You can’t claim to be a serious Italophile without having been on a Sardinia road trip and having travelled the picturesque roads along its beautiful coast.
From the luxurious resorts at Costa Smeralda where the rich and famous come to spend their vacation days to Carthaginian and Roman archaeological sites and world-class museums, Sardinia has plenty to offer.
Start your campervan adventure in Olbia, a port town well known for its palm-lined waterfront and historic centre dotted with wine bars, cafes, and boutiques.
In between, explore grottos and beaches on the Gulf of Orosei, and visit some of North Sardinia’s most road-trip-worthy towns.
Located on the eastern coast of Sardinia, the Gulf of Orosei is one of the most beautiful areas on the island. The coastline here is simply amazing and features dozens of hidden bays, caves with natural grottos, and incredible beaches that you can explore on your Sardinia itinerary.
Visit the towns of Orosei or Cala Gonone to join boat tours that offer daily cruises along the coastline and stop at rocky caves and secluded bays which are only accessible by sea or via trekking paths.
History buffs will definitely want to check out archaeological sites like Serra Orrios and Tiscali, mysterious Narughi complexes of which no one is quite sure what they were used for. Su Gorroppu, one of the deepest canyons in Europe is also a must on your Sardinia road trip.
Then there are the famous Blue Marino Caves, which are made of stalagmites that shine in the water. To enjoy some quality beach time, which you’ll definitely want on the Gulf of Orosei, include to your itinerary places like:
Bue Marino Caves
Colorful stalactites and stalagmites
Situated on the beautiful coastline of West Sardinia, Bosa is a fabulous town with a romantic charm. From imposing palazzos with large balconies and pastel houses stacked on cobbled streets to green valleys and rocky hills, Bosa is a peaceful place where time stands still.
The historic district is home to medieval streets with cute facades, stone staircases, and the famous Church of the Immaculate Conception.
Life here is slow-paced. Local fisherman can be seen next to the beautiful Temo River, while tourists are making their way to the stunning Malaspina castle and young families to the nearby Bosa Marina Beach.
The small town of Bosa is also home to the historic Ponte Vecchio of Bosa Bridge, ranked as one of the most beautiful bridges in Italy. To make the most out your Sardinia road trip, visit the Capo Marrargiu Bio-marine Park and admire various species of birds.
Hilltop castle was built in the 12th century
Main bridge in Bosa
Trattoria Sa Nassa
Set in an old cellar, home cooking
Parcheggio camper Bosa
Quiet (overnight) parking, no services
Located on the north-west coast of the island and easily reachable from the village of Bosa with a campervan, Alghero is one of the most stunning medieval towns on the island. It’s a must on any Sardinia road trip.
The main draw here is the Gothic-style historic centre where travellers come to admire the beauty of historical landmarks such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the 14th-century Church of San Francesco, and the Guillot Palace.
Expect to find many cafe-lined piazzas, as well as dozens of restaurants like Ristorante Mabrouk and Al Vecchio Mulino where you can try authentic local specialities.
Below the historic centre, the modern marina welcomes tourists on yacht charter vacations. Take the long seaside staircase or a boat from the harbour to the fabulous Neptune’s Grotto, a large saltwater lake with stalactites and stalagmites.
Cathedral of Santa Maria
Roman Catholic cathedral
Church of San Francesco
14th-century church built to Catalan Gothic design
Completely restored in the 19th century
One of the largest marine caves in Italy
Al Vecchio Mulino
Classic old-school trattoria
Ristorante La Lepanto
Fresh seafood, friendly service
Piazzale della Pace
Plenty of parking at the marina
Camping Village Laguna Blu
Camping ground near Fertilia
Well known for its neo-Gothic Piazza d’Italia and the Baroque-fronted cathedral, Sassari is the second-largest city on the island of Sardinia. Wander down the charming Corso Vittorio Emanuele II street to admire some of the oldest houses on the island which date back to the 16th century.
To discover impressive archaeological collections including Roman artefacts and Nuragic bronze, make your way to Museo Nazionale Sanna.
The nearby ghost town of Argentiera is just a short drive from Sassari, making it a great addition to your itinerary. This UNESCO-protected site is home to many abandoned mine buildings and a couple of secluded beaches can be found in the vicinity.
To end your Sardinia road trip with a blast, visit the picturesque town of Castelsardo. Best known for its ancient castle, nice sandy beaches, and a couple of (really good) spa hotels, this place also houses one of the most incredible rock formations on the island called Roccia dell’ Elefante.
Museo Nazionale Sanna
Most famous museum in Sardinia
Old mine town, close to beaches
Picturesque historic town
Unique rock formation
Best seafood in Sassari
Great pasta restaurant
Piazza Monsignor Arcangelo
Central location, 50 spaces
Casa della meridiana – Sardegna
Villa with pool, central location
Camping Golfo Dell'Asinara Sorso
5-min drive from Porto Torres