Where to Stay in Sardinia 🇮🇹 – The Best Places to Stay

Updated on April 13, 2024
by Alex Miller

If you are wondering where to stay in Sardinia, you have come to the right place. I will tell you about the best places where you can spend your vacation.

Our Pick of the Best Hotels in Sardinia 🔥

Sardinia has long been considered one of the best beach vacation destinations, famous for its turquoise waters and soft sandy beaches. It is also one of the best surfing destinations in the Mediterranean. But there are also picturesque mountain towns, vineyard villages and ancient archaeological sites.

Quick Guide to the Best Areas to Stay in Sardinia 📃

1. Cagliari – Best Place to Stay in Sardinia for the First Time 👀

🏰 Historic capital: Cagliari serves as the Italian island’s capital and largest city. With its prime location, picturesque beaches, historic sites and lively culture, Cagliari offers an enjoyable base to explore Sardinia.

⛰️ Panoramic spot: For first-time visitors, Cagliari’s Castello neighborhood provides a convenient home base. Perched on a hilltop overlooking the city, Castello puts you steps away from top attractions like the 13th century limestone Bastione San Remy.

🏡 Charming streets: Winding streets lined with cafes, galleries, and shops also make Castello delightful for strolling. However you can easily access other districts, with buses, trains, and scenic elevated pedestrian walkways connecting across Cagliari’s central districts.

When visiting Cagliari, be sure to see:

  • The Torre dell’Elefante, an imposing 14th century fortified tower
  • The 13th century Cattedrale di Santa Maria, with its ornate façade
  • The collection of modern art at the Galleria Comunale d’Arte
  • The Botanical Garden’s peaceful trails and 3,200+ plant species

Don’t miss the opportunity to check out the lively daily markets, such as Mercato di San Benedetto, where you can buy fresh produce.

Bastion Saint Remy
Bastion Saint Remy
Bastion Saint Remy
Bastion Saint Remy
Torre dell'Elefante
Torre dell'Elefante
Cathedral of Cagliari
Cathedral of Cagliari
Galleria Comunale D'Arte
Galleria Comunale D'Arte
Orto Botanico
Orto Botanico

☀️ Beach & trails: With mild weather year-round, Cagliari offers plenty of options to enjoy the outdoors. Stroll along the Poetto Beach lined with bars and restaurants. Or soak in panoramic views along hiking trails in parks like Parco Naturale Regionale Molentargius.

🍷 Food & wine: To sample authentic Sardinian food and wine, head to the Marina neighborhood. Sit at an outdoor table and feast on local specialties like malloreddus pasta, seadas desserts, and cannonau wine.

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Where to stay in Cagliari?

Expensive hotels:

  • Palazzo Tirso Cagliari MGallery – a luxury hotel in a historic 19th-century building with exquisitely designed interiors and a Mediterranean restaurant.
  • Palazzo Doglio – an elegant 5-star hotel in a historic 17th century palazzo, offering exquisite rooms with panoramic views of the city.
  • Casa Clat – a chic boutique hotel in the city center with elegant modern interiors.

Medium price range:

  • Residenza le Scalette – a cozy family-run hotel near the port with spacious Mediterranean-style rooms.
  • CASACRIZIA – a boutique mini-hotel in a historic 19th-century mansion, offering stylish rooms with city or patio views.
  • Residenze al Castello – comfortable apartments in the historic city center with views of the harbor and castle.

Budget hotels:

  • Ichnusa – simple and inexpensive hotel with basic amenities, good location near Poeto beach.
  • Affittacamere Easy Cagliari – guesthouse with shared kitchen, offers simple and inexpensive rooms in the heart of the city.
  • Casa dei Talenti – small cozy hotel in a historical building with friendly atmosphere, excellent value for money.

2. Alghero – One of the Most Historic Parts of Sardinia 🗿

On the northwest coast of Sardinia lies the beautiful port city of Alghero, with its picturesque medieval center, gorgeous beaches and Catalan culture.

🏰 Exotic old town: Inside the old town, wander the narrow lanes and alleyways lined with honey-stone buildings, stopping to admire the palazzos and ornate churches around every corner.

🏛️ Catalan influences: The city has an exotic feel with its heavy Catalan influences – from the local dialect to the Spanish style architecture. Don’t miss the Metropolitan Cathedral and the ethnographic museum showcasing Sardinian and Catalan heritage.

🔝 Top attractions within the old town include:

  • The lively 🍸 Happening hub: Piazza Civica filled with bars and restaurants
  • The imposing 🏰 Impressive tower: Torre de Sant Jaume
  • Boutique shops and artisanal workshops

Must-try local dishes like lobster, sea urchins and paella. I recommend having dinner at the Nautilus restaurant. It’s a bit pricey, but it’s worth it.

🌊 Idyllic beaches: Some of Sardinia’s finest beaches lie just minutes from Alghero’s old town. The famous Spiaggia di Maria Pia with its crystal-clear azure waters makes an excellent spot to relax or try water sports.

🚌 Well-connected: With frequent buses running from the city center, it’s easy to get around the local area. Or take the efficient rail service from Alghero station to sightsee further afield.

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Where to stay in Alghero?

Expensive hotels:

  • Hotel Florida – an elegant hotel with sophisticated interior design and sea views.
  • Hotel El Balear – a modern premium hotel with excellent service and panoramic coastal views.
  • Casa dei Liuti – a charming boutique hotel in a historic building with authentic design and atmosphere.

Medium price range:

  • Amelia Apts & Rooms – an aparthotel with comfortable rooms and apartments near the beach.
  • Atteros – a cozy family hotel with a homely atmosphere and friendly staff.
  • B&b Angolo 29 – a guest house with spacious rooms and a roof terrace with views of the bay.

Budget hotels:

  • La Tanchetta – a small cozy hotel with basic amenities at a reasonable price.
  • The Whale B&B – a reasonably priced B&B with clean rooms and a warm welcome from the hosts.
  • Aigua – a simple and inexpensive hotel with a good location near the beach.

3. Olbia – Where to Stay in Sardinia for Families 👪

🌊 Coastal charm: Inside the old town, wander the narrow lanes and alleyways lined with honey-stone buildings, Olbia offers the perfect introduction to Italy’s second-largest island. With its strategic location on the Costa Smeralda, Olbia provides easy access to many of Sardinia’s renowned beaches and attractions.

🚢 Ferry access: From the city’s main port downtown, travelers can quickly reach gorgeous locales like Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo via ferry. Or stay closer to home and lounge on Olbia’s very own white sand beaches, including Le Saline Beach located minutes from the city center.

🏛️ Must-see attractions and landmarks include:

  • The Archaeological Museum – traces Olbia’s history from prehistoric to medieval times
  • Historic Center – web of charming alleys with boutiques and traditional cafés

While small enough to easily navigate, Olbia still packs plenty for visitors to explore – history buffs especially will appreciate top sites like the 11th century Romanesque San Simplicio Basilica.

🚍 Some key conveniences for getting around Olbia:

  • Local buses to key beaches and villages
  • Bike rentals and scooter rentals downtown
  • Main taxi stand by the port
  • Boat tours to Isola Tavolara from the main pier
Basilica of San Simplicio olbia
Basilica of San Simplicio olbia
Basilica of San Simplicio
Basilica of San Simplicio
Basilica of San Simplicio
Basilica of San Simplicio
Archaeological museum
Archaeological museum
Archaeological museum
Archaeological museum
Archaeological museum
Archaeological museum

In this way, Olbia allows you to see authentic island life while staying close to the top spots.

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Where to stay in Olbia?

Expensive hotels:

  • Grand Hotel President – a luxury hotel with exquisite interiors located on the seafront overlooking the sea.
  • Smeralda flats – elegant apartments in modern style with panoramic views of the bay.
  • Hotel For You – a boutique hotel with a personalized approach and high level of service.

Medium price category:

4. Sassari – Best Town for History Lovers 📍

🏰 Royal past: The historic city of Sassari offers visitors charming piazzas and palazzos interwoven with traces of its past ruled by the Spanish House of Aragon. As the second largest city on the island, it serves as an ideal base to take day trips across northern Sardinia.

🚶‍♂️ Walkable city: Sassari’s downtown center lies less than three miles from the main train station, with several buses running frequently along the major Viale Italia thoroughfare. Most attractions cluster within walking distance of the three main squares – Piazza Castello, Piazza Tola, and Piazza d’Italia.

🏛️ Gothic palace: From Piazza Castello, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II leads past aristocratic palaces like the Gothic Palazzo Ducale, housing Sassari’s first university. As Sards’ second most important language, Catalan influences reveal themselves through landmarks such as the Fountain of the Rosello.

🖼️ Arts & culture: Other attractions for art lovers:

  • Museo Sanna houses Sardinia’s top archaeological collection
  • 19th century Teatro Civico provides opera, concerts, and summer arts festivals

If you are a history and architecture buff, you should stay here. But keep in mind that the sea is 16 km away.

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Where to stay in Sassari?

Expensive hotels:

Medium price range:

  • Locanda Carra Manna – a cozy hotel in traditional Sardinian style with attentive service.
  • 14 B&B – a modern mini hotel with comfortable and spacious rooms.
  • Hermitage Suites – apartments in a historic building with kitchens and separate bedrooms.

Budget hotels:

5. Costa Smeralda – Where to Stay in Sardinia for Nightlife & Luxury 💃🏻

🌴 Idyllic resort: Costa Smeralda radiates luxurious charm. Known as the “billionaire’s playground,” it attracts jet setters and glitterati from across the globe. But don’t let its ritzy reputation intimidate you – beyond the yachts and boutiques awaits natural beauty and cultural delights accessible to travelers of all budgets.

✈️ Well positioned: Just a 30 minute drive northeast from the port city Olbia, Costa Smeralda offers phenomenal proximity to top area attractions. The stunning beaches and coves remain the biggest draw – from the renowned Spiaggia del Principe Beach to secluded bays like Cala di Volpe. Don’t miss a boat tour to survey them all!

🚶‍♂️ Hiker’s paradise: For outdoor adventures, trails crisscross the surrounding area with spectacular views. Highlights include Capo Figari and the coastal walk to Spiaggia Romazzino.

🚌 Car-free friendly: Though having a car allows exploring farther-flung areas, it’s easy to navigate Costa Smeralda itself car-free. For example, Bus Nr 9 links key destinations like Porto Cervo, San Pantaleo, and Palau.

🛍 Shoppers’ heaven: Beyond natural splendor, Costa Smeralda offers no shortage of ways to indulge – from Michelin-star dining to designer shopping sprees. While options like the Pegolotti couture boutiques and Nikki Beach club cement Costa Smeralda’s reputation for catering to the one percent, more reasonable prices can be found, especially off-season.

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Where to stay in Costa Smeralda?

Expensive hotels:

  • Hotel Sporting – an elegant beach hotel with chic rooms, a gourmet restaurant and excellent service.
  • CPH | Pevero Hotel – a premium luxury hotel with exquisite design located on the picturesque coast.
  • L'Ea Bianca Luxury Resort – a chic hotel with its own beach, spa and fine dining restaurants.

Medium price range:

6. Bosa – Best City in Sardinia for Local Vibe 🔮

⭐ Rich history: Nestled along Sardinia’s northwestern coast, the neighborhood of Bosa offers visitors an authentic glimpse into traditional Sardinian culture. This quiet community provides a peaceful home base to explore the region’s renowned beaches, medieval architecture, and stunning mountainous interior.

Castle of Serravalle
Castle of Serravalle
Castle of Serravalle
Castle of Serravalle
Church of Saint Peter
Church of Saint Peter
Church of Saint Peter
Church of Saint Peter
Church of Saint Peter
Church of Saint Peter

Some of Bosa’s top attractions include the stately Castle of Serravalle and the elegant Church of Saint Peter, originally constructed in the 11th century.

🏘️ Charming views: Bosa is best known for its pastel-colored traditional homes clustered along the hillside . From your accommodations, take an evening stroll down the neighborhood’s streets to enjoy panoramic vistas of the river valley. Time your walk to catch the sunset over the river for an unforgettable travel moment.

🚶‍♂️ Walkable: Getting around Bosa could not be simpler. The efficient neighborhood layout places cafés, grocers, bakeries and artisan shops all within a 5-10 minute walk from hotels and vacation rentals. And with a direct bus line connecting Bosa to:

  • Bosa Marina beach and boardwalk – 10 mins
  • Scenic coastal drives down the SS292 – 20-40 mins
  • Alghero and its international airport – 55 mins

You can conveniently access both relaxation and adventure without the need for a rental car.

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Where to stay in Bosa?

Expensive Hotels:

Medium price range:

  • Casa Pagiò – a cozy family-run hotel in traditional Sardinian style overlooking the river.
  • Locanda di Corte – a charming hotel in a restored historic building in the city center.
  • B&B Da Antonella – a welcoming family-run hotel with a warm homely atmosphere and a delicious breakfast.

Budget hotels:

  • Le Camelie camera – simple and tidy accommodation in the heart of Boza’s historic center.
  • Appartamento Sa Molina – reasonably priced apartments with kitchen and river views.
  • B&B Vista Fiume – friendly family-run hotel with river views and breakfast on the terrace.

7. Nuoro – Hidden Gem in the Central Part of the Island 💎

🌄 Scenic city: Tucked amongst the rolling green hills and granite peaks of central Sardinia lies the vibrant city of Nuoro. As the capital of the province by the same name, Nuoro makes an ideal base to explore this less-travelled area of the island.

🛍️ Local boutiques: The city lies in a valley basin, surrounded by forestry and villages where ancient traditions still endure. As you wander Nuoro’s streets, you’ll discover local boutiques filled with artisanal wares, as well as restaurants dishing up hearty pasta dishes.

🌅 Panoramic views: Truly getting to know central Sardinia though means heading just outside the city. A 15 minute drive brings you to the base of Monte Ortobene. From the mountain’s 955 meter apex, panoramic views unfurl across Nuoro and the sea beyond.

🎨 Vibrant murals: Further inland, the village of Orgosolo depicts Sardinia’s spirit through larger-than-life murals plastered across building facades. And scattered throughout the region, archaeological sites like Serra Orrios immerse you in the island’s storied past.

🏛 Historic sites: Within the city itself, top sights include the Grazia Deledda’s Museum displaying traditional masks and costumes, as well as charming Piazza Sebastiano Satta lined with cafes.

So while many tourists flock to Sardinia’s picturesque beaches, Nuoro’ll uncover islands’s soul.

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Where to stay in Nuoro?

Medium price category:

  • Hotel Sandalia – cozy family hotel in a quiet area of the city, offering panoramic mountain views.
  • Residence Grandi Magazzini – a stylish apartment hotel in a historic building in the city center, within walking distance of the main attractions.
  • B&B Piazza Dante Nuoro – a charming small hotel on the main square, with rooms decorated in traditional Sardinian style.

Budget Hotels:

  • B&Brothers-Tziu Predu – a simple and inexpensive mini-hotel with friendly staff, located near the bus station.
  • Domo Silvia E Paolo – guest house with cozy and clean rooms at a reasonable price, the hosts are very cordial and helpful.
  • Terry's House – hostel in a picturesque area of the old town, atmospheric place with shared kitchen and living room.

8. Villasimius – Where to Stay in Sardinia for the Best Beaches 🏖

🌊 Idyllic coast: Nestled along Sardinia’s stunning southeastern coast, Villasimius charms visitors with its idyllic beaches, crystalline waters, and abundance of outdoor activities.

🏝 Sheltered charm: Villasimius lies tucked inside the protected oasis of Marine Protected Area Capo Carbonara, sheltering it from development and preserving its delightful small-town charm.

Just minutes away you’ll find sprawling white sand beaches such as

  • the Spiaggia del Riso
  • the Spiaggia di Simius

and Campulongu Beach lined with turquoise waters and scenic coves.

☀️ Beachside plaza:The main square, Piazza Gramsci, sits just across the street from the sandy shores of Simius Beach – making it easy to pop over for a refreshing swim during breaks from shopping and strolling through town.

🌲 For accommodations, villas nestled in pine and eucalyptus groves provide an oasis of relaxation after days spent beach-hopping.

🌆 As the sun sets across the sea, you’ll understand why visitors have been coming to bask in the magic of Villasimius for decades.

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Where to stay in Villasimius?

Expensive hotels:

  • Hotel Simius Playa – an elegant hotel with its own beach, offering luxurious rooms with sea views.
  • Boutique Hotel Su Sergenti – a boutique hotel in a historic building with personalized service and sophisticated decor.
  • Hotel Belvir – a modern premium hotel with a panoramic pool and restaurant overlooking the bay.

Medium price range:

  • Domu Simius Hotel – a cozy family hotel with a friendly atmosphere and modest decor.
  • Janas Hotel – a comfortable, traditional Sardinian-style hotel near the beach.

Budget hotels:

  • Admayora Guest House – a guest house with a homely atmosphere and attentive service.
  • Hotel Sa Suergia – a simple and inexpensive hotel with basic amenities in a picturesque location.

9. Oristano – Window into Sardinia’s Cultural Past ⭐

🏰 Historic hub: Nestled on the western coast of the Italian island of Sardinia lies the port city of Oristano. As the island’s historic gateway and capital from the 11th to 15th centuries, Oristano offers visitors a window into Sardinia’s rich cultural past alongside modern amenities.

Cathedral Santa Maria Assunta
Cathedral Santa Maria Assunta
Eleonora d'arborea Monument
Eleonora d'arborea Monument
Chiesa di San Francesco
Chiesa di San Francesco

🚶‍♂️Walk and explore: Oristano’s city center hosts many of the main tourist attractions within an easily walkable area:

  • the 12th century Oristano Cathedral with its towering spires anchors the Piazza Eleonora d’Arborea
  • the 19th century Eleonora d’Arborea Municipal Library lies just opposite
  • north of the piazza, the Saint Francis Church contains intricate 14th century frescoes

Southwest of the city center, the star-shaped 19th century Portixedda Tower stands as the lone remnant of Oristano’s medieval protective walls.

🛒 Shop and dine: While Oristano offers history buffs ample opportunities for exploration, more modern conveniences also abound. The city contains plenty of shopping centers stocked with local Sardinian delicacies like roasted piglet, pecorino cheese, and sweet seadas pastries.

🏨 Stay and go: Visitors have a wide selection of hotel and dining options, while rental cars and public buses provide easy transport to Oristano’s beaches just 10 minutes west.

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Where to stay in Oristano?

Expensive hotels:

Medium price range:

  • Hotel Mistral – a modern premium hotel with panoramic views of the bay, luxuriously furnished rooms and a gourmet restaurant.
  • Via Del Centro Guesthouse – a guesthouse with a homely atmosphere and friendly hosts in the heart of the historic center.
  • Carducci Art Guesthouse – a charming guesthouse in a 19th-century building with boho-style interiors and friendly staff.

Budget Hotels:

  • Sardinia for you – an aparthotel with bright modern decor, a good location near the beach and reasonable prices.
  • Sa Domu e Crakeras – a small family-run hotel in traditional Sardinian style with a warm welcome and delicious breakfast.
  • Il giardino di Don Peppino – a modest hotel in a green area of the city, suitable for budget travelers who appreciate tranquility.

10. Pula – Relaxing Stop on the South Coast ⛵

🏛️ Roman relics: Nestled along Sardinia’s southern coast, the small city of Pula provides a perfect blend of history, natural beauty, and modern convenience. Located 18 km from the vibrant regional capital Cagliari, Pula makes an ideal base to explore the area.

🍃 Sandy shores: The main attraction is the sprawling Nora Archaeological Site, displaying well-preserved Roman ruins dating back over 2,000 years. Other popular sites nearby include the protected beaches of Chia and the 14th century towers guarding the old port.

🚶‍♂️ On foot: Getting around by foot is recommended to appreciate Pula’s relaxed pace. But taxis, buses, or rental cars provide more transportation options for those looking to venture further to wineries, villages and ancient sites scattered throughout the cape.

This sun-soaked Sardinian city has much to offer any visitor seeking Mediterranean magic.

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Where to stay in Pula?

Expensive hotels:

  • Stele di Nora – an elegant hotel with modern interior design, located on the picturesque coast overlooking the sea.
  • Lantana Resort Hotel&Apartments – chic apartments in a modern resort complex with excellent leisure facilities.
  • Marin Hotel – a cozy colonial-style hotel with great service and fine cuisine.

Medium price range:

  • Villa Alberta Hotel – a welcoming family hotel in a picturesque location amid pine forest and olive groves.
  • Villa Lina – a charming small hotel in a historic mansion with authentic interior design.
  • L'ANGELO BIANCO – a comfortable hotel in the city center with spacious bright rooms and attentive staff.

Budget hotels:

  • Glemerald Hostel – a budget hostel in the center with simple clean rooms and a friendly atmosphere.
  • camere pula – modest guest apartments with kitchen facilities, suitable for budget travelers.

11. La Maddalena – Best Place to Stay in Sardinia for Couples 💖

🌊 Island getaway: La Maddalena is a small island city brimming with historic charm. Though slightly off the usual tourist trail, it remains one of Sardinia’s hidden gems – perfect for those seeking a relaxing island getaway.

🚢 Easy access: La Maddalena itself is conveniently located just a 15 minute ferry ride from the island of Sardinia, making it easy to access. Upon arrival, you’ll immediately notice pastel-colored houses. Here cafes and restaurants buzz with activity as locals and visitors alike take in the lovely sea views over a glass of Vermentino.

🚶‍♂️ Compact & walkable: The island’s compact size makes it a breeze to explore. Top attractions like the hilltop Caprera Island, the old town and various beaches are no more than a 30 minute from each other. Some highlights worth visiting include:

  • Compendio Garibaldino Museum – dedicate to national hero Giuseppe Garibaldi who once lived here
  • Cala Coticcio Beach – picture-perfect cove good for swimming and snorkeling

🍽 Food & drinks: While decidedly quieter than nearby resort towns, La Maddalena still offers plenty of charming restaurants serving fresh seafood, as well as intimate wine bars and cafes to while away the afternoon.

So if you seek an authentically Sardinian experience filled with natural beauty, history and laidback island living, look no further than the lovely city of La Maddalena.

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Where to stay in La Maddalena?

Expensive hotels:

Medium price range:

Budget hotels:

  • Villa le Bougainvillea – family-style guest house, offers spacious rooms with sea views at affordable prices.
  • Guest House Villabianca – a cozy small hotel with courteous staff and port views, great for budget travelers.
  • Blu Baita – a typical Sardinian style hotel with terrace and panoramic windows, located in a picturesque area.

12. San Teodoro – Beautiful Beaches on the North East Coastline ⛱

✈️ Quick trip: Conveniently located just 25 minutes ride south of Olbia Airport, San Teodoro sits close enough for easy airport access yet far enough to retain its small-town charm.

🔝 This small town is home to a huge number of excellent sights:

  • La Cinta Beach – This crescent-shaped stunner boasts powdery white sand and shallow
  • Cala Brandinchi Beach – Known for its Caribbean vibe and turquoise hue, this spectacular beach often lands on “Top Beaches in Italy” lists
  • Capo Coda Cavallo – Dramatic limestone cliffs drop down to the sea at this rugged cape

🍦 Charming spot: Beyond its photogenic shores, San Teodoro offers scenic hiking trails, shops and eateries in the Old Town, and a charming main square – Piazza Gallura – where visitors watch the world go by with a gelato in hand.

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Where to stay in San Teodoro?

Expensive hotels:

Medium price range:

  • Hotel Stella Marina – a modern hotel with a chic interior, swimming pool and restaurant, located on the first coastline.
  • Hotel L'Esagono – a cozy family-run hotel in wooden cottage style with panoramic views of the bay.
  • Mare Sole – a comfortable Mediterranean-style hotel with its own beach, located in a quiet neighborhood.

Budget hotels:

  • Helios Hotel – a modern hotel with comfortable rooms, swimming pool and gorgeous sea views.
  • Le Dune – a small cozy hotel in wooden bungalows among pine forest.

13. Sant’Antonio di Gallura – Where to Stay Away from the Crowds 🕊

🌅 Peaceful gateway: Sant’Antonio di Gallura is a peaceful yet lively neighborhood that serves as the gateway to the island’s famous beaches and historic sites.

Sant'Antonio di Gallura
Sant'Antonio di Gallura
Sant'Antonio di Gallura
Sant'Antonio di Gallura
Sant'Antonio di Gallura
Sant'Antonio di Gallura
Sant'Antonio di Gallura
Sant'Antonio di Gallura

📍 Well-located: Sant’Antonio offers easy access to Arzachena’s more bustling city center and the top regional attractions like the UNESCO archaeological site at Nuraghe la Prisciona, just a quick 10-15 minute drive away.

🚶‍♂️ Walkable charm: Getting around Sant’Antonio itself however is easily accomplished on foot. The neighborhood layout unfolds along narrow laneways peppered with colorful buildings and gardens. The highlights include:

  • The Chiesa di Sant’Antonio – a picturesque 14th century church adorned with traditional Sardinian artwork
  • Local restaurants dishing out hearty plates of malloreddus pasta and porceddu pork
  • Little public squares hosting lively village events and festivals

The neighborhood also provides proximity for day trips to top regional sights like La Maddalena National Park, Roman ruins, and acclaimed wineries.

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14. Budoni – Less Popular Seaside Vacation Spot 🌴

Budoni sits about an 45-minute drive from Olbia-Costa Smeralda Airport.

📍 Central plaza: Within Budoni itself, many attractions and restaurants congregate around the central Piazza Giubileo and adjacent church. From here, travelers can access both the modern town and historic Old Town.

🚲 Small town: Getting around Budoni requires little effort. The town center is easily walkable, dotted with cafés, pizzerias, ice cream parlors, and small locally-owned shops. Alternatively, rental bicycles offer budget-friendly transportation to neighborhood sights.

🏖 Beachside: The pebble beaches also fringe the downtown area, allowing visitors to easily intermix sightseeing with sunbathing. The central city beach provides stunning vistas of the Bay of Budoni stretching out to the islands of Tavolara and Molara.

Though often overlooked for the more famous northern resort towns, Budoni rewards visitors with a peaceful seaside escape.

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Where to stay in Budoni?

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Where to Stay in Sardinia Without a Car 🦶

When exploring Sardinia without a car, consider staying in Alghero, a charming town with convenient public transport. Its cobblestone streets and harbor offer a mix of history and modern amenities. Villasimius, on the southeast coast, is another great option with beachside accommodations and easy bus access to attractions.

For a tranquil retreat, Bosa along the Temo River provides a picturesque setting with riverside accommodations and bus accessibility. In Olbia, in the northeast, you’ll find a blend of culture and convenience with hotels near the city center and a bus system connecting you to beaches and attractions.

Choose accommodations strategically located near public transit hubs to make the most of your car-free stay in this Mediterranean paradise.

Top Tips for Your Trip to Sardinia 🔝

Here are 5 tips to make your stay as comfortable as possible

1. 🧳 Pack smart for varied activities: Ensure a comfortable trip by packing versatile clothing for diverse Sardinian experiences, from beach days to mountain hikes. Don’t forget essentials like sunscreen and a reusable water bottle.

2. 🍖 Savor local cuisine and customs: Immerse yourself in Sardinia’s culinary delights. Try traditional dishes like “porceddu” and embrace leisurely dining customs. Engage with locals for authentic recommendations and explore family-run trattorias.

3. 🧭 Navigate with confidence: Rent a car for flexibility, but be mindful of diverse road conditions. Familiarize yourself with driving regulations, use GPS, and enjoy the scenic routes Sardinia offers.

4. 🙏🏻 Respect local traditions: Greet locals warmly, dress modestly at religious sites, and embrace the relaxed pace. Participate in local festivals to deepen your understanding of Sardinia’s rich culture.

5. 💦 Stay hydrated: Protect yourself from the sun with sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. Stay hydrated with a water bottle, especially in the summer heat.

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FAQs about Traveling to Sardinia ❔

What is the best part of Sardinia to stay in?

Choosing the best part of Sardinia to stay in depends on your preferences, but the northeastern region, around the Costa Smeralda, is often considered a top choice. This area boasts stunning beaches with crystal-clear waters, upscale resorts, and a vibrant nightlife scene. If you’re looking for a mix of relaxation and excitement, this could be an ideal spot for you.

Which part of Sardinia is most beautiful?

In terms of sheer beauty, the entire island is a treasure trove, but the Gulf of Orosei on the eastern coast stands out with its breathtaking limestone cliffs, hidden coves, and crystal-clear waters. Exploring the Cala Luna and Cala Goloritze beaches is a must for nature enthusiasts and those looking for picture-perfect landscapes.

What is the most touristy part of Sardinia?

For a more touristy vibe, head to Alghero on the northwest coast. This charming town boasts a well-preserved historic center, lively atmosphere, and a plethora of shops and restaurants catering to visitors.

Where to avoid in Sardinia?

To avoid the crowds and experience a more authentic side of Sardinia, consider steering clear of the overly touristy spots during peak seasons. The southern part of the island, such as Iglesias and the Sulcis region, offers a quieter ambiance with historical sites, local traditions, and a chance to immerse yourself in Sardinian culture.

Where to stay in Sardinia with family?

If you’re planning a family trip, the resort areas of the Villasimius in the southeast are ideal. These locations offer family-friendly beaches with shallow waters, suitable for children, and a range of activities for the whole family. The town provide a welcoming atmosphere and amenities catering to visitors with kids.

Where to stay in Sardinia for best beaches?

For the best beaches in Sardinia, the options are plentiful, but the southern coast, near Villasimius, stands out. With its fine sand and clear waters, this area provides a paradise for beach lovers. Consider staying in Villasimius or nearby areas to have easy access to some of the most beautiful beaches on the island.