Sardinia is known for its incredible beaches and unreal waters but nothing can actually prepare you for seeing such beauty with your very own eyes! We started in the south of the island which is laid back and much quieter than the north with beautiful small villages and real local life to get lost in.
Pula was our southern base and we loved it! From there with the car we could easily visit the busy city of Cagliari which was a typical lively Italian centre with lots of beautiful architecture and eateries. The views are great there too as the city is spread over seven hills which are in parts quite steep! But our favourite finds in the south were the smaller places such as Nora with a lovely beach which also has some very interesting ruins to visit. The picturesque drive along the coast to see the imposing Pan di Zucchero was well worth it too and is viewed from the stunning cove of a beach called Porto Flavia.
We found everywhere to be so colourful and welcoming as the summer festas began with brightly coloured bunting up throughout the streets of many of the villages and of course the blossoms in full bloom at every turn! Nothing better than strolling around such picturesque surroundings and if you add in a delicious, cooling gelato en route too – it’s perfect!
Porto Cervo the famous harbour area, placing itself with the likes of San Tropez, Puerto Banus and/or Monte Carlo as Sardinia’s wealthy playground of super boats, high end restaurants, luxurious apartments and designer shopping! It really is a very beautiful place where the streets are pristine and the security camera count is over the top high!! Needless to say it is well worth a visit, a stroll and a look at how the other half live!
Driving from south to north the landscape is wild and unspoilt for the most part with great new roads which were quick and easy to navigate. Our northern base was the pretty town of Porto San Paolo which was a 10 minute drive from Olbia and an easy route to explore the incredible Costa Smeralda! Needless to say some of the best beaches we’ve ever seen were here and we particularly enjoyed Spiaggia del Principe – a stunning cove nestled by low cliffs.
Another favourite which was particularly compact with unusual rock formations was the gorgeous Spiaggia Capriccioli! But the beach that really did take our breath away and was truly jaw dropping is Spiaggia La Pelosa with its very shallow turquoise water for miles, fine white sand and incredible views – not to be missed!
Another place worth a mention, that we very much enjoyed walking around, is Alghero with its sea walls, views, pretty cobbled streets and large marina all making it a top stop off point for a day out! There is no end to Sardinia’s beauty and places to discover as the coastline around the whole island is heavenly and we would gladly drive around it all again!