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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, combined with glamorous resorts where you can relax in style.
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.
Get to know Italy’s natural landscapes and explore its lakes, forests and rugged coastlines, where you’ll find plenty of opportunities to hike or mountain bike. For a sense of culture, there are castles and archaeological sites dating back to the medieval period. Foodies will find exquisite seafood, plenty of local dishes featuring fresh produce from the island’s farms and emerald vineyards which produce some truly spectacular bottles.
At Citalia we are the leading Italy holiday specialist, meaning we’ll help you discover hidden gems and the best attractions in each area. Whether you want to find the best local gelato or a hidden cove off the beaten track, speak to one of our experts and plan your ideal holiday in North Sardinia today.
A fantastic way to explore North Sardinia is with a self-drive holiday. Our Sardinia self drive multicentre will take you to undiscovered beaches, historic town and some excellent restaurants, as well as showing the difference between exclusive North and family friendly South Sardinia. For the ultimate coastal holiday in Italy, book our Sorrento and North Sardinia multicentre. 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.
For markets and some excellent handmade Italian goods, head to the town of Badesi. It’s ideal for a morning trip, before spending the afternoon on the white sands of Badesi Mare beach. For more stunning beaches, head to Stintino, which juts out from the north west of Sardinia and is the place to book a boat trip across to the nature reserve in Asinara.
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.
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.
Southern Italy is famous for its food and drink, warm hospitality and culture which centres around excellent local produce. Recipes have been passed down through the generations and will tend to vary by restaurant, meaning almost every mealtime is a totally new experience.
For something hearty, try a fregola dish. Translated into English as breadcrumbs, these small balls of pasta are created from semolina and usually served with a medley of seafood. Most restaurants will serve it with whatever’s freshest that day, and traditional options include clams, prawns and calamari, cooked in a saffron broth. It’s perfect when paired with a hunk of warm homemade bread and a chilled glass of Sardinian white wine.
Santa Teresa di Gallura is the ideal place to try the unique spaghetti with sea urchin dish, or ricci di mare. Between November and April the dish is the freshest, as fishing for sea urchins is banned for the rest of the year. The sea urchins are served raw with a heap of spaghetti, which is kept plain with olive oil and salt or a buttery sauce.
For dessert, we recommend the seada. Delicate pastry is filled with a lemony cheese, such as pecorino, before being lightly fried and topped with sugar, honey or both. You’ll find the dish in most bakeries, as well as in traditional restaurants. It’s perfect as a pudding or a light afternoon snack along with some of the region’s wines. Limoncello, an after dinner liqueur, will help to bring out the lemon flavour.