This post is way over due, last year I saved up to go to Sardinia (Italy) to spend my two week vacay. If you like white sandy beaches, amazing food and a bit of shopping then Sardinia should be your next trip.
Before booking you probably want to decide which part of Sardinia you would like to spend most of your time in- will it be the north like me or the south? Both are beautiful! The island may look small but driving up and down Sardinia one way roughly takes 3 hours so it is probably best to either explore the north or the south on your first trip to avoid exhaustion. The best way to really enjoy the island is to rent a car, I am not much of a lounge by the pool kind of a girl- I must explore!
See below my top 4 things to do in Sardinia;
The whole point of going to Sardinia is to explore the beaches; there is a new beach to explore for every day of the week. My number one beach to visit is Stintino- I can confidently say it is the best beach in the whole of Europe, it has a bit of a Maldives feel. It has white fluffy sands, sky blue shallow waters and the clarity is just unbelievable. The beach is kept super clean, you either have to purchase mats to lay on or a get a sun bed. Best to arrive early to avoid any disappointment-
The second beach you must visit is on Tavolara island– another alluring beach to spend your day tanning and relaxing on. You have to catch a 20 minute ferry from the main Sardinia island but they run frequently all day
It has a view of a mountain and is surrounded by cliffs but the beach is lovely to spend a restful day on. Grab a book, a sun bed and watch the turquoise blue waters gently kiss the shores.
The third beach I would include is Principe beach, a lot more natural but not enough of sun beds. Do take your own umbrella, towels, food if you head that way but also another great beach to swim in.
2. Visit a Church in Arzachena
This was a cute little town to stop by as it has the most charming little church on top of the most beautiful vibrantly coloured stairs. The church is called Santa Lucia (a picturesque setting for any instragrammer) See below;
When it comes to restaurants the choices are plenty. Below are my favourites in Porto Rotondo;
Bambusa for a late afternoon lunch (really good food, good service and also fun for people watching) Order the lobster, it is tasty!
Pedristella’s– This restaurant is located in the outdoors, you feel like you are dining in a forest with trees all around. Everything is made out of wood, it’s enchanting and something like you may have never seen before. Even the menu is made out of wood- my favourite bit was the dessert, presented in the the best way possible!
La Rosa dei Venti- best pizza for all my pizza fans out there. Better to book in advance because it gets so busy!
Cue Chuurascaria Porto Cervo– a beautiful restaurant for dinner especially for meat lovers but plenty of options if you’re vegetarian too. A southern Italian, Argentinian cuisine- book a table by the pool and enjoy by the dimmed lights. Everyone is all dressed up, lots of big groups celebrating too.
Pasqualina– after a day of shopping or sight seeing in Porto Cervo this should be your next stop for a creamy delicious gelato.
4. Rent a boat and go island hopping
Forget bar hopping, that’s old news – rent a boat with a skipper and go island hopping. This can be booked in advance with your hotel or if you have your own boat even better, this is a little pricey but it is a life time experience. Sardinia is surrounded by little islands all around which are perfect for snorkelling, swimming and discovering hidden gems. Set off early in the morning and explore La Maddalena, Caprera and other tiny islands nearby. Get your goggles on and check out the little fishies under the sea –
Going on holiday to Sardinia is like no other destination you can compare to, especially places like Porto Rotondo and Porto Cervo. If I were to go there again I would go back to Porto Rotondo as it was slightly more low key compared to Porto Cervo and I liked how it had local charm. Porto Cervo was a bit too flashy for me with its super yachts and 25 euro mocktails (ouch) but it was fun to check out
I would describe it as stepping into a movie, a very glamorous movie to be blunt. Afternoons spent on the beach, drinks at sunset with Italian locals from all over and summer nights with your flowy sparkly dresses, every night- Sardinia really is an island of dreams.