Blessed with almost 2000km of coastline, the island of Sardinia offers soaring cliffs and rugged shorelines, flower-strewn hillsides, ancient archaeological ruins and charismatic medieval towns that are just a short hop away from mainland Italy.
Sardinia offers the perfect destination for a honeymoon and romantic getaway; or even a short break from Rome or Venice.
Discover a huge range of magnificent beaches ringing the island and a choice of exclusive holiday resorts along the magnificent Costa Smeralda and at the popular resort city of Alghero, which features narrow winding medieval streets and a 5km-long golden-sand beach.
The east coast region of Sardinia around Costa Rei (photo) is best known for its crystal clear water, natural rock formations and long golden-sand beaches fringed by pine groves. Don't miss Marina Rei Beach, an 8km-long white sand beach that shelves into mainly shallow water that is perfect for swimming.
Stroll through a maze of ancient alleyways in Cagliari's historic Castello Quarter, see ancient Roman ruins at Nora and prehistoric remains at Palmavera and Barumini.
Climb Mount La Marmora, the island’s highest point and hike through the Gennargentu National Park in eastern Sardinia, with its unique coastal landscape of craggy rocks, turquoise waters and hidden caves.
Or discover craggy mountains and green valleys on the Trenino Verde (or ‘little green train’) that runs for 160km from the east coast to the hill town of Mandas.
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Sardinia offers some of the Mediterranean’s best beaches, edged by dazzling shades of aquamarine and emerald green water – perfect for a honeymoon or romantic getaway.
Discover silky sand beaches that offer every conceivable facility and others that rely solely on their scenic beauty, nestled beneath soaring cliffs and fringing tiny coves that lie sheltered between rocky headlands.
One of the best ways to discover your own beach getaway is to charter a boat for the day or hire a car and explore the coast.
Here is a selection of some of the best of Sardinia’s world-class beaches from Costa Smeralda and Costa Paradiso to the Gulf of Orosein, Ogliastra, Costa Rei, Villasimius and Pula.
At Alghero, discover a choice of impressive white-sand beaches that lie beneath dramatic rocky headlands and ancient watchtowers, stretching from Capo dell'Argentiera to Capo Caccia along the west coast of Sardinia.
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Explore the south coast around Chia and discover one of Sardinia’s most scenic coastlines, indented with rugged cliffs, Spanish watchtowers and secluded emerald-green coves fringed by gorgeous wide and silky white-sand beaches that are often flanked by sprawling dunes and clear lagoons.
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Sardinia's Costa Paradiso is located on the island's north coast near Capo Testa. This stunning coastline is an alternative to the more crowded Costa Smeralda. Sunbathe on a choice of long, unspoiled white-sand beaches that gently shelve into calm turquoise waters framed by scenic coves and a dramatic wind-sculpted rocky landscape.
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The east coast region of Sardinia around Costa Rei is best known for its crystal clear water, natural rock formations and long golden-sand beaches fringed by pine groves.
Don't miss Marina Rei Beach, an 8km-long white sand beach that shelves into mainly shallow water that is perfect for swimming.
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With its crystal clear turquoise waters, countless coves shimmering with white-sand beaches, unique granite rock formations and rugged mountains covered with olive trees and native vegetation, Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda is one of the world’s most beautiful natural environments and a firm favourite with honeymoon couples.
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The Gulf of Orosei, set along the east coast of Sardinia, offers a picture-perfect 40km-long coastline indented with grottos, inlets and coves fringed by gorgeous sugar-white beaches.
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Unwind on the stunning east coast of Ogliastra, which is renowned for its natural beauty. Discover magnificent white-sand beaches, secluded inlets, cliffs and rocky hills covered in Gennargentu forests, Holm oaks, juniper and yew trees.
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The region of Pula on the south coast of Sardinia is home to some of the island’s finest beaches, framed by coves and cliffs and overlooked by medieval Spanish towers.
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The east coast region of Sardinia around Villasimius offers numerous turquoise bays fringed by long, white-sand beaches overlooked by ancient Spanish towers.
Check out the soft white sand of Notteri Beach, a stunning beach popular for swimming, surfing and scuba fishing.
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Sardinia offers an outstanding choice of luxurious accommodation options for couples celebrating a honeymoon or romantic getaway, including the following hotels…
Forte Village Resort - Hotel Castello
Location: Santa Margherita di Pula
Prices: from AUD1193 per double room
Description: Forte Village Resort - Il Castello is set directly on the coast of Pula and offers luxurious rooms with a balcony. The resort includes a spa and wellness centre, and a water park. The spacious rooms are furnished in traditional Sardinian style, and offer an LCD TV and individually controlled air conditioning. Some rooms include a small living area with sofa bed. This Forte Village offers 21 restaurants and bars offering international cuisine and Sardinian dishes, for lunch and dinner. Buffet breakfast is served by the outdoor swimming pool. Il Castello's private beach is equipped with sunbeds and parasols. Tennis courts, a football field, a diving centre, and a beach volley court are available. The staff can assist you arranging transfers, shuttles and excursions.
Hotel La Villa del Re
Prices: from AUD858 per double room
Description: Featuring a private beach along the Mediterranean Sea, the adults-only La Villa del Re offers a variety of water sport facilities. The hotel also offers an outdoor swimming pool, restaurant, and bar. The elegant, air-conditioned rooms and suites all have a balcony or patio. They come with satellite TV, a minibar and safety deposit box. Each private bathroom includes a bathrobe, slippers and free toiletries. Guests can enjoy a daily buffet breakfast, with sweet and savoury dishes, at the restaurant. They can also enjoy water sport activities, such as windsurfing, scuba diving, snorkelling and canoeing. La Villa del Re is located just 10 minutes' drive from the towns of Cala Sinzias and Costa Rei. Villasimius is a 20-minute drive away and Cagliari Airport is 1 hour's drive from the hotel.
Hotel Marinedda Thalasso & Spa
Location: Costa Rossa
Prices: from AUD527 per double room
Description: The romantic 5-star Hotel Marinedda offers a Thalasso centre & SPA. All rooms are decorated with chestnut wood beams, wrought iron fittings and valuable hand-crafted works of art with garden or sea views. Every room looks out onto a veranda furnished with two deckchairs (or two chairs and a coffee table) and has a bathroom with shower, hairdryer, air conditioning, telephone, TV, safe, minibar, bathrobes for adults and beach towels. The Hotel Marinedda offers five different restaurants, each with its own unique culinary experience. Facilities include free Wi-fi, flood-lit tennis courts, mini-basketball, archery, yoga and a fully-equipped gym. Windsurfing and diving courses are also available, along with equipment hire, dinghy, canoe and pedalò hire, pleasure boat and sports fishing charters. The Hotel Marinedda Thalasso & SPA is set on a gently sloping promontory, just one kilometre from Isola Rossa, a historic fishing village that looks out over the north-western coast of Sardinia, better known as the Costa Rossa, and near the historic tourist town of Castelsardo.
La Bitta Arbatax
Location: Porto Frailis, Àrbatax
Prices: from AUD1088 per double room
Description: Hotel La Bitta offers wellness facilities, white-sand beaches and transparent waters in a peaceful location walking distance from Arbatax centre. The comfortable double rooms differ from one another in small but unique, exquisite details. Their furniture has a typical Mediterranean Style, characterized by hand-painted majolica and fine fabrics. The private bathroom is equipped with shower stall and hair dryer. This beautiful villa has its own large outdoor pool set close to the sea and fully equipped with sun loungers and umbrellas. La Bitta’s private beach is just steps away from your comfortable room. Enjoy stunning views of the sea and Sardinia’s rocky cliffs from Hotel La Bitta’s gardens and the terrace bar and panoramic restaurant. Two restaurants and an American bar can be found on site. Breakfast is an extensive buffet. Professional staff at Hotel La Bitta are pleased to organise unforgettable trips and tours for you. Go on yacht cruises, dinghy trips up the coast and tours inland on Sardinia’s famous green train.
Prices: from AUD233 per double room
Description: Set on a hill on Sardinia’s east coast, the 4-star Hotel Galanias features an outdoor pool and a sun terrace. It offers air-conditioned rooms, just a 10-minute walk from the beach. Set in 3 buildings, these Sardinian-style rooms come with a minibar, flat-screen TV, and locally handmade furnishings. Each includes a private bathroom with a hairdryer and free toiletries, while some have sea views. A buffet-style continental breakfast is prepared daily and a bar is available for drinks and snacks. Regional and Mediterranean specialties are served at the traditional restaurant. Staff at Galanias Hotel can organise boat tours as well as pilates, photography and yoga classes on site. Guests are provided with a free beach towel on arrival. Wi-Fi is free at reception, where you can also rent more towels, the bar and on the terrace by the pool. The property offers free private parking and is 4 km from the centre of Bari Sardo. Arbatax harbour is a 20-minute drive away, where ferries link with Olbia, Cagliari, Civitavecchia and Genoa.
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Anytime, but probably the best time to visit Sardinia is between April and November.
Sardinia enjoys around 300 days of sunshine a year, with a marine climate that is hot and dry during the summer months of July to September, averaging 29°C (84°F), and mild in the winter months.
August is the holiday high season and some of the more popular beaches can get crowded at this time. Sea temperature from June to September averages 24°C.
For more climate info: Sardinia Weather Guide…
Sardinia is the largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily. It sits 187km to the west of the Italian mainland and just 16km south of the French island of Corsica.
By ferry, the east coast port of Olbia, which offers easy access to the chic resorts of Costa Esmeralda and Porto Rotondo, is just seven hours from Civitavecchia on the Italian mainland, around 80km north of Rome. Ferries also run to and from the capital, Cagliari.
By plane, Cagliari, Olbia and Alghero are serviced by daily flights from Rome and elsewhere in Europe.
Latest update: Sardinia: 18 November, 2018
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