Sardinia: perfect beaches and unique cuisine
Seaside resort:

Sardinia in brief


Visit Sardinia for picture-perfect beaches, hiking through rugged countryside, fantastic wines, festivals, superb swimming, medieval Alghero and Olbia’s Museo Archeologico.



Tyrrhenian Sea, west of mainland Italy

Nearest airport:

Alghero, Olbia-Costa Smeralda and Cagliari Elmas

Key resorts & areas:

Cagliari, Alghero, Pula, Costa Smeralda

Major sights & activities:

Walking, climbing, windsurfing, Bronze Age remains, Nuraghe Su Nuraxi heritage site

Best time to go

May to August; August is the peak season

Did you know?

Sardinia has more than 1,800 km of coastline, offering plenty of beaches and coastal scenery to explore.


Beach holidays in Sardinia


Beautiful beaches are to be found everywhere in Italy, but the beaches in Sardinia are still a cut above the rest. Pristine white sand and clear waters combine to create the dream beach holiday destination for many sun-seekers.

Sardinia’s long history means it’s easy to combine sunbathing with a spot of sightseeing here, as well as to take part in a range of activities such as rambling, swimming and windsurfing. Its cuisine is also largely made up of unique takes on classic Italian dishes, making it ideal for foodies.

Here are some of the most notable beach holiday destinations in Sardinia:



Sardinia’s capital is not only a great sightseeing destination in its own right thanks to its museums and architecture, but it’s also conveniently close to several beaches.

The 6km Poetto Beach is the longest in the whole of Italy and is a lively destination to stay in. The beaches of Tueredda, Cala Mosca and Porto Piscinni are also nearby, as is the protected marine area of Villasimius.



Alghero in northwestern Sardinia is a popular resort attached to a medieval city and one of the most popular destinations on the island.

The region’s coastline is around 90 km long and is home to the Riviera del Corallo. Specific beaches to look out for include Le Bombarde, Porto Ferro, Calabona near Bosa, Lido di Alghero and Cala Burantin, which is particularly popular with boating enthusiasts.



Pula is a birdwatcher’s dream thanks to its population of seabirds, flamingos and other birds. The nearest beach can be found at Nora, where there are also some notable ruins dating back to Roman times.

If you’re on a family holiday to Pula, be sure to visit the sea turtle rescue centre and natural marine shelter, also at Nora.


Costa Smeralda

Situated on Sardinia’s north-east coast, the Costa Smeralda is a glamorous beach holiday destination for those seeking a little bit of luxury.

Porto Cervo is the main resort here and has plenty of places to eat and drink at while you enjoy the stunning sea views. There are also various small towns and villages dotted around the area - Arzachena is especially notable for its ruins.


Hotel Pedra Niedda 
Hotel La Conchiglia 
Hotel Abamar 
Hotel Piccada 
Apartments Galatea 
Hotel dei Pini 
Le Residenze di Monte Sixeri  
Hotel La Valle 
Pessighette Dimora di Campagna 




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