Tourism in Sardinia is a relatively new phenomenon. Until recently, apart from the highly exclusive north eastern coast of the Costa Smeralda, there was little choice but to stay in modest hotels or private houses, especially away from the principal towns and a handful of seaside resorts. Today, the quality of Sardinian tourist accommodation has reached the same high standards as can be found in the rest of Italy. The coastal areas are not the only parts of the island driving growth in tourism in Sardinia, there are also many areas once used exclusively for farmland that offer fabulous holiday accommodation, such as Fonni and Oliena. The variety of solutions for finding a dream holiday location in Sardinia is extensive, ranging from a traditional hotel, to relaxing and basic rural retreats, bed and breakfasts and farmhouses. The island is small, so invites exploration, which could include a combination of beach locations and its beautiful and diversified countryside, with impressive mountain ranges, views stretching as far as the horizon, and wide plains covered in wild flowers in the Spring. There really is something for every taste, on this ancient and enchanting island.
Another possibility for those who want to immerse themselves in the characteristic Mediterranean maquis, and breathtaking, inspirational landscapes of the Sardinian countryside is the campsite. This holiday solution is particularly recommended to those who love the outdoors and walking. The Sardinian sky at night is a spectacle to be experienced, from the beach or in the country, away from all lights. A fantastic alternative to hotels or resorts is the self-catering holiday home, often within hotel structures, with shared communal facilities, such as swimming pools and tennis counts. These are often located on the beach, with stunning seascapes, sunrises and sunsets to enjoy, for a really unforgettable holiday. If you are looking for a beach holiday, you will notice the various differences between the coastal areas. The renowned Costa Smeralda, including the famous holiday location of Porto Cervo, and the nearby Porto Rotondo, are very popular among celebrities and the international jetset, arriving in private jets at the nearby airport of Olbia. In contrast, stunning coastal areas such as Santa Margherita di Pula, Porto Conte, Baia Sardinia, Villasimius and Costa Rei are popular destinations for all inclusive package holidays, whereas Alghero, Santa Teresa di Gallura, La Maddalena, San Teodoro, Cala Gonone, Golfo Aranci and Muravera are popular among those visitors who enjoy independence and exploration. In addition to these well-known destinations, there are also lesser known coastal towns and characteristic villages where you can find great accommodation at excellent prices, especially in farmhouses, Bed and Breakfasts and hotels. These are now the rising stars of Sardinia tourism, giving visitors the opportunity to discover some really extraordinary places, experience true Sardinian hospitality, enjoy the rigorously high standards in its great and world renowned culinary traditions. Despite the growth of tourism in Sardinia in recent years, this remarkable Italian island has retained its wild, uncontaminated beauty, and visitors always enjoy a completely authentic experience. Come and see for yourselves!