One Week In Sardinia: 9 Itineraries To Help You Plan The Perfect Holiday!

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IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER:


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THE ARTICLE IS STILL WORK IN PROGRESS, I’M WRITING AS YOU ARE READING THIS!

I decided to make this post visible because ALL the pictures, the introduction partthe info on accommodation for each itinerary, the Maps and names of locations are correct, so you can already use the info as a reference.

However, you will find the details for each day missing, and the itinerary paragraphs repeated. Except for the first 3 Itineraries, you will also find sentences non-related to Sardinia because I’m using a template from another blog post.

So don’t worry if you find something “weird” in the Itineraries part, I’m not getting crazy 🙂 I’ve already written the entire article and  I am now in the process  of placing the content correctly!


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One Itinerary for each area places to visit & where to stay in Sardinia. Everything you need to know to plan your Sardinian Holidays, already tested by me for your convenience!



So, do you want to plan a fabulous Holiday in Sardinia and you only have 1 week? You have no idea on how many emails I receive asking me where to stay, what to do and which areas of Sardinia are the best for a one week vacation. I can relate, trust me! I know how difficult it is to plan a one-week itinerary when the timing is tight, and I’m here to try and help you out!

Before jumping to the juicy part (my free – ready to use 9 Sardinia Itineraries) let me tell you that It took me a hell of a lot of time to put together this article for you! After receiving countless emails and messages filled with all types of requests, I decided to create the itineraries based on your frequent asked questions:


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR SARDINIA HOLIDAY AND ITINERARY FOR ONE WEEK


 

  • What are the Best Places in Sardinia?

There are so many to choose from, right? This is the question you ask me all the time when planning a trip to Sardinia. Which are the best places to visit in Sardinia? In this article, I’ve divided my Itineraries based on the best locations, so you just have to pick the one that best fits your criteria!

Knowing Sardinia and its provinces, I’ve chosen the ones that will give you a great experience even if you only have 7 days on the island and I put them together based on distances in between the locations and the things you will be able to see.

 

 

  • Where to stay in Sardinia? What are the Best Accommodations, Hotels, and Resorts in Sardinia?

Another very hot topic! After you have chosen the location, the next step is finding the right place to stay. I took the time (You have no idea how much time!!)  to check out the best hotels/resorts deals for you. I will give you some info for each one and the possibility to book right away. My advice is always the same: Don’t wait too long before booking as the best hotel deals in Sardinia are gone as soon as Jan/February. I honestly had a hard time in find availability for the best hotels most of the time!

Tip: How to get the best Hotel Deals in Sardinia


All the Accommodations recommended by me in here are taken from Booking.com which is the website that I am using the most lately for my own bookings. You are still not sure about where to stay? Easy! just book more than one property.

Make sure you choose the option “free cancellation” and in the end, you won’t lose your chance and you can cancel the others! I’ve done it several times, it works like a charm! 🙂

 

  • Which Sardinia airport is best to fly in and out of the Island?

Crucial decision, as depending on where you decide to fly in/out of Sardinia, your Itinerary might change considerably. Some of you will land and depart from the same airport, some others choose two different airports. In my Itineraries, there is always a map that specifies the start and ending point including the airport you will have to use. This part can be somehow flexible if you don’t mind driving for 2-3 hours.

 

 

  • What are the best things to do/places to see in one week in Sardinia?

For each day in every itinerary, I added a clickable button saying “Itinerary detail”, In there you will find a detailed recap of suggestions about things to do in that specific location. In some cases, I already have an article that talks in depth about a certain place, if so, I’ll link to it and you’ll find everything you need, from the must-see locations, best beaches in Sardinia, where to eat and more!

 

 

  • Is this particular Sardinian itinerary good for me?

To try and make things easy for you, after showing you the map with the route for each Itinerary, I’ll state 3 main highlights about that specific route (for example “good for relaxing, for beaches, trekking, Sardinian cultural experience etc). This way you will know straight away if that specific itinerary might work for you or not!








  • What are the distances between places in Sardinia and how long does it take to get there?

This is where most of you get a bit confused and lost! I added a chapter below to make things clearer for you, with a Sardinia map stating the distance between the airports and the common misconceptions about the connections in Sardinia. This is useful if you plan on renting a car so don’t skip that part 🙂

 

 

  • Can you give me a Day to Day Detailed Itinerary for each Sardinia place?

The best thing about this article is that I go into as many details as possible to help you in saving time. This includes dividing the week in days you should spend in each location. It’s easy to say “In one week you can go to place 1/2/3 or 4” but then you’re left wondering… OK, but how long should I stay in one location to see the main attractions?  I did that for you based on realistic expectations and most importantly, being a local, by my first-hand experience!

 

 

 

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WHY THIS SARDINIA GUIDE?

 

From many of the emails and comments I’ve received over the past few years, I realized that people might be confused, hence looking for help, because they have a wrong idea of how big Sardinia is.  I’m here to help you in realizing the best way to create your Sardinia Itinerary, considering the following points:


1 | Sardinia is a lot bigger than most of you think!


Especially when planning a one week Holiday to Sardinia, you need to consider the distances between the North/ South and the East/West coasts and vice-versa.

Many of you commented with an itinerary idea, asking me if it’s doable, and adding way too many places to it (I know it’s difficult to let something out of the list!) but in many cases, covering everything in Sardinia in one week is simply not possible.

When planning your trip, you need to keep in mind that Sardinia is a rather big Island and unless you rush from one place to another, staying there for just a few hours and drive to the next place, you can’t really see it all.

And, most importantly,  is this something you really want to do? If you only have one week in Sardinia, I think it is much better to just choose two, max three destinations in the same area/province and enjoy more days discovering these areas.

For your convenience, below is the Sardinia map of the Provinces.

I’d say for one week, 2 provinces, 3 max, if you include driving from the airport to your final destination are ideal.



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As you can see from the map above, to cover the main distances in Sardinia by car takes almost 2 hrs to more than 3 hours (not taking into consideration the traffic and only choosing the fastest route, which might not be the best in terms of landscapes)


2 | Public Transport in Sardinia is not super easy


Unfortunately, in Sardinia, the roads that connect the big cities/airports and the tourist destinations are not many, and it might be quite challenging to move from one coast to another (especially driving from the east to the west coast and vice-versa).

My advice is to always rent a car if you can as this is the best way to visit Sardinia and discover the most remote locations and beaches on the coast.



YOU CAN RENT YOUR CAR DIRECTLY IN HERE

This is my favorite website as it compares all the biggest car hire companies and the prices are cheap! 


A note for you: In here you don’t seem to have the option to pick up the car at one airport and drop it off at another one. But after you click the search button you can change it, don’t worry, I had this “issue” but I sorted it out very easily.


If you can’t rent a car you will be stuck with buses that take twice as long, or trains (not so many choices here) and you’ll always have to consider at least 1/2 changes for the longest routes.

I’m in the process of writing another blog post addressed to all the people who can’t afford to rent a car and wish to visit Sardinia by using public transport. If you are one of them, stay tuned and subscribe to get an email when the new post will be published!


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So here we are, to the core of the article! Below you will find several (reasonable!)  Itineraries ready for you to choose from if you have only one week in Sardinia.

I’ve divided the itinerary in days you should spend in each location, a brief recap of the main attractions in these places (with links to my other articles where I talk more in depth about everything) and even my recommendations in terms of accommodation, Hotels, B&B, villas and resorts for each location in Sardinia.

One last piece of advice, if you already decided to come to Sardinia, don’t wait too long before booking your stay as the best, cheapest (but also the luxury) hotel and resorts in Sardinia might not be available anymore or might have limited availability and higher prices.


Itinerary #1 | SARDINIA NORTH-EAST COAST

Olbia – Golfo Di Orosei area –  San Teodoro – Budoni


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THIS ITINERARY IS GOOD FOR YOU IF:


If you want to relax and take it easy, enjoying fabulous beaches and wild nature

If you fly in and out from Olbia airport, meaning minimum stress at your arrival/departure

If you want to see less places but have a more “in depth” Sardinian experience


Day 1: Olbia Airport

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This Itinerary starts at Olbia airport. Depending on what time your flight lands in Olbia, you can either rent a car and drive to your first destination: Cala Gonone (Golfo di Orosei).

If the flight arrives late in the afternoon (let’s say after 7-8 pm), I’d suggest you to find a Hotel in Olbia and spend the night in there (click to find the best accommodation in Olbia)

Day 1-4: Cala Gonone

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This is my personal favorite spot in Sardinia, Iff you read my comments you already know it 🙂 Discover the wild beauty of the Golfo di Orosei  having as a base one of the most enchanting and vibrants villages in the area!

Cala Gonone is the perfect location for Boat trips, driving to the main attractions (more on the Itinerary detail tab) or just relaxing and strolling around the pier, eating a gelato or trying a nice restaurant!

Day 4-7: San Teodoro

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San Teodoro is another favorite of mine (for different reasons). Beautiful white sand beaches, combined with a bit of nightlife if you fancy sipping a cocktail or dance in one of the famous night clubs, or if you prefer a more relaxed vacation, drive to one of the nearby Agriturismo for a typical Sardinian dinner!

Note: San Teodoro is not just for young people looking for some fun. If you have a car, the beaches nearby are spectacular and there are other activities suited for families and people that are not into the “party scene”



WHERE TO STAY IN NORTH EAST SARDINIA

Best Hotels, Resorts, B&B near Cala Gonone, San Teodoro, and Budoni

          Hotel Bue Marino          

Cala Gonone

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Enjoy beautiful views of the entire Gulf of Orosei from the panoramic terrace and relax in the hot tub. The beach is right across the street.The hotel features comfortable rooms with A/C, many of which have a sea view! Guests rating: 8.5


Price p/p:  From 40 Euros

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            Hotel Sandalyon            

San Teodoro

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If you want to wake up and simply walk to the beach? This Hotel is perfect for you! Located just 100 m from la Cinta beach, it features a restaurant and spacious rooms. It is also super great if you are a group of 3 people! Guests Rating: 7,9


Price p/p: From 70 Euros 

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   Hotel Budoni beach

  Budoni

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Hotel Budoni Beach is just 200 m from Porto Ainu beach, 4 km south of Budoni. It offers elegant rooms with light colour schemes, free Wi-Fi and patios overlooking the large garden. A lovely Hotel, good location and affordable! Guests rating: 7.9


Price p/p: From 50 Euros 

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Itinerary #2 | NORTH WEST SARDINIA

Alghero – Bosa – Stintino & La Pelosa Beach


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THIS ITINERARY IS GOOD FOR YOU IF:


If you are into nice beaches but also want to see more of Sardinian Heritage and cultural sites and enchanting traditional  villages like Bosa Marina, recognized as one of the best “borgos” (small villages) in Italy.

If you love shopping for typical Sardinian products and handcrafts, as Bosa and Alghero in particular have plenty of shops to choose from and you will find the perfect souvenir to take home with you! 

If you are flying in and out from Alghero Airport and want to see one of the most incredible beaches in Sardinia (Yes, I’m talking about La Pelosa beach). You can’t visit Alghero and miss Stintino’s best beach!


Day 1-2: Alghero Area

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This Itinerary starts at Alghero Airport. You will have 2 days to explore this famous city and if you like the vibe and the activities I propose on the “Itinerary Detail” tab, you can stay longer and reduce you time in Stintino.

Alghero is one of the most iconic cities in Sardinia where tourists and locals mingle together. I like the views of the sunset on the sea from the city and the fact that there are so many things to do, restaurants to try and sites to visit!

Day 3-4: Bosa/Bosa Marina

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Bosa is an enchanted small village, It was love at first sight for me!  Constructed around the banks of Temo river, you will recognize the place very easily for its colorful houses, a mix of modern and traditional architecture and for the famous Malaspina Castle.

A true Sardinian gem you can’t miss, with tons of activities and lovely places to eat or drink your italian “aperitivo” sitting in a bar overlooking the river!

Day 4-7: Stintino

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As I said, you can’t go to Alghero and skip Stintino. The small village itself it’s lovely and the things you can do in the surroundings,  including at least one maybe two visits to “La Pelosa”,  space from beach bumming to finding some local bottegas where you can buy typical Sardinian products or have a great boat trip.

Perfect to chill down and enjoy the atmosphere of a very relaxed village overlooking the sea (to reach La Pelosa, from the village it might take from 3 to 8 minutes by car, depending on where you are located)



WHERE TO STAY IN NORTH WEST SARDINIA

Best Hotels, Resorts, B&B near Alghero, Bosa Marina, and Stintino

           Hotel Calabona          

Alghero

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Offering panoramic sea views including amazing sunsets! The Hotel is just a 15-minute walk from Alghero’s historic centre. It offers an outdoor pool with hydromassage jets, a paddling pool, free WiFi and a private beach. Guests Ratings: 7.8


Price p/p:  From 80 Euros

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Sporting Hotel Stella Maris

Bosa Marina

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Sporting Hotel is 200 m from a partner beach with parasols and sun loungers in Bosa Marina. It offers free parking, free bike hire and free Wi-Fi. The bus stop for Bosa city centre is less than 10 minutes’ walk away. Guests Ratings: 8.2


Price p/p: From 50 Euros 

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         Lina Hotel          

Stintino

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Lina Hotel is located in Stintino, 450 m from the beach. The restaurant serves Sardinian cuisine. Guests will enjoy breakfast with hot drinks, croissants, and pastries. The Hotel is a 10-minute drive from Pelosa Beach. Guest Rating: 8.8


Price p/p: From 33 Euros 

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Itinerary #3 | NORTH SARDINIA

From Olbia to Santa Teresa Di Gallura and Costa Paradiso (Paradise Coast)


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THIS ITINERARY IS GOOD FOR YOU IF:


If you are flying in and out of Olbia Airport and you want to avoid the super turistic Costa Smeralda. If you are in need of a more chilled down holiday where you don’t have to worry about your dress code too much 🙂

You want to discover a less crowded area in North Sardinia, as Costa Paradiso is on average less touristic than the rest of  the North, even during peak season, and enjoying some of the finest beaches in Sardinia anyway.

You are a very active person and you enjoy water sports such as Windsurf, Kitesurf, snorkeling & Scuba Diving. Both Santa Teresa and Costa Paradiso are perfect locations if you want to spend your days in the water !


Day 1-4: Santa Teresa

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This Itinerary also starts (and ends) at Olbia airport (with the possibility of flying out from Alghero airport). Santa Teresa di Gallura is probably the best base to explore North Sardinia, both east and west, depending on what you want to do.

In this itinerary, I am using Santa Teresa as a point to discover the north west part but it’s very convenient to check out the east coast as well. Not to mention that Santa Teresa itself is lovely enough to just spend a whole week in there!

Day 4-7: Costa Paradiso

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I’ve spent a whole week in a small family villa in Costa Paradiso (I went to Badesi beach and loved the sunsets over there!). It’s really perfect for a super chilled out holiday (in my case!) but also for kite surf and windsurf fanatics, as Isola Rossa it’s super famous for these sports and attracts many aficionados 🙂

I’ve never tried myself but I know where all these places are in Sardinia, you can’t really miss them when the sky above the sea is dotted with colorful “parachutes” (pardon me for my ignorance, but they are so beautiful to watch anyway!)



WHERE TO STAY IN NORTH SARDINIA

Best Hotels, Resorts, B&B near Santa Teresa Di Gallura, Costa Paradiso, and Isola Rossa

         Hotel Marinaro         

Santa Teresa Di Gallura

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The Hotel is situated in the historic centre of Santa Teresa Di Gallura, close to the tourist harbours.The Marinaro is close to the famous the beach Rena Bianca, where you can spend pleasant hours sunbathing and swimming. Guests Ratings: 8.5


Price p/p:  From 35 Euros

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        Resort Gravina        

Costa Paradiso

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Dreamy!!Located a few minutes by car from the coast and its beautiful beaches, Resort Gravina – Costa Paradiso has a free-form outdoor pool set in relaxing garden. It offers self-catering apartments with a private entrance. Guests Rating: 7.1


Price p/p: From 50 Euros 

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        Hotel Corallo      

Isola Rossa

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Set in the fishing village of Isola Rossa, the Hotel has an outdoor pool and a restaurant with Sardinian food. Some offer a private terrace or balcony with beautiful views. Meals are served out on the panoramic terrace Guests Rating: 8


Price p/p: From 46 Euros 

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Itinerary #4 | SOUTH SARDINIA EAST COAST

Cagliari/Villasimius/Costa Rei


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THIS ITINERARY IS GOOD FOR YOU IF:


You land and depart from Cagliari Airport this itinerary is perfect for you, as the distances are easy to cover from all these destinations, which means, less stress for you and more time to visit these marvelous places!

If you are a beach lover and  you want to relax and swim in crystal clear waters, practicing watersports (another great location if you are into Kitesurf & Windsurf) and if you like to have bars and restaurants on the beach or very near to it 

If you like lively villages with plenty of options for eating out and have a drink, which means that this itinerary is very versatile, and can be the perfect choice for solo travelers as well as couples and families.


Day 1-3: Villasimius

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Just the panoramic route from Cagliari Airport to Villasimius is worth it! Now they created a relatively new road which is supposedly faster and easier, but I STRONGLY recommend you to take the scenic route as you will drive with the coastline on your right, up to the hills so that you will see the sea  below.

Villasimius itself is super lovely and lively with tons of activities and nice places to try (more on tis on the “Itinerary Details tab), coming soon, as I’m working on it as you are reading this!

Day 4-7: Costa Rei

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Very convenient from Villasimius, a zero-stress ride, pretty quick and easy. Costa Rei is less than 20 minutes ride away from your first stop, with its 12 km long sandy beach waiting for you. I used to spend my summers in Costa Rei in a typical “villetta” with the whole family from age 8 to age 15 every year, and loved it each time!

Now it is more modern and with more facilicities than in the past, but the beauty of “Lo scoglio di Peppino” on the beach still remains untouched! You might be wondering: “What on earth is “Lo scoglio di Peppino”?! 🙂 More on the Itinerary Details!



WHERE TO STAY IN SOUTH EAST SARDINIA

Best Hotels, Resorts, B&B near Villasimius, Punta Molentis, and Costa Rei

         Hotel Mariposas         

Villasimius

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The Hotel offers free WiFi, a garden and an outdoor pool.All rooms at Hotel Mariposas are air-conditioned and include a TV, minibar and desk. Each room has a private bathroom with a shower, hairdryer and a bidet. Guests Rating: 9.5


Price p/p:  From 65 Euros

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       Hotel Torre Salinas        

Costa Rei

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Free WiFi, an outdoor pool and a children’s playground. Right on the beachfront, the hotel has a sun terrace and fitness centre and a private beach and bike hire is available. Activities offered: horse riding, cycling and canoeing. Guests Rating: 8.3


Price p/p: From 94 Euros 

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       I Panorami Di Castello       

Cagliari

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Located 5 km from Poetto Beach, and 200 mt from Bastione di San Remy, It offers pet-friendly accommodation in Cagliari. It boasts fantastic views of the sea  and is a great choice if you are  interested in old town explorings. Guests Rating: 9.8


Price p/p: From 37 Euros 

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Itinerary #5 | SOUTH WEST SARDINIA COAST

Nebida/Piscinas/Scivu/Oristano/Is Arutas/San Giovanni Di Sinis


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THIS ITINERARY IS GOOD FOR YOU IF:


Want to visit a relatively undiscovered (by the tourists at least) part of Sardinia, more wild and  almost exclusively frequented by local people, the “weird Sardinians” 🙂

If you are looking for a quiet vacation, away from the crowds, love to discover more than just beaches but also some nice spots on the Hinterland and some areas surrounding the beaches

If you land and depart from Cagliari or Land in Cagliari and depart from Alghero, as from Oristano it’s about 1 hour and 20 minutes to reach both Airports. Quite convenient!


Day 1-4: Nebida

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The Nebida area is so worth it! For the landcsapes, the beautiful panoramic views from the street and obviously for the magical sunsets over the sea. The first time in the Iglesias area is an incredible experience even for the locals. With its abandoned minerary sites, traditional villages and makestic rocks in the middle of the sea, Nebida (and surroundings) is a must if you want to visit the south west coast of Sardinia.

There are so many different things you can see in this area that I wasn’t even sure whether to include the second stop in Oristano (still worth it and doable in 1 week,  but slightly rushed).

So you might consider this Itinerary as 2 separate ones or combine the two if you really want to see both areas!  And it’s actually perfect if you have 10 days, 5 days in each destination!

Day 4-7: Oristano

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Strategically located right in the middle of the west coast, Oristano is another area which is well worth visiting if you want to combine culture and beautiful beaches all in one! From stoppingby one of lovely traditional villages to visiting some ancient ruins, Oristano really has it all.  The touristy areas are not many and usually they are popular amongst people who travel by caravan as there are several dedicated areas for it.

You don’t want to rent a caravan or you don’t have one? no problem, with a simple car you will be still able to see most of the beautiful attractions I’m going to list on the “Itinerary Details” tab in here!



WHERE TO STAY IN SOUTH WEST SARDINIA

Best Hotels, Resorts, B&B near Nebida, Piscinas, and Oristano

  L’incanto Tanca Piras  

Nebida – Gonnesa

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Fantastic Swimming pool, big garden with BBQ facilities, this self-catering 2 bedroom house for 4 people has stunning views over the sea, private access to the beach at 200 m and 10 min drive to Nebida/Masua.  Guests Rating: 9.1


Price p/p:  From 60 Euros

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Sa Corti De Sa Perda  

Piscinas

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Sa Corti De Sa Perda offers panoramic views across Piscinas, a famous Sardinian village. It features rustic-style rooms with a furnished patio. The rooms are set in the annex of a farmhouse dating back to the 1700s. Guests Rating: 8.8 


Price p/p: From 29 Euros 

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Casa Vacanze San Giovanni 

San Giovanni Di Sinis – Cabras

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Located in front of a sandy beach, Casa Vacanze offers air-con, garden, balcony, and free private parking. Set on 2 floors, it features a seating area with kitchenette, a TV and a washing machine. Good for 4 people. Guests Rating: 8.6


Price p/p: From 41 Euros 

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Itinerary #6 | ALL SOUTH SARDINIA

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THIS ITINERARY IS GOOD FOR YOU IF:


You are planning on landing and departing from Cagliari Airport, as it’s easily reachable in a bit more than one hour drive from both sides of the coastline

You want to visit some of the most stunning beaches in South Sardinia, as well as archeological sites and  local villages, without using the car for too long to reach your place of interest

If  you have already been to Sardinia and only had the time to visit the northern part of the island and you now want to complete your exploration and see how diverse Sardinia can be!


Day 1-4: Cagliari/Pula

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Start your journey in Sardinia in the beautiful capital : Cagliari (my hometown!). Beautiful beach town and tons of things to do in the surroundings, before heading to either Santa Margherita di Pula or the great beach houses on the south west coast. You will find so many great beaches one after the other and you’ll be able to also visit interesting archeological sites in Nora.

If you visit the south of Sardinia you can’t skip Su Giudeu beach and Tuerredda. Even before reaching the beach your jaw will drop at the panoramic views along the road, 100% guardanteed!

Day 4-7: Villasimius

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A visit to south Sardinia wouldn’t be completed without checking out the gorgeous Villasimius, both town and beaches are incredible, lots to do, restaurants to try and activities for everyone!

This is a super popular spot in Sardinia and not by coincidence, the best accommodations and hotels around are almost always sold out way before the peak season. As already mentioned for my previous South east itineray, even the road to get there is unmissable!



WHERE TO STAY IN SOUTH  SARDINIA

Best Hotels, Resorts, B&B near Villasimius, Chia, Tuerredda and Santa Margherita Di Pula

 Janas Hotel

Villasimius

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Janas Hotel is just 2 km from the coast and its beautiful beaches. It offers air-conditioned rooms, a shared terrace, and a continental-style breakfast. The rooms are elegantly decorated with a flat-screen TV. Guests Rating: 9.5


Price p/p:  From 48 Euros

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Hotel Acqua Dulci

Chia

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THIS IS MY ABSOLUTELY FAVORITE! Hotel Aquadulci is set in a peaceful location on Sardinia’s southern coast, directly connected to the sandy beach of Su Giudeu. The garden with palm trees includes a swimming pool. Guests rating: 8.8


Price p/p: From 158 Euros 

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Hotel Costa Dei Fiori

Santa Margherita di Pula

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The Hotel  offers 2 seawater swimming pools (one is an infinity pool boasting a stunning view of the sea) a restaurant, a café and elegant and refined rooms. Parking is free, private or shared balcony or patio. Wi-Fi is available. Guests rating: 8.3


Price p/p: From 130 Euros 

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Itinerary #7 | SARDINIA WEST COAST

From Cagliari, passing through Oristano, Stintino and leaving from Alghero

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If you want to check out all the most iconic places of the west coast, the “less popular one” and dive into the real Sardinian culture, seeing some incredible beaches along the way too!

You land at Cagliari airport and depart from Alghero airport. Going back to Cagliari in this case is not recommended unless stricly necessary as you will lose one precious day to get back to the south.

You are into archaeology, natural and historical sights besides the splendid beaches (such as ancient ruins, fascinating grottos, Nuraghes and  also a bit of hiking/trekking if you are an active person.


Day 1-3: Oristano Area

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Three days in the Oristano area are mandatory, from the big town to the small little villages in the surroundings, there is plenty to discover in here (more on the “Itinerary Details” tab). I love the vibe in Oristano, it is more genuinely “Sardinia” than some other touristic places and being a local I appreciate when tourists take the time to vist it.

Not to mention that I’ve seen all the beautiful beaches in the area, some of them are truly unique in Sardinia and the sea is also great. Only one note: be careful when swimming and don’t venture too far from the shore as there are strong currents underwater.

Day 3-5: Alghero Area

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With this Itinerary you will have some more time to discover the beauty of Alghero, the hystorical city center and plan some more activities in the surrounding areas.

There is so mch to do that I’ve already written anothe super comprehensive blog post with a list of activities to try while in Alghero (as usual you will find more details in the tab “Itinerary Details”)

Day 5-7: Stintino La Pelosa

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I  have to repeat myself in here, as you might have not read the intro to the North west Sardinia Itinerary, but not staying in Stintino while in Alghero is considered a “sacriledge” by the locals, as La Pelosa beach (literally meaning “hairy woman” in Italian by) is one of the most beautiful beaches not only in Sardinia but in Europe. 

Needless to say, a stop of 1-2 days in here is mandatory and great to chill out and relax, away from the chaos of the big cities, and nothing is better than a marvelous beach to end your trip in Sardinia with the fireworks! 🙂



WHERE TO STAY IN WEST SARDINIA

Best Hotels, Resorts, B&B near Cagliari, Oristano, Alghero and Stintino

Hotel Flora

Cagliari

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Featuring a traditional restaurant, the 4-star Hotel Flora is located in central Cagliari, just 800 m from the harbour (which is a perfect location!). It offers free WiFi, and air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen TV. Guests rating: 9.1


Price p/p:  From 52 Euros

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Hotel Villa delle Rose

Oristano

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The Hotel is located in Oristano’s centre and offers free parking and a restaurant serving traditional Sardinian specialities and wines. It can  organise many activities, such as horse riding, snorkeling and windsurfing courses. Guests Rating: 8.2


Price p/p: From 32 Euros 

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B&B Stella Marina

Stintino

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B&B Stella Marina features rooms with sea views and a sweet breakfast served daily. The nearest beach is 3 km from the B&B, and the harbour is just a 5-minute walk away. Wi-Fi is free throughout. Good Location to drive around. Guests Rating: 8.6


Price p/p: From 33 Euros 

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Itinerary #8 | SARDINIA EAST COAST

All About the magnificent Golfo di Orosei, Cala Gonone, and Baunei

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THIS ITINERARY IS GOOD FOR YOU IF:


You want to see what is in my opinion as a local, the best of the best in Sardinia! I know tastes are personal but when it comes to rate the Golfo di Orosei, Sardinian people all agree: that place is truly a natural paradise. 

You are flying in  and out from  Olbia Airport, but you are flexible with the driving and could consider also Cagliari Airport (and if you are able to stay more than 1 week, let’s say at least 10 days, this is even more doable)

If you love both beaches, water activities and wild nature, including trekking, hiking, biking, but you would also love to see the traditional Sardinian culture, village and food. The Golfo di Orosei area really has it all! 


Day 1-4: Cala Gonone

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Already mentioned on my Sardinia North East Itinerary, Cala Gonone is really the perfect location to choose as a base if you want to discover the Golfo Di Orosei Area. It’s not the only village around but definitely the most convient one as it’s on the beach and has plenty of restaurants and bar.

If staying on the beach is not mandatory for you and you want to base yourself in a more traditional Sardinian Village, you can also consider staying in Orosei and Dorgali. Still lovely but you’ll have to drive a bit more.

Day 4-7: Baunei Village

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Located on the southern end of Golfo di Orosei, I consider Baunei, a small village on the mountains with a beautiful view of both the coast and the Gennargentu mountains as the true Sardinia experience.

I recommend you to stay in there for a few days to discover a totally different side of Sardinia and also to have easy access to the path that leads to Cala Goloritze’, one of the most incredible beaches in Sardinia, declared Unesco Heritage site. You can’t visit the Golfo di Orosei and skip this! 



WHERE TO STAY IN EAST SARDINIA

Best Hotels, Resorts, B&B near Orosei, Cala Gonone and Baunei

Albergo Diffuso Mannois

Orosei

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The Hotel is located at 1.8 km from the sea and offers free WiFi, bikes, parasols and sun loungers at the private beach. Staff can advise on the wide variety of activities nearby like hiking, diving, and mini cruises around the Orosei Gulf. Guests Rating: 9


Price p/p:  From 68 Euros

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Hotel Bue Marino          

Cala Gonone

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(Already suggested on the first itinerary!) Features a panoramic terrace and relax in the hot tub. The beach is right across the street.The hotel features comfortable rooms with A/C, many of which have a sea view! Guests rating: 8.5


Price p/p:  From 40 Euros

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B&B Dommu Agostina

Baunei

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Set in Baunei, B&B Dommu Agostina offers a garden, terrace and classic-style rooms with a balcony. Free WiFi is available in public areas, and the beaches of Santa Maria Navarrese are a 15-minute drive away. Guests Rating: 9.7


Price p/p: From 35 Euros 

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Itinerary #9 | SARDINIA – CARLOFORTE

San Pietro Island, Carloforte, Portoscuso – The Unknown Sardinia!

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THIS ITINERARY IS GOOD FOR YOU IF:


“Whether it is Spring , Summer , Autumn or Winter, wet or dry you will always find people at Hengistbury Head. From couples to families it is a place you just fall in love with.”

“Great place to walk, run or cycle, or even take the train! Excellent Nature Centre with loads of information about the area, flora and fauna.”

“Whether it is Spring , Summer , Autumn or Winter, wet or dry you will always find people at Hengistbury Head. From couples to families it is a place you just fall in love with.”


Day 1-2: Cagliari

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This Itinerary starts at Olbia airport. Depending on what time your flight lands in Olbia, you can either rent a car and drive to your first destination: Cala Gonone (Golfo di Orosei).

If the flight arrives late in the afternoon (let’s say after 7-8 pm), I’d suggest you to find a Hotel in Olbia and spend the night in there (click to find the best accommodation in Olbia)

Day 2-7: Carloforte Island

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This Itinerary starts at Olbia airport. Depending on what time your flight lands in Olbia, you can either rent a car and drive to your first destination: Cala Gonone (Golfo di Orosei).

If the flight arrives late in the afternoon (let’s say after 7-8 pm), I’d suggest you to find a Hotel in Olbia and spend the night in there (click to find the best accommodation in Olbia)



WHERE TO STAY IN CARLOFORTE – SARDINIA

Best Hotels, Resorts, B&B In Cagliari, Carloforte, Isola Di San Pietro

B&B Thanit

Cagliari

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Set in the San Benedetto district of Cagliari, B&B Thanit offers free Wi-Fi and spacious air-conditioned rooms with a modern design and a TV. The colour-themed rooms have an en suite or external private bathroom. Guests Rating: 9.2


Price p/p:  From 32 Euros

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Hotel Galman

Carloforte

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Offering views of the Mediterranean Sea from its air-conditioned rooms, the Hotel  is a 15-minute walk from the beach and 5 km from the city centre. It features a restaurant serving mainly seafood specialities and a terrace. Guests Ratings: 8.6


Price p/p: From 35 Euros 

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Hotel California

Carloforte city Center

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Hotel California is 5 minutes away from the harbour and the sea. It offers bright rooms, free Wi-Fi and balcony/patio area. This family-run hotel is a 10-minute walk from restaurants and markets in the Carloforte city centre. Guests Rating: 8.9


Price p/p: From 30 Euros 

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Check out the Infographic I put together for you with some fun facts about Sardinia! 




 WATCH AN INCREDIBLE VIDEO OF SARDINIA!


Disclaimer: Ths is NOT my video, too bad as I have one but I made it years ago when the drones and all the technology we have today didn’t exist. I will make sure to produce one very soon, but in the meantime… enjoy this incredible one! I LOVED IT, and I’m sure you will too 🙂


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 AND THIS IS MY MUCH MODEST VIDEO!


As I said, just shots with a super old mobile phone. But I have chosen the song as it’s in Sardinian language from a Sardinian band called “Tazenda”. Every time I listen to it I get the chills.

The first video is all beauty, this one is all heart from a local who loves her island more than anything!


I put all my effort to write this for you, like it and make me happy!
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  1. Hi Clelia,

    we will spend a week in Sardinia in August, flying in and out from Alghero but considering to combine the region with the east coast as well. According to your guides, San Teodoro, Cala Gonone are on our list there, in this case how would you split the week, 3 days around Alghero and 4 on the east side lets say?
    what would be the must to see in each location?
    I assume without renting a car its impossible to manage, do you have any recommendation for the car rental? local agencies or simply those that are presented at the airport?

    many thanks in advance,

    Norbert

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      Hey Norbert, sorry for the late reply but I’m only catching up with all the Sardinia comments, too many!! As for your question, what I always suggest is to rent a car directly online. I’ve had many people who did it and had no issues, what I recommend is to have a lot at Rentalcars as it is one of the most comprehensive rental cars portal online, including basically all the major names and you won’t be left with a last minute choice at the airport.

      Regarding the Itinerary, if you ony have one week I strongly recommend to skip one destination since you have to drive from the west to the east coast losing almost one day of vacation, I’d rather go to Cala Gonone if you like the contrast between wild nature and incredible boat trips or San Teodoro if you prefer easy access to sandy beaches (but ne aware that August is very high season and not everyone can handle well the chaos and crowds especially in San Teodoro).

      Hope this helps!
      Cheers

      Clelia

  2. Hello,

    Thank you so much for this site with lots of very helpful information. I am planning to go with my 6 and half year old to Sardinia in mid July. As time is short, my preference is to stay in one location with easy access to beach and childrens activities such as snorkling and other suitable activities for boys at that age.
    I would most prbably fly to Olbia . Could you please advise of a location or a hotel .
    Thank you
    Alia

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      Hey Alia, sorry for the late reply but I’ve been overwhelmed by consultancies requests for Sardinia! I hope you can still read my reply. if you fly into Olbia (depending on your budget)I’d recommend checking out Santa Teresa Di Gallura. I have had very positive feedback from my consultancies for people traveling with kids in that area as the min beach is very nice, nearby beaches are also spectacular and you will have plenty of activities for your kid (snorkeling being the first of course).

      As for specific Hotels, again, from the feedback I have received these are the most popular one for people traveling with kids:
      1) Hotel Corallaro
      2)Hotel La Funtana
      3) Hotel Majore

      They are all near the center and the beach. making it easy for you to move around with a kid, some offer a swimming pool and a shuttle to and from the airport if you need it. Usually in Sardinia is not super easy to find places where they have specific activities for kids, I think the most important thing is to have everything in the proximity of your hotel /accommodation so that you can change get everywhere without stress.
      Santa teresa is one of the best places for snorkeling that’s for sure and the other families who wrote me after their vacation in there confirmed that they had a great time with their kids!

      I hope it helps, have a great Holiday in Sardinia!

  3. Hello Clelia!
    Thank you for the very informative website , it was extremely helpful.
    My fiance and I are planning our honeymoon to sardinia late august 2017 .
    We don’t want to rent a car to get around, what are the other options? are taxis easy to get in sardinia ? are they expensive?( especially the south where i think we will spend our one week honeymoon)
    And if we decided to visit porto cervo what is the best way to get there if we’re not going to drive by ourselves .
    One more thing, most of the hotels are sold out on booking.com. do you recommend any other website?
    Thank you in advance!:)

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      hey Iam

      Forst of all congratulations! Sardinia is one of the best places to go on a honeymoon! Too bad that many people don’t realize that they need to book way in advance to find great deals in the destinations they like, sorry to hear that you have found everything sold out! You might try to give it a second try, maybe someone has canceled their booking and you will be able to sneak in! I honestly can’t recommend other websites as I truly use only booking.com for my trips. Sometimes I have tried Airbnb (only 3 times in more than 5 years of travels around the world) and I had mixed experiences.

      If you Google you will find other websites that helps you in booking a place but I was checking them out the other day for some research and I find them rather confusing, not to mention that they will probably charge you more than if you book on your own, otherwise they would not earn any money 🙂 If you still can’t find anything on Booking, try that way and compare the prices first to see which website is more convenient and what additional services will offer you!

      Regarding the taxis to move around Sardinia…AUCH… sorry to give you bad news but unless you use them within the city, I’ve never met anyone who used it for moving from a destination to another. Their service is mostly local and even if you convince them to drive for 3 hours (which I doubt) the cost would be INSANE to say the least. You have to rely on public transport (buses and trains) and then maybe take a taxi once you reach your destination, or if you want to go to a specific beach that is not on the public transport map (but in that case make sure that either the hotel or the taxi driver understands that they have to come back and pick you up at the end of the day!

      You can, for example, stay in Arzachena or Cannigione, where there is a bus line from the airport and also to Porto Cervo, I used it ages ago when I was 19 and It took me straight to Porto Cervo where we strolled around the pier and the main Plaza, so yes, it is possible!

      Sorry for the bad news guys! I Hope you will have a fantastic Honeymoon in Sardinia 🙂

  4. Hi Clelia,

    Fantastic site! I really appreciate it.

    We are coming to Sardinia by Ferry from Cittavechia to Olbia in August. We have rented a car and are thinking we should stay in the northeast area.

    I’m liking your itinerary #1 or #8. My wife and I are travelling with our 5 month old daughter. Do you have any specific suggestions?

    For boat rentals in Cala Gonone, can you rent your own and travel around on your own for the day?

    Also, if we do stay in Baunei, are there other villages you recommend to visit?

    Warm wishes,

    Bryan

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      Hi Bryan, thanks for the nice comment! If you are traveling with a baby, my suggestion is, of course, to stay as close as possible to the airport and to chose a place that is not very remote, so Olbia/Palau/San Teodoro is a good choice. Cala Gonone is further away from the airport but if the baby is Ok with longest rides then cala Gonone is ok as well. For the boat rentals you can definitely rent your own, I had a friend who recently did it, and it’s in my opinion the best choice as you will set the pace and decide where to go.

      For Baunei, the village itself is lovely, very traditional and Sardinian in the real sense. Other villages you can visit… mmmhh, not much around really in terms of villages, but plenty of activities, that’s for sure. What I’m not 100% sure is if with a 5 months old baby you could do some of them like hiking to Cala Goloritze or exploring the Gologone area in the mountains.

      If you want to stick to itinerary 8, then you maybe can stay in Cala Gonone and enjoy the beach, visit Dorgali and Orosei perhaps and enjoy the boat trips (definitely the highlight!).

      Hope it helps!
      have a great time in Sardinia

      Cheers
      Clelia

  5. Hi Clelia.

    First of all let me thank you for this great website which provides a great deal of info about visiting this beautiful island. You really did a great job in putting up this website.

    I have a question for you. We are planning to spend 7/8 nights in last week of August and we would like to visit the South of Sardegna. I am not sure if it is better to book two hotels for 4 nights each, one in Villasimius and one in Pula/Chia or maybe pick one hotel in Quartu Sant Elena for the whole period and travel from there to East and West. I know in this case I might drive a couple of hours a day but I can bear it. I would like to know if you recommend Quartu St Elena as a good place where to stay

    Thanks

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      Hey Giuseppe! I thought I had already replied to your question as I remember it very clearly… maybe you already commented on another post about holidays in Sardinia? If not, my reply is to just book 1 hotel either in Cagliari or Quartu Sant Elena (I prefer Cagliari of course, as you will be able to also stroll around the nice old town, easily find restaurants and places to chill and so on), and from there you can take day trips by car to both Villasimius and Chia. Booking 2 hotels will just be a struggle. Another option is to either book 1 hotel in Villasimius or 1 hotel in Pula/Chia and just enjoy that part of the island.

      Hope it helps!
      Cheers
      Clelia

  6. Hi Clelia,

    Your website is wonderful! I love your itineraries! I am traveling with my family at the beginning of July to Olbia for one week- I was thinking of going to Cala Gonone (after your recommendation) then driving to the North West Coast- either near Costa Paridiso/ Isola Rossa or Castelsardo. I noticed you haven’t written much on Castelsardo- do you think it would be better to go somewhere a bit further north as Castelsardo may be very touristy?

    Again thanks for all your wonderfull tips!

    Lucy

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      Hi Lucy, Castelsardo is not super touristy, at least compared to other places in Sardinia. The village itself is very nice but I am super picky when it comes to the beaches (to give you an idea, they must have the Caribbean/Polynesian feeling)and Castelsardo is just OK for my standards, that’s probably why i didn’t talk about it but the village as I said is nice and not super crowded! The other village around, like Aggius and Trinita’ D’Agultu, are super small, definitely not touristy but not on the sea, you can check them out if you want a truly local Sardinian experience!

      Cheers
      Clelia

  7. Hello, Clelia!

    Thank you for writing this — it has helped me plan my honeymoon, and we’re very excited. I was wondering if you could recommend a boat tour/excursion company for Cala Gonone. We plan to spend a day or two exploring the Orosei coast, including Cala Luna and the Grotta Bue Marino. Which company do you think is the best for a day trip?

    Thanks!

    Jason

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      Hey Jason, congratulations on your honeymoon!! As for your question, If you are based in Cala Gonone, all the companies offer very similar options. Being on honeymoon I suggest you to rent a private boat (with a member of the crew of course) do that you can skip the crowded boats and most importantly decide if you want to stop more in one beach, plan your personalized stops, helped by the company that knows the best places of course and you will not be tied to the big boats schedules.

      That is the most important thing to ask when inquiring for a boat trip in the area. Recommending one, honestly I tried basically all the companies in the area and as I said, so far they are all at the same level to me. Especially the ones that own smallest boats and offer the possibility to rent them for private groups. But you will find plenty of options, don’t worry!

      Cheers
      Clelia

  8. Hi Clecia,

    Your website is great, thanks for all the informative information! I am coming to Sardinia with two friends for a week in August (we’re all 21). I was wondering what you thought was the best itinerary for us? We’ll be flying into Olbia airport and have hear Cala Gonone and the La Maddalena Islands are amazing, but was wondering what your opinion was? We don’t have a ton of money to spend so hoping to find some affordable accommodation 🙂 Thanks so much in advance for your help.

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      Hey Emily! Wow, you asked me a very difficult question as I LOVE them both! I think that money-wise it’s probably better to opt for Cala Gonone unless you decide to just visit the Arcipelago della Maddalena from the mainland Sardinia during a day trip (I did the same when I was camping in Cannigione, a small village near Arzachena).
      If you are into camping then Cannigione is the best choice to explore La Maddalena, for cheap accommodation in Cala Gonone or near La Maddalena, you can still find something (I don’t know what your budget is).
      try to check out this (and filter the price range)
      Accommodation/Hotels in Arzachena
      Accommodation/Hotels in Cannigione
      Accommodation/Hotels in Cala Gonone

      You might still find something worth booking but you’ll have to hurry up!
      I hope that helps!

      Cheers
      Clelia

  9. Hello Clelia,

    I’ve been looking around on the internet for information about Sardinia and I am so happy I found your website ! Information is clear and seems very useful ! Thank you !

    Actually we are planning a road trip to Sardinia for two weeks in August (high season… I know haha). We would like to make a round tour of the island, is it too optimistic in two weeks ?
    We like beaches but we love to discover places by walking around all day..
    I like your West and East Coast guides (#7 and #8), do you think we can do them both ? Starting at Cagliari then to Alghero (West Coast itinerary) and then to Olbia and back to Cagliari (East Coast itinerary)?

    I would really appreciate having your opinion on this,
    Again, thank you,
    Great job !

    Zaina.

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      Hey Zaina,

      Thanks for your nice comment! As for your question…is it possible to combine the 2 itineraries that you mention in 2 weeks but honestly, the trip will be super rushed, unless you decide to choose 2 places to set a base for the first week on the west coast (Oristano and Alghero for example) and then other 2 places on the east coast (Palau or Santa Teresa and Cala Gonone, with possibly a quick one day stop in Villasimius to get back to Cagliari).

      If you add more stops it becomes nearly impossible to enjoy your vacation and even with 2 stops in each coast is, in my opinion, a bit too much. I think 3 weeks is the minimum to truly enjoy both coasts to the fullest. Sometimes is better to choose only one coast and the south or north part of it and stick with that.

      Ultimately, the decision is yours, of course, maybe there are people who don’t mind rushing a bit, I’m the one who likes to travel slowly and maybe see less but more in-depth.

      Hope this helps
      Have a great time in Sardinia 🙂

  10. Hello Clelia, thank you for your wonderful website. I use it to plan our vacation in Sardinia. It’s well organized and easy to read, therefore, useful and informative! Great job!

    We fly to Cagliari and drive to Cala Gonone, then descend back to Gagliari traveling the west coast. Google map shows two routes getting from Cagliari airport to Cala Gonone. One is a longer travel time route (3h15m) through Santa Maria. Another is through Santa Giusta (2h26min) – East coast. Is one route more picturesque than another? Since we will be descending back traveling the West coast, should we take the shorter route so we get to Cala Gonone sooner?

    Thank you for your time!

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      Hi Inna! Thanks for your Kind words! So, regarding the two routes, I know them both quite well. Honestly? It really depends on what “picturesque” means to you! The fasted road is definitely not. It basically is a long long road (superstrada) called Carlo Felice until Oristano. All flat, nothing major to see and you have to be super careful as there are intersections that are somehow difficult to see and many speed limit detectors along the way. After Nuoro it might get a bit more interesting as it passes near some villages but nothing major. The bright side is that it’s the fastest route and the preferred one by the locals.

      The route via Muravera and Santa Maria Navarrese is somehow more “scenic” but don0t expect heartbreaking views. It’s full of turns, sometimes U turns in the first part near Muravera and when I last drove in there (now it might be better), in some parts, where you are in the middle of the mountains, there is no reception whatsoever. I remember that because I was driving alone to go to Cala Gonone for a boat trip and it was dark so I freaked out a bit as if the car had a problem or something I couldn’t even call anyone for help and there is no much traffic in there. It’s just a small part of the road, but I wanted to mention it.

      I liked this road more even if it’s more demanding for the driver but some points are definitely nice, with the mountains and the nature surrounding you and the sights are more varied, not to mention that you have to get inside the villages, so you can have a look at the real Sardinia.

      If you have time, and a good navigator, I would say go for the longest route but don’t expect fantastic sceneries, just a different (maybe more authentical) driving experience in Sardinia.

      If you don’t have time, or prefer the easier way, go to the Carlo Felice and make a pit stop at the Abbasanta bar (after Oristano, near Macomer), which is the pit stop for everyone going up north for a quick stop at the bathroom, a coffee or just to stretch your legs. Abbasanta is for Sardinian people the sign that we are more or less half way across Sardinia 🙂

      Hope it helps!
      Clelia

  11. Hello Clelia. We are travelling for the first time to Sardinia beginning of July with a family of 4 (our sons are 5 and 7 yo). We both land in and leave from Cagliari and are staying two weeks. The boys love swimming and we definitely want to go snorkeling and maybe even rent a boat. I also would like to do some horseriding. What itinerary would you recommend? A combination of 2 itineraries in the south? Maybe 1 week of changing places and 1 week of chilling close to a beach? Thanks for your tips! Jane

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      Hei Jane! If you have 2 weeks you are in luck as you have more time to move around without stressing too much (and with the kids might be more stressful for the whole family to be constantly on the move)

      That said, I would highly recommend having 2 bases:
      First week:South Sardinia, Villasimius area is lovely because there is the Village, while in Chia /Tuerredda the nearest village is Pula at around 20/30 min by car, which means you will either have to drive to go out for dinner or stay in the resort/house and cook your own meals (but you will have to still drive to town to buy the groceries, not a big deal, just informing you!)
      For Horseriding, I tried a while ago near Pula, but I’m sure there will be plenty of options if you ask the tourism information office in Villasimius too.They usually have all sort of activities and for snorkeling everywhere is nice in Sardinia and Villasimius (but also the Chia area) is perfect for chilling on the beach as well!

      The second week: Straight to Golfo di Orosei. Ok, I sound like a broken record here but I truly think that the area is the absolute best in Sardinia, as it combines the beauty of an incredible sea with the mountains just behind it. It’s breathtaking! You can certainly rent a boat there and see for yourself what amazing places you can discover.I actually recommend you renting a boat if you are there, it will be the highlight of your trip, instead of going with the organized boat trips, which are nice, less expensive but you are tied to a schedule and can’t stop wherever you want (not to mention that they are big boats with many people)

      Hope it helps and have a fantastic time in Sardinia 🙂

      Cheers
      Clelia

  12. Hello, I would like to read your itinerary 6 – South Sardinia but when I click on ITINERARY DETAILS there is nothing to read. Please advise how that works.

    Thank you.
    Hana

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      Hey Hanka, as I said in the beginning of the post, I’m still working on it, this is why there are no further details on the itinerary yet. Sorry for the inconvenience but managing a whole website by myself is a lot of work! 🙂

      1. I know, I am sorry, I noticed your warning only when I emailed you. Shame the itinerary is not ready, I am going to Cagliari on 01st of June. Can you please recommend some good restaurants and wine places in Cagliari? Nothing touristic, but local cuisine. Thanks and good luck with finishing your web site. It will be awesome once ready :-).

  13. This website is a great resource. Thanks! I’m thinking about trying to combine Itineraries 2 and 8 somehow into 1 week. I like beaches but don’t like to spend much time just sitting on the beach. I prefer to walk around and hopefully experience the culture, food, wine, etc. Would 4 days in the Cala Gonone area and 3 days in Alghero area be OK?

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      Hey Donald! Sorry I have completely missed your comment until now!

      I think that if you don’t mind “losing” half a day to move from Cala Gonone to Alghero, that would be a great choice! I assume you are flying into Olbia and out from Alghero, right? As this is an itinerary that most people choose when they are flying in and out in different airports. If not… maybe I would stick around the coast where the airport is. Less stressful 🙂

      Cheers
      Clelia

  14. Hey Clelia your website is fab! It’s been so helpful in planning my trip to sardinia! We are coming over in june after visiting Rome and venice and we have chosen itinerary 8 to be the one we are going to follow and jiggle a little! We’re spending 8 days! Do you recommend anything specific in the cala gonone and baunei area to do? Apart from take in the amazing scenery and beaches!
    Thank you Holly

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      Hey Holly! Glad you find it useful 🙂 All the Golfo di Orosei is fantastic, I definitely recommend a visit to Baunei to check out the Altiplano and the Golgo (su Gorroppu), but trust me, in 8 days you will already have plenty of activities, from visiting the beaches and the trek to Cala Goloritze, seeing Dorgali village, Su Gologone, the boat trip (I would do it twice, once asking to stay the whole day at Cala Mariolu and get picked up by the boat when they finish and the second time to check out all the beaches).

      I’m sure you will have an amazing time!
      Cheers

      Clelia

  15. Dear Clelia!

    This is excellent piece of work! Thank You for sharing all this information’s with us.

    I would have couple questions for You, If You don’t mind.

    Right now, I am wondering about trip to Sardinia. We have booked flights to Rome and we thought that relax in Sardinia after exhausting sightseeing would be great.

    We plan to spend in Sardinia one week, mostly on relax at beaches so our first choice was Itinerary #2 | NORTH WEST SARDINIA.

    I read a lot about Sardinia and I have some questions for You about Your proposal. So, 2 days in Alghero is it enough? What about Maria Pia beach? Is it worth our time? Or maybe is it better to spend this time in Stintino? At beginning our plans included one week in Alghero and small trips to Stintino and Bosa for 1 day each. Is it wrong idea?

    I would like to ask You about boat trips/cruises to see for example Neptuno Cave. Would You recommend smth like this? I know that this is possible from Alghero, I dont know if theres any possible trips like that from Stintino.

    And finally Sardinia By Bus & Train: Moving Around The Island Without A Car!
    Honestly I don’t know if we need rented car. In our plans, we prefered to relax on beaches and taste a bit of Sardinia’s night life. So whats about public transport? Airport transport shouldn’t be a problem i suppose, but what with normal transport from Alghero to Stintino/Bosa? Are we going to find any connections? Or not? 😛

    Sorry for my english 🙂 I tried my best tho 😛

    With greeting,
    Tom

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      Hey Tom! Ok, let’s see if I can reply to all your questions 🙂

      1) If you want to relax on a beach, then stay put in one place is a good idea.
      2) Alghero is a good base as being a large city has the easiest connections to the airport, Bosa, Stintino etc
      3) Daily trips to Stintino and Bosa from Alghero by public transport are not a bad idea.
      4) To get to la Pelosa Beach (marvelous!) you can get a private bus which will take around one hour, here is the link to their timetable, you can also see the other routes to and from the airport
      5) If I had to choose one beach I’d go for Stintino la Pelosa and if you are willing to travel FROM there to the other places, I would actually set the base in Stintino rather than Alghero, but that’s my personal preference as I would stay the whole day at the beach and go back and forth would bother me a bit if I didn’t have a car.
      6) There are tours to the Nettuno grotto, you can get there by boat or with the stairs, so it’s definitely doable even without the car

      I hope it helped!
      Cheers 🙂

      Clelia

  16. Hi Clelia,
    LOVE your site. I am actually a travel blogger, so I totally understand the work that goes into a site like this. Well done!

    My friend and I are coming into Sardinia (Cagliari) on June 30th and have to depart the morning of June 5th. So 6 days. I’ve read all of your itineraries and it sounds like you love the north and east.
    We are ambitious travelers- we like to see a lot in a little time.

    Given our time constraints (I also gathered the island is much bigger than I realize), which itinerary should first time Sardinian explorers do if we are flying in and out of Cagliari? Should we just stay in the south- or is the north so great and worth going up to explore?

    Thanks a million!
    Dre

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      Hey Adrienne! Oh I0m so glad you realize how much work there is behind all this 🙂 Anyway, back to your questions!
      If you have 6 days it’s rather tricky. As you pointed out, Sardinia is big and you can either see as many things as you can possibly fit in but not really enjoy them to the fullest or choose less and soak in the experience.

      I would definitely go with the second option. Not sure where you are from but you could always come back for more another time as many people do 😉
      If you arrive and depart from Cagliari, the best advice I can give is to explore the beauty of the south. I know I push the east coast a lot, but I’m from the south so for me all that beauty is maybe taken for granted a bit and you could split up your days visiting both sides: The Chia/Tuerredda part (on the south-west) and the Villasimius/Costa rei part on the (south-east).

      They are both trips that the locals regularly do in one day during the weekends when they are waiting for the proper holidays. I made them several times and it’s not that bad. Since you seem to be pretty active and don’t mind moving around, you can also visit Nora ruins on the way to Chia and take your time to also explore Cagliari, which is a truly enchanting city with beautiful viewpoints.

      All in all, I’d say, leave the east coast for a second visit to Sardinia and enjoy the beauty of the south! There is also a nice day boat trip departing from Villasimius that is worth checking out and all that part of the coast is amazing, coming from Cagliari by car, take the panoramic route and you won’t be disappointed, filled with small coves and breathtaking landscapes of cliffs over the sea. I LOVE that route, it is an experience for itself. Just be careful as there are quite a few U-turns to make, so go slow and enjoy the ride!

      Hope this helps! By the way, I’m also going back to Villasimius this year and can’t wait!

      Cheers
      Clelia

  17. Hello! Can you please tell me if 4-5 nights in Sardinia will be ok to visit the most beautiful beaches?? Which ones you recommend if I have only max 5 nights in the island?
    Please let me know
    Thanks!
    Natalia

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      Hi Natalia!

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂 In 4-5 days, rushing a bit… you could see a few nice beaches for sure but not the entire perimeter of Sardinia 🙂
      Whatever part you decide to explore, it certainly offers some of the top beaches in the world, I can guarantee you that!

      I’m from the south and my favorites in there are Tuerredda, Chia beach, Villasimius/costa rei and surroundings. If you decide for the northeast, the best are : cala Mariolu, Cala Sisine, Cala Biriola (you can see them all in one day if you want via boat trip), or go further north near Cannigione/Arzachena and discover the marvels of Cala di Volpe and Romazzino, with a boat trip to the Archipelago Della Maddalena and a day trip to Santa Teresa di Gallura.
      On the west coast, you could visit San Giovanni di Sinis, Is Aruttas and the lovely panoramic Nebida.

      As you can see, you have plenty of choices but I recommend to choose ONE area and stick with that otherwise it becomes super stressful and you won’t truly enjoy any of these amazing beaches!

      Cheers
      Clelia

  18. Hi, Love the site and hope to utilise as many of your suggestions as possible.

    I have not quite found what we need though and I throw down our gauntlet!

    I’m planning to fly into Olbia and ferry out of Cagliari to travel to Naples. We will hire a car and travel south over 5 or 6 days. We would like to include a horseride, a nature hike and a beautiful spa!!!! Maybe one night at a beach destination and also an agritourism.

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      Hey Denise, sorry late reply as I was on vacation (weird huh?!) 😀

      Let’s see!

      1)Horseride: There are a few places I tried a while ago, one was near Chia beach where I rode a horse on the beach at sunset (fabulous experience!),

      2)Nature hike: this is a no brainer, the Golfo di Orosei is the place to be, from hiking to Cala Goloritze or Su Gorroppu, Cala Biriola or the Gennargentu mountains, you will have plenty of options, all beautiful.

      3) Spa: There are plenty of resorts that offer Spa treatment in their facilities when I want to find one I usually go for a filter on Booking.com to narrow down my choice. I don’t know a specific one in Sardinia, but I’m currently working on it, as before recommend anything I need to try it first!

      4) Night at the beach: I’d say it’s almost impossible if you mean camping. It was legal back in the day, now you could be heavily fined if you are found on a beach sleeping even with a sleeping bag and no tent.

      5) Agritourism: Golfo di Orosei area is again the best place in my opinion. If you want a taste of real Sardinia, check out Baunei (also convenient for the hiking trails) or Dorgali, you will find some super lovely ones in there and I’m sure the owners will be able to direct you to the other activities you want to try (like horse riding and hiking in particular, but also places to eat or buy local food etc)

      Cheers
      Clelia

  19. Hi!

    Thanks for all the information, it’s trully awesome and really useful!

    Sorry to post it here, but I’ve noticed the “Itinerary details” of the North East Sardinhia trip are empty and I would really like to see them.

    Thanks,
    David

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      Hey David, all the details for the itineraries are still work in progress, trying my best but doing all by myself it take a lot of work and time! I’ll do my best to add the details asap!

      Cheers
      Clelia

  20. Ciao Clelia

    many thanks for such a resourceful site!

    I am considering Itinerary 8, but the links to the details do not work – can you help?
    Also I am planning to come in 2 weeks on the week before Pasqua – could you recommend any interesting related celebrations to attend while in the area?

    Many many thanks for your help,
    Celine

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      Hi Celine! Sorry, I’m still working to add the details, that’s wy you can’t see them yet. Regarding the celebrations, if you come to the week before Pasqua, on Sunday there is the catholic ritual in basically every church where people gather to get the benediction of the palm leaves/decorations. If you decide for Itinerary 8, this is definitely something I would recommend to see in one of the traditional villages like Dorgali, Orosei, or if you can make it, Baunei is even better. There are some other specific celebrations in that period but this one is definitely something to consider to see the real Italy and the real traditions in Sardinia (whether you are a catholic or not, as its part of the culture). Also, if you are still around during ” La Settimana Santa” you will also able to witness to “la via Crucis”, a traditional catholic procession held 3 days before Pasqua. In some villages is truly beautiful to watch!

      I love Itinerary 8, and I’ll try to work on it but unfortunately, being the sole owner of the website I barely have the time to reply to the many comments. Not sure whether you already had a look at it but there is another guide I wrote, this time is finished with all the details, and even if it was referred to couples it’s become a comprehensive guide on Sardinia and it might help you out as I also talk about some of the areas you want to explore.

      Hope it helps
      Cheers
      Clelia

  21. Hi!

    Thanks for this informative webpage – so useful!

    I am planning Itinerary #1 and was wondering if you can suggest a good wine/vine yard tour? It will be my boyfriends first Italian trip and I think the Italian wine is the best so would love him to experience this.

    Thanks

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      Hey Megan, thanks for stopping by! Sardinia is well known for its famous wines such as “Cannonau” and “Vermentino di Sardegna” just to name a few! I’m not a super-expert in wines but being Sardinian, my father and relatives introduced me to them and all I know is that they are super strong for me. One glass and I’m out 🙂
      Also, I have good news for your boyfriend as if you choose the itinerary n.1, about 10km away from Cala Gonone (20 min by car more or less), you can’t miss the small village of Dorgali which happens to have a winery that offers tours in the vineyard, the wine cellar and wine degustation. The name is Cantina Sociale di Dorgali – Via Piemonte 11 – Dorgali (NU) here you can find the link to their website (finally they are starting to create them in English too, yayyy!)

      I hope this helps and have a fantastic time in Sardinia 🙂

  22. Hi, i just want to say thankyou so much for this,
    i had such unrealistic goals that would have ruined the time i had most likely.
    im going to cagliari in the second week of july this year, i just wanted to know if the sardinia south itinerary will have the details added?

    just because im terrible with navigation!
    Thanks again! <3

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      Hey Melody, I’m trying to fill in the details for the itineraries but it’s taking me longer than I expected, I hope I they will be ready soon! The south of Sardinia is marvelous!

  23. Thank you so much! This is extremely detailed and helpful. We are looking to travel to Sardinia for our honeymoon in early July and want to stay away from the massive crowds, but also love crystal clear waters/white sand beaches and can splurge a bit on hotels. We will be in Sardinia for 7 days. Would you recommend any other hotels that are luxury?

    Thank you for all of your help!
    Natalie

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      Hey Natalie, Congratulations on your Honeymoon! Early July might still be a good time to visit as the massive crowds come more towards mid July and the peak is certainly August so you might be able to escape them. Especially if you can splurge on a fancy hotel (hey it’s your honeymoon after all!), they usually have a private beach, swimming pools and all.

      For the north I would recommend two of my absolute favorite hotels: Hotel Pitrizza and Hotel Cala di Volpe, They are nearby some of the most enchanting beaches in Sardinia, so if you rent a car you can explore them very easily, as well as rent a boat for the incredible trip to La Maddalena Archipelago (not to be missed!!)

      If I had to choose, I would go for one of these two (and I’m VERY picky!!!) 😀
      Cheers and I hope you have a great time in Sardinia!

      Clelia

  24. Can I just say this is so amazing , the way you have done it by region and the details ! It definitely help ALOT especially considering how big Sardinia is and people don’t realise. Thanks so much for all your effort!

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      1. I agree with Viv, the article is great, as well as the guide Sardinia for couples. They will both be of great use in our soon to be honeymoon :). Can you please tell me if the details for each itinerary are also available? It shows nothing when I click the button, but I understood from Viv’s comment that the details are amazing. Thank you for all your help!

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          Hey! Thanks for the lovely comment, I’m super late with the details for each itinerary…trying to fill in the info but it’s taking longer than I thought! You can scroll the comment section as I give some more detailed info on certain areas in there (just need to copy them in the article really!!) Have a great time in my paradise Island! Cheers

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  25. Hey, I’m arriving to Olbia and leaving from Alghero, last week of june. I will be there for 7 days, what itinerary would you recommend? Thank you! great blog!

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      Hey Belen, sorry for the late reply! As for the itinerary, I’d suggest the n.3 “North Sardinia”, as you will be starting from Olbia and then you will easily reach Alghero from Costa Paradiso! This is one of the ideal itineraries for people who arrive in Olbia and fly out from Alghero 🙂

  26. Hi Clelia

    Wow this blog is amazing! Thank you, this is going to make my planning for Sardinia that much easier. I have forwarded this link onto my friends who will soon also be planning trips here.

    I will be travelling with my good friend late June 2017. I am tossing up on either your North East or East Coast itineraries, which one would you recommend over the other?

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      Hey Hannah, I’m super late in replying to all the comments! Ok If I had to choose one (but that’s just my preference) I would go for the East coast itinerary. I love nature and there is so much to see in there, as it’s a combination of mountains, canyons and obviously beautiful beaches and sea.

  27. Hello Clelia!

    I’m traveling to Sardinia in mid September and since you look like the expert of this beautiful island, I have a question 🙂

    We are staying at La Sorgente (agriturismo) in Castiadas, for a week. We will rent a car in Cagliari, so getting around is not a problem. The only problem is that we have to come back to the ”hotel” every night for diner. We are used to travel long distance, so we had planned to go to many places (30 min. to 3h of travel). But as I travel through your blog, it seems like am a bit optimistic about my vacation haha. I think I should scale down the destinations. So here was my plan (1 day each) :

    – Villasimus (Punta Molentis, Porto Giunco or Mari Pintau)
    – Oristano (Punta Is Arutas, Tharros and Capo S. Marco)
    – Chia (Tuerreda, the scenic road Costa del Sud and Nora)
    – Supramonte (SS125 (for the view), Cala Gonone)
    – Barumini (Su Nuraxi)
    – Isola di Sant’Antioco (Nido dei Passeri, Calasetta, Cala Lunga)

    Is that possible or I’m trying the impossible ? 🙂
    Which area should I let go?

    Thanks in advance!

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      Sorry Dominik! I’ve been completely overwhelmed by messages about Sardinia, so sometimes I miss a few of them. I hope you had a great time in my paradise Island 🙂

  28. Hi !! Thank you so much for your work in this article! I’m going with my family in October and we only have 5 days in Sardinia. Actually, we didn’t get a ferry from Corsica, I don’t know if they still work in that date or we have to get there and see what we get. We love beaches but the quiet ones, and we LOVE nature :); hikking, trekking, everything. So my question is.. what do you recommend for a 5/6 day trip from the north and ending the 16th in Cagliari to go to Sicily?
    Thank you very much!!
    🙂

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      Once again… sorry if I missed some messages. I am trying to create a specific page where I will offer a more in-depth consultancy for a small fee as otherwise, I feel bad that I miss your comments and replying to everyone in more than 10 articles is becoming nearly impossible 🙂 Thanks for your patience everyone!

  29. Hi there, wanted your advice on the best areas to go for 1 week in early June. Going to go with my good friend, and we are after idyllic beach spots, could possibly dabble in a some beach activities, surrounded by great food and drinks and perhaps a little shopping. In summary we just want a chilled relaxing beach getaway. I haven’t booked flights yet, so flexible as to which airport we are to fly into, and plan on renting a car. Appreciate your help.

    Thanks

    Hannah

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  30. Hi Clelia, first off, thanks for the great information,

    my wife and I are coming to Sardinia as part of our honeymoon for six nights on September 18th and reading through this blog, we diced to go with the cala galone route.

    We are 30 year olds, looking to explore the beautiful beaches and eat great food and a few nights of going out for drinks.

    Would you recommend splitting the trip 3 nights in Galone and 3 nights in San Teodoro or should we stay longer in Galone.

    I’m thinking that we will be exploring the beaches around Galone, maybe a stop in oresei

    I see that Teodoro has a more lively nightlife and also beautiful beaches.

    Thanks in advance,
    Sasha

  31. Hi Clelia,

    what a great website in the jungle of information regarding Sardinia! It has helped already a lot to plan our trip to Sardinia.

    My boyfriend and me are flying into Olbia on the 24th September and leaving from there as well on the 2nd October. We have decided that we would like quite relaxing holidays without rush. So will definitely head to Cala Gonone to experience all these wonderful beaches. But 8 days there might be too much and as your #1 itinerary suggests, we were thinking of splitting the time and spending 3-4 nights in San Teodoro as well. But to our understanding, this is mostly for beaches as well. Given that we arrive late September and that the weather might be less predictable and not so warm, would you be able to suggest an alternative, where we could find some nature/things to see if the weather is not suitable for the beach? We will be renting a car for the whole stay, so would not mind to drive. Thanks in advance!

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      Hi Egle! Actually, I think that going to the Cala Gonone/Orosei area for 8 days is perfect for what you need. Not only you can enjoy the beaches but if the weather is not good on some days, the area is perfect for other activities, like visiting the Gorge in the Gennargentu area, the beautiful Baunei village and su Gologone. All incredible places immersed in nature. This is actually why that area is my favorite, as it really has it all, from beaches to culture and wild nature. Not to mention genuine Sardinian food and people! My brother just came back from 8 days in a small villa (in the north part of Sardinia) and they didn’t change location. They simply used the car to explore other areas. Is a lot less stressful and you will never get bored!

      Since you are renting the car, I think that 8 days in the Orosei area would be very relaxing and interesting!
      Hope this help

      Cheers
      Clelia

  32. Hi there,

    I’m planning a trip to Italy next year for summer 2017 around July. Me and 2 or 3 friends in ours 20’s 23-24 years old. We would love to visit Sardinia, where would it be best to fly from Rome? I think either itinerary number 3 or 4 would be suitable for really nice beaches? I’m wanting to just relax and swim in really nice turquoise waters at the beach, tan, and eat good food and drink a couple cocktails. would you recommend itinerary 3 would be best? We are looking at some Air BnBs close walking distance to beach but we will hire a car to get around the island.

  33. Dear Clelia!

    Thank you so much for putting this comprehensive guide together. We’ve been wanting to visit Sardinia for a while – and finally going this year. We’ve been trying to figure out what the weather is like in late September – early October (our travel dates are Sep 24 – Oct 5). Do you think we would still be able to swim if we go to the southern part of the island?..

    Many thanks in advance for your advice!

    Daria

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      Hi Daria! Thanks for stopping by! As for the weather… ah! I wish I could tell you for sure 🙂 What I know is based on my experience, being a local in here. So, this summer so far has been very unpredictable and slightly less hot than what we are used to experience here in Sardinia. Last night I was on my balcony (my family lives in South Sardinia) and there was a cool breeze, which is quite unusual for July. That said, the weather is obviously still good, warm and sunny most of the days now, it starts to change at the beginning of September becoming less hot and a bit more unpredictable.

      At the end of September the temperatures are around 20/22 degrees as average (some years more some other years less). There could be days when it’s cold and days when you can go to the beach and swim. As I said, quite unpredictable, so coming at the end of September is a bet, but it’s a lot less expensive, that’s for sure. And if you are in luck and have sunny days, the beaches will be almost completely deserted.

      Hope it helps!
      Cheers

      Clelia

  34. Dear Clelia, my goodness, you have done a phenomenal job compiling the guides! The texts and photos are incredible!
    I wanted to ask for your advise, as I am trying to compile two of your itineraries in one for a trip that is about a month away.
    My bf and I are planning to get to Olbia on the 26th of August and drive directly to Santa Teresa Gallura, where to set our exploration base for the next 5 days.
    Within those 5 days, I was thinking of taking a couple of day trips to Maddalena Archipelago and Bonifacio. But spend most of the time in the neighbourhood beaches. I heard that the local beach called Tahiti is good, is there any other place that I could look into?
    After that Im not sure, if we should change the base to Alghero or Bosa? I found good Airbnb options in both those locations and quite hesitant of which one to pick. Would you be so kind and let me know your thoughts on the perfect option.
    Many thanks in advance for your time!

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      Hi Irena

      Santa Teresa is a great choice! I had one reader who emailed me telling me that they had the time of their life in Santa Teresa di Gallura!
      Apart for La Rena Bianca which is the main beach and obviously Tahiti, there are so many places you can visit if you have a car. Santa Teresa is strategically located so that you can visit other nearby areas, such as the beautiful beaches near Palau/ Costa Smeralda. They are paradise and you don’t even have to spend a lot on a place in Porto Cervo (which is quite expensive).

      Other than Santa Teresa, You could go to Alghero and visit Stintino. If you want to book extra activities near Alghero, I strongly suggest you to contact Gabriella, (I wrote a page about her services as she loves the island as much as I do and she is a real expert in the Alghero area!) you can read it in here.

      Bosa Marina is a nice village, but Alghero might be a better choice for you, considering that you can drive there more easily from Santa Teresa.

      Hope it helps!
      Clelia

  35. I’m planning a 2 week trip with my husband to Sardinia this October. We plan to drive, fly into one airport and out of another (any of the three major airports are a possibility). We would like to see as much of the island as possible and still enjoy some down time. Although we enjoy the beach and costal scenery, we will not be spending the day there.
    I looked at your one week itineraries and thought possibly I should combine 2 or 3?
    Thanks for your help.

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      Hi Carol,

      Yes in 2 weeks, you can definitely combine 2 Itineraries (I won’t say 3 unless you really want to rush things!). Also note that being October, you might not be able to swim anymore as the water gets cold and the weather is more unpredictable than in August/September.Also the possibility to book a boat trip in October are limited or none, depending on the weather conditions. But if you want to visit Sardinia not just for the beaches, then October can be an amazing month for you!

      Hope this helps!
      Cheers
      Clelia

      1. Thanks Celia,
        Unfortunately I was unable to go last October, but plan to try again maybe this May.
        I love your site and am sure I can structure a trip that will be great.
        Grazie per tutto.

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          Hey Carol, glad you are finally able to make it to Sardinia, I hope you’ll have an amazing time in paradise! I will be back for a month or so to visit my family in July and I can’t wait! (and I’m living in another Paradise, Mexico.. but Sardinia will always be Sardinia!)

  36. Hi Clelia. Excellent post by the way 🙂

    We are travelling in 3 (couple + baby 2yrs) and the itinerary 4 seems to be perfect as I’d like to drive less in order to have more time to relax on the beaches and so on. We’ll be going to Italy in August for 1 week. Do you think we could stay based in a place only and from there visit all places around or should we book different hotels?

    Also, any chance to have the itinerary details tab working any time soon so that we could see your suggestions?

    Thank you!

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      Hey Emerson, I’m desperately trying to fill in the details for each itinerary in time but it’s a tough job as I run this blog all by myself and people have no idea on how many behind the scenes things you have to do to keep it running 🙂 Anyway, for your question, I think it’s definitely better to chose a base, rent a car and take day drives. One week is worth it if you want to relax and considering that you have a baby is also less stressful for everyone. Anyway, I will try to fill in the details asap but I can’t guarantee that 100%.

      Cheers
      Clelia

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      1. We are coming a week from today! Yay!
        Any chance you will have some southern itineraries up this week? 🙂
        Thank you

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          Hey Ben, auch… I’m so late with updating the article, so I’m not sure I’m going to make it before you are here! Doing all by myself is quite challenging :/

  37. Hello 🙂

    Thank you for this post! My boyfriend and I are visiting Sardegna from the 21st to the 28th August. We’re flying to Olbia so I think the first itinerary is the best for us. Am I right? So now we’re looking for an Airbnb or hotel to stay at during a week. In which place should we stay?

    Cheers,
    Sílvia

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      Hi Silvia!
      I guess you want to stay one week in a place as a base, right? If so… all the three areas mentioned in the fist itinerary ar amazing! San Teodoro/ Budoni are much closer to the airport, so if you don’t want to drive too much around maybe that could be your right choice but don’t miss Cala Gonone for any reason!!! 😀 I put my suggestions for the hotel in here, if you haven’t booked yet, you can see what’s still available! Good Luck and have a great stay in Sardinia 🙂

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          Hi Silvia

          I checked out the house, the location is OK, not central though so you’ll need the car to go and get the groceries etc, but Budoni is quite small, so I think it might be a good choice for you 🙂

  38. Dear Clelia

    It’s really amazing how much work you’ve done to create the guide and itineraries – they are absolutly the best I’ve found We will definitly use it-at the end of june we are visiting your paradise for the second time! Thank you! E.

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      Thank you so much for your comment E! I apologise again as I still haven’t finished them, but I’m juggling 10 things together lately! I’m glad you’re visiting again my lovely Island! I hope you’ll have a great time 🙂

      Cheers
      Clelia

  39. Hello,
    When I click on the ‘itenerary’, no details expand/collapse at all. I have tried on two different computers as well. I am very interested in the Itinerary #1 | SARDINIA NORTH-EAST COAST (1 week)
    Thank you for your help!
    Ben

    Itinerary #1 | SARDINIA NORTH-EAST COAST

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      Hi Ben, Yes I know, the article is still work in progress (it’s taking a while, sorry about that!) The itineraries should be ready by the end of next week!

      1. Great! Thank you!
        We are coming on the 18th, would love to see it before so we can use it to plan. 🙂 Thank you so much for the site and for your efforts!!

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          Hi Ben, I’ll do my best!! So much to do all by myself. Sorry that I posted the article without the details but I thought I could already give people an idea of what I think is feasible 🙂

  40. i may have been absent minded but the beautiful area of Ogliastra deserves a special description which i could not find

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      Hi Angela
      Thanks for stopping by! You are right, there is no detailed description in the article (YET), as I said at the very beginning in red, I’m still working on this guide and the itinerary part which cover basically everything that there is to see and to do in a certain location is still work in progress. Not to mention that I stated in the intro of my itinerary N.8 that The Golfo di Orosei is my absolute favorite, and I also already talk extensively about Gala Gonone and its surroundings in another article here.

      I love Ogliastra and for me is the best in Sardinia, that’s why I’m taking my time to write a comprehensive guide, don’t worry, I will cover that area not only here but in many other places on my website. If you have any suggestion or recommendation (I gather that you might be Sardinian, given your name) 🙂 feel free to mention them! I always love to hear from other people who love Sardinia as much as I do!

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  47. Ciao Clelia,

    I love your website. There are many important informations for me and my trip to Sardinia. I am from Slovakia and I have got my uncle and cousin in Italy and I love this country! I love italian food, italian weather, italian people and their mentality. However, the best place in Italy is Sardegna! I was there 8 years ago and I falled in love. Beautiful place! I want live there! This autumn 10-20.9. I with my boyfriend will go to Sardegna again. I am really happy. 10 days in paradise. Could you recommend me some places or itinerary for 10 days holidays? Our airport is Alghero and we want booking car. What about prices low cost accomodation (no camp) and car rental in September? Thank you very much!

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      Hi Bety, I’m glad you liked Sardinia so much that you would like to live here 🙂
      As for your question, September is an ideal month to book your holidays, and for the Itinerary, it really all depends on what you want to do (relax, activities, beaches, hiking, biking?)
      I suggest you have a look at my article “Sardinia for couples” as there is a section dedicated to Alghero where you can stay for a few days and then continue either on the west coast or move to the east coast and leave from Olbia airport. So I would split the holiday in 5+5 days each one in a different coast (or the North of Sardinia anyways).

      That article is quite comprehensive and gives you an idea of what are the other places you could visit on the east coast too!

      Cheers
      Clelia

      1. Thanx Clelia,

        I was looking at new article – 1 week itinerary. Clelia, it is really awesome. Your website was a big inspiration for me and my itinerary. We will rent a car (I hope in Fiat 500, I love it!) and I would like to stay 2 days in Alghero, then 2 days in Bosa and last days of my holiday in Cabras. From Cabras we can make lot of trips with or without car, I think:). This year I explore west coast and next year I look foward to great beaches in the east. I can not wait! Btw. Ho iniziato a imparare l’italiano questo mese:)
        O, Clelia please, can you write me some tipical sardinian food, that I have a taste? Thank you very much. Ciao!

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          Hi Bety! so great to see that you are learning Italian, well done!!! I’m glad to know that the article, although I still have to add some parts to it, helped you and I also like your Itinerary! As for typical Sardinian food …Ohh where do I start??! 🙂 Try “spaghetti alla bottarga”, seadas (typical Sardinian dessert), Flan di latte (another dessert but it’s a bit more difficult to find in the restaurants), “Sa Panada” (this is actually a dish that was invented in my village!), culurgiones, malloreddus and all the seafood dishes! Not to mention (if you like pork meat) the famous “maialetto sardo“. Other typical sardinian products are the famous cheese and wine combination (Pecorino Sardo and Cannonau).

          Enjoy all these delicious dishes, and don’t forget to ask for a Mirto at the end of the meal to digest all this food!! 🙂

  48. Hi!

    I have been trying to read your answers, but Its so much information, so forgive me if you have already answered this question.

    My husbond and I are planning to go to Sardinia the last week of july. We have already booked 3 days in Cala Gonone, and have 3 more days to spend another place south or west on the island.

    I have read about Pula and Bosa. Which one do you recommend if we want easy access to the beaches and laid-back atmosphere without the big party/nightlife? We will rent a car, but would stay close to the beach… Maybe you have another suggestion for us?

    Thanks for this blog! Its awesome 🙂

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      Thanks Christian and sorry for my late reply, I hope you’ll manage to read my answer as you still have time to plan. So if you stay in Cala Gonone and want to change for the south (or for the west coast) you need to consider that it takes at least 2 hours to reach Bosa and 3/4 hours to reach Pula, so I’d say the best bet would be Bosa, which is a lovely Village, even if the sea in my opinion is not comparable with the east coast but it’s still nice and the atmosphere is incredible, so it is definitely worth a visit!

      Cheers
      Clelia

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

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      Hi Lara, sorry for the late reply… not sure if I can still help as I don’t see which month you decided to visit?

  50. Hi Clelia! Congratulations on your blog! It’s really well organized, and it has a lot of detailed information, at least for the Sardinia island.

    I’m planning my one week itinerary for Sardinia, where I’m going with a friend for a week.

    We fly direct from Madrid. We arrive to Cagliari on Saturday the 29th of August, and return from the same place on Sunday the 6th of September.

    What do you reckon about the following plan? It look very busy to be honest!

    Saturday – Cagliari, rent a car, walk around, go out that night.
    Sunday 30 – beaches nearby: Chia, Portopino area. Maybe Villasimius for afternoon/evening?
    Monday 31 – drive to Cala Gonone area. Hoping from cala to cala. Maybe renting a zodiac for that?
    Tuesday 1 – Cala Goloritze trek & day trip.
    Wednesday 2, Thursday 3, Friday 4 – San Teodoro, Porto Rotondo, Porto Cervo, Poltu Quatu, Baja Sardinia, La Maddalena archipielago, Rosa beach at Isla Budelli, Santa Teresa Gallura. I have to dig more into what to see these days.
    Saturday 5 – Stintino (Pelosa beach) & Porto Torres. Maybe Alguero? Drive to Cagliari
    Sunday 6 – return car and fly back.

    Thanks so much for your help!

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      So Sorry Roberto, I’ve totally missed your comment! I hope you had a great time in Sardinia and, just as a reference for other people reading…the itinerary suggested is wayyy too busy in my opinion. I recommend (for 1 week) 1 max 2 places and not far away from each other (maximum 2 hrs drive from each other).

  51. Wow!!! Quite impressed with the blog and your answers Clelia! Thanks so much for your work.

    I’m going with a friend from Sat 29th of August and until Sun 6th of September.

    First plan, after an afternoon reading websites (glad to know what you think about!!!):

    Sat 29: arriving to Cagliari early morning. Hotel, rent car, seeing Cagliari, night there.
    Sun 30: driving to Golfo di Orosei. Cala Goloritze trek.
    Mon 31: zodiak cala sight seeing (Cala Liberotto, Grotte Blue Marino, Cala Gonone)
    Tue 1: drive to Porto Cervo area. La Maddalena boat trip (Rosa beach at Isla Budelli?)
    Wed 2: Beach day. San Teodoro?
    Thu 3 and Fri 4: Stintino (Pelosa beach), Porto Torres, Alghero.
    Sat 5: Chia and back to Cagliari.
    Sun 6: flight back from Cagliari.

    Maybe three days in Porto Cervo area and only one in Alghero area?
    Maybe three days in Cala Gonone and three days in Porto Cervo areas, and none in Alguero/Chia areas?

    We’ll need to invite you to a few drinks if we can see you around there 😀

    Thanks, regards,
    Roberto.

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  52. Ciao Clelia, I just want to congratulate for your blog! I am Sardinian as you and I live abroad (unfortunately my job is not cool as yours though!). I discovered your blog while helping a friend to plan his trip to Sardinia. There are many websites about Sardinia but I found your blog rich of useful and practical tips and at the same time simple and easy to read. Your are doing an amazing job…please keep going!

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      Thanks Valentina, what a lovely message, I’ll try my best! lately I felt guilty as I was traveling and I couldn’t reply to the many messages I constantly receive. I love helping people to discover my beautiful Island and I have no intention to stop 🙂

  53. Hi Clelia,

    What a great website is this..thanksss a lot..

    I need your advises. Me and my friend will be Cagliari on 2-3-4 July.
    Should we rent a car or public transportation is enough?

    We are very curious about the island. But I don’t know which beaches are reachable from Cagliari?
    What have to do in this city?Where are the strange places?
    about nights?
    and of course about foods 🙂

    could you help me to plan these 3 daysin cagliari? I couldn’t arrange in order all the things in 3 days :S without enough information like someone from island 😉

    **btw I am trying to subscribe but I did not recieve any e-mail.

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      Hey Tugce, thanks for your comment, I’m glad you find the info on my website useful! 🙂
      If you didn’t check it out already, I suggest you to have a look at my article for couples in Sardinia (even if you are not looking for a romantic gateway, that guide is massive and it has a whole chapter about Cagliari with the closest beaches, restaurants, things to do and accommodation), you can find it in here.

      Let me know if you need further help!
      Cheers
      Cle

  54. Hi Clelia,

    Props for your awesome website. I am Wendy 27 y/o and want to travel Sardegna with my gf for ten days or so. So Ive been checking websites today while i was procrastinating my work, but i couldnt find practical information until i landed on your blog. Really great info, yay, thanks!
    As for me I like to travel without any plans (usually i only book a flight) and on a very low budget but my gf wants to travel with a strict itinerary. So we have to plan this one carefully;) We wanna see as much as possible without rushing. We land 19 sept in the evening in Olbia and fly back on the 29th from Olbia as well. We want to rent a car. So there the ingredients for an awesome roadtrip. Before Id seen ur website i thought it was a good idea to stay at the shore in Olbia for two days. then drive south to orosei stay there two days continue: muravera – cagliari – arbus – bosa – stintino – olbia. But i dont know if its a good plan and maybe it is not even realistic. The thing we really want to see are the salt lakes and flamingo’s 😉 and the awesome beaches u mentioned on the east coast. I guess for that its best to stay in Cala Gonono then? Also we dont wanna miss Stintino and Cagliari. I really would love to stay in the city. And i read some about the dunes on the westcoast near Montevvechio. After reading more of ur info i came to the conclusion we also cant miss Maddalena as well. My god, there are so many beautiful places, i dont know any more :$ and i dont wanna google too much cause i dont wanna ruin the experience by having some expectations. So I was hoping u can help us out a little bit on the itinerary, give some advice on a well balanced schedule between beach and some nature / culture (by car).
    Thanks in advance!!

    – W.

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      Hi Wendy, thanks for stopping by!
      Since you’re traveling to Sardinia in September I’m still in time to give you some suggestions tips in the next few days, stay tuned! 🙂

  55. Hey Clelia,

    I came across your page and fell in love with Sardinia before I even arrive.
    My friend and I are planning a short trip to Sardinia in mid-July. We have a busy itinerary for our 5-day stay since we want to see as much as we can. We will start our journey in Alghero, drive up to Stintino, then Santa Teresa and two days in the Cala Gonone area and back to Alghero. Thanks to your posts this route came to life 🙂 I was wondering if you could recommend some boat trip companies for the 1-day trip to the Cala Mariolu beach. Would really appreciate your help!

    Greetings from Germany

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      Hey Caroline, sorry I completely missed a few comments in here as I was traveling non stop. I hope you’re having a great time in Sardinia!

  56. Hi Clelia,
    I’ve really enjoyed your guide to Sardinia! There are just too many options!
    My friend and I are hiring a car and we are keen to explore the West coast – somewhere between Alghero and Cagliari. We just want to base ourselves somewhere so then we can go to different beaches. Staying very close to one beach would be great, but we are also keen to explore. We are going in July and hoping that side of the island will be less touristy and hopefully cheaper?
    So the question is where should we look for somewhere to stay on the west side of the island?
    Thanks!
    Erin

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      Hey Erin, I guess I’m too late now to reply to your questions! Unfortunately when I am traveling is difficult to catch up with all the messages and emails I receive about Sardinia. I wish you a smashing holiday in my beautiful Island 🙂

  57. Hi there,

    My boyfriend and I have been struggling to find any decent information on Sardinia until we found your site! Love it, so helpful and has been giving us great ideas for far! 🙂

    We are travelling this friday the 22, till the 27th. We are flying in and out of Alghero. Since we don’t have a huge amount of time, we would love a few recommendations of beaches/must see/not to miss spots! We ideally want to camp (or cheap accommodation) and are looking to chill out. Also is there anywhere to buy a cheap tent?

    Thanks 🙂

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      Hi Leah,

      Sorry I’ve been overwhelmed by requests and I must have missed your message!If you arrive in Alghero I suggest to visit the beaches of La Pelosa, le Bombarde and check out for camping areas (but I’m afraid there is nothing much near Alghero) you’ll have to move towards the North East to find something decent. As for the tent, there are shops in Alghero where you can find a cheap one, but the campings also allow you to get one for a cheap price directly in there

      I hope it helps!! I don’t know what budget do you have but you can check out here, for Alghero, as they have pretty good deals for accommodation and here for Stintino

      Cheers 🙂

  58. Hi Cle,

    What a great blog!

    I would love to get some recommendations from you, as me and boyfriend are visiting Sardinia in two weeks for 4 days.

    We are staying in Porto Cervo, and I was hoping you could give us some tips about what we could visit/do during the day – as we would like to explore some beautiful beaches, but also do some sight and activities too.

    We will be hiring a car, so we don’t mind venturing out a bit further!

    During the evening we are hoping to enjoy the nightlife/restaurants – if you have any favourite places to go I would love to hear them!

    I would really appreciate any tips, advice and information about Porto Cervo, and surrounding areas like Coast Smeralda.

    Many thanks! S xxx

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      Hey Sonia

      Sorry for the late reply, crazy busy days! I don’t know Porto Cervo town very well but the surrounding areas are full of beautiful places to visit! you can rent a boat, go for a day trip to La Maddalena, discover the awesome beaches of Cala do Volpe, Capriccioli, Spiaggia del Principe, liscia Ruja… and Porto Rotondo of course! If you like park themes, you can go to baja Sardinia to the most famous aquapark! 🙂

      Unfortunately for the restaurants I can’t be of any help for now, I would ask some friends who go there regularly when I’m putting together my guide for the costa Smeralda area, but for now I’d rather direct you to TripAdvisor, as I’m sure they will have some better info on good restaurants in there!

      Cheers, and have a great time 🙂

      Clelia

  59. Hi Clelia,

    Your page is awesome! SO much great information and definitely doing every thing you recommend. Thinking I should pack my bags and move there 😛

    I am going to Sardinia with my boyfriend for 8 nights in first week of August (30th July – 7th August) and we cannot wait!

    We arrive into Cagliari at 7.50am and fly out of Olbia at 8.30am. We are going to hire a car for the whole trip.

    We are finding it very hard to come up with an itinerary though. There is so many people recommending so many different things, which towns you should stay in and which not to, and then saying you shouldn’t try do too many things… it’s an overload of information haha!

    Is there a specific itinerary that you recommend doing that isn’t too rushed but a perfect way to see your beautiful island? Should we spend a night in each town or will that be too rushed? We want a relaxing holiday but at the same time we want to see a lot.

    All of the towns sound incredible. My partner and I are in our 20s, we enjoy beaches, hiking (nothing too intense though), live music, exploring, boat trips, good food and bars/nightlife.

    Do you have any live music events during this period? What boat trips do you recommend?

    I would really appreciate your help, i’ve read so many blog posts on Sardinia but it’s so hard to pick what to do because everything seems so pretty!!!

    Have a lovely day 🙂 x

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      Hi Gioia, I get your point! I’m a full-time traveler (except for when I have to stop to work hard on my blog) and when I’m in a destination and only a few days, I’d like to see a lot, but at the same time I also want to relax!

      My advice is: don’t rush too much. You won’t have a great experience. Plus, Hopefully, Sardinia won’t go anywhere and you can always come back and explore another area 🙂 It took me 15 years to say that I know Sardinia quite well but there are still a few places that I need to discover!

      That said, my idea for one week (considering your flights) is:

      30th of July: Cagliari (if you’d like to have more “beach life” you might skip the city) otherwise you can dedicate the first day to see the main attractions and views which are especially beautiful by night. The Via Roma walk admiring the pier, the main beach “Poetto”, the Old city with its cathedral and towers and the Bastione to see the whole city from above.

      SECOND OPTION WITHOUT VISITING CAGLIARI30-31 July:Drive directly to Villasimius, where you can spend at least 2 days. the place is nice for young people and also the beaches are very nice ( to know more about Villasimius, you can check my other article on the top 10 beaches or wait for my next guide to be out (I’m finishing the one “Sardinia by car” where I also point out the distances from the main airports to help people organize their itineraries.

      1-2nd of August: : Drive up north to Golfo di Orosei, where you can’t miss the trek to Cala Goloritze (it will take the whole day) and the boat trip to Cala Mariolu, Cala Luna and Cala Sisine (another full day). I’d suggest you to stay or in Cala Gonone or Orosei, where there are very nice beaches to explore other than the boat trip, but you’ll have to drive down to Cala Gonone to take the boats, but it’s OK as the road is panoramic and it’s around 1 hour away (for me totally worth it)

      3-4th of August:: Drive to San Teodoro and if the main beach “La Cinta” is too crowded, explore the surrounding areas of Budoni, the Marine park of Tavolara Island, Cala Brandinchi etc. San Teodoro town is great for people in their twenties as it’s lively with cocktail bars, live music and nice places to have some good fun!

      5-6th of August: Move up to Arzachena/Cannigione and take 1 day for the boat trip to Arcipelago della Maddalena (as I always say: the Golfo di Orosei and La Maddalena Boat trips are UNMISSABLE!). So 1 day it would be dedicated to that and the second day, a beach of your choice! There are many nice ones in the area: Capriccioli, liscia Ruja, Spiaggia del Principe and many others reachable by car. After the day at the beach I’d recommend a visit to Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo, the VIP part of the Island, even if your budget is not huge, it’s nice to have a look at the famous plaza and the pier. If you don’t like the idea You could find some nice restaurant not in Porto Cervo or Porto Rotondo town so you won’t spend a fortune 🙂

      7th of August: You will be heading to Olbia airport (which is quite close to the area, that’s why I recommend to stay there for your last days so you wont have to wake up too late in the morning and can enjoy your last night in Sardinia.

      As for the live music events, if you stay in Vllasimius and San Teodoro, they already offer some nice places with live music but if you want to keep and eye to the calendar of the official events, have a look at the official website for Sardinia here.

      If this Itinerary is too rushed for you (spending just 2 days in each place can be stressful) the you can either skip Villasimius or San Teodoro, but please don’t miss the boat trips!!

      Hope it helps
      Cheers
      Clelia

      1. Oh my god!!! You are actually amazing! My boyfriend and I are so happy, literally made everything 100% easier. Thank you so so much 🙂

        We have booked 2 nights in Villasimius. YAY!

        2 nights in Cala Gonone/Orosei
        (Which town do you recommend? Do you think Cala Gonone is better because of the boat?)
        -With the Cala Goloritze Hike.. where do you start and finish?
        -Boat trip (Cala Mariolu, Cala Luna and Cala Sisine) where do you take this from? Is there a specific company that you recommend? And do you need to book in advance as it’s peak season?

        We have booked 2 nights in San Teodoro.

        2 day/1 night in Arzachena/Cannigione
        (Which town do you think is better to stay in?)
        -Boat Trip (Arcipelago della Maddalena) – where do you take this from? Is there a specific company that you recommend? And do you need to book in advance as it’s peak season?

        1 night in Oblia, we have to drop the car off at nighttime unfortunately.

        Home time :,(

        On these two boat trips, are you able to go snorkling/scuba diving?

        Let me know about what towns you think and the boat trips.

        I am so excited 😀

        Have a fantastic day 🙂 x

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          Hi Gioia,
          Wow! you sound very excited 🙂 Given the itinerary you’ve chosen, I can understand why! You are going to see some of the best places in Sardinia!

          As for your questions, I copy and paste them and leave my reply below them!

          2 nights in Cala Gonone/Orosei
          (Which town do you recommend? Do you think Cala Gonone is better because of the boat?)

          I’d recommend Cala Gonone if you want to be directly on the beach and it’s also quite convenient for the boat trips, yes. Orosei is also nice and there are a few private companies that Organize boat trips but the most of them depart from Cala Gonone, I’d say, if you are interested in beaches and the famous boat trip, Cala Gonone is your best choice!

          -With the Cala Goloritze Hike.. where do you start and finish?

          To get to Cala Goloritze’ you need to go towards Baunei, a small village, depending on where you are staying, if you decide for Cala Gonone get the SS125 orientale Sarda (the name of the road), directed south to Baunei. It will take around 1 hour to get there and from Baunei is another 15/20 minutes to get to the parking lot. You will easily find the place as there are many signs on the road indicating Cala Goloritze. From there, there is a wooden sign that indicates the path to go down. Don’t forget to bring a lot of water with you, towels, food and a good pair of shoes for the hike 🙂 It’s not super difficult but you have to be careful. I also recommend you to be there very early in the morning so you can enjoy the beach and also because the sun disappears behind the mountains quite early (around 4:30) so you’ll have the time to enjoy the beach and get ready to go up again! It’s a bit tiring but totally worth it!

          -Boat trip (Cala Mariolu, Cala Luna and Cala Sisine) where do you take this from? Is there a specific company that you recommend? And do you need to book in advance as it’s peak season?

          There are several companies to book the boat trips and they depart from a few piers including: Cala Gonone, Santa Maria Navarrese, Arbatax, Orosei. If you are in Cala Gonone there are a few websites you can check online. A good one (to give you an idea of the options and prices) is this one. And yes, I’d say it’s better to book in advance if you go during peak season! The companies are quite similar in the end, unless you want to rent your own boat. Make sure they serve lunch and ask what itinerary are they following and how long do they stop at each beach. Sometimes you have to pay an extra fee to visit additional attractions such as le Grotte del bue marino and la Grotta del fico. Le Grotte del Bue Marino are beautiful, but if you want to spend your day at the beach, i’d say to skip them and stay a bit more relaxing on the beach, but it’s up to you! 🙂

          2 day/1 night in Arzachena/Cannigione
          (Which town do you think is better to stay in?)

          Depending on what you want to do: Cannigione is on the sea but the village is super small and not much do to. If you use it to go to the Arcipelago Della Maddalena Boat trip it is a good choice! (unless you can stay directly in Palau, so you’re near to the pier). there are also boat trip from Cannigione to Caprera Island and the last time I went to Cannigione there were also boat trips to the Arcipelago, but you’ll need to ask your hotel for more info as the main pier is Palau.

          Arzachena is also nice but not on the sea, and there are more restaurants and options for Accommodation, they are very close to each other so it really depends on you!
          -Boat Trip (Arcipelago della Maddalena) – where do you take this from? Is there a specific company that you recommend? And do you need to book in advance as it’s peak season?

          (See my response above! Usually they start from Palau, but you can also ask for the Cannigione options), I never used any online website, I simply went to one of the many agencies in town either the day before (or 2-3 days before the date I wanted to take the tour), but since you’re staying for only one day in the aread I’d recommend to make an enquiry online to make sure you reserve your tickets. I found these agencies online: Elena Tours, Maggiorleggero Tour and you’ll find many other just googling “Arcipelago della Maddalena tours” 🙂

          On these two boat trips, are you able to go snorkeling/scuba diving?

          I once scuba dive in Cala Mariolu, you better ask if the option is still available. Depending on your level of expertise, this immersion is quite easy also for beginners, nothing like the big Australian Barrier reef of course but still a fun thing to do. Snorkeling in Cala Mariolu is also fun, if you can swim properly there are small “caves” on the water, but be careful with the underwater currents (they are not usually strong in there but on the rocks the sea is a bit less calm.

          All in all, I think both boat trips are SO WORTH IT, no matter how many times I did them (a least 5 times each), I always want to go back!!

          Have a great time in Sardinia :))
          Cheers
          Cle

  60. Hello Clelia.
    I´m travelling to Sardignia (Alghero) on June 21, 2015 and leaving (from Cagliari) on the 27th (early).
    I’m with my husband and my 3-year-old son.
    We want to hire a car and get to know Sardignia.
    What would recomend?
    We were thinking of staying, for instance, the first night in Alghero, as we arrive quite late, and then head to Orosei, for instance (following your previous recommendation here).
    What would you recomend?

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      Hey Ines, Thanks for stopping by!
      if you fly to Alghero I recommend staying 1 day in the area and visit Stintino (you can’t miss it!), then you could drive to the Golfo di Orosei (which is quite a ride!) and stay there for the rest of the week and then head to cagliari on your last day.

      Or (but this is more stressful), stop first in San Teodoro for 2/3 days (you could drive to Palau for the boat trip to Arcipelago della Maddalena), then 2 days in Golfo di Orosei for the Boat trip to Cala Mariolu and the hike to Cala Goloritze, and then head south to Cagliari to catch your plane.

      This way you’ll see quite a lot but you’ll be in a rush, so if you want to relax it’s not ideal.

      If you simply want to relax I’d say the Palau area (Costa Smeralda) and its beaches (plus the boat trip to La Maddalena) would be enough. Or skip Palau and just spend the holiday in Orosei, discovering the surrounding beaches.

      It’s up to you and how you’d like your holiday to be!
      Hope it helps 🙂

      Cheers
      Cle

      1. Thank you so much, Clelia.
        Very good tips and in fact a little bit of what we had hoped we would be able to do. We can’t wait for this exciting trip.
        Thank you so much,
        Inês

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  61. Clelia, sono finita qua per caso da un’altro articolo, e come sempre rimango affascinata dalla tua inventiva e, soprattutto, mi domando: ma come fai a fare tutto? Altro che giornate da 24 ore di lavoro per te!!! 🙂

    Bravissima come sempre!

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      ahahah grazie Lady Pillo! Non hai idea del lavoro che c’e dietro (anzi, in realta’ un’idea ce l’hai altrimenti non mi avresti chiesto come faccio a fare tutto)!! E come faccio? in realta’ sono un vampiro e non dormo la notte! A parte gli scherzi, e’ la mia passione, e quando c’e passione… non lo vedi come un lavoro! Sono anche stressata eh, ma quando mi sveglio la mattina e apro il computer sono strafelice del mio lavoro 🙂

      Un abbraccio e grazie per le belle parole!
      Cle

  62. i am travelling for the first time to Italy. we are in positano from the 17th to the 22st and wanted to go for a for about six days to sardinia. We are a family of four – we are 45 and 46 years old and our sons are 14 and 10 and love water water sports hiking etc.

    Could you suggest where we should stay (clean, comfortable ,decent sized, mid price range, maybe a little luxury), which beaches to visit and how to plan this trip. Your website looks fantastic and you seem just the person who suggestions we would really enjoy. thanks

    ps we are leaving for venice on the 7th so if we could get the info before ( i am sorry for the rush) it would be great

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      Hey Tushna, thanks for stopping by! I’m working on this post as we speak, and I hope to have it done soon!
      As for your question, you have various options
      When it comes to visit Sardinia for 1 week, my suggestion is always to only pick one, max 2 places otherwise your visit would be a bit rushed and you won’t be able to really see things at the right pace.

      So, I’d say this would be my favorite itinerary for 1 week:

      North Sardinia 3 nights in Orosei and 3 nights in Arzachena/Cannigione: If you land at the Olbia airport that’s Ideal.

      You could head south to Orosei first (or Cala Gonone) as from there you can take the boats for the day trip to the Golfo di Orosei area and see the beautiful beaches of Cala Mariolu, Cala Sisine and Cala Luna, the rest of the days you can hike to Cala Goloritze, snorkel in the crystal clear waters and visit the Parco Nazionale del Gennargentu.

      Then you’ll head north to Arzachena/ Cannigione and also either rent a boat to the Arcipelago della Maddalena day trip (also incredibly beautiful) and then relax on the nearby beaches in the Costa Smeralda area like Capriccioli and Spiaggia del Principe.

      You can stay at a mid-range/luxury Hotel near Arzachena(depending on your budget, I’m linking to my favorite booking website, I personally use for my stays and it has loads of options). In the Arzachena area you can discover the traditional village and also relax on the small coves around for some good snorkeling!

      Obviously you will need a car, as you’ll need it to reach the most beautiful beaches!
      Hope this helps!

      Cheers
      Clelia

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