5 days in Sardinia – Europes best kept secret

Sardinia things to do

I, and by “I” I really mean my husband and I, spent 5 days in the untouched gem of a place that is Sardinia. If you have never visited, well… you’re in for a whole ‘nother world of paradise, let me tell you! Firstly, if you haven’t already booked your trip, seriously, go… NOW. Put down this article, go book your tickets, and then come back, I have a lot to tell you. Booked? Good. Read on…

Sardinia is a small island off of the West Coast of Italy. Why is it in such earnest that you must visit you ask? Well, it is relatively untouched by tourists, most of the visitors there are Italians, and the overall costs are next to nothing, compared to many other European beach getaways. If you are looking for the perfect beach holiday, seriously, look no further. The Mediterranean waters are so clear that they are literally referred to as the “pools” of Sardinia. Does it get better? Yes, yes it does.

Sardinia things to do

Untouched beauty

Seeing as the island itself is relatively untouched by foreign tourists,
almost everything that you will need to buy will be at a “local” price. We stayed in a small town called San Teodoro, which is on the North East coast of the island along the Costa Smeralda, or Emerald Coast.

We did a lot of research about where we would be going, and what we would be doing, which I can not recommend enough! If you’re looking for a nice secluded spot on the
beach, *DO YOUR RESEARCH*. We spent our first day at a beach, closest to our town, called “La Cinta”, which is by far the most popular. It is beautiful enough, the water is crystal clear and the beach stretches for kilometers, but, like I said, it is literally packed with people, locals and tourists alike.

Discover Sardinia by Scooter

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For the rest of our time on the island we rented a scooter, which cost us total of 160 Euros for 5 days, and the petrol cost 5 Euros and 80c, for 4 days of travelling. We drove about 30km a day on the scooter, hunting out our respective beaches the night before. Not much information can be found on these “secret” beaches, but wow, it is so worth it. These secret beaches we went to, don’t often have much to offer when it comes to restaurants or cafes, they are quite literally little coves in the middle of the Island, so we packed our food for the day and took it with us.

There is a small boat that comes around, to these secluded beaches, and
sells coffee, ice cream and some snacks. We always prefer to take our own

Second day – Cala Girgolu

Our second day we spent at a little cove, close to “Cala Girgolu” in our hunt for another spot called, “Spiagga Delle Vacche” (Which is totally worth the hike that I will explain later). Try to get to your beach spot early on, as news spreads throughout the day and these places, get filler with locals, it also doesn’t help that they are so small.


In order to get to “Cala Girgolu” you have to drive about 10km north of San Teodoro on the SS125 road (or about 20km south of Olbia) and turn right into Monte Petrosu. You then enter into a private residential area, after a dirt rode there will be paid parking for cars, if you have a scooter, keep driving. *DO NOT PAY*. Go straight past the paid parking and just before the “limited Access” part, there will be a scooter/motorbike parking that you won’t need to pay for. Then you hike a total of about 2km, or 15 minutes walk, when you get to a very very small little alleyway on your left. It doesn’t look like anything, but it will take you to where you want to go.

Third Day – Spiagga Delle Vacche

The third day, we did the same trek, with our trusty umbrella, which we bought along the way, literally tied to our scooter. Now this beach, “Spiagga Delle Vacche” is a little bit more difficult to describe… you can’t find much information online, even in Italian, about how to find it. The beach itself can probably only hold about 30 people, so make sure you get there early. Follow the same steps that you took to get to ‘Cala Girgolu”, now walk passed the beach onto the rocks, continue along the ‘path’ for about 20 minutes. If you think you’ve lost the path, because it’s so badly marked, ask people along the way, or just make sure you stick to the shore.

Fourth day – Sardinia’s ocean pools

On our fourth day, we decided we wanted to see more of the surrounding islands, so we rented a boat for the day. Don’t get excited it was literally a small rubber duck boat, but so worth it. We paid a total of 185 Euros (petrol included) for the entire day, 9am -5pm, and I would be more than happy to do it again. We visited the islands, we had lunch on the boat, and we swam in Sardinia’s “ocean pools”. The guides at these boat rental places will give you advice and a map of where to go, and yes, it was worth every penny.

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Last day – Olbia, Sardinia

On our last day we decided to head back into one of the more populated cities, also where we flew out from, Olbia. This little city is surprising, the city center has its own European style, and there are a couple of things to see around the city (Although none of them really worth mentioning). We explored the city for the afternoon and flew back at 7pm that night. Let me be honest and tell you that leaving Sardinia felt like I was leaving a family member at the airport, I was literally heartbroken to leave our little piece of untouched beach paradise.

All in all it is an island holiday that I can absolutely guarantee you won’t regret. If I wasn’t convincing enough, you’ll just have to go and check it out for yourself.

Recomended Resturants:

  • Pescheria Sapori Di Mare

Vianello’s Sardinian Street Food

Scooter Hire:

  • San Teodoro Autonoleggi

Boat Hire

  • Tahiti Boat Hire

things to do in SARDINIA




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