a small apartment or book a cheap decent room in one of the hotels in Cala Gonone (if you want to be close to the sea) or to discover more of traditional Sardinia, also Baunei and Orosei are good choices.

          From Cala Gonone there are boat rental services and if you split the cost with your friends that’s absolutely the best way to discover these beaches at your own pace and even avoid the crowds, as June is going to start getting crowded, but you can wait for the big boats to leave the beach and you’ll have it for yourself (or at least less crowded) for a few hours!

          If you check my article, I link to some convenient places where you can book a nice place in the area of Orosei, Baunei and Cala Gonone. I usually use Booking.com as you don’t have to pay in advance and can cancel last minute so you will have plenty of time to decide what’s best for you without the risk of penalties.

          I think you can even get better deals than 150/200 euros, just check it out and always follow my advice on booking asap as the best places get fully booked for the whole season starting from March!

          Cheers!
          Cle

          1. Jared

            Great thanks Cle

            Lastly, i wanted to know if there are any good markets near this area, to buy fresh produce every morning?

            And are there decent authentic restaurants in the area?
            I also don’t mind driving to find decent places, if they will serve just good honest sardinian/italian food.

            Are there any sardinian specialities you recommend?

            I really appreciate what help you have been.

            Thanks so much

            Jared

          2. Clelia Mattana

            Hi Jared,

            I reply to your last comment in here as I’m having some IT issues to reply to comments after 2/3 replies… need to fix it! 🙂

            Ok, as for the market, there are plenty of markets in the area, where you can find typical Sardinian Products or simply fresh fruit and vegetables, here are a few markets in the Golfo di Orosei area (and the days they are open):

            Barisardo: Saturdays
            Baunei: Wednesdays
            Tortoli: Fridays
            Dorgali:Mondays
            Orosei: Tuesdays and Fridays in Piazza S. Francesco (8:00-13:00)

            For night markets, in San Teodoro, Porto San Paolo and Olbia from June till September you will find lovely night markets with typical food and much more.
            I’d recommend you to try the Seadas,Suckling pig,Pasta alla Bottarga, Malloreddus (Sardinian pasta), and obviously the typical Sardinian cheese Dolce Sardo and Pecorino Sardo and the delicious Sardinian salami!

            I don’t know any specific restaurant to recommend but the best way is always to ask around, at your hotel or to the shops in town, they will be happy to direct you to the good restaurants.

            Make sure to translate it in Italian (bring with you a piece of paper if needed!), and try to ask:
            ” Dove posso mangiare cibo sardo buono?” (meaning: Where I can eat good Sardinian food?)
            and “Puoi dirmi il nome del ristorante per favore?” (can you tell me the name of the restaurant please?)

            This way if they don’t know English they can still write down the name, or who knows, maybe they will help you out by escorting you there! 🙂

          3. Jared

            Hi Cle

            I was wanting to know if you know any olive farms i can go to and buy good olive oil?
            Apparently sardinian olive oil can be really good, and although near Sassari seems to be best for olives, apparently there are some very good ones near Nuoro as well.

            Is there any chance you would know any of them of how i would be able to find out?

            I have spent hours on the internet and i have no luck.

            Thanks so much

          4. Clelia Mattana

            Hey Jared, for the Olive Oil….good question! I honestly don’t know any farm in the area, my aunt used to buy olives from the farmers to make home made Olive Oil (quite strong in fact!), but other than that, I really don’t know. If you are interested in cheese instead, I know that there are a few places in Tertenia where we used to go and buy home made Pecorino Sardo. Maybe in those areas they also know about the oil..

  67. Clelia Mattana

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Hey everyone! I’m always happy to see all your comments and as you can see I reply to everyone with as much detail as possible.

    Due to the amount of messages that I receive, sometimes it happens that I miss one, so if you are waiting for an answer and you see that I haven’t replied to your comment yet, you can write a new comment below your first one as a reminder. I’m sorry when I see that I’ve missed a comment as you might wonder why I am so rude to you 🙂

    Nothing personal obviously!

  68. Elesa

    Hi Clelia,

    this is such a helpful post and thank you for all the great information.
    We can’t wait to visit Sardinia this summer. The only problem is that we don’t drive. Which place would you recommend as the best option for non-drivers? San Teodoro looks absolutely beautiful and I get the impression that the access to the nearby beaches is relatively easy on foot. Would you agree? Also, could Villasimius be an option relying on the public transport?

    Many thanks, Elesa

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Elesa, I’m so glad you find the post useful (you have no idea on the time I spent to create it and also update it regularly!) 🙂
      As for your question, I’ve had other people asking me the same. For me the best options to see fantastic beaches without driving is either San Teodoro or Villasimius. They can be reached easily by bus from Cagliari or Olbia for a reasonable price and you also get to relax and see the beauty of Sardinia during the ride! The only downside of this option is that both places are very touristic so it’s not ideal to go there during peak season (July and August are the worst months). But if you’re willing to compromise, these are two good options for you!

      I hope this helps! 🙂
      Cheers Clelia

  69. Emma

    Dear Clelia,

    Thank you so much for the above post and all of your amazing content! I was literally going round in circles trying to come up with a one week itinerary for a trip to Sardinia with my boyfriend in the first week of July this year, and this has finally given me some kind of structure to my thoughts/planning! I am still struggle to nail down the final final itinerary however as I have a couple of outstanding questions about what would be best to do, and was wondering if you would be able to answer them? To help you (if you have the spare time, though I am sure you are bombarded with questions and very busy so no worries if not) the background / aims of our trip are as follows:
    • We’re both in our mid 20s
    • We’ve got 7 nights in total (Saturday-Saturday) right at the end of June/first week of July
    • We’re flying into and out of Olbia (as it is by far the cheapest option)
    • We’re intending to rent a car
    • We’re looking to stay in two or three different places with the aim of having a fairly relaxing time, spending the majority of it near / on some great beaches (ideally some of it at least where it is not too touristy / busy). We would like to spend part of it in a town that is on / close to a beach and pretty and lively (some good restaurants, bars, a bit of buzz) but not too touristy / big (generally we prefer areas that give us a taste of the “real” country we are visiting) and then maybe some of the rest of it somewhere that is a little bit more remote

    Given this, with the help of all of your research, a potential itinerary that I have put together is as follows:
    • 2 x nights in either Santa Theresea Di Gallura or Stintino (is Stintino is chosen we would hopefully be staying at the Park Asinara Hotel you recommend!)
    • 2 x nights in Tresnuraghes (as we would like to do the coast drive from Alghero down to Bosa as it is supposed to be very nice, and hear this region is quite nice in general)
    • 3 x nights in Orosei (or one of the other towns around there) to explore the Golfo di Orosei which you so highly recommend!

    It would be really helpful if you could let me know whether you think this is a good itinerary or not, or if not, what you think it would make sense to change? Is there anything major that we would be missing by doing this that you would recommend instead?

    If not (or if we do stick with this route), in particular it would be useful to hear if you think that it is worth going to Tresnuraghes and that region for a couple of days (are there nice beaches around there to go to?), or if given our time constraints it would be better to just do the North and East and have longer in 2 places? It would also be useful to know whether you think that Stintino or Santa Theresea Di Gallura would be a better option for our first stop? I am currently leaning towards Stintino just because that hotel sounds so great, both others seem to think Santa Theresea is a better option. My concern with both of them is that at that time of year all of their beaches would be very crowded – are there also less busy beaches (aside from the main tourist ones) near to both)?

    Thank you in advance for an insight you can offer into this, and for all of your amazing content in general!

    Best wishes,
    Emma

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Emma! wow I have to confess that when I saw your long message I almost fainted! but then reading it, I started to feel better as you at least give me a very detailed idea on what you would like to experience, and it’s also helpful for me to try and help you out 🙂

      You’re right, putting together an Itinerary for one week is not an easy task, considering that Sardinia is not exactly a small island and there are too many places worth seeing! (I had to stop at ten, but oh my… I could go on forever with some other amazing spots!)

      Sooooo, let’s get into your questions! I saw your itinerary and it looks good but in my opinion there is one possible problem: the last point (3 nights in Orosei).
      Now, you know already how much I LOVE that area (by the way, I’ll be back in Sardinia from Thailand where I currently live in less than one week and I CAN’T WAIT!!), sorry…just daydreaming a bit! Back to your itinerary!

      It is possible to drive from Bosa to Orosei (I personally never took that road so I can’t tell you my first-hand experience). I checked online and it’s less than 2 hours drive by car and around 4 hours by bus. If you have some sort of GPS on your mobile it can be done, but you will have to change roads a few times, so if you really want to try the adventure, make sure to know the name of the main roads and where you need to change. I know for a fact that crossing Sardinia from the east coast to the west (and vice-versa) can be a bit tricky even for locals that don’t know the area quite well.

      On a plus side, you will probably get to see some interesting places on the road. I’m personally always fascinated by driving in Sardinia passing through the centre. maybe you could even arrange a few short stops on the way if you get to pass a typical Sardinian village. Or take a small detour and get back to the main road if the driving gets monotonous. There are plenty of nice villages and landscapes to see in that area.

      This is basically my only concern regarding your itinerary. But if you feel like exploring a bit, then go for it! As for Tresnuraghes and Bosa, they are both lovely places, I0d suggest you to skip the main beach in Bosa and visit the nearby beach called “Spiaggia S’acqua Druche”, which is much better and it’s actually not a proper beach but it’s divided in 3 small “calette” (small beaches). Another beach worth visiting in the area is Spiaggia Cumpoltitu.

      It’s definitely less touristy than other areas in Sardinia, but obviously you will find the locals 🙂 (so my suggestion is to try to avoid the weekends).
      As for the Stintino Area, you will just relax in front of a beautiful beach, which is perfect to start your trip! You will need to drive from Olbia to Sassari and Alghero (it will take around 2 hours by car). If your flight arrives early in the morning it’s not a problem, as you won’t lose the day driving to your destination, otherwise you’d need to revise the Itinerary a bit, as you’ll spend most of the time driving and it’s a shame as you will be not really relaxing.

      Let’s calculate the time you’ll be spending driving
      Saturday: at least 2-3 hours to get from Olbia to Stintino
      Sunday: Enjoy Stintino!
      Monday: Leaving Stintino to reach Tresnuraghes (a little less than 2 hours drive by car)
      Tuesday: Tresnuraghes (exploring the surrounding area or going to Bosa and the beaches): 15/20 minutes by car
      Wednesday:morning still in Tresnuraghes/Bosa- Afternoon leaving for Orosei (let’s say 2/3 hours drive with breaks)
      Thursday: Boat trip to the beautiful Cala Mariolu, Cala Luna, Cala Sisine and Grotte del Bue Marino, Grotta del fico etc
      Friday: If you feel like it, you can try the hike to Cala Goloritze (if so, make sure to wear appropriate trekking shoes as the path is steep and not so easy) and bring A LOT of water with you!
      Saturday: Drive back from Orosei to Olbia (not sure what time is your flight!) Around 1 Hour and 20 minutes drive (always allow a bit more than I’m saying!)

      That is the summary of how much you’d need to drive. It is feasible, but a bit stressing (but hey, you’re in your 20’s, I did much more than that when I was your age!:)

      Wrapping it up, I’d say that it’s not a bad itinerary IF you like to explore and also see things when driving from one place to the other. If you’re more oriented to a relaxing holiday, then it’s better to create a second itinerary to just discover the north east coast only! So Santa Teresa, maybe one day to Isola dei gabbiani or Costa Paradiso and back to Orosei! That would be less stressful but a bit more touristy…

      I hope I didn’t confuse you more 🙂

      Let me know if you need further help!
      Cheers
      Cle

      1. Emma

        Hi Cle,

        WOW I’m blown away from the detail of your response. That is so, so kind of you; I have never had such a detailed response from a blogger. Please let me know if you are ever going to be in England at any point or if I could return the favour in anyway! I’m so jealous that you currently life in Thailand btw – sounds like you have got a fab life going on at the mo.

        Your post has also made me realise that doing 2 places may be a better idea as you suggest so I think I will revise my itinerary to:
        – 3/4 nights in the North (either Santa Theresea di Gallura or San Pantalau which I have just come across and sounds lovely; which of these two do you think would be best?)
        – The remaining 3/4 night in either Orosei or Cala Gonome (again, any view on which would be best? If not, I may just decide it on the hotels I find.

        Thank you so much again – I’ll be recommending your blog to anyone who I meet who is considering going to Sardinia! And will hopefully be recommending Sardinina to everyone once I get back from this holiday!

        Best,
        E

        Having done some more research on it and had a bit of a think therefore I think that what may be a better plan is one place in the north, and one place in the Golfo di Orosei.

        1. Clelia Mattana

          Hey Emma,

          I’m so glad to hear that I was able to help you out, Sardinia is my first love as being born and raised there, I had 19 years to discover every bit of it! And I can tell you that it’s a bit of a curse as no matter where I go, I’m so spoiled that it’s very difficult for me to be impressed with the other amazing beaches I’ve seen.

          The only place that was actually better than Sardinia (for its amazing underwater flora and fauna) are the Philippines… If you ever decide to visit Asia in the future I highly recommend them. I wrote a post on one of the many places I visited during my 4 months of travels in there, it’s called Siargao and it’s fantastic, not to mention Palawan where you will see the real “The beach” (in the movie was shot in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand, but the original book took inspiration from the hidden beach in Palawan….breath taking!)

          Anyway! I always digress 🙂

          Back to your itinerary now! I think that for a relaxing holiday the choice to visit 2 places is better. Both Santa Teresa and San Pantaleo are nice, the first one is closer to the main beaches and a bit more touristy of course, whilst in San Pantaleo you will find a traditional Sardinian vibe and you will be very close to the beautiful beaches of the Costa Smeralda Area.

          Now, I’m actually not a huge fan of the Costa Smeralda. It’s a stunning place no doubt about it, so stunning that the Arabs decided to buy it completely ruining the area by taking away every inch of Sardinian culture. The beaches are STUNNING in there, porto Pollo, Romazzino, Capriccioli and many others, so you could pay a visit without staying in one of those impersonal resorts. but hey that’s my opinion of course.

          Depending on what you want (if you’d rather taste a bit of the real Sardinia I’d say San Pantaleo, otherwise Santa Teresa it’s also a great choice.

          Between Cala Gonone and Orosei… that’s a tough one. They are both great locations to discover the Golfo di Orosei area. As per the village itself, my personal preference goes to Cala Gonone, as it’s closer to the main beaches and the road is particularly interesting as you will admire the beaches from the mountains and you’ll also have the opportunity to drive through the Parco del Gennargentu area. It’s truly stunning!

          I’m sure I won’t miss the opportunity to go there again this summer! I love that place too much and one time I was crazy enough to get up at 3 am, drive from Cagliari to the Golfo di Orosei, take the boat to see the beaches and drive back home! I was exhausted and it wasn’t my first boat trip in there of course, and that gives you an idea on how much I love that place. Or how crazy I am 🙂 maybe both!

          I really hope you will have a great time in Sardinia Emma!
          Enjoy your stay and let me know how it goes!

          Cheers
          Cle

          1. Emma

            Hi Cle,

            The Philippines is very much on my bucket list – I really want to go there, so I’ll make sure to track down that place if/when I do!

            Ok, thanks, that is really helpful. I think I’m sold on Cala Gonome and will do a bit more research into San Pantaleo vs Santa Teresea and then make a decision there. Thanks again – I’ll et you know how I get on!

            Best,
            Emma

    1. Clelia Mattana

      They indeed are amazing, I’m actually going back home for summer and I can’t wait to be there! If you visit Europe and Italia, Sardinia is a MUST!

  70. Helena

    Hello,
    Your blog has been very helpful, I am just planning my first holiday to Sardinia for this September.
    I’m looking for a 2 week holiday with the usual; beautiful beaches, not too touristy but with some authentic restaurants nearby. I’ve found 2 places – one in santa margherita di pula and the other in san giovanni. Out of the 2 areas which would you say would be the best? We’ll hire a car but don’t want to have to travel too far to see the best bits.
    Sorry, I know you get questions like this all the time but I’ve gone through all the comments and am still confused on where would be the best place to stay.
    Thank you!
    Helena

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Helena,
      glad I could help you with my post! Ok September is a great time to visit Sardinia, as for your question… they are both great choices really. I know bot places and the surrounding areas quite well. So what should I suggest you? Probably I’d say Santa Margherita, even if the beach itself it’s not one of my top favorite (please remember that I’m VERY spoiled when it comes to rating the beaches!),if you have the car you can access some of the most beautiful beaches around, in 15-20 minutes you can reach Chia Beach, Cala Cipolla Beach and in 30 minutes (or less, depending on the traffic), you can see Tuerredda and in September is going to be far less crowded so you can really enjoy the experience!

      San Giovanni di Sinis is also very nice, you can drive around and see some nice typical villages like Cabras and Riola and discover some other beautiful beaches like Is Arutas and S’Archittu.

      It’s really difficult to choose as I’m a bit biased here, being Tuerredda one of my top favorite 🙂

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  72. Leonor

    Hi Clelia,
    Thanks for all this info, its really usefull!
    I am going to Sardinia on the first week of June, flying to Cagliari. We will rent a car and we do not mind to spend some time on the road.
    Could you tell me the top 3 places that we can’t absolutely miss? We only have 4 nights. We are looking for breathtaking beaches and at some point some nightlife and good food.

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Leonor!

      Well that’s an easy question for me 🙂

      Pity you only have 4 days, but you can’t miss the “golfo di Orosei” (so Cala Mariolu and Cala Goloritze are a must) and going back to Cagliari I won’t miss Villasimius and the surrounding beaches.
      If you still have one spare day and are not too tired you can drive from Cagliari to Tuerredda and Chia beach.

      These are my personal favorites, the only problem is …from the Golfo di Orosei to Villasimius and then Chia, it’s quite a ride so you need to organize everything very well. A bit stressful but well worth it!

      Let me know how it goes! 🙂

      1. Leonor

        Thank you so much Clelia! You are the best! Where do you think it would be a good base to stay? Do you know of some area with nice bars/ restaurants / beach clubs in the area of the Golfo di Orosei?

        1. Clelia Mattana

          My pleasure Leonor!

          The beauty of the Golfo di Orosei area is that it’s still relatively quiet compared to some other touristic spots in Sardinia. The villages of Orosei and Baunei have a fascinating traditional vibe but are very chilled out and there are not typical bars/clubs for tourists (if you don’t count the local bars where the old men go there to meet their buddies for a hand of poker in the afternoon :)) but you know what? even as a teenager, I LOVED to sit there and watch them play, it’s pretty entertaining!

          But probably you are looking for some good night life as well, right? In that case I’d stay in biggest villages, San Teodoro is not that far away and you’ll have both the party scene (also on the beach!) and the possibility to drive and discover the Golfo di Orosei by car and boat (it’s 80km away, so around 1 hour by car), not that bad.

          If you stay in Orosei be prepared to stay in quiet villages, so I’d say, San Teodoro is a safe choice for the nightlife. I prefer that to big cities as I’m not a big fan of cities, too much chaos and stress and usually the beach nearby is never the cleanest you’ll ever see!

          Cheers, oh and by the way, I might see you around as I’m heading back to Sardinia in 2 weeks for the summer…CAN’T WAIT! there is no place like home. I truly love my island so much!

  73. Lara

    Hi Clelia

    I wonder if you can help me. I am looking for a honeymoon destination in late October this year. I am coming from Johannesburg, South Africa.

    We are getting married on the 23rd October and are considering Sardinia as a destination, can you please help me with some information on what the weather is like at that time and also what the best beach is to stay at together with hotel for our honeymoon.

    Thank you

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Lara, first of all…congratulations for the wedding!! 🙂

      As for your question, to be honest, Sardinia in LATE October (the beginning is OK), it’s not ideal. The weather is usually not nice anymore and you’ll risk ruining your party! Some years the weather stays warm and sunny until the end of October but it’s a rare event, so I can’t really recommend it, especially for such an important occasion when everything should be perfect 🙁

      Unless you want to stay indoor and admire the view, but the beaches are usually not a good idea by that date…

  74. Iris

    Hey Celia!
    I’m thinking of solo-traveling to Sardinia in April for about 3 days.
    I can’t make up my mind between Olbia and Alghero!
    I’m mainly looking forward to relaxing on beaches and sight-seeing some beautiful places.
    Any recommendations?
    I’m also a college student on a budget; are there be any other cheap activities that are available?
    Thanks a bunch, xx.

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Iris, pity you will just have 3 days!
      If you’re traveling on a budget i’d say that it really depends on where you are flying to. There are cheap flights with Ryanair to Alghero but you might also find something convenient for Olbia.

      As per which place I’d choose… easy to guess: I LOVE the east coast so for me is a no-brainer and I’d say Olbia’s surroundings. There are cheap buses that will get you to the main beaches and if the weather is good you’ll be one of the few lucky people to enjoy the beach for yourself!

      Cheap activities… in April unfortunately there will be not much going on as it’s still not in season, in my opinion the best you could do is find accommodation close to a nice beach and a village (there are so many around Olbia):
      North of Olbia: Santa Teresa di Gallura
      South of Olbia: (Budoni, San Teodoro etc).

      My only advice is to go near a village so you’ll be able to talk or at least interact with the locals and see how real life in Sardinia is when not many tourists are around.

      If you decide for Alghero (some people like it more…what can I say?), you might find more activities to do in the city, but the beach close to it is nothing special to me (maybe I’m spoiled) and to get to La Pelosa beach you’ll need to get to the bus or rent a car, so if you are on a budget is not ideal..

      I know it’s difficult to choose, and I hope I helped you a bit 🙂
      Safe trips!

      Cle

  75. Hellen Hensel

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  78. Yasmina

    Dear Clelia,
    I am planning a 10 days visit to Sardinia around mid July and after some readings I have understood that the nicest beaches of Sardinia are in the East Coast. I get a little confused about certain things so Would you please answer my questions concerning my itinerary.
    We are traveling as a family with 2 young girls 14 and 19 years.
    1) If the East coast is the nicest, where should we stay in order to be close to all the nice beaches?
    2) if we are flying from madrid, in which airport should we land?
    3) Should we split our vacation in Sardinia or we stay only in the East coast?
    4) if we like to stay in a beach front hotel which one would you suggest?
    5) do you think it is better for us to rent a car?
    Thank you very much for answering as soon as possible.

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Yasmina, sorry for the late reply but I’ve been crazy busy lately!
      Ok, let’s get straight to your questions! 🙂

      1)I’d suggest you to stay in San Teodoro and Budoni area ad it’s great for both you and your girls (being that a lively village with bars and restaurants, but if you have a car you can find a quieter place to stay). From San Teodoro to the best beaches in the area it’s around 1 hour, max 2 (Cala Gonone, Cala Mariolu, Cala Goloritze and Cala Sisine to mention a few).

      2) I think that from Madrid the best option would be to fly to Olbia Airport, as it’s the closest one to these beautiful areas.

      3) I’d say to stay around the east coast (there is so much to see in there!) and if you have time, you could visit the north part as well (Santa Teresa, Castelsardo and Isola dei Gabbiani)

      4) I usually suggest you to check my suggestion for accommodation (check out the ones on the page first and then check out all the options at booking.com as it really has it all and you can cancel last minute if you change your mind with no cancellation fees).

      5) Yes, I definitely recommend you rent a car as the public transport can be a bit frustrating and won’t give you the freedom to discover the area very well! It’s a small investment but if you can afford it it’s well worth the money, trust me!

      I hope it helps! have a smashing holiday is Sardinia!!

      Cheers
      Clelia

  79. marelize

    Love the blog – thank you so much. Any idea where we can have a catered BBQ on the beach or beach restaurant?

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Marelize,

      Glad you liked the post! Regarding your question, I don’t know anyone directly but I’m pretty sure that if you ask in advance, some tour operators will have the right contacts for the BBQ. As for beach restaurants, usually unless you book a resort on the beach I don’t know any, at least not in my area. Usually the restaurants are pretty close to the beach in the small villages like San Teodoro, Costa Rei and Villasimius. I know some very nice small/local restaurants with an amazing view over the sea where you can also admire a nice sunset in Castelsardo, Santa Teresa di Gallura and Alghero. You’ll surely find something very nice in one of the villages along the beach.

      Sorry I can’t be more specific, but I hope this helps
      Cheers!

  80. Marina

    Excellent website! Congratulations

    My friend and I (both 50) are looking to book a 13/14 night trip first two weeks of September. We can fly return to Cagliari or Olbia and will hire a car. Would like to see the best of your island – mainly beach / little bit of the interior. I will be most grateful for any advice you can offer. I’m thinking of 3 to 5 stops so we are not packing every morning.

    I love my photography so a great landscape wows. As friends who have shared many holidays we know our perfect escape includes great beaches, snorkling, good local food and wine (or a cocktail.. 🙂 visits to historic buildings or villages, browsing shops with local arts and crafts and the occasional spa treatment as a treat. We like a simple hotel with a pool, spacious rooms, private shower, balcony within walking distance of beach / restaurants.

    We avoid ‘up market’ venues, the ‘all inclusive village’ style massive hotels, built up noisy touristy places and crowded beaches – we like things chilled out and casual rather than feeling obliged to ‘dress ‘ for dinner.

    Looking forward to your advice for our 3/5 stops and whether they should be from Olbia or Cagliari.

    Very many thanks in advance and keep up the good work – a truly great and highly informative website – love your beach review!!

    Marina

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Marina

      Sorry! I didn’t see you message among the many other I received, I hope I’m still in time to help you out 🙂
      Ok, for great landscapes, definitely the north coast, especially the Golfo di Orosei (please DON’T MISS IT!) and on the road to the northern part of Sardinia, you shouldn’t miss the “Valle della luna” (near the small village of Aggius) It’s a surreal place and it looks like you really are on the moon surface! Here is a link to see where it is and how to get there: http://www.lamiasardegna.it/files/aggius-bortigiadas.htm (it’s an Italian website but you can change the language to English). All that area is worth a visit, even only by passing by car and take a few shot while taking a break.

      Also you can take smashing pictures at Isola dei Gabbiani (top north of the Island) and Santa Teresa di Gallura.

      If I were you, I’d just focus the holiday on discovering the northern part of Sardinia, from the Golfo di Orosei, up to “Isola dei Gabbiani”, passing through Costa Smeralda and Santa Teresa di Gallura. If you don’t mind moving by car for daily trips you could even just find only 2 places as a base, one close to Orosei and one on the North of Sardinia.

      If you love photography (as I do!) even wandering around and get a bit lost will lead you to some fantastic out of the tourist path places, and the north is especially good for that, especially for its suggestive rock formations and views from the road.

      As for the recommended hotels, I always book through Booking.com, they have everything, from B&B to all inclusive resorts so you just need to check out the availability and the place that you think fits your style:)

      I hope you’ll have a great time in my beautiful Island!
      Cheers
      Clelia

  81. Kate

    Hey! Great website!!! so happy I found it!!

    We are coming to Sardinia in July

    WHats the best website to book flight from Rome to Olbia?

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Kate,

      Thanks for your message! where are you flying from? As I’m putting together a FAQs page on how to get and move around Sardinia. The page is still work in progress but I already covered the best ways to find a flight. You can find the link to the page here: MOVE AROUND SARDINIA

      Hope it helps and that you’ll have a great time in my beautiful Island!
      Cheers
      Cle

  82. Kris

    Hi there!

    Nice blog and amazing pictures!

    I live in Spain (lanzarote) and I have visited Italy before buthas never gone to Sadrinia. I guess this island will be my next destination point as I like low budget holidays 😉

    Thanks
    Kris

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Kris!

      Ahhh Spain, never been to Lanzarote but I’ve heard is a very nice place, maybe we should arrange an exchange when you come to Sardinia! 🙂

      Only one warning, to find cheap accommodation and hotels in Sardinia you need to book way in advance as the best deals go away VERY QUICKLY!!

  83. Jayme

    Hello,

    I was just wondering if you could give me some advice please. Me and my boyfriend are looking to book a holiday between 7-10 days in Sardinia (I am 23 and he is 25).

    We are looking for somewhere that is not too touristy but has lovely beaches, a few restaurants and shops nearby maybe with a bit of night life so we can go out some evenings but don’t want anywhere too hectic!

    We are both quite interested in trying out some water sports too and would really like it if there were some excursions so we are not stuck in the same place.

    We would consider renting a car if there isn’t anywhere that suits our needs but we wonder what driving in Sardinia is like and would probably prefer not to rent a car if there were buses running and getting around isn’t too difficult…

    Thanks you very much,

    Jayme

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Jayme,

      What month are you thinking to visit Sardinia? As my suggestion might vary A LOT depending on the seasonality! 🙂

  84. Dhivisha Jeena

    Hi Klelia, your blog is amazing!

    I’m coming to Sardinia for a 10 day honeymoon at the end of May/early June. We’re flying into Alghero and hiring a car. We were thinking of spending time at the Golfo di Orosei and at the Costa Smerelda beach area. I was hoping you could help with the following questions –

    1. Is Cala Gonone a good base to stay in for the Golfo di Orosei? We would like to go to Cala Mariolu and you had mentioned the nearby towns of Baunei, Orosei and Tortoli. Do you recommend staying in one of these in addition to Cala Gonone?

    2. For the north, is Costa Smeralda a good place to stay to access the surrounding beaches and Arcipelago della Maddalena. Or is there anywhere else in the area you would recommend staying for a few days?

    3. Do you think we should we spend any time in/near Alghero? I’ve heard that the Grotta di Nettuno is worth going to?

    Thanks so much!
    Dhivisha

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Dhivisha

      Sorry! I thought I replied to you already (after the conversation with your friend Carlo!!) a bit confusing.. 🙂
      I hope I’m still in time to give you some suggestions!

      1) Cala Gonone is a very nice and quiet village and perfect to explore the area, given that you will be renting a car. Unless you want to have some night life, in that case you’d rather choose somewhere else as a base.
      Tortoli’ is a bit bigger with more shops and a few restaurants but it’s a normal Sardinian village so not very touristic. Unfortunately the area of Cala Gonone and Orosei it’s not famous for it’s night life etc, so it all depends on what you want to do really!

      2)Costa Smeralda is definitely a good place to check out for the Arcipelago della Maddalena (and also for its beautiful beach and views) but it’s rather expensive. If you have the budget, I’d say go for it…if not, Arzachena and Cannigione are also good choices and much cheaper!

      3)I know of people who are crazy about Alghero’s vibe, and the city it’s pretty, but I’m not a huge fan of it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lovely place…but the beaches in Alghero are not exactly my idea of paradise… I went to the Grotte di Nettuno…they are certainly nice but I’ve seen better. For example I’d rather go to the Grotte del Bue Marino in the Golfo di Orosei…it’s much better in my opinion! (But yet again, that’s my personal preference).

      I’d rather stay on the east coast and explore everything you can in there as it’s smashing beautiful!

      Have a lovely time in Sardinia!

      Cheers
      Clelia

  85. Jasmine

    what an excellent and very comprehensive post on Sardinia, i had not heard of Younderbound before now so thanks for including that resource in the post.
    I had always thought Sardinia was an expensive resort style only place to vacation, but seeing these cheaper options for accommodation makes me realise it isn’t . The beaches look so clean! It is nice to know that the nice weather lasts more than a few months

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Jasmine

      Yonderbound is a new Website but I seriously love it! They still need to add a few more hotels but their database is already very large, and it’s great that you save money on your next booking for just sharing your tips! 🙂

      And regarding Sardinia, it has the fame to be very expensive, which is not a lie of course, but you can always find nice cheap places to stay. It’s always been considered expensive because of the VIP area in Costa Smeralda, but Sardinia has so much to offer!! and you can even find cheap Hotels and Resorts on the beach if you book in advance or low season.

      My place really has it all 🙂

  86. Jessie Moye

    Hi Clelia

    Have been looking at your site and reading your blogs and comments to other travellers and have found all of your information extremely helpful, the most informative site I have been on about Sardinia.

    I was after some advice as have been researching places to stay in Sardinia and i’m running out of energy. I’m looking to go to Sardinia as part of my honeymoon (we are Lake Como at the beginning of our trip). I’ve always wanted to go to Sardinia because of the beautiful beaches, but i’m having trouble deciding on a location.
    I’d like to stay somewhere close to the beach but within walking distance to bars and restaurants, (as we won’t have a car) my fiance and I enjoy exploring and are not fond of being confined anywhere, we like staying places where there is plenty to do, but more important is that there is some sort of nightlife.
    I have been looking at the following locations: Golfo Aranci, San Teodoro, Alghero and Palau, but I just can’t make my mind up and I’m not entirely sure which location is best.
    I’d be grateful for your advice on where is best to stay for beaches, nightlife and good affordable accommodation.

    Thanks
    Jessie

  87. Carlo Accolla

    Dear Clelia,

    Thank you for being so wonderfully clear in your blog and extremely helpful.
    My wife and I together wih our one and half yr old baby boy will be visiting Sardinia in the last week of July for 6 full days. We are making the trip all the way from South Africa to find the most pristine and beautiful beaches in Sardinia.
    We are flying into Olbia and our accommodation is nearby and sorted out. I speak Italian so that wont be an issue in talking to locals and arranging the details of our trip (such as car hire etc, if need be).
    Bearing in mind that we would like to see or experience only the finest beaches but we are travelling with a young child, which 2 or 3 beaches do you absolutely recommend? I can hire a car if need be to travel to these beaches but I wanted to get your recommendation seeing that there is a young child on the trip? I also don’t mind doing a day boat trip to one of your recomended beaches, but only if you reccomend that it would be OK to take a child with us? We’re only looking for 3 MUST see beaches that are kind of baby friendly…

    thank you so much!

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Carlo! if I had to recommend only 2-3 beaches, considering that you will fly to Olbia (and probably won’t want to be in a car for long time, especially with a very young baby), I’d say:

      1) Boat trip to Cala Mariolu: it is OK for kids as the boat is big, and the sea is usually not agitated. The only downside is that if you take the big boats, the beach will be quite crowded, but that’s the price to pay for its beauty…

      2) Boat trip to Arcipelago della Maddalena: another tour you can not miss, it’s truly amazing. If you could book a second accommodation for 1/2 nights at La Maddalena, that would be ideal. Less stress for the baby and you can also enjoy the small island and traditional village vibe.

      3)Costa Smeralda beaches (Romazzino, Cala di Volpe, Capriccioli, Porto Rotondo). If you don’t go in August, the beaches in there are spectacular, even for just a one-day trip.

      I said that I don’t particularly like the Costa Smeralda area, and I didn’t change my mind, but being Sardinian I simply don’t like the fact that the area has completely lost its Sardinia vibe, but I can’t deny that the beaches are incredibly beautiful…

      All in all, it’s quite difficult for me to rank the best beaches, as each one of them has something unique really, but these ones definitely have the WOW factor!

      Hope this helps
      Enjoy your time in Sardinia 🙂

  88. Casey

    Hey Clelia!

    Thanks for writing this article it is so helpful! I am studying abroad in Rome and want to visit Sardinia for two nights (April 3-5). I found the cheapest flight is from Rome to Cagliari. However, San Teodoro looks beautiful and I would love to go there even though it is closer to Olbia. Is it far from Cagliari? Or are any of the other beaches on your list closer to Cagliari? Please let me know! Thanks!

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Casey!

      Well, I can tell you my experience. When I was 25 I still didn’t have a car and a friend of mine invited me to San Teodoro. I remember that I took the bus from Piazza Matteotti in Cagliari (front of the train station), and in 3-4 hours I was there. Now, of course there are some great beaches before San Teodoro and much closer to Cagliari. It all depends on what you prefer.

      Villasimius is much closer than San Teodoro, and very nice. Also easy to reach by bus. On the west side of Cagliari you can reach Chia and Tuerredda by car in one hour (add 15/20 minutes to get to Tuerredda).

      If you have the car, then it’s really up to you, but if you don’t..then I recommend either Villasimius or San Teodoro as they also have a village and you can reach the main beach walking or by bicycle. Chia and Tuerredda are a bit trickier to reach without a car as they are more isolated and there are no restaurants or shops around.
      Since you’re going in April, you also need to consider that there will be no one on the beach and also the villages will be very quiet (less restaurants and bar open for sure).

      I actually love the experience, as you get to enjoy the real Sardinia (hoping that the weather will assist u!), April is usually already warm but the weather is obviously unpredictable. Some years I had my first swim in March, other years not before mid-May.

      If you find some sunny days, I promise you that you’ll LOVE IT!

      Enjoy 🙂

  89. Nick

    Hi Clelia,

    Sorry if I missed it somewhere, but I am really trying to find the best place strategically to stay in Sardinia.
    We are a young couple, and we have 10 (maybe 12 days) in July.

    What’s the best option for arriving by plane, Caglari or Alghero ?

    Which part of the island has the better water…?

    Recommend a place, that is not overly crowded, is quiet and has a nice scenery, secluded beaches, nature, tradition, FOOD…
    We don’t care about nightlife, in fact we’d try and avoid it.
    We will be renting a car so we we’ll be traveling non-stop.

    We looked at Costa Smeralda, and It’s too touristy for us.

    Any ideas ?

    Very grateful,

    Nick

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Nick,

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂
      Regarding your question.. If you don’t like super touristy and party areas then yes, Costa Smeralda is not for you. Unless you can spend a bit more for some resort, but you said that you will be traveling from one place to the other non-stop, so this is probably not a good idea.

      For the choice of the airport, it all depends on which area do you want to explore:
      1) For the North-East coast: Olbia is the best choice
      2) North-West and North Coast : Alghero-Fertilia
      3)South, South East and South West coast (up to Oristano): Cagliari is the best choice.

      If you really want to avoid the main tourist areas then maybe it’s better to stay away from San Teodoro and Villasimius. Don’t get me wrong, they might also offer quiet spots, nice villette (mini villas, usually not very expensive), a bit outside the centre of the village, but the beaches in July start to get crowded.

      A place I can recommend for your needs is the Oristano Area. The sea in San Giovanni di Sinis Beach is amazing and you can decide whether to go further south and explore the wilder area of the Sulcis-Iglesiente (not many tourists in there). Some nice spots around that area are Piscinas beach (well known for its dunes, considered the highest in Europe). From there you can go south to Pan di Zucchero (amazing scenery from the road), but the beaches are not as white as the other parts of Sardinia. They are more rocky and wild. But the landscape is awesome and you’ll find more traditional places over there, including typical Sardinian food.

      For the spectacular beaches you can drive south to Tuerredda and Chia (but they are touristy) on your way back to Cagliari Airport as they are relatively close to it.

      Or you can choose the reverse Itinerary: instead of going to Oristano first (1hour and 30 minutes by car from Cagliari), you could start your trip from Cagliari (the city is also quite interesting for a one day stop, I highly recommend it actually), and then head to the beaches on the west coast : Chia, Capo Spartivento, Cala Cipolla and Tuerredda. From there you continue your trip towards Oristano, passing trough the Iglesias area, where you will find a piece of real Sardinia!

      Hope it helps!

  90. Zara

    Hi Clelia,

    Thank you for sharing this information with us! I am thinking going to Sardinia at the beginning of July for a week with my boyfriend. There seems to be a lot of discussion around the southern beaches but I have heard that the north is beautiful too.

    We are looking for an area that has close proximity to the beach and a town, as we do like to go and explore.

    Thanks in advance!

    Zara

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Zara,

      thanks for your comment! What was the discussion about the beaches on the North or the South? I think each area has its own appeal. Seriously, it’s so difficult for me to choose. I have my favorites of course, but I am very picky and aside for the industrial areas in the South where the beach is obviously polluted and dirty, the rest of them are seriously amazing.

      That said, I assume you will have a car? This detail is very important to decide which area is best for you! as if you want to stay close to a small town, sometimes you can even walk from the beach to the centre (like San Teodoro or Villasimius), but in most cases you’ll need a car. Unless you stay on a resort of course 🙂

      For the information I have now, I’d say that your safest bet to be very close to the beach and the town is San Teodoro and Villasimius, but if you are renting a car there are so many other options!

      Let me know and I see if I can give you more specific indications!

      Cheers

  91. Ryan

    Clelia, this is such a stellar guide! And so detailed. Wow, I need to get more in depth in my own travel notes and guides. And I’m so bummed that I didn’t make it to Sardinia while I was in Italy, but it seems like I probably wouldn’t have been able to afford it at the time either haha. Maybe San Teodoro though sometime. Hopefully I can just live in Italy at some point and visit haha. Thanks for the stellar guide!!!

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Thanks Ryan! Next time you’re in Italy you definitely need to visit Sardinia, it’s a very special place.
      The Island is not cheap but you can find good deals if you do your research properly. I was able to enjoy it and travel all over the most beautiful beaches, even when my budget was very limited. Sardinia is really for everyone! 🙂

  92. bettina

    Hi Clelia,

    For days I have been sitting on the computer, more and more I am reading more and more I would like to see, BUT can only select to Places, citys by the beache. Should we go East, North, South or West.

    Respect for the job you are doing here.

    Regards
    Bettina, Denmark

    1. bettina

      Oh I would like to correct myself, think a stay at the Beach and a stay up in the country is to prefer for the opportunity to se the daily local Sardinia, or what would you recommend.

      Best regards
      Bettina, Denmark

      1. Clelia Mattana

        Hey Bettina, Thanks for your comments! I know..it is quite difficult to just pick a place when it comes to organizing your holidays to Sardinia!

        Regarding your question, it is a very broad one, as Sardinia offers spectacular places virtually everywhere.
        If you can rent a car and want to experience both the beach life and the traditional villages, I’d recommend you to go to the east coast and explore the Orosei area. The beaches are (in my opinion) the best and the wildest in Sardinia and the villages close to them still have the traditional Sardinian vibe. You can discover Tortoli’, Orosei and Baunei, which are still relatively untouched by mass tourism as people prefer to just stay on the beach.

        Another place that can combine the two is the Costa Paradiso area (North Sardinia). You’ll find plenty of nice beaches and small traditional villages.

        Third option is Santa Teresa di Gallura and surroundings. Also perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving.

        It is very difficult for me to give you just one or two options, as there are other nice places that can combine the two experiences, but I don’t want to confuse you further!

        Let me know if this helps and I might add a few more spots for you to consider.
        Good luck! 🙂

  93. Noemi

    Hi Clelia,

    My family and I like snorkelling. Which are the best beaches, if we want to snorkel?
    Our daughter is 10 years, and the school begins in September, but the summer holiday begins in the middle of June.
    In this case what do you think, when is the best time to visit Sardinia?
    many thanks,
    N

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Noemi,

      Thanks for you comment! I happen to be a huge fan of snorkeling too so I know a few places in Sardinia that are quite nice. My personal favorite is Golfo di Orosei, especially cala Mariolu (but you have to go there by boat), other places good for snorkeling are Santa teresa di Gallura, Capo Coda Cavallo (near San Teodoro) and Tavolara Island. For Tavolara you’ll need to get a daily boat but there are very nice coves over there.

      As a general rule, if you like snorkeling, you need to find the beach with the rocks on both sides. Usually the “calette” (small beaches) near the biggest ones are your best choice everywhere.

      La Cinta, San Teodoro for example is not good for snorkeling but the surrounding calette are lovely, same applies to Chia (no good unless you snorkel near the 2 small Islands in front of it). You can reach them by a short walk (swim) from the beach.

      The possibilities for snorkeling are endless really. If you want to go a bit off the beaten path, I loved snorkeling in Cala Domestica (South west Sardinia). There is a very small beach on the right of the main one and on its right there are some beautiful caves reachable with a “pattino” (the small boat with pedals that you can rent on the beach for an hour or two). It’s the perfect location for snorkeling, but you have to watch out as sometimes the sea is a bit agitated in between the rocks, but totally worth the experience!

      I hope this helps!

      Have a nice stay in my beautiful Island 😉

      1. Clelia Mattana

        Oh almost forgot about the second question! If I could choose, I’d go by mid-June! September is also great, but as I just replied to the other person before you, I personally prefer June (only for psychological reasons). Anyway, both choices are great as you will avoid the crowds and spend less for your accommodation and transport!

        Cheers!

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  96. Gazz

    Hello and thank you for such an incredible article. Mega, mega helpful. i actually contacted you last year about advice for staying for 2 weeks in Villasimius but we decided against it in the end. I wondered if you could help me with info about San Teodoro and if you think it could meet our needs?
    I have really been taken by the San Teodoro region, love the look of the beaches (really important to us). Later found out that its actually quite a partying area (beach parties clubs in town etc) so I am quite disheartened by this…..

    We are a young couple who really like generally quiet, romantic tranquil holidays, set on incredible beaches….ideally in places that are not heavily commercialised (i.e. opposite of places like Tennerife and the Canaries).

    So the further I was getting into research the more disheartened I became at the party nature of the San Teodoro – could we avoid this if we came anytime in June or September?

    The other big thing which doesnt work well in Sardinia is that we wont be hiring a car (had awful past experiences). We would like to see parts of Sardinia but not desperate to – aslong as we can walk around in the immediate area, use bus/coach travel and take excursions to see more of the island we’d be really happy!

    We can travel any time in the summer but we were originally going to travel (2 week holiday) either in June or September to get the heat without the crowds – would this be the best time to go?

    In summary we’d love:

    – A beautiful somewhat authentic area where we can explore on foot, use a bus/coach service and go on island or sea excursions

    – As beautiful as possible white sandy beach (the level of San Teodoro) in walking distance (say upto 10-15 minute walk). Ideally we dont want to be based in a town centre (Ive seen alot of people recommend Alghero).

    – An area where crowds wont ruin our holiday i.e. August high season or party goers.

    Are there any other areas in Sardinia that could be recommended for our needs? Hopefully San Teodoro!

    Im really sorry for such a long post but Ive been trawling the internet for weeks for answers, we really massively appreciate any help.

    Thanks so much, and I look forward to reading any answers!
    all the best
    Gazz

    1. Gazz

      PS. The hotel we were looking to stay at is Paradise Resort Sardegna – to give you an idea of what sort of location geographically we were considering
      Thanks again 🙂

    2. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Gazz,

      Believe it or not, I do remember your message (and trust me in between here and emails I read at least 1000!!) You know why? You said that you didn’t want to hire the car because of a bad experience, and this particular arose my curiosity. I also remember you asking about Villasimius.
      Ok, so…this is going to be a difficult question as I went to both Villasimius and san Teodoro when I was a student so I had to rely on buses and walking to the beaches, and I loved both places.

      The only “issue” I see in your request is the autenticity of the area. In Sardinia, do get the authentic vibe, you need to get away from the most popular places (including Villasimius and San Teodoro). Especially San teodoro, the village has lost its traditional Sardinian vibe because of the mass tourism, however…If you are planning on going in low season (good choice!), you will obviously find it a lot less crowded and you can enjoy the beach without the messiness of the party scene which takes place mostly in July and August.

      I was thinking about other destinations to suggest but not having a car is a big obstacle as the public transport in the other areas is not that good. So, since you have 2 weeks, my suggestion is to go for San Teodoro because of its perfect location: It’s not that far away from Olbia’s Airport and it’s also well connected to it by public transport. From there you can also take day trips by bus to the surrounding areas (further north to the spectacular Golfo di Orosei for the boat trip), but also to discover the nearest beaches aside for La Cinta.

      it is also good as you can rent a bike or walk to the village to find nice restaurants and places where to buy groceries etc. I don’t know who recommended you to stay in the city centre, but I definitely NOT recommend it, especially not Alghero. The city is OK but not exactly ideal if you want to eperience some good beach life at a walking distance. Plus, the beaches near Alghero are not as beautiful as the ones on the east coast (except for La Pelosa and Le Bombarde, but you’ll need a car to reach them so it’s not for you).

      Another area I explored without the car that is worth to consider is Cannigione (north Sardinia, even closer to Olbia and to Costa Smeralda). I stayed in a camping in front of the beach (which was Ok) but not as beautiful as San Teodoro in low season. I stress the low season point as San Teodoro gets ruined by the crowds during high season.unfortunately that’s what happens when a place is very popular.

      So wrapping it up, I think that in your specific situation, San Teodoro is your safest bet.
      Villasimius is beautiful too, but has the downside that the connections by bus, even if available are a bit messy and you are far away from the beautiful boat trips (which I always recommend).

      I hope this helps! 🙂

      1. gazz

        That is amazingly helpful thank you! I was looking last night at best time to go low season…i thought September would be great because people have commented that the sea has warmed up then, however the sun and bass festival takes place between 5th and about 14th September so i don’t know what to do haha. Im guessing holidaying after that the weather might abit dicey? So it would have to be June or could we get away with early july for crowds? Cant believe you the original message! Thanks again and thanks for the speedy reply!

        1. Clelia Mattana

          Hey Gazz,

          Both June and September are good choices, weather wise, I prefer June but only for psychological reasons I think, as for me June meant the end of the school and the beginning of the summer, whilst September gave me a bit of nostalgia for the ending summer. But you don’t have this problem of course 🙂

          The only thing I suggest is, if you can go by mid or end of June it’s better than July. Even if it’s not as crowded as August, it starts to get crowded. In June you can even enjoy the beach for yourself if you are lucky (same applies to September), so it’s really up to you! 🙂

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  99. Jon Jenkins

    Hi Clelia,

    Thank you for all this great information, it really is a superb blog and I would love your advice…

    I am planning a trip to Sardinia next year, early September. I will be flying into Olbia with my partner and 2 toddlers (3 years). I will have a hire car so am willing to travel up to one hour. Probably like everyone else, I am looking for a place with clean beaches, clear waters and a town big enough to walk around (with nice restaurants/shops).

    I have noticed San Teodoro being mentioned a lot and whilst the beaches look stunning, I cannot find much information on the town.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Many thanks,

    Jon

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Jon,
      First of all, september is a great choice to visit Sardinia. It’s a lot less crowded than july and August and the temperature is perfect!
      Regarding San Teodoro, the village is big enough to get everything you need…supermarkets, restaurants, normal shops as well as agencies where you can book day trips. Since you have the car you could also explore the surroundings (Budoni, Tavolara Island and if you can, don’t miss the day trips to Golfo di Orosei. It’s not super close but totally doable if you book in advance!)

      Let me know if you need any further info.
      I hope your holiday will be a great one!Enjoy my paradise Island 🙂

    1. Clelia Mattana

      I tend to agree with you! San Teodoro is an awesome place and for some people is the best of the best in Sardinia as it really has it all! beautiful beaches, cheap accommodation, great places to eat and have fun and so much more!

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  104. Liesbeth

    Hi Clelia,
    Thanks for your great blog, it is really helpful. We are looking for an apartment or holiday rental at the end of May/beginning of June next year. We will be flying to Cagliari. We are with our 2 and 6 year old boys. We are looking for a small ish place/village with some restaurants, we don’t really like the big tourist hot spots. We would like beautiful white sandy beaches with clear water and that slope gently, so it is safe for the kids. We have been in the Pula and Chia area a few years ago, we loved it there, but find it quite expensive and from Pula it is quite a long drive to the Chia beaches. We were looking at the Costa Rei and Villasiumus areas, but were worried they are too busy. Can you help? Also my husband really likes waterskiing, is this available anywhere in South Sardinia? Thank you!!

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Liesbeth! Thanks for your message! I’m very happy that you decided to visit my beautiful Island next summer!Chia was amazing wasn’t it??!

      And …(I really do hope you’ll read this), I am working on a very exciting project. I’m re-designing my website and creating a special section for Sardinia, to reply to all your questions too! There will be serval free articles similar to this but with specific itineraries each one tailored for a specific need (family with kids is on top of my list, and so are you!)

      If you want to read it, stay tuned! If you want, you can click here: http://eepurl.com/4ZApP so you can receive an email when it’s done! (I’m super excited, maybe more than you!) 🙂

  105. Debbie

    Hi Clelia,
    Love your site and am finding it so helpful. A few friends and I plan on visiting Sardenia in about three weeks. We fly into Alghero and will not have a car. Where would you recommend that we stay that is reasonable and close enough to a couple of the nice beaches and how much do you think we could really cover in a two day period. Also we would love to go to a festival. Any ideas??
    thanks
    Debbie

  106. Daria

    Hi Clelia!!
    DO you have any tips where in Alghero we could rent a scooter in october? And is it a good idea if we coime just for a day or 4-5 to travel around a small piece of the island by scooter, including some of the described beaches, you think?

    Thanks!

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Daria,
      I don’t know any place that rents scooters in alghero but I’m 100% positive that if you ask to your hotel they will help you out without any problem!
      4-5 days to visit the area are actually perfect! As I just replied to another comment, you can drive to discover Le Bombarde beach, La pelosa in Stintino and you can even venture up north for a day trip to the Asinara Island. But before you go, make sure they still have the boats available for the trip, as October is the end of the season. With the scooter you will be seeing so many small beaches, just go and get a bit lost, in between the famous beaches there are a few gems to discover!

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

  107. Maeve

    Hi there,

    Your site it just wonderful! Thanks for the tips.

    Just wondering if you would have an suggestions for me and a friends trip to Sardinnia next week.
    We are doing a weeks surf camp in Oristano and then planning to spend the next 8 nights travelling up to Bosa (potentially staying 3-4 nights) and then onto Alghero… any pointers on things to see and do or places to visit. We are both in our twenties and quite adventurous!

    Would appreciate any help so much!!
    Thank you!

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Maeve!
      I thought I replied to your comment a few days ago but something went wrong!
      Anyway, Bosa is a great choice! not sure I’d spend 3-4 nights in there tough. I think 2 max 3 days would be enough. If you are adventurous I’d say go for a ride and explore the hinterland, you can find some interesting archeological sites and small villages but if you are more into the “beach life” I suggest you head straight to Alghero and explore the surrounding areas: Le Bombarde beach, Stintino,The Nettuno Grotto and the small beaches in the area. To be honest I’m not a huge fan of the west coast, especially the area between Oristano and Alghero. I might be spoiled but there are so many great beaches and places to visit in Sardinia that it would be a shame to just see that part of the coast. The sea is not that great as even if it’s clear and clean, it’s rocky and not that scenic. But hey, that’s my taste, as some people might even like it more than a simple plain beach with turquoise water!

      So, the choice is yours! Bosa is cool for its vibe, so depending on how you feel about it you can decide to leave after 1/2 days or stay even more than planned. People have very different reactions about that special village!

      I hope you’ll have some fun and that you’ll catch some good waves in Oristano!
      Cheers

  108. daniele

    mi serve di trovare “urgentemente” per la seconda settimana di settembre un residence a san teodoro ( se al centro si arriva a piedi meglio) mi consiglieresti qualcosa di carino con un buon rapporto Q/P?

    p.s. pensi che siano indispensabili la piscina e il condizionatore in questo periodo? ti chiedo questo perche’ non sono mai stato al nord sardegna e non so la situazione dei venti e delle temperature in settembre.

    ti ringrazio anticipatamente

    Daniele

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Ciao Daniele,

      Scusa la risposta tardiva, super busy questo periodo!
      A san Teodoro io sono sempre andata in campeggio o al limite ho affittato una villetta a prezzi convenienti, ma se guardi sui link che ho messo nell’articolo,( te lo rimetto: http://www.booking.com/city/it/san-teodoro.html?aid=384179) ci sono delle buone occasioni. Il sito e’ affidabile e i prezzi molto convenienti.

      Per quanto riguarda invece il clima, credo che l’aria condizionata non sia necessaria. Quest’estate e’ stata stranissima e non abbiamo avuto temperature tropicali nemmeno ad agosto quindi direi senza dubbio no aria condizionata. Mentre per la piscina… personalmente la adoro, e se non hai la spiaggia a due passi e vuoi solo rilassarti un po’, se il prezzo da pagare non e’ eccessivo, perche’ no!

      Spero di essere arrivata in tempo con la risposta, in ogni caso ti auguro una vacanza splendida in Sardegna!

  109. daniele

    Ciao clelia,

    mi serve di trovare “urgentemente” per la seconda settimana di settembre un residence a san teodoro ( se al centro si arriva a piedi meglio) mi consiglieresti qualcosa di carino con un buon rapporto Q/P?

    p.s. pensi che siano indispensabili la piscina e il condizionatore in questo periodo? ti chiedo questo perche’ non sono mai stato al nord sardegna e non so la situazione dei venti e delle temperature in settembre.

    ti ringrazio anticipatamente

    Daniele

  110. Niko

    Love your blog! I am planning an Italian Road trip in late September into October and i am due to spend 4 days in Sardinia. I arrive on Monday in Cagliari and fly out from Olbia on Friday and will be renting a car. Any tips for the best and most fun route to take?

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Sorry Niko, I guess I will soon need an assistant to check all the messages as I feel so sorry when I miss one and I can’t help, but (for whomever is reading this), if it happens, please feel free to contact me or sign up to my specific newsletter just for Sardinia! I’m putting together a series of free guides where i will try to reply to all of your questions…stay tuned and join the other people who already signed up to my newsletter! 🙂

      Oh, almost forgot, here is the link to it 😉 http://eepurl.com/4ZApP

  111. Katarina

    Hi Clelia!

    This is by far the best site I’ve stumbled upon about Sardinia. Thank you for that!

    On Thursday me and my boyfriend will be leaving Slovenia by car, stop in Pisa, go to Corsica for 6 days and then to Sardinia for 13 days (staying in Buddi hotel in Platamona – 4 days, Aquadulci near Chia – 6 days, Geovillage near Olbia – 3 days), then Rome for 2 days, Firenze 1 day (I know it’s all too short for these 2 cities but I’ve seen them before :).

    Today I’ve checked roughly what we need to see and I’m curious if you have any other suggestions or maybe some remarks (some things might be little bit unrealistic to see in short period of time). We love beaches with small amount of people (and small amount of clothing on us which is a bit hard in Italy :D), beautiful scenery, snorkling, medieval cities, good sea food, good aquaparks, archeology (if there’s something really special). Not much into hiking and night life.

    Thank you in advance 🙂

    21.8.2014
    Entering Sardinia in Santa Teresa de Gallura
    Snorkling around S.Teresa?
    Castelsardo
    check in

    22.8.2014

    Grotta di Nettuno, Alghero
    (Spiaggia della Pelosa – too crowded?)
    23.8.2014

    Parco Nazionalle dell’Asinara?

    24.8.2014

    boat trip to the “Arcipelago della Maddalena”?

    25.8.2014

    Bosa, Is Arenas beach, Oristano, Sinis Peninsula
    Aquadulci hotel, check in

    26.8.2014

    checking the beaches around Chia

    27.8.2014

    Cagliari

    Villasimius, Mari Pintau

    28.8.2014

    Costa Verde
    Spiaggia Scivu, Spiaggia della Piscinas

    29.8.2014

    Tuerredda beach

    30.8.2014

    Blue park (aquapark)?

    31.8.2014

    Towards Olbia; Golfo di Orosei (boat trip – form where?), Gola su Gorropu ? , Orgosolo, Nuraghe su Nuraxi

    Check in Geovillage

    1.9.2014

    Cala Barandinchi
    San Teodoro?
    Baia Sardinia aquapark?

    2.9.2014

    Costa Smeralda & around
    San Pantaleo

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Katarina
      so sorry I completely missed your comment! In peak season I receive a hige amount of messages and emails and some of the notifications are delayed!
      I really do hope you had a great time in my island 🙂

  112. Terri

    Hello!
    Your website is amazing and I am really glad that I found it! My husband and I leave for Sardinia in three weeks (Aug 30th) and we can’t wait. We are 32 years old and are looking for a mix of relaxing, a little nightlife and adventure. We fly into Cagliari and our tentative plan was to drive to Villasimius for a couple nights. Next drive up east coast and do a couple nights in Obia and check out the Tavolara Island. Spend the last night or two in Maddalena islands??? We don’t mind road trips and love exploring so any suggestions would be great. If we do spend a night in Maddalena, is the rental car safe on the main land while we take a boat there? A lot of the hotels in Villasimius are sold out because I waited too long but I was thinking Hotel Sa Suergia (bummer no pool) or go west of Villasimius and go to Hotel Club de Zagare?? I originally thought I wanted the Tanka Village Golf and Spa but the reviews were seeming too touristy for us. I was hoping for a little authentic vibe if possible.
    I can’t wait and I will let you know in a month how the trip was 🙂
    Terri

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Terri,

      Thanks for your message and kind words, I’m always glad when I can help people to visit my beautiful island!
      Regarding your itinerary, since you don’t specify how many days are you staying in Sardinia, I’ll guess it will be at least one week right?

      If so, I’d suggest a max of 2 places. If you have more than a week then 3 places is still OK.
      I love Villasimius so since you’re flying to Cagliari it’s a good choice. If you rent a car you will see some very scenic views on the road!

      For the places to stay, I know very well Tanka Village as it’s one of the most popular choices in the area but as you said it’s a bit touristy. Why don’t you check for a small villa in the surroundings? They are not necessarily that expensive and will give you a very special feeling of Sardinia. I’m not sure about the availability as August can be crazy busy everywhere, that’s why I always suggest to book way in advance! 🙂

      As already suggested on my article, everyone I know books through booking.com  as it’s one of the most updated and safe ways to compare hotels,villas etc (and you can cancel without paying any fee if you change your mind).

      If you go to the Villasimius page here: Booking.com Villasimius you can search the availability and prices and see if there is still some good deal left.

      Unfortunately I don’t know the two other places you mentioned so I can’t give you any suggestion on those, sorry 🙁

      I think that for the car rental you should be fine. You can ask directly to the agency renting your car, depending on the one you choose they can arrange to put the car in a safe place whilst you explore la Maddalena, but obviously you should need to ask them what is it cover with the rental. Unless you decide to arrive to the mainland, deposit the car, take the boat and rent a new car when you’re back to the main land.

      If I were you, I’d talk to the rental agency and see what’s the best option for you. La Maddalena is a small lovely island so you can easily explore it by walking.

      Why don’t you try the one day boat tour to the Arcipelago della Maddalena instead? I know it’s a bit more touristy and crowded than going to la Maddalena by yourself but you could see some fantastic beaches along the way, and stop at la Maddalena for a few hours of shopping or sightseeing. I did it a few times and enjoyed it immensely.

      Anyway…I’m starting to get very jealous of all the people writing to me asking advice for their fantastic holidays in Sardinia and I’ m here but can’t move as I’m working non stop on my website 🙂

      So make the most of it for me too!! I’m sure you’ll love it and can’t wait to see how it went for you!

      If you need further info, just ask and I’ll try to help!

      Cheers
      Clelia

  113. Roopal Popat

    Hi,

    We are are looking to visit Sardinia for a week in early September with a 2 year old and I wanted some advice on where is best too look? With a toddler ease is everything! So ideally we are looking for somewhere with a good beach close by, and either a hotel/SC with a pool. Also is it essential to hire a car?

    Thank you
    Roopal

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Roopal

      Thanks for stopping by! Having a young kid I totally understand your needs… I’d recommend you have a look at this link :http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?region=908;aid=384179

      It’s one of the most complete website (which I personally use and trust) to look for accommodations.
      Regarding the area you should focus on, I’d say either Chia (south Sardinia), where they have nice resorts with all the amenities (including restaurants, swimming pool and a little train to get you to the beach in 5 minutes).

      If this is too expensive for you, also check Villasimius (always on the south). the beaches are stunning and you also will have the village with shops and restaurants.

      The car is essential if you want to be independent and drive from the airport to your hotel/resort/villa and be able to discover the lovely surrounding areas. Unfortunately there are no direct trains to these places and you should take a bus to get there. Not sure this would be the best option having a kid with you…

      I always recommend this website as you will have tons of options, reviews, list of the amenities and you have the possibility to cancel your booking for free if you change your mind and want to search for other options, a win win situation when you need to consider all the factors for a perfect holiday!

      Hope this helps and let me know if you need further assistance with your planning!

      Cheers
      Clelia

  114. Cara Murphy

    Hi Clelia,

    Thanks so much for your brilliant blog. I based my holiday completely around this and stayed with my husband in Orsei for a week in July. We walked to the local beach, did scuba diving and also a boat tour of the best beaches. I have to say the Cala Marilou IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL!

    Thanks so much for your information and clear passion for your country.

    Ciao,
    Cara

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Cara
      Thanks for the message, it’s such a pleasure to know that you had a great time in Sardinia.
      I hope Cala Mariolu wasn’t too busy when you visited, as it’s really spectacular when all the boats with tourists are gone!
      😉

  115. Theo

    Hi Clelia,

    Wonderful blog and packed with info! I wondered if you could help.. I really want to go to Sardinia but am totally lost on where to go!

    We are a family of four and usually rent a villa or an apartment (sea views if possible) and basically spend our days kicking around a beach with the kids, eating lunch and then enjoy spending the evenings walking round a cute town, sitting in a restaurant for a few hours and finishing the night with a bottle of wine on the balcony! I guess what I’m asking is is there a particular town/area that you think would fit? We are not really into heavy tourist spots (but do like plenty of restaurants to choose from) and with two young kids nightlife isn’t really important for the family holiday…

    We enjoy Nice or Cannes and places similar to that not for price but more for being cute towns, on the beach, good food and all easy to walk around without driving…

    Any ideas?!

    Thanks!
    Theo

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Theo

      Once again, apologies for the late reply..too busy these days and so many requests! 🙂
      Going back to your request.. it all depends what’s really important to you.
      I try to explain: If having a smashing beautiful beach in front of your house is a must, then I’d say go to Villasimius or up north to Costa Rei, Budoni or San Teodoro Area.

      They are fantastic places to stay, with plenty of restaurants to choose from.

      Depending on when you are going, if it’s still high season, it’s maybe better to avoid the crowds and find a small village like Santa Maria Navarrese (always on the east coast). I’m not particularly crazy about the beach in town (water is clean but rocky and the sand is not that white….I know I’m a little bit spoiled here), but if you have a car, that is definitely a good spot to have a peaceful stay and cruise around a bit to find amazing beaches, plus the possibility of a day trip by boat to the Golfo di Orosei.

      I can’t stress this point enough. If you are in the area, you really can’t miss it. It would be a shame.

      Other than that, if you have a car, any place on the east coast would do. As the sea is awesome everywhere. I know you asked for a place where driving isn’t necessary, and I understand that it’s very convenient, but exploring sardinia a little bit more is really worth it, trust me on that!

      let me know if you need further help
      Have a great time!
      Clelia

  116. Rabia Khan

    Hello,

    I read that it is quite a long hike to get to beach ‘CALA GOLORITZE,’ I was wondering if it is possible to get there by boat? and from where?

    Thank you!

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Rabia Khan

      Yes it is indeed a long hike to get there (but worth it!).. you can see the beach passing by with a boat but since it’s a protected area, boats are not allowed to get closer to the beach. If you can swim you could try to reach it this way, but i’m not sure it is a better option than the long hike 🙂

  117. Alex

    Hello Clelia,

    Fantastic blog you have here. I am a world traveller just like you! I will be travelling from Malaga to Olbia on August 11th and then will be leaving from Olbia to Bologna on August 15th. I would like to maximize my time and wanted to know what you would recommend for such a short trip. I am a single male in my 30s and would like to go to some beaches where there are people in my age group and where at night there is a great view of the sunset. I scuba dive and surf and wouldn’t mind going for a dive if there are some good spots. Thanks for your help!

    Regards,

    Alex

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Alex,

      I know I’m quite late with my answer here but I still hope I can help!
      If you like scuba diving then I’d suggest you to visit Santa Teresa di Gallura. It is one of the best spots for that. I also tried in Cala Mariolu where there are some underwater caves to explore and the area is also amazing.

      Since you don’t have much time, another interesting area would be san Teodoro where you could find other travelers like you. There are plenty of options for water sports in there but I’m not sure that’s the best place for scuba diving.

      I guess it all depends on what your main priority is: immersions or meeting other travelers.
      I’m not saying that you can’t find other 30 something travelers in Santa Teresa, but it’s more of a bet in there compared to San Teodoro.
      Hope it helps!

      Cheers
      Clelia

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  119. Dawn

    Hi There…
    First of all, thank you so much for taking the time to share insights to your beautiful island. So many choices!!!!!!
    My husband and I, together with another couple, will be visiting your island from 14th till 19th august.
    It’s the only time we are able to take time off for a vacay, so it is quite unfortunate that we will have to pay a hefty price for accommodation.
    I have been tasked with the responsibility of looking for at least 2 places to base ourselves over the 6 precious days. Would you be so kind to help us narrow it down.
    We will be flying in from London to Olbia. We will also be renting a car. We will spend a few days exploring the north of sardinia. Can you tell us which location we should stay that is central enough for us? We would like to also make a day trip to the archipelago Della maddalena. Will the beach areas be over crowded? If yes, would you have any secluded beaches to recommend?

    Do you think we should then make our way to Cagliani? Will there be a bad traffic jam heading to the south? How many hours will it take us? And is it accessible to go to pula and villasimus from Cagliani?

    We love the beach, but would love to explore flea markets too for some shopping. Have you got any markets to recommend?

    I think I have asked enough questions for now.
    Hope to hear from you.
    Huge thanks in advance.
    Dawn

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Dawn

      Again, sorry for the late reply, as already mentioned, I had a hell of a month and I am so behind schedule now. I hope I can still help you!
      Since you don’t have much time and flying to Olbia, I strongly recommend you to stay in only one area (the north in this case) and leave your visit to Cagliari and Villasimius/Pula for another time. It’s too much stress and you won’t really enjoy the experience in my opinion.

      if I had to recommend 2 places for a 6 days holidays I’d choose Arzachena and surrounding areas. You will have a good base for the boat trips (not to be missed!) and to have a look at so many beautiful beaches on the surrounding areas. I usually don’t name them all as my philosophy is to just rent a car and stop whenever you feel inspired. The beaches in there are all awesome so you can’t go wrong!

      Alternatively, I always like to just go and ask the locals, or if you are renting a villa or staying in a hotel, ask them and they will know their way to some secluded beaches. this is especially true with sardinian landlords, they are very helpful and will always try to show you the best of the island!
      Even better you could ask the locals on the streets, especially in small villages. You will be amazed on how many info they could give you. Make sure to bring a map with you as unfortunately many of them are not very good at english 🙂

      Have a great time in Sardinia!

  120. Alan Hughes

    Hi Clelia

    WOW Clearly you really love the island you are lucky enough to live on. It is so rare to be able to come across a blog such as yours which deals with a holiday destination in such depth and honesty.

    After much research we eventually decided to stay at the Hotel Marinedda in Isola Rossa which looks simply gorgeous. We would however like to get to see something of Sardinia so that our experience is not just a coach, a fantastic hotel, a beach, and a coach back to the airport. Could you give me any advice on some things we could do in that part of Sardinia. I would be happy to hire a car, but also we enjoy getting around on public transport but I had read somewhere that this could be difficult.

    So if you could give us any ideas I really would appreciate it. And like most people who have posted here, I would like to thank you for having this fantastic blog, and also more than just paying lip service to it, but really take your time to post detailed replies.

    Best regards

    Alan

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Alan!

      Thanks for your kind words. Yes I love my Sardinia and I’m happy to help out people who want to have a fantastic experience!

      I like your choice, Isola Rossa is quite underrated but the location is perfect to move around by car and discover a bit more of Sardinia.
      Near isola Rossa you could see the “Costa Paradiso” beaches (very nice) and also go a bit further to Santa Teresa di Gallura and if you have time, please, please don’t skip the boat trip to the “Arcipelago della Maddalena”.

      If you rent a car, you should head towards Palau (costa smeralda. The road is not the best and it will take you maybe more than 1 hour to get there, but in my opinion it is worth it for 2 reasons:
      1) The boat trip is awesome. Crowded in peak season but you will see amazing places and beaches.

      2) Ok you will need to wake up very early in the morning to get to Palau, but if you drive you will discover the real Sardinia, passing through traditional villages, and nice landscapes.

      I don’t know how long are you staying in Sardinia for, but if you have just a few days or 1 week you can not miss it!

      Hope it helps and I hope you’ll have a fantastic time here 🙂

  121. Marta

    Hiii 🙂 What a good blog about Sardinia. But I need some help 😉
    Me and my boyfriend will come to Sardinia on July, about 28th of July, but we still looking for some place to stay. First I thought that the best place is Cagliari but now, after reading this I m not so sure 🙂
    We will take a plane from Venice to Cagliari. We are young and we like to travel. We are not conformists, we would like to see as much as we can.We will be on the island around 10 days WITHOUT a car. So, I m wondering where we can stay and have good connections between cities?what is the price for public transport? We would like lovely beaches, and sightseeing at the day but a nightlife in the evening?Where are the young people go?And where we can take some boat excursion?
    Thank you very much 🙂
    Marta <3

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Marta!
      sorry for the delayed reply..busy times!

      Your situation is actually perfect, being young, adventurous and willing to adapt and travel freely is the best possible way to experience Sardinia 🙂

      Ok, here are my 2 top suggestions for young people:

      San Teodoro is the first choice, and Villasimius is the second choice.

      They both have a great nightlife for young people (I went to San Teodoro more than 4 times when I was in my 20’s and had the time of my life in there!), plus it’s convenient as if you don’t have a car, San teodoro is well connected to olbia and other places like Budoni, Costa Smeralda, Baja Sardinia (where there is a huge Acquapark) and if you want to visit the Golfo di Orosei by boat, it’s not that far.

      The buses are quite cheap (depending if you take the public or private ones it varies a bit.

      Villasimius is nice but a bit secluded if you don’t have a car to move around. The only thing better than San Teodoro is that it’s much closer to Cagliari airport.

      To get to San Teodoro from Cagliari is a bit tricky but I did it. I took a bus and (if I remember correctly) it took around 3 /4 hours to get there. But I remember that it was quite comfortable and I enjoyed looking outside the window..

      Otherwise you can take a train from cagliari to olbia and then a bus, but I wont recommend it, unless you want to spend 2/3 days in the surrounding areas and then head south to San Teodoro.

      Let’s say that if I were you, I’d go for San Teodoro 🙂

      Let me know what you decide!
      Cheers
      Clelia

  122. Marsha

    Hi Klelia,

    I want to thank you for such a helpful post as many others, really nice to see locals helping the visitors to discover the best parts of their island and like everybody else who has commented I am coming to Sardinia in mid July with my boyfriend for 4 nights and we are staying in Olbia and really want to rent out a private boat to go and visit some of the more private beaches where we can snorkel, sunbathe and maybe even watch the sunset? Any recommendations on great cultural places to visit near by would be much appreciated!

    Thank you in advance and I really appreciate your recommendations and time 🙂

    Marsha

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Marsha,

      Glad you found my article useful for your planning!
      And let me say, you are very lucky to be able to rent a private boat as this is one of the best ways to discover the small lovely beaches around Olbia and surrounding areas!

      I don’t know what your budget is regarding the accommodation so I’ll try my best to give you some advice based on a mid-range budget.

      Since you mentioned the sunset, in theory you should head towards the west coast but you can also see great sunsets on the northern part of Sardinia (Isola dei Gabbiani, Isola Rossa and part of the Costa paradiso). They are lovely places to discover by boat)

      If you can compromise the sunset for the stunning beaches of the east coast, I’d strongly recommend to visit arcipelago della maddalena and further south, my favorite place: Golfo di Orosei.

      Golfo di Orosei is the perfect spot for everything in Sardinia. Especially if you have a boat. You will be one of the few lucky people who dont have to see the beautiful beaches around Cala Goloritze and Cala Mariolu on a crowded boat, and you can decide to stay as long as you wish. Trust me, this is a real privilege!

      For cultural places, the Golfo di Orosei area is full of small typical Sardinian villages and Nuraghes to discover. Local restaurants and, if you like trekking, the Cala Goloritze Path is also beautiful.

      For snorkeling I’d reccommend Santa teresa di Gallura first, but also the Golfo di orosei as you can easily find nice caves on the water when cruising along the coast.

      Highly recommended!

      If you need further advice, let me know and I’ll try my best to be more specific.. The options are so many that its difficult to reply on which is the best option! 🙂

  123. Aline

    Dear Clelia! Your blog as well as your your lifestyle is truly amazing and inspiring. I came across it doing research on Sardinia for our upcoming trip and was happy to finally find a site with a personal touch. When you have time could you please point us into the right direction as to where to stay in Sardinia.

    I will be coming there with my husband September 9-16th, we will then go to Rome. I will be 5.5 months pregnant, so we are looking for a very relaxing beach holiday (mainly swimming, walking, enjoying the view), not interested in nightlife and touristy stuff, but more in the authentic local experience- which as I understand is living far from the big towns, enjoying the sea and the nature of the island and the local festivals and cuisine. We won’t be renting a car. And we can fly to either three of the main airports.

    Because we would like to come to one place and stay there for a week without going anywhere ( maybe take one boat trip and one bus trip, tops)- I would like to find a little “piece of paradise” 🙂 with very beautiful sea and scenery and with the opportunity to get to a couple of more nice beaches, bays etc. on foot. If you were to recommend such a place (more romantic and secluded and not so lively and touristy) – what would it be?

    I am torn between –
    northeast ( San Teodoro or Santa Maria Gallura)- but not sure about the prices and many tourists and the weather, since it’s in the north?

    east (Cala Gonone or Bari Sardo, etc) – I understand that the beaches reachable by the boats are great, but not sure about the beaches in the towns, since we’ll be spending the most time on them. And also if Orosei area is a good place to spend a whole week?

    southeast (Costa Rei)- I’ve heard about wind and shallow sea there…?

    or southwest (Chia)- not sure about the transportation there, and also if this is a place to spend a whole week in and not just for a day trip?

    We would like it to be as good as possible weather-wise ( since we’ll only stay for a week we want the best chance of sunny and not windy days and warm sea), not very expensive ( restaurants, accommodation) and having everything within the walking distance (supermarket, bus stop and places for walks), but not many people…

    I would be very grateful to get your practical advice on this, because my own knowledge is only theoretical 🙂
    Thank you very much!
    Aline

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Aline, thanks for stopping by!

      Ok, let me say that this is one of the most difficult requests I’ve ever received 🙂 but don’t despair!

      It’s difficult because you wont have a car and you will be pregnant (congratulations by the way!).

      Let’s see your options one by one:

      San Teodoro: This might be one of the best options for you because it’s well connected by bus from Olbia airport, You will have a beautiful beach almost for yourself (being September is far less crowded), with the possibility of day tours, shops within walking distance and nice beaches around the area (you can check with your hotel if they have a transport service to the other beaches close to “La Cinta” (which is the main one).

      Santa teresa di Gallura: Is also nice, relatively close to Olbia and with the beach (Rena bianca) at walking distance from the village. You can also go for a day trip to the Arcipelago della maddalena from there.

      Cala Gonone, Barisardo: Everyone knows how much I love this area, but in all honesty, if you don’t have a car is not the ideal place to stay. It would be a real shame to spend a whole week in Orosei (for Cala gonone) or Barisardo without seeing the marvels of the area. The transports in there is not ideal, so I won’t suggest it.

      Costa Rei: It is nice, very nice and yes the water is very shallow. There is a small village and it’s pretty quiet compared to the rest of the east coast, but to get there you’ll have to fly to Cagliari and take the bus, so at this point, if you really want to discover the area I’d rather suggest Villasimius, which is closer and have more variety and a pretty big village (meaning more options for eating, tours etc)

      Chia: Well, being my beach I know every centimeter about that area. Very close to the airport compared to the other destinations, but it doesn’t have a proper village, so unless you are willing to spend more money to stay in a resort…there is no much you can do within walking distance.
      The closest village (small town really) in Santa Margehrita di Pula, but I wouldnt’ recommend it as the beach (nora) is nice but not spectacular and not within walking distance..

      So wrapping it up! 🙂 the best choices you have are Santa Teresa di Gallura, San Teodoro and Villasimius.

      Oh about the weather…there is not much difference between the south and the north of Sardinia. This year the weather has been a bit unpredictable so far, but overall is not really hot so I guess It should stay like this in September (Obviously I can’t guarantee it but that’s my experience in many years. The rain in September is quite rare, apart for a storm from time to time, but they don’t last long, a few hours and they leave space to the sun again)

      I hope I have helped you a bit! Let me know what you decide 🙂

      Cheers
      Clelia

      1. Aline

        Hey, Clelia!
        Thank you sooo much! You ranked the towns perfectly! It will be very easy to make a decision now. Iam so glad I asked you, cause I was leaning towards Cala Gonone, but had my doubts.
        I will definitely let you know where we end up on your island (though now my husband is suggesting that we postpone Sardinia for the next time when I‘m not pregnant and he can rent a car, to enjoy it more). So we might just stay on the Italian coast this time, but we will definitely go to Sardinia in the near future.
        Thank you again, you are wonderful! You have my e-mail, so please when you decide to visit Russia :), send me a message- I’ll be happy to give you as many tips as I can!!!
        Take care,
        Alina

        1. Clelia Mattana

          Thanks for your feedback Aline, I really appreciate when people get back to me so that I know whether my advice was useful or not (which gives me some margin to improve!)

          I will definitely let you know when I decide to visit Russia, I hope it’s not always cold as I’m more of a “beach” person or let’s say that I suffer in cold weather, so I will take your offer for advice when the time comes!

          Thanks again! 🙂

  124. Martina

    Dear Clelia,
    Thank you for a great blog and articles – a big inspiration to visit Sardinia :).
    I found your blog when gathering some tips for interesting sites, because we are travelling with parents this summer there and I am excited and cant wait:)!!! While my browsing I found out, that our 11 days of vacation is definitively not enough :/ – but at least, we will have to come back for sure;).
    I would like to ask you for a favour: could you please give me an advise how to organize the trip, so that we will see a lot beuatiful places but still can enjoy and don’t be in a rush?
    Our ideal holiday would be of course to spend some time exploring beautiful beaches (they do not have to be that crowded:D), in the evening have a walk in the nice center (might be a bit historical), experience party on a beach.. I would like to go jogging in the mornings;).
    We are flying to Olbia. I was considering to go for 5 days to the south, stay in/near Cagliari and see Chia, Villasimius. And the 6 days to stay in Porto Rotondo or San Teodoro, see the high life in Costa Smeralda, do some snorchling in St. Teresa,..
    What would you recommend? Or should we just stay in one place and exlore the Olbia surroundings? I am so hesitant – I already crossed out Alghero, whole west and the middle of the country:/ So desperate..
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
    Best regards from Slovakia;)

    Martina

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Ciao Martina

      Thanks for your comment!You sound pretty excited about visiting Sardinia 🙂

      Since you will have 11 days I’d split your holidays between maximum 2 destinations. Given your priorities (party, wonderful beaches, Costa Smeralda life and something Historical) If I were you I’d choose to stay around the Olbia area.

      Itinerary 1 option : Villasimius + Palau area (for costa smeralda and boat trips to both golfo di orosei and Arcipelago della maddalena)

      Itinerary 2 option : San Teodoro+ Santa Teresa di gallura. San Teodoro for the party/beaches and because it’s easy to explore other nice surrounding areas as Budoni, Tavolara Island etc. Santa Teresa is also awesome for the scenery, the nice village (and other smaller more traditional villages in the surroundings) and also because it’s close enough to reach the Costa smeralda Area (I’m assuming you only want to visit Costa smeralda for 1/2 days right?)

      I’d skip Chia for now as it’s on the other side, opposite to Villasimius and it would be too much waste of time to go there, then Villasimius (it would take you at least one day to get there) and then move further north to San Teodoro and Costa smeralda, so not really worth it.

      I wouldn’t rush it, just enjoy the highlights of Sardinia for now and obviously you have to come back for more! I know it’s difficult, I had the same “problem” when visiting Palawan in the Philippines. So many wonderful places to see but in the end I decided to stay in just 2 places and enjoy the experience!

      Hope it helps and let me know how it goes 🙂

      1. Martina

        Dear Clelia,
        thank you for very much for your comment and relevant suggestions- it made my day and I do really appreciate that! Because of limited vacation rentals in august and lack of time we decided after all to stay just in San Teodoro and do the day trips (I have like 1 milion preferencies where to go:)).
        Still I cant wait and couting down to holidayyy 🙂
        Have great weekend!
        Martina

  125. Clelia Mattana

    COMMENTS POLICY:

    Wow, this is going to be the 100th comment for this post!
    Since It is such a popular article, many people ask me for advice in here but also through my email contacts.

    I’m always happy to help you out obviously, but the amount of the “offline” requests is massive and I’m struggling a bit to reply to everyone.

    Some of the questions are pretty similar, so I’d suggest you to write a comment in here so that maybe other people could benefit from my suggestions!

    This way I will be able to keep up with all your requests 🙂

    Thanks!

    Clelia

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  127. tania

    Hi what a lovely blog! I wonder if you can help.

    We have an 8 year old (very active) son and a 1 year old toddler (and I’m pregnant again).

    We are looking or a 3 night break in Sardinia, ideally somewhere with crystal clear sea water, close to a town – (ideally walking distance) but with a hotel or beach front bungalow ( it doesn’t need to be budget). Kids entertainment is important too for the 8 year old.
    We can’t travel for more than 1 hour from the airport as it is such a short stay. We were thinking something near Villasimus – do you have any hotel recommendations there or alternatively we are open to all suggestions.

    Best Tania

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Tanya,

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Since you’re staying for only 3 nights, I agree it’s not worth it to travel more than one hour. Honestly, the first two places that came into my mind reading your message and needs were not in Villasimius (It’s more than 1 hour and the road to get there is full of turns and not ideal if you are pregnant with a little kid too!). I think the best solution would be:

      1) Santa Margherita di Pula: It’s just before Chia (I mention it in my article) and the road it’s straight and quite smooth from Cagliari. People commute every day from the city to this area and it’s not far at all. There is a very well known resort in front of the beach in there, it’s called Forte Village (I put the link to it in case you want to check it out)

      It’s quite popular and pricy too, but have a private front beach, animation in different languages and entertainment for kids. I know the place very well as I worked there a few times when I was a student, and it’s in my area. The sea is clean and nice and not crowded as the beach is available only for the guests (except for people who are just walking on the shore to give a look at the place) but they can not stay so it’s pretty quiet. They have bungalows and rooms available. Not sure when you are going as during peak season is always fully booked.

      This is the first option that came into my mind. The second one is Chia itself. It’s just 25 minutes away from Santa Margherita di Pula, and it’s the best beach in the area (excluding Tuerredda which is not convenient for you as they don’t have villages/resorts/animation on the beach)

      In Chia the best place I can think of is the famous Chia Laguna resort

      It has it all (That’s the one I talk about in my article, the one I dreamed about all the time when I was a teenager). They have everything you can imagine, including a little train service to the beach (It takes around 5 minutes to get there by this small train). They have entertainment for kids, water sport, swimming pool and obviously a spectacular beach :). As you say it doesn’t have to be cheap, I thought I could mention it.

      If it’s too pricy or fully booked, the website I linked to, gives you other options in the area. In my opinion, I wouldn’t go further than Domus de Maria, so anything from Santa Margherita di Pula, Abamar,Nora,Chia is good enough to avoid the stress of driving too far for only 3 days.

      As I said, Villasimius is nice but the roads are not ideal and people from Cagliari that want to spend just one day at the beach tend to head towards Chia because of the roads and closeness to the main city. If you had one week I’d say, go for it, but 3 days, with kids….not ideal!

      Hope it helps 🙂
      Clelia

  128. Lena

    Dear Clelia,

    it’s a pleasure to read you ! You seem to love Sardinia so much ! As you seem nice enough to advise everyone about their trip, and as I feel as you have more or less the same likes and dislikes as I do, I allow myself to expose you my case :

    My friend and I are coming at the beginning of july for 9 days (landing in Olbia). We would like to see beautiful beaches and nature, but also some nice small towns or villages.. (we will have a car). Everyone seems to think that east coast is best, wilder etc, but are there any nice villages there ? Is is worth to spend 9 days near Orosei for example ? Or is it better to spend for exemple 4 days near Algehro and then 5 days in the east ?

    We would llike to avoid as much as possible mass tourism and “big” cities (living in Paris the whole year-round 😉

    We found a lovely appartement on the west side (in Milis), but it seems quite far from top interest places… I am bit confused, it’s very difficult to make up one’s mind ! Want to see everything 🙂

    Thanks alot, and thanks again for your blog,

    Lena

    PS : And by the way, I don’t know where you live but we are always very keen to meet and have a drink with “local” people when we are travelling, so maybe .. 🙂

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Lena!

      What a nice comment, thanks! 🙂

      Let’s see.. If I were you, I would spend the whole time on the east coast for 2 reasons:

      1) It’s true, the east coast is better than the west coast in terms of beaches and places to see

      2) having only 9 days, moving from the west to the east and vice-versa is not very convenient as the roads are not easy to navigate for someone who doesn’t know the place well.

      I’d stay in the Orosei area and use it as a base to explore the area on the south and the north of it. Not to mention that Orosei itself is also good to see the Sardinian culture, the small villages and the traditional places.

      I know that area pretty well as one of my uncles owns a house in Galtelli’ which is very near to Cala Gonone in the Golfo di Orosei, and I used to visit him every summer.

      I also think that the Orosei area is the wildest and most scenic in Sardinia and being not too far from Olbia, Budoni, Arcipelago della Maddalena, offers you tons of options to visit many places in a few days without driving for too many hours.

      Alghero is nice but apart for Stintino and the Nettuno grotto, I don’t find it as beautiful as the east coast.

      If you also consider that you fly to Olbia this is the best choice you have in my opinion.

      Leave Alghero for another time you visit Sardinia and just enjoy the beauty of Orosei!

      I wish I could meet you in there but I live in the south right now and I’m working on my website non stop so unfortunately I won’t have much time to enjoy my Island this summer 🙁

      I hope you have the time of your life here and if you are still confused and need more help, just let me know and I’ll try to find a different solution for you and your friends!

      Cheers
      Clelia

      1. Lena

        Thank you so much Clelia for your quick answer ! You confirmed our guess 🙂
        We booked a room in a farm near Dorgali, I’ll tell you when we come back how it was !

        keep travelling and writing !

        Cheers

        Lena

  129. Witek

    Hi Clelia,
    This is fantastic blog, great work! For the first time, I am going to go with my family to Sardinia on July. I will use your tips, thanks. I have two questions. I love quiet beaches, however I will be with my wife and two kids (9 and 12 years old). And kids also want to enjoy an aqua park with tube slides. I plane to rent a car and stay a few days in San Teodero and then go south to Villasimius. I have to book anything yet but I want to do it those days. Is there any good aqua park on that way? I found only one place at the north but it should be at least few such places.
    We also like snorkelling, you recommended the northern part for that; what about east coast, can you recommend any places to see under water live, or it will be at every beaches.
    Kind regards
    Witek

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Witek,

      Thanks fpr stopping by!

      Ok, let’s go straight to your questions..
      1) Aqua parks near Villasimius… the only one nearby is 10 km away in Torre delle Stelle /Geremeas area (further south of Villasimius), alternatively since you are going to san Teodoro, you could head north to the biggest aqua park in Baja Sardinia (I guess you were referring to that one in your comment right?). There is another one near Cagliari called blue park but it’s not very convenient considering your trip plans.

      2)For snorkeling, I still think that the best part is the north, starting from the Golfo di Orosei, which is not that far from San Teodoro. I also found some info online about scuba diving/snorkeling in the San Teodoro Area, here is the link http://www.santeodoroturismo.it/indexen_GB.php?module=loadContenuto&Padre=213&idNav=213

      I never tried snorkeling in that area so I can’t say if it’s really good or not. I tried at Golfo di Orosei and it was pretty interesting.

      Not all the beaches offer good snorkeling as most of them are plain white sand for kilometers, my suggestion is to find one where there are rocks at both ends of the beach. That is the area where usually you can find something interesting to see. Unfortunately we don’t have the coral barrier in Sardinia but we do have some shipwrecks and appealing caves and rocks underwater.

      Hope it helps and enjoy your holiday! 🙂

  130. Tim

    Hi kle,

    My friend has told me great things about sardinia. Doing some research came across your website. I found some great useful tips. Thank you.. Any suggestions would be so great. I’m planning on taking my newly wife to sardinia as she’s finishing university In the UK. We’re looking for a lively area with a party scene of needed. We love Sandy beaches over rocky obvi.. Want it romantic and some action night life day party beaches. Want to rent a car and explore and also enjoy some water activities. Boat or yacht excursion. We are 30years old. So we still young.. Like a mix of nice beaches, and lively area. I don’t mind staying in different towns which are easily accessible by car of I am to rent one. They easy to rent? possibly switch it up to somewhere Coming. July 5th to 15or 16. 10 or 11 days. I’ll be leaving from Cannes.. Any feedback would be great thanks

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Tim

      Your friend is right, Sardinia is awesome!
      Ok I’ll try to give you my suggestions based on what you told me. Since you are looking for a romantic getaway combined with night action, excursions and water activities, the first place that pops into my mind is the area of Costa smeralda, Arcipelago della maddalena.

      In there you will find anything you want, from luxury resorts with swimming pool, to cheaper but still very nice villas in front of the sea,Resorts etc. You can have a look at at the general links I put on the post to get an idea of what to expect. If you rent a car, its easy to move around and discover some of the most amazing beaches!

      Highly recommended is the boat trip to the Arcipelago della maddalena. I loved it!! If you are into Scuba or snorkeling, the area of Santa Teresa di Gallura (easily reachable by car in less than a few hours from Costa Smeralda) offers very nice options to discover old shipwrecks and beautiful coral formations. I was actually researching for the best dive sites in Sardinia for myself, and Santa Teresa is one of the best places. I also put a link on my article to point people in the right direction.

      Car rental is not my specialty as being Sardinian I always used my own car to move around, but there are plenty of options in that area as it’s one of the most popular.
      So my ideally itinerary for you would be: fly to Olbia (I’m not sure if there are direct flights from Cannes, I usually check all the possible combinations on Skyscanner.

      In 11 days I’d say you will have enough time to visit at least 2 destinations. Even 3 if you don’t mind rushing a bit. When I’m on the road I tend to stay more in 1 or 2 places and discover the surrounding areas. Otherwise it becomes too stressful (my opinion of course!)

      Hope it helps, and enjoy your holidays!
      Cheers
      Clelia

  131. Daisy

    Hi Kle,

    Thank you for your wonderful guide. I need to go visit family in switzerland but decided to make a stop in Sardinia first. I am taking my boyfriend and was hoping to find an area to stay that is not too crowded. I know that Sardinia will be extremely crowded during August but which of these beaches that you mentioned would be the least crowded? Cala Gonone? Somewhere where I can get B&B or hotel and then still get to a beach mentioned above that is not insanely crowded. Also, I prefer to take the train and will be travelling from Como and then taking a boat/ferry to the island, is that even possible?

    Thanks!!!

    Best,
    Daisy

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Daisy,

      Good choice to stop in Sardinia 🙂 As I say in my guide, August can be a real nightmare if you want to find a quiet spot, but Cala gonone is a nice choice actually, the best place to look for accommodation in there is Dorgali, you can have a look here, a small village very close to the sea. Alternatively you can have a look at Galtellì which is a very small village (meaning cheaper), at 5 km from Dorgali.

      There will be tourists in there too but a bit less than the mad crowds of other popular places, plus you will have the opportunity to go for my favorite boat trip to see the fantastic Cala mariolu and other beaches in the Golfo di Orosei.

      The only downside of the trip is, again, the crowds! unfortunately there will be tons of tourists, but in my opinion it’s still worth it. I always booked my trip in August, and even with all the people I loved it!

      Regarding the train ride from Como, there is a company called RailEurope to get from Como to Milan (1 hour), and from there you must take a train from Milan to Genova (look at the official website Trenitalia for the details) where you can take the ferry to Olbia.

      If you want to book the Ferry, I strongly suggest to do it as soon as possible as the prices rises in August and you might even find it fully booked. I was a bit adventurous and didn’t book any bed, I just brought my inflatable mattress and pillow (and a blanket as it’s damn cold inside!) and found a quiet spot behind the stairs… I loved it, it was cheaper but I understand it’s not for everyone 🙂

      To check for all the available routes, booking online and availability, this is the only site I trust and book my tickets with: Traghetti Line

      Let me know if you need further help!
      Ps: I Love that you like trains 🙂 I think it’s one of the best ways to travel in Italy as you can enjoy the landscape!

  132. Pia

    Hi Clelia!

    Thanks for all the information! I am planning to visit Sardinia during the last week of June. I am going with my husband and would like to rent a car to visit the best beaches! The problem is that I am a little bit confused on where to stay. I was wondering if you could help me! The idea is to visit crystal clear and calm water beaches and ideally 3 days per city… this could be for example 3 nights in Oristano (in order to visit good beaches), 3 nights in Alghero and 3 nights in Olbia.
    Can you please recommend me which is the best itinerary for one week in order to get to see the best crystal clear water beaches?!

    Thanks a lot!!

    Pia.

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Pia!

      Glad you found the guide useful 🙂

      For your itinerary, it all depends on where you land. If your land in Cagliari, the best option is start exploring from there, or going through cagliari—->Teulada (Tuerredda and chia beach), going up to Oristano and ending the trip in stintino (alghero).

      Second possible Itinerary from Cagliari is the east coast: Villasimius—-> (Costa rei, you can skip it if you don’t have enough time))—–> San teodoro/Budoni/Tavolara (they are all good options near to each other) and finish your tour in the Golfo di orosei (Cala mariolu/Cala Goloritze)

      My main advice is: DON’T TRY TO CROSS SARDINIA FROM THE WEST TO THE EAST COAST BY CAR. I know the roads quite well and they are pretty bad and confusing. Unless you have all the time of your life, and an adventurous spirit then i’d say go for it. But you want to relax, not to get lost 🙂 So, depending on where you land, choose either the west or the east coast and proceed from there going south or north.

      I personally prefer the east coast. There is much choice for awesome beaches, and since you are going by the end of june it shouldn’t be as crowded as in peak season.
      The west coast is better in August as is slightly less crowded..

      I hope this helps, but trust me it’s very difficult to give you precise itineraries if I have just a few details 🙂
      Let me know if you need any further help!

      Cheers and enjoy your time in Sardinia!!

  133. Uwe Dranowski

    Hi Klelia,

    Thanks a lot for doing this page to start with it has been very helpful. I was wondering if you could recommend somewhere for my two friends and I to stay at the end of July. We will be flying to Olbia on the 19th July and we are looking to hire a car. Hoping to stay in a place with nice beaches nearby and a few restaurants/bars to go to, any help would be great 🙂

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Uwe, Thanks for your nice comment, glad you found this guide useful!

      Regarding the places to recommend.. If you are flying to Olbia I’d say, go south to Budoni or San teodoro, both nice areas with lively night life.

      From there you can also organize nice boat trips to “arcipelago della maddalena” and “golfo di orosei” to see the top beaches, as they are just in between these two awesome destinations.

      Depending on how long you are planning to stay, you could either stay put in San Teodoro-Budoni or head south and discover the many beaches on the east coast. Stopping a few days in each one of them, arriving to Villasimius.

      To be able to experience this road trip I think you should have at least 2-3 weeks, otherwise you will just be rushing from one place to the other without really enjoying it!

      Hope it helps 🙂

      I will be in Sardinia from may to september, who knows maybe I’ll see you guys there somewhere. I’m definitely going again for my favorite day trip in Orosei. I can’t have enough of that area. No matter how many times I already visited. It’s always worth it.

      Cheers

      Clelia

      1. Uwe Dranowski

        You’re welcome. Yes very helpful!

        We have booked up to stay in San Teodoro and plan to visit a few of these beaches you have listed. We are planning to hire a boat one day and visit Orosei, so maybe we shall see you there!

        Thanks again.

  134. Lottie

    Hi there!!

    Your blog is fantastic but would love if you could help me some more…

    I am planning a vacation at the end of June with 3 other girl friends.

    Looking for somewhere with nice beach but that has facilities too, ie some good bar/restaurants that serve some quality food and nice cocktails.

    Would rent a car so don’t mind staying somewhere that is a 15 min drive or so to the beach.

    Plus at night would be looking for some nightlife, maybe an open air club?? Also a nice town close by we could walk to or park easily for dinner…

    Hope I’m not too demanding and that Sardinia has somewhere that could meet all our desires!!

    Many thanks,

    Lottie

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Lottie,

      Finally back to the internet world!

      Ok, let me start by saying that from your plans, I’d be happy to join you girls 🙂 That sounds exactly what I would do with my girl friends (and I actually already did it a few times)

      Back to your plans, i was thinking on the Chia /Tuerredda area.
      You could stay in Pula town, which has some nice restaurants, bars and nearby clubs (they open new ones every year, and there is always one which is the top for the summer).

      From there you are at 20 min from Chia beach and around 30 min from Tuerredda beach (both paradise as you can see in my list).

      This is the first option.

      Otherwise you could go to Villasimius, stay in the village where you can find plenty of clubs and cocktail bars without even using your car, and you can relax on the main beach “Simius” just 5 min walk from the village, or explore the surrounding beaches by car. That is also a nice option.

      A third option is the old good San Teodoro area, plenty of clubs in there, and the surrounding areas is amazingly beautiful.

      I personally tried all of them and it’s difficult for me to tell you which one was the best.

      I had a great time in all of these places, so depending on your budget, I think you could book a mini villa for you and your friends, and start your wandering around to discover the beautiful Sardinian sea!

      They are all great choices!

      Enjoy!

  135. Dan

    Hello Clelia,

    Thank you so much for your perfect website:) it is really great!! i spent many times and enjoyed so muc, and indeed i need your advise…

    I am planning to go to the south part of Sardinia around 19th June for 10 days… Unfortunately i will be alone (planning a holiday alone is gonna be expensive by the way, but i need something cheap!!) and i will not rent a car cause i dont have driver license:) My aim is to swim, to rest on the beach, to take the sun as much as possible during these ten days because i am so tired and i really need a summer holiday which i can take my rest and sun,more than discover the city or the culture (sounds weird but its also weird for me:) So, for these 10 days, do you have any suggestion for me? i am thinking about Villasiimus but i also need your advises… If you answer, i would be so happy, thanks, ciao!!

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Dan, here I am..

      Ok, if you don’t have the car, and you just want to enjoy the beach and probably make new friends as you are traveling by yourself, i think the best options for you are:

      Villasimius, as you can stay in the village and just go to the main beach which is still nice and also enjoy the nightlife and who knows, maybe you’ll meet a group of people with a car and you’ll be able to join them for a few tours 🙂

      I remember this is exactly what happened to me and a friend in San Teodoro! That’s why my second suggestion is San Teodoro.

      The only downside for you is that if you land in Cagliari you would need to take a 3/4 hours bus to get there. I did it and it is not a bad experience.

      The buses are quite comfortable and cheap.
      Otherwise to get to Villasimius from Cagliari is around 2 hours by bus. Depending which company you are using, as some of them stops more often than other on the road.

      You should check out the prices for the accommodation in both areas and see which one is cheaper and inspires you more .

      I always go on tripadvisor and I book online, that’s why I put so many links to Tripadvisor and booking.com as they are the ones I use the most and I always find good inspirations for reviews and cheap options.

      You can go directly from my website and see from yourself.

      I am currently traveling alone in the Philippines so I can totally relate to your situation. I just booked my accommodation online after checking out the reviews on Tripadvisor.

      In 14 months traveling the world, I never went wrong by using this method 🙂

      Hope this helps!

      Good luck!!

  136. Gazz

    Hey Clelia,
    Firstly thank you for such an informative and interesting page! Spent hours looking at this.
    My girlfriend and I are hoping to go to Sardinia from 22nd June to 6th July, without a hire car (we had a bad experience in Zante that has put us off). Basically – Im wondering whether it would be possible to base ourselves in a hotel either in or very close to (within walking distance) Villasimius, and rely on the buses to get us to beaches on the coast in both directions (further the better i guess) and for exploring? We really want to be somewhere where we can within easy reach of beautiful white sand beaches wherever it may be on the island and where we can explore (by using bus service) and take excursions round the island (I know they are avaliable in Villasimius and Calgiari). I understand Villasimius is a good base for amenities (shops, restaurants, excursions) but we are very willing to consider anywhere.
    Thank you so so much for any help and we can’t wait to hear you. We really want to make it to Sardinia!

    All the best
    Gazz and Hollie

    (P.S we’ve just subscribed).

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Gazz and Hollie,

      First of all, thanks for subscribing and welcome on board 🙂

      Regarding your question, I thought about some different options for you as not having a car is quite tricky if you want to explore a bit.

      I was pondering between the Chia/tuerredda area and Villasimius, as both places have a bus service, but it’s not really ideal as you have to know the exact timing the bus is going to stop and where…

      In the end I think that the safest choice for your is Villasimius.
      The village is very nice and lively so you wont be isolated if you wish to go out in the evenings, and during the day you should ask for the ARST timetable to the closest places , below there is a useful discussion on tripadvisor on how to get from Cagliari to Villasimius:

      buses from cagliari to Villasimius

      Here there is another link with an interactive map with all the bus stops for the ARST local bus company: http://www.arstspa.info/P_CA.html

      For Villasimius you can see there are bus stops in both directions, going further east of Villasimius you can reach costa rei and other smallest beaches such as Cala sinzias (here is the link to the reviews for the beach on TripAdvisor),

      You can also go back towards Cagliari and stop to Torre delle stelle at Cannesisa beach (i put a link with info on torre delle stelle on TripAdvisor)

      My suggestion is: Ask the local tourism Office in Villasimius village (the address is Piazza Giovanni XXIII) and request the information for other options such as boat trips for example.

      When in Cagliari, before you get on the bus, you can take the timetable so you know the time your bus will arrive to Villasimius and other stops that interests you (and most importantly, when to expect the bus back to your hotel)

      You should watch out for the buses number:

      101 : Cagliari- Villasimius- Costa Rei- San Vito (with stops on the way)

      135 :Same route as the 101, but this is seasonal from the 16 of june till 15 of september.

      125: This one goes from Cagliari to Pula, Chia and Teulada (amazing area but a little isolated) I put it just in case you want to explore more options.

      160: Airport to Cagliari city.

      I will be honest, the bus is not ideal, as you need to stick to their schedule and some times you have to walk a bit from the bus stop to the beach. But if you can’t consider renting a car, this is the only option. Unless you ask the hotel or the Tourism office if they arrange daily tours to other areas.

      Here is a link to the main excursions/activities in the area so you can ask directly what is available at your hotel or at the tourism office:

      http://www.villasimius.org/en/itinerari-ed-escursioni/

      Hope this helps!
      🙂

      1. Gazz

        I can’t thank you enough for such a detailed reply, I (amongst others) are finding the people on Sardinia trip advisor forum very unhelpful so we’re very thankful.
        Having delved very deep into Villasimius I’m concerned it may be too loud for us? On trip advisor it says “Summer holiday in Villasimius offers relaxing beaches and wild nightlife. Soak up the sun by day… then club-hop till dawn. In the off-season, though, there’s a calmer vibe—and the mild weather is perfect for exploring nearby cities like Cagliari.” Is the wild nightlife really true? Or could we get away with a quiet romantic break here? I guess because of the buses, we can only really expect to be able to eat out in Villasimius? Also from Villasimius, are the beaches around Villasimius say from Punta Malentis to Porto sa Ruxi feasible walking distance? Its really hard to tell the distance! Sorry for such a loaded reply and we can’t thank you enough!

        1. Clelia Mattana

          Hey Gazz,

          Finally back online! 🙂

          Im sorry you didnt find the Tripadvisor forum helpful. I wish I had more time to join the conversation in there as well, but my inbox is already full of requests about Sardinia!

          Back to your plans, Villasimius can be busy and loud if you stay in the Village centre but if you choose the right villa or hotel, there are very peaceful options in the area. You could find a hotel in a quiet area, not far from the village centre. Many places have their own restaurants or can suggest other quiet options for you.

          Honestly? The chaos and wild nightlife is very relative. I’ve been to Thailand many times, my first stop was Koh Pangan which is famous worldwide for its “wild nightlife” and parties.

          Well, I did my homework well as i found a resort that was far away from the mad crowds, and we just enjoyed our stay there, eating at the local restaurant, exploring the surrounding areas just walking around and admiring the view.

          Same applies to any party area in Sardinia, including Villasimius.
          If you choose your accommodation strategically (read the reviews for couples on tripadvisor and see what they say on the places), and you can’t go wrong.

          Regarding the walking distance from the beaches to the bus stop.. I can’t really be too specific here as I always went to Villasimius by car, I remember that some of them were reasonably close to the main road, but I suggest you google it for more information.

          Sorry I can’t help you directly with that, but I prefer to re-direct you to a more reliable source than saying ” oh yes, they are really close, and then you maybe have to walk for miles under the sun” 🙂

          Hope it helps!

  137. Richard

    Hi Clelia,

    My wife, 15 month old son and I are planning a trip to Sardinia in mid-July but are undecided as to the best area to focus on. We’d like something relaxing but options nearby to see some of the island’s sights/nature/ruins etc. We’d be very grateful for any suggestions!

    Many thanks in advance for any help.

    Kind regards,

    Richard

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Richard,

      If you have a car, a nice area to relax can be the golfo di orosei and surrounding areas, you can take boat trips, explore the nearby typical sardinian villages and the beaches are amazing.

      The only downside is that they are not easy accessible unless you go by boat, but with the car you can stay in the san teodoro area or tortoli’, Santa maria navarrese and enjoy the nice beaches in there or take your car and explore the surroundings.

      Unfortunately, when people ask me to suggest one area, is really difficult to narrow down the choices, as there are too many places and each one of them has nice beaches and its particular vibe.

      It also depends on your budget. If you can spend a bit more than average you can afford to rent a small villa close to the sea, which means no stress and also be able to explore by car whenever you feel like doing it!

      Let me know if you need any more help, and enjoy your stay!

      Kind regards
      Clelia

      1. The Guy

        Hi Richard,

        I can fully support what Clelia says. Last year whilst on honeymoon we stayed in a private villa near San Teodoro and Golfo Di Orosei I think we were about a 20-30 minute drive south of Budoni airport.

        Hiring a car is definitely a great way to go and opens up a lot of opportunities for you. I enjoyed the experience of driving around the island. It was not overly crowded and some wonderful, picturesque scenery. The only thing to watch out for is road kill, unfortunately some of these were dogs 🙁

  138. Amit

    Hi Kle,

    Thanks for the article.Wondering if you can guide me for planning my Sardinia trip.

    Me and my partner are flying from UK to Alghero in May end for 4 days. We want to plan our stay such as we can cover best and romantic beaches across sardinia. However, looks like Sardinia beaches are spread apart to cover in 4 days. Do you have any suggestion which are the top 5-6 beaches we can cover without making it a hasslefree and running from one to other every hour 🙂 Need your suggestion on the town/village we should be looking to book accomodation so that we can cover few beautiful beaches.

    Since we are landing in Alghero not sure how long Cagliari beaches may take to reach. Shall we stay all nights near Alghero, Cagilari, Olbia, somewhere in centre or shall rather book hotels in different place each night (which may cost us higher). We both prefer sandy beaches and crystalline water.

    Many thanks in advance
    Cheers
    AK

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Amit, not an easy question!

      In 4 days you won’t have much time to visit a lot of beaches so my suggestion is to just pick an area and explore the surrounding beaches.

      If you are landing in Alghero, either you start visiting “La pelosa” in Stintino, or head north to Santa Teresa di Gallura. All the north area has beautiful small beaches (we call them “calette”), just rent a car or a motorbike and explore!
      Oh just a note, if you want romantic sunsets on the beach you need to visit the Oristano area, as the east coast is perfect but not for sunsets obviously.

      If i could choose, I’d go for the north/east coast anyway. Even without sunsets it’s amazing.

      Going to Cagliari area only for 4 days is not worth it in my opinion. It will take around 4/5 hours by car just to reach Cagliari and further 1/2 hours for the best beaches. Definitely not worth it!

      Hope it helps and enjoy Sardinia!

  139. Ella

    Hi Clelia,

    Fantastic website, so many beautiful beaches it’s hard to choose! It would be great to get your advice- my boyfriend and I would like to go to Sardinia in the first week of August- I’ve heard the Island will be packed and very hot but due to school holidays this is the only time we can go. We are going to be there 3/4 nights and looking for a lovely beach and maybe a small bar to head to in the evening staying in self catering or BnB on a fairly low budget, away from too many crowds. I was originally looking in the South at Chia and Costa Rei but if we are only there 3 nights is it worth the long(ish) drive from airports? Do you have any recommendations?

    Kind regards,
    Ella

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Ella!

      Ahh you always ask me some very tricky questions here 🙂
      Let’s see..If you are flying to Cagliari/Elmas airport the best places to go are Chia/Villasimius. As you said, unfortunately August is the worst month to visit Sardinia, as it’s almost impossible to find a beach which is not crowded.

      At this point, since they are ALL crowded anyway (even the small less scenic ones), i’d rather go to a stunning beach and at least enjoy the view! I think the best option for the south might be Villasimius instead of Chia for a couple of reasons:

      1) Chia is stunning but as i say in the article is quite isolated, meaning no bars around. Unless you want to drive for 20/30 minutes to Pula every night but it’s not very convenient.

      2) If you go to Villasimius (in the village) you’ll have shops, bars etc and a few beaches to explore other than the main one. You might be lucky and find one that is less crowded. When i went to Villasimius in August my trick was find a spot on the rocks instead of staying on the beach. It’s more quiet in there.

      If you are flying to Olbia, then i’d suggest cala Gonone, close to my favourite beaches ever, (less crowded and cheaper too), the only downside is that there are a few bars in the villages, yes but for “bar” in Sardinia we mean a place where the old men go to play poker and drink beer 🙂 not exactly what you were looking for right? 🙂 unless you want to just enjoy the beach and see how local people live in the villages.

      Honestly that is not a bad idea after all…Plus there are plenty of bed and breakfast in there (if you have a look at the links on my article you can still find something cheap).

      Unfortunately Sardinia is a paradise but you can’t have it all in August 🙁
      Hope this helps!

      Cheers
      Clelia

  140. Natalia

    Hi Kle,
    We are a group of 6 friends and want to go to Sardinia to celebrate our 30ths birthday! We want to go to an amazing beach; I know some of the Esmerald Coast, so I would like something new.

    Mariolu seems really nice, how do you get to the beach? Are there any houses nearby?
    Thanks
    Natalia

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Natalia! What a great idea to celebrate your birthdays together in Sardinia!

      Regarding your question, let’s see… It all depends on what you want to do really. Since you are celebrating I guess you’d like to have some nice places with lively night life around?

      Cala Mariolu is absolutely amazing but it’s not that close to any village or city with a decent night life, and you can reach it only by boat. My suggestion is, try the San Teodoro Area: there are plenty of nice places to celebrate and you can book a day trip to the golfo di Orosei. You need to have a car and drive a bit to get to Arbatax pier, but it’s worth it.

      I once drove from Cagliari to Arbatax (which is more than 3 hours by car), I arrived there late at night, woke up at 6, went for the day trip to Cala mariolu and drove back home!. I know it sounds crazy, but it’s just to show you how worth is it and how much i love that place!

      San Teodoro has a strategic location if you have a car and want to explore a bit around. Otherwise, Villasimius is a valid alternative, but you need the car in there too and possibly book a flight to Cagliari.

      Hope this helps and i wish you the time of your life in Sardinia!

      Cheers
      Clelia

  141. Andrew Price

    Hello Kle,

    Thank you for taking the time to help people who are planning to visit your island!

    My wife, Francesca and son Gregorio and I have booked flights to Olbia from Geneva on the 08th April for 5 days as yet I have not booked an hotel – could you help me select the area and hotel? We would like to be no more that an hour transfer from Olbia airport, would like something like a cute boutique type hotel with spa (Francesca’s birthday present!) so 4 star level … Beautiful nature and beach is important and reasonably near to a small town with a few shops and restaurants etc – I know this might not be easy as probably most of the Island will be closed at this time but do you have any suggestions?

    I hear the archipelago in the north of olbia is beautiful?

    Thanks in advance and if you ever need advice or plan holiday in Cape Town perhaps I could return the favour to you?

    Kind best wishes and grazie!

    Andrew

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Andrew!

      Glad that you found my guide useful, it took me days to put all the best info together!!

      Regarding your question, well it’s pretty easy as within 1 hour from Olbia there is plenty of choice for your needs! If you go to my guide on the section “Arcipelago della maddalena”, i put some links to very trusted websites which i personally used to book my accommodation, and you can find many hotels and villas with pictures and reviews (so if you are specifically searching for a hotel with SPA i’m sure you’ll find it in there). The costa smeralda area is beautiful if you go in April, even if the season is just starting and maybe you will find some restaurants not yet opened. But as a general rule you should find very nice places where to eat anyway!

      Just browse a bit after you open the link, all the places around olbia are good: Costa smeralda (porto cervo, Porto rotondo), or you can try to go a bit on the south at Golfo di Orosei. It’s a bit more than 1 hour from olbia but it’s stunning and the nature there is amazing. I can’t recommend the place enough!The only thing is that to reach the most beautiful and scenic beaches in there is not that easy: meaning that you just don’t wake up and walk to the beach in 5 minutes. In the costa smeralda area this is indeed possible but the prices goes up a bit. The beaches are beautiful and you wont find the crowds of peak season. In fact you will probably have the beach for yourself!

      I hope this is useful for you! and i really hope that you will find good wheather (in april may be variable but when it’s sunny it’s really enjoyable).
      I’d love to visit South Africa one day! must be a fantastic country 🙂

      Best of luck and let me know if you need more help!

      Clelia

  142. David Winter

    Hi Clelia

    Great site. We have come back to it a few times. There seems to be a lot of discussion around the southern beaches but I have heard from friend that the north is beautiful too. Can you provide your thoughts? We are getting a ferry from the mainland to Olbia and spending 6 nights on Sardinia as part of a month long trip to Italy. We want to pitch our tent and camp and will have a rental car. Is there one good spot that you would recommend camping at and doing day trips or do you think we should stay a couple of nights in a few different places? We will be visiting at the very start of June.

    Thanks in advance!
    Dave

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Ah..you always ask me very difficult questions here 🙂
      I am from south Sardinia but i know the northern part very well. They are different and it all boils down to what you want to experience. If you want to try camping, i’d suggest the wilder area of “Golfo di Orosei”.
      If you ask me what’s the most scenic place in Sardinia i’d say that the Orosei area has it all: still very genuine, amazing beaches, possibility of trekking and you have the national park of Gennargentu too. So you’ll have plenty of choices. If you have a car then no problem, you’ll have a million of possibilities choose from. Just make sure you don’t miss the day trips to Cala Mariolu and (if you have enough time) the other trip to the “Arcipelago della maddalena”. You might drive a bit to get to Arbatax pier but it’s totally worth it, trust me!

      Good luck and enjoy my beautiful Island David!

  143. Jill

    Hello! Thank you so much for all your super helpful recommendations. You’ve convinced me so much that I really want to jump over there from the mainland of Italy.

    I will be flying into Milan in a month from San Diego, CA, USA and my cousin and I are hoping to book a flight to perhaps Alghero. I will be sure to keep your site handy so I can look up all the cool beaches. We won’t have that much time in Sardinia – only 2-3 days…if we fly into Alghero, where is the closest beach we can find crystal clear waters? Also, what is the ocean temp like in mid April?

    Thank you!!!!!!

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Jill!

      Why only 2-3 days in Sardinia, pity!
      Anyway…if you fly to Alghero the closest beach is definitely Stintino ” La pelosa”. I’m not a huge fan of the beaches close to Alghero, they are too rocky for my taste, but some people find them fascinating.

      Regarding the water temperature in mid April…well, it is quite variable. I remember when i still was living in Sardinia there were years when i could swim by mid march, whilst other years the wheather was not so good. Yesterday my brother called me and told me he was going to the beach! So it’s very unpredictable. From Mid may on, you would be on the safer side.

      Oh, just a note: I’ve never been to California but one of my best friends did, and she recently told me that the water was so cold that she couldn’t swim. So given these premises, maybe you’ll find the water in Sardinia totally enjoyable 🙂 Let me know how it goes!

      1. Jill

        Hi! Sorry for the late reply.

        You need to come to California! There are so many amazing places I could tell you to visit – I know this state like the back of my hand!

        As for the water in California, YES, it’s cold! Everyone visiting here thinks it will be warm but we have the ocean water coming from Alaska whereas Florida on the east coast has the Mexico/Caribbean waters flowing in. I’ve been in the ocean a few times here in CA but it’s not the type of water you’ll find in let’s say, Hawaii or somewhere tropical! You’re in and you’re out!

        Anyway, I do not think we will be able to make it to Sardinia after all. We’re staying on the Mainland (Milan, Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre).

        If you do have some recs for any of those areas, hit me up!

        Thanks!
        Jill

        1. Clelia Mattana

          Ah Jill!

          Such a shame you can’t make it to Sardinia this time! and yes I want to visit California one day! I let you know when so we can exchange advice on our countries!

          Regarding the other places you are covering in Italy, I give you my VERY PERSONAL opinion on that:

          1) Milan: I apologise for the people who love Milan but I’m not one of them. At all. Been there a few times and unless you are into crazy shopping and fashion, there is not much to do in there. Navigli are average (always my opinion). But if you are into fashion, then the place is definitely for you 🙂

          2)Venice: Never been to Venice (ahah shame on me), I was never attracted by it for some reason, but others find it very beautiful and fascinating with all the canals and boats. Definitely a place to see at least once in your life (Same applies to me!)

          3)Florence: Oh I LOVE Florence, almost as much as I love Rome (The eternal city for me is unbeatable. Best place in the world!), but Florence is also very nice. Explore the city and the surroundings, and donìt forget the “Giardini di Boboli” they are lovely! at a few hours by car from florence there is a fantastic medieval village called “San Giminiano”, if you have time, please pay a visit as it is a surreal place!

          4) Cinque terre: Lovely, stunning place!, I’ve been there a few times when I used to live in Torino and the scenery is amazing. Even by train, it goes through the cliffs on the sea and you can see all the colorful houses on the rocks. This place is one of a kind really. Very good choice indeed.

          Cheers!
          Clelia

  144. Katy

    Hi,

    I think about booking a trip to Sardina in September the flights are a really good price from England. We are a family of three, we have a little girl who will be a year and half! We would love to be situated near the beach but have a town that we can walk to for restaurants and bars. We would hire a car but I like to be able to wonder into town on an evening ! Could you recommend an area?

    Thank you Katy

    Ps great blog!x

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Katy! nice choice for September, you’ll love it!
      Regarding places to recommend, if you hire a car there is plenty of choice, i’d say all the east cost, starting from villasimius is a safe bet, the beaches are gorgeous and the little town is lovely. Other areas are San Teodoro or alternatively the area of Stintino. Traveling with a little kid, i guess you are not looking for parties 🙂 but if you ask the locals, you will definitely find very cheap, delicious restaurants where to try the local cousine!

  145. FreezingCanuck

    Just stumbled on your site as I was searching for ways of getting from mainland Italy to Sardinia. Great site and pictures! My wife and I are planning a trip to Italy at the end of June / first week of July. First time to Italy and I know there is a lot to see but we’re quite keen on spending some time on the beaches. We’re flying into Rome and were thinking of spending a couple of nights in Rome and then take off on a short trip within our trip to Italy. Was originally thinking of Naples and Amalfi by car from Rome but am now thinking we rent a car from Rome, take a ferry to Sardinia and spend about 5 days on the island before returning to Rome. What do you think? We’d like to get the most of our short time on the island and we have no problems with driving. Also, what’s the cuisine like in Sardinia? If we were to take a ferry across from the mainland, which port do you recommend?

    1. Clelia Mattana

      I think the best way would be to take a ferry from Naples to Cagliari. You should double check online as im not familiar with that route. I used to live in Rome and to go back i took the ferry from Civitavecchia (which is 1 hour north from rome)….but im sure there must be a boat going to Cagliari from Naples! Enjoy your holiday and let me know if you need any help!

  146. FreezingCanuck

    Just stumbled on your site as I was searching for ways of getting from mainland Italy to Sardinia. My wife and I are planning a trip to Italy at the end of June / first week of July. First time to Italy and I know there is a lot to see but we’re quite keen on spending some time on the beaches. We’re flying into Rome and were thinking of spending a couple of nights in Rome and then take off on a short trip within our trip to Italy. Was originally thinking of Naples and Amalfi by car from Rome but am now thinking we rent a car from Rome, take a ferry to Sardinia and spend about 5 days on the island before returning to Rome. What do you think? We’d like to get the most of our short time on the island and we have no problems with driving. Also, what’s the cuisine like in Sardinia? If we were to take a ferry across from the mainland, which port do you recommend?

  147. Wendy

    Hei Klelia

    Best article I’ve read so far!! 😀 And that’s why we decided for sure to try Sardinia this summer… We are a family that are going there in june for the first time… We are really looking forward to it and we chose to stay in Costa Paradiso the first 2 weeks and later in Santa Teresa di Gallura… Beside the Rena Bianca beach, do you have any other place/beach (calm and not so crowded) you could recommend us to visit? Thanks a lot! Big hug from Norway.

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Wendy! glad you find my article useful and convinced u to come to my beautiful island! 🙂
      What i can suggest is to rent a car and explore a bit (asking the locals is also a very good way to discover the less crowded beaches), what month are u going? as if it’s August it is going to be very difficult to find a quiet beach in that area :), what we do, me and my family, we just go by car and explore. There are small beaches in between the main ones and you could find some quiet spots if you are lucky and go there early in the morning!

      1. Wendy

        Hei again!

        Thank you so much for your answer! 😀 We are going to Sardinia 21st June and we will be there until 1st august! God, we are all so excited, I can’t even tell! We love traveling as well, but we have “That feeling” that this vacation will be amazing for us and our 2 boys. 😀 thanks again! Big hug!

        1. Clelia Mattana

          Wow Wendy! you’re staying in Sardinia for more than 1 month?? that’s amazing! you will have all the time to explore and also relax and you chose the best time to go! I bet you are excited. Don’t forget to visit the Golfo di Orosei area.. (it looks like i have some kind of sponsorship in there as i’m always recommending that place, but no..i don’t! it’s just awesome and it would be a shame to miss such a paradise)

          Enjoy your stay and let me know how it goes!
          Big hugs 😉

  148. veronica

    Hi there I am so confused !
    We have a 17 yr old daughter and 19 yr old son who will be joining us for 10 nights I really want to do Cala di Goloritze for 5 nights want to hire a small dinghy and see the amazing coast
    Dont know where to spend the other 5 nights
    We fly out of Olbia
    Dont have time to go South
    Want somewhere with a bit of action for the kids
    Please ….help !
    Thank You so much

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Veronica, if you only have 5 nights you could just explore the area of Golfo di Orosei, passing trugh Cala Marioulu (by boat trip), cala luna and cala Gonone, they are amazing! Regarding the kids… they might enjoy snorkeling and swimming in the cristal clear water! let me know if you need some more details by writing me an email and i’ll try to help!
      Cheers and enjoy my beautiful Island!

  149. Peter

    Hi! These beaches look stunning. I plan to visit this beautiful island for a week in June, but I don’t know in what part of the island to rent a villa. I am interested in a sandy beach nearby (but i guess that doesn’t narrow the area too much), but also something to visit (museums, historical sites, natural wonders,etc.) I wonder if the south of the island better fits my desires than the north. Can you help me? Thank you!

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Difficult question Peter, as every place in Sardinia has a unique vibe! Glad to read that you are going in June as it’s one of the best periods of the year. The top areas (according to my experience) are around the “Golfo di orosei”, but it’s a bit difficult to find a villa directly on the beach as they are quite secluded and that’s what makes them so fascinating! If you really want to stay on the beach then San teodoro would be a nice place to stay. You need to rent a car to move around and see the traditional monuments and villages. The south is also good but the real taste of Sardinian tradition are better found along the middle -north east coast. Cagliari is also a very nice city to explore, but i guess you were thinking more of a beach holiday right? The city beach is nice but i wouldn’t recommend staying there for the entire duration of your holiday as it’s quite crowded and not as scenic as many other beaches around the island!

      Hope it helps!let me know if you need any further information and enjoy your stay in Sardinia 🙂

  150. Bernadette

    Hi Kle

    I’ve booked flights to Cagliari in April for a week. How’s the weather in April for sardinia? Any recommendations of where to stay? And would you recommend hiring a car to get around? How easy is it to find parking?

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hi Bernardette, April can be quite variable in Sardinia. You may be lucky and get sunny days and warm temperature but it could also be rainy and a bit cold.. Let’s say that weather wise the safest bet is from mid may on…

      If you stay in Cagliari there are many cheap places for rent but you need to start researching now to make sure you get a good deal! Renting the car might be a good idea, depending on what you are doing…if it’s just an holiday i think it’s better you try the public transports. They are quite good. Otherwise maybe a car it’s better. Regarding the parking problem. Let’s say that it’s not impossible, but if you drive in the centre you might need some time to find an available spot!

      To reassure you, i always found a parking space even in Rome (which is the messiest city in Italy) and Cagliari it’s better for sure. Just watch out for crazy drivers as the traffic may be a jungle sometimes 🙂

  151. Eric

    Hi Kle!

    Great blog. Enjoyed reading it immensely!
    I’m planning to visit Cagliari in June with a few mates and would appreciate it if you could give me tips on the best beaches to visit?

    I’m also really interested about the idea of camping and was wondering if it is a better experience than renting an apartment.

    Would appreciate any tips!

    Thanks in advance,
    Eric

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Eric, sorry for the late reply but i was traveling non stop for the past few months! If you stay in Cagliari and surroundings the safest way to see the best beaches is to rent a car and share the expenses with your friends!, Best beaches around Cagliari are Chia and Tuerredda (at least they are my favourites!).

      Regarding camping or renting an apartment..well that’s up to your preference really! I personally loved the camping vibes when i was a bit younger, it’s wilder and a bit more fun but more tiring and stressfull. There are nice campings in San Teodoro (around 3/4 hours by car from cagliari), the campings close to Cagliari are not really famous for being fun. They mostly are for families with caravans and such. The apartment in june can be very cheap, but you need to rush as now people are starting their bookings!

      Hope it helps! have fun in Sardinia 🙂

  152. Indranil

    Hiya Kle!
    Very nice blog. I am planning to go to Cagliari end of May 2013. Can you tell me which beaches will be the best for me? How easy is to reach Su Giudeu Beach, Tuerredda, Porto Giunco, etc if my hotel is in Cagliari town centre? What mode of transport is best for these beaches?

    1. Clelia Mattana

      Hey Indranil, here i am finally 🙂

      Ok the best way to reach these beaches is definitely by car, from cagliari they are easily reachable in around 45 minutes. You are also lucky as you wont find much traffic in May/June! During the peak season to get to Chia by car it may take 2/3 hours due to the massive amount of tourists and locals going and coming back from the beach, so i would say go for the car and enjoy the ride! 🙂

  153. The Guy

    We went on honeymoon to Sardinia in June for 2 weeks. We had a fantastic time and would love to go back. We stayed just south of Budoni so explored a lot of the beaches there including San Teodoro (no 8) which I agree with you is amazing.

    We loved every angle of Isola Tavolara which is a great natural wonder.

    We didn’t manage to get to the archipelago (no 4) in the end although it remains very much on our wish list.

      1. Robert.P

        grazie per la bella foto di Sardegna
        Sto cercando di comprare una casa o un appartamento, potrebbe raccomandare migliore zona vicino a spiagge?
        Se mi puoi trovare un buon affare, sentiamo a email
        grazie
        Robert