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North Sardinia Holidays

Indulge with a glamorous A-lister holiday in North Sardinia

For glitz and luxury, head to Porto Cervo, where you can spot celebrity guests and make the most of Sardinia’s famously excellent wines and cuisines.

For a quieter holiday, Oliena takes you into the island’s rural landscapes, while Santa Teresa Gallura has some pretty beaches drenched in the warm Italian sunshine.

Holidays in North Sardinia take you to undiscovered natural landscapes and the heart of Italian culture. It’s perfect for couples wanting to explore Italy at its untouched best, plus there are plenty of glamorous resorts where you can relax in style.

Get to know the natural side of North Sardinia

Get to know Italy’s natural landscapes as you explore the lakes, forests, and rugged coastlines. You’ll find plenty of opportunities to hike or mountain bike during your holiday in North Sardinia.

For markets teeming with excellent handmade Italian goods, head to the town of Badesi. It’s ideal for a morning trip, before you spend the afternoon on the white sands of Badesi Mare Beach.

For even more beautiful beaches, head to Stintino, which juts out from the northwest of Sardinia. This is the place to book a boat trip across to the nature reserve in Asinara, which is well worth a visit. If you feel like delving into culture, then there are castles and archaeological sites dating back to the medieval period.

Destinations in North Sardinia
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Baia Sardinia
Set near the northern tip of the island, Baia Sardinia is known for its wide sandy beach and crystal-clear waters. Located within a sheltered cove, this exclusive coastal town looks out to the spectacular Maddalena Archipelago – situated just a short boat ride from the town – and provides a great base from which to explore the Sardinian coastline.
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Cannigione
Cannigione is a pretty beach resort, situated on Sardinia’s northern tip. With an atmospheric town centre and a prime location close to many of the island’s top beaches, this classic seaside resort is a great choice for a Sardinian escape. 
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Isola Rossa
Isola Rossa – or Red Island – is a traditional fishing village and one of Sardinia’s hottest new destinations. Great for an authentic Italian escape, this picturesque commune is perhaps best known for its beautiful surroundings, gaining its name from the unique red-rock outcrop that emerges from the sea a little way out.
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Oliena
Set at the foot of the breathtaking Mount Corrasi, Oliena is a pretty tangle of whitewashed streets and olive groves. Having recently been awarded the prestigious Orange Flag award, a title that recognises its historic and cultural importance, Oliena presents visitors with a tapestry of historical intrigue and traditional rural charm. 
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Palau
Palau is a Sardinian gem: a picturesque harbour town set alongside several splendid north coast beaches. First established by shepherds little more than 100 years ago, the town is now a chic beach resort packed with popular restaurants and surrounded by natural splendour. 
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Porto Cervo
Purpose-built in the 1950s by renowned architects, Porto Cervo is an elite seaside resort and the heart of the Costa Smeralda. Despite having less than 500 inhabitants, Porto Cervo has flourished to become a leading name in Sardinia for those looking to enjoy the luxury lifestyle. 
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Santa Teresa Gallura
Considered the most likely location of the ancient city of Tibula, Santa Teresa Gallura is a place steeped in history and surrounded by some of the most spectacular Sardinian scenery.

Your holiday in North Sardinia will always be a foodie delight

You can tuck into the most incredible cuisine in North Sardinia! The island’s fishing heritage delivers exquisite seafood to tables with views. Plenty of local dishes feature fresh produce from the island’s farms, while the emerald vineyards produce some truly spectacular bottles of wine.

What’s more, if you’re looking to find the best local gelato, your Citalia Personal Travel Planner is always on hand to help!

Why not enjoy a self-drive holiday in North Sardinia?

Our Ultimate Sardinia self-drive holiday is an ideal starting point. This allows you to go off-the-beaten-track as you stumble upon undiscovered beaches, historic towns and some excellent restaurants. Witness the geographic and cultural differences of the island as you venture from exclusive North Sardinia down to the family-friendly resorts of South Sardinia.

For the ultimate coastal holiday in Italy, we recommend a combined Sorrento and North Sardinia holiday. Spend 10 days exploring the coastline, visiting unique cultural sites like Pompeii and Herculaneum and taking in the old world charm and new world prestige of the Amalfi Coast.

Handpicked hotels in North Sardinia
Discover the real North Sardinia while staying in one of our carefully selected hotels

Things to do in North Sardinia

North Sardinia is the perfect blend of pristine golden beaches and culture. It’s the place to both relax and immerse yourself in Italy’s history.

For an authentic Italian experience head to Isola Rossa, also known as the Red Island. Picture quaint traditional Italian fishing villages, surrounded by crystal clear waters, which make it an ideal spot for snorkelling. For foodies there are also a number of restaurants serving only the tastiest Italian cuisine.

The Maddalena Islands, or the Maddalena archipelago has national park status, and should be on any beach lover’s list. There you’ll find turquoise lagoons and the finest beaches in Italy. After building up a healthy appetite, stop in a waterside trattoria for a bite to eat. You can expect delicious seafood, using only the freshest caught fish.
Flight Information

The closest airport to the resorts in North Sardinia is Olbia (OLB). Direct flights to Olbia are available from Bristol, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Manchester and London Luton and take approximately 2 hours.

When to go

Sardinia is a summer destination, with the season generally running from May to early October. Temperatures are at their hottest in July and August and this is when the towns and beaches are at their busiest. However, Sardinia also enjoys a mild climate in spring and autumn with temperatures rarely going beneath 20 degrees which makes it perfect for visiting at the beginning or end of season too. May, June and September are ideal months to visit for those wanting to avoid the busiest crowds and still enjoy warm weather. 

Visa Information

At the current time, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy.

Tipping

You don’t have to leave a tip in Italy – most Italians don’t tip for restaurant meals, bar drinks, taxi rides or hair and beauty treatments. However if you do leave a tip, you might receive quicker service.

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