With its breathtaking scenery, delicious cuisine, wine and fascinating culture, it’s no wonder that Sardinia is revered by the Italians themselves. The island has something for everyone, from jet-set sophistication on the ‘Emerald Coast’, to deserted white sandy coves and turquoise seas in the south. With vibrant towns rich in arts and relics and rolling green countryside, Sardinia is unique, untainted and utterly unmissable.
Emerald waters meet white sands along a coastline coveted by the Italians themselves. It’s in these sweet spots that our Sardinia villas sit. The prime coastal locations - from the capital Cagliari in the south to the northern most tip - let you live and relive the island’s many delights.
Awash with natural beauty, Sardinia’s landscape is the ideal terrain for a host of sporting activities. From gentle family walks to challenging climbs, its inland mountainous region is great for trekking. Horse riding is a very popular activity here, whether through rich, green countryside or on the white sandy beaches. There’s also golf, cycling tours and sailing excursions.
Eating out in Sardinia is a family affair full of fun and enjoyment. Typically Italian dishes of antipasti, pasta and pizza are widely available across the island – often encompassing the Sardinian slant of fresh, grilled seafood. For a true taste of the region’s distinctive cuisine on your villa holiday, choose from ‘burrida’ (fish marinated in a walnut and garlic sauce), pecorino cheese made from sheep's milk and thin bread called carta musica (or music paper.) Sardinian wine is first-rate, and it’s traditional to finish off your meal with a strong Italian coffee.
Sardinia’s coastline is dominated by long white sandy beaches and breathtaking views. The stunning six-mile-long beach at Poetto, lined with kiosks selling fresh seafood, pizza and refreshments, offers a great escape from bustling city life in Cagliari. East of Cagliari you’ll find some sensational shorelines, with picturesque family-friendly coves and bays that stretch for miles. In the North east, the beautiful beaches of the popular Costa Esmerelda, known as the emerald coast are endless, whilst the admirable white sands of le pelosa near Stintino, provides yet another relaxing haven.
The nightlife in Sardinia is extremely laidback. Expect to wine and dine on a terrace under the stars, or sip espresso in a pavement café. For more capital entertainment on your villa holiday, Cagliari is much busier with lively places for late-night drinking and dancing. Poetto is a blitz of bars, fairgrounds and ice-cream kiosks - a good way to while away a summer evening - and smaller resorts like Villasimius offer localised bars and restaurants ideal for family holiday entertainment. Colourful street festivals, open air opera and ballet performances are also a regular occurrence on the island.
Sardinia Holidays - Points of Interest
Take a trip to the archaeological Nuraghic settlement in Su Nuraxi, dating back to 1,100 BC, and learn about Sardinia’s ancient civilisations.
Visit the Capital Cagliari and catch a ‘Serie A’ football game at the Cagliari Calcio stadium where one-time Chelsea star Gianfranco Zola once played.
Walk around the fortified walls in Alghero, stroll around the tangle of cobbled lanes to visit the Duomo (cathedral) and then find a small restaurant or pizzeria followed by shopping in one of the many small chic boutiques.
Try the ruby-red Capo Ferrato wine, produced locally in Villasimius, with a typically Sardinian dish like fried gianchettus (tiny fish).
Take a drive through Sardinia’s winding countryside roads, stopping off to take pictures of the island’s rugged, unspoilt rural beauty spots.
Explore glamorous Porto Cervo and shop in the designer boutiques or enjoy a coffee whilst admiring the yachts that dock in the harbour.
Ballet and opera season falls between January and June – be sure to experience the magic of an open air performance.
The quiet seaside town of Flumini is situated to the east of Cagliari and offers an ideal base for exploring the south east coast of Sardinia, whilst offering a healthy scattering of bars and restaurants.
Historic Stintino offers a taste of the authentic Italian lifestyle. Deep inlets are home to two harbours, which are lined with charming restaurants specialising in unique fish dishes, local to the area.
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Scores 8.5 out of 10based on 24 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
8 out of 10
Hertfordshire Family (with only pre-school children)
With a car you can take a drive to beaches and the main city in the south west . We visited in October half term and were treated to some exceptionally warm weather with hardly any tourist
Mosquito bites . Take a good repellent and antihistamines
Confirmed stay: 27 October 2018 Published on: 29 October 2018 10 out of 10
Chelmsford family, child not at
Brilliant beaches, good simple food, sun.
Confirmed stay: 22 September 2018 Published on: 27 September 2018 8 out of 10
Lovely views in area, great history, lovely people.
Off the main roads the roads are very poor.
Confirmed stay: 22 September 2018 Published on: 23 September 2018 7 out of 10
Local beaches, Pula and Nora Roman site. Villasimius for a holiday town. Local restaurant "Palmyra", fish shop and minimarket. Car hire Locauto was good.
Other restaurants shut on the 10th September, we arrived on the 15th. Usual Airport chaos.
Confirmed stay: 22 September 2018 Published on: 23 September 2018 10 out of 10
Sardinia is a very affluent part of the world which is especially refeleted in the area we stayed.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 15 September 2018 Published on: 16 September 2018 9 out of 10
Beautiful island, quite unspoilt in places and not too commercial. Very good food with plenty of choice.
Parking in towns can be really trying!
Confirmed stay: 08 September 2018 Published on: 13 September 2018 10 out of 10
lovely sandy beaches,clear blue sea
you need to have a car as there is not a lot nearby
Confirmed stay: 08 September 2018 Published on: 10 September 2018 9 out of 10
Explored little but enjoyed beaches and hiring motor boats for day trips plus one inland trip by car.
Also the flamingos!
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 01 September 2018 Published on: 13 September 2018 5 out of 10
Family (the eldest child is at school)
Very good size pool
Bitten to death by insects
Confirmed stay: 28 July 2018 Published on: 29 July 2018 9 out of 10
Norfolk Family (the eldest child is at school)
Friendly people. Beautiful island and see. Nice food and drink. Plenty of things to do.
Not all visiting sites were open. Sites did not always provide adequate information about access requirements.
Confirmed stay: 23 June 2018 Published on: 29 June 2018
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