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25 Photos That'll Make You Want to Book a Trip to Sardinia Now

Picture of Gillian McGuire
Updated: 16 July 2017
Sardinia is an Italian island that almost defies description. You will find seas the colour of jewels and sand so fine and soft it is almost feels like icing sugar. There are Bronze age archeological sites to explore and a cuisine that is found only here. Browse these images and we think your next click will be making plane reservations.

There are not really enough words to describe the range of blues and greens of the crystalline waters you will find in Sardinia.

Capo Sant'Elia e Sella del Diavolo - Cagliari | © Cristiano Cani/Flickr
Capo Sant’Elia e Sella del Diavolo – Cagliari | ©Cristiano Cani:Flickr

La Pelosa is a popular beach on the north western coast of the island that boasts soft white sand and turquoise water.

La Pelosa beach, north Sardinia©Tommie Hansen:Flickr
La Pelosa beach, north Sardinia | ©Tommie Hansen:Flickr

Cala Gonone is a sweet summer resort town. The prized beach at Golfo di Orosei requires an hour long hike through pine groves and up and over steep cliffs to get to it. But isn’t it worth it…

Cala Gonone, Sardinia, Italy©Michele Testini:Flickr
Cala Gonone, Sardinia, Italy | ©Michele Testini:Flickr

The underground wonder of Neptune’s Grotto is close to the city of Alghero. Climb the precipitous Escala del Cabirol (Billy Goat Stairs) or take the far less strenuous route and arrive by boat.

Grotte di Nettuno©fedewild:Flickr
Grotte di Nettuno | ©fedewild:Flickr

Rainbow coloured maiolica tiles cover the dome of 17th century Chiesa di San Michele which you can find in the medieval quarter of Alghero.

Multicolor dome of Alghero's cathedral, in Sardinia©Esteban Chiner:Flickr
Multicoulor dome of Alghero’s cathedral, in Sardinia | ©Esteban Chiner:Flickr

Take a ferry over to the islands of La Maddelena where you will find pristine natural parks and water in a multitude of blues.

The island’s capital city Cagliari has plenty to see. Beautiful beaches, historic churches and buildings and museums and lively nightlife.

Much like its Spanish counterpart Paella Algherese is rich with fresh seafood and shellfish. The difference is that instead of rice, a kind of pasta called fregola is used instead.

Paella Algherese©Patrizia Peruzzini:Flickr
Paella Algherese | ©Patrizia Peruzzini:Flickr

Sheep are an important part of the Sardinian farming tradition and economy. You will find wheels of pecorino sardo cheese in every market and grocery store.

Cheeses at market©Vincent Valvona/Flickr
Cheeses at market | ©Vincent Valvona/Flickr

Nora was an ancient Roman town on the coast of Sardinia. Today you can visit the ruins with a special treat for scuba divers as many of them are deep underwater.

Located in the historic centre of the city of Cagliari, step inside Saint Michaels church to see the ornate stucco work that dates back to the mid 1700s.

San Michele di Stampace - Barocco Spagnolo©Cristiano Cani/Flickr
San Michele di Stampace – Barocco Spagnolo | ©Cristiano Cani/Flickr

There are many festivals celebrated in many towns and villages throughout the year, particularly during the Easter period. Traditional costumes, horse races and parades are just the start of what you will see.


Outside the peak summer season you will likely find empty roads all over the island, perfect for cycling.

Deep clear blue water and gentle winds make for a pleasant afternoon sail off the coast of Villasimius.

There are miles and miles of hiking trails all over Sardinia. Choose from a multi-day trek or a leisurely morning stroll.

Su Marmuri, Ulassai©Roberto Pani:Flickr
Su Marmuri, Ulassai | ©Roberto Pani:Flickr

It is worth waking up with the birds to catch a spectacular sunrise.

Sunrise at Spiaggia delle Saline Beach, Stintino (Sardinia, Italy)©Tommie Hansen:Flickr
Sunrise at Spiaggia delle Saline Beach, Stintino (Sardinia, Italy) | ©Tommie Hansen:Flickr

In spring you will likely find carpets of blooming wildflowers in the Mediterranean brush that grows near the sea.

Tappeto di fiori a San Giovanni di Sinis©Gaspar Torriero:Flickr
Tappeto di fiori a San Giovanni di Sinis | ©Gaspar Torriero:Flickr

The pavoncella (a type of bird known as Lapwing in English) is a symbol of Sardinia. You will find it used for special ceramics and textiles which make terrific souvenirs.

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Shop in small local groceries stores called alimentari for picnic supplies like pecorino cheese, salami studded with myrtle berries and Sardinia’s special flatbread called pane carasau.


Castelsardo
is a charming seaside town on the northwest coast of the island. There are pretty beaches, relaxing spas and fascinating historic sites here.

Cannonau has one of the most popular wines and you will find it all over Sardinia. Its bold flavours come from a Grenache grape which are said to have been growing on the island since the 1400s.

Cannonau Sardegna, Pala©Fabio Ingrosso:Flickr
Cannonau Sardegna, Pala | ©Fabio Ingrosso:Flickr

The best surf conditions in Sardinia are the winter months when the Mistral wind blows across the Mediterranean.

Giovanni Cossu a Porto Ferro©Roberta Marceddu:Flickr
Giovanni Cossu a Porto Ferro | ©Roberta Marceddu:Flickr

The town of Orgosolo in the Barbagia mountains is well known for its hand painted murals, many of which have strong political messages.

Murales a Orgosolo©Gaspar Torriero:Flickr
Murales a Orgosolo | ©Gaspar Torriero:Flickr

Bronze Age structures called Nuraghe are found all over the island.


Miles of beaches and sparkling azure water are the main draw to this spectacular Italian island.