A honeymoon in Sardinia involves being around some of the cleanest and least-crowded beaches in Italy. The capital is Cagliari, a good base from which to explore other parts of the island. The resort of Costa Smeralda is a place of luxury, not suited to budget tourists, although interesting as a short stop. The Spanish-flavoured port of Alghero is the favoured package destination, especially among British holidaymakers. The inland town of Nuoro is a good station from which to explore the Gennargentu mountain range and enjoy the traditional village festivals.
Sardinia is still a relatively well kept secret in the heart of Europe; but hurry, because it won’t be for long. If you want all the perks of Italian life, but without the stress and noise of mainland Italy – Sardinia could be the perfect option for you. The seafood is fantastic, there are multiple Roman ruins to explore, and Costa Smeralda has enough glitz and glamour to make you think you’re in St. Tropez, minus the extortionate prices.
About the climate:
May and June are the best times to visit in terms of climate. The only golden rule about when NOT to go, is August. In this month, every man and his dog in Italy make the short journey over and the number of tourists is claustrophobic, whilst Sardinia is sweltering at this time of year also. Apart from August, you can visit any other time of year, although bear in mind some bars and restaurants will be shut over the winter period, and you won’t be guaranteed sunshine. During May, June, July, and September, temperatures can reach up to 30 degrees Celsius, and the ocean is also very warm. If you want to relax on a sunny beach, then a Sardinia honeymoon is for you.
About the culture:
Sardinia is littered with stunning Roman and Carthaginian ruins, remains of the old Nuragic culture, as well as classically Italian Pisan churches to boot. Sardinia is an island where the sense of history is extremely visceral, and just trotting around the many quaint villages will allow you to soak up the atmosphere of this amazing island. In culinary terms, expect different Sardinian interpretations of staple Italian dishes such as pizza, bread, wines and cheeses.
What we love:
The beaches. They have to be seen to be believed. Crystal clear water, sand that is whiter than white, and a slow paced Italian way of life that will make you never want to leave at the end of your honeymoon in Sardinia.
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