Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and one of the less frequented Italian holiday destinations, but this certainly has its advantages. Tourism is a huge part of the island’s income and therefore there is an excellent infrastructure to provide everything for you and your family’s holiday needs.
With over 1000 miles of beautiful, idyllic and unspoilt coastline, its mountainous interior and excellent facilities and transport links there are so many opportunities to explore this large island. For the active kinds there’s plenty on offer whether its water based or on land. Mix this in with ancient archaeological sites, stunning scenery and typical Italian hospitality then you’ll soon see why Sardinia is a most excellent holiday destination.
Whether it’s lounging on a beach, trying your hand at water sports, exploring ancient ruins or trekking up a mountain, Sardinia can offer a diverse range of holidays to suit any family.
If you have a family with plenty of energy then explore the coastal regions, with windsurfing, sailing, water skiing and diving all offered in many of the excellent water sport venues. Check out AT water sports in Siniscola if you’d like to have a go at windsurfing, they offer excellent courses for beginners. With so much coastline on offer it’s no surprise that one of the highlights for a holiday is a sailing trip. There are numerous smaller islands off the coastline and the majority are uninhabited so if you take a chartered boat trip it’s the perfect way to make the whole family feel like sea explorers and escape it all. The south of the island still maintains some of the most unspoilt of the coastline of Sardinia and therefore is an excellent place to take this adventure.
Don’t just stop the exploration at the coastline, head in to the heart of Sardinia and you will be rewarded with a complete change of scenery and climate. Leaving the heat of the coastline, cool down in the mountains and discover the diverse range of flora and fauna on show. With waterfalls, lakes and gorges to discover take yourselves on an organised trekking trip or even a climbing course.
If you want to fit some sightseeing in to your holiday then you won’t be disappointed with what Sardinia has to offer. The island has been inhabited since prehistoric times and has a wealth of culture and history to see. There are numerous Nuraghi around the island, these are stone buildings that date back 3500 years. Then there are all the Roman influences that can be sought out. Visit Nora near Cagliari and you will be rewarded with a splendid view of an ancient Roman provincial city, pay a little more and a guided tour enables you to learn more about the significance of this site.
The main cities on the island are Cagliari, which is the capital, and sits in the south of the island; Sassari in the north, Olbia in the north-east and Alghero in the north-west of the island. They all offer typical city sights and sounds. Plenty of shops, museums and historical sites can be explored and then there’s a plethora of restaurants and cafés to revive tired legs from their city tour!