Very popular for summer holidays, if you are longing for a quiet break to soak in traditions and history, start considering where to go in Sardinia, as this Italian island never disappoints its visitors, whatever holiday they have in mind.
Sardinia is always packed with tourists for many reasons: a diverse landscape, good weather, delicious foods, history and beautiful clean beaches, always harder to find due to the lack of care about the environment.Thankfully this Italian island can still be considered an exception. Locals are proud of it and foreign travelers never fail to appreciate a holiday in this tranquil slice of heaven.
Where to go in Sardinia – Sant’Antioco
When you hear the world island for a region of a country, the first thing you wish for is a small green land on the hills with beautiful beaches and cliffs. This is exactly what Sant’Antioco is. Both an island and a municipality, Sant’Antioco is where you can get away from the hustle and bustle of busy cities. Quite crowded in summer time, in low season you will find a spot to park your car quite easily. There is a wealthy choice of traditional restaurants where you can grab a table to sit with your family and have a delicious meal without little background noise. The tiny island is rich in history and boasts attractions to visit and gorgeous unspoiled beaches to relax. Keep in mind that not many people speak English so either learn some practical Italian sentences or carry a small Italian dictionary.
How to get to Sant’Antioco
Sant’Antioco is a little island located in the southwestern corner of Sardinia, near the other small southern island of San Pietro and connected to the mother island by a bridge. If you fly to Cagliari, it is only 70 kilometers east of the city. From Cagliari airport to go to Sant’Antioco you will need to rent a car as public transport is very badly organized. I recommend you rent your car from Cagliari airport where many rental car agencies have offices.
What to visit in Sant’Antioco
Ethnographic Museum (Museo etnografico)
The Ethnographic Museum gives you a good idea about the local way of life mainly based on a farming economy. You can also have a tour of the nearby cave dwellings and fort in Via Necropoli in the city center.
For a delicious meal after a day around the city and its beaches if you are looking for somewhere to eat, treat yourself a bit and head to the wonderful Calasetta. The island’s second most important town, here you will find delicious restaurants and pizzerias, and obviously its own stunning beach.
Cala Grotta (or Cala Tuffi)
Don’t miss the wonderful rocky cove of Cala Grotta, also known as Cala Tuffi. From Cala Grotta enjoy the view of a clean and azure sea that will make you fall in love with the island all over again.
Maladroxia beach is a good choice for families. Sandy shorelines to burn some calories and make sand castles will keep adults and kids busy, while quite a number of cafes and restaurants will help you relax and enjoy your day away.
Pretty self-explaining, Spiaggia Grande (Big Beach) is the longest beach of the island. If you want to enjoy some beach time and do wind surfing, Spiaggia Grande is your choice. The beach is well equipped with host facilities such as wheelchair access, wide car park, possibility to rent beach umbrellas and loungers and pedal boats, and a good choice of traditional cafes and restaurants.
Still wondering what places to visit in Sardinia?
Where to go in Sardinia is a question that comes to mind to most travelers when planning a trip to the Italian island. If Sant’Antioco is not what you are looking for, check out some of our suggestions on the places to visit in Sardinia in our offbeat guide to Sardinia or the places that will make you discover the real Sardinia.