Published: December, 2017
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Sardinia, Italy

— Courtney Leary
  • More about your oliver guide:
  • Trip type: Family, Beach
  • Activity level: moderate
  • Ideal length of trip: 2-3 WEEKS. WE SPENT 11 NIGHTS ON THE SOUTH AND 5 IN THE NORTH.

to & from

Depending upon where you’re going on Sardegna, either fly into Cagliari (south) or Porto Cervo (north/east). There are direct flights from London, Paris and other larger non-Italian European cities. Also, daily non-stops between Milan and Rome, generally on EasyJet, less than an hour of flying time. Rent a car at the airport as taxis are hard to come by.

Where to Stay

  • The South end of the Island is regarded as more beautiful and more relaxed (though admittedly we did not go to the west or northwest parts of the island). There are fewer hotels but there are many home rental options, with very few Americans. Rent a house via airbnb near/on Simius Beach in Villasimius. We rented one associated with a hotel so we had maid service and could use the hotel facilities.
  • Hotels to consider in the South: Hotel Cormoran, Pullman, Su Gologone.
  • The North, specifically the Costa Smeralda, is extremely chic, (think yachts and plastic surgery). Here you will find more Americans and generally a more touristy feel. Stay a few days on the north-east end called Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast) in an upscale hotel.
  • The Caia Del Volpe is a world-class hotel but very expensive.
  • Other hotels in the North: L'Agnata di De Andre, Hotel Cala Di Volpe.
  • Both the North and the South are beautiful, begin in one end and drive to the other. Takes 3-4 hours (though there are several small hotels to stay mid-island) and you get to see the highlands and wooded forests which are unique and stunning.

Where to Eat and Drink

The food is amazing, especially the fish, seafood pastas & deserts.

  • Try the local cheeses and wines -- also amazing and different.
  • Make sure to try Malloreddus (pasta) and Seadas (desert).
  • Da Barbara is the best restaurant in the South (maybe the whole island).
  • Other restaurants in the South: Ristorante Sa Morisca (Pizzeria), Ristorante Su Forreddu, Ristoante Il Miraggio.

What to Do

There are beach clubs throughout the island which offer bar/restaurants and more upscale private day-beds.

inside scoop

  • The beaches are sprinkled with “Ombrelloni” or large beach umbrellas with beach 2-3 chairs which you rent from the lifeguard on a daily/weekly basis. Unless you’re at a hotel, your rental will likely not come with a pre-arranged Ombrelloni so you will need to work it out upon arrival at the beach.
  • Don’t go in early June as the water temp is still chilly. It rises fast beginning mid June and becomes very warm throughout October. August is very crowded.

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