Surface of 24,090 square kilometers
Coastline extending over 2,000 km
Population of over 1,656,000
Cagliari (regional capital), Carbonia-Iglesias, Nuoro, Olbia-Tempio, Oristano, Medio Campidano, Sassari and Ogliastra.
Getting To Sardinia
The three main airports at Sardinia are located in Cagliari, Olbia and Alghero. These airports handle both domestic and international flights from major European cities. Passengers travelling from Asia or North America will have to get connecting flights from Rome, Naples or Milan. Bus and taxi services serve all three airports.
The cheapest and probably the most convenient way of getting to the island of Sardinia is by ferry.
Sardinia has four main ports situated in Cagliari, Olbia, Porto Torres and Arbatax. Several ferry companies operate services between many domestic ports and also international ports to the island’s ports. There are slow, fast, overnight and also ferry car services travelling between Palermo, Naples and Civitavecchia to Cagliari. There are also services from Genoa to Olbia and Porto Torres.
Getting about on Sardinia
Traveling by car gives the most freedom and is the fastest option, yet train travel is also good despite being a bit slower, and the rail network covers most of the island. The tourist train, known as the Trenino Verde, covers the whole island and is perhaps the best way to travel for solo travellers. Buses also cover Sardinia, but are not as favourable as train travel, as many changes may be needed in order to reach your destination
Sardinia enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and a mild and humid cold season. Generally, the farther north you go, the more rainfall there is likely going to be, particularly in the northwest of the island, while the southern region is much dryer. Year-round temperatures are mild and average between 15°C and 20°C.
The weather in spring and summer in Sardinia is hot and dry, with winds coming in from northern Africa. Temperatures are far more comfortable in the springtime, whereas summer temperatures hover around 30°C and 35°C, and are sometimes as high as 40°C in July and August.
The winter cold season features mild winds from the northwest and average temperatures of 10°C around the coastline and as low as 0°C in the mountains. The cold season months of November and December also see the year’s highest rainfall, while snowfall in the mountains during this time of year is common.