- Estiva Cup - Porto Rotondo:
A major international sailing regatta
- San Simplicio - Olbia:
The locals celebrate their Patron Saint, San Simplicio with processions, fireworks costumes and feasts.June
- Baltic Cup - Porto Cervo:
The Yachting Club of Costa Smeralda organises a sailing show.
- Smeralda 888 European Cup - Porto:
An international yacht race and sailing exhibition.
- Loro Piana Super Yacht Regatta:
Luxury boats race around the La Maddalena islands.
- Le Cozze di Olbia:
June sees a celebration of mussels. Restaurants celebrate this shellfish with different dishes - even some dessert dishes! There are also exhibitions and cooking classes.July
- Fish Festival - Santa Teresa Gallura:
The Fish Fair - make sure to try the fried fish delicacies.August
- International Folklore Festival - Tempio Pausania:
Folklore festival with international entertainment, processions and fireworks.
- Time in Jazz:
This International jazz festival in Berchidda is one of the most important in Sardinia.
- Festival of Monti Vermentino, North East Sardinia:
Enjoy this festival in Monti, a century-old wine village, with folk dancing, cooking, market stalls and of course, wine tasting!
There is something for everyone in Sardinia and no one can deny the unrivalled beauty of its many beaches and wild mountainous interior. This backdrop provides lots of entertainment for both young and old, and with some of the best beaches in the world, it’s no wonder the stunning Costa Smeralda is packed during the summer months with beachgoers and celebrities alike.
There are too many beaches to mention here (Sardinia has more than 1,800km of coastline), but our favourites include Spiaggia Capriccioli, which is great for young children due to its shallow waters, and Spiaggia del Principe, which is a magnificent crescent of pale sand surrounded by low cliffs and emerald waters. It’s a popular celebrity hideaway due to its lack of signposting!
Head to Porto Cervo, the ‘capital’ of Costa Smeralda, which is a haven for jet-setters and celebrities with their mega-yachts. The glitzy “Piazzetta” is the place to see and be seen! As well as indulging in a little celeb-spotting, make sure to visit the Chiesa di Stella Maris, which is a modern white church with interesting characteristics. Classical music concerts are held here in the summer. The Louise Alexander Gallery is also worth a visit if you are interested in contemporary art.
Porto Rotondo also boasts a fantastic coastal scenery and attracts its fair share of the paparazzi. Soaking up the beautiful coastlines, shopping in the galleries and boutiques, and dining alfresco are the main activities in these two marinas.
With some of the most delicious cuisine in Europe, we highly recommend sampling the local delicacies. Burrida is a traditional fish stew; perfect with a glass of local white wine. As well as superb seafood, Sardinia is also well known for its fantastic meat dishes – don’t leave the island without trying the spit-roasted suckling pig!
If you fancy a little more action (and even better views), hiking is a fantastic activity here. There is so much to explore, from the granite mountains and rugged countryside, to the startlingly beautiful beaches. Liscia Ruja beach, is a hotspot for surfers and windsurfers. Horse riding is also very popular. Why not organise an excursion in the countryside or along the beach at sunset!
For the culture vultures, head to Arzachena and Olbia to discover the mystical ancient history of Sardinia. The quaint village San Pantaleo also offers an opportunity to experience a piece of Sardinian culture with the regular “feste” and vibrant markets that are held during summer.
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The Euro (€) is the official currency of Italy. Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.
Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.
You are not expected to tip on top of restaurant service charges, though leaving a small amount is common practice. If there is no service charge, you might consider leaving 10%/15%, but it is not obligatory. In bars any small change is left as a tip. Tipping taxi drivers is also not mandatory but suggested.
Arrival & Departure Formalities
Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:
- A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
- Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.
In general, the climate on Sardinia is very mild with little difference between the various provinces. The summers are hotter on the coast and in the valleys than in the hills. It rarely rains in the summer months. The average temperature varies between 27°C and 33°C and can even reach 40°C. Spring and autumn are rainy and mild, however, there are still plenty of dry and sunny days. By May there is less rain and the days become longer with up to 10 hours of daylight. The average temperature in spring is between 19°C and 24°C, in autumn between 21°C and 24°C. The winter months alternate between rain and sun with an average temperature of around 10°C.
There are some important rules of the road:
- Traffic drives on the RIGHT.
- At crossroads drivers coming from the right have priority excluding crossroads with traffic signs/lights.
- You should always be carrying in the car your driver's license accompanied by the International Driving Permit, the car insurance papers and ownership (rental) papers.
- The minimum driving age is 18.
- It is compulsory for the driver and front-seat passengers to wear seat belts, and seat belts must be worn in the back where they are fitted. Children under 12 must travel in the back seats, unless the front seat is fitted with a child restraint system.
- Headlights must be on all the time except if driving in a city during the day with good visibility.
- In the event of a breakdown a red warning triangle must be displayed in the road.
- National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways. Speeding fines: Euros 30 - 300.
- For use of the highways it is invariably necessary to collect a ticket at toll booth marked "biglietti" before entering the highway. DO NOT pass under the lanes marked Telepass. Pay the toll at the exit. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
- There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0, 05%. There are random breathalyser tests carried out regularly by the police.
- In many large towns, the historical town centre is subject to traffic restrictions (authorised vehicles only may enter) indicated by large white sign with a red circle saying "Zona a traffico limitato".
- Street parking is organized and designated with signs and by the colour of the lines for the parking spots. The colour of the lines on the parking space indicates the type of parking; white is for free parking, blue is for paid parking, yellow is reserved for special use.
- Signs will tell you if you are required to pay or to use a parking disc to time your parking (more details below). In most regions, blue lines mark paid street parking. There will be a payment machine nearby. Place the receipt from the machine on the dashboard.
- In many towns, white lines mark free parking spots on the street but they may be limited by time. The closest parking sign will tell you if you must set your parking disc to show when you arrived. Set your parking disc to the time you parked and display it in the window. You must return within the maximum allowed time.