Family holidays in Sardinia
Treat your loved ones to a Sardinian summer holiday
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Situated in the heart of the Mediterranean, Sardinia is the kind of island paradise that so often takes form in the dreams of restless travellers. White sand beaches, raked by a glimmering turquoise sea, give way to a wild landscape of mountains and forests; caves, olive groves, springs and waterfalls spread out in all directions, just waiting to be explored. So why does Sardinia make a great destination for family holidays in particular? Well, for starters, this is not an 18-30s’ island: it is a sophisticated getaway famed for its vibrant towns and local traditions; for its cleanliness; and, above all, for its unspoiled beauty.
With over 1,800km of coastline, Sardinia makes no bones about its relaxed pace of life; locals and tourists alike love nothing more than relaxing on the beach, splashing in the sea and enjoying the fine food and wine synonymous with the island at large. Just a short two-hour flight from the UK, Sardinia is ideal for a family holiday. The most cost-effective means of accommodation, meanwhile, is to rent your own property. Want home comforts while you explore everything Sardinia has to offer? Browse through our extensive catalogue of Sardinia accommodation - you’ll be shocked by the value for money!
Top attractions for family holidays in Sardinia
The unspoiled south coast, in particular, is littered with beaches and bays, many of which are backed by quaint, rural towns. Chia is the pick of the bunch. Pocketed with sand dunes and fringed by juniper trees, it is regularly dubbed Europe’s best beach. Poetto, meanwhile, is a favourite of the locals and stretches for 11km. The north, too, boasts some terrific beaches - Cala Brandinchi is known as ‘Tahiti’ for its azure water and fine sand, while Porto Cervo’s 55km of coastline is scalloped by some 80 bays, coves and beaches; among them the unforgettable Spiaggia di Principe and Baia Sardinia.
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Comprising seven islands, as well as numerous other tiny islets, the Maddalena Archipelago, located in the north-western quadrant of Sardinia, must be seen to be believed. Enjoy boat tours of the various islands, hopping off to explore them individually. In charming Caprera you can visit the historic Garibaldi house-museum, or you can get up close and personal with tiny marine animals on the Isle of Budelli. Its Spiaggia Rosa beach, incidentally, is so named for its strangely pink sand - yes, pink sand. As only three of the islands are inhabited, full or half-day boat excursions present excellent opportunities to explore terrain unspoiled by human activity.
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Festivals and events
Throughout the island, numerous festivals present a wonderful chance to enjoy the quintessential Sardinian experience. Many Sardinian festivals are religious in origin, though others still commemorate annual events - particularly the harvest. From archers’ tournaments in Iglesias in August, to the Festa Sant Miquel in Alghero in September, to the Artichoke Festival in Uri in March - yes, there's something for all the family. A handful of festivals take place each month, involving firework displays, games, parades, markets, fancy dress, horse riding, music and dancing. Decide when you want to visit Sardinia, then check out the festival schedule to find the celebration of your choice.
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Kids like making the most of the sunshine - by getting their fill of activities and sports. Sardinia’s fantastic coastline supplies endless potential for watersports, whether you’re piloting a pedalo, canoe, or something a bit more powerful! There are watersport centres on many of the beaches: whether jet-skiing or snorkelling, you’ll enjoy cooling down in the warm, aquamarine water. If you’re keen to scuba dive, Alghero is a great base from which to explore the caverns and marine life, while Pula in the south, and Porto Ferro north of Alghero, are perfect for surfing. There’s no end of activities, though - horse riding, golf, tennis, football - affirming the island as a family hotspot.
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We all love to loll on the beach, but what is a holiday without a touch of adventure? And Sardinia has got it covered. There’s no end of rugged, mountainous landscapes to behold, from the peaks of Monte Limbara in the north to the Sarrabus foothills in the south. Alternatively, duck into Neptune’s Caves near Alghero after reaching the summit of the famous 654-step staircase. The Su Gorropu gorge, in Ogliastra, is another top attraction and didn’t get the nickname “Europe’s Grand Canyon” for nothing. Watch intrepid climbers work their way up the sheer, 400ft limestone cliffs. The area is also a haven for wildlife: keep an eye out for golden eagles and mouflon!
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Sardinia Budget Accommodation
'On the east coast of Sardinia, just 3 minutes from the splendid sea and fabulous beaches of Bari Sardo 3 years winner of the Blue Flag. We have three apartments with panoramic sea view, fully furnished, with 2/4/6/8 beds and equipped with all com...
" Indipendent house situated to little distance from wonderfull beaches of sand the most fine white, where the colors of a transparent sea touch all the gradations comprised between the blue, and the esmerald; a incontaminated atmosphere, healthy ...
A lovely villa and apartment in a beautiful setting near Porto Cervo, with superb sea views, forming part of a condominium of nine properties, with front and back gardens leading to a communal pool. The interiors are equally attractive and appeali...
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