Living summer holidays in Sardina is a magical experience. You will discover a unique, beautiful island rich in culture, traditions and events.

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Sardinia is one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean Sea, world-famous for its lush, unspoilt nature, white beaches, transparent waters and characteristic local traditions.

In this article you will find tips for experiencing a special summer in Sardinia and spending unforgettable moments. Discover what to do in summer in Sardinia and plan a holiday full of unmissable experiences with the events organised by Salude&Trigu.

Summer in Sardinia: crystal clear sea and heavenly beaches

Plan your summer 2024 in Sardinia

With its 1800 kilometres of coastline, Sardinia is one of the most beautiful places in the world to spend the holidays for lovers of the sea. This supremacy is due to the great variety of landscapes and colours that make Sardinia a true spectacle of nature: you can find long white sandy beaches, rugged coves, gentle dunes of golden sand, and expanses of sparkling stones under the August sun. The seawater shine in incredible shades of blue and sparkles like a jewel in the beautiful summer light.

Suppose you are planning your vacation and wondering what to do in Sardinia on your summer holidays. In that case, you should know that every minute spent swimming in the sea waves will be a moment of pure joy that you will remember forever. These places are wonderful in every season of the year and offer unforgettable moments to every visitor. If you are looking for an alternative point of view, you could also take a sailing experience that will amaze you. But which beaches are really unmissable? Let's discover them together!

What to do in Sardinia in summer on the north coast

Discover what to visit in Sardinia in summer: the north coast

The northern coast is considered by tourists and locals the most beautiful of Sardinia. Here, you will find breathtaking coves and bays as you have never seen anywhere on the planet. We suggest you visit the area of Santa Teresa di Gallura to admire its spectacular coves, in particular, the beach of Marmorata, and if you love surfing you cannot miss the beach of Porto Pollo. Furthermore, if you prefer a sophisticated atmosphere, don't miss the famous Costa Smeralda's white beaches and luxury hotels! If you spend your summer in Sardinia in this part of the island, you will meet many celebrities who come here every year and are fascinated by natureLet's enjoy the amazing views and fashionable places: Michael Douglas, Mariah Carey, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Leonardo di Caprio and many other famous actors, actresses and other VIPs fell in love with this destination!

Discover hidden wonders on the east coast

Discover Sardinia in summer: Gulf of Orosei

The eastern part of the island will offer you fantastic naturalistic views and, if you get the opportunity, we recommend visiting this part of the coast by boat. It is a series of hidden coves, wild inlets and equipped sandy shores where you can spend unforgettable days surrounded by breathtaking scenery. The Mediterranean scrub here hides beautiful small beaches, away from the crowds of tourists and deep blue waters: we recommend reaching San Teodoro, the wonders of the Gulf of Orosei and Cala Murtas. Water sports enthusiasts enjoy windsurfing, kitesurfing and diving here. If, on the other hand, you want to immerse yourself in local history and culture, you can visit archaeological sites such as the necropolis of Montessu, and picturesque villages such as Posada and Santa Maria Navarrese.

What to visit in Sardinia in summer on the south coast

Visit Sardinia and its south coast

The southern area of Sardinia has been re-evaluated in recent years, mainly thanks to the beautiful beaches of Villasimius, such as Is Molentis, chosen for several advertising sets. It is an area of fascinating contrasts, where golden beaches alternate with rocky cliffs, Mediterranean maquis and archaeological sites. It is a true paradise for lovers of the sea, relaxation and nature. Starting from Cagliari, you can venture out to discover enchanting coves, such as Cala Cipolla and Cala Marina, until you reach the beaches of Chia, with their white sand and turquoise waters. There is no shortage of picturesque villages such as Sant'Antioco and Carloforte, which tell stories of different cultures, and lively centres such as Villasimius and Costa Rei, where you can enjoy nightlife and movida during your summer in Sardinia.

The West Coast wilderness

Discover what to do in Sardinia in summer

The beaches to the west of the island are perfect if you are looking for tranquillity; especially during the week of Ferragosto this is the area for you! Rocky beaches and unspoilt nature will make you love Sardinia's greenest and 'wildest' coastal area. Not to be missed is Is Arutas, in the Sinis Peninsula, known as 'the beach of grains of rice' due to the shape of the quartz grains from which it is composed. It is a true paradise for lovers of trekking, hiking and water sports. Also in this part of Sardinia you will find archaeological sites of great value, such as the necropolis of Mont'e Prama, with its mysterious stone giants. You cannot miss a visit to Alghero, a Catalan city with a charming historic centre. Here you can enjoy a cuisine full of authentic flavours that will be the setting for your summer in Sardinia.

Not only beaches: the culture and folklore of Sardinian summer

Summer in Sardinia to discover a thousand-year-old culture

In addition to natural wonders, Sardinia is an island that boasts a unique millenary culture, original when compared to other Mediterranean traditions and the Italian ones. Discovering this precious treasure will be an extraordinary experience that will make your summer holidays in Sardinia magic. Sardinians are a people very attached to their history and traditions. They have always struggled to keep alive their dialect (which is considered a natural language, different from Italian), traditional costumes, religious and folk festivals and their delicious culinary recipes.

During a summer holiday in Sardinia, you can discover many archaeological and historical beauties that will make your experience on the island unforgettable. Here you can find some tips! 

• discover the spectacular testimonials of the Nuragic civilization, the famous Nuraghi and the Tombs of the Giants scattered everywhere throughout the territory.

• visit some of the most spectacular Phoenician-Punic necropolis in the whole Mediterranean.

• admire the Roman churches and aqueducts and enjoy recognizing the most evident signs of Spanish influence in the architecture of Alghero and some words in the dialects of the northern area such as ventana (window in Sardinian and Spanish languages).

The tastiest side of summer holidays in Sardinia: tradition on the table

What to do in Ferragosto in Sardinia: discover the local gastronomy

When you immerse yourself in this fantastic place, you will discover that Sardinians are an open and hospitable people. They are eager to recount their land's myths and legends and make known the popular songs handed down from generation to generation. But above all, they love to let you taste their most delicious food: from culurgiones (ravioli stuffed with potatoes, mint and pecorino cheese), to lamb cooked in a thousand different ways to snails (the 'Ciogghitta d'oro' festival, otherwise known as 'dei succhiatori di lumache' (of the snail suckers), is very folkloristic). Then there is pasta with sea urchins, botargo (don't miss the Bottarga di Cabras festival), and finally, the inevitable seadas (traditional fried sweets filled with cheese).

In addition to food, Sardinians do not miss the opportunity to raise their glasses for a toast. Among the best wines you can find are Cannonau and Syrah (if you get the chance, attend the Jerzu wine festival near Nuoro). Let yourself be tempted by Myrtle (a typical Sardinian liqueur that we recommend tasting at the Myrtle Festival in Telti) and the famous Ichnusa, the blond beer whose label features the four Moors, symbol of the Sardinian flag.

The unmissable events of the Sardinian summer

Discover all the events organised in summer in Sardinia

What better way to experience this fabulous Italian island than by participating in the numerous events that fill the nights and days of this land so rich in charm and tradition? Let's discover together those you really can't give up!

A festival deeply rooted in Sardinian tradition is the S'Ardia of Sedilo in the province of Oristano. It is a historical re-enactment of the famous battle of Ponte Milvio in which the Roman emperor Constantine got the better of the usurper Maxentius. You will witness a mad gallop on horseback through the village's streets to the top of the hill at the sanctuary of Saint Constantine. Legend has it that the priest Giammaria Ledda, a prisoner of the Moors, had a vision in which a Roman warrior promised him freedom if he had a sanctuary built dedicated to St Constantine. The priest accepted and, a few days later, miraculously obtained freedom and 20 gold coins to construct the building.

Still, on the subject of historical re-enactments, another very evocative event is the Corsa degli Scalzi that takes place in Cabras. The festival reproduces an event that happened during a Saracen invasion. While the local men fought the invaders, the village women carried the statue of the patron saint San Salvatore di Sinis to safety in bare feet in a nearby village. Today, a group of young people relive the event by running barefoot in a white tunic along the dirt paths around the hamlet. At the same time, women parade in traditional dress, playing the accordions and 'launeddas'.

If you are a music lover, you should keep an eye on the calendar of events of the Musica sulle Bocche Festival. It is an itinerant jazz festival that will offer musical events in beautiful locations in different parts of Sardinia throughout August. Palau will host the Isole che Parlano International Festival, with music and theatrical and visual arts performances. Events and concerts will be held in wonderful archaeological areas such as the Tombe dei Giganti and Pozzi Sacri and on the beaches.

But the events you can attend this summer in Sardinia do not end there. In the Sassari area, Cavart - Extrazioni Culturali, the Onion Festival and the Artichoke Festival, the Ittiri Folk Festa and many others will take place. In Gallura, in addition to the famous Primavera in Gallura event, you can attend Domos Abbeltas. If you are planning a visit to North Sardinia and would like to know about events related to the culture, food, and wine of this wonderful part of the island, don't miss the Salude&Trigu project. It promotes a series of events and shows that will enrich your holiday with tips on what to do in Sardinia in summer.

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