Do you want to get around Sardinia by Car?

Thanks for stopping by! I’m working (very hard) on the Sardinia section, and this page will be completed soon. For now, I’m working on the Sardinia Maps to show you how to get to the main attractions, beaches, and cities, and I will fill out all the details you need to discover Sardinia by renting a car or getting your own by ferry.


In this article, I will talk about:


I will explain how to get from the airports to the main attractions in Sardinia by dividing the island into areas:


For each area, I will describe what to see by car and how to get there (creating dedicated maps), starting from the northern locations on the map to the southeast. I will also group the attractions that are close to one another.

This way, you can create your itinerary (or road trip in Sardinia) realistically, considering the time to get by car from one place to the other and what you can do as a day trip (or not) from the main cities or areas around them where you’ll decide to book your accommodation.


Intro about Northern Sardinia:

which airport is more convenient depending if you will start visiting the north east or north West), which roads are the more used for the area, if there are any particular challenges regarding the roads, parking spaces, scenic routes, etc.

Interesting places to visit by car and how to get there

– Alghero
– Porto Conte Natural Park for incredible views
– Nettuno Grotto
– Asinara Island
– Stintino and La Pelosa Beach

– Isola Rossa
– Costa Paradiso
– Monti Russu Beach


-Costa Smeralda

-Santa Teresa di Gallura
– Capo Testa (Valle della luna )

-Arcipelago della Maddalena
– Valle dell’Erica (la Liccia Beach + Famous Resort)



Intro about Southern Sardinia:

which airport is more convenient (Cagliari), which roads are the more used for the area, if there are any particular challenges regarding the roads, parking spaces, scenic routes, etc.

Interesting places to visit by car and how to get there

– Cagliari
– Monte Arcosu

– Villasimius
– Costa Rei

– Nora
– Chia
– Tuerredda

– Piscinas
– Nebida /Masua
– Porto Flavia
– Cala Domestica

– Gesturi
– Carloforte

-Nuraghe di Barumini



Intro about Eastern Sardinia:

which airport is more convenient (Olbia), which roads are the more used for the area, if there are any particular challenges regarding the roads, parking spaces, scenic routes, etc.

Interesting places to visit by car and how to get there

– San Teodoro
– Budoni

– Golfo di Orosei
– Cala Goloritzè
– Baunei

– Su Gorropu
– Orgosolo
– Mamoiada


Intro about Western Sardinia:

which airport is more convenient (Cagliari or Alghero), which roads are the more used for the area, if there are any particular challenges regarding the roads, parking spaces, scenic routes, etc.

Interesting places to visit by car and how to get there

– Bosa Marina
– Oristano

– Is Arutas
– Tharros
– Cabras
– Santa Caterina
– San Giovanni di Sinis



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      That’s actually great because depending on where you go it’s not super easy! Where did you go? Did you find it easy to move around? I’d love to have your input on this.

  1. Hello Clelia,
    Im travelling with all my family (6 of us) in June , we are going from Peru, so there is not many information around here about travelling around Sardinia. We are flying to Olbia´s airport on June 30th arriving around 3 pm and we stay there until July 1st. We just want to have a week full of beach, relax and drinks around the isle. Can you recommend wich itinerary will be best for us considering this? Also good hotels front beach.

    Thanks a lot!!

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      Hey Marisela, did you check out my other article with the itineraries? that might hep you out deciding where to go and what to see in Sardinia, if not.. read it and let me know what you think!

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      Hey Marisela!Did you check my other article “Sardinia in one week”? there are 9 itineraries for different areas and since you are flying to Olbia, I’d recommend to check out the north east itinerary or the east itinerary, they are the best options for you! In there I also recommend the best hotels near the beaches 🙂

      I hope it helps


  2. Hi,
    We are spending 4 days in Cala ganone, we are staying in hotel villa gustui Maris.

    Please me know how to move around without a car.


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      Hi, unfortunately, Cala Gonone is not exactly the best place to go without a car! There are a few public buses that go to the nearby villages and you can also ask your hotel receptionist to see where to wait for the bus in the nearby streets. I never recommend Cala Gonone or the whole Golfo di orosei area if people are not able to rent a car or at least a scooter.

      Hope it helps!

  3. Hi Clelia,

    My wife and I are traveling to Sardinia in August (yes, I know: worst time, but that’s when we could do it.) We only have Sunday-Friday, and we land in Cagliari Friday night. I was thinking of driving up to Oristano, then across to the Orosei area, and then down again to Cagliari and fly home Friday around noon. Does that sound too ambitious to you? Would you focus on a smaller area?

    What we’re hoping to get out of the trip is: a) great beaches and vistas, b) quaint, beautiful villages, and c) nice food and relaxation.

    Thank you so much for your help and your great blog!


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      Hi Jakob

      In one week, the itinerary you propose is way too much unfortunately. I totally get that you’d love to see different areas as they are all beautiful, but Sardinia is bigger than many people think and driving to Oristano might be OK but going to Orosei and back to Cagliari is quite stressful if you want to have an enjoyable vacation. Not to mention that the beaches around Cagliari are also very beautiful and I’d take my time to explore at least 2 of them (day trips by car).

      What I would do is have a base in Cagliari and drive to 1) Chia Su Giudeu beach 2) Tuerredda (ok, not ideal in August and the parking fees are crazy, if you can find some space left to park your car at 9:30/10:00 you are very lucky!) but to me that beach is one of the best in Sardinia. Then you can explore the Nora ruins, which are closer to Cagliari on your way to the other 2 beaches, visit Cagliari, which has a lovely historical center with very nice views as it’s on top of a hill and then drive towards Oristano, where you can visit Cabras, a small village with nice Sardinian murales, and enjoy the beaches of San Giovanni di Sinis and is Aruttas beach.

      The drive from Cagliari to Oristano is much smoother and faster than the one to go to Orosei, and having just 1 week it’s the safest bet. Obviously, Orosei still remain my favorite spot but you either go there from Cagliari and stay there for the whole week, exploring the area, or you stay near Cagliari and Oristano.

      Tough choice but I honestly wouldn’t recommend your itinerary unless you have 2 weeks available. I hope it helps!
      Have a great time in Sardinia


  4. Hi Clelia. Your blog has inspired us to come to Sardinia on holiday, unfortunately due to work restrictions we have to travel during the peak season (August). We are looking to spend our first 4 nights in Cala Gonone and the last 3 up near Palau, we will hire a car to travel between the 2 areas, and also to explore during our week on the island.
    Please can you advise any must-see beaches which are less likely up be absolutely rammed in peak season, we would particularly like to try snorkelling.
    Thank you

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      Hi Elisa, sorry I completely missed this! And… this is a very tricky question as in August is basically impossible to find a great beach that is not packed (especially in the areas you are choosing). But you have the opportunity to take the boat trips in Cala Gonone and Palau, and that in itself is already a great thing!
      As for the beaches… I can’t really think of one that is not super crowded. I once went to Cala Sisine not by boat but by car and since you have to walk for a bit, the beach (being bigger than most of the others in the area) seemed to be less crowded, but this is really all I can think of.

      I always say that August is the “worst” time for Sardinia, but if you can put up with people and wake up early to find your spot on the beach is not that bad. I usually spend most of my time snorkeling or swimming anyway so I don’t mind if the beach is crowded!

  5. I’m travelling to cagliari at the end of September and looking to rent a car for a couple of days, I’m wondering where is cheapest and best, I don’t want it straight away and wondered if travelling from the city centre back to the airport is to much hassle? Any feedback would be great thanks

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      Hey Mark, unfortunately as I already stated in a few other comments I can’t say I have a car rental I can recommend 100%. Being Sardinian I always had a car available and I didn’t need to rent one. I am now in the process of trying out a few so that I will have a first hand experience on renting a car in Sardinia and will be hopefully able to recommend a particular company! My suggestion is to go with the well-known ones. As per your transfer to and from the airports, for Cagliari it’s quite easy as there are cheap trains and buses. Alghero and Olbia also have a bus service and they are usually rather convenient. Unless you have more than 1-2 suitcases you should be fine!

  6. Ciao! Ti scrivo dalla Slovenia. Prego cortesamente di aiutarmi. Io con i miei amici saremmo in Sardegna nella terza settimana di ottobre. Dal 14-16 ottobre dovremmo eserci per tre giorni fissi in Olbia per lavoro. Per il resto vorremo passare ancora tre/quatro giorni prima o dopo a visitare Sardegna. Pensavamo di prendere un rent a car. Possiamo combinare il volo per Cagliari o Alghero. Cosa consigli di visitarci? Ci piace buon cibo, vedere qualcosa di interessante, se e possibile (per via della stagione/ottobre) farci un bel bagno in mare sardo. Dove pernottare? Siamo 2 coppie. Grazie e scusami per l’italiano:) Mojca

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      Ciao Mojca,

      Ho solo ora visto il tuo messaggio, e visto che devi visitare la Sardegna ad Ottobre sono ancora in tempo a darti qualche suggerimento!

      Per quanto riguarda farsi il bagno, diciamo che a meta’ ottobre devi proprio essere abbastanza fortunata per trovare ancora l’acqua ad una temperatura accettabile. ma magari arrivando dalla slovenia sei abituata a temperature piu rigide e per te non e’ nemmeno troppo fredda, quindi direi, porta il costume, non si sa mai! 🙂

      Per il resto io ti direi cisto che sei in bassa stagione, di visitare la zona del Golfo di orosei che non e’ super distante da olbia se affitti la macchina e offre tutto cio’ che di bello ha la Sardegna, buon cibo, panorami bellissimi lungo la costa rocciosa e un bel mare che anche se magari potrebbe essere troppo freddo per un bagno, se la giornata e’ soleggiata e’ comunque spettacolare da visitare!

      Ti consiglio i paesini di Dorgali, Orosei, Baunei e Cala Gonone. Per pernottare hai diverse opzioni, per stare piu vicini al mare, Orosei, Dorgali e Cala gonone, altrimenti se ti interessa anche l’entroterra e le tradizioni e atmosfere sarde, Baunei va anche bene, e ha il vantaggio di essere comunque non distante dal mare, dove potete provare a fare trekking per arrivare a Cala Goloritze che visto il periodo dell’anno sara’ completamente deserta e se la giornata e’ buona ti sembrera’ di essere in paradiso!

      Spero di esserti stata di aiuto!

  7. Ciao! Dal 21 al 27 Giugno io e il mio compagno verremo in Sardegna, arrivo a P.Torres e partenza da Olbia. Abbiamo l’auto e quindi possiamo spostarci, ma nonostante l’imbarazzo della scelta e la voglia di vedere quanti più posti possibili, vorremmo evitare di farci una vacanza “in macchina”.
    Premesso che vorremmo passare mesi in ogni singola caletta, abbiamo bisogno di relax, buon cibo e bel mare dove fare snoorkeling. Dove ci consigli di fare tappa? Due o tre notti a Stintino? E le altre? Grazie in anticipo e complimenti per il sito! Francesca

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      Ciao Francesca!
      Grazie per i complimenti, dopo tutta la fatica che ci sto mettendo a mettere su le guide fanno sempre piacere 🙂
      Per quanto riguarda il tuo itinerario io direi di fermarti in Zona Alghero e Stintino per max 2 notti e poi farti o la parte della Costa Smeralda (Le spiagge sono bellissime e non devi necessariamente spendere una fortuna se stai a Cannigione o Arzachena).

      Oppure se vuoi il top del top della Sardegna, io consiglio sempre di visitare il golfo di Orosei! Sto finendo una guida enorme sui posti migliori per le coppie che si sta trasformando in una guida super dettagliata dei posti da vedere un po per tutti alla fine!

      La dovrei finire per domani, includendo anche gli alberghi consigliati e tutte le informazioni poassibili e immaginabili sulle spiagge, posti dove mangiare, prezzi delle gite in barca etc. La puoi trovare qui, ancora mi manca l’ultima parte per Cala Gonone e tutto Alghero ma ci siamo quasi! 🙂

      Ti consiglio di leggerti quella e se hai ancora bisogno di info, in un paio di giorni dovrebbe esserci tutto, quindi segnatela perche’ sto cercando di metterci davvero tutto!

      Riassumendo io direi 2 giorni Stintino/Alghero e il resto Golfo di Orosei (e’ il mio debole se non si fosse capito, le spiagge sono tutte da sogno!), non sono sempre super facili da raggiungere Ok, pero’ ne vale assolutamente la pena credimi! gia’ solo la gita in barca e’ da togliere il fiato!


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