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North Sardinia Holidays

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.

Explore North Sardinia like no other

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.

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.
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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