June – August
LCY → CAG
Freedom of movement
Taxi: 12 £GBP (15 min)
Train: 1 £GBP (5 min)
Lunch ≈ 11 £GBP
Dinner (for two) ≈ 33 £GBP
Espresso ≈ 1 £GBP
Bottled water ≈ 0.30 £GBP
Travel insurance is recommended
It is wrong to think of Sardinia as mirroring the Italian mainland, the differences start with the language. Sardinian, otherwise known as Sardo, will be heard as often as Italian and the differences don’t end there as you can discover on Sardinia holidays. The island offers eclectic and distinctively different architecture to that of the mainland due to the influence of various cultures throughout the centuries from the Byzantines, the Phoenicians, the Vandals, the French due to the neighbouring island of Corsica and in particular the Spanish. The city of Alghero was a Spanish Catalan colony for centuries and the street signs remain in Catalan to this day.
Another thing that sets Sardinia apart from mainland Italy is its beaches, the north coast alone is home to 80 coves. What Sardinia does have in common with the remainder of Italy is the reverence attached to food and wine. Specialties worth sampling include roast suckling pig and myrtle-stuffed wild boar.
Perhaps unsurprisingly for a Mediterranean Island, Sardinia has a Mediterranean climate along the coast, with a continental climate in the interior. The island experiences approximately 135 days of sunshine annually with the majority of rainfall being in the winter and autumn. The average temperature is between 11 to 17 degrees Celsius (52 to 63 Fahrenheit), with mild winters and hot summers on the coast, 9 to 11 degrees Celsius (48 to 52 Fahrenheit) in January, 23 to 26 degrees Celsius (73 to 79 Fahrenheit) in July, and cold winters and cool summers on the mountains.
The north-western city of Alghero is perhaps one of the most alluring destinations, if it deals with holidays to Sardinia. Under Spanish for 300 years between 1400 and 1700 and the legacy of this influence can be seen in the old town – Barcelonetta (Little Barcelona) where the cobbled streets could have been transported straight out of Catalonia and locals still speak a Catalan dialect. The pace of life here is relaxed with the beautiful white-sanded beaches playing a large part in the down time of locals and visitors alike.
Cagliari, the island’s capital, is located on the beautiful Bay of the Angels (Golfo degli Angeli); like Italy’s capital Rome, it was constructed across seven hills, which also mark the historic neighbourhoods of the city. Casteddu, in campidanese Sardinian means Castle (Castello), marks the upper part of the city, and is dominated by its ancient citadel.
Isola Rossa, or Red Island, isn’t in fact an island at all, rather it takes its name from the huge granite rock just off its coast. Located again on the north-west coast this place doubles as a tranquil fishing village and increasingly popular tourist destination for Sardinia holidays as evidenced by the ever growing number of hotels, one of Sardinia’s biggest water parks and the number of water sports available.
Visit the island of La Maddalena in the north-eastern region of Caprera during your holidays in Sardinia to see the home of famed revolutionary Giuseppe Garibaldi, which is exactly as he left it.
Marvel at the 8,000 structures across Sardinia called Nuraghe - circular fortified structures built by the ancient Nuragic people between 1900 and 730 BC. The most significant complex is Su Nuraxi di Barumini, 60 kilometers (37 miles) north of the Sardinian capital Cagliari, which is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. The most impressive one is the Nuraghe Santu Antine near the village of Torralba. Other notable nuraghes can be found near Abbasanta, Alghero (Palmavera), Macomer, Orroli (Nuraghe Arrubiu), and Villanovaforru.
In the capital, Cagliari, the hilltop oldest part of the city – Castello – offers amazing views of the city and Mediterranean particularly from the impressive white limestone Bastione San Remy. When you have climbed to the top of the Bastione San Remy, the beautiful Romanesque Cathedral of Cagliari is within walking distance.
Sardinia is dotted with springs and baths for example the Baths of Fordongianus which are still used by the locals to do laundry and are an interesting historical and cultural site.
Horse-riding, trekking and caving opportunities abound in Sardinia, and are a good way to experience the landscapes during the holidays to Sardinia.
Sardinian cuisine must be sampled and takes its cues from Italian, Spanish and Mediterranean traditions, as well as including lots of fresh local produce, including sardines, and meats.
Sardinia is renowned for its variety of different crafts and each region of the island features different types of crafts. There is also a large number of markets that sell local produce and food making for a great afternoon out.
Finally Sardinia holidays are perfect for beach lovers. There are plenty of sheltered bays to explore, as well as the larger, more popular beaches lined with cafés and restaurants and featuring a multitude of water sports. Beaches like Cala Gonone, Li Coggi beach, or the tourist-oriented Costa Smeralda consistently appear on “The World’s Best Beaches” lists. However, the best of the best is La Pelosa, near Stintino, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Alghero Airport.