Cheap flights to Sardinia depart from Manchester Airport and Gatwick, Luton and Stansted airports near London. Flights to Sardinia may also depart from some regional airports around the UK. Citizens of the UK will not require a visa to enter Italy. International flights to Sardinia will arrive at Alghero Airport, Olbia-Costa Smeralda Airport or Cagliari Elmas Airport. Taxis are available from outside the terminals of all three airports.
A number of bus routes are available from Alghero Airport, linking the airport to Alghero city centre and other destinations around Sardinia and the region. Check the airport website for more information. Buses also depart frequently from Cagliari Elmas Airport for Cagliari city centre. There are two bus routes that operate regular services from Olbia-Costa Smeralda Airport to destinations in Olbia.
ARST is the main transport provider on Sardinia. The company runs a network of buses around the island, with links to all the major cities and towns, and even to some remote destinations. Check the ARST website for timetables and routes. Single tickets cost 1 Euro if bought before boarding, or 1.50 Euro if purchased on board the bus. Save money on multiple journeys by purchasing a daily ticket for 2.50 Euro. Tickets are also available from bus stations and selected shops and restaurants. ARST and Ferrovie della Sardegna both operate a number of train lines across the island, but services may not be particularly efficient for those in a hurry. Check their respective websites for more information regarding routes, timetables and other information. Licensed taxis are readily available in most of the larger cities and towns.
Sun, sea and sand are just a fraction of Sardinia’s many attractions. Explore the capital Cagliari to discover historic ruins such as the Roman era amphitheatre and the Ruins of Nora. See the Bastione San Remy, once part of the city’s fortifications, and stroll along the Marina to enjoy the cool sea breeze. Step through the imposing stone walls of Il Castello to uncover the medieval town inside. Visit the central town of Nuoro to see the stunning Blue Grotto and the Grotto of Ispinigoli. The curious SU Nuragi site near Barumini is worth a visit for their collection of mysterious megalithic buildings.
Cagliari and some of the larger towns have a choice of local and international chains lining their main shopping streets. The northern town of Santa Teresa di Gallura has a bustling night market with many stalls selling the island’s famed red coral, made up into jewellery and trinkets. Pop into the Trattoria Maristella in Alghero to sample some of the island’s cuisine. The menu features plenty of fresh seafood, as well as traditional fare such as culurgiones (a type of potato-filled ravioli) and spaghetti topped with bottarga (cured tuna roe). The Bastione San Remy in Cagliari has been transformed into a popular nightlife spot, with bars and cafes lining the area. Enjoy a relaxing after-dinner drink at the Caffe degli Spiriti, where the city’s most stylish come to party.