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Top 10 Things To Do And See In Sardinia, Italy

Top 10 Things To Do And See In Sardinia, Italy

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Sardinia, a wild island placed in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, has so many beautiful places and activities to offer that it often becomes bewildering to choose one over others.


A nuraghe is a megalith dating back millennia which still exists in certain areas of Sardinia. It is fascinating to see how these past structures have dealt with untamed nature, standing firm, unyielding today. Over 7,000 nuraghi are dotted across the island and can be visited for free, or with a guide who will drive visitors through the meandering paths of these habitations from the past. The most notable are: Su Nuraxi, Nuraghe Santu Antine, Nuraghe Losa, Nuraghe Orrubiu and Nuraghe Palmavera.

La Casitta

If you are desperately seeking an authentic stay amidst the untamed nature of the island, La Casitta is the perfect hotel. This residence is located on the secluded island of Santa Maria in the Archipelago de la Maddalena, on the northern part of Sardinia, and offers a wide range of first-class services, such as delicious food and room service, a boatman who can ferry customers around the nearby islands, and a chef at hand to cook private meals. The villas boast wonderful, refined furnishings and all the facilities tourists in search of high luxury will need.

via Cesare Battisti 2, La Maddalena, Otranto, Italy, +39 329 370 5621


Through the ages Sardinia experienced different influences and dominions, most notably those of the Phoenicians and of the Romans. In Nora, a town located near Pula and Cagliari, these influences are more or less visible, which makes it an interesting spot for those who want to delve into local history between one beach and the next. If this is not enough, then why not visit the nearby Spanish tower of Castellazzo, which can offer an enchanting panoramic view of the sea and the coastline?

Corrado Conca

Corrado Conca is one of the many guides who propose itineraries around and through the island. Excursions are organized on a daily basis, generally in the morning, so that the scorching sun does not prevent tourists from enjoying the wonders of nature. Climbing, hiking, diving, and coasteering are just some of the activities offered by the guide, who attempts to satisfy that need for adventure that Sardinia inspires.


Regarded as one of the most beautiful burgs in Italy, Castelsardo dates back to the Middle Ages and combines nature and civilisation in surprising ways. Thanks to its overhanging location near Sassari, in the northern part of the island, this fortification has survived many invaders and attackers throughout the ages and still retains several ancient buildings and beautiful nuraghi, which probably functioned as strongholds. Castelsardo is a must-visit and can be slotted in along with the beaches that surround it.

Grotte di Nettuno

The so-called Caves of Neptune are located between Porto Conte and Capo Caccia and are regarded as some of the most marvelous Sardinian natural caves. They can be reached either through a short hike or by boat from the port of Alghero. There are also daily guided tours which provide tourists with information and facts about the area. There’s nowhere better to see how the sea shaped the land than in this, one of the most beautiful natural caves of the whole island.


Situated in the north-western corner of Sardinia, Alghero offers year-round mild temperatures and sunny days to all tourists. Its proximity to the sea makes this an essential feature of this Catalan burg and an excellent destination to check off every tourist’s list. Taking a break from the seaside, visitors should explore the streets and the beautiful buildings of the city, along with the enchanting restaurants and eateries that pepper the corners.


Located in the archipelago of Sulcis in the south-east of Sardinia, Carloforte is the only populated town of the island of San Pietro. It was originally inhabited by Ligurian fishermen, who settled there, importing their dialect and customs into Sardinia. The island of San Pietro can be reached by ferry boat from Calasetta or Portoscuso and offers enchanting views of the pure, unadulterated nature which is dominant in this area of Italy. The town is incredibly lovely, with just over 6,000 inhabitants, and will be a memorable stopover on any tourist’s holiday.


Gorropu is the European-slash-Italian Grand Canyon – but smaller, of course. It used to be the safe haven where the Sardinians could find refuge when invaders landed on their shores. A number of legends arose through the centuries, many of them linked with dangerous supernatural creatures living in the meanders of the gorge, others to do with idiosyncratic aspects of Gorropu, such as the fact that it is possible to see the stars in broad daylight – apparently.

Cala Mariolu

Cala Mariolu is one of the most beautiful beaches on the entire island. With its crystal-clear waters and the peculiar pink stones which ornament the sand, this beach will leave an indelible mark on any tourist’s holiday, whether they are alone, with a partner, with friends or with a family. There are several opportunities in Cala Mariolu to enjoy its natural beauty by exploring the area or simply by relaxing on the beach.