How Long Does It Take To Drive Around Sardinia?

Driving in a car is the best way to travel in Sardinia and allows you to explore the relentless beauty and destinations without the need to rely on public transport that is sparse in some regions. There are no motorways in Sardinia but there are A roads connecting the major cities together. The roads are in very good condition and the traffic isn’t usually a problem in Sardinia.

driving around sardinia

To drive from the south to the north of Sardinia takes approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.

You can travel to Sassari and Olbia in good time from Cagliari. The SS 131 links Cagliari to Olbia, passing through Oristano, this takes 2 hours and 20 minutes. From Cagliari to Olbia it takes 2 hours and 40 minutes, taking the SS 131 which passes through Nuoro.

Journeys will be much longer if passing through the central mountainous region of Sardinia. Below are the main routes across Sardinia.

Driving From Cagliari To Olbia

a map view of driving from cagliari to olbia
Journey time is about 2h 50 min – Km 273
Get on highway SS131 north toward Oristano. Passing Oristano take the exit toward Nuoro/Olbia

Driving From Cagliari To Alghero

a map view of driving from cagliari to alghero
Journey time is about 2h 40 min – Km 248
Follow the SS 131 north to Sassari. Exit from SS 291 to Alghero

Driving From Alghero To Olbia

a map view of driving from alghero to olbia
Journey time is about 1h 45 min Km 138
Take SS 291 to Sassari. Continue on SS 597 to Olbia

Driving From Cagliari To Sassari

a map view of driving from cagliari to sassari
Journey time is about 2h 15 min – Km 214
Take SS 131

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What Is A Nuraghe?

A Nuraghe is a huge cone-like tower made up of giant stones, more than 7,000 have been discovered encompassing the whole of Sardinia but more concentrated on the west of the island. This equates to one Nuraghi to every five square kilometers. They are hard to miss when you travel through the countryside, almost lining up on the train journey through the island.

a nuraghi in a green meadow on a hill

The Greeks were so impressed with the beauty and strength that they even tried to claim the Nuraghi as one of their own accomplishments, as to begin the work of a legendary Athenian architect Daedalus. It was the Nuragic Civilisation who constructed these megalithic structures, little is known and all that remains are Nuraghi and stunning bronze figurines.

To give you an understanding of the size of some of these megalithic moments – here is a photograph of me attempting to climb a nuraghe on the outskirts of Perfugas in the north of Sardinia, I never made it to the top. But you can see the true sizes of the stones (I’m just under 6 feet) You can only imagine the amount of work it took to build these monuments and we can only guess at the circumstances that required such structures.

Below is a well-made video, that takes you on a tour of the Nuraghi of Barymini. In this video, you can understand the scale and range of these magnificent monuments.

The Nuragic Civilisation

The Nuragic Civilisation is one of the most mysterious and obscure people of the ancient world. The only written records about the Civilisation come from the Greeks and Romans, which only leaves us with legends and myths. They are believed to have been in Sardinia from 1800 BC until 500BC.

The Purpose Of The Nuraghi

The Nuraghi are often seen on the tops of hills, occupying strategic and panoramic positions. Although, it could be the case that any Nuraghi built at lower levels is now hidden by the mud, as some believe that the Civilization build between 20,000 to 30,000 towers and archaeologists have only just scratched the surface of the achievement of this allusive people. There are many different internal layouts to the Nuraghi implying different uses, commonly there is a spiral staircase leading to the top of the tower, which would be an impressive vantage point to spot any potential threats during the turbulent bronze age.

A view from inside a nuraghe
The view from inside a Nuraghe

Excavations from the sites have found stone tools and animal bones, suggesting that the Nuraghes were where the people slept and lived. Also, they would have stored food and kept warm. The towers seem very versatile which makes it hard to pinpoint their exact purpose, but they appear multifunctional and adaptable to any situation that would present itself to the people. The structures can be found clustered together and sometimes enclosed by a megalithic wall.

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When’s The Best Time To Visit Sardinia?

The weather in Sardinia varies throughout the year, although not as dramatically as some counties in Europe. The summers here are long, and the winter is mild. The island is open for tourists typically from May to September, but this window is increasing as more and more people learn about this beautiful island. Its is a lovely place, filled with lots to see and do throughout the year.

I have witnessed every season here on the island. I’ve tested the sea temperatures in October, in the north of Sardinia and watched as the landscape changes its color. I have noticed how quiet the island is during the offseason, it’s like half the population has left. Which isn’t far from the truth. I’ve visited famous beaches at the peak of summer, packed full of Italians and tourists, then attended the same beach a couple of months later to find it deserted.

Sardinia’s 6-Month Summer Begin’s In May

The Mediterranean island is known for its six- month summer, from May until October. Sardinian tourism wakes up from its winter slumber at the beginning of May. When restaurants, bars, and shops begin to open their doors. The weather in May remains slightly unpredictable but will soon make way for the peak months on the island from June to September. I first arrived in Sardinia during May, I was astounded by the bright green landscape. It is definitely one of my favorite months in Sardinia, you feel like you have arrived just before everything starts happening, its a very peaceful time of year. The temperature is ideal for cycling, hiking, and exploring.

The festival of Sant’Efisio

This centuries-old celebration of faith and folklore is one of the most popular festivals that takes place in the heart of Cagliari. An opportunity to see the stunning traditional costumes and a glimpse into the ancient culture of Sardinia. This festival takes place in the first few days of May

Festa di San Simplicio

In the north-east of Sardinia, Festa di San Simplico takes place in Olbia. Its a two-week celebration filled with parades, horses, poetry, songs sung in Sardo and a spectacular fireworks show,

Festa di Sant’Antioco

Held in May, this festival celebrated the patron saint of the island. Expect a grand procession, a showcase of traditional music, dancing and fireworks. It’s a centuries-old festival since 1359.

The Month Of June – Beautiful Weather Without The Crowds Of Tourists

June is one of the best times to visit Sardinia, the temperatures are high, without being unpleasant. The days are long. The skies are usually clear, with clouds and rain not making any appearances. June is an ideal time to come to Sardinia, before the crowd arriving for the peak months. The average weather you can expect is 21°C, reaching highs of 26°C. The evenings are more relaxed, which is perfect for a stroll along the beach, a light adventure and romantic meals outside.

Bosa wine Festival

The Bosa Wine Festival has been established over the last several years, its showcase of the best Sardinia food and wine. Bosa is one of the most beautiful towns in Sardinia and known for its exceptional wines.

Feast of San Giovanni

In the evening of 23rd June, participants meet on San Giovanni beach dressed in white, before embarking on a series of ancient rituals

July And August: The Busiest And Warmest Months On The Island

Momentum picks up on the island, as Italians come from the mainland to spend their holidays and influx of tourists from across Europe. July is the sunniest month of the year, the seas are warm, and the beer is cold. Twelve hours of sunshine glisten the crystal clear oceans and leave you reaching for your suncream. During these two months, the island is in full swing, with these prices can be driven up. We recommended that you book your flights and ferry in advance, to avoid inflated prices.

Sardinian Craft Beer Festival

Taking place at the end of July is a famous craft beer festival in Alghero.

Calici di Stelle

The night of shooting stars is an event celebrating the fantastic wines of Sardinia. It is the most highly anticipated event for wine enthusiasts. It will be hosted by the town of Barumini in 2019. It takes place on 8th August.

The Month Of September – Cooler Weather But The Sea Is Still Warm

September is my favorite time month in Sardinia, the large crowds have faded out, and the sea has had all summer to heat up. It’s a great time to explore the island, whether that’s the beaches or the mysterious embroidered throughout the land.

Autunno in Barbagia

A popular event where 32 Sardinian villages (among them Bitti, Oliena, Dorgali, Fonni) open their doors to tourists who want to explore the history, the culture and the most authentic traditions of the island

October: A Great Time To Explore The Mysteries Of This Island

It is now getting much more refreshing. A great time to embrace the festivals across the island and experience the centuries-old village traditions. There will be a few holidaymakers hanging on, but generally, you’ll find a few deserted beaches to live out your dreams, the sea will be much colder but still a treat for those of us from the northern parts of the world.

The Month Of November – Sardinia Becomes Very Quiet, As The Weather Begins To Cool

Sardinians will ‘raccolta di olive’ and start to make Olive Oil if the season has gone well. There is an increased chance of windy and rainy days, the island is quiet. Tourists that remain are spending less time on the beach and can be found exploring churches, beautiful towns, and a plethora of intriguing sites to see.

December, January, And February: Festive With Unpredictable Weather

In the depths of offseason Sardinia, bad weather can make its arrival from France. The landscape regains its color, returning to a green oasis following a dry summer. Snowfall can fall on the central mountains, you can even ski.

March And April: Sardinia Begins To Awake After A Winter Hibernation

There’s lots of sunshine on Sardinia, with pockets of uncharacteristic rain. These months are great for exploring the culture in the cities in Sardinia. The cool weather makes it ideal for hiking and cycling throughout the island.

The Weather May Change, But There Is Always Something To Do On This Island

Whenever you decide to visit Sardinia, know that it is exceptional all year round. Maybe, there are few bars open during specific periods, but the land is always waiting for you to uncover her mysterious. Sardinia offers something for everyone, whether you’re going for a luxurious vacation, to explore, spend time in nature or chill at the beach.

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