Most visitors to the island enter in Cagliari, Sardinia’s capital. Known for its hilltop Castello, the city boasts other amazing sights including the 13th-century Cagliari Cathedral and the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Cagliari. Another popular entry point is Olbia where visitors enjoy the San Simplicio Basilica, the Piazza Matteoti, and the exhibits at the Museo Archeologico de Olbia. On the northwest coast of Italy is Alghero which you can easily visit when you rent a car in Sardinia. Admire its ancient walls, quaint centre, and the imposing Cattedrale di Santa Maria. Not to be missed is Porto Cervo, a seaside resort built by the Prince Karim Aga Khan. For outstanding nature, Santa Teresa Gallura has stunning beaches and great hiking.
Holidaymakers flock to the island for its gorgeous beaches. Go to Cala Goloritze in the town of Baunei for its remote and secluded beaches perfect for unwinding and rejuvenating. Cala Luna is wedged in a cove in a rocky headland ideal for private swimming and relaxation. For a change of pace, head to Neptune’s Grotto and take the 600 steps down to the extraordinary seafront cave with hanging stalactites. You might also want to hike in Capo Caccio filled with scenic walking routes, gorgeous dive sites, and archaeological caverns. It is also possible to mountain hike, and the best place to do this is the Supramante, a mountain with canyons and steep cliffs. Sardinia also has a compelling historic side such as the Su Nuraxi di Barumini, a defensive fortification built in 2000 BC.
Sardinia is blessed with many natural attractions with nearly 68% of the island considered hilly. More than 13% of the island is mountainous whilst 18.5% of the land area is considered flat lands. The island has a Mediterranean type of climate characterised by mild, often rainy/balmy winters and hot summers with cooling relief provided by the sea breezes. The economy of Sardinia relies heavily on the agriculture and farming sector, well above the national average in Italy. Sheep farming and the transformation of sheep products are very relevant to the regional economy. The hospitality sector also plays an important role in the island’s economy with guest activities mostly concentrated on the northern coast of the island. Its industrial sector exploits coal, zinc, iron, and silver plus the extraction of bauxite.
Visitors to the island fly in to one of the three major airports in Sardinia: Cagliari. Olbia, and Alghero. Many European airlines offer direct flights to Sardinia. To go to the smaller islands, the only possibility is to use ferry services. If you’re planning to rent a car in Sardinia airport, you just need to go to the car hire desk inside the terminal. Hotels in Sardinia also provide vehicles if you decide to get one for your holiday. The legal age to rent a car in Sardinia is 21 years. However, some rental companies may allow drivers as young as 18 years to drive, provided they have had their licence for at least a year. Young drivers under the age of 25 attract an insurance surcharge fee. Sardinians drive on the right and overtake from the left. BAC limit is 0.05%. Speed limits on main roads are 110km/h, 90km/h on secondary roads, and 50km/h in built-up areas. There are no motorways in Sardinia. Be aware that the roads are winding and narrow. Watch out for flocks of sheep that may be crossing or posing on the roadside.