8 days in Sardinia Itinerary

8 days in Sardinia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sardinia holiday planner
Make it your trip
— 3 nights
Costa Paradiso
— 2 nights
— 2 nights


Cagliari — 3 nights

The capital of Sardinia, Cagliari is spread out over seven hills and still bears the marks of its past conquerors, including the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and Romans.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Cagliari and Argiolas Winery. Venture out of the city with trips to Spiaggia Is Arenas Bianca (in Teulada), Spiaggia Porto Pino (in Sant'Anna Arresi) and Villasimius (Timi Ama Beach & Spiaggia di Campulongu). There's more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dell'Elefante and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Chiara.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cagliari online day trip planner.

Atlanta, USA to Cagliari is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Traveling from Atlanta in May, things will get a bit cooler in Cagliari: highs are around 75°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Costa Paradiso.
Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trips

Costa Paradiso — 2 nights

On the 21st (Sat), see the interesting displays at Museo etnografico Galluras , then delve into the distant past at Nuraghe Majori, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia La Marinedda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): make a trip to spiaggia di Li Cossi and then take a memorable drive along Costa Paradiso.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Costa Paradiso online travel planner.

Getting from Cagliari to Costa Paradiso by car takes about 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Alghero.
Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

Alghero — 2 nights

Built surrounding a 16th-century fortified port, Alghero remains one of Sardinia's most visited sites, rich in cultural and historical heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Saccargia and then learn about winemaking at Azienda Agricola Leda' d'Ittiri. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Nuraghe Santu Antine.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Alghero trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Costa Paradiso to Alghero takes 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Alghero are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Wineries
Side Trips

Sardinia travel guide

Beaches · Landmarks · Caves
Sardinia, with its Mediterranean atmosphere and charm, is loved by visitors looking for things to do outdoors on their holiday, like swimming, boating, windsurfing, hiking, climbing, and camping. Taking advantage of the island's near-perfect summer weather, visitors tend to overcrowd Sardinia's coastal areas. The inner life of the island, away from the most popular vacation spots, remains largely unblemished by mass tourism and commercialization. Sardinia is steeped in history and has a colorful character quite different from the rest of Italy. This is where the ancient Nuragic society, whose stone monuments still litter the land, flourished more than three millennia ago--predating the Etruscan civilization in mainland Italy by several hundred years. Sardinia's seaside resorts may be among the best in the world, but its quieter and more interesting countryside offers a greater array of attractions, including a patchwork of forests, citrus groves, and medieval villages.