Sardinia Area Map
With 9,000-some square miles, not to mention 1,200-plus miles of coastline, Sardinia is a large island with many different areas, each with its own personality. Here are a handful of the most popular among travelers.
Cagliari is the capital city of Sardinia, and with its beaches, such as nearby Poetto, and attractions like the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, it can be a great place to base your vacation. Other popular highlights include the hike to Sella del Diavolo, a rocky outcropping translated as "The Devil's Saddle" that looks out over the Gulf of Cagliari, and the Mercato Civico di San Benedetto, an indoor market filled with delicious finds.
Home to the Costa Smeralda, Olbia, which is tucked away along Sardinia's northeastern coast, is a great place to get an authentic Sardinian experience. Along with the gorgeous views of white sand beaches, golf courses and ritzy hotels along the Costa Smeralda, Olbia contains a lovely historic center, which is filled with great shops, restaurants and bars.
Bosa is a medieval town located on the banks of the Tema River in western Sardinia. Some of the top sights include the Malaspina Castle and the Chiesa di Nostra Signora de Sos Regnos, a 14th-century chapel. Travelers should also take time to wander the Sa Costa district with its labyrinth of charming homes and ristorantes.
Northern Palau is another favorite among summertime travelers, who flock to the resort town for its beaches and streets lined with restaurants, bars and shops. Palau is also the main port for travelers wishing to head to Arcipelago di La Maddalena.
Alghero is another one of Sardinia's best-loved medieval towns, and it's a great place to base your vacation if you're looking for both excellent beaches (try Porto Ferro, Spiaggia Mugoni and Spiaggia di Maria Pia) and a lively city center, complete with restaurants, bars and boutiques. History buffs might be interested in touring a number of its historic cathedrals, including Cattedrale di Santa Maria and Chiesa di San Francesco.