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Sardinia Travel Guide: Discover the Italian Paradise Aboard a Superyacht

12 July 2021
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One of the most coveted Italian travel destinations, Sardinia is a beautiful place that has everything for your memorable cruise. Whether you want to enjoy unspoiled beaches and exciting watersports, observe abundant wildlife, savor exquisite cuisine, or explore cozy towns with their authentic architecture and cordial locals, Sardinia will satisfy these needs. 

To help you make your cruise to Sardinia fun and unforgettable, we’ve handpicked the top reasons why you should visit Sardinia and some of the best tourist attractions to see there. 

Top-10 Reasons to Visit Sardinia 

1. Fascinating nature

Sardinia is a large mountainous island with 2000 kilometers (1243 miles) of beaches located off the west coast of Italy. The best time to visit Sardinia is between April and June when the average temperature is about 21-22 °C (70-72 °F). July and August can bring unbearable heat, along with crowds of tourists, but you can still enjoy diverse wildlife, fancy restaurants, and one-of-a-kind architecture.

Besides beaches, the island is also full of scenic hiking trails, spectacular waterfalls, picturesque lagoons, and mysterious sea caves. Sardinia is also home to two national parks where you can encounter fantastic flora and fauna. Thanks to this stunning environment, every nature lover will get their daily portion of mind-blowing views! 

2. Unspoiled beaches

Sardinia’s coastline is dotted with gorgeous white-sand beaches washed by the Mediterranean Sea’s azure waters. The excellent level of underwater visibility, beautiful coastal landscapes, and generally warm and calm waters attract many tourists to Sardinia’s beaches, making it challenging to find a secluded place and relax. 

If you are looking for a perfect place to visit with kids, Porto Istana Beach will delight you with spotless sand and calm waters. Located near Olbia, a beautiful town in northeast Sardinia, this beach is surrounded by stunning green hills. Here you can also enjoy a scuba diving session and encounter such marine creatures as tuna, moray eels, groupers, and seahorses. But remember that this beach might be overcrowded in July and August. 

Porto Giunco is one more gorgeous beach to visit alone or with a family. It’s located in southeastern Sardinia, 45 kilometers (28 miles) from Cagliari, the island’s capital. If you want to feel tropical vibes in the middle of the Mediterranean, this beach is a must-visit place for you! White sand, turquoise waters, a beautiful lagoon with pink flamingos, and lush greenery such as lentisks and juniper—this beach has everything to make your vacation delightful!

3. Centuries-old history

Once you are done sunbathing on the beach, it’s time to complement your trip to Sardinia with the towns full of amazing historic sites such as the ruins of Tharros, an abandoned port city. Sardinia is a true paradise for every history buff with its ancient towns, interesting museums, and beautiful medieval castles. 

Head to the west coast of Sardinia to find the city of Tharros, one of the most mind-blowing open-air museums. This city was founded in the 8th century BC by the Phoenicians, an ancient civilization renowned for its skillful sailors and traders. You will get a chance to find the foundations of old churches, workshops, and sacred spaces of this collapsed civilization. 

We also recommend you take a 5-hour archaeological shore excursion to explore the ruins of Nora, another ancient Roman city located in Pula, a Cagliari’s municipality. This tour is private, so a time will be arranged to suit your cruise to Sardinia.

In Nora, you will find the remnants of a temple, a cemetery, an aqueduct, and a theater that could host up to 1000 guests. You will also visit Pula to get some souvenirs and wander through its charming streets dotted with restaurants and craft shops. 

4. Unique culture

Sardinia is a hospitable island with polite and amiable locals speaking both Italian and Sardinian languages. Though Sardinia is one of the most coveted travel destinations for tourists around the globe, the islanders lead a simple life, work mostly in the agricultural industry, and value their homeland’s customs and traditions. That’s why this island is home to lots of impressive events, from music festivals and carnivals to horse fairs and parades, making your vacation in Sardinia vivid and memorable. 

Sardinia is a Christian society, and most islanders prefer to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days. The island is home to numerous glorious temples like the Church of San Michele in Cagliari built at the end of the 17th century and the Church of San Francesco in Alghero constructed in the 14th century. 

Observing these architectural masterpieces, along with their magnificent atriums, frescoes, altars, and stuccos is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so make sure to stop by! 

5. Exceptional cuisine

Sardinia is world-renowned for its appetizing cuisine, so don’t forget to visit some of the local restaurants and try seafood pasta with saffron, pies with ricotta and lemon, Catalan-style lobster, and snails with a spicy tomato sauce.

While exploring Cagliari, head to Antico Caffè 1855, one of the best places to spend your evening like a local. It’s a popular meeting point where Sardinians gather to hang out with friends and have a drink. This elegant restaurant has a tea room, a cocktail bar, and catering services, making it a perfect venue for any occasion. Don’t forget to try homemade ravioli with tomato sauce and basil, pasta with fresh seafood, and Irish Angus Burger. 

Saint Remy is one more must-visit restaurant for those who want to fall in love with Mediterranean cuisine. Marino, the restaurant’s chef, uses local produce for his outstanding dishes. This small restaurant’s intimate and cozy atmosphere is ideal for a romantic date or dinner with a family. We recommend you enjoy fish carpaccio, tuna tartare with stracciatella cheese and truffle, and caramelized almond parfait with strawberry sauce.

6. Delicious wine

Besides stunning nature, tasteful food, and eye-catching architecture, Sardinia is also home to an extensive range of native grapes like refreshing Vermentino, berry-flavored Grenache, fruity Carignan, and aromatic Nuragus. The Mediterranean climate with its warm summers, mild winters, and 2468 hours of sunshine per year is perfect for these grapes to thrive. 

Visiting Sardinia, don’t miss a chance to explore some of the world-famous wineries, stroll around vineyards, and learn more about the winemaking process. Pala is a family-owned winery in southern Sardinia founded in 1950 by Salvatore Pala. Today, Mario Pala takes care of the winery with his wife and children. They value time-honored traditions and follow the latest wine trends to express the family character in every bottle. 

You can book a visit to enjoy a vineyards tour, explore the winery, and taste five flavorful wines. A wide selection of reds, whites, rosé, and dessert will enable you to find something special for your collection!

7. Diverse wildlife

Pink flamingos, graceful Giara horses, griffon vultures, adorable red foxes, and white donkeys—Sardinia’s wildlife is impressive and plentiful. The island’s secluded location is crucial for the population of animals and birds as tourists rarely disturb them. 

Brighten up your cruise to Sardinia by visiting Parco Nazionale dell’Arcipelago di La Maddalena. This enormous national park spreads over 12 000 hectares (29 653 acres) and covers over 60 islands so that you can explore this fantastic place for weeks! Visit Budelli, one of the main islands, to take mind-blowing photos of pink beaches. If you prefer to observe mysterious coves and wander around scenic hiking trails, head to Caprera located in northeastern Sardinia. 

Exploring this park, you will get a chance to encounter fin whales, bottlenose dolphins, Bedriaga’s rock lizards, Hermann’s tortoises, European leaf-toed geckos, red foxes, and martens. You can explore the park by yourself or take a guided tour to meet more animals. 

8. Abundant marine life

While exploring the vivid marine life of Sardinia, you can also enjoy an unforgettable diving experience. To spot more marine creatures, consider visiting Sardinia during the scorching summer months with an average water temperature of 26°C (79°F). 

You will meet a wide range of underwater inhabitants, from striped dolphins and long-finned pilot whales to numerous squids, groupers, barracudas, tuna, moray eels, and groupers. 

The island’s east coast is a great place for diving as here you won’t have to deal with strong winds that might mess up with the level of underwater visibility. Though if you are a seasoned diver longing for a private experience without the tourist crowds, the west coast of Sardinia will impress you as well. 

We recommend you stop by the Orosei Gulf in eastern Sardinia. This dive spot is a perfect match for both novices and experienced divers. Besides an underwater garden and spectacular marine life, here you will find the Nasello wreck, a German vessel that was destroyed in 1943 by the British submarine. 

9. Charming towns

No trip to Sardinia is complete without visiting at least one of the island’s towns. Don’t limit yourself to Cagliari, there are lots of charming towns full of medieval castles, wineries, archeological sites, art galleries, and restaurants offering traditional cuisine. 

Head to the Sulcis archipelago to visit Calasetta, an adorable town with colorful buildings, narrow streets, and cheerful islanders ready to tell you everything about their beloved homeland. Don’t forget to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art to explore outstanding pieces from the 20th century. 

The weather is windy here, so you can make the most of your windsurfing sessions. Spiaggia Grande is a fantastic beach to enjoy watersports, while Sottotorre, Cala Lunga, and La Salina are protected from the wind, making them amazing spots to visit with children. These beaches are equipped with everything to relish a relaxing day, from sunbeds and umbrellas to parking spaces and restaurants to grab a bite to eat. 

10. Luxurious resorts

If you are longing to restore your inner peace and balance, Sardinia is an ideal destination for your needs as this island is home to numerous SPA resorts that will turn your journey into a relaxing adventure! 

Villa Las Tronas Hotel & SPA is located in Alghero, northwestern Sardinia, and has everything to help you slow down and get essential SPA treatments. The hotel offers 24 rooms and suites equipped with elegant furniture, spacious terraces, hot tubs, and large panoramic windows. 

The hotel’s restaurant will amaze you with the richness of Sardinian cuisine, various fish-based dishes, and local produce. It’s a vegetarian restaurant, so you won’t find any meat dishes here. The SPA area is a real paradise for relaxation with its gym, sauna, heated swimming pool, and massage rooms. Here you will have a chance to take care of yourself and get a wide variety of facial and body treatments. 

Cruise to Sardinia With Ragnar

We hope that we have inspired you to embark on your trip to Sardinia and experience the unforgettable Mediterranean atmosphere to the fullest. With Ragnar, you can reach any travel destination while relishing the comfort of your spacious cabin, observing majestic seascapes, enjoying exciting watersports, and sunbathing beside a gorgeous swimming pool aboard our superyacht.

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