It may be Italian now, but this isle's rich, varied history has seen visits from the Phoenicians, Romans, Pisans, Genoese and Spaniards, as reflected in its architecture, food and culture. If you have time and inclination, there’s a lot to see here, from the flamingoes and mediaeval traces in its cosmopolitan capital, Cagliari, to the Spanish influence on Alghero on the Coral Riviera. But you may find it difficult to prise yourself away from the magnificent white sands and crystal-clear waters...
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Areas in Sardinia
When to go
Sardinia is renowned for being very wet in the winter, and many hotels and restaurants are closed during these damper months. The ideal time to visit is in May, June and July, when the flowers are in full bloom and the evenings are still cool. Watch out for the <I>Ferragosto</I> holiday in mid-August, when many shops and restaurants close.
PlanesYou should have no trouble getting a direct flight to Sardinia. If you’re staying along the Emerald Coast | Olbia or Alghero are the closest airports. Cabs from the airport are cheap | but they sometimes charge extra for luggage: agree the fare before you get in. There are also boats from mainland Italy and from France to Olbia | Alghero and Porto Torres.
TrainsTrains in Sardinia are pretty slow – great for scenic routes but not so good for actually getting anywhere.
AutomobilesHiring a car is essential if you want to explore the island; check the airport you’re flying to for car rental hire.
TaxisTaxis are cheap. It’s not usually possible to hail them in the street, but your hotel can book cars for you, and there are cab ranks in the larger towns and villages.