Sardinia is a paradise on earth. Imagine all the best things you could possibly dream of in a seaside destination, Sardinia ticks off all the boxes. Crystal clear waters, fine sand beaches, and some beautiful hikes with viewpoints over the islands. One of the reasons I love this place so much is because I pretty much grew up here (not biased at all!) and recently spent a week visiting my mum who lives in Palau. In this post I will show you where to go in Sardinia, highlighting some of the main points of interest and most beautiful beaches to visit.
I go to Sardinia very regularly, at least once per year during the summer, but it was my first time going out of season and I was so amazed at how much more beautiful it was. Beaches that are normally crowded were completely empty, and the vegetation was green and lush, much prettier to hike around in compared to summer when the heat and lack of water make it go all dry and yellow. This video looks specifically at Palau and the surrounding areas along the north coast, featuring the beaches of Porto Pollo and Porto Faro, and the viewpoints at the Belvedere and Capo D’Orso.
If you are visiting for a week you have plenty of time to visit all the beautiful beaches in the area, we chose to go more regularly to our favourites; Porto Faro and Porto Pollo. Porto Pollo is a very popular beach for windsurf and sailing, as it is usually very windy. You will see in the video that for once it actually wasn’t, which is a pleasant surprise and makes tanning on the beach more enjoyable, especially if you’re visiting out of season and it’s a bit colder. It was also very unusual for us to see it so empty, this beach is usually full of people!
There aren’t official trails where you can hike, but there is a beautiful viewpoint, the Belvedere, which is close to the town, that you can walk to along on the road. Out of season this was even more enjoyable since there were no cars or traffic on the road. The other viewpoint is at a special landmark called Capo D’Orso, named like this since it is a huge rock shaped like a bear.
The only things to bear in mind when visiting out of season are that the sea water is a bit too cold to properly swim in, and a lot of the tourist attractions (eg. boat tours to the islands, some bars and restaurants) will still be closed. Doing a day boat trip to the islands of the Arcipelago della Maddalena is truly one of the most incredible ways to spend a day in Sardinia, and I highly recommend it if you’re visiting at the right time of year. If you don’t believe me, check out my video and photos from my last boat trip here. All in all however, it is a beautiful experience and I highly recommend visiting Sardinia.
Check out the video for the full footage of this beautiful Italian seaside destination!
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