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




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 that are 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!




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 frequently asked questions:



  • 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 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!










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.


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.


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.


Olbia – Golfo Di Orosei area –  San Teodoro – Budoni



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


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


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


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”


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

          Hotel Bue Marino          

Cala Gonone


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


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



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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Alghero – Bosa – Stintino & La Pelosa Beach



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


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


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


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)


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

           Hotel Calabona          



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


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          



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)



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


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


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!)


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

         Hotel Marinaro         

Santa Teresa Di Gallura


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


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


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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Cagliari/Villasimius/Costa Rei



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


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!


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

         Hotel Mariposas         



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


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       



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



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


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.

Day 4-7: Oristano


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!


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

  L’incanto Tanca Piras  

Nebida – Gonnesa


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  



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


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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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


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


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!


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

 Janas Hotel



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



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


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



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


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


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


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! 🙂


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

Hotel Flora



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



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



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



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


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


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! 


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

Albergo Diffuso Mannois



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


(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



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



“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


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)


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

B&B Thanit



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



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


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! 


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 🙂



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!

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Jesse Cardinal

Hi Clelia,
Your website is awesome and has been super helpful! My wife and I have flights in and and out Cagliari October 15-22. Based on your information we are most interested in exploring the east coast of the island. Would weather that time of year hinder us at all? We have a rental car booked but since a lot of the coastline can’t be reached by car, I was wondering if you know if it’s feasible to rent a small boat and where I may do so?!
Thanks in advance for your help!


Hi Clelia, firstly thank you so much for providing such a wonderful website with so much useful information 🙂 I wish I could go for months to enjoy all of it! Unfortunately we only have 8 days and they aren’t flexible.. Could you please help me narrow down where to stay? We arrive 26 June and leave 3 July. I appreciate this is Italian & French school holidays. I am travelling with my sister, my husband and 2 children (10 and 12). We love the beach, but coming from New Zealand are used to amazing beaches that aren’t crowded. My… Read more »

Annabel Wright

Man I agree with Brady Anderson, we need so much more time than the 5 days we can have. But this is a taster for us, in a couple of years we are taking our yacht there en route to New Zealand, but your website has been absolutely awesome, congratulations. We are coming into Cagliari by ferry from Sicily, so I was going to hire a car and return it there, but perhaps we should hire it there, drop it off in Olbia and then fly from there to Rome. I am so excited you have given so many wonderful… Read more »


Wow, what an amazing website you have created! I will be visiting your beautiful island next year, either in May or September. My friend is riding on his motorcycle and taking a ferry to Sardinia, so I am thinking of renting a moto to join him as we tour Are there any places I could rent a motorcycle?

Susan Lim

Hi Clelia! Wow, impressive information here! I’m writing to find out if you recommend Isola Tavolara? I saw pictures of it and it’s beautiful! I can see that one might be able to dive or snorkel there. We have one week to spend and are thinking to station in Olbia and explore part of the west side and visit some archeologic sites and some ruins in Nora. Is it even reasonable given the small amount of time we have? We are flexible with moving around and maybe station in 2 hotels so we don’t have to drive everyday and yes… Read more »

Brady Anderson

Hi, thanks for all the great info. While I would like to have 5 weeks given all your tips – we will only have 5 nights flying into Alghero and flying out of Cagliari. Despite your advice we prefer to rush around and see more as opposed to missing things. So – what do you suggest? Should we just follow your itinerary 7 in reverse and miss the entire east coast or should we head from Alghero to the east coast and spend the last night in Cagliari. We had heard that Porto Cervo was special. Please advise as we… Read more »

Phil Ruttenburg

Hello! I realize now that La Maddalena is NOT on Sardinia, but I have heard beautiful things about the beaches there and wondered your thoughts on the worthiness of our 1 week stay in Sardinia. Thank you for all of your research!

Ahava Wills

Hi Clelia, Wow, what wonderful information! Unfortunately none of the itineraries would pop up when I clicked on them! My husband, our 13 year old son and I will be going to magical Sardinia for eight nights arriving Olbia 3pm May 4, 2019. and departing from Cagliari at 3:15 on May 12. We will rent a car in Olbia and drop it off in Cagliari. We want to see some stunning beaches and some amazing archeological treasures. I know there are plenty of both on your island, so I’m wondering what itinerary you recommend that will not feel rushed and… Read more »


Hi Clelia, thank you so much for your incredibly helpful and informative article and site about Sardinia! I’m planning for a 12-14 days family vacation in July 2019: two families with 5 kids in the age 9-13. Our aim is to have a relaxing vacation with not to crowded beaches nearby, but also leave room for activities to explore the island, as we are active families. I’m just struggling a bit with what itinerary to choose, and how many days to spend at each place. I’m considering a base in Palau with Maddelena, or Santa Teresa Di Gallura or San… Read more »


Hi Clelia, I wrote to you a couple of days ago but can’t see the comment… Did you receive it? I just needed a couple more info on a potential itinerary… Thanks for your help – and for this great website!


Hi Clelia, Thank you so much for these great itineraries and tips! I’m planning on visiting Sardinia for 10 days at the end of August with my bf, we’ll arrive and depart from Olbia and have rented a car. I have a few questions I was hoping you could help me with: – We arrive early in the morning in Olbia, is it “worth” spending the day + night in Olbia or should we leave directly from the airport? – We were planning on exploring the north side of the island and end our trip in Alghero (and then drive… Read more »

Lisa Irato

Hi! Thankyou so much for the in depth information! It’s fantastic! We made the mistake of not realising how big Sardinia is and only have 4 days! 🙁 My husband and I land in the Caligheri airport in south and leave from Olbia in the north so regardless of where we stay we need to make our way up the East coasts We are thinking of staying 2 nights in 2 towns. We have narrowed it down to 3 and ares deciding between Caligheri, Cala Gonone and San Tedorodoro, which 2 would you choose? We want to experience some beautiful… Read more »


Hi there, what a fabulous travel website, thanks so much. I am coming to Sardinia with my husband and 8 and 10 year old daughters in June 2019, and we love great picturesque beaches, as well as pretty towns with cool shops with an authentic feel and not too touristy. What side of Sardinia do you think will meet our needs please as all of your itineries look absolutely amazing. Thanks so much as i have no idea!!


When I click the itinerary details nothing happens is the site borken?


Hi Clelia,

First off all, thanks for putting some great tips and information’s on your blog, it’s very helpful.

I’m trying to plan a 3 weeks itinerary to visit Sardinia at the end of August/Early Sept

I would like to know what you think of my planning.

Thanks in advance!


Hi Clelia
Thank you for such helpful insight! Still trying to work out a 10 day itinerary but had planned to finish with three days on Maddalena and incorporate a boat trip from there. Not sure if we should do this or we could just do a sail around the archipelago from Palau and have more time on the main island. I noticed you made no recommendations to stay on Maddalena in your itineraries and would appreciate your advice. Thanks in advance


Hello Your website has been very helpful. I have a few questions for you if you don’t mind helping with our itinerary. You are amazing to be so helpful to all of us. My family (my husband and I and 12 year old son) are flying in and out of Olbia from July 15-26th. Our friends are staying at Sos Alinos Campground from July 15-22. We have held a rental house near Sos Alinos from 15-22nd of July. Our dates are very flexible and we can cancel a day before or after and make it 6 nights. We were wondering… Read more »


Hi Clelia, Your blog is absolutely fantastic! My friends and I are in Sardinia for 6 nights, flying in and out of Alghero. We have decided to spend the last 3 nights in Alghero, planning to first hire a car upon arrival and wish to spend the first 3 nights on the northeast side of the island. Where do you recommend is a good area to stay with some nightlife? We would like to stay somewhere convenient to reach other nice nearby places / beautiful beaches but don’t want to be too far from Alghero as we will need to… Read more »

jessica pagano

Hi Clelia!
What is a good base town to stay on the Eastern coast in Costa Smerelda?? Or is there a nice town in Golfo di Orosei??
I would like to stay in a cute town that has restaurants that we good go to at night and also a square or waterfront promenade where we can walk and hang out in the evening?


Clelia, Your blog has been so helpful! I am coming to Sardinia for a much overdue “Mommy vacation” with my 2 young children (9 & 6) and a friend with her two children (same ages). We are renting a house near Olbia–we want to visit some of the beaches and also take the kids hiking/caves and see some historic culture? We will be there for 7 days and don’t want to travel overnight, but have no problem driving for a few hours to experience more. Any advice or insight you have would be most appreciated. What beaches are a must… Read more »

jessica pagano

I am going to be in Sardinia for my honeymoon August 21st to September 1st. Me and my fiance’ love the beach and want to see the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia. I already reserved an airbNb room in Alghero for the entire time we are there. We are also renting a car. Do you think it is a good idea to have Alghero as a base? .Or do you think we should split up our time and stay at another base too.? We don’t like packing up all our things and moving around too much, so if we could… Read more »

tamara kreutzberger

I am planning on going for a week. First week of July. We are two 25 year old girl friends and we want good nightlife and beaches during the duy. What iteneary do you recommend? Thank you!

Emily H

Hi Clelia,

Your page has been so helpful in planning our trip to Sardinia! We are flying into Olbia and will be in Sardinia for 6 days. I am thinking we’ll base our trip off of your East Sardinia itinerary! I noticed the details for this particular trip had not been filled in yet, do you have any recommendations for what to do during the day between Cala Gonone and Baunei? Thank you!


Hi Clelia, Thank you offering great resources on your site. My husband and I are planning a 6 night trip based around your east Sardinia itinerary to Cala gonone and baunei for a babymoon this July. 1) do you think that the hiking in the baunei beach areas is an activity suited for a pregnant woman at 20 weeks in healthy physical shape? these are activities I would normally enjoy and would hate to miss out the most beautiful excursions but want to make sure it’s not too strenuous or dangerous. 2) our goal is to relax and enjoy a… Read more »


Hi Clelia, Thank you for all the effort you have put into this website and the Sardinia itineraries in particular, this is great! My boyfriend and I are very close to booking our holiday to Sardinia at the end of July. It was difficult to choose between the 9 itineraries, but we decided to go for the East coast. We are trying however to fit in as much as possible and we would love your input on our prepared itinerary. Based on our initial research, we would fly in on Cagliari airport and return to London from Olbia. • Cagliari… Read more »


Dear Clelia

Many thanks for your reply, would it be possble to create a 10 day itinerary covering all south, south east and perhaps some parts of the east, – or is it too much

Thank you


Forget to mention that we are 2 me and my partner in our early thirties.



I will be travelling to Sardinia for the first time in July for 10 days, landing at Cagliari.
Can you please guide us with an itinerary, since we are lost there are so much things to see.



Hi, Clelia! Your site is so helpful — thank you for sharing your beautiful home with everyone. My friend and I will have 7 full days in Sardinia in early September, and we will be flying in and out of Alghero. We are renting a car in Alghero, and we want to do a little bit of everything — beach, historical sites, being active — but we don’t want to cram too much into our week. We both live in New York City, so we want to avoid crowds/cities. Also our last full day is a Sunday, which I think… Read more »


Hi Clelia!

My girl friend and I (27 y/o) are ferrying to Sardinia from Sicily in late July, and as we will be in between jobs we have enough time to do a lot of Sardinia by car (thinking about 2 weeks). Could you please suggest your ideal itinerary if you had 2 weeks? We are then ferrying to Corsica afterwards.

Much appreciated!


Hi Clelia!

you really helped us plan our trip to Sardinia :). At the end of June we arrive to Cagliari & leave from Alghero 10 days later. But I have a question about, did you actually manage to book a car with different pick-up/drop-off location? Because when I choose Cagliari/Alghero, the message says “We’re sorry, but the companies we work with in Cagliari don’t have any cars available”, but when I choose Cagliari/Cagliari, they have bunch of cars. Any suggestions?


Hi! This is an incredible blog! I have a question about th following itinerary: is it do-able?

Day 1: arrive in Olbia, stay the night
2: visit la maddalena, stay the night near porto cervo
3 and 4: go to orosei for beach hopping, national park
5: Bosa
6: Stintino
7-8: alghero to visit grotto and punta

We would definitely rent a car. What do you think?


Hi, Clelia.

When I look at the post, I think the island is much bigger than I thought. I am going to Sardinia this July. I will travel to Sardinia for one week and will come to Cagliari airport and depart from Olbia airport.
There are two questions.
If I rent a car, please let me know which route is recommended.
If I can not rent a car, I would like to decide where to stay.

Thanks a lot!



My wife and I have 5 nights in Sardinia. We fly into Olbia and were thinking 2 nights in Cala Gonone and then 3 nights in San Teodoro. We want to see the awesome beaches and hike on the east coast but also get some culture and night life. Do you have any recommendations or alternative suggestions?



Dear Clelia, First of all thank you for the best and most informative info on Sardinia I have found so far. Your big love for the island really shines through and makes me look even more forward to my first visit there. I have spent a lot of time reading and researching, but would absolutely love your advice and “sanity check” as to my ideas for an itinerary. I’m visiting with my teenage son beginning of July and will be staying for 14 days. Our plan is a combo of beach bumming, enjoying nature (hiking and maybe mountainbiking) and good… Read more »


This is by far THE best Sardinia travel blog I’ve found so far. So good job and thanks for the info 🙂 I’m thinking of going for 5-6 days and the East coast has definitely piqued my interest! 1) I’m wondering if you think that’s way too short to enjoy a holiday (if I should spend it on Mainland Italy instead if it isn’t enough). 2) I would have loved to see the famous grotto but it seems pretty far. Is my time better spent on the east side or should I spend a night or two in Alghero I’m… Read more »



My husband and I are traveling to Sardinia. My plan was to fly into Cagliari, stay the afternoon and night, and then start out for ALghero the 2nd day, spending 2 days in this location as home base. Then, we would make our way to Cala Gonone for two days, heading out the 5th day from Cagliari. Does this make sense? I wanted to do the boat tour from Maddelena, but perhaps this is not enough time, or the right direction? ANy tips or thoughts that could help us in our planning?


Hi Clelia, My girlfriend and I are going to visit Sardinia for 5 days in the middle of September. We’ve already booked the first three nights at Cala Gonone. We have two more full days to plan. We thought of two options and maybe you can help us decide 🙂 The first one is to spend the first day in Stintino and drive to Castelsardo in the evening and spend their the night and in the next morning to drive to Palau and take a boat trip to La Maddalena. The second option is to skip Stintino and spend the… Read more »

Hola Clelia me and my wife are traveling from Mexico to Sardinia for a week in Sept 4th. My wife love the beaches and we are planning to rent a car and go beach hunting. We are arriving to Olbia and like to have a good time and relax. In what part are the best beaches? we have seen some great picture from la madalena. We are celebrating our 3 year anniversary just want to enjoy our selves. Do you have any website for car rentals reservation, hotels to stay? nices places to eat.

Muchas Gracias Amiga for the information


Hi Clelia,

First i would like to thank you for this useful informative guide. Couldn’t find any better description to really understand Sardinia.
I coming with my sister (age: twenties) end of august for only 4 nights, i know its not fair for sardinina!! We are staying at cervo, costa smeralda to be close from everything. What are the must to do during our stay?

Thanks alot!