Visiting Sardinia's national parks and small islands

Updated on Mar 27, 2023 by Ella Brundle

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Sardinia is an island of beauty, with many areas noted as national parks, some are on land whilst others are marine parks and small islands off shore.

Sardinia, the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, is a paradise for nature lovers. The island boasts a rugged coastline, majestic mountains, and verdant forests, making it a prime location for national parks. In this blog, we will explore some of the national parks in Sardinia and the wonders they hold.


1. Asinara National Park 

Asinara National Park is located on the small island of Asinara, just off the northwest coast of Sardinia. The park is a nature reserve that covers over 50 square kilometres and is home to various species of animals, including the endangered Albino donkey, which is only found on this island. Asinara is also known for its crystal-clear waters and is a popular spot for scuba diving and snorkelling. Getting to Asinara is easy, with a daily ferry running all year round from Porto Torres. If you are wanting to stay in the north west of the island, Alghero, Stintino and Fertilia are fabulous places to stay with plenty of other attractions to explore.


2. Gennargentu National Park 

Gennargentu National Park, located in central Sardinia, covers an area of over 70,000 hectares and is home to the island's highest peak, Punta La Marmora. The park boasts a stunning landscape of mountains, plateaus, and valleys, making it a popular destination for hikers and nature lovers. It is also home to various species of animals, including the Sardinian deer and the golden eagle. If you are looking for an indulgent stay in central Sardinia, look no further than Hotel Su Gologone, a fabulously unique hotel with quirky, colourful décor and a cosy homely feel. Hotel Su Gologone is just a 1-hour drive away from Gennargentu.

The art suite in Hotel Su Gologone

3. Archipelago di La Maddalena National Park 

Situated in the north of Sardinia, covers an area of over 12,000 hectares and is made up of seven small islands and various islets. The park is known for its crystal-clear waters and stunning beaches, including the famous Spiaggia Rosa (Pink Beach). The park is also home to various species of marine life, including dolphins and sea turtles. A popular place for snorkelling and scuba diving, this beautiful archipelago is well-known, and to top it off it sits off the emerald coast, a stunning region of Sardinia home to luxurious hotels, impressive yachts and beautiful towns and villages. Browse our properties in Costa Smeralda and the north east here.

Spiaggia Rose Beach, La Maddalena Islands


4. Tavolara - Punta Coda Cavallo Marine Protected Area 

Covering an area of over 15,000 hectares, this protected area is known for its stunning underwater landscape and is home to various species of marine life, including red coral and loggerhead turtles. The area is a popular spot for scuba diving and snorkelling. There are plenty of dive schools in Sardinia (particularly on the east coast) in which to find day trips to these areas.

View out to Tavolara Island

5. Monte Arcosu Nature Reserve 

Monte Arcosu Nature Reserve, located in the south of Sardinia, covers an area of over 50 square kilometres and is home to various species of animals, including the Sardinian deer, the wild boar, and the golden eagle. The reserve is also known for its beautiful landscape of forests, mountains, and valleys. When staying in southern Sardinia we have a lovely collection of properties available.

Sardinia's national parks offer a unique and unforgettable experience for nature lovers, from the rugged coastline of Asinara to the stunning beaches of Arcipelago di La Maddalena. Whether you're a hiker, a scuba diver, or simply someone who loves nature, Sardinia's national parks are a must-visit destination. 

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