Holidays and Honeymoons to Sardinia – hotels, villas, walking holidays.
Although part of Italy, Sardinia has such a unique identity, we felt it deserved it’s own page! A gorgeous island within just a two hour flight from the UK, Sardinia has 1800 km of coastline with caves and strange rock formations, dramatic cliffs and sand dunes, all surrounded by turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
When you are looking at holidays in the Mediterranean, Sardinia may not immediately spring to mind. Tourism here is low key and classy, hotels are low rise and often blending in with trees and sand dunes. The Costa Smeralda on the north east has exclusive hotels and yacht marinas, top restaurants and glitz and glamour in high season, places like Alghero are full of history and fabulous small cafe bars and restaurants surrounding the walls of the old town and harbour.
With a rugged, mountainous interior Sardinia is a great destination for walking holidays and there are lovely farmstays (Agritourismos) and rustic hillside cottages from where you can explore small villages and take in rural life surrounded by olive groves, cork forests and native ponies. There are about 7000 ‘Nuraghi’ on Sardinia which date from about 3,500 years and are mysterious stone dwellings, reminding you of the prehistoric occupation of the island along with some remains of Roman architecture. In high season take ‘The Little Green Train’ across the island on three different tracks passing through hills, lakes and forests through the rural heart of Sardinia. For horse riding holidays, head for Oristano, where there are riding and trekking centres.
There are plenty of beaches to enjoy on Sardinia and if you have a hire car you can get to some of the more off the beaten track options too! In the north east take a boat trip around the islands of the Archipelago di Maddalena, surrounded by a national marine park, or Valle dell’Erica with long white sandy beaches and quiet coves. Santa Teresa is a town beach with cafes and beautiful spots to enjoy the atmosphere.
The Costa Smeralda has over 80 bays and beaches including the famous Baia Sardinia. In the centre of the island you will find a dramatic east coast best explored by boat and to the west south of Oristano, you will find wild, stunning beaches. In the south there are Juniper forests and sand dunes around Chia’s sandy beaches and 11km of beach at Poetto just outside Cagliari. You’ll find pink flamingos on the lagoon at Villasimius with it’s double bay.
For self drive holidays to Sardinia there are stunning coastal roads and mountain passes to enjoy. Charter a yacht in Sardinia to get a great experience of the beauty of the island from the sea. Water sports are available from most hotels, particularly around Cannigione and diving is also available from taster sessions to dives for qualified divers.
Food and drink features highly on Sardinia, as it does in the rest of Italy with some amazing seafood and wines. One of the largest vineyards in Europes is found at Sella & Mosca in Alghero and popular wines on the island include the Vernaccia wines and Muscatel. Harvest festivals are big in Sardinia and there is an artichoke festival in Uri in March and a cherry festival in Nuoro in June.
The main airports are Alghero in the north west, Olbia in the north east and Cagliari in the south. The summer here is hot and dry from May to October, often with a refreshing breeze.
Sail, swim, taste and relax – pay a visit to Sardinia for your next Mediterranean holiday with a difference! Ask us about joining a group tour, a family friendly hotels and villas, luxury spas and restaurants or a tailor made trip to Sardinia.
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