Experience the full spectrum of Eastern Sardinia, known for extravagant resorts and natural wonders. See Mediterranean opulence with some of Europe’s most expensive real estate. Costa Smeralda is a resort town founded by a prince who convinced several millionaires to buy the land from local farmers in the 1960s. The area’s popular activities include vintage car rallies, polo games, regattas and film festivals. It has emerged as a favorite spot for sailing, with expensive yachts roaming the shimmering, aquamarine waters and enormous cruise ships moored near the beach.
Venture away from the glamour to find smaller, less ritzy but equally charming locales. Olbia in the northeast is a small Sardinian city with a historic town center and a modern archaeological museum. Arzachena, a short drive away, has a stunning lagoon and long beach framed by thick forest. View its canals winding between narrow stone streets and stone houses seemingly unchanged by time.
This stretch of coast is dotted with heavenly beaches. Visit the cozy, emerald bay of Porto Istanato splash around. Pittulongu is actually a seaside area made up of four small beaches: La Playa, Squalo, Pellicano and Mare e Rocce. These are only 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the Olbia town center. From Santa Teresa Gallura on the northern tip of the island, you may be able to see Corsica.
Head inland from the coast to find the real Sardinia unchanged from ancient times. Discover vestiges of the prehistoric civilizations that once roamed its hills and shores. One fascinating example is the peculiarly Sardinian necropolis at Li Muri. Find burial sites dating from Neolithic times throughout the island.
It’s best to drive between the towns and beaches in Eastern Sardinia. Then get out and explore on foot. Stay at a luxury hotel or use campsites along the coast for a more rugged experience.
Beaches, Romantic and Relaxing
See one of Sardinia’s most significant medieval monuments, home to beautiful works of art and Olbia’s biggest annual festival.
Start your journey in Sardinia by exploring this busy transportation hub and the charming town that surrounds it.
Spend a day at this beautiful beach, a perfect introduction to Sardinia’s characteristic white sands and blue waters.
One of Sardinia’s many glorious beaches is a great place to enjoy snorkeling, safe swimming in clear water and spectacular views of nearby islands.
Ideal for family-friendly activities and watersports, this picturesque white-sand beach is also the gateway to some of Sardinia’s most exciting nightlife.
Go for a jog or learn to kitesurf on this long, quiet beach, known for its strong winds and glinting waters.
Venture into the heart of Sardinia for a guided tour through the island's mountainous interior. Discover ancient traditions, get a firsthand look at the local lifestyle, and try some great food to experience the region's unique culture.
Tour the vibrant local market and immerse yourself in aprivate lunch or dinner in a local home with a certified home cook. Enjoy an exclusive cooking demo and taste local recipes with wines included. Le Cesarine is Italy's first and finest network of home cooks.
Immerse yourself in a private dining experience at a Cesarina's home, enjoy an exclusive show cooking and taste authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian Mammas. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people.
Private cooking class in a local home with a certified home cook. Learn local recipes and taste everything you've made with wines included. Le Cesarine is Italy's first and finest network of home cooks.
Tour thevibrant local market and immerse yourself in aprivate cooking class in a local home with a certified home cook. Learn local recipes andtaste everything you've made with wines included. Le Cesarine is Italy's first and finest network of home cooks.
Embrace Sardinian lifestyle as you take a cultural journey through 2 of the most popular villages. Visit a museum dedicated to carnival masks, taste a flavorful red wine in a local wine cellar, and feast on an authentic meal—while your guide shares knowledge of Orgosolo and Marnoiada with you.