Famed for its glistening turquoise sea and white sandy beaches, Sardinia is a large Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea. There’s far more to a Sardinia holiday than sun, sea and sand though. Gape at the super yachts bobbing in Porto Cervo, plunge the depths with a scuba dive in the underwater caves and grottoes of Alghero, or visit the ancient Roman ruins of Tharros and Nora. Sporty types can try their hand at surfing, canoeing or windsurfing in Porto Pollo, or perhaps a take trek on horseback in San Teodoro. If it is beaches you’re after, though, pull up a patch on the secluded coves of Costa Smeralda, or scale the towering sand dunes of Baia Chia. When hunger strikes, you’re in luck – Sardinia’s food is a tourist attraction unto itself. Traditional dishes include su porcheddu (spit-roasted suckling pig) and malloreddus (semolina and saffron pasta with sausage and pecorino sauce.) If you choose self-catering Sardinia accommodation, you can also take advantage of the Mercato Civiles (food markets) that dot the island. Not only will you save money on dining out, you’ll get to shop amongst the locals for a true taste of Sardinia life.
When to go to Sardinia
With a wonderful Mediterranean climate, Sardinia is a fantastic year round holiday destination. Summers are long and hot, while you can expect mild weather if you travel to Sardinia in spring, autumn or winter.
Getting to and around Sardinia
Most tourists arrive in Sardinia via flights to Cagliari-Elmas Airport, Olbia Airport or Alghero-Fertilia Airport. Once in Sardinia, transport options include bus and train, although hiring car is your best bet if you’re keen to really explore the island.
Where to stay in Sardinia
When choosing accommodation in Sardinia, villas and apartments are smart alternatives to expensive hotel rooms. You’ll not only save money by booking your very own Sardinia villa or apartment, but will also benefit from superior space, freedom and privacy. HouseTrip has a number of quality self catering Sardinia villas and apartments, many available to book in as few as clicks.