Sardinia sights – detailed information and interesting routes
The Italians themselves, choosing a place to vacation, prefer a small island in the south of the state, because the main attractions of the island of Sardinia (Sardegna) will not leave indifferent even sophisticated travelers. To get oriented better and not to miss the most interesting places, it is better to make an itinerary for your trip in advance.
We have compiled a list of the 15 most interesting sights to visit during your holiday in Sardinia. In the article – the main attractions of Sardinia with descriptions and photos, as well as the most comprehensive information with prices, opening times and addresses.
Let’s start our virtual acquaintance with the island.
La Maddalena National Park – the most beautiful islands
La Maddalena National Park is the most visited of the natural attractions of the region. It is located in the archipelago of the same name, located off the northern coast of Sardinia and consists of 62 islands.
La Maddalena National Park. D.Bond
How to get there: the fastest way is to take a ferry from the port of Palau.
“La Maddalena” is Sardinia’s first national park. Each island has its own distinctive characteristics:
- Isola Maddalena: attracts travelers with the unusual coloring of rocks, outcrops of which are found everywhere.
- Caprera: interesting for tourists who prefer historical sites. You can go to Caprera where you can admire the remains of a fortress and the remains of a fortress of the same name.
- Santo Stefano: Prehistoric settlements that have survived create a special atmosphere on the island.
La Maddalena Park. leoks
Who should visit “La Maddalena”:
- Tourists who are into diving;
- Honeymooners and couples;
- connoisseurs of scenic landscapes, flora and fauna.
A day is enough for a cursory tour of the entire national park. Vacationers who decide to stay in the archipelago for a few days can stay in one of the hotels on Isola Maddalena.
A street on La Maddalena. Gabriele Maltinti
Neptune’s Grotto – the beauty of the underworld
An amazing place, considered a natural gem of Sardinia, is the mysterious Grotto of Neptune. It is famous for its intricate and beautiful caves at a depth of 110 meters and abounds with bizarre stone sculptures – stalactites and stalagmites.
Neptune’s Grotto. TravelNerd
It is located in the cove Cala Dragoonara, 25 km from the town of Alghero. In order to visit it, you have to take a boat from Alghero. There are two ways to get down to the caves:
- Walking up the steep staircase of 659 steps (cost to visit for adults is 13 euros, for children 7 euros).
- Enter from the sea (tickets: 15 euros for adults, 8 euros for children).
The main “exhibits” of Neptune’s Grotto, stalactites and stalagmites, were created by nature, in the process of thousands of years of struggle between water and stone.
The total length of the grottoes is more than 2.5 km. Usually, to see all the corners of the cave takes 1.5-2 hours.
Inside the grotto. romeovip_md.
Fans of cinematography will get a special pleasure from the excursion: the movie “Monster Island” was filmed in the natural interiors of Neptune’s grotto.
- active travelers;
- families with children of teenagers;
- young people.
The National Archaeological Museum of Cagliari – for history lovers
If you are wondering what sights to visit in Sardinia first, you should definitely pay attention to the archaeological museum, located in ancient Cagliari. The museum collection is the largest on the island and covers the period from the Neolithic to the fall of Byzantium.
It takes 2 to 3 hours to see all the rooms on your own, and a guided tour takes 1 hour.
Cagliari Archaeological Museum. Gherzak
The Bronzetti Collection, a legacy of the Nuragic culture, is the centerpiece of the museum.
- For those interested in history and architecture;
Nora – ancient architecture
The list of unique monuments in Sardinia includes Nora, the island’s first city, which reflects all the Mediterranean civilizations.
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The ancient peoples that invaded Nora left their mark on its architecture, so the area is rightly called the stone chronicle of Sardinia. Part of the city’s buildings have gone underwater, the remaining half is open to tourists and fans of architecture from around the world. The city is one of the most interesting historical sites on the island.
The city of Nora, ancient ruins. Jan Zabrodsky
Nora is situated 30 km from the capital of the region. You can get there by cab or by bus. You can walk through the ancient streets on your own, to get acquainted with the many legends, learn the names, it is better to buy a guide. To visit the museum of the city you need a guide.
City of Nora. Benjamin Gardt
To see Nora will be interesting to everyone: children, students, couples in love, and individual travelers.
Cagliari cathedral – depository of Christian relics
A trip to the ports of Cagliari should not be complete without a visit to the majestic monument of medieval Italian architecture – the Cathedral of St. Mary’s towering over the ensemble of the Royal Square. The interior of the cathedral is decorated in medieval traditions, mainly in Romanesque style.
The acoustics of the halls allow for organ concerts (every Saturday); admission is free.
The main relic of the cathedral, which attracts many pilgrims, are the thorns from the wreath of thorns of Jesus Christ.
- Those interested in history, religion, spirituality;
- connoisseurs of architecture;
- fans of organ music.
One should plan at least half an hour to explore the halls with their many columns, arches, frescoes and chapels.
Fragment of the cathedral. s74
Mount Orthobene – a great vacation in nature
Mount Orthobene, which is not more than 1 km high, attracts many tourists because of the 7-meter-high bronze statue of Jesus on its top. In terms of grandeur, the hill is inferior to the famous composition in Rio de Janeiro.
Mount Orthobene. Roman Babakin
Mount Orthobene is a great place for a relaxing family holiday in the countryside.
Picnics are organized at its foot, and you can ride rollerblades and bicycles on the slopes of the hill. The process of climbing to the top is simple, it can be climbed by children and elderly people. In addition to the footpath, there is a landscaped bike path.
Su Nuraxi di Barumini – UNESCO heritage
When describing the Italian island of Sardinia and its attractions should definitely mention a small village located 50 km from Cagliari.
The village is famous for its mysterious ancient structures included in the UNESCO World Heritage List – nuraghe.
These buildings are scattered all over the island, but it is in Su Nuraxi di Barumini where the largest of them, 7 meters high, is located.
The village of Su Nuraxi di Barumini. lorenza62
You can see the nurag from the inside only as part of a tour group.
- active travelers;
- families with children of school age;
- those interested in history, military art.
Basilica of San Simplicio – ancient architecture
A walk around Olbia should be complemented by a visit to the ancient Basilica of San Simplicio. From the outside the temple looks austere and ascetic, the interior is decorated with frescoes and stone columns.
San Simplicio Basilica. Roman Babakin
The main relic of the temple are the remains of St. Simplicus discovered during the excavations of the ancient part of the basilica.
Gorropou Gorge – the beauty of wildlife
A beautiful and hard-to-reach natural masterpiece of Sardinia is the unique Gorropu Gorge, located in the valley of the Flumineddu River.
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The canyon is tucked deep in the Supramonte mountain range, between the peaks of Oddeu and Cuccutos. Visitors to Gorropu, after traversing a steep and winding road over sharp and slippery rocks, find themselves in a picturesque hollow with untouched human nature and amazing silence.
The Gorropu Gorge – panorama. Su-Gorropu
Gorropu depth is 500 meters, the deepest canyon in Europe.
- active tourists,
- sports people.
The river in the gorge. Rodolfo Baldussi
Visiting the canyon is possible only in the presence of an escort who knows the route and features of the gorge.
Tours are conducted only in the dry season, after the rain you can slip on the sharp stones.
Art Museum in Nuoro – for lovers of painting
The only art gallery in Sardinia is located in Nuoro and bears the short name MAN. The museum exhibits include works of art by local painters and sculptors, created mainly in the twentieth century. In addition to the permanent exhibition, exhibitions are regularly organized.
Porto Rotondo – chic beaches
For tourists who come to Sardinia for the beautiful beaches and the active nightlife, Porto Rotondo is a must visit. The picturesque coast is famous for its wide beaches with fine white sand, silky to the touch, gentle entrance to the water, and clear clear water.
Porto Rotondo. Gabriele Maltinti
A beach holiday in Porto Rotondo is complemented by interesting leisure activities. The entertainment of Porto Rotondo satisfies every traveler:
- For divers, the many underwater rocks and caves in the bay,
- For families, the beaches are suitable for the little ones,
- for young people – the many bars, clubs and discos,
- for fans of excursions – ancient buildings, basilicas, temples.
Botanical Garden – the most interesting representatives of flora
Visitors to Cagliari can visit the Botanical Garden, whose rich collection includes 2 thousand species of plants. In addition to the Mediterranean flora presented in the open area, visitors will see plants from all over the world, as well as the herbarium museum located in the garden. The price of a visit to the museum is already included in the admission ticket.
Trees in the botanical garden. Joyce Nelson.
Open: 09:00-13:00 and 15:30-19:30 (April-September), 09:00-13:30 (October-March), weekdays
The botanical garden of Cagliari is a cave. Rituz
Molentarjus Park – lots of exotic birds
The province of Cagliari, rich in historical sites, will please nature lovers as well. On an area of more than 1500 hectares, represented by the swamp ecosystem, there are numerous waterfowl, some of which are included in the Red Book: black cormorants, Egyptian herons, pink flamingos, black-winged storks, etc.
Molentarjus Park. Gengis90
The park is a good place to relax with the whole family. For agile visitors there are three trails:
San Michele Fortress – beautiful panoramic views
Located in the central part of Cagliari, the gloomy and sullen medieval fortress is the main cultural site of the city.
Inside San Michele is a center for culture and art, and exhibitions, festivals, film screenings and lectures are organized inside the castle. The castle walls offer an impressive panorama of Cagliari, from the foot of the castle hill to the sea.
San Michele Fortress. Torruzzlo
Roman amphitheater – touch of antiquity
The list of interesting places in Cagliari should end with the ancient amphitheater. The age of the amphitheatre is 2 thousand years, the size is inferior to its Roman “brother”, but the acoustics and atmosphere are comparable to the Colosseum. Inside the amphitheater are cultural events and exhibitions, the memory of gladiatorial fights is preserved only in the ancient columns and walls of the building.
Roman amphitheater in Cagliari. Jana Land
A visit to the amphitheater is convenient to combine with a visit to the Botanical Gardens: both attractions are located within walking distance from each other.
Interesting sights in Sardinia on the map
You can see all Sardinian sights on this map and decide in which order to visit them.
Names of sights in Sardinia that you can visit in 1 day
The Italian island of Sardinia and its sights to explore in one day is simply impossible. So we suggest just one possible option – there are quite a few attractions located in Cagliari.
- Parco Molentargus (#1).
- Cagliari cathedral (#2)
- National Archaeological Museum of Cagliari (no. 3)
- Roman amphitheater (#4)
- Botanical Garden (#5)
- San Michele Fortress (no. 6)
On the map, these sites are located as follows:
What sights worth visiting in Sardinia in 3 days
It is impossible to visit all the sites in Sardinia in three days too, we suggest just one of the good options.
- Neptune’s Grotto (#1).
- Village of Su Nuraxi di Barumini (#2).
Day two – Gorropou Gorge (#3)
Day three – either La Maddalena National Park (#4) or Porto Rotondo (both sites are very interesting, but take a full day). (№5)
On the map, these sites are located like this:
Why consider private tours of Sardinia’s resorts
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12 places in Sardinia that are worth seeing. Italy
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- | The 12 most incredible and picturesque places in Sardinia
The Mediterranean island of Sardinia is full of ethereal scenery – mostly tourists come here to walk along kilometers of beaches and swim in the turquoise water. But the beaches are not the only thing this part of Italy can boast. Mysterious medieval buildings, hiking trails and vibrant mountain settlements are also worthy of travelers’ attention. We’ve compiled a list of 12 of Sardinia’s brightest and most incredible places to visit.
Here’s what we’ve picked for you:
The road to the incredible natural wonder, Neptune’s grotto, lies through the long coastal escala del cabirol or “goat trail.” As the name suggests, this grotto, located near the town of Alghero, is named after the ancient Roman god of the sea, Neptune. This place attracts speleotourists with its salt lake, as well as a whole scattering of stalactites and stalagmites. If you don’t particularly feel like descending (and then climbing!) the 656 steps, you can take a boat to the port of Alghero – provided the weather is suitable for rafting.
The ghost town of Argentiere is right next to the university town of Sassari on the west coast of Sardinia. In the old days of the Roman Empire, the town prospered thanks to a silver mine. After World War II, however, it gradually became impoverished until it was finally deserted. Today, Argentiere is under UNESCO protection along with seven other sites, collectively known as the Parco geominerario. Tourists here can wander through the abandoned buildings of the mine and then relax on the nearby beaches.
Although we can’t think of a single most beautiful beach in Sardinia, La Pelosa in Stintino would definitely be in the top. The quiet smooth turquoise water and soft sand are hidden behind lush Mediterranean vegetation, and from the shore you can see the tiny island of Asinara. Of the sights here you can visit a tower dating back to the seventeenth century.
The town of Orgosolo is hidden from the world in the secluded mountainous region of Barbagia in the middle of the island. This place has always found a way to vividly convey its unique spirit – in the 1960s, locals began to use the walls of houses as a canvas for their thoughts and experiences. These colorful murals grew and each year covered a larger and larger area of the city. Today, political slogans and full-length scenes from everyday rural life can be found on the walls of Orgosolo.
The mysterious megalithic towers of Nuraghi are scattered all over Sardinia and constantly attract young archaeologists and history buffs. Su Nuraxi is one of these famous archaeological sites. It is located in the town of Barumini and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Archaeologists call it one of the best surviving examples of Bronze Age civilization urban planning. You can learn more about the history and significance of the structure in the museum and cultural center, which are located on the territory of Su Nuraxi.
The Gola di Gorropu is a huge gorge of Mount Supramonte, often called the “Italian Grand Canyon”. And not without reason – this place with a depth of 500 meters is the deepest in Italy. There are hiking trails, but you can go down only if accompanied by professional guides. Lovers of active sports will also enjoy rafting on the local rivers. By the way, if you believe in mythological creatures, beware of Sa mama de Gorropu – the local Snowman.
Cape Capo Testa is the northernmost point of Sardinia. This location has influenced its appearance – the sea wind has ground the granite into soft, streamlined shapes. The water here is quite deep and very clear, and on the neighboring beach Torre dei Corsari is so transparent that you can see sunken Roman columns. The sunset here is especially beautiful – the sun slowly sinks below the horizon, as if on an artist’s canvas.
It’s a tiny town in central Sardinia, nestled in the hills of the Barbagia Mountains. Mamoyada is widely known for its unique carnival costumes and masks, which are worn by the protagonists of carnival – Mamutone. They can be recognized by their bright red and black costume and special berrita hat. The town can also boast the presence of antiquity – a giant sculpture carved from granite Sa Perda Pintà, which dates back to 3200 BC.
Santa Teresa Gallura is an oasis of greenery with granite boulders, surrounded by clear, cool sea. The town is right in front of the Strait of Bonifacio, which year after year steadily attracts boaters thanks to its mild weather conditions. Here you can lounge on the beach overlooking French Corsica or visit the Tomb of the Giants, an archaeological monument of the Bronze Age. During the high summer season, the town’s main square is buzzing with life – tourists and locals alike sit around tables in local restaurants and actively go shopping.
The town on the northwestern coast of Sardinia often makes the list of “the most charming towns in Italy. And for good reason! Local castle, swanky beaches and spa hotels are unlikely to leave anyone indifferent. For a full immersion visit the unusual Roccia dell’Elefante, which resembles an elephant, as well as the museum Museo dell’Intreccio Mediterraneo, dedicated to the real art of Sardinia – basket weaving.
Every winter, the sleepy town of Tempio in northern Sardinia comes alive with bright colors for three whole days. During this time, the people of Tempio-Pausanias celebrate carnival – large parade floats ride through the streets, horses walk, and masked stuntmen entertain the public. You’re sure to meet some legendary local characters – the mystical female figure lu Linzolu cupaltatu, wrapped in cloth, and Ghjolghju Puntogliu, a huge masked figure whose appearance is a spectacular end to the festivities and marks the beginning of Lent.
This beach is so incredible that locals call it “little Tahiti.” On one side it is cooled by a dense pine forest, and on the other it offers access to calm turquoise water. Soft, snow-white sand and sunshine overhead complete this heavenly picture. There are private beach clubs on Cala Brandica where you can rent sun loungers and umbrellas, and you can eat at small stalls that sell a variety of snacks and drinks.
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