Travel Agony Aunt received the following question from a traveler in agony:
Dear Travel Agony Aunt,
I need some help finding cheap accommodation in Sardinia. Also how easy is it to get around the island for example from Olbia to perhaps Alghero or Cagliari. I have found some very cheap flights to Olbia and will be flying there.
Adila, age 39, from England
I’ve been in Sardinia a couple of times and have always traveled around by car and would not have had it any other way. We had the freedom to move around and to see places not yet overcrowded by tourism.
The public transportation system in Sardinia isn’t very efficient and the city of Olbia itself is, from my point of view, not worth a special visit. But from Olbia you can reach wonderful coastal areas like the jet-set playground of Costa Smeralda or the enchanting island La Maddalena, renowned for its beautiful beaches. If you want to escape from the crowded tourist scene, you will appreciate the south land of Olbia, from Capo Coda Cavallo to Tavolara island or San Teodoro, 20 km southeast of Olbia. And you can’t miss a day trip to the stunning Cala Gonone, in the Gulf of Orosei.
Alghero can be reached by car in a couple of hours. This fishing port is mostly devoid of the package holiday crowds and you could take some day trips down the west coast. You shouldn’t have a problem finding accommodation there, though nearly all the coastal areas in Sardinia are supposed to be very busy in summer. Cagliari, the historic capital of Sardinia, offers many attractions, from old ruins and good museums to exceptional beaches. Therefore, it could be a good base to explore the island.
Of course it all depends on what kind of holiday you are looking for (cultural, beach, restful etc.) and in what period of the year you plan to visit Sardinia. If you want a cheap accommodation try to avoid very touristic areas and opt for bed & breakfasts or apartments rather than hotels. The inland, for example, is far less known to tourists and there are some beautiful villages to be found. Don’t forget that Sardinia’s coast remains one of the most popular holiday destinations for Italians, especially during the month of August. To avoid the crowds, visit the island in April, May or September, when the weather is still pleasant and hotel prices may fall appreciably.
Have fun and don’t forget old Travel Agony Aunt sitting in the blistering heat of Rome while you are admiring the natural paradise of Sardinia!