Autumn in Sardinia

The autumn landscape of the countryside in Sardinia

The autumn climate is typical of the warm Mediterranean region. In September and October, late warm summery temperatures are still the norm – average 22 °C and 18 °C correspondingly – and November is the short Sardinian autumn with its 14 °C. The water remains warm during all the autumn, cooling down smoothly from 22 °C in September to 17 °C in November. The rainfall reaches 56 mm by the middle of the autumn and the number of rainy days per month goes up from 4 days in September to 9 days in November. There’s still more than 8 hours of sunshine per day in September and in November the sun can be observed for 5 hours a day. The wind picture is formed by the southern Sirocco so loved by surfers and sailors during this time of the year and the easterly Levant usually blowing until October.

Autumn is sometimes called Sardinia’s best kept secret, as it is a perfect time for visiting if you seek to avoid the tourist crowds of summer and yet to take the best of its mild climatic conditions. One of the minor downsides of visiting Sardinia in the off-season is that some of the public transportation such as trains, ferries, and buses are available only on limited timetables. But if you are looking for peaceful privacy, you can always rent your own car or vespa.

The Sardinian autumn not only offers the warm temperatures, but also a multitude of local celebrations and festivals. The history, traditions, and heritage of Sardinia stretch from the extraordinary stone formations dating from centuries B.C., to the Roman Empire, to both the pagan and Christian rituals passed down through the centuries. No matter where you stay, you will find an autumn celebration.

Autumn in Barbagia, a mountainous area of inland Sardinia, runs from September to December, and is a series of festivals which take place across 27 villages. Streets are transformed into authentic markets, workshops are held by local craftsmen, and residents invite visitors to join their celebrations. Also in September are the Barefoot Run and Festival of Saint Saviour in San Salvatore, with celebrations, rites, and the exciting festival. In October, the town of Aritizo hosts the Chestnut Festival, known for its magical atmosphere. Although these are just a few highlights of autumn activities in Sardinia, there are many more to be found.

No matter the dates you schedule your holiday, you will most likely find a celebration of some sort. If you aren’t one for festivals, the Sardinian autumn offers the perfect weather to explore the historic destinations or rugged wilderness of the island. Or you can just kick back on one of the island’s near-empty beaches and soak up some rays.