As you may already know, Sardinia is a beautiful gem in the Mediterranean sea. One of the biggest islands in Italy and the most well-known. This enchanting place is known for its beautiful beaches and its intense night life especially along the Costa Smeralda, the place where many celebrities love to dock their luxury yachts.
Sardinia is not only made of V.I.P. parties and expensive restaurants. It is also quite suitable for families or budget travellers, since it has so many beautiful places to visit and things to do. To save some money and enjoy a less crowded atmosphere, I suggest you to visit Sardinia in September. While in most northern European countries September is a cloudy and rainy month, in Italy it’s still sunny and you can go to the beach without worrying about bad weather. Here are 5 reasons why you should visit Sardinia in September.
As I mentioned above, visiting Sardinia in September is cheaper and you can still enjoy warm days and sunshine. If you’re reaching the island from the mainland you can browse the offers on this website – http://www.traghettiper-sardegna.it/en/ – to find the best solution to reach Sardinia by ferry. Also many hotels and restaurants offer better prices in September and it will be much easier to secure a great deal.
No crowded beaches
For the same reasons, beaches are less crowded, so you can find a beautiful spot to relax for a while, away from all the noise and crowds. I suggest you visit the eastern coast of the island which is full of unmissable places such as The Archipelago of La Maddalena, Golfo Aranci, Olbia and Arbatax. Here you can immerse yourself fully in the crystal sea, the wild nature and discover small villages that come to life at night.
Enjoy the autumn
If you decide to go at the end of September or even October, you’ll have the chance to discover an different side to the island. The heart of Sardinia is indeed really different from the coast. It’s made of wild mountains and forests. “Autunno in Barbagia” is the name of a series of folkloristic events that occur between September and December. All the villages of this region are animated with festivals and fairs, and it provides a great opportunity to meet the locals and discover Sardinian traditions.
Best time to sail
September is also a good time to go sailing. I suggest you rent a boat and start your trip from Cannigione, in the north, then stop by La Maddalena and the southern part of Corsica. From this position you can easily reach the Strait of Bonifacio and Cavallo, and you can spend a night in the beautiful cala di Zeri.
Best time to eat
Ok. This is not true…anytime is actually the right time to eat delicious food in Sardinia. But you need to know that during summer some fishes cannot be caught because of reproductive and migration reasons. But in September you will be sure to find the delicious “ricci di mare” (sea urchin) in most restaurants; try it with pasta or just raw: you’ll be surprised by their delicious taste. Other typical dishes of the Sardinian cuisine are: Malloreddus, little gnocchi with saffron; Porceddu a delicious pork roast; and Seadas, a kind of round sweet ravioli stuffed with honey and goats cheese.