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.
Below I have written a summary of the 12 months of the year on the island.
May: The season begins
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.
June: Before the crowds
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: In full wing
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.
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: Time to explore
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.
November: A quiet Island
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 and Cool
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: Starting to awake again
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.
All year round
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.