Wondering where to stay in Sardinia? You’re in the right place. As a local who has spent nearly my entire life living on this gorgeous Italian island, I am over the moon that you want to come to Sardinia on vacation. Sardinia has been long regarded as one of the top beach holiday destinations, famous for its turquoise waters and soft powdery sands. It’s also one of the top surf spots in the Mediterranean.

That being said, there are a hundred different cities in Sardinia that are enthralling for entirely different reasons than the beach. There are artsy mountain towns, villages filled with vineyards, and cities teeming with ancient archaeological sites. While I’ll definitely cover the most popular towns, villages, and areas to stay in Sardinia, I’ll also include a few you might not have thought of. From the capital city of Cagliari to the Emerald Coast and the city of Pula, are you ready to find out the top places to stay in Sardinia? Let’s go!

Continue reading to discover where to stay in Sardinia.

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Cagliari is where to stay in Sardinia if you are looking for a city break

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Where To Stay In Sardinia: The Best Places To Stay

Cagliari – Where to Stay in Sardinia for a Great City Break

Let’s kick this post off by talking about staying in the capital city of Sardinia, Cagliari. Cagliari is where to stay in Sardinia for pretty much everyone. There are museums, fantastic restaurants, local craft breweries, great shopping, and popular urban beaches. Head on over to Cagliari if you want to do a little bit of everything.

Make sure to spend some time on Poetto Beach. It has eight kilometers of fine, soft sand, and an amazing running and biking path! Plus, if you want to get a little hike in, Sella del Diavolo mountain only takes a couple of hours to tackle and lies along the shore of Poetto Beach. Poetto Beach is also a popular surf spot. If you’re seeking a more remote spot, I recommend Sant’Elia beach, close to Sant’Elia stadium, and far away from other tourists. You’ll only find a sprinkling of locals there!

In terms of breweries, make sure to visit Birrificio Artigianale Chemu and Cagliari’s flagship brewery, Birrificio di Cagliari. Birrificio di Cagliari makes a tiramisu that has stout blended in it. It is divine!

I’ve dedicated a whole post to the best hotels in Cagliari – to check it out, click here.

Interested in a guided tour of Cagliari? These are the best options:

Best Luxury Hotel in Cagliari: T Hotel

T Hotel is centrally located close to Teatro Lirico and in front of one of my favorite city parks, Parco della Musica. The T Hotel is a favorite among business travelers and has spacious rooms, a luxe lounge bar, and a fantastic spa. Locals love to hang out in the lounge there as the T Hotel makes some of the most delectable cocktails in the city!

Check out the latest rates here and read reviews here.

Best Budget-Friendly Hotel in Cagliari: Hostel Marina

Hostel Marina is right at the heart of La Marina district. In two words, Hostel Marina is fun and friendly. This is a highly social hostel that hosts weekly events to keep the good times rolling. Dormitories and private rooms are available.

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Best Airbnb in Cagliari: Big Boutique Flat

This two bedroom and two bathroom apartment is yours for the taking. Located near Bonaria Basilica, this Airbnb lies outside of the historic districts but not too far away that you’ll feel isolated. You’ll be about a 15 to 20-minute walk from all the top sites.

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Villasimius is where to stay in Sardinia for stunning dives

Villasimius – Where to Stay in Sardinia for Diving Junkies

Villasimius is a popular vacation spot in the southeastern corner of Sardinia. This is where to stay in Sardinia for access to gorgeous beaches and diving sites.

There are a bevy of beaches and every kind of beach resort you could dream of! I recommend planning beach days at Campus, Porto sa Ruxi, and Campulongu beaches. Spiaggia del Riso beach is also very cool to visit: the sand is shaped like rice! Behind some of the beaches, like Spiaggia di Porto Giunco or Punta Molentis (pictured above), you’ll find marshes, salt pans, and flamingos! Capo Carbonara also has a wonderful hiking trail. So if you are hankering for some time on the trail, head over to Capo Carbonara.

The Villasimius archaeological museum is also a real treat to visit. It features an extensive exhibit on treasures found at the bottom of the sea!

Moreover, if you’re in Villasimius, you’re going to want to try their infamous freshly caught seafood. I recommend visiting Green Gallery alla Mora Bianca on Via Roma or Ristorante Carbonara Villasimius on Via Umberto I for the best seafood around!

Make sure to check out my posts A Complete Guide To Villasimius, Sardinia and A Complete Guide To Diving In Sardinia.

You may also want to consider this guided tour of Villasimius beaches departing from Cagliari. You can book it here.

Best Luxury Hotel in Villasimius –  Hotel Simius Playa

Hotel Simius Playa is a beachfront hotel right on the shores of Simius Beach. With white sands and azure waters, you can never have a bad day at Hotel Simius Playa. The rooms are gigantic and beautifully crafted. There is a swimming pool to enjoy and a spa to relax in. There is also a delicious restaurant and bar on-site!

Check out the latest rates here and read reviews here.

Best Budget-Friendly Hotel in Villasimius – Arega B&B

Arega Bed and Breakfast is a great affordable option to stay in Villasimius. It’s just over a mile away from Similius Beach. The breakfast is top-notch and varies daily; however, it is always served on the terrace that offers guests pleasant views.

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Best Airbnb in Villasimius – Lovely Apartment with Small Garden

This quaint and charming private guest suite has been turned into an Airbnb. You will have a private room, bathroom, living room, and kitchen all to yourself! You’ll only share the garden with the host and their family. You’ll be right in the center of Villasimius, within 15 minutes walking distance of beautiful beaches. If you are lucky, you might even get to have a Sardinian cooking lesson from the hosts.

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Costa Rei

With easy access to stunning beaches, Costa Rei is where to stay in Sardinia for families

Costa Rei – Where to Stay in Sardinia for Families

With easy access to the beach and within one hour driving from Cagliari, Costa Rei is where to stay in Sardinia if you are traveling with your family and kids – but worry not. If you are an adult or even a younger traveler in search of a gorgeous beach respite, this is the place to stay for you. 

The main beach in Costa Rei is perfect if you don’t feel like driving. But if you feel like exploring the area, make sure to check out Monte Turno, Cala Sinzias and Cala Pira beaches. Costa Rei is also close to Villasimius, in case you want to check out those beaches too. 

You will have plenty of accommodation options with holiday homes and great resorts and camping sites, and plenty of good restaurants to try. Chaplin is my favorite!

Make sure to read my post The Inside Scoop & Best Kept Secrets: Costa Rei In Sardinia.

Make sure to check out this guided tour of Villasimius beaches departing from Cagliari, as it also goes to Costa Rei. You can book it here.

Best Luxury Hotel in Costa Rei – Villas

Villas is where to stay in Costa Rei if you have a budget to splurge. Gorgeous rooms, access to a fabulous beach, on site restaurants and much more will make it a perfect option. 

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Best Budget-Friendly Hotel in Costa Rei – Albaruja Hotel

This is one of the best known hotels in Costa Rei, at an easy walking distance from the beach and close to the center of action. Rooms are spacious, there is a great info service for anything you may need, and breakfast is delicious.

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Best Airbnb in Costa Rei – Panoramic Apartment

If you want to wake up and immediately get swiping views of the sea, this is the best place for you. It’s a one bedroom apartment with anything you may need for a wonderful stay, and a 10-15 minutes walk from the main beach, so a bit further than you may wish, but the views are wholly worth it!

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Chia

Chia can be easily reached from Pula

Pula – Where to Stay in Sardinia for Great Beaches and Archeology

Pula is located close to Cagliari, about 25 kilometers southwest of the capital. It’s a popular place to stay in Sardinia because it provides easy access to the most exceptional archaeological site on the island— the ancient city of Nora. If you are an archaeological enthusiast or a history buff, Pula is my top recommendation for where to stay in Sardinia!

Go on a journey to discover the ancient history of Sardinia, and spend plenty of time on the beach, too! Visiting the Archaeological Park of Nora will take you a full day or more, as it’s such a massive site. It’s the site of the first Phoenician town in Sardinia dating back to the 8th century BC. With over 3000 years of history to witness, you’re sure to swoon at the grandeur of these sites!

In terms of beaches, Su Giudeu in Chia is popular for kitesurfing and windsurfing, and a great clear waters and white sand beach – it’s at about 15 minutes drive from Pula. If you want to relax on pristine white sandy shores, head over to Santa Margherita di Pula beach, which is even closer.

There is a fantastic forest to explore, filled with holm oaks and pine trees, including Is Cannoneris and Pixinamanna. There are well-marked hiking trails around the area, too. If you want to learn more about hiking in Sardinia, check out my post here.

Should you want to visit the archeological site in Nora, these are the best options:

And if you want to tour the nearby beaches, these are great options:

Best Luxury Hotel in Pula – Forte Village Resort

Forte Village Resort is a magnificent hotel right on the beachfront. It’s a truly massive resort that has 21 restaurants inside! Looking to scuba dive? Play tennis? How about boxing? The sports facility can accommodate all your athletic whims! If you’re seeking a lavish stay in Pula, this is undoubtedly the place to be.

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Best Budget-Friendly Hotel in Pula – BB 1987 Pula

This bed and breakfast is located in Pula, just a quick 15-minute walk from Spiaggia dei Fichi, a delightful beach lined with fig trees! The rooms are cozy and clean, and the breakfast is terrific, filled with locally-sourced or home-made dishes.

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Best Airbnb in Pula – Marina’s House

Staying in Marina’s House is a treat. You’ll be renting the entire apartment, which can sleep up to five people in two bedrooms, three separate beds, and one bathroom. While it’s not the most stunningly designed, it’s a cheerful space that is comfy and cozy. Right next door to the house is a market where you can buy everything you need.

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Carloforte

The lovely Carloforte is where to stay in Sardinia if you are looking for something truly unique

Carloforte – Where to Stay in Sardinia for a Truly Unique Place

Carloforte lies on the southwestern coast of Sardinia on the Isola di San Pietro. That’s right, Carloforte is actually a town on an island that floats approximately seven kilometers off the mainland of Sardinia! Carloforte is where to stay in Sardinia if you’re looking for a chic, Instagram-worthy destination. With palm trees and cobblestoned streets, Carloforte is best described as enchanting.

Carloforte has a population of roughly 6,000 people, so while it’s a charming island off an island, it still has a lively community. There is a watchtower, old stone walls, and the iconic Lion’s Gate to visit. Often lauded as having some of the most beautiful architecture in Sardinia, Carloforte is a real beauty. And the nearby beaches are stunning!

Should you want to join a guided tour of Carloforte, you may want to consider this option here.

Best Luxury Hotel in Carloforte: Aquamadre Suites

Aquamadre suites is mere steps away from the Spiaggia di Dietro ai Forni beach. This lavish guesthouse is straight out of a dream. Its pristine white rooms boast harmonious, soothing décor, and you’re sure to have the best stay imaginable in Carloforte at the Aquamadre suites.

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Best Budget-Friendly Hotel in Carloforte: Nichotel

Nico Hotel is a budget friendly small hotel that is well equipped with every comfort. Located in the heart of the village, right by the waterfront, you can easily access all the attractions. You will be around a 7-minute drive from La Bobba beach, and just under 15 minutes from La Caletta. You’re sure to start the day right with the lovingly prepared breakfast each morning.

Check out the latest rates here and read reviews here.

Best Airbnb in Carloforte: Casa Tipica Carlofortina

Casa Tipica Carlofortina is the best Airbnb in Carloforte. It is enormously tasteful, filled with thoughtful little touches. It’s minimalistic while still being artsy. It’s a two-bedroom and two-bathroom Airbnb that has three floors. You’re sure to love soaking in the bathtub or curling up next to the fireplace if it happens to be chilly. There are also sofa beds available, so this Airbnb can accommodate up to six people.

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Oristano

Oristano is where to stay in Sardinia off-the-beaten path

Oristano – Where to Stay in Sardinia Off-the-Beaten Path

Oristano is located in central-western Sardinia. It’s an elegant place to stay, with handsome architecture, museums, churches, and art. If you were looking to explore the central-western region, Oristano makes for a wonderful base – it’s where to stay in Sardinia if you wish to go a bit off-the-beaten path too. The area around Oristano has incredible natural beauty, especially the lagoons of Cabras and Santa Giusta.

The province of Oristano also is home to some incredible wineries and vineyards that are well worth visiting, such as Contini. Oristano is lauded for its Vernaccia di Oristano white wine, reminiscent of a fortified sherry.

In terms of the city of Oristano itself, make sure to visit the Chiesa di San Francesco, the Duomo Cathedral, and snap a photo of Queen Eleonora’s Statue. The historic center is brimming with charm. Stop by the Cantina della Vernaccia, located in downtown Oristano, to sample a wide variety of local wines!

Best Luxury Hotel in Oristano –  Hotel II Duomo

The Hotel II Duomo resides inside an ancient noble house dating back to the 17th century. It’s also set right in the heart of Oristano’s historical center, in front of a magnificent cathedral. Hotel II Duomo is positively spectacular— you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful place to stay in Sardinia. 

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Best Budget-Friendly Hotel in Oristano – Hotel Mistral

Hotel Mistral is a budget-friendly hotel that doesn’t sacrifice anything for the price. This beautiful hotel offers a complimentary breakfast buffet and is just a few steps away from downtown. It’s a convenient base for visiting Oristano! Plus, with an excellent pizzeria right across the street, you’ll never go hungry!

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Best Airbnb in Oristano – Lovely flat in Oristano Sardinia P3037

The one-bedroom and one bathroom private flat in Oristano is modern in design, with a nod at Parisian decor with black and white accents and photographs. You’ll be in a convenient location, just a quick walk away from the city center. I love this Airbnb because you won’t feel like you’re in the middle of the hustle and bustle, but aren’t too far away to feel removed from it all.

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Alghero

The lovely Alghero is where to stay in Sardinia for a culture and nature break

Alghero – Where to Stay in Sardinia for History and Nature

Alghero lies in the northwest of Sardinia, along the coast. It is one of the most exquisite medieval cities in Sardinia. Alghero is where to stay in Sardinia if you’re looking to pair time on the beach with seeing historical sites. In fact, the historic center – called Centro Storico – is vibrant and lively. It’s also chock full of boutiques, restaurants, cafes, and bars.

Walk along the sea walls and make sure to visit the Campanile Bell Tower and the San Francesco church. There are quite a few towers to explore – the Torre di San Giacomo, the Torre Della Polveriera, and the Torre di Sant’Elmo.

On the hunt for some fantastic seafood? I recommend dining at Nautilus. It’s a bit of a splurge, but the delectable food paired with the seaside views overlooking the harbor makes an absolutely incredible evening out!

Make sure to check out my post What To See And Do In Alghero Sardinia.

You may also want to consider this day trip from Cagliari to Alghero.

Best Luxury Hotel in Alghero: La Marmora

While there are hotels in the Alghero that can cost you $800 a night, I want to recommend staying at the luxurious and opulent La Marmora. Brimming with Sardinian charm and style, La Marmora offers travelers a more authentic and artistic stay than other luxury resorts in the area. You’ll be just 600 feet from the historic old town, and a brief seven-minute walk to the Lido di Alghero Beach.

Check out the latest rates here and read reviews here.

Best Budget-Friendly Hotel in Alghero: Hotel Angedras

Hotel Angedras is a romantic and enormously affordable hotel situated just a few blocks away from the historic old town. With Sardinian-styled furnishings and decor, all rooms at Hotel Angedras almost seem to sparkle. Every room comes with its own private balcony, the perfect spot for sipping your morning cup of tea. Moreover, a generous buffet breakfast is served daily.

Check out the latest rates here and read reviews here.

Best Airbnb in Alghero: Hillary’s Loft

Hillary’s Loft is a one-bedroom, one-bathroom rustic loft that looks as if it came straight off someone’s Pinterest page. This Alghero Airbnb dwells inside an old historic building, dating back to 1700; however, it’s recently been brilliantly renovated in a way that perfectly accentuates its original historical nature— with exposed stone, tuff, and raw iron finishes. This Airbnb is one for the books!

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Sassari

Sassari is incredibly underrated

Sassari – Where to Stay in Sardinia for a Lesser Visited Destination

Sassari is the second-largest city in Sardinia that lies to the northwest. If you’re a history lover or an architecture aficionado, Sassari is definitely where to stay in Sardinia. It is one of the island’s oldest settlements, with archaeological findings dating back to the Neolithic age. However, the main settlement in Sassari happened in the Middle Ages.

Piazza d’Italia is the historic Old Town and is filled with dazzling structures, including the Palazzo Giordano and the Palazzo della Provincia. After checking out the old town, walk to the Cathedral of Saint Nicolas that took over 500 years to complete! Constructed between the 12th century and the 18th century, this cathedral displays a wide range of architectural styles. It’s one of Sassari’s gems!

On the western outskirts of the Old Town, you’ll find the Church of Santa Maria di Betlem, with a stunningly ornate basilica dome. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my favorite church in Sardinia— the Basilica di Saccargia, which lies just southeast of Sassari. It’s a striped church! It’s seriously striped! Made entirely out of local stone, it’s positively delightful to visit.

Best Luxury Hotel in Sassari –  Cafe Bleu Relais

This picturesque boutique hotel in Sassari will exceed all your expectations. It is held to the highest standard, with great attention given to every detail. You’ll be just two blocks away from the Palazzo Ducale Sassari, and right next door to the fantastic Caffé Fontana Bistrot cafe and bar!

Check out the latest rates here and read reviews here.

Best Budget-Friendly Hotel in Sassari –  Al Vicolo Tre

Al Vicolo Tre is a romantic bed and breakfast. All rooms come with a kitchenette, so if preparing popcorn in bed sounds perfect, you’ll be able to whip yourself up little nibbles and bites with ease. A complimentary Italian breakfast is served daily, so you won’t have to lift a finger to enjoy breakfast in bed. You’ll be just a seven-minute walk from Palazzo Ducale. While there are other hotels out there that you may find to be 10 or 15 euros cheaper, trust me when I say that the extra few euros are completely worth spending on Al Vicolo Tre.

Check out the latest rates here and read reviews here.

Best Airbnb in Sassari –  Penthouse in the City Centre

This penthouse Airbnb is for a private apartment in Sassari. Relax on the rooftop terrace and take in the panoramic views, or step outside and find yourself surrounded by the best local restaurants and hip bars. You’ll be right in the middle of everything you could possibly need!

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Stintino

Stintino is where to stay in Sardinia to access gorgeous, unique beaches

Stintino – Where to Stay in Sardinia for Unique Beaches

Stintino is a quaint fishing village on the northwestern coast of the island. With a population of 1,600 people, Stintino definitely qualifies as a tiny Sardinian town. Situated roughly 50 kilometers from Alghero, Stintino is calm and peaceful. It’s where to stay in Sardinia if you want to stay on the seaside, with access to stunning beaches.

Ready to talk about Stintino’s beaches? La Pelosa Beach is the most popular beach in Stintino and lies directly in front of the remote island of Asinara. Another beautiful beach is Le Saline, with its crystal-clear turquoise waters. Ezzi Mannu beach is covered with tiny pebbles and encompassed by Mediterranean scrub and lush vegetation. Lastly, I want to mention Tamarisk Beach, which is by far the least crowded. If you’re in the mood for some quality alone time, wander over to Tamarisk Beach.

Best Luxury Hotel in Stintino: 103 Boutique Hotel

The 103 Boutique Hotel is a slice of paradise. With beach-themed rooms complete with floor to ceiling beach photographs, you’ll feel like you’re on a beach holiday 24/7! The rooms are spacious, and the location is close to the harbor. A complimentary hearty breakfast is provided daily, so you can always start the day right at the 103.

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Best Budget-Friendly Hotel in Stintino: B&B II Porto Vecchio

B&B II Porto Vecchio is a wonderful bed and breakfast centrally located in Stintino close to the port. The Airbnb has a lot of character; each room is decorated uniquely with traditional rugs, quilts, and paintings. The bus stop to Sassari and Alghero is mere steps away from your front doorstep, so you can easily get around the area using this as your base!

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Best Airbnb in Stintino: Appartamento vista Mare / Sea View Apartment

This Sea View Apartment in Stintino is ready to make your holiday getaway to Sardinia a peaceful one. It has two bedrooms and one bathroom; however, the true shining gem of this Airbnb is the private rooftop terrace that offers stellar views of Pelosa Beach. It’s also the perfect spot to soak up the sunset. Private parking is available, and the hosts leave two bicycles at the apartment that guests are welcome to use for free!

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Castelsardo

The lovely Castelsardo

Castelsardo – Where to Stay in Sardinia for Stunning Views 

Castelsardo is a town located in the northwest of Sardinia, in the province of Sassari. It’s a charming town brimming with culture and history. Castelsardo is where to stay in Sardinia for those who want to soak up the essence of its history.

Castelsardo’s nucleus is the Doria Castle, which is perched on a hill above the city, much like the Acropolis of Athens. It’s a fortified city, with thick stone walls and 17 towers. Make sure to visit the Cathedral of Sant’Antonio Abate with its bell tower, ceramic dome, and crypts. Moreover, don’t miss out on seeing the Santa Maria delle Grazie medieval church and the ruins of the Benedictine monastery.

In terms of archaeological monuments, the pre-Nuragic colossal walls at Monte Ossoni should be visited, as should the nuraghe Paddaju.

Castelsardo does have a stretch of shoreline with a few beaches, including Castelsardo Beach, La Vignaccia Beach, and Pedraladda Beach. I do want to mention Lu Bagnu beach, which is just 2.5 kilometers from the city center and has soft sands and turquoise waters. If you were in the mood to go sailing or windsurfing, head over to Punta La Capra— a natural pool nestled between the shore and the sea.

Make sure to check out this day trip from Cagliari to Castelsardo and Sardinian Pyramide

Best Luxury Hotel in Castelsardo – Hotel & SPA Riviera Castelsardo

The Hotel & Spa Riviera in Castelsardo is a real gem of a hotel. It sits just 30 feet from the Castelsardo Beach. It’s a 4-star hotel with a megalithic pool. The spa is divine— the epitome of relaxation and luxury. Most rooms boast a balcony with a stellar sea view. Moreover, you’ll love sitting on the terrace, munching on breakfast, and enjoying the sea breeze.

Check out the latest rates here and read reviews here.

Best Budget-Friendly Hotel in Castelsardo – Real B&B Primo Sole

The Real B&B Primo Sole is a charming bed and breakfast in a prime location, close to everything you need for a truly relaxing holiday in Sardinia. The owners are kind and take great pride in providing guests a comfortable stay. The breakfast served daily is quite hearty, including eggs, sausages, salad, cereals, and more!

Check out the latest rates here and read reviews here.

Best Airbnb in Castelsardo – Appartamento Monolocale Vista Mare

This studio apartment Airbnb offers guests stunning views of the sea. It’s situated in a peaceful place, perfect for a solo traveler or a couple. Keep in mind that the bed is a pullout sofa, which helps keep the price budget-friendly. However, watching the sunset and the sunrise from the patio is something you’ll never forget! For reference, the historic city center is just a few minutes’ walk away, and the castle is roughly two kilometers away.

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Li Cossi

Li Cossi is one of the most famous beaches of Costa Paradiso

Costa Paradiso – Where to Stay in Sardinia for the Most Beautiful Coves

Costa Paradiso is heaven on earth – literally. It’s in the north of Sardinia, where the sun never seems to stop shining. It comes as no surprise that Costa Paradiso translates to the Paradise Coast. Technically speaking, Costa Paradiso is the coastal area that stretches from Santa Teresa di Gallura to Castelsardo. If you’re an adrenaline junkie or lover of all things water-related, head over to Costa Paradiso – it’s definitely where to stay in Sardinia!

Costa Paradiso has lots of great scuba diving spots, and sailing and windsurfing are popular activities. The bays of Li Cossi and Li Tinnari are probably my favorite!

Lastly, if you feel like going for a hike, there is a trail around Li Cossi that will take you through woods, meadows, and hills.

Best Luxury Hotel in Costa Paradiso –  Hotel Costa Paradiso

Hotel Costa Paradiso is a spectacular hotel just a few steps away from Li Cossi beach. Enjoy relaxing in the salt-water pool and take in the stunning views from the panoramic sea-view terrace. The sunsets and sunrises are truly astounding to witness. Moreover, all rooms at this hotel blaze with elegance.

Check out the latest rates here and read reviews here.

Best Budget-Friendly Hotel in Costa Paradiso – Villa Agnese

Villa Agnese is a charming bed and breakfast that is a quick ten-minute drive from the Sardinia shoreline. There is a beautiful garden and a lovely pool to enjoy. While I wouldn’t describe this hotel as chic, it is still quite clean and comfortable and comes at an affordable price. Rooms are on the small side, but lovely. 

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Best Airbnb in Costa Paradiso –  Li Junchi One-Bedroom Apartment 

This Costa Paradiso apartment is positively visionary! It’s a one-bedroom and one bathroom apartment with a kitchenette, enclosed garden, and a spacious veranda. It’s a gorgeous Airbnb in an unparalleled location with fantastic sea views.

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Cala Spinosa

Cala Spinosa is one of the nicest beaches near Santa Teresa di Gallura

Santa Teresa di Gallura – Where to Stay in Sardinia for the Vermentino Lovers

Santa Teresa di Gallura is a picturesque town that lies on the northernmost tip of Sardinia. The shining star of Santa Teresa di Gallura is undoubtedly the sea. During the summer months, tourists flock to Santa Teresa di Gallura to bask in the brilliantly colored sparkling waters and enjoy the live music and hip bars. If you’re seeking a fantastic beach destination, then Santa Teresa di Gallura is where to stay in Sardinia.

Two of the most popular beaches to visit are Rena di Ponente and Rena di Levante; however, Capo Testa promises the best views of the sunset. That being said, my favorite beach spot is the hidden coves of Cala Spinosa, Valle Della Luna. Each year, the Musica sulle Bocche jazz music festival is held there.

There are two ancient Nuragic sites to visit in Santa Teresa di Gallura, Lu Brandali and Sa Testa. If you want to learn more about Nuraghe, click here to read my post on these unique ancient wonders that can only be found on the island of Sardinia.

Best Luxury Hotel in Santa Teresa di Gallura – Nonna Pasqualina B&B

With a name like Nonna Pasqualina B&B, you probably wouldn’t have guessed that this would be the top luxury place to stay in Santa Teresa di Gallura. However, Nonna Pasqualina B&B is a work of art. It’s a celebration of everything Sardinia, crafted in such a way that it is gleaming with taste and class. You’ll be just a few minutes’ walk from the beach, and will love eating breakfast in the verdant garden.

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Best Budget-Friendly Hotel in Santa Teresa di Gallura – Hotel Canne al Vento

Hotel Canne al Vento enjoys the perfect location in the center of Santa Teresa di Gallura. It’s a beautiful hotel serving up a sweet and savory buffet breakfast daily. Rooms are spacious, and most of them have a balcony too. The hotel is truly a fantastic spot, especially at such an affordable price!

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Best Airbnb in Santa Teresa di Gallura – Apartment 100 meters from the Sea

This Airbnb is a one-bedroom, one-bathroom home with three separate beds inside, so it can host up to five people. The sea view from the balcony is divine, and you’ll be just a few steps from the sea. This lovely Airbnb has a vintage vibe.

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Cala Coticcio

Cala Coticcio can be seen on boat trips around La Maddalena Archipelago

La Maddalena – Where to Stay in Sardinia for the Best Boat Tours

La Maddalena lies in the north of Sardinia, in the province of Sassari, off of Costa Smeralda. It’s on the La Maddalena archipelago, actually, which consists of seven major islands— La Maddalena, Budelli, Caprera, Santo, Spargi, Santa Maria, Razzoli, and Santo Stefano. The entire La Maddalena archipelago was officially turned into a national park in 1994.

The main town of the La Maddalena archipelago is La Maddalena, located on La Maddalena island. That’s a lot of name-sharing! This particular island sits roughly two kilometers off the shore of Sardinia. The epicenter of activity is around Piazza Umberto I and Via Garibaldi, which is filled with restaurants, cafes, boutiques, and bars. Maddalena is home to plenty of shimmering beaches, like Bassa Trinità and Spalmatore.

If you’re looking for a couples getaway, it doesn’t get more romantic than La Maddalena – it’s definitely where to stay in Sardinia for romance!

As this is an archipelago, you will want to go on a boat tour. Make sure to check out these boat tours of Maddalena Archipelago:

Make sure to read my post A Complete Guide To La Maddalena, Sardinia.

Best Luxury Hotel in La Maddalena – Hotel Villa Del Parco

Hotel Villa Del Parco is a beautiful hotel just a few steps away from the iconic Punta Tegge Beach. Rooms are well equipped with a kitchenette and a little terrace to enjoy an aperitif on. A tantalizing buffet breakfast is served daily. Although this hotel doesn’t cost hundreds of dollars a night, it is still the most luxurious hotel in La Maddalena— lucky you!

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Best Budget-Friendly Hotel in La Maddalena – Guest House Tra Rocce E Mare

Guest House Tra Rocce E Mare is a bed and breakfast close to Bassa Trinita Beach, with snow-white sands and pristine turquoise waters; you’ll love being so close to this beautiful La Maddalena beach! Moreover, you’ll be just a quick five-minute drive from the ferry port. Keep in mind that rooms are a bit sparse and basic; however, it is a great value for your money accommodation option in La Maddalena. 

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Best Airbnb in La Maddalena – B&B Maddalena Island Room Marsala

The Marsala Room is perched on top of a bed and breakfast. It’s a private apartment with one bedroom and one bathroom. This spacious apartment has a high-ceiling and is decorated in such a way that it’s worthy of being included in decor magazines! Staying in La Maddalena never looked so good. 

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Costa Smeralda is where to stay in Sardinia to access exclusive beaches

Costa Smeralda – Where to Stay in Sardinia to Feel Like a Star

Costa Smeralda is a stretch of ten kilometers between the Gulf of Cugnana and the bay of Arzachena. It’s likely the most well-known area in Sardinia and is world-renowned for its glitzy and glamourous resorts and out-of-this-world beaches. In fact, Costa Smeralda is the most expensive location in all of Europe! Just for reference, to buy a house there, expect to pay nearly 300,000 euros per square meter. Costa Smeralda is where to stay in Sardinia if you’re looking to experience the high-life, spot movie stars, and live like the rich and the famous on your Sardinia vacation!

The most iconic towns in Costa Smeralda are Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo. While you will likely have to break the piggy bank to stay in these towns, they are beautiful to visit for a walk through the boutiques and to see the luxury yachts. Visit the exclusive nightclubs, spectacular beaches, and classy boutiques to experience all this high-class area has to offer!

Arzachena is part of Costa Smeralda, even though it is tucked just a few kilometers inland from the coast. It’s a densely populated area celebrated for its wine – especially high-quality and highly delectable Vermentino di Gallura wine.  Make sure to visit Surrau Winery and Capichera Winery for fantastic tours and tastings.

If you want to learn more about Costa Smeralda, check out my extensive post by clicking here

Curious about Sardinian wines? Check out this post, and this one.

Best Luxury Hotel in Costa Smeralda – Hotel Cala di Volpe Resort

Hotel Cala di Volpe is often regarded as a destination in and of itself. This ritzy resort rises over its own cove. With 124 rooms and 16 suites, each room has been artistically crafted to maximize its distinctive beauty. You might recognize this hotel from the 1977 James Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me. It’s genuinely glamorous! 

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Best Budget-Friendly Hotel in Costa Smeralda: Hotel Citti

Hotel Citti is located in Arzachena and has bright and spacious rooms boasting all the modern comforts you need for an enjoyable stay. The complimentary buffet breakfast is an added cost-saver when choosing to stay at Hotel Citti. It also has a small pool to lounge in.

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Best Airbnb in Costa Smeralda – Holiday Villa in Porto Rotondo

For less than $100 a night, you won’t have to sacrifice any level of luxury. As one of the swankiest towns in Costa Smeralda, staying in Porto Rotondo is a treat, especially right outside the harbor. This stand-alone, two-story holiday villa has a private terrace with sunbeds. You’re sure to love this stunning Airbnb that comes at a steal, at least in terms of Costa Smeralda prices. 

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Olbia

Want to visit Costa Smeralda on a low budget? Olbia is where to stay in Sardinia

Olbia – Where to Stay in Sardinia for Cheaper Access To Costa Smeralda

Olbia is most often referred to as the gateway to Costa Smeralda. Therefore, it’s often underestimated. Olbia is a coastal city in the northeast of Sardinia that has something for everyone. If you’re looking to create your own vacation-blend, a mix of architecture, history, and culture, all while being close to the best beaches in Sardinia, Olbia is the name of the game.

Olbia’s most famous monument is the medieval basilica, San Simplicio. The Museum of Archeology in Olbia features incredible exhibits that span the spectrum from prehistoric artifacts to Roman warships.

There is also a massive archaeological complex called the Nuraghe Riu Mulinu to check out. And the medieval castle, Castello di Pedes, is just about a ten-minute drive from Olbia and shouldn’t be missed! The panoramic views of the city, the sea, and the hinterland from the castle are otherworldly.

While Olbia itself has no city beach, just a 15-minute drive will bring you to beautiful beaches. Saline Beach is only nine kilometers away, and La Cinta beach is roughly 28 kilometers away. However, in less than an hour by car, you can reach Costa Smeralda.

Make sure to check out this boat tour to Tavolara Island departing from Olbia. You can view it here.

Best Luxury Hotel in Olbia – Hotel Panorama

Hotel Panorama is located right in the heart of Olbia. It’s a 4-star hotel that oozes luxury. With a marble bathroom and natural wood flooring, you’ll stay in comfort and style at Hotel Panorama. Moreover, you’ll be mere steps away from the best that Olbia has to offer.

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Best Budget-Friendly Hotel in Olbia: Hotel Terranova

Hotel Terranova is situated in Olbia’s historical center, just a ten-minute drive from the Olbia Airport. This hotel is very affordable, quaint, and lovely. You’ll be close to many of the top tourist sites in Olbia, like the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, and the Archeological Museum of Olbia.

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Best Airbnb in Olbia – Casa di Claudia

With two bedrooms and one bathroom, this apartment is newly furnished and well equipped, with everything you could need for a comfortable stay. You’ll be right around the corner from bars and pizzerias. Situated in a quiet neighborhood, you’ll be roughly a 20-minute walk from the center of Olbia.

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Cala Brandinchi

Cala Brandinchi is one of the highlights of San Teodoro

San Teodoro – Where to Stay in Sardinia for the Great Beaches and Nightlife

San Teodoro is a small town in the province of Sassari, off the northeastern coast of Sardinia. San Teodoro is host to a vast number of beaches, including La Cinta, Cala d’Ambra, Li Corri di Li Becchi, Cala Suaraccia, and more! One of my favorite beaches is Cala Brandinchi; its nickname is “Little Tahiti,” as the colors of the water are likened to a tropical paradise!

Truly, the number of beaches in San Teodoro goes on and on! Therefore, if you’re looking for a true blue beach destination in Sardinia, this is where to go! There is an ancient archeological site to visit— a nuraghe— called Naracheddu. Make sure to visit the lagoon, which can be found behind the strip of beaches. This lagoon is a wonderful place to go birdwatching as it’s home to a flock of flamingos.

Lastly, I want to mention that San Teodoro is often referred to by the locals as Santu Diàdoru, so don’t worry if you hear both names used interchangeably.

Best Luxury Hotel in San Teodoro: Montepetrosu Charming House

Montepetrosu Charming House is an elite bed and breakfast that comes with all the bells and whistles. It has state of the art facilities and enormous rooms. There is also a garden to wander around and a hot tub to relax in. This dreamy bed and breakfast will not disappoint!

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Best Budget-Friendly Hotel in San Teodoro: B&B Somiar

B&B Somiar is an idyllic bed and breakfast in San Teodoro, just a few steps away from one of the most popular beaches in northeast Sardinia— La Cinta Beach. You’ll love lounging on the terrace or staying inside and soaking up the fantastically strong air conditioning. Moreover, you’ll be close to restaurants, so you’ll never have too far to go to get the best out of San Teodoro.

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Best Airbnb in San Teodoro: LIFE: la villetta privata a San Teodoro

This artistic villa could be all yours during your stay in San Teodoro. It’s a one-bedroom, one-bathroom home just 400 meters from the city center and 500 meters from the beach. With two gardens and a soothing outdoor veranda, this Airbnb is the cherry-on-top of your ideal holiday in Sardinia.

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Bidderosa, near Orosei, is one of the best beaches in Sardinia

Orosei – Where to Stay in Sardinia for Stunning Beaches and Hikes 

Orosei is a positively picturesque old town with a beautiful bay and bountiful hiking trails. It’s a compact town located in the province of Nuoro, in the central-northeast region of Sardinia. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or the kind of traveler who wants to stay a little bit off the beaten path, Orosei will be the perfect fit. It’s been said that you can vacation like a millionaire in Orosei, but won’t have to break the bank at all!

There are 20 miles of beaches, coves, and grottos to check out along the Gulf of Orosei. A handful of the most jaw-droppingly stunning beaches can only be accessed by hiking along the trails like Cala Mariolu and Cala dei Gabbiani.

Inside the town of Orosei itself, there are 13 churches to visit and a medieval castle to see. Expect to wander through cobblestoned streets and be surrounded by charming old houses.

Best Luxury Hotel in Orosei – Su Gologone

Su Gologone is one of the most famous hotels in Sardinia. While it isn’t located directly in Orosei, it’s close enough that I simply couldn’t bear to skip it. Hotel Su Gologone is located in Oliena, in the province of Nuoro, nestled between the mountains and surrounded by woods. Su Gologone has a gorgeous estate that is truly radiant. From every corner of the hotel, you’ll bask in breathtaking views of the mountains of Sardinia. Orosei is approximately 38 kilometers from Su Gologone Hotel, which is about 45 minutes by car.

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Best Budget-Friendly Hotel in Orosei – Hotel Su Barchile

The Hotel Su Barchile is a few minutes’ walk away from the breath-taking Sardinian coastline. It’s a modern hotel with a fantastic restaurant inside. The breakfast includes homemade cheese and cakes. Plus, you’ll enjoy fantastic cappuccinos daily. Hello, delicious!

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Best Airbnb in Orosei – Pro Vois- Double Classic Room with Bathroom

This Airbnb rental is for a private room in Orosei. It’s right in the center of the city, roughly one kilometer from the beach. The house is positively stunning, with exposed brick and tasteful décor, including marble floors. Trust me, your friends on Instagram will be drooling!

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Rocce Rosse

Rocce Rosse can be seen from Tortolì

Tortolì & Santa Maria Navarrese – Where to Stay in Sardinia for Beaches Galore

Santa Maria Navarrese is a small coastal village located in the province of Nuoro, on the central-eastern coast of Sardinia, in the middle of the Gulf of Arbatax. Tortolì is also located right next to Santa Maria Navarrese. As these are such small coastal towns, nestled next to each other, I decided to include them in the same section.

Tortolì is filled with fertile plains and gentle, rolling hills. It’s also where you’ll find a unique red rock formation that runs parallel to the coastline called Rocce Rosse; it provides a shocking contrast to the aquamarine sea. Each year, a Rocce Rosse Blues music festival is held in Tortolì in August, so if you’re planning a visit in August, don’t miss this festival!

Santa Maria Navarrese is a positively enchanting small seaside town. It’s lined with heart-stoppingly beautiful beaches, like Cala Sisine and Cala Goloritzè. With a sea so beautiful that it breaks your heart, staying in Santa Maria Navarrese is perfect if you want to bask in the natural beauty of the sea while not surrounded by hordes of tourists. 

The following are great boat tours departing from Santa Marina Navarrese:

Best Luxury Hotel in Tortolì & Santa Maria Navarrese – Entula ‘E Mari

Located in Tortolì, Entula ‘E Mari is a sweet bed and breakfast very close to the Spiaggia di Basaura beach. Rooms come with beautiful balconies, and the breakfast served daily is truly scrumptious.

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Best Budget-Friendly Hotel in Tortolì & Santa Maria Navarrese – Villa Tancau

Villa Tancau is just 800 feet away from the golden sandy shores of Spiaggia di Tancau and only a few minutes’ walk from the center of Santa Maria Navarrese. The rooms are simply furnished, but the outdoor patio is dreamy— perfect for enjoying a glass of wine on.

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Best Airbnb in Tortolì & Santa Maria Navarrese – Guest House Oleandro

The Guest House Oleandro is located in Santa Maria Navarrese. This two-bedroom and one bathroom apartment is just a few steps away from the beach. It’s also close to the main square, with the 17th-century Spanish tower and old medieval churches. The outdoor veranda is my favorite; with two comfy couches and a table and chairs, you’ll want to spend most of your day outside on that patio.

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Further readings about Sardinia

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