a VirtualTourist member asked on Oct 9, 2016
We've booked 5 nights on the island of Sardinia and hoping to get some ideas on recommended areas to stay/visit? I feel that the island itself might be too large to choose anywhere to stay and then venture out each day. Thanks!
How do you travel around? do you hire a car in Sardinia?, the island has lack of public transport, hiring a car is an option if you want to explore around....
If you hire a car you can based yourself either in "Bosa" or "Alghero" and do some daytrips from there..... Bosa is a picturesque fishing village and known with its colorful houses and beautiful streets, alleys appear to be connected with stairs to each other. On the hill over looking the remains of the castle Il Castello Malaspina vineyards and olive groves. The top can be reached via a steep climb, but the view makes it all worthwhile
About more than than an hour drive from Bosa is "Orgosolo", the village is famous for something else, numerous wall paintings or murals decorating the walls of the village some even seem to merge with the surroundings
Another beautiful town is "Castelsardo", a major tourist spot with an interesting history dating back to medieval times.
Of course do not forget Alghero, is a medieval city and a city wall you still feel the Spanish influence. Highly recommended are the cave Nettune just outside the city
There are so much to see in Sardinia, all you need is a time....the mountainous area is a scenic drive, this is my favourite during our trip......we didn't stay in one place, we plan our trip and drove everyday. Sleep in different places, this way we don't waste time of driving back
Didn't feel safe in Cagiliari but enjoyed Olbia - if hiring a car do beware of the ZTL - zone traffic limitada where cars are not permitted otherwise heavy fine incurred - not that well signposted in Sardinia! Bosa is cute - you can park just over the bridge for free - only a short walk in. Algherro - very nice - park in the hypermarket - bit of a walk in.
Ther are not much of ZTL zone in Sardinia almost nothing compared to other cities in Italy, I don't know what you mean HYPERMARKET parking there is no such parking in Sardinia.
Thanks [VT member 10daf0]!!! Very helpful :)
We just returned from two weeks driving in Sardinia. Slept in different places, found on booking.com. Otherwise we wouldn't have found these places at all.
Be careful that the rental doesn't try to give you a bigger car, so you won't have to fold the mirrors getting through some village streets.
It's now after the main tourist season, so many places close - so reserve in advance. Some places had no signs, we found them only by their website maps.
On Monday evening restasurants are closed, our host cooked us some pasta. That was a small town with a single restaurant.
Thank you for updating your trip.........We've been to Sardinia in the beginning of November in 2013. Yes some restaurants is closed on Monday, but for the rest everything is operated as normal, even small supermarket is open on Sunday.
The nicest thing when traveling after the summer, is less crowded, Sardinia is not really touristy. First time we been to Sardinia was in July, it wasn't really busy compare to other parts of Italy.
Not only Sardinia has tight streets, most small villages in Spain is worse than Italy. If you noticed most rental company offer small cars ;-)
We've had the narrow streets and sharp corners on many trips in Italy in the past. This time in Sardinia we got the car at the Cagliari airport, and returned to change it after half a hour because the AC didn't function. We were four people for the first week, so the size was convenient. There wasn't any problem with the width, except in one mountain village. Going up to the reserved hotel was no problem, but going down on the one-way streets we had to be very careful. Once when we returned in the dark we asked the police for the way, and they drove ahead of us to lead us until we got to the place we recognised.