Sardinia is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Are you planning a trip to Sardinia for the first time and want to see it from North to South in one trip?

Sardinia is an island full of amazing beauties and breathtaking views.

How to discover the beauty of the territory in a single itinerary?

In this tour of Sardinia from North to South, and vice versa, Visit Italy will make you cross the island to discover the territory, starting from Asinara to Capo Carbonara in an itinerary through history, culture, cuisine and traditions of this unparalleled island.

9. Asinara gulf


The tour that I propose starts from the north-western extremity of Sardinia with the Gulf of Asinara. The Gulf of Asinara is located in the province of Sassari and is formed by the island of Asinara, Punta scorno (Asinara) to the west and Capo Testa to the east. It is not the northernmost tip of Sardinia but it is an obligatory stop from which to start.

The entire coastline of the Gulf of Asinara is scattered with beautiful beaches known all over the world. They are part of several municipalities such as Stintino and Badesi of which I cannot help but mention: La Pelosa, Le Saline, Ezzi Mannu and the Holy River.

To these is added the Platamona beach, which is 15 km long. A beach of pure white sand and shells brought by the sea currents. With its length, it reaches the beaches of Castelsardo, in particular Lu Bagnu, one of the beaches with the best panoramic point of view of the whole gulf.

The gulf closes in Gallura with the so-called Costa Paradiso. It is characterized by small inlets and sandy coves, which can be reached mostly by boat.

8. Sassari


Sassari is one of the most important and largest cities in Sardinia and is the reference point for the northern part of the island.

It has its point of greatest interest in the large Piazza Italia and Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Two places where most of the city's life and history are concentrated. Among the monuments to visit there is undoubtedly the Cathedral of San Nicola, in the historic centre, along Corso Vittorio Emanuele. The cathedral has a Baroque facade, but a mainly Gothic structure. One of the oldest structures is the Church of San Pietro di Silki which houses a manuscript code of great value, the Condaghe di Santa Maria di Silki, dating back to the origins of the city.

Worth mentioning is via al Rosello: one of the most important for the city and for those looking for shops for shopping and places where you can taste the Sassari culinary tradition.

After the Ponte Rosello, there is a famous seventeenth-century fountain, the Fontana di Rosello. It's a real symbol of the city. For fans of museum tours, the National Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum G.A. Sanna, which is one of the most famous in Italy, where many relics of Sardinian history are collected, from prehistoric times to the Renaissance.

7. La Maddalena island


The island of La Maddalena is one of the naturalistic spectacles of Sardinia. Starting from Palau you can reach one of the most famous tourist destinations in Sardinia and Italy.

It is one of the best places for a holiday between the sea and relaxation with some of the most beautiful beaches in Italy. The beaches of Testa del Polpo and Cala Spalmatore are the most important. Cala Gavetta and its beautiful marina which has a breathtaking view are added to them. The entire Maddalena archipelago is included in the National Park of the same name: it is a protected area suspended between sky and sea. Around the island, there is a road that goes all the way around and that will allow you to enjoy suggestive views.

La Maddalena is connected to the island of Caprera through a bridge, the Passo Della Moneta, which offers a 600-meter walk surrounded by the sea. The island of Budelli is also found in the archipelago. of which you cannot miss the pink beach. The name derives from the colour of the beach which has this particular light red colour.

6. Olbia

Leaving the Maddalena archipelago, we head towards one of the major ports of Sardinia: Olbia. Over the years, the so-called "happy city" has become a perfect mix between a holiday full of fun and the sea, but also of culture, history and tradition.
In fact, Olbia enjoys one of the best historical centres on the whole island. A place full of history and art from every century, especially the Basilica of San Simplicio and the church of San Paolo are not to be missed. To these is added the Archaeological Museum of Olbia, which houses the major finds from the prehistoric era in Sardinia. Of great interest is the great hall of the ships in which the skeletons of ancient ships are kept. Furthermore, the peculiarity of this museum is that it is totally free. If you are a museum lover, you cannot miss the tomb of the giants of Su Mont'e s'Abe, which is an archaeological site located in the territory of the municipality of Olbia. It is a huge funerary monument surrounded by greenery.
As aforementioned, Olbia is also distinguished by its beaches and their variety: the Pittulongu beach has very shallow waters and rocks that protrude from the water level, the white beach is characterized by fascinating backdrops and the beach of Cugnana, which is a really small natural harbour.
The territory of Olbia also includes a series of twenty islets, many of which are so small that they are not inhabited. Among these, the most important is undoubtedly the island of Tavolara, linked to the myth of Poseidon and which hosts various events every year.

5. Nuoro


Nuoro is one of the most important cities in Sardinia. It has always been the centre of the island's cultural life, so much so that it has been considered Sardinian Athens since the nineteenth century. Its historic centre is a walk through narrow alleys and stone houses, courtyards, arcades and much more that tell the history of the city. Between the districts of Séuna and Santu Pedru is the Deleddiano museum, in honour of Grazia Deledda, Nobel Prize-winning writer and native of the place. The centre of Nuoro life is undoubtedly Corso Garibaldi, a few steps away you will find the cathedral of Santa Maria della Neve.

Also not to be missed is the Museum of Sardinian Life and Popular Traditions, which collects examples of traditional Sardinian culture, both material and immaterial. At the borders of Nuoro is the Ortobene mountain. It offers incredible landscapes and the remains of prehistoric Domus, such as the Domus de Janas; and they are enclosed in parks such as that of Sedda Ortai.

4. Oristano


Oristano is one of the main cities of central-western Sardinia, which has in the Sartiglia, an equestrian joust of medieval origin with 120 riders between Carnival Sunday and Tuesday. Oristano had a leading role in the Sardinian Middle Ages, in fact, from the 10th century AD. it has been enriched with noble palaces, walls, strongholds and places of worship of Christianity.

In Piazza Eleonora, neoclassical buildings of value stand out: the church of San Francesco, the Corrias Carta palace and the Scolopi palace. Flanked in the historic centre by Palazzo d'Arcais, the church of Santa Chiara, one of the few Gothic structures in Sardinia, and the majestic cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, that is the cathedral of Oristano, with a mixture of style starting from the first construction of 1130.

After visiting the monuments of the city you can have a typical Oristano lunch based on malloreddus with sausage, a type of pasta typical of Sardinian cuisine, and, as a dessert, mustazzolus, lozenge-shaped sweets flavoured with lemon and cinnamon.

3. Piscinas


Piscinas is one of the smallest municipalities in the south-western extremity of Sardinia. It is a rural village of about 900 inhabitants, but it has the first human testimonies dating back to about 7000 years ago, found in the cave of su Benazu, upstream Miana and in the rock of Tatinu.

There is an important place in this area, they are the Piscinas dunes which are one of the wildest places in Sardinia. On the expanse of sand, you will also find the abandoned convoys and the tracks that came from Montececchio, an ancient mining town. In the dunes of Piscinas flows the Rio Piscinas, a stream known as the red river for the reddish colour of the water. The mine is easily accessible by following the tracks that lead to the beach.

2. Cagliari

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Once in the south of Sardinia, we find the regional capital: Cagliari. The city was founded by the Phoenicians but passed from the hands of the Carthaginians, Romans, Spaniards to the Savoy. This versatility of different styles and cultures is perfectly told in its streets and buildings.

Among what to visit in Cagliari, we include the Cathedral of Santa Maria, a real treasure in Pisan-Gothic style and the Castello district, founded in the Pisan era where you can admire panoramic views and landscapes with a crazy view over the city. You can visit the La Marina district, a sort of multi-ethnic district full of shops, markets and places where you can try the Sardinian culinary tradition, and the Spampace district where you can visit the remains of an ancient Roman amphitheatre.

In the middle of the historic centre of Cagliari, you can admire the sticks of Saint Remy, built in the second half of the nineteenth century by the Savoy and which stand out throughout the city.

In addition to the immense historical tradition, Cagliari also offers beautiful seascapes such as the Poetto beach and the Saline, a habitat where the beautiful pink flamingos live.

1. Capo Carbonara

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The marine protected area of ​​Capo Carbonara is one of the southernmost points of Sardinia and this is where our tour ends. The area offers unique and colourful landscapes, with rocky coasts, beaches, lagoons and green areas, all in an ecosystem that has a unique balance between different species.

A stretch of Sardinia characterized by the richness of plant and animal species that you can only find here, clear waters, which touch beaches and headlands along the entire coast.

In Capo Carbonara, you can have fun between natural and underwater excursions. You can reach Porto Giunco from Capo Carbonara. Here there is an incredible natural landscape, i.e. a beach between two promontories, surrounded by centuries-old junipers and by the Notteri pond which is home to the famous pink flamingos.

In the marine area, being protected, you can go on underwater excursions to view unspoiled and spectacular nature with particular marine species.

Events in Sardinia

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A tour from north to south of Sardinia and vice versa. Within these places are hidden attractions for every moment of the year and host a series of events, with the support of the Chamber of Commerce of Sassari through "SALUDE & TRIGU", a program that enhances the tourism of cultural events and tradition of Sardinia.

In all the year there will be some unmissable events: such as the Sant Miquel festival in Alghero between 29 September and 3 October, a program of sporting events, theatrical performances, exhibitions and much more, or Autumn in Anglona and Romangia between 2 October and November 21, to discover unknown and uncontaminated places in Sardinia.

What are you waiting for? Enjoy Sardinia in all its beauty and authenticity!


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