There are so many things to do in Sardinia that it may become difficult to decide just what to do. The gorgeous raw beauty of the rocky coastlines, mountain plateaus, and beaches combined with exquisite dining, shopping, resorts, and entertainment make Sardinia a most enviable place among the top tourist destinations in the Mediterranean. Many of the most popular tourist attractions in Sardinia are resorts and beaches, but scratch beneath the surface, and you will find a treasure trove of activities. Or, don’t scratch at all and just relax on some of the most beautiful beaches in the Pacific.
Exploring the island is one of the best things to do. The geography of Sardinia makes this island a veritable treasure chest of natural beauty. From the high, pointed rocky coastlines to the saltwater lakes to the mountain plains and valleys on the inner island, the most impressive Sardinia attractions are those made by Mother Nature. There are two major railway carriers on the island that essentially connect the entire island. They are Trenitalia, the biggest and most modern, and Ferrovie della Sardegna. You can even reach the Italian Peninsula by taking a train ferry. This is a fantastic way to survey much of the island in a short period of time and a unique opportunity to see parts of the countryside that you would not have otherwise seen from the main roads.
Of all the things to do in Sardinia, attending the festivities during the week of Carnival may provide the most vivid and memorable experience. Carnival begins on January 16 every year and is a most sacred time for native Sardinians. It is also a time of celebration and an incredible time to visit the island if you do not live there. Adorned black and white masks and elaborate ceremonies echo ancient rites. Celebrators wash the traditional dish (fava beans and lard) down with a nice glass of wine and celebrate the entire week. If you can manage to travel to Sardinia for a couple days of Carnival, it will be an experience you never forget.
For obvious reasons, some of the most popular tourist attractions in Sardinia are the beaches. Unlike some of the other Mediterranean destinations like Mallorca and Ibiza where it seems as though the coastline simply melts into the sea, Sardinia is known for its rocky coastlines, inlets, and bays. The beaches tucked into these majestic coves are some of the most stunning in the Mediterranean. Costa Verde is known as the “Silent Coast” because its the secluded and tranquil beaches. If you want to spend your holiday in peace and quiet, Costa Verde may just be the perfect destination for you. Costa Smeralda is among the popular beaches on the island as well.
If you're visiting Neptune's Grotto, you can take a boat trip or a bus (in which case you will be required to walk some serious stairs to reach the grotto) to find this brilliant marine cave and enigmatic grotto in Alghero. This is a fantastic way to spend a couple hours on the island. It is one of the most popular of all the tourist attractions in Sardinia. The impressive stalactites and steamy grotto are a fascinating site to see. You can also take boat trips around the coast of the island, giving you the opportunity to explore other parts of the Mediterranean. Chartered cruises are a luxurious way to spend a day with family or friends while in Sardinia.
Porto Pollo is another one of the impressive, natural Sardinia attractions. It is located just north of Palau and divided up into areas for beginners and professionals so you need not worry if you are just beginning. Because of the activity of the wind currents between Corsica and Sardinia, Sardinia is considered to be one of the top spots in the world for both of these extreme water sports.
The island of Sardinia has a long history that stretches all the way back into antiquity. The Ruins of Tharros are located in the Gulf of Oristano. Tharros was a Phoenecian-Roman port city that was ultimately abandoned in the year 1000 AD. Visiting these ruins allows tourists the rare opportunity of glimpsing the rich historical tradition of Sardinia firsthand. If you appreciate history, the Tharros ruins are one of Sardinia attractions you do not want to miss.
There are a variety of things to do in Sardinia. Once you have your itinerary together you’ll simply have to prioritize what to do first. Whether it is relaxing on the beach, enjoying fine dining in one of the island’s cities, or visiting some of the island’s most beautiful natural locations, a day in Sardinia is sure to be one well spent.