Family -friendly Sardinia off the beaten path
Forget the glamour of the Costa Smeralda – the real Sardinia is about wild, untamed landscapes just made for exploring. From the wild beaches of Sant’Antioco and the crystal-clear waters of the Maddalena archipelago, to the desert landscape of the Piscinas dunes and the deep canyons in the Supramonte mountains, this is an island where superyachts and glitzy resorts can feel a million miles away. With its tiny rural villages showcasing beautiful traditional crafts, its mysterious archeological sites from the Nuragic civilisation, and its fantastic, seasonal food, Sardinia is the perfect destination for adventurous families looking for a different side of Italian life.
Why is Sardinia perfect for families?
Sardinia is known for being the most family-friendly of the Italian islands, and with good reason. Spend lazy days on dreamy, gold-sand beaches washed by clear, shallow waters for little ones to splash around in and bigger ones to try a range of watersports. There are plenty of attractions and activities to keep kids of all ages entertained, too. Nature lovers can go deer-spotting in the wildlife haven of Monte Arcosu, not far from lively Cagliari, or get up close and personal with some of Europe’s last wild horses in the Giara di Gesturi in the south of the island. The Butterfly House, near Alghero, is home to more than 400 butterflies, as well as tropical plants and insects, while kids of all sizes will love the Museum of Traditional Toys of Sardinia, in the village of Zeppara. Sardegna in Miniatura, meanwhile, is a fun and quirky family-friendly theme park featuring a miniature reconstruction of the entire island.
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