For this week's trip snapshot will be on the relaxing beaches in Sardinia
Fly, Drive, or Boat?Easy Jet. (Not sure why we constantly torture ourselves with discounter airlines, but sometimes the deals are too good to pass up) There are quite a few discounter airlines that fly into Sardinia. Another option would be to take a ferry. If you buy ahead, flying is usually cheaper than the ferry, but I've heard from friends that the ferry is relaxing, that is after you have made it to the departing port.
Home Base?Quartu Sant'Elena, about a 15 minute drive. We rented a holiday home that fit our needs. To be honest, the search for available holiday properties in Sardinia was pretty slim pickings. Olbia, in Northern Sardinia, has more resorts than Cagliari.
A must see?
The beaches. Beautiful, blue, breath taking beaches, it doesn't get better than that.
Mercato di Dan Benedetto, a large market, was high on the list in what to see in Cagliari, not a winner for me. The shopping was sparse but gelato was plentiful. Overall Cagliari wouldn't be a top pick. I'd recommend staying outside of the city. The smaller local towns & restaurants seemed to have more charm.
*A side note, the entire city of Cagliari has a free wi-fi by the port, if you haven't complete checked out of reality.
We sat on a beach with hundreds of umbrellas set up, awaiting the on coming crowds, so I imagine the summers in Sardinia are packed. (Travel in the off season months of April, May, & September, if you don't want crowds but still want good weather)
There is plenty of ocean out there when there is no room on the beach in the summer...
Sardinia is a perfect holiday getaway if you want beautiful beaches. You have the added bonus of being in Italy and having great food at your disposal, so how could you go wrong?