If you’re looking for a family escape with a difference – Sardinia is the place to head. Less crowded than Italy’s mainland, this Mediterranean hotspot has its own personality. Positioned between Europe and Africa, it’s full of lures – from its beaches to the cuisine and its plentiful attractions.
So, if you’re wondering what the appeal is, take a look at the top 10 reasons why families are fussing over Sardinia.
1. Family-friendly hotels
There are plenty of hotels in Sardinia which cater perfectly for families, from budget-friendly 3* stays to luxurious 5* escapes. TUI Family Life properties are a great example, dotted across Alghero and Olbia, they have something to please every age.
From baby equipment and kids’ clubs for younger children to teen zones complete with luxuries such as Wi-Fi and fun activities – your children will be well looked after.
2. A short flight time from the UK
If it’s a beach holiday you’re after, Sardinia’s short flight time of around 2 hours and 20 minutes is ideal if you’re travelling with little ones in tow – after all, no one wants a long flight with a restless toddler or a tired baby.
3. A good selection of food
Sardinia takes the stress out of eating out with children. With plenty of places serving a good selection of dishes, there’s no need to worry if you’re Self Catering. Although most places don’t have children’s menus, locals here are extremely welcoming and will be more than happy to accommodate.
But if worse comes to worst, we’re sure the kids won’t mind living off Sardinian staples such as pizza and pasta, not to mention ice cream for dessert.
When the weather’s hot, a day at a waterpark is not only a fun family day out, but it’s also a great way to cool off. Whether you’re looking for tall flumes or splash-filled playgrounds, Sardinia has a good share of waterparks.
Visit Aquadream and test out every slide in the park, or if you’re looking for something a little different head for Splash Aquapark and tackle the inflatable obstacle course.
5. Beaches perfect for little swimmers
When it’s time to explore the local sand spots, there are plenty of beaches that cater to families. You’ll find busy shores packed with child-friendly facilities and quieter stretches which come with safe, shallow waters ideal for little swimmers.
In fact, there are a number of beaches across Sardinia with a Green Flag award – this means they’re the most suitable spots for children.
Just up from Olbia in Sardinia’s north side you’ll find San Teodoro, which is full of toddler-proof waters. Then, on Sardinia’s south side you’ll find beaches like Chia Beach, which is adored for its long peaceful sands.
6. Mediterranean climate
Boasting a warm Mediterranean climate with summer temperatures averaging 25 °C, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to enjoy the country’s many delights.
However, if you’re travelling with small children and you’re worried about protecting them from the sun, travelling in the cooler months is always an option too.
7. Age-appropriate attractions
No matter your age – there’s plenty of reasons to drag yourself away from the beach. Depending on how you like to spend your family holidays, you’ve got a good share of attractions to get through.
Spend your day admiring natural attractions like Neptune’s Grotto and the sand dunes of Piscinas, or get up close and personal with fascinating sea creatures at Cala Gonone Aquarium. Older kids will love Le Ragnatele, the ultimate treetop adventure park.
8. It doesn’t have to be expensive
Family holidays can be expensive, so the last thing you want is a getaway that’s going to cost a fortune. Well, Sardinia is not as expensive as you may have first thought.
Compared to its Italian mainland neighbours, Sardinia has some surprisingly cheap package deals. Yes, it may not be as popular as the country’s big-hit destinations, but it’s actually the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, which means you’ve got a good selection of resorts to choose from.
9. A history lesson
With Roman, Arabic and Spanish settlers, Sardinia has an intriguing past. That’s right – a trip here can be educational too, with the chance to re-visit times gone by with your nearest and dearest and learn about the country’s history together.
As one of the most significant archaeological sites in Sardinia, Necropolis of Anghelu Ruju is a great pick for a family day out. Another ancient spot worth visiting is Nuraghe Arrubiu – these interesting ruins will give you a real insight into how people lived 3,000 years ago.
10. Activities of every kind
If you’re an energetic family who likes to stay active in between relaxing, then this is just the place.
There’s no shortage of activities in Sardinia – with beaches filled with watersports opportunities, countryside just waiting to be explored on horseback and grottos where you can go caving among stunning natural wonders – your children will be in their element.
Now, all you have to do is convince the family – you could be jetting off to Sardinia’s mild shores in no time!