One of the most beautiful places in the world, the Italian island of Sardinia is a place of natural wonder and excitement. With miles of beaches and turquoise-coloured Mediterranean water, it’s also home to some incredible villages, hiking opportunities and incredible ancient structures. The second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, it’s located west of the Italian Peninsula and south of the French island of Corsica.
Definitely a fantastic location to take photos, enjoy its natural wonders and learn about the vestiges of the Nuragic civilization. There is nowhere else in the world like it, which is why it’s frequently visited by tourists every single year who want to take in its splendour for themselves. It’s also a favourite spot for writers, photographers, artists and more who are inspired creatively by the environment and its history.
If you’re looking to go for a visit to this must-see location, here are some of the top places to not miss out on.
This lovely little town is situated in the Barbagia hills and famous for its carnival costumes. Mamuthones wear masks, black leather and large bells and Issohadores wear red-and-black outfits and hats. It’s definitely a cultural sight like no other, so well worth checking out when you’re in Sardinia. You’ll not regret it and will return home with some incredible stories to tell of what you’ve seen!
This seaside staircase known as “goat steps” (or escala del cabirol) is a mystical trip down into one of the world’s most impressive natural wonders. Based near Alghero, this grotto takes its name from the Roman god of the sea, Neptune. Once inside, visitors can experience stalactites and stalagmites as well as a large saltwater lake, making for an otherworldly experience for all who enter.
For those who aren’t so keen on climbing down and up the 656 steps, you can take a pot from the harbour in the Port of Alghero if it’s a calm day!
Take in views from a yacht
If you’re looking for an extra luxurious experience to add to your stay, it’s a think whether you should charter a yacht in Sardinia.
From the beautiful mountainous landscapes of Supremonte to the white sandy beaches and emerald sea of Porto Istana, you can witness all the most amazing sights up close and personal by a chartered yacht. Live life like a celebrity from this very Instagram-friendly experience. You definitely won’t regret it!
Based on the northwest coast, this town is one of the prettiest in Italy and features spa hotels, beaches and a castle. You can also visit Roccia dell’Elefante, an incredible rock formation as well as the Museo dell’Intreccio Mediterraneo — a museum that is completely dedicated to the art of basket weaving which is so popular on the island.
La Pelosa Beach
It’s pretty much impossible to name just one beach as the most beautiful in all of Sardinia. But La Pelosa Beach is definitely one of them. Beautiful water and sand are one side, with incredible Mediterranean flora and fauna, and a view of Asinara island on the other. It’s definitely one of the hotspots for becah lovers, as well as those who like architecture as it features a 17th century tower.
Tempio is transformed over three days of winter with carnival. A celebration featuring parades, floats and masked performers, it’s like nothing else out there. Keep an eye out for Lu Linzolu Cupaltatu — the female figure seen walking along the streets wrapped in a sheet. Also Ghjolghuju Puntoglio — who marks the end of carnival celebrations as well as the beginning of Lent.
The murals of Orgosolo
The buildings in the town of Orgosolo, based in the Barbagia mountain region, are a canvas to some amazing murals by its inhabitants. With work starting from 1960, you’ll find depictions of daily life, creative ideas and political statements painted across the walls. It’s an incredible sight and worth going for a visit, especially if you’re an art-fan. There’s really nothing else like it.
Gola di Gorropu
The majestic natural wonder is often called the Grand Canyon of Italy. Located on the Supramonte mountain at almost 1,500ft down and a mile wide, it’s an astonishing view with trails to hike and rivers to swim in. It’s a fantastic spot, especially for those who enjoy a nature walk that’s completely out of the ordinary.
Often called Little Tahiti, this beach is a glorious spot to visit and soak up some sun. A little spot of paradise that can be reached by charter a yacht from Sicily, you can visit private beach clubs and rent out umbrellas and sun loungers to get the most out of the day.
Su Nuraxi di Barumini
Nuraghe — ancient, mystical structures — are found all across Sardinia. Su Nuraxi is part of the Barumini archaeological site and is considered by many to be ones of the best examples of Bronze Age villages. Listed as a Unesco World Heritage site, it’s an impressive view and a great one to check out whether you’re a historian fan or just want to see something otherworldly and impressive.