Summer in Sardiniа

The clear blue summer sea near the island of La Maddalena in Sardinia

Summer in Sardinia is the most popular season among its visitors. No wonder, Sardinian summer typically has around 17 days with the temperature above 32 °C, and the visitors will see about 11 hours of sunshine a day during their summer holidays. The average temperature in June is around 22 °C and in July and August it is 24 °C. The water temperature generally varies from 20 °C to 23 °C. There is usually very little rainfall here during this time of the year with just a few rainy days. The winds that are typical for the summer months are the west Poniente bringing hot, dry and clear weather, the south-west Libeccio and the easterly Levant.

The summer season in Sardinia is definitely the time for swimming, water sports and sunbathing. Having almost 2000 kilometers of coastline, Sardinia offers the variety of idyllic beaches and ultimate destinations for water activities.

One of such places is Cagliari with the endless beaches attracting many tourists year after year – the nearby Poetto spreads over 8 km along the seafront. There is also a small coastal town Cala Gonone in the eastern part of Sardinia with its white beaches that can be found side by side with the impressive sea caves. Another fascinating nature attraction is La Maddalena National Park, the archipelago located near the northeastern coast of Sardinia. It has a number of beautiful beaches, some of them found their place on the small islands that can be reached by boat only. These lonely beaches give a unique chance to enjoy swimming, sunbathing and just admiring the peaceful view without crowds of people.

There’s a variety of places along the coastline to take surfing, water skiing or scuba diving lessons and to hire equipment. Providing great wind conditions, Sardinia has always attracted sailors, windsurfers and kitesurfers from all over the world. There are a number of popular destinations for surfing activities – Porto Cervo, Lago Coghinas, Stintino, Poetto, Spiaggia della Pelosa and many others. Some of these spots offer the opportunities for water skiing and scuba diving as well. Water skiing is also good in Passo della Moneta and Santa Margherita di Pula. And if you are more interested in scuba diving or snorkeling, then the bay of Cala Cipolla next to Baia Chia Beach or Spiaggia di Campulongu will be good choices.

Similarly, visitors who are interested in boating have several options. Kayaks and canoes are available for rent near the island’s rivers. And day trips on yachts and sailboats are offered at the port of Alghero that is also the place where travellers can take a romantic sunset cruise.

Sardinia’s natural attractions that can be enjoyed during the summer are not just beaches but also mountains, forests and nature reserves. There are plenty of places for hiking in the Gennargentu mountains with wildcats, deer and pigs wandering through the forests and falcons and kites soaring over there. The trail to the summit of Monte Corrasi in the Supramonte mountain range winds through a forest of oak trees that are hundreds of years old. And Foresta del Sulcis is one of the largest forests in Europe with foxes and wild boars living among the trees that are 2000 years old. There is also a large waterfall in the middle of the Bolostiu forest. One of the island’s nature reserves is Bruncu Santoru that has brooks full of trout and eel. Sardinian deer live in the oak forests of the Monte Arcosu nature reserve, and the area’s brushwood has such plants as rosemary and myrtle. So, you may try to combine a summer beach holiday with hiking activities on some not very hot day and discover another side of Sardinia.