Preparing your trip to Sardinia? You are lucky! It is one of the most beautiful islands in the world thanks to its beaches, which is why it is known as "The European Caribbean".
If you want to make the most of your vacation and you want everything to come to order by word of mouth, I recommend taking into account the advice I share in this article, since some things caught me by surprise and I would not like you to pass it on. same. Shall we start?
Driving is not a pleasure
Unless you drive along the most important roads in Sardinia, which are the ones that cross the island from end to end, you will see that driving at night is quite uncomfortable due to the simple fact that there are no streetlights that illuminate the road. That means you will have to go very slowly and with the high beams on if no one comes face to face, especially if you move along roads that border the coast due to the large number of curves that you will find.
Be careful with the cars that appear in the «yield»Because they tend to stick their nose out quite a bit and don't hesitate when it comes to joining. On the other hand, don't be surprised to see that on a two-way highway with two lanes, a imaginary third lane that only the craziest of Sardinia use. This is something that is being lost on the island, or at least that's what the most veteran of the place will say. A 75-year-old man can overtake you with a Fiat Panda older than you perfectly.
North or south?
If I had to choose between north and south, I would go north. I consider that there are the best beaches, the most familiar ones, although it is true that in the south there are spectacular virgin beaches, which by the way are not easy to access. In the south is the capital, Cagliari, but it is that the north has Alghero, which is probably the most beautiful city in Sardinia.
The best beach area
If what interests you is being surrounded by beautiful beaches, do not think about it and choose Emerald coast. It is in the Olbia area (northeast) and encompasses a good handful of beaches that leave you speechless. There are some that are of fine sand and waters that do not cover up to walking a good handful of meters, as is the case of La Cinta, and there are also rocks and a spectacular landscape, as is the case of Li Cossi.
Recommended article: The best beaches in northern Sardinia.
Book the accommodation well in advance
With airline tickets and boat tickets you will not have as many problems as with accommodation. The price of hotels and apartments skyrocket as the months go by, especially if you are looking for a room in an area as sought after as the Emerald Coast. Therefore, I recommend you book with four or five months in advance.
If you want to enjoy the typical gastronomy of Sardinia, don't just eat pasta and pizza (you will be surprised at how cheap pizzas are usually). Taste its delicious goat cheeses, the fabada there or such exquisite dishes as culurgioni (they are like ravioli with a triangular shape filled with Swiss chard with cottage cheese or vegetables with cheese), malloreddus (such as gnocchi, with tomato sauce, basil and sheep cheese). Don't forget the grilled fish or desserts such as amaretti (if you like almonds you have to ask for it) or pan’e saba (flour and sugar bun with almonds that can have cream or chocolate). Prepare two euros per person to pay the famous copperto (covered).
Avoid the taxi as much as possible
If you do not travel with your car and you have not rented a car, avoid traveling by taxi because it is quite expensive. The best option to move around the island, leaving aside the option of the car, is that of the buses. Prices are more than reasonable and you can go almost anywhere.
Luxury is savored in Porto Cervo
Finally, if you are going to travel to Sardinia with your wallet well packed, I recommend going to the Porto Cervo area, located in the northeast of the island. It is there where you will see the largest and most luxurious yachts, where you will find shops of the best brands located in an idyllic setting. Beach clubs with floating restaurants and golf courses await you in the most exclusive area of the island, where a pizza can be around 30 euros quietly.
Recommended article: Three excursions you cannot miss in Sardinia.
7 Sardinian Travel Tips (August 2020)
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