Most beautiful places in Sardinia you have to see on the island
Beautiful beaches and the mountainous terrain are not the only attractions that makes Sardinia a must-see island. It’s home to some of the most beautiful places to see in Italy, with a rich culture and interesting history.
Fine dining, colourful gardens and Baroque style cathedrals are only a handful of the sights and activities on offer. The views alone from some of these places are an attraction in themselves.
The most beautiful places in Sardinia
Sardinia’s capital and largest city, Cagliari, which means ‘castle’, was built on seven hills. The historic area, also known as the Castello district, refers to the upper part of the city, the ancient citadel. Cagliari boasts 8 miles of beach along the sea, including the popular sandy hotspot of Poetto.
For a spot of wildlife watching, head to the regional Nature Reserve of Molentargius. As well as the flamingos that usually frequent the ponds, other animals to look out for include the European pond tortoise, the legless lizard and the wild rabbit.
Located on the north-west coast of Sardinia, Alghero is a small, but pretty city whose ancient architecture displays its Catalan past. With a charming old town and working harbour, Alghero is close to many nuraghe ruins, churches and an impressive stalactite cave called Neptune’s Grotto.
The city is populated by Italians coming for their vacations in July and August, so visit in a quieter period. The sandy beach that stretches the length of the bay is simply the icing on the cake.
There’s no better way to see the hidden sights of Sardinia than going with a local tour guide. Families, solo travelers and couples can explore even more beautiful places in Sardinia, and with locals who know best.
A picturesque village on the northern coast of Sardinia, signs of its medieval past can be seen in the old town that is perched atop the hill. Castelsardo’s main attraction is the Castello dei Doria, where you can ooh and ahh over the sunny views of the Gulf of Asinara.
The streets of the medieval quarters are filled with restaurants and cafes, and the village even boasts a marina and beautiful beaches.
“The sandy beach that stretches the length of the bay is simply the icing on the cake.”
A spectacular road through the wild Mediterranean coast connects Alghero and Bosa – a charming town on the shores of Temo River.
The colourful houses and narrow cobbled streets of the old town lie on a hill overlooking a medieval castle. The towers of the fortress offer a panoramic view towards the countryside and west coast of Sardinia. During your visit in Bosa, be sure to try a glass of Malvasia, a delicious fortified wine produced with an indigenous grape variety.
This captivating mountain village is set between a wide mountainous area in central Sardinia. Its streets are decorated with over 100 colourful mural paintings, inspired by local traditions, Italian politics as well as worldwide historical events.
The area is considered to be the cradle of wine and winemaking, particularly the popular Cannonau. This iconic Sardinian red wine has been produced in Orgosolo for centuries and its robust taste is widely appreciated around the world.
Other noteworthy cities and towns to visit include Sassari in the north-west and Quartu Sant’Elena (Quartu Sant’Aleni) in the south-east. Depending on your itinerary, Stintino/Isthintini in the far north-western tip of the island is also a lovely spot to visit.
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