Sardinia cheap holidays

A Sardinian sojourn needn't cost you a fortune

Ronnie McCluskey

Ronnie McCluskey
HomeAway travel expert

The view from the villaIf you’re mulling over a budget holiday, Sardinia may not be the first destination that springs to mind. Long considered a favourite bolthole of the rich and famous, this is one Mediterranean island that does not evince images of frugality. Nonetheless, you needn’t break the bank to enjoy the quintessential Sardinian experience. After all, while super yachts are aplenty, enjoying the essence of this island - its unspoiled coastlines and unpretentious ports, its rugged, macchia-scented mountains and picturesque springs - doesn’t cost a penny. By the same token, visitors can take in prehistoric temples, caves and megalithic towers without having to proffer the contents of their purse.

Of course, given the island’s popularity among the jet set, hotel resorts can be on the pricy end of the scale. For this reason, it is certainly worthwhile looking into private Sardinia accommodation. At HomeAway Holiday Rentals, we have a broad range of properties across all of the island’s main regions. From modest cliffside villas with sea views in Cagliari, to comfy cottages on the north-eastern coast of Olbia, our unique abodes promise to make your stay as comfortable and tranquil as possible. Firstly, take a look at our compilation of the five best destinations on this sun-kissed Italian island.


Top five regions of stunning Sardinia


Cagliari Cagliari

It makes sense to start with Cagliari, the Sardinian capital. This modest province captures the sense of pleasant quietude one expects when visiting a Mediterranean island. Churches, cathedrals and townhouses impart a historical atmosphere, while there is no shortage of restaurants, cafes and bars to gain refreshment after an afternoon spent basking in the sun. Blessed with an eight-mile long coastline, Cagliari’s bays and beaches will leave you spoiled for choice. Whether prone on a beach towel or partaking in snorkelling, you’re sure to be dazzled by the clean turquoise water and white sandy beaches. Of an evening, join the locals on their traditional nightly stroll - or passeggiata - past the Roman amphitheatre and through a warren of charming old streets.

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Olbia-Tiempo Olbia-Tiempo

Ah, what to say about Olbia-Tiempo? Words can’t do justice to the ritzy boutiques and bars of swanky Porto Cervo, to the wondrous Emerald Coast, scalloped with inlets and coves. But this is a region one can explore without splashing the cash. Swim or scuba-dive in the translucent blue waters of Spaggia del Principe, discovered by Aga Khan, or pick your way through relics from the Nuragic period at Arzachena. You can also check out the famous Roman thermal baths at Olbia, and the lively festivals and fiestas of Budoni needn’t drain your wallet either. 

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Nuoro Nuoro

Many visitors to Sardinia can’t get to Costa Smeralda quick enough, which is a shame: the city of Nuoro, in the heart of the island, should not be overlooked. This diversified territory encompasses mountains, valleys and an impressive portion of the coast, and there’s plenty to see and do, whether your inclination is to relax or seek adventure. Trek through mountain trails to the Nuragic village of Tiscali, or visit the nature oasis of Monte Ortobene, the site of a traditional carnival parade every August. For those interested in culture, a jaunt to the Museum of Life and Popular Traditions, which showcases remnants of Sardinia’s past, is a great way to while away an afternoon.

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Sassari Sassari

Sardinia’s second biggest city, Sassari, is a busy place. Visitors to the region as a whole, however, can expect more than traffic-choked streets and a preponderance of bars and shops. Visit the centre for nightlife, but escape the nexus and venture outside to find diverse terrains and stunning attractions, among them Lago di Baratz, Sardinia’s only natural lake. Asinara Island, with its eponymous natural park, makes a perfect daytrip destination. In Sassari, expect to find white-washed buildings and Romanesque churches, while the nearby fishing town of Alghero is dotted with a succession of world-class beaches and headlands. Prepare to be impressed.

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Carbonia-Iglesias Carbonia-Iglesias

Sometimes you just want to get away from it all, and when the mood strikes, a region like Carbonia-Iglesias delivers the tranquillity you crave. Located on the southwest of island, much of the landscape here is untouched, and one can explore the hinterland on foot, on bicycle or even on horseback. Explore the historic sub-region of Sulcis Iglesiente, with its mineral parks and pinewood forests, or stroll along the coast’s varied white beaches, several of which are backed by rugged cliffs. Foodies will be similarly impressed by the region’s cuisine, with typical dishes centred on fresh local fish such as tuna and bottarga. 

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Sardinia Budget Accommodation

Three apartments in the center of Alghero, the so called Coral Bay

Three individual apartments with 1-2 bedrooms to sleep 2-4 people. Each apartment is composed with a dining room with kitchen; 1-2 double bedroom, bathroom, balcony and private parking area. Vittorio Emanuele Holiday Apartments are also equipped ...

Alghero, sea and sunbathing - Apartment for rent.

The apartment is located a short distance from the beautiful beaches of the Alghero coastline, the historic center characterized by the old city walls, churches and stately homes of the Catalan-Aragonese origin and the famous 'walk' of the 'Bastio...

Trilocale Cuddles Sea with stunning sea views

Three-room apartment with sea view Three rooms with two double bedrooms, living room with 2 single sofa beds, kitchen. 2 Bathrooms with shower. Fully equipped kitchenette with fridge. Outside veranda with sea view, parking. Activities and servic...

Apartment/ flat - OLBIA

(Text automatically translated) Beautiful house with garden located in the resort Bados, 600 meters from the sea, close to the famous tourist resort of Porto Rotondo and Porto Cervo with a wide choice of sandy beaches along the coast north east of...

Available as separate apartments for 2, 4, or 7 or privately for party of 13

La Chintana is situated in such an idyllic and most private location amidst wonderfully kept grounds with views of the surrounding and stunningly beautiful hilly and rocky countryside with sea view from the pool area. Converted from old farm build...
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