Are you a first-time visitor to Sardinia?

Updated on Oct 03, 2023 by Ella Brundle

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If you are a first-time visitor to Sardinia - we have created the perfect blog for you! Our experts tell you all about what to do and where to stay, by region.

If you are planning a trip to Sardinia, but aren't sure where to start, look no further than our handy guide below. We have put together the best things to do and places to stay.

Alghero and the North West

Best for: Catalan architecture, seaside resorts and vineyards.

Alghero is a charming town, with varied offerings, exploring the historic core surrounded by ancient sea walls is a wonderful way to spend a relaxing afternoon. There is a wonderful atmosphere here in the evening, especially when the old walls are lit up and the smells and sounds of the restaurants along the sea wall are in full swing. Discover quaint bars and homemade gelato, relax at the white sand beach or find a day trip upon one of the many boats at the marina.

Alghero old town

The vineyards of Sella and Mosca make for a great afternoon out for wine enthusiasts, guided tours are available, followed by tasting sessions.

The north west has long stretches of sweeping beaches that are perfect for any beach lover. The area is also littered with plenty of ancient towns and citadels that make a great day out for those interested in the island's history. Plan a visit to Sassari and Castelsardo to see these pretty ancient towns in the flesh. Much like most parts of the island, it is easy to find water sports, walking routes and fantastic food all over the area, speak to our friendly team to find out more! For a charming hotel stay, Hotel Punta Negra is ideal for couples and families, or for a luxurious 5-star stay Hotel Carlos V is for those seeking something special. Browse our full accommodation list for the area here,

View from the terrace, where guests can enjoy breakfast.

Costa Smeralda and the North East

Best for: Glitzy resorts, turquoise seas meeting pristine sands, granite-covered hillsides and hidden villages.

This 10km stretch of coast between the bay of Arzachena and the Gulf of Cugnana is well known in Sardinia, known for its glitz and glam and abundance of celebrity spottings on luxury yachts! To experience the real glamour of the Costa Smeralda, head to Porto Cervo, where you'll find a unique designer-lined shopping mall, a picturesque harbour and a unique hilltop church, there is plenty to do here to fill a fantastic day out. 

Looking down over Porto Cervo.

If you head further along the coast you will reach Cannigione, a small fishing port with a handful of eateries, there are several beautiful beaches to explore here and Grand Hotel Cannigione provides the perfect base to stay in this area in comfort and style.

If beaches aren't quite what you are looking for, this area is home to many beautiful villages in the hills, such as San Pantaleo. Bursting with character, this small village is sure to charm you, home to a lovely little piazza with cafes dotted around, spend the morning people-watching as they go about their days. With plenty of boutique and artisan shops you will be able to find some brilliant souvenirs to take home. Browse our full collection of properties available in the area here.

Central Sardinia

Best for: Walking, canyoning, mountain views and unspoilt beauty.

Away from the crowds in central Sardinia, you will find an abundance of activities. If an active holiday is your bag, look no further. Trekking in the mountains around Nuoro and the 'Grand Canyon' of Europe at Gola Su Gorrupu is the perfect way for hikers to explore the region. 
Exploring the isolated villages and breathtaking scenery is another way to soak up this area, find charming hotels such as Hotel Su Gologone, Galanias Hotel and Retreat or the delightful Le Residenze del Golfo di Orosei. Browse the full range of properties in Central Sardinia here.

A pretty mountain village during a summer festival.

Exploring the mountain roads at Gola Su Gorrupu.

For beach lovers, surfing off the deserted beaches of the Costa Verde is a great pastime. Whilst the majestic limestone-backed beaches of Cala Gonone and Cala Luna are beautiful coastlines to explore. Various boat trips depart from Cala Gonone if you wish to explore the coast from the water. 

Southern Sardinia

Best for: History, wildlife, uncrowded beaches and the chance to explore the island's capital - Cagliari.

For birding enthusiasts, head to Pula. Here you will have the chance to spot flamingos, herons, waders and seabirds. They can be seen along this part of the coast and at Porto Nuovo, you can drive to the sites and a short walk from the parking spots you'll be treated to magnificent scenes. 

Birding opportunities in southern Sardinia.

There are many properties on offer in the Pula region, Hotel Sant'Efis is a charming 4-star hotel on the beach, whilst Casa Querce is a stunning villa where the gardens are the jewel in the crown. Browse our range of properties in the south here.

The pretty poolside setting at Casa Querce.

Cagliari itself is the bustling capital of the island and provides impressive views of the castle and medieval walls, great for those interested in the history of the city. Further along the coast, you will find Villasimius, Solanas and Porto Sa Ruxi, these residential resorts make a great holiday base, with plenty of snorkelling opportunities and pristine white sand beaches to explore.

For whatever reason, it has taken tourists much longer to discover the unspoilt wildness and beauty of this region and you will find that this area boasts beauty like no other. For a tranquil holiday, this is the area to go visit.

To plan your perfect first-time visit to Sardinia, give our team a call or browse our properties here.


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