Follow in the travel footsteps of Rihanna, Rafal Nadal and Gwyneth Paltrow with flights to Sardinia. From the celebrity studded beaches of the Costa Smeralda, to the quiet goat farms and vineyards of the mountainous countryside, Sardinia is a destination that has plenty to offer.
Things to look out for in Sardinia
For celebrity spotting, head down Porto Cervo in the Costa Smeralda. Big stars like Steven Speilberg don’t take flights to Sardinia; instead they arrive at the Italian Riviera’s hottest destination by mega-yacht. Luxury ships line the harbour while cool bars and swanky hotels pump music into the night air.
Adventurous gastronomes may want to explore Sardinian cuisine by trying the famous larvae infested Cazu Marzu cheese, although the regular pecorino should be delicious enough to sate any appetite. Spiny sea urchins are often tossed into pasta dishes; visit Alghero in January for Sagra del Bogamari to sample them at their best.
The exposed beaches of the island lend themselves well to sunbathing and watersports in equal measures. Hit the beaches of the West Coast for a spot of kite surfing, before relaxing with a glass of something cool in a bar with an ocean view.
Getting around Sardinia
When you’re booking flights to Sardinia the first thing you should consider is what part of the island you’re visiting. If you’ve booked accommodation in the North, fly to Alghero Airport or Olbia Airport (which serves the Costa Smeralda). If you’re spending your holiday on the South of the island fly to Cagliari Airport instead.
Sardinia has a laid back approach to public transport. There are bus transfers to most towns from the airports, however if you want to explore the more remote sections of the island you will find it more convenient to hire a car or moped. Beware of hairpin bends; Sardinia has no motorways.
What to bring on a holiday to Sardinia
Don’t get on your flight to Sardinia without a valid E111 European Health Insurance Card; this entitles you to state funded healthcare in case the worst should happen. Sardinia has a Mediterranean climate so sunglasses, sunhat, and sunscreen are essential for keeping in good health while in the sun. There’s no risk of malaria in Sardinia, but if you’re staying near a body of water don’t forget to pack insect repellent and anti-histamines. These can be very expensive once you arrive, and there’s nothing worse than being kept awake by itchy mosquito bites.
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