13 days in Sardinia Itinerary

13 days in Sardinia Itinerary

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Alghero
— 3 nights
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Palau
— 1 night
Drive
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Dorgali
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cagliari
— 5 nights
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Alghero

— 3 nights

Little Barcelona

Built surrounding a 16th-century fortified port, Alghero remains one of Sardinia's most visited sites, rich in cultural and historical heritage.
Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Capo Caccia. Get out of town with these interesting Alghero side-trips: Stintino (La Pelosa Beach, Torre della Pelosa, &more), spiaggia di Li Cossi (in Costa Paradiso) and Spiaggia La Marinedda (in Isola Rossa). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Frecce delle Grotte di Antonio Piccinnu, explore the striking landscape at Roccia dell'Elefante, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Francesco, and take in panoramic vistas at Torre del Lazzaretto.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Alghero online road trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Alghero is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in May, with highs in Alghero at 26°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Palau.

Things to do in Alghero

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 4 — 7:

Palau

— 1 night
Palau is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Sassari in the Italian region Sardinia, about 220km north of Cagliari and about 30km northwest of Olbia. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): kick back and relax at Spiaggia Bassa Trinita, kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Talmone, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Palau trip planner.

Getting from Alghero to Palau by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Dorgali.

Things to do in Palau

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 7 — 8:

Dorgali

— 3 nights
You've now added Snorkeling - Cala Gonone to your itinerary. Kids will appreciate attractions like Bluforia Diving Center and Lido di Orri. Change things up with these side-trips from Dorgali: Spiaggia di Sa Curcurica (in Orosei), San Teodoro (La Bottega della Pasta di Bacciu Anna & Spiaggia La Cinta) and La Caletta Beach (in Siniscola). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Grotta di Ispinigoli, head outdoors with Prima Sardegna, take a leisurely stroll along Marina Marina di Baunei and Santa Maria Navarrese, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cala Brandinchi.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Dorgali tour planner.

Drive from Palau to Dorgali in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cagliari.

Things to do in Dorgali

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 8 — 11:

Cagliari

— 5 nights

City of Sun

The capital of Sardinia, Cagliari is spread out over seven hills and still bears the marks of its past conquerors, including the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and Romans.
Kids will enjoy Poetto and Bastione di Saint Remy. Explore Cagliari's surroundings by going to Barumini (Casa Zapata Museum & Su Nuraxi), Giara di Gesturi - Escursioni a Cavallo (in Gesturi) and Laconi (Parco Aymerich, Associazione Culturale De Lacon - Visite Guidate, &more). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Isolotto Faraglione del Pan di Zucchero, kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Mari Pintau, steep yourself in history at Chiesa della Madonna delle Grazie, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Pontificia Minore di Sant'Elena Imperatrice.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cagliari travel app.

Drive from Dorgali to Cagliari in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May, daytime highs in Cagliari are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cagliari

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 11 — 16:

Sardinia travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Caves
Sardinia, with its Mediterranean atmosphere and charm, is loved by visitors looking for things to do outdoors on their holiday, like swimming, boating, windsurfing, hiking, climbing, and camping. Taking advantage of the island's near-perfect summer weather, visitors tend to overcrowd Sardinia's coastal areas. The inner life of the island, away from the most popular vacation spots, remains largely unblemished by mass tourism and commercialization. Sardinia is steeped in history and has a colorful character quite different from the rest of Italy. This is where the ancient Nuragic society, whose stone monuments still litter the land, flourished more than three millennia ago--predating the Etruscan civilization in mainland Italy by several hundred years. Sardinia's seaside resorts may be among the best in the world, but its quieter and more interesting countryside offers a greater array of attractions, including a patchwork of forests, citrus groves, and medieval villages.