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Cheap accommodation in Sardinia

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

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

Dear Adila,

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!

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10 responses to “Cheap accommodation in Sardinia”

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  1. Eileen says:
    August 7th, 2008 at 17:54

    Hi Agony Aunt,

    We are off to Sardinia next month. Finding your article gave me a sudden burst of anticipation and excitement that comes with a first visit. (yes I know I may sound sad to some!)

    In fact we are already planning next years trip there! We are driving from Scotland to Eurodisney…that part of the holiday is for our granson’s benefit. From Eurodisney it’s down to Marseille to catch the ferry. We are not quite sure whether we will head for Corsica or Sardinia, but will know for sure after our visit. The research part is good fun and helps while away the winter months.

    Any suggestions you can make regarding the ferries on this route would be very much appreicated. Regards, Eileen.



  2. Travel Agony Aunt says:
    August 8th, 2008 at 11:12

    Dear Eileen,
    I’ve found out that from Marseille there are two crossings every week to Porto Torres, a port in northern Sardinia opposite the Asinara island (a wonderful national park). The sailing time is approximately 18 hours and the tickets are quite cheap if you don’t take a private cabin. But be sure to book far in advance! The main ferry lines are SNCM and Corsica Ferries. Hope my information is useful to you!

  3. Marion says:
    August 8th, 2008 at 11:57

    Hi Eileen,

    Ferry connections from Marseille to Corsica are more frequent than ferries to Sardinia since the SNCM serves 5 different Corsican cities (Bastia, Ajaccio, Ile Rousse, Porto Vecchio and Propriano) and the island is a very popular holiday destination in France. So maybe Corsica is a better choice if you’re planning to travel from Marseille.

    Just a couple of travel tips: As Travel Agony Aunt mentioned in her comment, book your ferry ticket far in advance. Besides, If you want to travel around Corsica to explore both the fantastic beach side and countryside that the “Island of Beauty” has to offer take your car: Like in Sardinia, many areas are wild and mountainous. They are really worth a visit, but can’t all be reached by public transportation.

  4. Grainne says:
    September 18th, 2008 at 12:59

    Hi Agony Aunt/Adile
    We travelled to Alghero for our family summer holiday this August and it was absolutely fabulous, as a destination that ticks all the boxes (cultural, restful, beach holiday, great restaurants, nice nightlife). We rented an apartment from a Sardinian family and it was fantastic value and really good quality. I have to say Alghero would suit anyone, a couple looking for a romantic destination, a family looking for a nice beach holiday (which parents can enjoy as well), older people seeking a quiet destination.
    Enjoy Sardinia – it’s a beautiful place!

  5. Ramya says:
    December 31st, 2008 at 06:30

    Really Thanks for sharing such a great information,it is very useful for me,i really very eager to visit the place…..


  6. Franschhoek says:
    July 8th, 2009 at 11:08

    I will be visiting there shortly and this is really helpful to me as I have a limited budget. Thanx

  7. Edinburgh Accommodation says:
    July 21st, 2010 at 08:53

    I am very glad that I have read your post. Hoping that this will not be the last post that I could be read written by you. I am waiting for your next post.

  8. P Savage says:
    December 16th, 2010 at 22:01

    I have booked cheap flights for July 2011 (myself, husband, 3 kids age11,10 &7). We are looking for an apartment with pool close to restaurants etc as we do not want to hire a car. We’re flying into Olbia airport.

  9. Hotel Hunter Valley says:
    February 18th, 2011 at 07:39

    sardinia is not a right place to find cheaper accommodation. I been there once with my friend and enjoyed a lot with the best attractions around the city. but accommodation is quiet expensive

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