Italy is one of Maltese folks’ favourite destinations; maybe it’s the language, or probably the food. We don’t know. We think it’s the food though.
We already wrote up a Guide to Sicily for you to follow, but this time we are guiding you to the wildly captivating island of Sardinia, the second largest island in the Mediterranean, located just off the western coast of the peninsula (read: boot).
1. Getting there
First of all, you really need to get your bags packed, cause you will be catching a plane. You have three choices to make; you either catch a plane to Caligari, Olbia or Alghero.
Those are the only airports in Sardinia.
Of course prices vary according to season, airline and airport.
If you don’t fancy the plane, you could totally catch the 12 hour (or more) ferry ride from Malta to Sicily and then to Sardinia. That’s like half a day of ferrying though, so it’s up to you.
After getting there, you’ll be needing to rest up a bit, especially if you got there by boat (12 hours is no joke).
There’s a number of places for you to stay in. You could get a seaview apartment, a cute and cosy country house, this cool beach house with a view or this boutique apartment with fake croissants as decorations. It’s ok, they had us fooled too.
If you would like something a bit more uptown, you should totally opt for a city apartment in Alghero. For a more romantic feel, you can get a cosy house overlooking the river or this spot right underneath the bastions of Saint Remy.
If you really want to splurge out, you can just rent a villa, it’s totally worth it. Just like you.
3. Places to visit
If you like walking around Instagrammable piazzas, drinking great coffee and shopping, head to Oristano.
There’s also churches and museums, Oristano is not just a pretty town; it’s also cultural and has many great spots where you can chill out and take in the peace.
Apart from lovely shops and amazing restaurants, you can find some cool spots like the Chiesa di San Francesco and the Museo Antiquarium Aroborense.
This picturesque town in the northern coast of the island is Sardinia’s take on the Ċitadella. It’s a bit of a touristy place, but hopefully you can manage to find a good and quiet spot.
There’s a cool castle you can visit – Castello Dei Doria – which is the most sought after touristic site in this town.
There’s palaces, walls, a Cathedral and a crypt, all of which you can visit.
If you’re super into beaches and hikes, you definitely need to visit Cala Gonone.
This brilliant seaside village is a paradise for anyone who wants to roll around on white beaches and get lost in lush ravines.
There’s also caves which you can visit like the Grotta del Blu Marino. This lovely cave is a popular spot among divers and hikers.
To get to Sant’Antioco you will need to catch another boat. This tiny island is much smaller than Malta. It has been inhibited since at least the 5th Century BC, there’s tombs and Phoenician remains.
The island eventually became Roman land, however it has numerous sites from different eras. There’s an acropolis, a hypogeal village, scattered archaeological sites and ancient Roman remains.
Tharros is an ancient Sardinian city which was founded by the Phoenicians. There’s breath-taking ruins all over the place. There’s a lovely beach from where you can see a Spanish tower standing a little bit far off.
You can also find the earliest Christian church in Sardinia here, that of San Giovanni, built in the 5th Century.
Nuraghe Su Nuraxi
This UNESCO Heritage Site dates back to the Bronze Age. The nuraghi are structures which only exist In this area and nowhere else around the whole world. It’s pretty much a set of defensive towers and chambers.
This archaeological site dominates a beautiful land and is one of the most well preserved sites in the area.
Alghero is one of the prettiest towns in Sardinia. It’s a medieval city and although it’s very touristic it still has a certain charm to it.
Alghero was once an Aragonese town. These guys built beautiful sea walls which nowadays highlight the town’s picturesque history. These bastion-like walls start off at the Torre di Sulis, continue northwards along the Bastioni Cristoforo Colombo, Torre di San Giacomo and end near the Forte della Maddalena.
While you’re there, you should totally visit the Grotta di Nettuno, it literally looks like fairies live there.
The capital city of Sardinia is a palazzo and dome-riddled city.
Like much of Italy, it’s got amazing cafes and restaurants, astounding museums and beautiful ruins. Cagliari also houses the magnificent Poetto beach.