Is Sardinia Safe For Tourists?

Traveling in Sardinia is very safe; it is one of the safest places in the whole of Italy. Sardinia is a very calm island, full of polite Sardinians, with old traditions and customs.

As long as you use common sense like you would in your own country or anywhere else in the world, then you will be fine. The people of Sardinia are very kind and would be happy to help when they can.

The coastal areas are more adapted to hosting tourists and are very accommodating. If you are looking to venture inland, you will see the real Sardinia, full of friendly, and kind locals. Sardinians are typically quite guarded of strangers, as they are from tight-knit communities. But there are some of the most helpful and most generous people you can find in Europe once you get to know them.

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Is There Any Mafia Activity In Sardinia?

Fortunately, there is almost no Mafia activity in Sardinia, compared to the Sicily & the south of Italy. Although, it is believed the mafia holds investments in Sardinia real estate.

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This map shows the Mafia activity

During the 1970s, Sardinia was notorious for its bandits. There were a string of kidnappings, even including the singer Fabrizio De Andre from Genoa, who later fell in love with the island, choosing to live on a farm. The bandits had nothing to do with politics, unlike the Mafia. Sardinia soon developed a reputation across Europe for these kidnappings. Throughout these dark times for Sardinia, the bandits were all that the international press had to write about Sardinia. Over-shadowing the beauty of the island. Typically, bandits were struggling farmers from the central regions of Sardinia. They would kidnap travelers looking for a ransom. The violence and kidnappings have long vanished from Sardinia.

What’s The Crime Rate in Sardinia?

According to The National Institute for Statistics, Sardinia is one of the regions of Italy with the lowest crime rate, making it one of the safest areas of Italy. It is placed third from last, out of the twenty Italian regions. The crime rate of Sardinia is several times lower than the Italian average.

In 2017 a questionnaire was sent to all Italian households, to learn about daily life across Italy. One of the questions asked the population whether they had a fear of crime in their region. Sardinia was the region of Italy that was least fearful of crime. Only 15.6% of Sardinian families consider the phenomenon of crime to be worrying.

Don’t Take Sand From Sardinia Beaches

To avoid getting into trouble with the law, we urge you not to take any sand from the beautiful beaches. Just recently, in Summer 2019 a french couple was jailed for six years for stealing a large quantity of sand from a beach in Sardinia. They took 40kg of sand away in the boot of their car. Sardinia has long battled to stop tourists from removing the sand from its famously pristine beaches. It is entirely wrong to take sand from a beach. I understand that hefty fines and even arrest may come as a surprise too many, but it is a serious offence. So to stay safe, you must respect the natural environment of this beautiful island. Taking even a small amount of sand may seem harmless, but its a trend that has become so commonplace that it threatens the coastal environment.

Jason Matthew Warland

Sardinia is a place beyond time. I visited the island for the first time over five years ago to volunteer on a farm. Now, I am living in the United Kingdom, working in regenerative agriculture ( but every time I have a holiday it will be in Sardinia. And maybe one day I will be able to combine my passions for agriculture and Sardinia together once again. Thanks for reading the article I hope it was useful to you.

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