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Sardinia Holidays

Sardinia Holidays

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Buildings in every colour and rugged beaches drenched in a Mediterranean climate - there’s a reason why Sardinia is such a celebrity fave.

Destination highlights

  • Mediterranean climate
  • Beaches of all kinds
  • Favoured by celebs
  • The best Italian seafood
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    Beaches | Hotels | Nightlife | Food & drink | Events | Things to do | Weather | Important information | Reviews |

    What are the best beaches in Sardinia?

    When you say you’re visiting Sardinia, the first thing everyone will think of is the beaches. They’re famous! The island has a winning combo of dramatic cliffs, soft sands, and crystal-clear sea. Get inspired by our picks:

    • Spiaggia della Pelosa Beach – The most popular beach on the island, you’ll find families and friends enjoying the classic white sands and blue water.
    • Spiaggia di Lampianu – Find this hidden gem and you’ll be rewarded with a snorkellers' paradise, with coves full of fish darting through crystal-clear waters.
    • Porto Giunco Beach - A beach so beautiful it makes the brochures. Perfect for chilling out and even spotting nearby flamingos.
    • Cala Brandinchi - This beach surrounded by woods brings so many tropical island vibes it’s nicknamed ‘Little Tahiti’.
    • Tuerreda Beach - A favourite spot for family holidays in Sardinia, where you can laze on the soft sands as little ones play in the shallows.
    • Cala Goloritzè - Huge rocks tower over the bright blue waters of this beach, so you can watch top-class climbers from the comfort of the sand.

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    What are the top hotels in Sardinia?

    Nights on your beach holidays in Sardinia are just as swanky as the days, as the island’s got a big selection of luxury hotels. These are our favourite places to enjoy the high life:

  • Sporting Porto Rotondo HotelFeel like a celeb at this five-star hotel by the beach, complete with fine dining and a piano bar.
  • The Pelican Beach Resort & Spa - This Adult Only hotel with stylish rooms is our hottest pick for a grown-up beach escape.
  • Chia Laguna Resort - Families will love this hotel with its own private beach and lots of pools to play in.
  • Hotel Brancamaria - If you want all the great views, head to this peaceful hotel between the coast and the mountains.
  • Double Tree by Hilton Olbia - Enjoy stunning harbour sunsets from your plush room at this hotel that also has great disabled facilities.
  • Costa Dei Fiori - Sneak away to this hotel hidden in lush gardens, where you can look out over its private beach from an infinity pool.

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    What’s the food like in Sardinia?

    You’ll get all the best Italian classics, authentic and fresh! Sardinia holidays are also your chance to eat some weird and wonderful seafood specials, the island’s star dishes. Try these out:

    • Spaghetti ai ricci - Sea urchins and pasta with a big hit of garlic and chilli.
    • Spigola alla vernaccia - Fresh seabass, coated in flour, drenched in wine and olives and baked.
    • Bottarga - Sardinia’s answer to caviar, you’ll find it sprinkled on pasta and pizza.
    • Porceddu - If fish isn’t your thing, try this slow-cooked and crispy suckling pig.
    • Sebadas - Deep-fried dough stuffed with lemony soft cheese, served with local honey.

    We love eating close to the coast on our holidays to Sardinia, so these are some of our favourite spots:

    • Trattoria da Fabiano Chiringuito, Stintino - Try all of those colourful seafood dishes at this eatery, just a short walk from La Pelosa beach.
    • Le Ninfe, Alghero - Have your date night on the beach at this beautiful spot. Eat tasty home cooking and drink lashings of wine.
    • Mamabeach, Olbia - A charming place, perfect for tasty beachside lunches and taking your next family photo.
    • Pizzeria Floris, Cagliari - End the day with the city’s best pizza, you can even take it on a sunset stroll.
    • Cavò Bistrot, Cagliari - A special treat for all foodies, serving Sardinian classics with fine-dining twists, and it’s all vegan!

    Where is the best nightlife in Sardinia?

    The Costa Smerelda area has the most buzzing and exclusive clubs, the kind that make it onto celebs’ socials. If you want a more relaxed scene there are loads of cocktail and live music spots across the island as well. Here are a few we like:

    • Ritual Club, Costa Smerelda - Party to the best DJs at this unique club set in caves and castle ruins.
    • Phi Beach disco, Costa Smerelda - A real VIP experience in the cliffs, stay after sunset when the party kicks off.
    • Maracaibo Cocktail Bar, Alghero - Kick back under a palm tree at sunset with a cocktail in hand while DJs play.
    • Bflat Jazz Club, Cagliari - Whether you’re a jazz aficionado or want to dip your toe in the water, try this bar. It’s super friendly and the bands are top class.

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    What events can I go to in Sardinia?

    Whenever you take your 2022 holiday to Sardinia, you’re likely to find festivities showcasing the best local food and traditions. We’ve cherrypicked some of the best throughout the year to inspire you:

    • Sea Urchin Festival (March) - Join the Alghero locals as they celebrate the precious sea urchin harvest.
    • International Street Food (April) - The island of Sant’Antioco puts on four days of fun and feasting on tasty snacks.
    • Festa di Sant’Antioco Martire (April) - TA festival of food, folklore, and faith that has been going on for nearly 700 years, so you know it’s good!
    • Girotonno (May) - Tuna lovers from around the world head to this four-day event, where top chefs cook their best tuna dishes, and you get to eat the results!
    • Festival of Sant’Efisio (May) - The headline event of Cagliari’s calendar, with a parade, and parties honouring a saint who saved the city from a plague.
    • Descent of the Candelieri (August) - Get the most beautiful pics as a parade of Sardinians carry special candles through the evening.
    • IRONMAN 70.3 (October) - Get stuck into this hardcore triathlon, or just cheer the competitors along.
    • Autunno in Barbagia (September-December) - An autumn festival dedicated to showing off a different village’s food and history each weekend.
    • Shardana Rally (November) - The island’s car fans take to the streets for this vehicle rally through many villages.
    • Cap’Any Alghero (December) - New Year’s Eve is a big deal in Alghero, with huge fireworks over the harbour.

    Things to do in Sardinia

    Get high and mighty

    While all-inclusive holidays to Sardinia have everything you need to stay by the sea, the island has tons to explore further inland too. Adventurous types should take a hike to the awesome Gola Su Gorropu, otherwise known as Europe’s Grand Canyon. Take your camera and comfy shoes for this one!

    Learn spaghetti secrets

    If you’re dying to take some new pasta skills home with you, take classes with Sardinia Slow Experience. In a charming farmhouse, they’ll show you handmade pasta tricks learnt from the best Italian grandmas, so you know it’s legit!

    What lies beneath

    Families of explorers shouldn’t miss the island’s unusual caves. Guided tours by foot or boat cost around £10 so they’re a fun thing to do on cheaper holidays to Sardinia. Head to Neptune’s Grotto for some prehistoric sights, wander through the fairy-tale landscape of Zuddas Caves or bask in the sunlight in Su Meraculu Cave.

    Discover the wonderful

    Villagrande Strisaili is worth visiting for the mountains, waterfalls, eagles, and archaeological treasures. But if that wasn’t enough, it’s also got the highest concentration of people over 100 years old! Make the trip and learn the secret to a long and happy life.

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    What's the weather like in Sardinia?

    The summer months see long hours of brilliant sunshine, perfect for beach days. The rest of the year cools off but stays warm, making last-minute holidays to Sardinia a popular escape from the British winter.


    Average temp.

    Sea temp.

    Hours of sunshine per day

    Jan 10 °c 14 °c 4 h
    Feb 11 °c 14 °c 5 h
    Mar 12 °c 14 °c 6 h
    Apr 14 °c 15 °c 7 h
    May 17 °c 17 °c 9 h
    Jun 21 °c 20 °c 10 h
    Jul 24 °c 23 °c 12 h
    Aug 25 °c 25 °c 10 h
    Sep 22 °c 23 °c 8 h
    Oct 18 °c 21 °c 6 h
    Nov 13 °c 18 °c 5 h
    Dec 11 °c 16 °c 4 h

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    Important Information about travelling to Sardinia

    How long does it take to fly to Sardinia?

    Flights from the UK mainland to Sardinia take around two and a half hours.

    What’s the time difference between the UK and Sardinia?

    Sardinia is one hour ahead of the UK.

    What currency do they use in Sardinia?

    The currency used in Sardinia is the Euro.

    What language do they speak in Sardinia?

    The official language of Sardinia is Italian.

    Do I need any vaccinations to visit Sardinia?

    Please check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.

    Do I need to pay tax on my holiday to Sardinia?

    There is currently no tourist tax to pay in Sardinia

    Will Covid-19 affect my holiday to Sardinia?

    We are currently closely following the Covid-19 situation and how it affects travel. You can find out the most up to date information about travel to Sardinia on the FCO website.

    Do I need a visa to travel to Sardinia?

    British passport holders don’t need a visa to enter Sardinia. Holders of other passports are advised to check with their national embassy for any visa requirements.

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    Customer reviews

    At On the Beach, we’ve sent many satisfied customers to Sardinia for a bit of sunshine. But don't just take our word for it, read some of their 5-star reviews below.


    We have used on the beach many with no problems at all. Would highly recommend

    Tracy Edwards:

    Very helpful and loved the hotel the staff where very helpful and lovely

    Amanda Burroughs:

    Always my first choice for booking holidays. Seamless from beginning to end every time. Great locations, accommodations and prices.

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