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One Day in Sardinia

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While one day in Sardinia is definitely too short a time to really get to know this beautiful island, with 24 hours to explore, here's what you simply cannot miss: some of its most gorgeous beaches, a look at the main city Cagliari, the Nuragic culture, and the industrial archaeology. Last but not least, you have to taste Sardinian food!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer

10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

Bastione di Saint Remy

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Poetto

Beaches

Area Archeologica di Nora

Ancient Ruins

Spiaggia Su Giudeu

Beaches

Cala Domestica

Beaches

Grotte di Su Mannau

Caverns & Caves

Spiaggia Le Dune di Piscinas

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Montevecchio Mine

Mines

Area Archeologica di Santa Cristina

Ancient Ruins

Santa Rughe

Restaurants

Elena Z's City Tips

  • When you go to a restaurant, ask for: Sardinian sheep cheese, culurgiones (ravioli filled with cheese), Cannonau wine, porcetto (pork meat), sebadas (pastry), and mirto (liqueur).
  • If you want to travel around but you are not used to high temperatures, the best times to visit Sardinia are April or May.
  • Please be respectful of the environment. Don't take sand with you — it's beautiful just where it belongs!
  • Rent a car, motorbike, camper... whatever has an engine and at least 2 wheels! Sardinia is a pretty big island with bad public transport.
  • Bastione di Saint Remy
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Elena Z Says:

    Your day starts in Cagliari, Sardinia's biggest city. Have a walk in the historical city center and climb up one of its hills. One hill is home to the famous area Castello, the castle, whose entrance way is marked by the Bastione triumphal archway. Bastione is like a big balcony with a beautiful view of the city: have a cappuccino at one of the bars and enjoy the view.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bastione is also a good place for a drink. On summer evenings, you'll always find live music here.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 161 things to do in Cagliari
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice views of the city and coast 28/10/2018
    • Beautiful site - if it wasn't under repairs 26/10/2018
    • Bastione di Saint Remy
    Address:
    Via Torino 16
    09124, Cagliari, Sardinia
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 070 657377
    Other:
  • Poetto
    Beaches
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    Elena Z Says:

    Everyone in Cagliari loves its city beach: You can't beat taking your lunch break on the sand or the chance to do water sports right in the heart of your city! In summer it's really crowded, especially on Sundays, so I highly suggest going somewhere else if you're looking for quiet time. But if you happen to be here during any other day, take a walk along this stretch of sand and feel like a local.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Do a kayak tour around Sella del Diavolo, the small hill on the right hand side of the beach. You will discover many other tiny beaches and grottos.
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 161 things to do in Cagliari
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful 02/12/2018
    • Pearl in the Mediterranean sea 28/11/2018
    • Poetto
    Address:
    Vialle Lungomare Del Golfo
    Cagliari, Sardinia
    Italy
  • Area Archeologica di Nora
    Ancient Ruins
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    Elena Z Says:

    This was a very important city during Phoenician and Roman times, and it is located on a small peninsula, overlooking the sea on two sides, as well as bordering a lagoon which is home to a marine life protection center. Phoenicians founded the city here because it's protected from strong northern winds. So if you want to go the beach on a windy day, this is the place to be!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • In the nearby city Pula, you will find amazing ice cream and huge pizzas!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Pula
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A wonderful fined 07/12/2018
    • Great archeological place with nice view of surrounding area 29/11/2018
    • Area Archeologica di Nora
    Phone:
    +39 070 920 9138
    Other:
  • Spiaggia Su Giudeu
    Beaches
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    Elena Z Says:

    Chia is a popular holiday place with several white sandy beaches, blue crystal waters, lagoons filled with flamingos, and rich vegetation. You are simply surrounded by beautiful colors, perfumes of Mediterranean plants, and the sound of the sea here. Isn't it paradise?

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Chia was also a Roman city and an old Roman road remains which runs along the coast that connects Nora and Chia. It takes about 2 hours by foot.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Domus de Maria
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Like paradise 23/09/2018
    • Lovely relaxing beach 19/09/2018
    • Spiaggia Su Giudeu
    Address:
    Baia di Chia
    09010, Domus de Maria, Sardinia
    Italy
  • Cala Domestica
    Beaches
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    Elena Z Says:

    Driving from the south, you'll enjoy a beautiful landscape of blue waters, old mines, and green vegetation, until after some turns you end up at this beach. Cala Domestica is narrow but quite long, and surrounded by rocks and cliffs: Walk over the rocks and you'll reach another tiny beach that is even better!

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • In summer it's really crowded and there's no shade, so take care!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Buggerru
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely sheltered cove for swimming 24/09/2018
    • Nice Beach but needs some mantainance 05/09/2018
    • Cala Domestica
    Phone:
    +39 340 577 1587
    Other:
  • Grotte di Su Mannau
    Caverns & Caves
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    Elena Z Says:

    Sardinia underground is almost as interesting as Sardinia on the surface. In addition to a broad network of old mines, Roman tanks, and church cellars, there are many natural caves all over the island. The Grotte di Su Mannau cave is about 8 kilometers long. Of course you would need a lot of courage and proper equipment to visit the whole thing, but the tourist path — just 500 meters — is still enough to see some of its wonders: small lakes, waterfalls, and even traces of ancient water devotion rituals.

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • An old street connects the cave with the Antas Valley. Here you can find an old temple on a hill in the middle of nowhere. It is really something mystical.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Fluminimaggiore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting excursion at le grotte 20/09/2018
    • Excellent location 09/08/2018
    • Grotte di Su Mannau
    Address:
    Via Vittorio Emanuele 3
    09010 Fluminimaggiore, Sardinia
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 0781 580411
    Other:
  • Spiaggia Le Dune di Piscinas
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Elena Z Says:

    This is not just a sandy beach — it's a wide deserted area (about 5 square kilometers!) with the highest dunes in Europe (about 100 meters!), something unique in Sardinia and in Europe itself. Everywhere, you can see traces of old mines and the tracks of animals that walk here undisturbed.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The sea water is pretty rough and not suitable for small kids.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 21 things to do in Arbus
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Extraoridinary 08/09/2018
    • Lovely beach in idyllic setting 16/07/2018
    • Spiaggia Le Dune di Piscinas
  • Montevecchio Mine
    Mines
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    Elena Z Says:

    Did you know that Sardinia is one of the oldest areas in Europe? The whole southwest region was, until the '90s, an area for mining all different kinds of materials. Today you can explore the remains of old mining villages and derelict mines, and among these, Montevecchio is one that has been pretty well preserved. You can visit here to learn about workers' accommodation, and the workshops and machines that were used at the time.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Nearby you'll find some very good agriturismo (which make great lunch stops), or if you prefer, you can have a picnic in the woods.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Guspini
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting to see the history of this side of Sardegna 14/07/2018
    • Time capsule 09/09/2017
    • Montevecchio Mine
    Address:
    Piazza Rolandi
    Loc. Montevecchio
    09036 Guspini, Sardinia
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 338 459 2082
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$7
    Other:
  • Area Archeologica di Santa Cristina
    Ancient Ruins
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    Elena Z Says:

    Everywhere in Sardinia, you will see towers: most of them are 'nuraghi,' and are evidence that a large Nuragic civilization existed on the island as far back as 1800 BC. This civilization is thought to have been so big in fact, that some historians believe Sardinia was Atlantis! Nuraghi themselves number about 7,000, but there are also giants' tombs, sacred wells, and even the recently discovered 'Giants' statues. At Complesso Nuragico you can learn a lot about the Nuragic civilization.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The site is open all year round, but avoid it in August, as it is unprotected and likely to get really hot.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Paulilatino Oristano
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must see for any visit to Sardinia 30/10/2018
    • Spiritual geometry 20/09/2018
    • Area Archeologica di Santa Cristina
    Phone:
    +39 0785 55438
    Other:
  • Santa Rughe
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Mediterranean)
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    Elena Z Says:

    After having seen beautiful beaches and visited cultural sites, you have definitely earned some delicious Sardinian food: This is one of the best rated restaurants in the very heart of the island. Culurgiones, porcetto, salami and sheep cheese, Cannonau wine, sebadas — you will find it all here. One meal is not really enough to taste everything, but it will give you a good reason to come back to Sardinia.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • If you are looking for a gift to bring back, a cut of pecorino sardo (sheep cheese) is the best idea!
    From the community
    Ranked #171 of 5,995 restaurants in Sardinia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very tradizionale 01/10/2018
    • Great Restaurant, good traditional food 29/08/2018
    • Santa Rughe
    Address:
    Via Carlo Felice 2
    08020 Gavoi, Sardinia
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 0784 53774
    Price range:
    US$28 - US$51
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    Other:
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