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Things to do in Sardinia

With stunning landscapes, historical sites, and sandy beaches, this Italian island has something for everyone.

Our most recommended things to do in Sardinia

Maddalena Archipelago: Full-Day Sailboat Tour with Lunch

1. Maddalena Archipelago: Full-Day Sailboat Tour with Lunch

Start your unforgettable activity either from Palau or La Maddalena Piers. Meet your captain and board our comfortable sailboat to start your full day tour. First, head over to meet one of the most important celebrity in the La Maddalena Archipelago: Mady: The granite rock, dog shaped. He's been looking after Spargi island for centuries. In Spargi, you will be able to enjoy the day's first swim by jumping off into turquoise waters. Then, cruise along the east coast of Spargi and enjoy the panorama. You will pass by extraordinary beaches like Soraya Bay and Granara Bay. Your captain will ask which site you like the most and can stop for 2nd swim and some free time. Then, head to Budelli and pass by the Pink Beach. Although stopping at the beach is not allowed, you can view it from the boat and take some stunning pictures. From here, head to Porto della Madonna. The site is best known for its Natural Pools and is one of the most magnificent and mind boggling sites ever seen. The water is a different color of blue, emerald, green, the beaches are white sand. You will be in for a WOW moment. Here, you will have the option of taking a swim directly from the boat. Your last visit is to Santa Maria Bay. This is the largest, white coloured beach in the Archipelago. Your captain can take you ashore with the tender so that you can relax on the beautiful beach. During the trip, the captain will prepare some appetizer and will open a bottle of quality sardinian white wine. One important thing to note: your captain loves good music and will have a charming playlist for you to listen to during your journey.

From Palau: La Maddalena Full-Day Archipelago Catamaran Tour

2. From Palau: La Maddalena Full-Day Archipelago Catamaran Tour

Set out from Palau on a full-day tour of La Maddalena Archipelago aboard a comfortable and stylish catamaran. Sail along the coast and stop at uninhabited islands along the way. Sunbathe, swim, and enjoy refreshments throughout the day. Depart from Palau harbor in the morning and set sail onto the crystal clear waters of Sardinia. Admire panoramic views of the island as you travel along the coast, watching out for Porto Raphael and its famous villas along the way. Pass by the Punta Sardinia lighthouse before arriving at the first stop of the day, the island of Spargi. As the boat pulls into the bay of the island, marvel at your tranquil and uninhabited surroundings. Enjoy some time to swim in the crystal clear waters at Cala Soraya, named by Princess Soraya in the 60s, or visit the bay just next to it, Cala Corsara. After your swim, regain some energy with a refreshing drink. Later, the captain will decide on the next island to visit, depending on the weather and the tide. Arrive at either Razzoli, Santa Maria, or La Maddalena and spend some more time cooling off in the water, or relaxing on deck.  Finally, arrive at the last stop of the day for more swimming around the islands. If you've brought your snorkeling gear, you can explore the marine wildlife of the area. Put your adrenaline to the test with a big jump from the catamaran, or stay onboard and sunbathe if you’d rather relax.

Cagliari: Underground City & Optional Old Town Walking Tour

3. Cagliari: Underground City & Optional Old Town Walking Tour

Discover the secrets that lie beneath the sunny streets of Cagliari on a guided tour of the city’s underground. Enhance your experience with an optional walk through the Old Town, and choose from private and shared group options. Meet your guide to begin your tour of the caves, crypts, and tunnels under the city.  Wander between the districts of Stampace and Marina and visit a private tunnel shelter beneath a school that was used as a bomb shelter during World War II. Explore the magnificent and rich history of the crypt of Saint Restituta. Select the option including a guided walking tour of the Old Town to extend your experience. Stroll through the city’s streets and admire the highlights of the historic center with your guide.

La Maddalena: Island-Hopping Sailiing Tour with Lunch

4. La Maddalena: Island-Hopping Sailiing Tour with Lunch

Explore the Maddalena Archipelago on a sailboat trip, and enjoy a provided lunch and drinks. Stop at the islands of Spargi, Budelli, and Santa Maria, and enjoy stops for swimming and snorkeling on this daytime sailing tour. Enjoy a journey in a comfortable yacht that departs from the Marina Cala Camiciotto. Leave the marina, and relax while the boat sails for over an hour until Isola Spargi, Isola Budelli, and Isola Santa Maria. Admire a beautiful and unique view of the coastline during the trip to the islands, before dropping anchor in Cala Santa Maria, famous for its white sands and turquoise waters. Then, take an aperitif with snacks, beer, and cold fresh drinks. Savor lunch on board and try pasta, bruschetta, bread, and local sausage and cheeses with a glass of wine. Next, move on to visit the Spiaggia Rosa on Isola Budelli and stop for two hours, where you will travel by dinghy to Isola Budeli and walk at Spiaggia Rosa. Take time to enjoy a delicious lunch with wine, beer, and cold fresh drinks. Sail to Cala Granara, Isola Spargi, and take some free time to swim from the deck, snorkel, and Stand Up Paddle Board experience. Return to Cala Camicotto at the end of the tour.

From Sardinia: La Maddalena Archipelago Full-Day Boat Tour

5. From Sardinia: La Maddalena Archipelago Full-Day Boat Tour

Start your trip at Palau or La Maddalena port, where the crew will meet you and make sure you get comfortable on board. Choose from a variety of drinks and food available for purchase as you enjoy the sea breeze. Take a swim during the first stop at Santa Maria island, known for its turquoise waters. Stop at Budelli to lie on the sand or swim in the natural pools of Spiaggia del Cavaliere, protected from currents and perfect for a relaxing swim. Once back to the boat, admire the Spiaggia Rosa and its unique pink sand. Visit Spargi to discover its white sandy beaches, rocky coasts, and turquoise waters. Go snorkeling in calm waters or lounge on the beach of Cala Granara. Along the way, see the Island of Santo Stefano, Caprera, and the Bear Rock of Palau from the boat. Listen to a multilingual explanation from your expert guide about the history of the archipelago. If you departed from Palau, have 1 hour of free time to shop for souvenirs or Vermentino wine in traditional Sardinian shops. Take a walk around the charming town. Admire the port of Cala Gavetta and the picturesque church of Santa Maria Maddalena before you get dropped off at Palau. If your journey started at La Maddalena, end your trip here.

Northern Sardinia: La Maddalena Archipelago Boat Trip

6. Northern Sardinia: La Maddalena Archipelago Boat Trip

Set sail for an exciting experience full of island vistas and stops at historical destinations, like the island of La Maddalena. Take in amazing views of the sea and the coasts of islands, and jump into the crystal clear waters during designated swimming stops. Savor a tasty pasta dish onboard. Depart from the ports of Laconia, Cannigione, and Baja Sardinia, and navigate the coasts of the islands of Caprera and Santo Stefano. Hop off on the island of La Maddalena for the chance to shop and visit sites of historical and cultural interest. Then, continue towards the most beautiful islands of the Maddalena Archipelago with stops on the islands of Spargi and Santa Maria. Continue towards the Manto della Madonna and the Island of Budelli, famous for its pink beach. During the boat tour, admire rocks sculpted by the wind and water erosion resulting in real natural sculptures, including the head of the witch, the dog, and the boot. On your way back take in views of Punta Sardegna, Porto Raphael, Palau, and Capo d'Orso.

Sardinia: La Maddalena Archipelago Full-Day Trip by Boat

7. Sardinia: La Maddalena Archipelago Full-Day Trip by Boat

Enjoy an unforgettable 7-hour boat trip to the islands of the La Maddalena Archipelago. You will visit all the most beautiful islands: Spargi, Budelli, Santa Maria and La Maddalena in a unique and informal setting. A restaurant bar service with typical Sardinian products is also available on board. We guarantee new boats with large spaces and the highest standards of safety and comfort. A highly qualified crew, friendly and always caring of every need to offer a top experience. Onboard you will also find a multilingual local guide (Italian, English and French). We are equipped with international quality certifications ISO 9001 and environmental ISO 14001. Daily departures from both port of Palau and La Maddalena. Discover the historic center of La Maddalena with the church of Santa Maria Maddalena and the "Caruggi", the characteristic streets of the island. Use the Elena Tour card for your purchases in the traditional shops of the island. Stop on the soft white sandy beaches of Cala Corsara on the island of Spargi for a swim in its crystal-clear waters. After skirting the east coast of Spargi, admire the Island of Budelli with its Pink Beach and swim in the natural pools from the boat and on the beach of the isle of Santa Maria. After skirting Punta Sardegna and Porto Rafael with its small square, the boat returns to the ports of Palau and La Maddalena at 5:30 pm.  

Golfo Aranci: Tavolara and Molara Snorkeling & Boat Tour

8. Golfo Aranci: Tavolara and Molara Snorkeling & Boat Tour

Join a half-day snorkeling adventure with PADI guides in the Tavolara and Punta Coda Cavallo Marine Protected Area. Swim with colorful fish, explore the ruins of the Chrisso ship. Board your zodiac in Località Sos Aranzos - Golfo Aranci and begin your snorkeling tour. Sail to Porto San Paolo and dive into the water to swim through the ruins of the ship Chrisso. Climb back aboard the boat and cruise to Molara Island. Swim among the fish in the natural pools and relax in the sun. Continue to Tavolara Island and sail past its towering cliffs before reaching the sandy beach. Explore Cala Tramontana and the tiny graveyard of the King of Tavolara. As you stroll through the island, spot the island's flora, animals, and several endemic species. As you return admire Punta Spalmatore: a strip of white sand washed by the sea on both sides, while you enjoy a glass of water or an iced tea.

From Palau: La Maddalena Islands Full-Day Trip by Boat

9. From Palau: La Maddalena Islands Full-Day Trip by Boat

Embark on an adventure to discover the stunning coastline and outlying islands of Sardinia on a boat. Cruise to the islands of Spargi, La Maddalena, and Santa Maria, and enjoy their pristine beaches, waters, and nature. Check-in between 9:00 AM and 10:15 AM, leave Palau at 10:30 AM, and cruise towards the wonderful island of Spargi. When the boat arrives, take your beach bags straight onto the white sandy beaches of Cala Corsara, and choose to sunbathe, snorkel, or explore some of the cove's historical features. Go along the coast towards the island of Budelli for a photographic stop at the famous Pink Beach, the Spiaggia Rosa. Enter the natural swimming pool of Porto Della Madonna for photos, where the emerald color of the water will take your breath away.  Head to the island of Santa Maria for the next beach stop. Sunbathe, swim, or go on a walk to the old lighthouse. Depending on what day you visit, end the tour at a swimming stop in the natural aquarium at Cala Coticcio or the charming historical center of La Maddalena for shopping and exploring.

From Palau: La Maddalena Archipelago Full-Day Boat Tour

10. From Palau: La Maddalena Archipelago Full-Day Boat Tour

Explore the beauty of North Sardinia on a full-day boat cruise of the La Maddalena archipelago. Sailing onboard the Lady Luna 2, visit the most beautiful islands of a magnificent natural park, stop to swim on sandy beaches, and more. Depart from the harbor in Palau for the short, 35-minute sail to Budelli. Marvel at the pink sand of Spiaggia Rosa, the dramatic rock formation of Roccia del Coccodrillo, and splash in the sea from Piscine Naturali. Continue to Santa Maria island and feel the warmth of the Mediterranean Sea. Make a long stop at the beach there to sunbathe and relax. After the stop, take a break for lunch, and if you wish, you can buy typical Sardinian dishes on board or bring your own food. Arrive next at Spargi island, where the beaches of Cala Corsara or Cala Granara are lapped by emerald waters and protected from the wind to create perfect conditions for sunbathing. End the tour with a stop at La Maddalena island and visit the town of La Maddalena. Wander the colorful streets to find souvenir shops or gaze at the boats in the Cala Gavetta marina. En route back to Palau, sail past Santo Stefano and Caprera islands for the last look at the high life of the seas.

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What people are saying about Sardinia

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Great half day wine tour. Our guide, Franco, drove us around Cagliari, showing us some of the beautiful sites before driving us into the hills to a small boutique winery. We received a short but nice tour of the winemaking facilities and the vineyard. We enjoyed a wine tasting of local varietals, accompanied by a bounty of local bread, meats, cheeses, olives, etc. We returned to Cagliari after the tasting.

Love this idea of having a personalised tour, especially because I'm a solo traveller. I booked mine for the first day of my holiday, and it helped me settle in and familiarise myself with the new surrounds.

Claudia is 100% the best tour guide I have had the pleasure of meeting. She is extraordinarily knowledgeable, caring, patient, passionate and a wonderful person. Highly recommend this tour.

A fantastic tour. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable snd easily switched between Italian and English.

Guide was very pleasant & informative. E-bikes made the hills fairly easy. Beautiful city!