Shop at the stalls lining the winding streets in Cagliari, spot a starfish on one of the sandy beaches or grab your walking boots and see the island from a different angle whilst atop a mountain peak. Sardinia is a beautiful island which is ideal for a fun family holiday or a relaxing trip away with your partner.
Why Holiday in Sardinia?
If you enjoy the heat, this is the place for you! The island has an average temperature of 25°C and – unlike summers here in the UK – Sardinia’s summers last for six months. In the winter the weather is still warm, making it the ideal destination for a year-round holiday choice, and swimming in the sea during January is a bit more pleasant here!
Beach Holidays in Sardinia
With more beaches than you can shake a stick at, it’s incredibly hard to choose our favourite as they’re all so different and beautiful. A popular choice amongst both locals and visitors is Cala Capra - a beauty spot in the north which has pristine white sands and emerald waters surrounded by luscious pine trees and flowers. Most importantly, it’s beneath the magnificent Capo D’Orso headland and its distinctive bear-shaped weathered rock. Your photos will look amazing, but being there is even better!
Food and Drink in Sardinia
If you like carbs, Sardinia is for you, as almost all meals are served with a type of bread, either as a small side or a basket to get you started. There are hundreds of varieties to choose from, including pane guttiau - which is brushed with olive oil and topped with a sprinkling of salt - and spianata, which is similar to pitta bread.
Sardinians tend to call themselves shepherds – and it’s clear to see why. Meat is often the dish of the day and traditional dishes include pork, mutton or boar and - if you’re feeling a little more adventurous - horse and donkey are also known to appear on menus. Of course – as a Mediterranean island - seafood is an important part of the Sardinian diet with popular dishes including sea bass and lobster, either served simply with melted butter and a squeeze of lemon, or with fresh pasta. Is your mouth watering yet?
To drink with your meal, why not enjoy refreshing glass of San Pellegrino lemonade? Produced in the north of Italy, it’s a favourite soft drink of locals and tourists alike. Or if you’re after a something a bit more boozy, Sardinian wines are world-renowned. Whether you fancy a glass of rich and strong red accompany a meaty dish, or a glass of white to enjoy with your fish – the local wines are truly amazing.
The streets in Cagilari and Olbia are sprawling with markets and each stall is decorated with warming colours. They’re ideal for souvenir shopping – you’ll find traditional willow baskets, blue and white painted ceramics and beautiful clothing, made from cotton grown in northern Italy. If you’re after some Sardinian delicacies, the markets have everything from fruit and vegetable dishes, to meat, sugary treats and local honey.
As night falls, the island is still lively and full of entertainment. Head to Cagliari for bustling bars and nightclubs where you can dance until the sun comes up. A hot spot amongst locals and visitors is Twist Beach Club which is just a short journey out of the center towards the coast – visitors can enjoy delicious local drinks and dance to traditional Italian music and a range of tunes from the charts! If you’re looking for a quieter night, there are plenty of areas around the island for a relaxed socializing atmosphere while enjoying a drink or two.
Useful info for visiting Sardinia
The official language is Italian and picking up a few common words like ciao (hello) and addio (goodbye) will be helpful, although you won’t struggle to find English translations in restaurants and popular tourist spots.
The average flight time from London is 2 hours 30 minutes so you’ll be sunning it up in no time! Sardinia is one hour ahead of BST, so jet lag won’t be a thing for you. Italy is a very Catholic country and as with the mainland, you’ll find plenty of churches dotted around the island. As ever, if you’re planning on visiting a place of worship - please be respectful and dress appropriately.
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