Cheap flights to Sardinia

Sardinia, the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and autonomous region of Italy, is a world of its own: sitting to the west of Italy, it boasts a wild, lonely kind of beauty with its craggy mountains, ancient rocks, ethereal beaches and beautiful bays with deep blue water, a landscape unlike any other on Earth. Despite its great beauty and land area (more than 23,000 square kilometers), though, there are less than 2 million inhabitants in Sardinia and it is much less explored and understood as a holiday destination as compared to its more glitzy island neighbour Sicily. Its relative anonymity and emptiness may be due to its troubled history - Sardinia has been invaded by a slew of different peoples in the past, from the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantiums, Berbers, Aragonians and more. All of these invasions led to a hodgepodge of influences on its culture, food and architecture; the island is dotted with unique structures like nuraghi (conical stone buildings), Romanesque churches, giant tombstones, ancient defence towers, Roman ruins and more. Its cuisine is also distinct from traditional Italian food - one of its most famous dishes is Casu Marzu, a sheep’s milk cheese that is often eaten with live maggot larvae inside of it.

Getting around

One can get around Sardinia by bus, train or rental vehicle. The island’s main bus company, Azienda Regionale Sarda Trasporti, runs a network of services that cover the island quite extensively. It is considered, in general, a better option than the train - run by the Trenitalia, train routes link most of the towns but can be rather slow. For ultimate convenience, rent a car or motorcycle from agencies in larger towns.

What to see and do

Sardinia is known for its generous endowment of natural beauty, but also its rich and colorful history – some of the best parts of which are preserved in picturesque Alghero, a little town that sits northwest of the island. Explore the charming Old Town, complete with XVI Century Towers, cathedrals with bell towers and ancient Piazzas; you’ll feel like you are transported back in time as you discover Sardinia’s past. Observe the immense sea walls that were built to fend the town from numerous ancient conquerors together with tall defensive towers, then continue on from the tower of Porta Terra to see old churches and bell towers that still carry traces of their Catalan heritage. You may even be able to climb up to the bell towers in the right season. From there, carry on to witness the old digs of Alghero’s ancient people, and maneuver through the narrow streets of the old Jewish Neighborhood.

But no trip to Sardinia is complete without checking out the glitz and glamour of Costa Smeralda. A gem like Sardinia doesn’t stay undiscovered for long, and the appearance of this glitzy resort town is proof of that. With a sun-drenched coastline of about 20 kilometres, Costa Smeralda is known as the holiday destination of choice for Hollywood celebrities, business moguls, supermodels and more. Situated on the northeast coast of Sardinia, Costa Smeralda’s centre Porto Cervo is considered the most expensive real estate location in Europe (in a study released by real estate brokerage Engel & Völkers), and the area also holds a number of the world’s most prestigious and expensive hotels. Don’t miss a chance to bask in the sun and the glory of the crème de la crème of the world’s population, an opportunity few other places in the world can provide.  

Flights to Sardinia

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