Sardinia

Italy
Cagliari - Villasimius - Southern Sardinia featuring street scenes

Lounge on dreamy white-sand beaches, explore old-fashioned fishing villages and trek along scenic hiking trails on this sunny Mediterranean island.

The Italian island of Sardinia is an enchanting retreat from the bustle of life on the mainland. Snorkel in sparkling blue waters, ride a Vespa around narrow village streets and dine on freshly caught seafood on sunny waterside restaurant terraces.

Sardinia’s rich history dates back to Roman times and you can still find ruins from the empire dotted around the island. Marvel at medieval buildings and Gothic cathedrals in the capital city of Cagliari. Hike up to Il Castello, a walled hilltop fortress overlooking the Gulf of Cagliari and view the Basilica of Our Lady of Bonaria, which contains a treasured local icon of the Virgin Mary.

Discover Catalan history in the coastal city of Alghero. Alghero was founded by Catalan conquerors, which explains why a Catalan dialect prevails here. In the Costa Smeralda area, marvel at luxury yachts and expensive real estate occupied by celebrities and global business leaders. Dance all night at an exclusive club in Olbia, one of Costa Smeralda’s most popular towns for nightlife. South of Olbia is San Teodoro, known for its beautiful beach and lagoon where pink flamingos gather.

Spot wildlife in the Gola Su Gorropu gorge, where rugged limestone landscapes are crisscrossed by hiking trails. Look for golden eagles soaring above the ravines. To visit the mountains of the Gennargentu, head to the Parco Nazionale del Golfo di Orosei del Gennargentu, Sardinia’s largest national park.

The Sardinian coast is fringed with white-sand beaches. Among the best swimming spots is Santa Teresa di Gallura, which features clear, shallow waters and fine pale sand. Head to the dunes of Spiaggia di Piscinas on Sardinia’s wild coast for remote hiking trails.

Start your vacation by flying into Cagliari, Costa Smeralda or Alghero. Seasonal flights serve departure cities across Europe, while more frequent flights operate between mainland Italy and Sardinia. Rent a car to reach remote areas or stick to the major cities and towns, which are served by buses and walking paths.

Sardinia offers an enticing mix of natural beauty, sun-dappled beaches and historic ruins.

Popular cities in Sardinia

Cagliari showing a city
Cagliari
Known for Historical, Cafes and Monuments
A holiday in Cagliari is the perfect opportunity to discover an ancient city founded and already flourishing at the time of the Phoenicians.

Reasons to visit

  • Cagliari Cathedral
  • Bastion of Saint Remy
  • Sanctuary and Basilica of Our Lady of Bonaria
Alghero showing a coastal town and general coastal views
Alghero
Known for Historical, Marinas and Monuments
The sound of the ancient Catalan language will be your companion as you enjoy all there is to see and do on this part of the coast, like charming sail boat outings, adventurous extreme sports, or simply a day on the beach to relax.

Reasons to visit

  • Neptune's Grotto
  • Piazza Civica
  • Nuraghe di Palmavera
Le Saline Beach showing swimming, landscape views and general coastal views
Olbia
Known for Beach view, Spas and Small town
Located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Olbia has an appealing assortment of attractive beaches. The coastal setting offers surfing, diving and a variety of other water-based activities. The sea may be the center of activities, but Olbia also features numerous cultural pursuits including museums, ancient churches and shipwreck treasures.

Reasons to visit

  • Port of Olbia
  • Basilica of San Simplicio
Sassari showing a statue or sculpture, a square or plaza and heritage elements
Sassari
Known for Historical, Art and Monuments
Explore this university city’s stately palazzi and charming piazzas before delving into its medieval history in one of the many heritage churches and museums.
Romazzino Beach showing rugged coastline and general coastal views
Arzachena
Known for Relaxing, Sailing and Secluded
This peaceful Sardinian town features ancient tombs and burial sites as well as pristine beaches and exclusive resorts of Costa Smeralda.
La Maddalena featuring a lake or waterhole, tropical scenes and tranquil scenes
La Maddalena
Known for Ferries and boats, Ports and Islands
Sail to this dream-like island off the Costa Smeralda to let its granite rocks, blue lagoons, white-sand beaches and ochre houses work their magic on you.