Discover the North East of Sardinia

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Sardinia fascinates with its wild hinterland, out-of-this-world beaches and captivating eccentricities. Here the thrill of the coasts, the enigmas of prehistoric times and four million sheep dominate the streets.

Beach beauties
Sardinia has some of the most fantastic beaches you will find without departing from the European coasts. Yes, the sand is really that white and the sea the bluest blue. Imagine anchoring in the scalloped bays of the Costa Smeralda, where celebrities and top models have fun in emerald waters; playing castaway in the coves of the Gulf of Orosei, where the sheer cliffs guarantee isolation; or sailing towards the Maddalena group of granite islands. Whether you are walking barefoot on the dunes of the wave-battered Costa Verde or relaxing on the silky bays of the south coast, unroll your beach towel and you will never want to leave.

Outdoor adventures
Whether you go slow or fast, whether you choose the coast or the countryside, Sardinia is one of the last great island adventures in Europe. Hike through the lush and silent interior to the dusk of the Nuragic ruins of Tiscali. Walk the dizzying coastal path to the crescent-shaped bay of Cala Luna, where climbers scramble over the limestone cliffs. Or stroll through holm oak woods to the mighty boulder-strewn canyon of Gola Su Gorropu. The fascination of the sea is irresistible for surfers of the north coast, while divers enjoy talking about the shipwrecks off Cagliari, the underwater cave of Nereo and the submerged Roman ruins of Nora.

Island of idiosyncrasies
As DH Lawrence put it so succinctly: “Sardinia is different.” Where else, if not here, in fact, can you go from almost alpine woods to snow-white beaches, or find faunal oddities such as albino eyed donkeys blues of the Asinara Island and the wild horses that shyly wander in the Giara di Gesturi. The island is also a culinary unicum, with distinct interpretations of pasta, bread and sweets, its wines (Vermentino whites, Cannonau reds) and cheeses – including pecorino casu marzu maggoty, hidden in the stables of the mountainous hinterland.

Time travel
Sardinia has been smoothed like a pebble by the waves of its history and heritage. The island is scattered with 7000 nuraghi, towers and settlements from the Bronze Age, tombs of the giants (tombs of the “tomb of the giants") and domus de janas (tombs of the “houses of the fairies"). Along every country road and in every village of 10 men and 100 sheep, these remnants of prehistory are waiting to be put together as the most enigmatic of puzzles. Sardinia is also an island of fabulously eccentric parties, from the carnival parade of the macabre mamuthones in Barbagia, which are said to chase away the demons of winter, to the S’Ardia horse race in Sedilo.

Arrive by plane in Olbia
Olbia Costa Smeralda airport is located in the immediate vicinity of the city center, from which it is just 4 km away. The transport system guarantees comfortable and frequent connections, not only towards the center but also with the main tourist destinations and urban centers of the island. In this section you will find a list of the main means of transport and for each of them the lines and connected destinations.
Sardinia’s health assistance system
Sardinia’s health assistance system belongs to the National Healthcare Service (SSN) and is provided by public and private facilities affiliated with SSN. If you are not an Italian citizen, check the agreements between Italy and your country of origin. Specialist care If you need specialist assistance you can contact the network of hospitals in the area. In the link below you can find the location of hospitals, useful numbers and all information on health care in Sardinia.
Arriving in Northern Sardinia by ferry
For those who prefer to travel by sea, arriving in Sardinia by ferry is a good alternative to the 'plane because you can bring your car on the island and, while using a longer time, at a price generally lower. In addition, the ferry trip is in some way more exciting, because As you approach the coast you can catch the scent of the island, the colors of the sea and sky, the beauty of the cliffs.
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Rent a car
Olbia airport is the main airport on the island and receives the bulk of passengers during the summer season. Hiring a car in Olbia is therefore more expensive during the months of June, July and August. The only advice and certain method to save remains the advance booking. Stopping a car two or three months in advance is the only way to enjoy discounts of up to 50% on seasonal rates. To travel to the Costa Smeralda, we always recommend cheap cars since the distances are limited. It is therefore not necessary to spend more than what is necessary for cars of large displacement or dimensions.
Getting around the island, transport
There isn’t a lot of traffic on the streets of the Island, although some peak traffic may occur in August. In Sardinia, you can move around on trains and buses, but if you want to discover the island with full freedom, use a car, motorcycle or even a bicycle.
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When to go

August is the time when most Italians take a beach vacation, so expect crowds. However, May / June or September / early October are sublime, especially if you want to find comfort and space. Coastal towns are sleepier out of season, with many restaurants closing early – it's a small price to pay when even modest grocery stores offer fresh meats, cheeses, and baked bread every day for shore picnics.

Get to know Gallura better

We have prepared a series of information and advice for retirees from the United Kingdom, the US and the EU who choose to spend the winter in Gallura in a mild climate and a suggestive environment.

Europe’s best kept secret: Move to Sardinia and pay 10% INCOME TAX.

North East Sardinia has an impressive amount to offer travelers … and residents. Romantic villages, timeless hill towns, idyllic islands, vine-covered countryside and an incredibly beautiful coastline. Plus, outside the major tourist centers, homes start at just £ 50,000, or less.

Expats in Sardinia say they love not only the art, the culture, the impressive architecture, the world-famous food, the exuberance of the rugged nature and its sea and the easy access to the rest of Europe, but also the rhythm of slower life and the culture that favors family and friends.

This is the very definition of the dolce vita. It’s all about surrounding yourself with people you love, taking the time to enjoy even the simplest things – a delicate pumpkin flower, a well-made cup of coffee, the feel of sand between your toes – and prioritizing important things in life.

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100+ tech start-ups.
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7 hours of sunshine a day, average.
9th best city to live in Italy, Cagliari.
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What is the best time to visit Sardinia?

The best time to visit Sardinia is from April to June when the flowers are in bloom, the sea waters are warm, and the temperatures haven't yet reached their July and August highs.

What is Sardinia famous for?

Chosen by many as a summer and beach destination, Sardinia is famous for the clear and pristine waters, awarded time after time, and for the variety of its coasts.

Is Sardinia cheap or expensive?

On the contrary, Sardinia is cheaper than most other regions in Italy – the wages here are lower than in most of the country and as a result the costs of living here are lower. It's much cheaper to visit and live than other European and international destinations – think the UK, Scandinavia, but even the US or Canada.

Is English spoken in Sardinia?

Yes, in Sardinia they speak english, but ONLY in turistic towns and many attractions as well. In big cities like Olbia, Sassari, Oristano,Cagliari and their surrounding areas, it is easy to find english speakers. … The first language here, in Sardinia, is italian, plus many dialects, almost one in every different city.