Sardinia has a typically Mediterranean climate, but the south is generally much drier than the north western region, which receives a lot of rain in winter. The wettest months are November and December, while July and August are the hottest and the driest.
When to fly to Sardinia
The high season in Sardinia is July to September. It is a popular holiday destination for Italians, who flock to the coasts during the month of August.
To avoid the crowds, visit in April, May or September. The weather is still pleasant but the beaches are less crowded. Prices for Sardinia flights and hotels may also fall.
The off season is November to March when you will see fewer tourist crowds.
Sardinia insider information
- Visit the Santu Antine Nuraghe between Macomer and Sassari, which is the most famous of the nuraghi stones. Then scour the rest of the island to find your own personal favourite.
- Don’t miss the cheese and honey pastries fried in oil (sebadas) or the crayfish (aragosta), suckling pig (porceddu) or tuna or mullet roe (bottarga). Sardinian food is straightforward and good.
- Alghero is one of the busiest resorts and you may be surprised to find the road signs remind you of Barcelona. Many of the inhabitants have Catalan origins and in the 14th century it was known as Little Barcelona.
- All the corks in Italy’s wine bottles have come from the cork trees on Sardinia.