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Best Time to Visit Sardinia

Best Time to Visit Sardinia

The best time to visit Sardinia depends on what your interests are, your budget, and your travel style. It’s warm enough to enjoy the beaches from May through October, but the sizzling hot temperatures in July and August aren’t ideal if you hope to enjoy the hiking trails too. It’s also the busiest time bringing thick crowds that can make for less pleasant sightseeing. Many feel the best time to visit Sardinia overall is during the shoulder months of April and May or September and October. Early spring is ideal on the Sinis Peninsula with wildflowers blooming while migrating birds head to the lagoons. May brings pleasant temperatures ideal for hiking and biking as well as being great for diving with outstanding visibility although the water is still a bit chilly. September and October are fabulous, with the sea comfortably warm for swimming and the weather is also good for hiking and biking.

Sardinia beach

Best Time to Visit Sardinia for Sightseeing

If you primarily want to enjoy sightseeing while visiting Sardinia, spring may be the best time to explore the island. It’s ideal not only for taking in the sights but many outdoor activities that would be miserable if done during the summer when temperatures can spike to well over 100 degrees. In April, it’s typically around the mid-60s Fahrenheit while May sees average temperatures in the low 70s. While the sea is still too cool for swimming, the beaches will be much less crowded than they will during the summer and can be ideal for long walks and picnics. This is the perfect time to explore cities like Cagliari and their historical attractions without being drenched in sweat or having to battle through the crowds. The archaeological sites will be more enjoyable to visit and the pleasant warmth of the season means many festivities, including celebrations of the cities’ patron saints, will be taking place too.


Best Time to Visit Sardinia for Swimming and Sunbathing

While Sardinia may often be described as a tropical paradise, when it comes to the weather, it’s far from it with a climate that’s very different than what you’d find in the Caribbean or the South Pacific, although the scenery may be just as stunning. In the winter, you’d need a dry suit as the water will be icy cold, and combined with the strong, cold northern winds, it definitely won’t be enjoyable. The warmest sea temperatures are in July, August, and September when it ranges from 75 to about 79 degrees. Those who want to avoid the biggest crowds might come in June with the  water temperature averages about 70, from mid-September through mid-October, when it begins to dip back down to 70. Braver locals usually swim until late October. If you have the choice, aim for late September/early October when it tends to be very pleasant and there will be significantly fewer people around.

Sardinia surfing

Best Time to Visit Sardinia for Surfing

Sardinia experiences strong winds that blow an average of 15 days a month, with waves peaking at just over 16 feet. The island attracts surfers, windsurfers, and kiteboards from across Europe, and with the idyllic emerald waters and deserted golden beaches, it’s the ultimate surfers’ paradise. If the main reason you want to visit Sardinia is to surf, you’ll want to plan your trip between November and January. The water will be cold, requiring a 4/3mm wetsuit along with gloves and booties, but this is when the waves will be at their most impressive. There are some decent, consistent swells with waves that aren’t as big in the winter during September, October, March, and April too, but November through January is optimal. This is also the perfect time to avoid the crowds, other than the many surfers who arrive, and you’re likely to enjoy a much more affordable trip too with discounts on accommodation often significant.

Sardinia budget

Best Time to Visit Sardinia for a More Budget-Friendly Trip

Speaking of a budget-friendly trip, those who are looking for the most affordable price tag for their adventure will want to avoid the summer months as Sardinia tends to be a very expensive spot for a getaway, particularly during the high season when many high-profile Italian celebrities arrive, and the prices reflect the island’s reputation. August tends to be the worst of all as this is when many Italians will be taking their vacations, with tourist numbers doubling while the heat is extreme, making being outdoors very unpleasant. For the most idyllic weather and much cheaper accommodation rates, consider April or mid-October through mid-November. Not only are hotels, B&Bs, and guesthouses less expensive, but you’re more likely to get a good deal on airfare, especially when booking well in advance. Agriturismos tend to be the cheapest and you can often eat very well at a lower price at this homey, farm stay type of accommodation.

sardinia festivals

Best Time to Visit Sardinia for Festivals and Events

Many of Sardinia’s festivals have been taking place for centuries. They often have a religious theme, such as cities that celebrate their patron saints, but there are many other fun annual events as well, focused on everything from local foods to music. Some of the most popular are hosted between April and September. Easter and Holy Week in April (and sometimes March) feature parades and other events in towns and villages across the island. On the second to the last Sunday in May, Sassari hosts a festival of beauty, Cavalcata Sarda, a procession that includes people donning traditional attire, some on horseback. In late June, San Giovanni Battista honors St. John the Baptist throughout the island, with processions, horse races, songs, poetry competitions, and fireworks. There are multiple food festivals with fireworks and August, while the last weekend of September celebrates Alghero’s patron saint at Festa Santa Miguel with parades and fireworks.

Visiting Abruzzo by Month

sardinia in january

January in Sardinia

A visit to Sardinia in January won’t be a balmy one with high temperatures hovering around the upper 50s, but it may feel quite warm to those coming from a more northern climate. Rain is a possibility but on average there’s only about seven days of precipitation and less than an inch overall. It can be a great time to experience the island at a time most visitors don’t even think about going, with the opportunity to enjoy the sights with few others around. After the New Year’s and Epiphany holidays, you’ll enjoy more budget-friendly accommodation and usually cheaper airfare too. You will need to plan your itinerary to allow for shorter days with sunset at 5:10 p.m. on January 1 st and 5:42 by month’s end. When it comes to packing, you’ll want to bring clothing that can be layered, such as short- and long-sleeve tops, a fleece sweatshirt or sweater, and a coat.

Sardinia in february

February in Sardinia

While it’s certainly not sunbathing or swimming weather, February can be a great time to visit as this is usually when Carnival takes place. It’s held in towns throughout the island with dark and mysterious Sardinian masks celebrating man’s eternal struggle against mother nature. Depending on your destination, you might see some unique dances and elaborate processions. In Oristano, the event is synonymous with Sartiglia, one of the few horse rides that still exist, taking place on the last Carnival Sunday and Tuesday with knights who compete in a jousting tournament in hopes of winning the Silver Star. Ox-drawn floats with lots of flowers are common in Cagliari. The weather isn’t much different than in January, with a slightly higher chance of rain and an average total of 1.3 inches. Bring clothing that can be layered for warmer afternoons, comfortable waterproof shoes or boots, a light jacket, and a portable umbrella.

sardinia in march

March in Sardinia

Spring will soon be here and it’s one of the best seasons to visit Sardinia, but keep in mind that March is also very unpredictable. There can be quite a few sunny days along with gray, rainy ones, with an average of 14 wet days this month. The better news is that the total rainfall only averages about an inch over the course of the month, so the showers are typically short-lived. You’ll want to bring a portable umbrella for protection from unexpected rainfall along with a mix of clothing from warmer and cool days with the temperature averaging around 62 degrees. Toward the end of the month, wildflowers will be bursting across the island’s landscapes providing colorful scenes that make hiking especially enjoyable. As it’s still an “off” season month, March is also a good time to come for those who want to avoid big crowds and potentially enjoy more affordable accommodation rates.

sardinia in April

April in Sardinia

With spring officially here, April is a wonderful month to visit Sardinia. Daily high temperatures increase quite a bit to 69 degrees, warm but not too hot, ideal for tranquil walks on the beaches and through the countryside. There may be some rain with the average total 2.1 inches over about 11 days this month, so you can expect plenty of sunshine too. As a mixed bag, you’ll need to pack the same way, bringing various types of clothing such as a light jacket, sweater, or sweatshirt along with short-sleeve shirts, a portable umbrella, and items for sun protection like sunglasses and sunscreen. If you visit around Easter/Holy Week, it may be a bit busier with more tourists coming now, but you’ll be able to enjoy various festivities, including processions that take place in towns across the island. With more visitors coming to enjoy Sardinia, be sure to book your accommodation in advance.

Sardinia in May

May in Sardinia

The weather warms even more in May, with the average high temperature now 75 degrees. While the crowds won’t be as intense as they will in July and August, it is the official tourist season now so you can expect to see plenty of others around, especially in popular areas like the Costa Smeralda. This is an ideal time to come for hiking and biking, and diving is outstanding too with exceptional visibility although the water will feel too chilly for most to enjoy a swim, typically hovering in the mid-60s. A wet suit will make activities like snorkeling and diving more enjoyable. Visiting historical sites like the Roman ruins at Nora and the Nuraghe di Barumini is a great thing to do now too. Keep in mind that it can be a bit chilly during early mornings and evenings, so you’ll still want a light jacket or sweater, along with summery attire.

Sardinia in June

June in Sardinia

Early in June, it will still be pleasantly warm and not too crowded, but if you wait until the latter part of the month, it will start to get busy and quite hot. The average high is now 85 degrees, but the mercury can rise to well over 90. The sea is still a bit cool, starting out around 70 degrees, but it can provide a wonderful, cool respite from the heat. By the end of the month, it will inch closer to the mid-70s. While it isn’t the peak of the tourist season just yet, more and more visitors will be flooding in, so you’ll want to make those reservations well in advance. If you visit during the early weeks of June, you can enjoy the Feast of Sant’Antonio Abate in Macomer which includes a long procession with locals dressed in traditional costumes that ends with mass, local songs, and a huge feast.

Sardinia in July

July in Sardinia

The dog days of summer have arrived with July one of the hottest and busiest months, although the days are wonderfully long with sunset not until almost 9 p.m., providing plenty of time for sightseeing with the milder evenings making it more enjoyable. The average high temperature varies depending on where you are on the island, with Cagliari generally the warmest at 88 degrees and Alghero just a bit cooler. The reality is, with temperatures increasing across the globe, you’re likely to experience many days in the 90s and it can occasionally rise to over 100 degrees. The sea will be perfect for swimming, so be sure to bring a bathing suit or two along with high-SPF sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat. Comfortable sandals for walking are best along with loose, lightweight clothing, including flowy dresses and skirts, tank tops, and shorts. Air-conditioned

Sardinia in August

August in Sardinia

Sardinia is the vacation destination of choice for many Italians from the mainland and August is the month when most enjoy their getaways so it will be even busier. Still, it doesn’t get as busy as places like the Amalfi Coast or Spanish islands and you can almost always find a quieter spot to enjoy. In terms of the weather, it will be about the same as in July although the sea is a bit warmer having had lots of time under the intense sun. The key to a more enjoyable experience is to book everything well in advance as everything fills up quickly, including hotels and other types of accommodation offering an air-conditioned space for comfortable sleep. On the upside, if you come now, you can enjoy perfect weather for sailing and swimming as well as take part in some fun celebrations that often feature local foods and fireworks.

Sardinia in September

September in Sardinia

September is one of the best months to visit Sardinia, especially if you arrive after the first week when the high temperatures of July and August start to dip, now averaging in the low 80s. Evenings are much more enjoyable now too without the need to run the a/c constantly while the sea is still quite warm for comfortable swimming at around 76 degrees. There is very little rainfall on the island in September, with the overall average at just over an inch. If it does rain while you’re here, it’s likely to be quite light. Italians who enjoyed their vacations last month have returned to work and families with children head home for back-to-school events so the crowds will be thinner too. During the latter half of the month, the cooler temperatures make it ideal for activities like hiking and biking as well as sightseeing and exploring the archaeological sites.

Sardinia in October

October in Sardinia

While temperatures are cooling, typically hovering in the low to mid-70s now, there is still plenty of sunshine and the sea is usually warm enough for swimming throughout most of October. The less hardy might find it a little too chilly after the middle of the month when the temperature starts to dip closer to 70 – 72 degrees. About 1.6 inches of rain falls over about 11 days now, although rainfall is more likely the later you arrive in October. With the low temperature dipping into the mid-50s, you’ll want a jacket or sweater for evenings and early mornings. Otherwise, it’s still mostly summer-type clothing that you’ll need, perhaps packing items that can be layered and easily peeled off when the sun comes out or put back on when you get a chill. Something else to think about – in late October, clocks return to standard time so the sun goes down early, at about 5:22 p.m.

Sardinia in November

November in Sardinia

November can still bring some sunny days with surprisingly pleasant temperatures. The average high is 62 degrees, but the mercury sometimes rises to 70 or even a bit above. Nights are cool with the daily low temperature at just 47 degrees. It’s not the best time to come for swimming and sunbathing, but sightseeing and activities like hiking or biking can be quite enjoyable and there are unlikely to be many other tourists around. With some luck, you’ll be able to enjoy strolls on some beaches all to yourself. As November marks the beginning of the off- season, it’s also possible to find great deals on accommodation and even airfare. The one big negative is that sunset is just after 4:30 p.m. on November 30th and a little after 5 p.m. earlier in the month, so you won’t have as much daylight for your outdoor activities. With shorter lines, however, you can squeeze in more attractions.

Sardinia in December

December in Sardinia

While winter will soon be here, December still sees an average of nine hours of sunshine each day, with the average high temperature at 59 degrees. It’s crisp with frequent brilliant blue skies, similar to early fall in many locations, perfect for sightseeing, scenic strolls, and even bike rides. While there may be some rain, and perhaps even snow in the mountains, it’s typically minimal, with Sardinia experiencing a very mild weather along the coast. The early darkness may be more of an issue, with sunset around 4:30 p.m., but the lack of crowds is likely to more than make up for it. The festivities and décor surrounding the Christmas holidays will help to bright the towns and villages with plenty of sparkling lights. Enjoy wandering through while relishing the aromas of the delicious cuisine and browsing the Christmas markets where stalls sell a variety of arts and crafts, and exclusive ceramics.