No many people realize how big Sardinia is and how much there is to see until they arrive on the island and they understand they should have planned to stay longer! Time is luxury though, so we hope this little post will give you some ideas on the must do experiences you should not miss.

1) Visit to the beaches

Relaxing on a beach is great but often it can get you lazy! So, do not miss the chance to visit different ones even in the same area. We got so many beaches which are beautiful and unique and all very different from each other. It does not matter if you just go for a walk in the low season or to sunbathe in the summer, you can still enjoy incredible views. Among the many we love:

North: Spiaggia Ampurias (Castelsardo), Rena Bianca (Santa Teresa di Gallura), Spiaggia Rosa (Budelli)

South-west-coast: Is Arutas & S’Archittu (Oristano), Masua (Iglesias) Tuerredda (Chia)

South-east coast: Mari Pintau, Porto Giunco & Santa Caterina (Villasimius)

East coast: Piscina Rey (Coast Rey), Cala Mariolu, Santa Maria Navarrese, Cala Goritzè, Cala Luna


2) Visit Cagliari and Alghero

One of them at least! Sardinia has not got huge cities and both these towns can be visited in one or two days but they are beautiful, full of character and atmosphere. Cagliari, with its old town, narrow streets, Pisan Towers and its beach dominated by the Devils Saddle.

Alghero, is a beautiful fortified city surrounded by Spanish towers and ramparts and nearby the promontory of Porto Conte Natural Park. A paradise for girls because of its amazing coral jewels but also for those passionate about nature.

Cagliari

3) Explore Sardinia archaeological and mysterious sites

There are so many! The famous Nuraghes going back to the 1500 BC, which according to some, were to be Atlantis towers. Among the most famous are Su Nuraxi in Barumini, the Red Nuraghe in Orroli, Tiscali village in Dorgali, Palmavera in Alghero. Also, find out about the Tombs of Giants (e.g Is Concias in the south and Coddu Vecchiu in Arzachena) and the Domus de Janas, meaning fairy houses in Sardinia, (e.g. the Elephant Rock near Castelsardo, Anghelu Ruju in Alghero), both very ancient and fascinating burial sites

4) Discover the amazing landscapes

Visit the inner Sardinia and its woods in particular the Supramonte of Orgosolo and Dorgali. This is a paradise for hikers and trekking lovers but can also be done by jeep with less effort. Several routes are normally available to tourists and take them to the town & woods of Orgosolo, the underground Nuragic village of Tiscali or the Canyon of Su Gorroppu.

5) Snorkelling, diving, surfing, canoeing and climbing are all great activities to be taken on our island

It does not matter if you are a beginner or an expert. If you are up for it, there are many professionals that can help you enjoy these activities in the best Sardinia locations and leave you with great memories or a new passion! Particularly beautiful sites for snorkelling and diving are the Asinara and St. Pietro islands. Great spots to surf are in north Sardinia (Porto Pollo) and in the south-west coast (Piscinas). For climbers Dorgali, Jertzu, Porto Conte and Masua are some of the best locations.

6) Take a boat trip

If you visit in the spring-summer season, take a boat or even a RID-boat excursion to admire Sardinia coastline and the minor islands. These experiences are available both in the north from Stintino & Porto Torres to the Asinara Natural reserve, from Castelsardo to Isola Rossa, from Palau or Santa Teresa to la Maddalena & Caprera and in the South from Villasimius, Cagliari or Sant’Antioco .

7) The food! …and wine off course.

The most authentic Sardinian cuisine is often served in local trattorias or Agriturismo. Agriturismos are the ideal place to taste the famous roasted suckling piglet, lamb stews, ricotta cheese culurgiones & malloreddus pasta, artichokes & potatoes stews, wild asparagus omelettes etc.. Red wines such as the Cannonau, Monica, Carignano and Mirto liqueur are a must.
Sea food must not be underestimated though. Local trattorias or restaurants can prepare you some delicious specialities such as pastas with sea urchins, bottarga or clams, delicious octopus salads or sea food soups. All accompanied with Sardinian fine white wines (e.g. Vermentino, Costamolino, Terre Bianche).

8) Attend one of the locals religious or food festivals

From the traditional Sardinia Carnival in the winter to the various produce “sagre” (i.e. chestnuts, asparagus, peaches, cherries festivals) and finally the great religious festivals with their bright colours and ancient rites, of which the most famous are St Efisio in Cagliari at the beginning of May and “il Redentore” in Nuoro in the month of August.

9) Find out about Sardinian traditional crafts

Depending on where you are, you will see beautiful corals (Alghero), the traditional handmade tapestries (Mogoro), silver jewels made of the so called “filigrana” and what in ancient times was called the black gold: the obsidian stone. Finally fine typical corn knives can be found all around the island.

10) Last but not the least, you must learn some Sardinian!

Sardinia has got its own language that has nothing to do with Italian. It is a language that is not in use among the youngest generations but it is normally spoken by the rest of the population. So, you can not leave the island if you do not learn at least a couple of words! A Si Biri