All you need to know for your family Holidays in Sardinia with your kids, from activities to the best places to stay, hotels and more!


Are you planning a Family Holiday in Sardinia with your children this summer?

Are you looking for fun activities for your kids and you like nature trails and water sports? Sardinia is a low-stress destination for family holidays with the shallow waters of its clean beaches, it’s big natural parks, and its healthy food, all the ingredients for an unforgettable stay with your little ones!

This article wants to be a recap of the best things to do during your Sardinia Holiday with your kids,  depending on the age of the children.

Snorkel safely in Tavolara marine protected area


Take the chance to admire an environment still intact, the Tavolara marine protected area is one of the largest marine reserves in Sardinia and you can explore it following the rules provided by the Area Management and disclosed at the official website of the reserve here:

There is a list of authorized companies who offer a series of activities, from diving excursions to dolphin watching.

Snorkeling is the best way to observe underwater life without the skills required for scuba diving; the snorkeling courses are available for children from 7 years old.

 Kitesurfing and stand up paddle boarding 


I want to mention 2 water sports that your kids will LOVE to do during their Sardinia Holiday (heck I love them as well!)

1 | Stand up paddle boarding:

It is also known as Sup and it’s a sport born in Hawaii, that combines many benefits because it is funny and delivers a full-body workout, an experience recommended not only for kids but also to surfing and kayaking lovers.

If you have children from 11 years old this could be a great activity for the whole family, never mind if you are a beginner!


2 | Kitesurfing In Sardinia:

This is is a very popular water sport in Sardinia and is possible to learn the basics in just one hour of basic training, but it is essential to rely on expert instructors of course! There are some very good  schools located at Le Saline beach, a stunning spot in the North-Eastern Sardinia coast.

Make sure that the kite school you choose put safety first. Always. Find a good reliable instructor and check whether the appropriate means of assistance are used, as well as water resistant walkie-talkie to stay in touch at all times. The courses are recommended for children from 12 years old.

Exploring Usinavà forest on mountain bike


There is nothing better than bonding with your kids while having fun in nature. For your  Sardinia family holiday, I strongly suggest you check the best natural parks with bike paths.

The Usinavà forest is a protected area close to Monte Nieddu and is one of the main naturalistic attractions of the island.

Here it’s possible to see rare species of animals such as the hare, the wild boar, the Sardinian partridge, the purple swamphen and the mouflon.

The Usinavà oasis is outlined by rugged rocks and you can explore it on mountain bike, entering via the town of Torpè along the road that takes to the artificial lake on the Rio Posada. Bike tours are available also for beginners; this activity is suitable for children aged 8 years or more.

Top Sardinian Beaches for Children


According to Italian pediatricians, there are 12 beaches suitable for children and awarded with the Green Flag, a certification assigned to the beaches with crystal clear and shallow waters, clean sand to build plenty of sandcastles, lifeguards and a game area for children.

The top beaches in Sardinia for kids are:

La Maddalena-Punta Tegge-Spalmatore (Olbia-Tempio)

San Teodoro (Olbia)

Capo Coda Cavallo (Olbia-Tempio)

Marina di Orosei (Nuoro)

Bari Sardo (Ogliastra)

Oristano – Torre Grande (Oristano)

Cala Domestica (Carbonia-Iglesias)

Poetto (Cagliari)

Santa Teresa Gallura (Olbia Tempio)

Chia Beach (Cagliari)


Once you booked your stay, choose the beach nearest to your destination, you’ll be spoilt for choice and you’ll enjoy a pleasant holiday with your family!


The watersports and the other activities aforementioned are also proposed by Residence Hotel Lu Nibareddu, a holidays village with 100 apartments, located in San Teodoro, North-Eastern Sardinia, near Olbia and Costa Smeralda.


Stay at a well-equipped apartment located only 15 meters from the beach is a great advantage to enjoy the natural Paradise of Sardinia at its best.



Are you ready for a great travel experience with your children? Let me know your personal itinerary and what you want me to cover in more detail in here!


  1. Hi
    My family (wife and I and three children – 7, 12, 15) are planning on a summer (July) holiday to Sardinia and would we come your help in identifying the best place to stay…
    We’d love to stay in a villa near a nice beach but also within a small/medium town with places to eat (it doesn’t need to be big, but big enough for a couple of restaurants and places of interest)
    We can hire a car And would be there for a week
    We’d like some water sports/activities reasonably near for the kids

    Hope you can help



  2. Hi

    I am looking at holidaying in Sardinia this Summer (mid/end of July) with 3 children aged 12, 17 and 18. Can you recommend any particular areas to stay? We would like walking access to a good beach, shops and restaurants, access to a pool if possible and also access to boat trips and perhaps a tour? I want to avoid having to hire a car and driving everywhere if I can.

    Many thanks


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      Hi Jo, Thanks for your comment! So… not hiring a car with 3 kids and the luggage is a bit limiting. It can be done but in Sardinia is not Ideal. It also depends on where you land,

      Landing in Cagliari:if it’s in Cagliari I suggest you either find a Hotel in Cagliari and then take the public transport to go to the local beach Poetto and to other beaches by bus (they are not ideal for many beaches because you would have to walk quite a lot for many of them (Chia, Villasimius beach etc). Unless you find a hotel in Villasimius directly, close to the beach. They also have tours available and Villasimius is quite accessible for tourists with no car.
      Check the Hotels in Cagliari and the hotels in Villasimius

      Landing in Olbia:: If you arrive at Olbia -Costa Smeralda Airport, the best bet for you is to stay in San Teodoro, it gets quite crowded (just like Villasimius) because a lot of young people without a car, go to these places. which can be a benefit for your oldest if they want to make new friends but a limit if you’re looking for some peace. From there you can plan a day trip to the Arcipelago della Maddalena in Palau (but you either wake up super early and see if there are buses departing that early for Palau or you stay one night in Palau, take the boat trip and go back to San Teodoro Village.
      Hotels in San Teodoro and Hotels in Palau

      Landing in Alghero:: My recommendation is to go to Stintino, the beach is marvelous there (La pelosa beach) or, you can stay in Alghero and take a bus to go to la Pelosa. It’s not ideal but it can be done and in Alghero, you’ll find everything you need including tours (no super nice boat trips tough)
      Hotels in Alghero and Hotels in Stintino.

      Without a car, I can’t recommend Cala Gonone/Golfo di Orosei (which is the most amazing part of Sardinia in my opinion) because you would be missing out on a lot of things there. Not to mention that arriving is also not straightforward and almost impossible without a car.

      I suggest also to book asap because these places tend to get booked very early in the season, I hope this helps!

  3. Hello Clelia, I am thinking of Sardinia next summer. We will have 7 year old twins and are looking for an amazing beach within walking distance of a town/village with restaurants in the evening. Would love a beach with shallow clear sea and some amenities nearby. Can you recommend the best base? Thanks, Louise

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      Sorry Louise I completely missed your comment! i hope you eventually decided to visit Sardinia and had a great time!

  4. Hi Clelia
    I am starting to plan a family trip to Sardinia in the end of October (autumn break for us – 19th-26th of October) with my husband and 2 kids (6 & 10).

    We can fly both to Olbia and to Cagliari, so I’m trying to find out what will be the best area as we would like to stay in the same place and just do excursions from there.

    I have been looking at some hotels, but many of them seem to close down end September or early October. Is it worth visiting the island at this time or is everything more or less shut down?

    Thanks a lot in advance


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      Hi Line!

      October is a tricky month for the weather (but hey, this May was incredibly rainy so hopefully it will be better in October, who knows!). My suggestion, given that you want to stay in one place where amenities are still available, is to base yourself in Cagliari. It’s the perfect location to visit many attractions that are open all year round and go for excursions too without the disappointment of finding most of the restaurants, day trip etc closed to the public. You can rent a car and visit the awesome beaches, both on the east and west coast, old mines, Nuraghe complex, parks and the city of Cagliari itself which is amazingly beautiful especially the Castello area (old town) and the view from the Bastione di San Remi’ overlooking the city. The kids can also enjoy the Sardinia in Miniature, not too far away for a day trip when visiting the Nuraghe in Barumini as well!
      Hope it helps! (and that the weather will be still good!)


  5. Hi there, this site looks like a great resource for tips on travelling to Sardinia with little ones. Could you please recommend the best area to stay for us? We have a 1 year old and 3 year old. We may not be hiring a car but would like pretty tree-lined beaches within easy reach of our accommodation, a good choice of traditional restaurants, some culture near by maybe in the form of old towns or ancient sites, water/play parks and traditional villa accommodation rather than a hotel. Does such a dreamy place exist

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      Hey Tori, sorry for the super late response, IT issues with my website! As for your question, can you tell me which month you’re planning your vacation? It’s important to know as I could recommend different sites so that you and you little ones can enjoy your vacation in peace and relax!


      1. Hi there, we are going tomorrow! We decided on Santa Margherita Di Pula, near Chia. We have a car. Some advice on things to do in that area with a 1.5 year old and a 3.5 year old would be great – beaches, flamingoes, swimming pools, play areas would be great if possible. Thanks!

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          Hey Tori, oh so it’s tomorrow then! You are in luck as the weather is getting better finally πŸ™‚
          So, my advice on things to do and see near Santa Margherita di Pula (good choice!)
          1) If you are into acqua parks go to the blufan near Sarroch. Obviously the kids are too young for the slides but there are nice swimming pools all around.

          2) Visit Chia beach and the smaller beach of Cala Cipolla (just a quick walk, 5 min from the biggest Chia su Giudeu)

          3) See the pink flamingos in Molentargius! They are super beautiful and you and the kids don’t want to miss them! To get there you have to go to Cagliari Santa Gilla or Molentargius (very easy to locate on the map and easy on a one day trip to Cagliari)

          4) Since there are sooo many things to do nearby Santa Margherita what I suggest is you look at the tours and attraction in Cagliari and nearby areas to get an idea in here I use this website quite often for my trips.

          This will give you so many ideas to chose from either you want to pay for the tour or just take some inspiration. I should write a book about all the things you can do in south Sardinia with kids.

          Oh, almost forgot! If you want to have a nice day trip, not too stressing for the kids (1 hour by car more or less) you can go to see the Sardegna in Miniatura (a miniature of Sardinia, super cute!) In Tuili, and since you’re there, you can’t skip the awesome Nuraghe di Barumini Complex (the biggest in Sardinia and Unesco site). I think you’ll find it in the list of the tours I linked to and it’s super close to the Sardinia in miniatura so you can see both in one day.

          The rest? I would enjoy the marvelous beaches, to be honest! It’s not super hot at the moment so for the kids it’s perfect!

          I hope that helped and enjoy your time in Sardinia! (we will be almost neighbors as I’m at 30 min from Santa Margherita di Pula) πŸ™‚

  6. Hi,
    My husband and I want to travel to Sardinia with our 2 kids (5 yo and almost 3 yo) in August 2019. We will only have one week and will travel by plane to Sardinia. As we will not rent a car, we will stay at one spot.
    Can you maybe recommend a place/city/area to stay, with focus on: snorkeling (for my husband) / proximity of (super)markets, beaches, things to do with the kids / maybe renting a boat for one day / access from one of the airports (by public transport or taxi)
    I read the several itineraries you made, but I’m not sure what the best place is with the abovementioned specifications in mind.
    (I think I just read too many articles…)

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      Hi Hanne, thanks for your comment! I know, it can be very overwhelming to plan a trip to Sardinia with all the info to read! So from what you told me, in my opinion the best option for you is to chose Santa Teresa di Gallura , a lovely village not super far away from Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport, good for snorkeling and renting a boat and also for a day boat trip to the lovely Archipelago della Maddalena. Supermarkets and all amenities are available as it’s a village where also locals live.

      Not too far, there are also some aquapark or fun park for the kids if they are into it:
      Gregoland in Porto Cervo (1 hr by car)
      Aquafantasy in Isola Rossa (40 min by car)
      Aquadream in Baja Sardinia (1 hour by car)

      I just mention Santa Teresa because of the parks for the kids, the proximity to the airport (a little more than 1 hour) and the many things to do for everyone.
      There are so many great places in Sardinia but for the snorkeling I believe that Santa Teresa is a great solution.

      My favorite place for snorkeling and boat trip is the Golfo di Orosei area but it’s not as close to the airport as the other place and for the kids, other than the beach, there is not much to do unless they are into hiking but with a 3 year old I wouldn’t suggest that to be honest. I’ve had amazing reviews from families with kids around that age who had a great time in Santa Teresa. Just keep in mind that you should need to book straight away for August as it’s peak season and be aware that the beaches will be packed with tourists everywhere.

      I hope it helps!

      1. Hi Clelia!
        This information is so helpful! Thank you for taking your time to give this good advice.
        This will help us in planning the trip. Santa Teresa seems like a good option for us – maybe we should visit Golfo di Orosei when the kids are older, because at this point, they are not great fans of hiking, I’m afraid.


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          Hey Hanne, glad I could help you! Yes wait until the kids are a bit older to see the Golfo di Orosei, they will surely love it! Have a great time in my beautiful island!

  7. Hello i am trying to figure out a vacation spot for sometime between june and September with my wife and 2 kids ( 4 yr okd and 7month). I am a kitesurfer and will be looking to spend 2 weeks. I am looking to relax and kitesurf, and my wife would like to explore. Any info would be appreciated thank you

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      Hey Francesco, sorry for the super late reply! I was traveling a lot so no time to reply to the dozens of comments. I hope you will be able to read this!
      If you are into Kite surf there are excellent spots in Sardinia! The first one that comes to mind is close to where I used to live (and my family still lives) in South Sardinia, all the area of Chia beach, Capo Spartivento (which literally means “the head that splits the winds” so it’s usually quite windy!) is perfect. On the west coast there is Scivu beach and Piscinas beach that are also amazing for that (it’s a feast of Kyte Surfers in there!). Also, Sant’Antioco Island (southwest) is perfect. I think if your wife would like to explore a bit, then maybe south Sardinia and the areas around Cagliari are perfect for you. Loads of Kitesurf spots and loads for your wife to discover (great beaches, one day trips to see cultural sites like the Nuraghes, grottos and much more!)

      Hope it helps!

  8. H. i
    Heading to Alghero next June 2019 for my sons wedding. Thinking of making it the family holiday. Is there anything for children aged 3,4,6 to do other then beach

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      Hi Maria,
      As far as beaches near Alghero goes, in Sardinia we have mostly free beaches, which means that there are no many amenities or specific things for children to do. Other than the beach… it truly depends on what your kids love the most really! I don’t have kids myself but some relatives and cousins do and when they go on holiday in Sardinia with their kids they enjoy their time discovering the natural beauty of the island. Near Alghero they can discover the “Nuraghe” history, the Nettuno grotto and the fantastic landscapes. Obviously the 3-year-old will be too little to fully enjoy it, but just staying together with the family is a great experience in my opinion. Maybe our culture is a bit different, when we go on holidays together we don’t need much to have fun with the kids.

      I don’t know of any specific related activities for kids near Alghero (like aqua parks & co). There are a few attractions for kids in Sardinia but not near Alghero…

  9. Ciao! Sei così utile!
    Your website has been so helpful! You’ve got really great information and imagery to help ‘paint the picture’ of what/where things are in Sardinia.
    I was hoping for some advice – if that’s possible?

    My family and I are coming from Australia at the start of Sept and will be in Italy for 3 weeks (2 adults and 2 young children).

    We are attending a wedding in Tuscany 10-17th Sept 2018 so we were looking to do Southern Italy and Sardinia either side of these dates.

    Would you recommend that we choose to do the first week of Sept in Sardinia to get the good weather?
    We will be travelling with a 3 year old and 1 year old so, shallow beaches and accomodation close to the water/activities is a must – so we don’t have to do too much travel/walking.

    As we’ll only have a week and we’ll have 2 little kids with us – what would you say is a MUST SEE/STAY and do?

    Also, do you know if there are any trusted babysitting services in Sardinia or, do Italians not mind if children are out late at night in restaurants?
    Europeans seem to be so much more relaxed about children being out at night!

    ‘Grazie’ in advance!

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      Hi Shannon,

      I hope you have put the subscribe to message button so you can still see my reply even if it comes very late!
      For your questions:
      1) Yes! Definitely the first week of September is a safer bet weather wise!
      2)Usually the beaches on the south and the east coast have shallow waters (with the exception of the Arbatax / Gairo area), while the west coast is a bit more “dangerous” if you have kids as the water get deep more quickly close the shore and the currents are stronger, not recommended for kids.
      3)Difficult question as it really depends on what you love and personal preference! For kids that young I can’t even suggest an Aqua park as it’s not idea, but I have had very good feedback from families with young kids staying in the Santa Teresa di Gallura Area. It’s convenient as the village is well organized and has everything you need, not too far from the Olbia airport and less “party like” than San Teodoro (which can be another great option if you don’t stay in the center, but given that you are going in September, I would also consider that option as the majority of the tourists go there in July and August).
      3)In Sardinia, especially in summer, kids are used to going to bed when the parents do πŸ™‚ it’s not uncommon to see kids sleeping in their parent’s arms at a restaurant or still playing in the streets at midnight. I was actually shocked when I moved to the UK to see that the kids go to bed at 8/9, in Italy is definitely not like that so no problem, you’ll see kids running around most of the restaurants all the time. Just to be 100% sure, ask the waitress/waiter about the etiquette if you’re going to a high-end restaurant but in normal ones and in pizzerias, no problem!

  10. Hello, I love your site! So informative! I am planning a vacation for summer 2019 for my family. We have two girls 5 and 10yrs old and I wanted to see what places you recommend for beach stays? We will be there for 5 day.

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      Hi Eleni, sorry for the super late reply! I suggest you read my other article with the 9 itineraries. It’s very comprehensive and it will give you a much better idea on the different areas of Sardinia and where it’s best for you to stay based on your personal preferences as all Sardinia is wonderful and tell you where to go without knowing much about what you like it’s super difficult!

      1. Thank you so much. We are looking for a place walking distance to the beach, and non touristy like Porto Cervo. We need an authentic Sardinian experience with real towns/villages nearby. Somewhere that immerses us in the culture

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          There are many places where you can find an authentic Sardinia experience, but unfortunately, you won’t find it within walking distance from the beach. The beaches are one of the main touristic attractions and even the small villages near the most beautiful beaches are now losing their real vibe. you’ll have to compromise and rent a car and drive for at least 10/15 minutes. I’m sorry I can’t read your original message from my editor so I don’t remember the details, but places like San Pantaleo or Arzachena in the North are the closest you can get to a real experience, with stunning beaches. Or the Oristano village of Cabras is another option to have both the local experience and beautiful beaches that you can easily reach by car. Most of the beaches in Sardinia are super difficult to reach by public transport and those well connected are obviously the most touristic ones. It is what it is, when a place resembles paradise everyone wants a piece of it and it loses a bit of te real essence…

          1. Thank you so much, this helps a lot. I would like be your planning services for my summer 2019 holiday. I will be in touch in September!

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            Sounds Great! I’m working non stop on the new Website just for Sardinia and I hope that everything will be in place by September A hell of a job but it’s slowly taking the shape I wanted!

  11. Hi

    Can you suggest a place where we can go with a 3 year old for June. Ideally near the beaches but where we can go out a bit in the evenings. We will be having a car.

    I know its early but i am in the planning phase for a long trip and wanted to see the possibilities.

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      Hey Alexia, so sorry I’ve missed your message but I’m working non stop on a project about Sardinia and I wasn’t able to reply sooner! I hope you managed to get to Sardinia for your holidays and had a great time!

  12. Hiya Clelia,
    Wanted to know how baby friendly is Sardinia. We are thinking of vacationing in Sardinia in the fall (sept/oct), and we have a 10 months old baby. Do most restaurants on the island offer high chairs? Generally, how acceptable is it to bring a baby out to restaurants? Thanks!

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      Hi Kilye! Sardinia is quite baby friendly πŸ™‚ We are part of Italy after all and we value family a lot, so you shouldn’t have issues. As for the seats for the babies, some restaurants provide them some other don’t, my suggestion is that if you can, it’s safer to bring your “baby gear” with you, so that you can fully enjoy your trip. But as a general rule, Sardinians will try to help you out in finding a solution if you have a baby and want to eat out.

      I even asked my cousin who had a baby to confirm and she said she never had any issues!
      Hope it helps!

  13. Salve Clelia,

    What a fantastic website! I am visiting Sardinia late September for 7 nights. I love nature and my husband and my 3 year old daughter love the beach :). We will have a car, where would you recommend we stay?

    Thanks in advance

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      Hey Sandra! Wow, you guys always ask me the most difficult questions as there are so many places to visit in Sardinia that is a true paradise! If you love nature and beaches, the best combination of the 2 in Sardinia is, in my opinion, the Golfo di Orosei area. Maybe with your little daughter, it could be difficult to hike to get to the best beaches and you would have to take the boat for a trip to the best beaches around. If you think it’s too stressful for the baby, another good option is Santa Teresa Di Gallura, you will have the Town beach but you can also explore the beautiful sights around and even drive to Palau for a marvelous boat trip to the Arcipelago della Maddalena, jaw dropping for beach lovers!

      If you didn’t check out the other articles I have for Sardinia, please do so, as I list many locations with pictures and maps/itineraries for your Sardinia Holidays and that might help you in narrow down the choice!

      here you can find the link to all the articles I have about Sardinia: Sardinia Holidays Page.

      Hope it helps!

      1. Hi Clelia,

        I cannot thank you enough for your quick reply and helpful tips. After more research I think I will fly to Cagliari, hire a car and stay in Sa Tuerredda and I also plan to visit Sant Antioco Penisola. Do you think its possible in 1 week? Also do you have any B&B suggestion in Sa Tuerredda?

        Thanks in advance

  14. Hi Clelia,

    I Hope this forum is still active.
    We are traveling to Sardina in August from Australia with our 2 year old son and I am struggling to select a town to stay as they are all so amazing and unique!
    We are huge beach people and love a little night life, great restaurants and little shopping.
    We will fly into Olbia and have 4 nights on the Island.
    I guess my question is what area do you recommend and do you recommend having two nights in two locations?
    Iv already hired a car to get around and would really love to stay in apartments rather than hotels.
    I travel to Europe every year in August as I love the summer buzz so we are not at all bothered by crowds.

    Thanks in advance Clelia.

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      Hey Amber, sorry I completely missed your comment! have you already chosen your spot in Sardinia? If not… shoot me a message and I’ll try to help!


      1. Hi Clelia,

        That’s ok, thanks for your response.

        I have however I’m still not 100% happy with my choice.

        Iv booked 2 nights in Cala Gonone and 4 in Cannigione.

        What’s your thoughts?

        I was thinking maybe San Teodoro might be a better base than Cala Gonone.

        Is Cannigione a good base or is it to isolated?

        Thanks Clelia

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          H Amber, if you prefer a more lively environment than San Teodoro might be better than Cannigione, as Cala Gonone is quite nice in terms of Restaurants and amenities while Cannigione is quieter. So Instead of skipping Cala Gonone I’d skip Cannigione in favor of San Teodoro (which is also very close to the Olbia airport, and you could go there as your last stop)

          Hope this helps! I know it’s difficult to choose when you have so many beautiful places to choose from πŸ™‚

          Have a great time in Sardinia

  15. Cara Clelia,
    I am travelling to Sardegna with my husband and 16 month old son in August this year. I know it is not the best time to travel…but I am hoping you may be able to point me in a good direction.
    My husband is from Modena and we will be spending time in Northern Italy visiting his family first and travelling from there. We will have a car. His parents (both Modenese) will be joining us for a week.
    I am looking for an apartment on or near a quiet beach with calm waters in a small quaint town, not touristy. We still travel to Italy a couple times a year, so we don’t feel the urge to be in a known area or to sight-see. Just an urge to relax… πŸ˜‰
    My husband is overwhelmed with work and cant research and his parents aren’t familiar with that part of Italy.
    If you have a town that you think we would enjoy and a recommendation for a website with apartments. We can travel with all of our own amenities/toiletries.

    Grazie Mille and I look forward to hearing from you!

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      Hi Jessica

      Sorry I completely missed your comment among the many I’ve received, I guess you already found your accommodation in Sardinia by now? If not, shoot me a message and I’ll try to help!


  16. Hi Clelia,
    Looking to travel to beautiful Sardinia middle of June 2017, with our little 3 year old girl. Have read all your great comments and recccomendations for locations with toddlers. I’m assuming traveling in June won’t be as busy. Where would you recommend, we will have a car.

    Many thanks…

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      Hey Mac! June is going to be slightly less busy than July and August, but still, a bit crowded. I just spoke on the phone with my parents and they told me that this year, probably because of the good weather, the season started earlier than usual, with people on the beach from April (depending on the days as some days there were like 10 degrees and one week after 22/24 degrees!).

      So, where will I recommend? Good question! Giving that you have a toddler I guess you won’t be up for some extreme hiking adventures, probably more relaxing holidays?
      Did you have a chance to see my other article with the 9 ideas of itineraries in Sardinia divided by area? That would help you out in narrowing down your choices. Even if I still haven’t added the details for each itinerary, there is already a lot of info in there, with maps and more.

      Another article I wrote (for couples, but it turned out to be a massive guide for everyone, also divided by areas) is this one. Check these out and book asap because the best deals are going pretty fast!

      A short advice in here, since you have a baby, I would suggest shallow water beaches and areas so I would perhaps avoid some parts of the west coast (like Oristano and surroundings as there are some underwater currents and sometimes it is not safe to stay in the water. Not to scare you of course, but it will give you more peace of mind knowing that in other places like Chia, Villasimius, Stintino the water remains super shallow for more than 100 meters from the shore!)


  17. Clelia,

    I can’t thank you enough for sharing so much local information to help all of us plan amazing holidays. We are planning a trip for THIS JUNE with our boys to go scuba diving. I have two questions for you that I’m sure you will find unique πŸ˜‰

    1) Last year we traveled to Italy (Rome. Florence, Venice) for the first time in 10 years. We were very sad that we interacted with very little locals. Most tourist destinations/vendors were immigrants. Nothing against immigrants, its just we LOVE local Italians and feel our kids didn’t have the same experience we have had on our many trips all over Italy because of this. We feel that one of things that makes Italy one of our favorite destinations is the people. Is this true for Sardinia as well, or is it also run by immigrants?

    2) Is there any way to avoid topless beaches. Even though we are from Redondo Beach, California, baring it on the top is something our family is not comfortable with. Are there any beaches that require clothes and how possible is it to avoid this completely? Any beaches we should avoid?

    Thank you so much!!!!!!

    1. Author

      Hey Amy! Yes these are quite unusual questions πŸ™‚ but interesting ones!

      1) Unfortunately, when a place becomes popular with tourists it is almost always like that. In Sardinia, depending on where you go you can interact with locals even if their English skills are very bad, if you are willing to open up, smile and use hand gestures, our people are very welcoming and nice! Try to visit some small villages, go to the local bars and try to communicate. My opinion is that to interact with the locals everywhere in the world, the right place and attitude is all you need! There are a few immigrants selling bracelets and other stuff on the beach, but most of the places are locally run in Sardinia.

      2)Disclaimer: I have nothing against topless but I’m one of those reserved persons that would never do that on a beach and I also prefer being in beaches where the practice is not super common. Honestly in the past few years I haven’t seen A LOT of topless as it used to be in the past, but being the beaches free almost everywhere you can’t be sure you won’t find the occasional topless. I know that at Cala Mosca in Cagliari the practice is common but on the other beaches is not. Yet again, there is no guarantee of this I’m afraid! I haven’t even seen any sign on beach resorts (private beaches for guest only) that prohibits topless, so it’s always a bet!

      Hope that helped!

  18. I’m so sorry I misspelled your name! And thank you for any advice πŸ™‚

    1. Author

      No problem Maggie! My name is quite weird for everyone, even in Italy πŸ™‚

  19. Hello Cecelia! Thank you for a very informative article! We are planning our first trip to Sardinia in August with our two kids (they will be 2.5 and 10 months old at the time) and my little brother who will be 17. We wanna stay near a beautiful beach and a walkable town with restaurants/piazzas etc. What towns do you recommend? There are so many beautiful beaches in Sardinia, it’s so hard to choose! I know August will be busy, but we really don’t have any other time to go πŸ™ is it really THAT bad?

    1. Author

      Hey Maggie, sorry for the super late reply. Not sure whether you will be able to read my reply but here we go.

      Well August is pretty bad yes. Very crowded and some people can’t stand going to the beach and literally be 1 cm away from your neighbor πŸ™‚ I’m Sardinian and even if I don’t particularly like the crowds, I don’t mind it anymore as I spend most of my time in the water anyway!
      As for the location, I would suggest Santa Teresa di Gallura, that has a nice Village and beach, San Teodoro, or if you have the car, my favorite is Cala Gonone, even if for my standards the beach in town is not spectacular (when I say that consider that for me anything that doesn’t resemble the Maldives is …..below average!) so it might be nice for many other people instead. But with the car yo can explore a bit more and also take the boat trip to the Golfo di Orosei (if you are staying in Cala Gonone).

      I know that choosing a destination can be overwhelming when it comes to Sardinia πŸ™‚ I hope this helps


  20. Hello, Please can you give me any tips on on self catering on Sardinia. We are on a quite tight budget but we prefer as a retired couple to be private, love beaches and some sightseeing .
    Nice food and quiet location.



    1. Author

      Hey Carol, sorry for the late reply. For self-catering you mean staying in a small villetta? (not a luxury villa, in Italy we call Villetta any small house near the sea). It’s difficult to give you an advice based on the few info you gave me.. A tight budget can be a very wide range of prices. How many days? Without these info, any place can be good for you in Sardinia, except maybe for the super touristic places such as the Costa Smeralda. Also quite location usually means average beaches especially in high season and you don’t tell me which month are you going either.

      If you happen to read this reply and could give me some more info, I would be able to help you better!

  21. Hello Clelia.
    I’m planning a trip to Sardinia on August 2017,with my spouse and two daughters 3 and 8 years old
    can you recommend the best area to stay.
    We will like a nice beach for the kids,good restaurants activities and looking around.
    I will really appreciate your feedback as we are doing a long trip to Europe and a local opinion it will be awesome thank you.

    1. Author

      Hi Hellen!

      I would recommend Santa Teresa di Gallura! I created a personalize itinerary for a family recently and they loved it! The beach is great and convenient and the location is strategic to set a base and explore the nearby areas both in the east part (there is a big aquapark in Baja Sardinia, near Arzachena) and lovely beaches all around! I have another article called Sardinia for couples where I talk about the area a bit more. Even if the title is misleading, the informations are good for everyone:) You can read it in here if you haven’t already!


  22. Good day Clelia.
    Great site and very useful comments. Thank you for all the information provided already.
    We will be staying at Sardinia in the Coda Cavallo region and Costa Esmeralda region beginning of September. Bringing a 4 month old and a 3 year old. I would like to see some history. Is there something you could recommend to visit with small children?

    Kind regards

  23. Hi Clelia,
    I am considering visiting beautiful Sardinia at exactly the busiest time at the start of August for around 10 days, which I know is not recommended, however we have an opportunity to do a house swap in old town Alghero, which is very tempting. We could possibly get there in the last week of July instead, if you think it would make a big difference?
    We will have our car with us, but we will not want to drive too far from Alghero if we are staying back there each night, so that will be a little limiting. Can you suggest some day trips from there please?
    We are a family of three , originally from Australia, including myself, my husband and our 12 year old son. We are currently based in the divine South of France. The idea of seeing your lovely country at that time, is to escape the crowds and heat of our little village here, and to have an adventure in a new place , but if Sardinia will be the same, maybe we should delay our trip altogether. What are your thoughts please?
    We do truly love Italy!

    1. Author

      Hi Michelle

      Thanks for your comment! I know, Sardinia can be very tempting πŸ™‚ I’ll be honest with you (as I always am!) you will find it difficult to escape the crowds in July / August in Sardinia. Especially in big towns like Alghero and maybe visiting the most famous beaches and attractions. It all depends on what you are expecting really. If you imagine semi-deserted beaches then no, is not going to happen. I wish they were, but everyone wants that during peak season (but when a place is a true paradise there is no other way to enjoy it other than sharing it with the others).

      As a local I can say that this obviously used to bother me, but I had to come to terms with it. I’m lucky enough to have been born in here and I can enjoy some fantastic places, but it is what it is in high season. There is not much escape from the crowds I’m afraid!

      I’ve never been to the south of France so I don’t even have any way to compare the two and tell you that is still worth to come here even with the crowds. It’s such a pity tough, being from Australia, the journey to come to Europe is a long one and, crowds or not, all I can say is that Sardinia is really worth it. Now people might think that I’m biased because I’m a local, but everyone who visited fell in love with the Island and even went back for the second and third time (some people come back every year!).

      I know I haven’t been very helpful but the ultimate decision is obviously yours!
      Italy is indeed a lovely country πŸ™‚


  24. Hi, IΒ΄m looking for a beach resort to take the family, I have two little girls, one is 4 the other 1,5. IΒ΄m looking for calm shallow water and a hotel with all-included or full-pension service, I would like a 3-4 star hotel but without too high prices. Thankyou in advance

  25. Hi, I am sending you a gentle reminder, as per your suggestion, that you have not responded to my request for info. I hope you can guide me in the right direction. Thank you again. Wanda Hedgepath

  26. I am so overwhelmed by all the choices in Sardinia. My husband, 9 yr. old daughter and myself would be travelling late August/September 2016 for 2 weeks. I was wondering if we could just stay in only 2 areas (different hotels/apts.) and have a nice relaxing beach vacation, visiting some cute towns and some historical sites. I was hoping you could suggest 2 diverse areas to stay in that would give us a good taste of Sardinia. I will be renting a car. Also, I am thinking about visiting Rome for a week and then flying to Sardinia. If we do that where do you suggest we base ourselves (1 place)? My husband is not one to tour every day. It is usually rest, sight see, rest (at hotel) sight see. Also, can it be significantly cheaper to fly into rome, take a flight to Sardinia and return the same way? We are leaving from Newark Airport (EWR).

    I would love to hear back from you since you have such a love for your country and are also so knowledgeable. Thank you. Wanda

  27. Hi, I’ve been going a bit wild looking for a nice, near-a-calm-clear-water-beach, with-a-pool hotel for a family of four (2 adults and 2 small kids). We will fly into Cagliari and stay for a week. Will have a car. But I’d love to find a place (mid-range or higher) that is walking distance to a beach and also some restaurants. I’ve looked at Costa del Rei and Villasimius, but just not sure where to go.

    Any advice?

  28. Hello!
    Love reading your articles.
    We are travelling to Sardinia the 10th of oktober and will stay for one week.
    We arrive at Alghero and are planning to stay the last nights there. We are thinking of going straight to the east coast to stay there the first half of the week.
    We have been looking at Orosei or Cala Gonone. Since se are staying in October we are a bit unsure if there are a lot of restaurant open. Which village is best in October? Or do you think some other place is better for us to stay?
    We are travelling with two kids 4 and 7 years old. We plan to rent a car.
    Thanks in advance.

    1. Author

      Hi Marta,

      October might be trickier for the boat trips but if you are staying in a village like Orosei or Cala Gonone you shouldn’t have any problem. I went to Orosei recently and the restaurants are usually open all year round for the locals, with the benefit that they won’t be as crowded as in high season!
      Orosei tends to be quieter than Cala Gonone in low season, but even in Cala Gonone don’t expect a lot going on in October. Since you have 2 kids, I doubt you will be looking for crazy partying and the quietness of the villages can be a bonus for you to really enjoy the real Sardinian vibe! (And the Golfo di Orosei area is one of the best for this!)


  29. We have 2 children aged 5 and 3 we would be flying into Olbia, could you recommend a good area to stay in? We will be hiring a car and would want an apartment.
    Thanking in advance xx

    1. Author

      Hi Amy,

      So sorry I’ve missed your comment (and a few others), as I always say..if you see that I don’t reply in a few days, feel free to add a reminder so that I’ll get it on my email and try to reply to everyone. Not an easy task but I’m doing my best! πŸ™‚

  30. Hi!

    We’re looking for a vacation in the beginning of September.
    We’re a family with 2 small girls (will be 1+4 months and 4 months in Sep.).
    We’re interested in renting a place walking distance from the beach which has a market nearby for buying food.

    Is what you wrote here good for such young children too?
    How can we get around easily with the kids (strollers, car seats, etc.)? How do we get to-from the airport?
    Does the Residence Hotel Lu Nibareddu you recommended have apartments with full kitchens? What about other options?


    1. Author

      Hi Elan, sorry I missed your message..
      I hope you sorted out your holiday smoothly!

      As for your question, I still reply in case it might help other people with similar doubts.
      The hotel Lu Nibareddu offers the Hotel Formula for its residence. If you check out their website you can read this:

      “Hotel Formula means that we will accommodate you in apartments with kitchenette, bathroom and veranda included breakfast, half board or full board, bed linen and towels, cleaning every two days, TV, water and costs of electricity and gas.

      All Services: β€’ Free shuttle bus to the beach (01/06-30/09) β€’ Free parking near the beach and all the apartments of the village β€’ Swimming pool (01/05-19/10) β€’ Wifi Zone Free β€’ Tour Desk: organized tours and excursions β€’ Football or tennis court β€’ Restaurant-pizzeria BBQ β€’ Seaview Restaurant La Tavernetta β€’ Panoramic Beach Bar “Tavernetta Beach” β€’ Reception”

      So you’ll have a kitchenette and free shuttle bus to the beach which is perfect for families with babies, or if you have the car, the free parking also comes in handy! This is why I recommended it as a good choice for families!

      Hope it helps!

  31. Hi – I was hoping you may be able to give some much needed advice! We are visiting Sardinia next month and would like some tips on where to take and entertain 4 children (aged from 6 – 12). I would like to visit a town but not sure if this would be boring for them. We are based about 40mins from Olbia, is the forest you mention near there? do you have any sites for the tours there?

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      Hi Kerry,

      Once again, apologies as I totally miss this whole section of messages! I hope you had a great stay!

      I reply to your message in the hope it will help some other people for next year!
      near Olbia, if you have kids, there is the famous Aqua Park in Baja Sardinia where the children will definitely be entertained!

      The towns can be a little boring for them, unless you go somewhere nice where they have musicians or some kind of entertainment on the streets.

      I went to Orosei in July and the main road was a great place for kids, with games karaoke, dancing on the streets…it was amazing and I saw the children having a lot of fun! This kind of things are quite usual in the villages during high season (especially during the evenings), so you can visit a city/village with the promise of some fun for the kids before/after dinner time.. A good compromise for the whole family πŸ™‚


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  34. Hi,

    I was wondering if you could help me. I’m a little concerned because I have booked an 8 night holiday in Sardinia but my husband and I don’t drive and I have been told it’s much better to have a car in Sardinia. We are coming at the end of May this year, 2015. We are arriving in Olbia with our two children. What is the taxi service like in Sardinia? I was thinking of Isola Rossa but the places on air bnb don’t look very nice. Do you know of any resorts in that area?

    Thank you,

    1. Author

      Hi Samantha,
      Unfortunately,taxis in Sardinia are not exactly a great option to travel, they are expensive and only available in the big cities. Your alternative would be using the bus service. Usually they are quite decent in the northern part of Sardinia but to travel from Olbia Airport to Isola Rossa it would take 4 hours. It depends if you enjoy a more “adventurous” holiday (at least when traveling is concerned), then the bus can be an option to see some interesting views, but not ideal with the kids…
      If you still want to go there, I know of a great Hotel called “Hotel Corallo” (you can click on the link and see for yourself.

      Otherwise, another option would be to stay closer to Olbia, either you can head to San Teodoro, which is very easy to reach by bus (only 40 minutes) or stay even closer near Arzachena or Cannigione. From there you can explore the area by bus, here is a timetablee for the service from Olbia to Arzachena, passing trough Baja Sardinia (where you can visit the famous aquapark) and the Costa Smeralda Area, so it would be quite convenient for you. You could also reach Palau and get on a day trip to visit the marvellous Arcipelago della Maddalena (I love that trip!)

      To see the most convenient Hotels and resorts you can check out in here for Arzachena, Cannigione and San Teodoro, which are in my opinion, your best options to have a stress free vacation without using the car! I love this website and use it all the times to book my trips as you can cancel last minute without any penalty, and they offer a great deal of places (especially in Sardinia!)

      I hope it helps!
      And by the way, I’m currently in Sardinia and the weather is fabulous right now, people are already going to the beach πŸ™‚


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