Sardinia is larger than you might realise, found between the Balearic Islands of Mallorca and the French island of Corsica, off the coast of Italy. Despite its generous size, it’s still a relatively little known holiday destination, appealing more to those adventurous holiday makers who like to get off the beaten track! Miles of golden coastline, delicious local food and beautiful scenery await you on this Mediterranean isle, and here are some of the top things to do in Sardinia! Do you plan to visit Sardinia one day?
Visit the capital city, Cagliari
The capital is a great place to begin your holiday in Sardinia! Located in the south of the island, the city itself is brimming with history with a medieval centre, a number of churches and a handful of archaeological sites. There is plenty to see and do here and paired with some great restaurants, a local beach and an abundance of wildlife at the salt marshes nearby, there’s something to appeal to all tastes during your time here.
Tour the Wineries
With a profusion of vineyards in the beautiful northern portion of Sardinia, pick up a hire car from Alghero Airport and spend a day visiting some of the many wineries in the area. Don’t worry if you’re new to the world of wine; take a look at our guide to wine tasting for beginners and pick up a few tips before you travel!
Try windsurfing, sailing or kite surfing
The beautiful beaches here offer more than just wonderfully clear water and golden sands (as if that isn’t enough); some of the beaches also boast a great selection of water sports! Head to the northern shores for the likes of wind surfing and kite surfing whilst the calm seas elsewhere are perfect for a spot of sailing with the nearby islands of Mallorca, Menorca and Corsica all within easy reach.
Uncover the island’s caves
Neptune’s Grotto is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sardinia and when you visit, you will soon see why! The marine cave can be reached either by boat or road, with both routes offering fantastic scenery, but the 656 steps down into the cave from the road are worth considering! Inside, the impressive stalagmites and stalactites are made all the more spectacular with the dramatic lighting. Other caves to visit include Su Marmuri’s Cave and the Is Zuddas Caves, as well as the Ispinigoli Caves which is home to a 38m high stalagmite, the tallest in Europe!
Go rambling in the Supramonte Mountains
Spanning central eastern Sardinia, the Supramonte massif is yet another area of natural beauty to discover. The highest peak is just short of 5,000ft, while the surrounding lush canyons and foothills are perfect for rambling on a sunny day. Don’t forget to pack your hiking boots!
Go scuba diving at the Marine Protected Area of Tavolara Punta Coda Cavallo
Venture to the gorgeous Punta Coda Cavallo Marine Preserve just off the coast of Sardinia. The surrounding waters of this spectacular landscape prove a popular spot for scuba diving so why not head here and explore the underwater world during your time in Sardinia. You can find out more here!
This is just an example of the range of activities Sardinia has to offer; there’s plenty more to choose from! With plenty of well-priced flights available to the three main airports, Alghero, Cagliari and Olbia and with a flight time of less than 3 hours, it’s a great choice for a one week trip.