How to Visit Sardinia
Sardinia is the second largest island located in the Mediterranean Sea, and found west of the Italian peninsula. The island is commonly called a microcontinent because it hosts a variety of ecosystems. Sardinia, contains woodland mountains, wild plains, pebbly shorelines and some spectacular beaches with blue clear sea. Sardinia’s main attraction is the impressive coastline and the weather is normally hot enough to swim in the sea between May and late October.
Getting to Sardinia
Traveling Around Italy
Untouched nature of the summer paradise is breath taking so find out what to see and experience on this amazing island. It is located in the center of the western Mediterranean, and is lapped to the north by the waters of the Bocche di Bonifacio, which separate it from Corsica. To the west it is bathed by the Sardinian Sea, while to the east by the Tyrrhenian Sea. To the south, the waters of the Sardinia Channel interpose between the island and the northern coasts of the African continent. The region includes the main island and some small islands and surrounding archipelagos (Asinara, La Maddalena Archipelago, San Pietro Island, Sant’Antioco Island), together with many other smaller islands.
The most effective way of traveling to Sardinia is by plane. Sardinia hosts five airports overall, of which 3 of them, Alghero, Cagliari and Olbia connect internationally. Daily domestic flights connect main airports of the island with Rome and Milan, 3-4 times a day by Alitalia to Alghero and Cagliari, and by AirItaly to Olbia. In the summer from May to October, Sardinia is connected by numerous international flights and charters from different countries.
Several budget carriers fly to the island, such as EasyJet, Ryanair, and Eurowings.
Private flights are connected with the main terminal in Olbia.
For those traveling from the mainland by ferry, there are several ferry services to Porto Torres, Cagliari, Golfo Aranci, Olbia, and Arbatax operated by various ferry companies.
Ferries from the mainland to Sardinia can take around 7-8 hours with departures either in the morning or in the late evening. On fully serviced ferries, you can choose from a wide range of accommodation types from armchairs to comfortable cabins.
Tourists that are traveling with a vehicle, taking a ferry is the only option, but they have the choice of renting a car once they arrive on the island.
Sardinia is strongly connected with the Italian, French, Corse and Spanish ferry ports by well known ferry companies.
The journeys between Sardinia and Italy work all through the year and become more frequent in the summer season between the months of June and September. Ferry Tickets to Sardinian ports can be included in the itinerary if you choose our multi-destination trip.
You can choose from a timetable departures for any route to and from the ports of Olbia, Porto Torres, Cagliari, Arbatax, Golfo Aranci and Santa Teresa di Gallura, that connect the island with Genova, Livorno, Civitavecchia, Naples, Palermo, Piombino in Italy, Toulon, Nice, Marseilles and Porto Vecchio in France and Barcellona in Spain.
The variety of ferry companies Tirrenia, Moby, Corsica & Sardinia Ferries, GNV, Snav, Grimaldi Lines and SNCM connect Sardinia offer very affordable prices.
Renting a car allows you to explore Sardinia at your own pace, but that’s not to say there aren’t any downsides. For instance, car rental is quite expensive, but you can find them at each of the island’s three main airports. As well as this fuel is costly in Italy, and finding a parking spot can be difficult too. On the other hand, a car allows you freedom to get where you want to when you choose to, although check you have a valid driver’s license and an international driving permit. Tourists need to remember speed limits are displayed in kilometers. They also must keep your eyes peeled for motor scooters, which are notorious for weaving in and out of traffic.
We provide the rent of luxury cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Mercedes, and vintage cars.
A lot of Sardinia is interconnected by an broad network of bus routes. However the bus timetables can be unclear, and a lot of bus operators have reduced hours and routes on Sundays, which might pose a problem or be inconvenient to some commuters.
Trenitalia runs Sardinia’s network of trains, which join the island’s main towns, like Porto Torres, Cagliari, Iglesias, Sassari, Carbonia, Oristano and Olbia.
For your best stay choose the comfort and efficiency of a private transport service with driver. Always at your disposal, transfer accompanies you to the main points of interest, pampering you with the comforts of a luxury car. Take advantage of our private transport service to and from Sardinia airports. We take care of the reception and logistics, offering a personalized service and ensuring comfort and maximum efficiency.
Trust the experience of our multilingual guides to discover the most suggestive and spectacular places on the island. Cultural and naturalistic excursions and personalized itineraries based on your preferences.
Private jet and helicopter
Rental of a private jet takes away any worries. It is possible to arrive and leave at any time. We provide private charter aircraft to and from Sardinia with a private jet available in Italy, Spain and France, we are able to position a short-term jet that allows us to meet your needs.
What you can avoid traveling in a private jet:
- No queue at the VIP private terminals
- Not having to arrive 2 hours before departure – arrival 30 minutes before departure
- No waiting for your bags, simply follows you to get off the plane
- No waiting in customs queue before or after flight
- Limited risk of delays and not last minute cancellation
- Car with direct access to the private jet, or short walk through the terminals
We provide private helicopter transfer directly from/to the airport to your accommodation – hotel or villa.
Places to visit in Sardinia
Sardinia is very diverse – from medieval Genovese and Aragonese towns, stretched along the coasts or on the hills in the northwest, to the most luxurious Mediterranean resorts of Costa Smeralda with the pristine beaches and bizarre granite rocks in the northeast; from the typical villages and wildlife of the mountains in the Central Sardinia to the capital and long sandy beaches on the south . Our tour itineraries around the island from the South to the North, include the main places and experiences, picturesque sights, breathtaking views and allows you to discover the island with local experts and insiders.
The capital of the island has so much to offer to its visitors; from culture and architectural treasures to wonderful nature and amazing beaches. A must-see attraction is the oldest district of Castello but don’t miss the impressive Duomo, San Remy Bastion with beautiful panoramic views and Cittadella dei Musei, museum quarter with various establishments. The whole island is known for beautiful coast and beaches and Cagliari is no exception; among the best beaches in the area are Poetto and Tuerredda. Cagliari Marina has long promenades, many shops and restaurants.
One of the hidden gems on the Sardinia coast will amaze you with spectacular coastline and mild beaches. It is the right place to visit all year round; during summer you can swim and sunbathe as much as you can, while the most attractive feature in fall and winter is the poetic atmosphere. Capo Pula is one of the most-known sites with the ruins of the Phoenician town. The area is famous for its sandy coastline, golden dunes and remarkable beaches.
Sant’Antioco and San Pietro Islands
Sant’Antioco is the second largest island of the Sardinian region in the south west corner of Sardinia and looks out onto the beautiful Golfo di Palmas. The town is characterised by its important archaeological settlements, such as the monumental menhir Sa Mongia and Su Para, the domus de janas (fairy houses) and the giants’ tombs of Su Niu and Su Crobu. However it is also noted for its beautiful beaches like Maladroxia and Co’e Quaddus, the rocky inlets of Cala Sapone and Cala Lunga, and among under-water fishing enthusiasts for the splendid islands of Vacca and Toro, with their crystal clear waters.
San Pietro island has been known since ancient times. It is home today to remains from the Phoenician, Roman and Sardinian civilizations. According to a legend, the island is so named because St. Peter visited the island in 46 AD. In the 18th century the then-uninhabited San Pietro was colonized by people of Ligurian language and ethnicity, coming from the Republic of Genoa’s colony at Tabarka after it had been taken over by the Bey of Tunisia. Today most of the population has retained a variant of Genoese dialect, called Tabarchino, which is also spoken in the northern part of the next Sant’Antioco island, in Calasetta, of same origin.
A charming city with amazing architecture and art. The Cathedral and its dome dominate the skyline of Oristano. Archeological antiquarium Arborense has the most important archeological collections in Sardinia. Portixeddu is the historic center of the town showing the eventful past. Picturesque pedestrian streets and piazzas abound in boutique shops and restaurants. Many cafes and ice cream shops offer more than welcome break for visitors.
Barbagia is the heart of Sardinia. An enormous territory occupying the slopes of the Gennargentu, a massif mountain in the center of the island, and the smaller reliefs around it. The name “Barbagia” is related to the fact that here refuged the Sardinian who resisted the conquests of Carthaginians and Romans. In fact the area is made up of various historical regions: you will be conquered by the magic of the historic villages such as Gavoi with granite houses, narrow lanes, vine coortes and pergolas, and the homeland to the famous cheese “Fiore Sardo” (Sardinian Flower). In Orgosolo, the streets speak to you through murals painted on walls that tell life, culture, and political claims. Barbagia is famous for “cannonau” wine: Mamoiada, Oliena and Dorgali are internationally recognized as the production centers and homeland of these grapes and wine. Golfo di Orosei and Cala Gonone – the village by the sea is world-famus for its breathtaking bay Cala Luna.
The only river town in Sardinia in the valley of Temo river is one of the most beautiful and picturesque villages in Sardinia. Typical pastel-colored houses along the river and little alleys in the old town create a magical spirit. The Castello Malaspina, a hilltop castle built in the 12th century, dominates the village from above. The place is known for many shops specialized in corals, gold filigree and filet.
Small town of Alghero is characterized by its Spanish past and Catalan domination; the old town has a number of interesting historical monuments so make sure to visit the gothic cathedral of Santa Maria and Palazzo Guillot. Stroll down the narrow streets and steep steps filled with cafes, restaurants and bars. After exploring the town, spend some time relaxing on one of the beaches in the area such as Spiaggia del Lido. Not far from Alghero, you will find Grotte di Nettuno, or Caves of Neptune, impressive stalactite caves that can be reached either by steep staircase or by sea.
A delightful medieval town of Castelsardo of the 12th century stands on a promontory in the center of the Asinara Gulf. The time is stopped here, its small old streets climb from the hill to the top with the ancient castle of Doria, blowing us in the past centuries. Beautiful, breathtaking landscape from the top of the chapel on the sea around the island of Asinara and Corsica. Castelsardo is famous for traditional Sardinian handicraft and typical hand-made local baskets. Close to Castelsardo there is a strange Elephant Rock (Roccia dell’Elefante) – the famous rock in the natural form of an elephant and a prehistoric burial «domus de janas» of prenuragic period, approx. 5000 years.
One of the most exclusive places in the world – the legendary Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast), famous spot for celebrity vacations and jet-set hub. Famous luxury villages and iconic hotels in Sardinian style with natural local materials and typical architecture, created by world famous designers. It is also the place of nightlife with the famous clubs Billionaire, Ritual, Sopra Vento, Sotto Vento, Phi Beach, opened during high season months in July and August. Porto Cervo – a luxury center of Costa Smeralda with a small Piazzetta, marina with super yachts, glamour restaurants and shops with luxury brands. The unique luxury village of Costa Smeralda – Poltu Quatu (“Hidden Port” in Sardinian language), set amongst natural granite fjord with the charming hotel and residence, an example of wonderful architecture and design, created by the legendary architect of Costa Smeralda, Jean Claude Lesuiss.
La Maddalena Island
The only inhabited island of the archipelago La Maddalena, with a beautiful typical Mediterranean town of the same name. It’s separated from the main land with a strait connected by a ferry boat 15 min from Palau. Here you can enjoy the special ambience and spirit of a small Italian port, narrow streets and typical restaurants and bars. In the past, La Maddalena was the main base of Italian naval forces, the USA and NATO, and many military officers were so imbued with the beauty and lifestyle of the island that, after the military base was closed, decided to stay here forever, so La Maddalena can be called one of the most international towns of Sardinia. Another island, Caprera, became the home and the last refuge of the legendary general and hero of Italy, Giuseppe Garibaldi, who loved Sardinia and spent the last years of his life in his house on the island of Caprera, which now is the museum of Garibaldi.