Flights to Sardinia
The island of Sardinia lies within the Mediterranean Sea off the west central coast of Italy, of which it’s an autonomous region. Sardinia is actually the second largest island in the Mediterranean and offers many sights and attractions for visiting tourists.
There are several large airports that serve flights to Sardinia, such as the Alghero Airport (airport code: AHO) or the Olbia-Costa Smeralda Airport (code: OLB). In either case, most flights to Sardinia will have 2 connections when travelling from South Africa. To the Alghero Airport, you can get a flight with either Lufthansa or South African Airways that stops in Munich and Rome. Another option would be with Iberia; a flight to Sardinia with them has transfers in Madrid and again in Turin.
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The Tourist Attractions of Sardinia:
Sardinia has many, many different things to see and do so a tourist should never get bored when holidaying on this large island! There are numerous large and beautiful cities, and then there are the smaller towns and villages that are equally as charming. Then there is the fabulous scenery – from rugged coastlines to beautiful beaches, Sardinia offers so much. Here are just some of the highlights of a visit to Sardinia:
Sardinia has many lovely towns and cities, and often these are the main reason why tourists flock to the island. Among these is the capital and largest city, Cagliari, which with its coastal location makes a great destination. Cagliari has some wonderful beaches, including one of the longest in Sardinia, Poetto Beach, at about 13 kilometres long, but this isn’t just a destination for sun and sand; the city has many sights to see too including the historic district and the Castello, Cagliara Cathedral, the Sanctuary of Bonaria, and Elephant Tower.
The town of Olbia also has a coastal location and offers sights such as the Cathedral of San Simplicio, then there’s the town of Alghero, known for its beautiful beaches and well preserved medieval historic town.
As well as the beaches in those towns and cities already mentioned above, Sardinia is full of beaches and scenic coastal landscapes. San Teodoro is one of the best known seaside resort towns on Sardinia and it has some great beaches. Budoni is another seaside resort town, adjacent to San Teodoro, with miles of sandy beaches too.
Along the Costa Smerelda and Costa Verde you’re also treated to lovely beaches, and some scenic coastal vistas.
Sardinia’s National Parks
If you’re interested in seeing more of the landscapes of Sardinia, you can visit one of the three national parks on the island: Asinara National Park, Arcipelago di La Maddalena National Park, and Gennargentu National Park. The latter is the best one for seeing varied landscapes as the other two include islands and coasts. In Gennargentu you’ll see lakes and mountains, as well as a variety of wildlife.
When Should You Visit?:
Sardinia is known for being warm and sunny and has a fairly typical Mediterranean climate. This means you can expect mild, though wet weather in the autumn and winter, and hot, dry weather in the summer. Average highs are nearly 30C in July and August, and from May through to October the average highs are always over 22C. In January the average high is 14C, but it is rainy from October to March in particular.