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Best Things To Do in Sardinia

Most of the best things to do in Sardinia are concentrated on the coasts. The cerulean waters and soft beaches found at places like Cala Mariolu and Parco Nazionale dell'Archipelago di La Maddalena are some of the main draws, but hiking the northern coast's Capo Testa or driving the Costa Smeralda to take in jaw-dropping views of the Mediterranean are popular, too. History buffs will enjoy learning about the mysterious past of the Nuraghi culture at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale – or by touring one or two of the thousands of Nuraghi settlements, such as Su Nuraxi, strewn throughout the island. 

How we rank Things to Do

Updated September 7, 2017

  • #1
    Cala Mariolu
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    #1 in Sardinia
    Beaches, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Beaches, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Reaching Cala Mariolu, a pebble beach segmented by large limestone rocks on Sardinia's east coast, takes some effort – but most travelers say the picturesque spot is worth the exertion. The waters that lap the shore are every shade of blue, and the tucked-away spot feels like a hidden paradise. 

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  • #2
    Parco Nazionale dell'Arcipelago di La Maddalena
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    #2 in Sardinia
    Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
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    More than Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    More than Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    The Parco Nazionale dell'Archipelago di La Maddalena is a collection of islands scattered off Sardinia's northeastern coast. Established as a geomarine national park in 1994, the islands have been on UNESCO's World Heritage site's shortlist since 2006 for their variety of marine and plant life. But tourists tend to visit

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  • #3
    Capo Testa
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    #3 in Sardinia
    Beaches, Sightseeing, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Beaches, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    With its wind-whipped granite boulders, the rocky coves of Capo Testa on Sardinia's northern headland are almost sculptural in shape and begging to be hiked and photographed. The nearby lighthouse, Faro di Capo Testa, provides another photo op. While here, stop at beaches like Spiaggia Rena di Levante and Spiaggia

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  • #4
    Costa Smeralda
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    #4 in Sardinia
    Beaches, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Beaches, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Costa Smeralda is where the jet set land when they arrive in Sardinia. The 35 miles that stretch out over the Emerald Coast are some of the most beautiful in Sardinia – even arguably in the entire Mediterranean – and they're dotted by marvels like Porto Cervo, a cobblestone port

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  • #5
    Su Nuraxi
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    #5 in Sardinia
    Sightseeing, Tours
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Sightseeing, Tours
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    To explore the past of the mysterious Nuragic civilization, you should head to Su Nuraxi in Barumini (southern Sardinia). Although very little is known about the Nuragic people, a lot can be said for their construction prowess. These Bronze Age shepherds and peasants used stone to create elaborate structures, including

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  • #6
    Museo Archeologico Nazionale
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    #6 in Sardinia
    Museums, Tours
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Museums, Tours
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    The Museo Archeologico Nazionale tells a chronological history of the island through art and artifacts. Here, you'll see bronze figurines, orbronzetti, that date back to 1800 B.C., towering sandstone sculptures (referred to as the Giganti di Mont'e Prama) created by the Nuragic civilization, Roman-era busts, and more. Although this museum

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