This guide illustrates a one-week car tour of Sardinia. It initiates in Olbia and ends in the same city, but you can start and finish from any other town in the itinerary.
If you have more days available for your vacation, you can spend them on the beach of your choice; you have only the embarrassment of deciding which one it is.
A boat trip around the Island is also a good alternative.
Should you instead not be a beach and sea type, many alternatives allow you to leave the car parked and experience a different Sardinia aspect.
The first is to ride one of the four Trenino Verde; a narrow-gauge railroad recently refurbished old running stock at a leisurely pace through a tremendous green environment. It will allow you to enjoy the scenery in peace, without worrying about driving.
The other is to stop driving and experience the adventures I propose; I inserted a reference to these alternatives these nature guides provide.
The brief comments under “What to do or see” are just that: tourist spots you should not miss while in the area.
Sardinia is an island in every sense of the word. Its culture is of natural origin. It lies a long way from the mainland, and it still astonishes the visitor with the sharp, natural contrasts between its bare, rocky coasts and its gentle rolling inland plateau, and the variety of cultures found there.
The prehistoric period is more a living fact and has more evidence above ground than in most places, mingling, in a sometimes fascinating way, with modern life.
The most notable feature of this is the building fever, which has taken the Islanders since Sardinia was opened up to tourists, and attacked a society still, for the most part, patriarchal.
The original inhabitants had a lively and unique taste in a building, the famous nuraghi, and were no mean sculptors, as can be seen from the local bronzes.
The Greek world hardly touched Sardinia, and in the great carve-up of the Mediterranean in classical times, it fell under the domination of the Phoenicians, then of the Carthaginians.