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Guide to Sardinia Outdoors

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Outdoors is the best way to explore Sardinia! The whole island is a natural paradise with different landscapes like mountains, rivers and lakes — and of course the clear, turquoise sea — to enjoy. And because of the wonderful climate, you can try your hand at outdoor sports all year round, from water-based pursuits (surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, sailing and diving), to mountain sports (climbing, mountain biking, caving and trekking). Plus, a huge variety of good campsites gets you even closer to nature...

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  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Like a Local

9 Places

5 City Tips

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9 Places

Gennargentu

Mountains

Porto Pino

Beaches

Penisola del Sinis - Isola di Mal di Ventre

Scenic Drives, Bodies of Water, Historic Walking Areas

Ulassai

Destinations

Baunei

Destinations

Parco Nazionale dell'Arcipelago di La Maddalena

National Parks

Area Marina Protetta Capo Carbonara

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Valledoria

Destinations

Grotte di Su Mannau

Caverns & Caves

Jermaine M's City Tips

  • Keep your eyes open for eateries in mountain villages — your chance to taste the best and most traditional food during your visit.
  • You'll need your own means of transport, especially if you want to reach the more remote places. Hire a rental car, motorbike or scooter to get around with ease.
  • Remember: Tourism has a strong impact on the environment. Travel responsibly and treat this paradise like your own back garden.
  • It might be difficult to find something to eat and drink in the more remote places, especially during winter. Do some research beforehand, and pack snacks or a picnic if needed.
  • If you book a tour or a course with a local company, they may provide you with a free transfer service.
  • Gennargentu
    Mountains
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    Jermaine M Says:

    Gennargentu is the largest and highest mountain range, reaching 1,800 meters at its highest point. There are many biking, mountain biking and trekking routes to explore here, amidst the very well-preserved and almost wholly uninhabited natural environment.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Spring and autumn are the best seasons for trekking and biking in Sardinia, as in summer temperatures can get too hot.
    • This is Sardinia's heart! Here you will find the true spirit of the island.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #481 of 2 499 things to do in Sardinia
    • Nice and quiet 01/10/2019
    • Great national park with great vista and sky 19/07/2018
    • Gennargentu
  • Porto Pino
    Beaches
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    Jermaine M Says:

    If you want to practice watersports, you need wind, and Sardinia has plenty of it! Porto Pino is perhaps the most famous place for kitesurfing. But it's always best to choose the right spot for you, according to the wind and your level of experience.

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    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you are not an expert kitesurfer, I suggest you to look for a surf school. They will provide you with instruction, lots of tips and the proper equipment.
    • Punta Trettu and Porto Botte are also very popular places for kitesurfing.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Sant'Anna Arresi
    • AMAZING Destination!!! Close enough for a Day-Trip from Cagliari. 25/10/2018
    • Gorgeous beach with few points to consider 24/08/2017
    • Porto Pino
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  • Penisola del Sinis - Isola di Mal di Ventre
    Scenic Drives, Bodies of Water, Historic Walking Areas
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    Jermaine M Says:

    On the west coast of Sardinia you'll find rough sea and huge waves that allow you to surf for almost 200 days each year. The area around Capo Mannu, situated inside a natural marine park, is the best place for both surfing and kitesurfing, and here you can also find plenty of surf camps and surf shops.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Costa Verde is also a pretty popular area among surfers.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 27 things to do in Cabras
    • Amazing beaches 29/08/2020
    • Beautifull place. 02/06/2019
    • Penisola del Sinis - Isola di Mal di Ventre
    Phone:
    +39 347 005 2059
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  • Ulassai
    Destinations
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    Jermaine M Says:

    There are many climbing spots in Sardinia, both along the coast and in the mountains. Ulassai is a hidden gem not too far away from the coast, at the center of an area called 'Tacchi d'Ogliastra' — because of the heel-shaped peaks — and there are many of them to tackle!

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you want to climb on a cliff overlooking the sea, go to Capo Caccia and search for Ferrata del Cabirol. Stunning!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    • Ulassai
  • Baunei
    Destinations
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    Jermaine M Says:

    The 'Supramonte di Baunei' region is the best spot on the island for single and multi-day trekking. The famous route named 'Selvaggio blu' will take you to the most beautiful and hard to reach beaches in Sardinia: Cala Goloritze, Cala Luna and Cala Sisine. If you want to trek along the entire route, you'll have to rely on local companies to provide you with food and water — no water is available along the way, so it's risky to do it on your own.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Unless you are used to high temperatures, avoid these routes in July or August. Vegetation is low and shade is hard to find.
    • Each beach lies a few hours' trek away from the other. At Cala Sisine you can camp overnight at a designated site near the beach.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    • Baunei
  • Parco Nazionale dell'Arcipelago di La Maddalena
    National Parks
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    Jermaine M Says:

    Sailing in Sardinia is amazing, and allows you to experience Sardinia from a different perspective. You can sail all around the island in both directions (although most of the tourist ports are in the northern part). La Maddalena Archipelago, aside from being a natural park, is also famous for sailing excursions. Winds here are usually reliable, and sailing between the various tiny islands is always a lot of fun!

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Winter sailing is much better than summer, as the sea is not as crowded.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 31 things to do in La Maddalena
    • A road trip around La Maddelana 24/09/2020
    • Beautiful 😍 07/09/2020
    • Parco Nazionale dell'Arcipelago di La Maddalena
    Address:
    Via Giulio Cesare 7
    07024, Sardinia
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 0789 790211
    Other:
  • Area Marina Protetta Capo Carbonara
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Jermaine M Says:

    Protected areas such as Capo Carbonara, Tavolara and Sinis are the best places to dive in Sardinia, as fishing is not allowed and the marine environment is very well preserved. Several boat wrecks also form part of the underwater landscape.

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Educational tours about the importance of preserving marine life are available in this area. Check online for tour operators.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 25 things to do in Villasimius
    • Awesome Landscape & blu sea 30/09/2018
    • A look into what the Mediterranean could be again 07/06/2017
    • Area Marina Protetta Capo Carbonara
    Address:
    Via Roma 60
    09049, Villasimius, Sardinia
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 070 790234
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  • Valledoria
    Destinations
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    Jermaine M Says:

    While you can explore almost the entire Sardinian coast by kayak, there are only a few spots where you can venture upriver. Valledoria is one such special place: follow it inland past a thermal spring, a lake, several old bridges, and encounter plenty of untouched nature, as well as undisturbed animal and bird life along the way.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Along the coast you have a huge choice of places to explore by kayak: go for protected areas or natural parks.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    • Valledoria
  • Grotte di Su Mannau
    Caverns & Caves
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    Jermaine M Says:

    In Sardinia there are at least 12 grottos accessible to the public, and many others that attract a number of caving aficionados. While the main route at Su Mannau's cave is easily accessible, if you want to go deeper down and discover its secrets, you'll need proper equipment — and of course, a spirit of adventure!

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Not far from here, in Domusnovas, you'll also find San Giovanni's cave, popular among both climbers and cavers.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Fluminimaggiore
    • Beautiful and chilly but consider the actual guidance 24/07/2021
    • Great (cool) place to visit! 09/08/2020
    • Grotte di Su Mannau
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