Orlaith Costello
June 03, 2024

Whether seeking a relaxing beach holiday or an action-packed adventure, you'll be spoiled for choice in Sardinia.

Sardinia, or ‘Sardegna’ in Italian, is Italy’s second largest island after Sicily. With 1800 kilometres of untouched coastline and surrounded by clear turquoise sea, it’s home to incredible historical sites and culinary experiences.

You could spend weeks exploring its vibrant villages, mountainous interior, countless cathedrals and excellent beaches.

In partnership with HSBC, we’ve put together this helpful starter guide to the Sardinia so you can start planning your itinerary.

Whether seeking a relaxing beach holiday or an action-packed adventure, you'll be spoiled for choice in Sardinia.


Before you launch into weeks (or months) of responsibility-free fun in Europe, you’ll need to get some adult stuff out of the way, like sorting out your payment plan. With an HSBC Everyday Global Account, you can spend fee-free around the world everywhere Visa is accepted. Plus, transfer and spend in up to 10 local currencies (including EUR). Take advantage of real-time exchange rates and preload your all-in-one Visa Debit Card before you even arrive in Europe.


It’s a relatively small island, so renting a car is a good option. Pick one up at any major airport (Sixt, Avis and Hertz are available). Car spaces marked with blue lines must be paid for via ticket machines or the DropTicket app. White striped spaces are free. ARST runs extensive bus routes, Trenitalia connects major cities by train, and multiple ferry companies service the islands. The Trenino Verde is a fun way to explore the countryside by rail.


Beach days and snorkelling are favoured pastimes; one haven for both is the Gulf of Orosei. This national park on the eastern coast has mountains that plunge into the sea, creating dramatic cliffs and secluded bays. Su Sirboni Beach, known for its red rock formations, is a local favourite. This picturesque beach, featured in the James Bond film No Time to Die, is famous for its striking 100-metre-high rock formation, Punta Caroddi.


Alghero, steeped in Catalan heritage from its four-century colonisation, boasts captivating architecture, delectable cuisine and its own language, Algherese. Wander its cobblestone streets with Catalan-style churches and homes. Explore its ancient roots at the Nuragic complexes and the Coral Museum. Experience the local culture by tasting local specialities like rock lobster and baked salted escargots.

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Eco-Friendly Accommodation

Choose between luxe countryside retreats and sustainable coastal getaways.


Sardinian cuisine is influenced by all its Mediterranean neighbours but somehow still tastes completely unique.

Bars and Clubs

There's a surprisingly good party scene on the island alongside refined cocktail bars.

Scenic Villages

Explore the numerous small towns dotted along its coastline and high up in the mountains.

Cultural Sites

From iconic cathedrals to Neolithic tombs, Italy's colourful history is marked throughout the island.

Museums and Galleries

Whether you're a nerd for wine, ancient ships or artwork, you can deep-dive special subjects here.

Five of the Best

Tick these must-visit haunts off your bucket list.

Further Afield

If you've got a little extra time, here are five day trips you should plan.

Get Started

Ready to start planning? We've found four experiences you can book right now, fee free, using your HSBC Everyday Global Account Visa Debit Card.

Plan Your Journey Around Sardinia

Track down the must-visit spots.


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