Sardinia for Activities

The marvelous beaches will probably be the focus of your holiday but for the more energetic, there is also a wide choice of activities on the island, either by the sea, in the countryside or in the mountains.

Stunning beaches can be found not only in the famed Costa Smeralda but all around the island. The typical Mediterranean climate and long summer, with coastal temperatures averaging 28.5°C (83°F) in July and August, means that the sea can be warm enough for swimming from May and remains pleasant through October. And the crystal-clear waters are a delight to bathe in.

Availability of watersports depends on the time of year and the geography of the coastline, but windsurfing is fairly widely available, as are dinghies, with or without tuition; Cannigione is a good centre. Small-engined motorboats (less than 6hp) can usually be hired without formality. The rocky headlands of the coast provide interesting snorkelling, and in places superb diving. For novices, "baptism" dives with skilled instructors are offered by most dive schools.

Boat trips can be a super day out, and offer a chance to explore the coast further. Try the wooden sailing ketch from Cala Gonone to the fabulous sea caves and beaches nearby. In the north of the island the little port of Palau provides an excellent choice of day trips around the archipelago of La Maddalena.

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Walking & Climbing

Walking is always a great way to experience a destination - it gets you closer to the landscape and closer to the true pace of things. Sardinia is great for walking - for the varied nature of the countryside, the accessibility and sheer beauty of everything around you. There are some great climbing opportunities in the mountains of the south and on the coastal cliffs that surround the island.

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Water sports in Sardinia

Sardinia is something of a water sports playground, with some superb sailing opportunities with ports dotted around the island and some excellent wind conditions for surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing.

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Sailing in Sardinia

Sailing in Sardinia

Sailing is a favourite summer pastime when Sardinia becomes something of a yachting paradise - particularly on the north east coast in the glitz and glamour of the Costa Smeralda and around the Maddalena archipelago.

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Horse riding

Horse Riding

Sardinia has a long tradition of journeys on horseback and it's still a great way to see the island. There's a good network of coastal paths and bridleways across the island, and on horseback everything is generally at a slower pace, and you get a real sense of the geography of the island.

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Cycling in Sardinia

A cycling holiday is a great way to experience Sardinia, or perhaps you might just fancy a day in the saddle, exploring the hinterlands and byways of the island, off the beaten track. We're on hand to help you decide what works best for you.

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Golf in Sardinia

There are some excellent golfing opportunities in Sardinia with several courses across the island, each with much to recommend it. Try the the Pevero near Olbia, or the beautiful scenery surrounding the IS Molas in the south, with its views of ocean and the Roman ruins at Nora.

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Birdwatching in Sardinia

Sardinia is a haven for birdlife, and there's always a chance of spotting a 'lifer' thanks to the island being on the main migration route between Europe and Africa.

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