Sardinia Travel Guide

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Free Things To Do in Sardinia

If you have extra time, Capo Testa is worthwhile.
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    Things to do in Sardinia
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    #1 in Sardinia
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    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. 

    Although most visitors say that this beach is truly magnificent, some say that the sheer number of beachgoers can detract from its tranquility. Several visitors recommend renting snorkeling equipment to use at a nearby, swimmable cove.

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    Parco Nazionale dell'Arcipelago di La Maddalena
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    Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
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    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 for the eye candy – the rock formations, the snow-white beaches and the blue-green Mediterranean waters.

    Recent travelers said this group of islands rivals those in the Caribbean, thanks to the culture, food and beauty of the place. Others call it a paradise and gush over its crystal clear aquamarine waters.

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    Capo Testa
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    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 Rena di Ponente, which boast aquamarine waves that are as ideal for surfing as they are for wading. 

    Recent travelers recommend getting to the beaches early to ensure you find a parking spot, since this area gets quite busy, particularly during the summer high season. 

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    Costa Smeralda
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    #4 in Sardinia
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    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 village with luxury retailers ideal for window-shopping, and beaches with gentle waters, such as Capriccioli. 

    Recent visitors to Costa Smeralda were enchanted by its beaches, highlighting Capriccioli for its accessibility and parking, as well as its beach bar and surrounding shade trees. You'll find Costa Smeralda in northern Sardina. 

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