2 Weeks by car through sardinia

Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Likes to be called the Caribbean of Europe. That always sounded like a relaxing vacation in the sun to me. This year I went to the Italian island in August. My image has changed completely. I was completely surprised by the diversity!

So that you don't also have a false impression of the island, I will introduce you to Sardinia in my travelogue and take you to my highlights.

Rental car yes or no? Beach day at the Costa Smeralda Day trip to the dropstone cave Grotta di Ispinigoli / Grotta di Nettuno Oblia in the evening a must Excursion to the Costa Verde (sand dunes, Cagliari and Grotta del Bue Marino) Day trip to the neighboring island of La Maddalena

Arrival and the question about the rental car

From Munich you need by plane ca. Two hours – depending on the offer, you can also fly directly. Friends of ours preferred to drive all the way to Sardinia, they were a little longer on the road but eventually made it too. The first days we wanted to spend together on the beach. Then explore the island by car. Fortunately Sardinia is not too big, so you can easily do the whole island. From the north to the south of the island you need about 4.5 hours.

There are buses, but the public transport network is not very well developed. If you want to be on the road a lot like us, you should definitely book a rental car.

This is also possible on the spot but it is much more relaxed if you book it already from Germany. Then it is only to get in and the vacation can begin!

Beach day on the Costa Smeralda

Our hotel was in a small place called Pittulongu on the Costa Smeralda. This is the name of the northwest coast of the island, which is known for the emerald color of its waters. You have certainly seen pictures of it.

2 Weeks by car through sardinia

In general, the region is somewhat more expensive than the rest of Sardinia, here also like to romp the one or other celebrity. Accordingly, many restaurants and cafes are a bit more upscale, but if you keep your eyes open, you will also find some places with reasonable prices.

So we spent the first few days in Sardinia beach hopping on the Costa Smeralda. Here, one beach is more beautiful than the next and the sea is so clear that you can still see your feet even in waist-deep water.

2 Weeks by car through sardinia

Now it was clear to me, too, why Sardinia was chosen as the
Caribbean of Europe is called. If you love white sandy beaches and crystal clear water, this is the place to be!

Stalactite cave Grotta di Ispinigoli and Grotta di Nettuno

Just lying on the beach, but then was not enough for us.

The Grotta di Ispinigoli is a fossil Dripstone Cave and is located on a slope of Monte Irveri in the east of Sardinia.

From Olbia we have approx. 2,5 hours to get there. The entrance to the grotto is not at the foot of the mountain, but at the summit. Thus, one begins to explore the 40 meter high columned hall of the grotto from above. Walking slowly down the many steps.

A perfect way to cool down when the temperature is over 35 degrees, because in the grotto it is a constant 17 degrees. You'd better take a thin jacket with you, you're going to need it.

The highlight of the cave is a 38-meter high limestone column, which extends to the ceiling of the column hall, making it one of the highest unions of stalagmites and stalactites.

If you have a little more time, I can also highly recommend the Neptungrotte to you. The Grotta di Nettuno is one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean. By car you need a good two hours to Alghero. On site, a second highlight is actually waiting for you – namely the outward journey.

2 Weeks by car through sardinia

You can either take a tour boat directly into the grotto, or you can choose the land route via the Escala del Cabirol – there are 654 steps behind the name. They lead from the parking lot all the way you along the cliff to the entrance into the grotto. Really a great experience. The Grotta di Neptune is much more popular than the Grotta di Ispinigoli and therefore more crowded.

Olbia in the evening a must

If you are in the vicinity of Olbia, you should definitely visit the city in the evening hours. Olbia is the fourth largest city. Lies in the north of Sardinia. If you're traveling by car, it's best to head for the harbor, there are plenty of free parking spaces here.

Nearby is the pedestrian zone, where you can just let yourself go. It is quite small but has a very nice atmosphere, especially in the evening.

2 Weeks by car through sardinia

The stores are open until 11 pm, so you can still store in the evening.

My Tip: There are also small stores that offer handmade sandals. You choose a design, walk an hour through the old town and you can pick up your new sandals, which fit perfectly. I can really only recommend!

If you need a little break, there are some bars, restaurants and ice cream parlors – here you can get the best ice cream in my opinion!

Generally it is great fun to stroll in the pedestrian zone. There is something to discover everywhere. Live bands often play on the street or in bars as well.

Costa Verde: 60 meters high sand dunes

For the next two days we had a little road trip on the plan. Our first destination was the Costa Verde, known among other things for its sand dunes, which can be up to 60 meters high.

Most of the time we could drive from Olbia on the highway in the direction of Oristano.

However, there are still many unpaved and broken roads, which you can't quite escape at some destinations. Since Sardinia is very mountainous, you have to drive over some passes from time to time. In some places the driving was therefore quite exhausting but the view makes up for it! Truly dreamlike!

Already from above we could Dunes of Ingutorsu See which golden yellows stand out from their surroundings.

2 Weeks by car through sardinia

Arriving at Spiaggia Piscinas, we were surprised how little visited the beach is, despite the high season. In any case you will find a quiet place to enjoy the landscape – in front of you the turquoise sea and behind you the impressive sand dunes, which partly reach the sea.

But be careful, do not forget sunscreen and sturdy shoes! We had temperatures of 45 degrees at noon, the sand was accordingly hot. There are a few footbridges on which one can walk to the sea, nevertheless, one does not come around to walk also sometimes in the sand. In the late afternoon we left for Cagliari.

Cagliari: Welcome to the capital of Sardinia

Cagliari is the capital of Sardinia and has ca. 154.000 inhabitants. The town is best known for the Castello Four Valleys on the top of a hill. But also the harbor, the different churches and numerous colorful houses are worth seeing. There is also a lot going on here in the evening.

2 Weeks by car through sardinia

So that we do not just sit in the car, we had decided to stay one night in Cagliari. There are some nice hotels.

Grotta del Blue Marino: a must for grotto lovers

The Grotta del Bue Marino is best reached from Cala Gonone, because you have to go by boat to the entrance of the cave.

2 Weeks by car through sardinia

If you want to make a tour to the grotto, you can either book it on the spot or ask at your hotel. Often full or half day tours are also offered.

The fart to the grotto takes about. 30 minutes and is already beautiful. Fascinating rock formations. Azure water! At the grotto itself one can walk again over a wooden footbridge and visit about 900 meters of the grotto as well as the numerous stalactites and stalagmites.

The cave got its name from a creature that lived there: the monk seal. In Italian, monk seal is called Bue Marino, hence the name Grotta del Bue Marino.

2 Weeks by car through sardinia

For grotto lovers an absolute must, definitely the most impressive and beautiful grotto in which I have ever been. In the evening we enjoyed the last sunbeams at the beach in Cala Gonone, before we went back to Pittulongu.

The neighboring island of La Maddalena: small but nice

After a few days of lazing on the beach, it was time for an excursion again. This time we decided to go to La Maddalena. The island is located in the north of Sardinia. Also worth a day trip. From Olbia, it takes a little more than an hour to get to Palau, from where a ferry with costs runs to La Maddalena. On the ship you get a map on which the best beaches are marked.

2 Weeks by car through sardinia

We drove once around the island and then decided on a beach on the northwestern side of the island, from here you can even see Corsica in the distance.

But the beaches of the island are all beautiful! The water is infinitely blue and crystal clear, like I have never seen before. Granite rocks and porous cliffs of mica schist rise from the water – a great scenery. After that we went to the neighboring island of Caprera – La Maddalena. Caprera are connected with a road across the sea.

2 Weeks by car through sardinia

Caprera is a small natural island with many hiking trails. Unfortunately, I must advise against making a side trip to Caprera if you have a slightly larger car. Most of the roads are quite narrow and not paved.

My conclusion about Sardinia: Again and again with pleasure!

My scant two weeks in Sardinia went by rather quickly. I can say now that Sardinia is really a beautiful and interesting island with a lot of sightseeings.

Sardinia has something to offer for every vacationer. You can relax on the numerous beaches, visit towns, take day trips to grottos and various islands or just do nothing for a while.

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