Sardinia summer holidays – 5 reasons why you absolutely must visit

When you think about what makes a great summer, the words sun, sea and sand probably come to mind. A summer in Sardinia offers all of this and a whole lot more. If you’re looking for great food, wine, and a rich cultural heritage, look no further.

A memorable Sardinia summer is within your reach; all you have to do is visit.

Why you should visit Sardinia in summer

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The weather

While the sun shines upon Sardinia all year round (approximately 250 days a year), the months of June and July are a great time to visit.

The change from spring to summer provides the best natural heater for the waters surrounding the island. What you get are perfect temperatures for bathing, swimming and water sports.

Sardinia weather in July can reach 29°F/84°F – depending on location. That said, be sure to have plenty of sun lotion ready, and don’t forget your hat and sunglasses.

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“A memorable Sardinia summer is within your reach; all you have to do is visit.”

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The beaches

You’re spoiled for choice for beaches in Sardinia, given its many sandy shores and hidden coves around the island. The north-east of Sardinia, Costa Smeralda, is a region renowned for its beaches and charming villages.

Rena Bianca offers visitors clean waters and spectacular views (Corsica is to the north). Awarded a ‘blue flag’ beach status, Rena Bianca is clean and well-maintained. It’s also fully equipped with everything you need for an enjoyable visit.

I loved visiting Sardinia, and met some like-minded people as a solo traveler on a guided tour. It made such a difference to my travels, and would highly recommend others to try it.

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The food

I’ve yet to meet anyone who dislikes Italian food. Summer eating in Sardinia is fresh, well-balanced and healthy. Many dishes draw on traditional ingredients such as the island’s range of cheese, seafood, meat and vegetables.

Although Sardinia’s surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, you’ll find many meat dishes as well as seafood. Sink your teeth into a pasta salad made from Fregola (a texture similar to couscous).

Alternatively, you may like to try a spicy fish soup typical of the Cagliari area in the south called Sa Cassola, or the iconic roasted pig. 

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The wine route

Great temperatures and fertile lands make Sardinia an ideal place for wine production. With 16 DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) wines, the most difficult dilemma is choosing which wineries to visit.

Cantina Calasetta is a good place to start, but is one of many. Don’t leave without sampling a glass of the Cannonau di Sardegna, probably the island’s most popular export.

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The sights

Sardinia’s an island filled with must-see landmarks. Visit the UNESCO heritage site Su Nuraxi di Barumini, medieval villages at Castelsardo or white sandy beaches like Tuerredda Bay in the south.

You can find impressive views along the trekking paths bordering the edge of the coastal cliffs of Ogliastra in the east. In short, it’s an island filled with endless photo opportunities.

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55 Comments

  1. Kate Storm

    Sardinia looks absolutely beautiful! I especially love the photo overlooking the sea and the one of the grapes–classic Mediterranean. If I had my way, almost all summers would be spent in southern Europe!

    Reply
    • Lisa

      Yes Kate, I’m totally with you on this! It’s so beautiful there, and very traditional too 😀

  2. Abigail Sinsona

    I have read a lot about Sardinia and they’ve definitely intrigued me. The fact that they have great food and gorgeous beaches has me wanting to go. But they have great wines too? Count me in!

    Reply
    • Lisa

      Oh yes, great wine is always a plus! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Marlies

    Hopefully I make it to Sardinia next summer, it seems so nice. The wine route sounds great, especially if you can combine it with a stunning view. Would love to try the local food over there.

    Reply
    • Lisa

      I hope so too! I’d love to hear about your experiences when you do go, keep in touch!

  4. Mariella Molestina

    I love everything about your post! From the topic, to the information that you presented as well as the pictures! I have always wanted to go to Sardinia but have yet to make it, but definitely have tried the Cannonau di Sardegna and it is delicious! Glad you enjoyed all these wonderful experiences on your trip.

    Reply
    • Lisa

      That’s so kind of you to say! I try to put the as much description, without going overboard! I’m glad you enjoyed it 😀

  5. Rachelle

    You had me at Beaches! I grew up near the ocean, but moved to a land-locked state for a job and I can’t even express how much I miss being next to the water. I would for sure enjoy a summer in Sardinia. The food! The beach! The weather! All the yes!

    Reply
    • Lisa

      It’s an all-round yes! I can imagine it must be hard not being close to the ocean, especially as you grew up in close range. I hope you get to go yourself one day.

  6. Aryane

    Italy is high on my list of favourite countries, but I have yet to visit Sardinia and Sicily!
    With the crappy summer we’ve had so far in Germany, I wish I could hop on the next plane and go dip my toes in the crystal clear water!

    Reply
    • Lisa

      It’s not been so great in London either Aryane! Thankfully, I’m returning to Italy on Sunday 🙂 Hope you get to visit Sardinia in person!

  7. jo

    Love your articles about Sardinia. In this particularly post I like point 5. What an amazing place! We are just back from a trip to Europe, yet Sardinia is still on our to do list

    Reply
    • Lisa

      Oh, I hope you get to see it for yourself; it’s so beautiful!

  8. Raymond Carroll

    Sardinia looks like a really beautiful location. The food you describe sounds delicious – and there’s nothing more relaxing – for me – than a day at a pristine beach. One day I hope to go. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
    • Lisa

      You’re welcome Raymond, happy to share anything about this beautiful island!

  9. James

    My reason to visit Sardinia would be (other than the delicious Italian food) to see the UNESCO site of Su Nuraxi. I’ve seen pictures of Su Nuraxi before and as well as your picture they are always so colourful and unique to Sardinia. I guess with so many sunny days per year it’s very likely you’ll have good weather there which is perfect for photography.

    Reply
    • Lisa

      I totally agree with you James! It’s so beautiful and the Su Nuraxi is so interesting. Thanks for commenting!

  10. Wallis

    The beaches and the views look incredible! I have visited Sicily and mainland Italy but never step foot yet in Sardinia! I can’t wait to go!

    Reply
    • Lisa

      Then what are you waiting for! Sardinia is incredible, and actually there’s sunshine pretty much all year round so you could still visit in autumn 😉

  11. Shaun

    Well, I just added another island to my must visit list! I always follow your posts, and think you deserve to get more recognition than you currently do! Thanks for sharing another excellent post.

    Reply
    • Lisa

      You’re welcome.

  12. Dinh-Long

    I’ve never been to this region but wine and good food is enough 😀 Another island on the bucket list! I guess it’s reachable from Corsica?

    Reply
    • Lisa

      Honestly I don’t know, but I’m sure getting there from Corsica can be done! The food and wine is sooo good, you’ve got to try for yourself!

  13. Becca Talbot

    I’ve never really considered Sardinia as a destination – but you’ve made it look and sound amazing! I’m not really into wine, so that would probably be a no for me, but the food, mmmmm! Fresh fish yes please! x

    Reply
    • Lisa

      How can you not be into wine?!! I kid 😉 Yes, the fresh fish is incredible and even better when in a stunning landscape 😀

  14. Medha

    What beautiful pictures! The cliffs with the blue waters are absolutely breathtaking, and I love your picture with the grapes as well. Sardinia has been on my list for a long time, unfortunately I didn’t cover it on my last trip but hopefully next time I will!

    Reply
    • Lisa

      You absolutely must, it’s a beautiful place to visit, and very un-Italian in some ways too!

  15. Dada

    Ohhh Sardinia! It was one of my husbands and mines adventure together, in 2006! Yes we are that old! At that time I have never heard of blogg, wifi or Iphone so we have a very few pictures from that holiday. But I still remember! We were having a road trip and were wild camping on the beautiful beaches. Reading your post just want me to go back to Sardinia for another experience!

    Reply
    • Lisa

      That’s amazing! I’m so glad you’ve been there, because not many foreigners travel there 😀

  16. Katie

    Now i am totally inspired to visit Sardinia! Thanks for sharing this article. The views of the islands and beaches look so beautiful. your last image reminds me a little of Ha Long Bay, so i can totally see why this is a UNSECO world heritage site.

    Reply
    • Lisa

      You’re welcome Katie! I loved my time here, and I’m certain you will too 🙂

  17. daniele

    Oh my, I live in Italy but I haven’t visited it yet. I totally agree with all the five points you indicated. The food and the wine are good all over Italy and june is the perfect month to visit different Italian regions because there are also less tourists. Well done dear 🙂

    Reply
    • Lisa

      Thanks Daniele! I love Sardinia, and can’t wait to return 🙂

  18. Mike

    Thanks for that list! It’s always good to have a perfect excuse for another holiday 🙂 when someone asks me why I would travel again I can just quote the five points and they will be convinced 🙂
    Traveling through Italy is just amazing!

    Reply
    • Lisa

      I love Italy, and am lucky to return frequently 😀

  19. Yukti

    You have listed perfect points to convince us to book tickets for Sardinia. Sunny weather with stunning sights makes it a perfect vacation spot. I would love to go for wine tours, trek along the coastal cliffs and indulge into white sands. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
    • Lisa

      You’re welcome! I love Sardinia, and would urge more travellers to visit!

  20. Baia

    Sardinia definitely looks wonderful! Would love to try food and wine there

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  21. Wandering life - Catarina Leonardo

    For me the first reason is the best!!! I really love good weather. You also travel with your kids? I always travel with mine.

    Reply
    • Lisa

      I don’t have kids 😀 but if I did, I’d love to travel with them!

  22. Sinjana Ghosh

    Sardinia looks mind-blowing. Thanks for introducing me to this new place. I see UNESCO heritage site and history, I feel like giving it a visit. It is that simple. I love how you brought the best vibes of summer through your writing and photography!

    Reply
    • Lisa

      Thank you! I love Sardinia, and happy to share my experiences!

  23. Sreekar

    This surely is a bucket list worthy place. I would love to go there for the great summers or at least even for the food! That fish looks very inviting!

    Reply
    • Lisa

      Great to know, you won’t be disappointed.

  24. Val

    You know Lisa, I haven’t been to Sardinia! Crazy, right?! It’s supposed to have one of the most beautiful seas and I can’t really wait to get to see it and experience local hospitality. Your post is a great reminder of all good reasons why I should buy a ticket now!

    Reply
    • Lisa

      I can’t believe it either! You have to go, it’s such a beautiful island

  25. Sinjana Ghosh

    I am convinced that I should visit Sardinia soon. With the sunny weather and so many beaches you could never go wrong. The Italian seafood delicacies are an added incentive because they are tasty and healthy

    Reply
    • Lisa

      You must! It’s a beautiful island with so many great things to see and do too 🙂

  26. Courtney Hopkins

    Wow, it looks absolutely beautiful here! I am going next summer and am really excited about the wines and foos from this part of the world. Sounds like you really enjoyed them!

    Reply
    • Lisa

      It’s a beautiful island, hope you’ll enjoy it!

  27. Shreya Saha

    Sardinia beaches are kill and yes July is a great time to visit those sunny places. Great to know how you summarized the important things to know about the place. Loving the pictures too.

    Reply
    • Lisa

      Thanks!

  28. Daniel

    The beaches in Sardinia look absolutely amazing and I’ve heard some good things about food and wine too. I’ll visit this summer for a couple of weeks and this post made me even more excited for the trip. You did a great job summarizing the important things to know about Sardinia.

    Reply
    • Lisa

      Thanks Daniel, I hope you have an amazing time. Sardinia is amazing!

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