Enjoy hot, dry summers and mild winters
Sardinia holidays whisk you away to the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Sardinia is just a short ferry ride away from it's sister island Sicily and the French island of Corsica.
There are three mountain ranges in Sardinia with the highest peak being in the middle of the island called Punta La Marmora in the Gennargentu mountain range. The island has a few major rivers the longest being Tirso which flows into the Mediterranean Sea and measures over ninety four miles in length. Sardinia has a Mediterranean climate with dry, hot summers and mild winters. The mountain climate tends to be cooler and wetter, in the winter it's not uncommon to see snow fall in the higher peaks. Italian is the most spoken language in Sardinia but inland traditional Sardinian is widely spoken and is used for folk songs and poetry. Sardinia holidays give you the opportunity to visit the largest vineyard in Europe the renowned Sella and Mosca which is situated close to Alghero. There are three main airports in Sardinia, Olbia on the northeast coast,Alghero on the northwest coast and Cagliari on the south coast. There are also four main ferry ports.
Sardinia is a tourist haven attracting visitors to its magnificent beaches offering isolated sandy coves, picturesque harbours and natural beauty. Throughout the year the island plays host to an abundance of festivals, where you will see traditional costumes, local handicrafts, hear local music with plenty of traditional dancing. Late deals to Sardinia offer the chance to sample a fantastic array of food stalls offering traditional Sardinian cuisine and delicacies.
Costa Smeralda on the northeast coast of Sardinia is the main tourist resort, offering a six mile stretch of unspoilt golden sandy beaches that are backed by luxury hotels and private villas. Costa Smeralda is frequented by rich and famous celebrities and the paparazzi due to its famous designer jewellers and boutiques including Cartier, Gucci, Prada, Versace and Armani. However supermarkets and general stores are also available in the resort. The resort offers one of the finest yachting marinas in Europe and hosts world class regattas and races. It's undoubtedly one of the most impressive marinas in Europe. There are plenty of water sports on offer including sailing, scuba diving and windsurfing. Costa Smeralda offers one of the most beautiful places to play golf in the world taking in the impressive views over the resort. Nightlife offers a range of choices from laid back bars to lively discos, if you want to party head to The Billionaire Club famously owned by Flavio Briatore.
Quick Sardinia Tips
The currency needed for Sardinia holidays is the Euro
Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean, the largest being Sicily
Holders of a valid UK passport do not need a visa to travel to Sardinia
It takes approximately 2½ hours to fly to Sardinia from the UK
Sardinia has three airports, Alghero (AHO) in the north west, Olbia (OLB) in the north east and Cagliari (CAG) in the south
In the 16th century the island was known as Insula Vini, or wine island
Geographically, Sardinia is ever so slightly closer to the coast of Africa than it is to the coast of Italy
Between the late 1400's and early 1700's, Sardinia existed under Spanish rule and there are still towns today that have a definite Hispanic feel to them
Be aware of waiters offering you a 'giro di antipasti' or round of starters whilst you are ordering your meal. Whilst extremely tasty and plentiful they can also be expensive, and very filling, so you may not want to eat your main meal!
Wine is a product of Sardinia and in some restaurants is quite expensive, however you will find the house wine is also of a very high standard and much cheaper. Most restaurants will also let you 'try before you buy', so you don't make an expensive mistake!