Why you should add Sardinia to your Italy Itinerary

As you start to plan your 2024 adventures, we recommend you consider visiting the captivating island of Sardinia in Italy. It’s a treasure trove of sun-soaked beaches, culinary delights, and a destination to visit all year round. Whether you enjoy beach-hopping in summer or prefer a relaxed holiday, Sardinia offers a variety of unique experiences.

Here are five things that make Sardinia a must-visit destination:


1. A Luxury Paradise

Image: Hotel Cala Di Volpe, Costa Smeraldo – Sardinia, Italy

Firstly, Sardinia emerges as the ultimate destination for high-end travellers. Costa Smeralda in the north is an indulgent paradise, home to luxury resorts and oceanfront accommodations. In addition, this charming retreat is a hotspot among VIPs and celebrities. For an ultra-luxe stay, we recommend staying at Hotel Cala Di Volpe (as seen in James Bond’s “The Spy Who Loved Me”), or at Club Hotel Baja Sardinia.

Read our blog here on the best accommodation across Sardinia.

Costa Smeralda offers an getaway for those who seek a trip on the luxury side.


2. Home to Pristine Beaches and Grottos


Sardinia is world-renowned for its pristine beaches, grottos and crystal-clear azure waters. It stands as a serene escape from the vibrant cities of Italy’s mainland.

There are a range of beaches – from rocky terrain to powdery white sands, public and secluded beaches. The North boasts a refined experience among luxury resorts including La Pelosa, Spiaggia Rosa, and Cala Brandinchi. Beaches in the South, however, offer less crowds and a laid-back experience such as Turredda, Chia, Porto Rino, and Scoglio di Peppino.

For those who prefer to venture out, Neptune’s Grotto, known for captivating cave formations, is accessible by boat. A yacht trip to the Maddalena Archipelago with pristine waters, wind-sculpted granite, and abundant wildlife is also worth a visit

Visit the famous Neptune’s Grotto and Maddalena Archipelago, included in our Sardinia Regional Discovery Tour.

3. Sardinia’s rich history

Among the beautiful beaches, Sardinia unfolds a tapestry of rich history, showcasing some of the most interesting archaeological sites. A must-visit is the Sur Nuraxi in Barumini. These are megalithic structures from Sardinia’s Bronze Age (17th Century BC), scattered across the island.

Another city not to miss is Nora, one of Sardinia’s oldest villages. Founded by Phoenicians, it dates back to the 8th century. Step back in time and wander through remnants of what was once the island’s most powerful city. Discovering a Roman Theatre and ancient baths add a fascinating layer to Sardinia’s historical allure.

Immerse in history with a guided walking tour, inclusive of our Sardinia Regional Discovery Tour.

4. Culinary Wonders and Natural Winemaking

Italy’s regions offer culinary treasures, and Sardinia’s cuisine reflects tradition and family, thus celebrating life. Experience Sardinian food culture in upscale restaurants or local farmhouses, with regional ingredients prepared in ancient traditions. Local wines, an essential part of Sardinian cuisine, also complement these gastronomic delights.

We recommend Oliana’s estates, as they are a beacon of innovation in natural winemaking. Using native vines and ancient cultivation methods, they produce exceptional wines like Bovale, Nasco, Carignano, and Cannonau. For this reason, Sardinia’s commitment to authentic, quality wines in their cellar, reveals the artistry behind these exceptional blends.

Experience Oliana’s estate wine tasting and lunch, inclusive of our Sardinia Regional Discovery Tour.

5. Sardinia offers experiences all year round

Sardinia beckons visitors year-round, providing diverse experiences for every season. For instance, Summer (mid-June to mid-September) is the busiest season and ideal for beach lovers. However, this requires preparing for larger crowds, higher prices and booking in advance.

On the other hand, shoulder seasons (March to May, September, and October), are best for those who prefer sight-seeing. The historical and cultural sights, therefore offers a relaxed and enriched experience.

Winter in Sardinia (November to February) brings opportunities for cultural events and off-peak exploration, therefore the island’s authenticity can be appreciated with fewer tourists. In addition, Sardinia in the rainier months, remains one of Europe’s best destinations for winter sun.

All year round, Sardinia promises a unique escape with each visit.


EXTRA: Experience the Blue Zone Wonders

Additionally, Sardinia’s Blue Zone offers insights into lifestyle, diet, and community dynamics, hence making it an ideal destination for those curious about a fulfilling life.

Read more about the Blue Zone of Sardinia on our blog.

In conclusion, Sardinia promises a unique escape with each visit. It’s an island that offers something for everyone – whether you’re a luxury traveller, a history buff, a foodie, or simply looking for a beautiful beach to relax on.

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