La Caletta, Carloforte. A small island off the south of Sardinia
Autumn is one of the best times of year to visit Sardinia. The summer months of July and August see packed out beaches and droves of tourists everywhere. In August, most Sardinians are on holiday themselves to you’ll find that lots of regular shops in the main towns are closed. Seasonal staff by August are tired, impatient and ready for the season to end in September.
Cala Goloritzè, Nuoro, East Sardinia
It’s also reknown for being expensive, although prices do spike in mid summer it’s somewhat of a myth, of course the Costa Smerelda is popular with millionare golfers who own a few yachts there is an abundance of self caterering accomadation on airbnb and if you understand Italian, subito.it is a great site to check and prices are very reasonable.
So visiting outside of these months makes a huge amount of sense. Not only can July and August be stiffling hot during the day but the nights can be airless too so be sure to get aircon if you do hit it in peak season.
Discover the tradtion and dance of Sardinian Mamuthones.
I’ve always found it quite bizarre that so many hotels and restaurants completely close up in mid September, especially when the weather is still generally warm enough for the beach, September tends to be in the late 20c, but can often be warmer and if it’s a good year temperates can sit around 25c through to November.
Even the best beaches are empty but you’re likely to see the locals with their boots and coats on. Small bays (Sardinia is full of them) remain calm and with warm crystaline waters. Autumn also sees the start of lots of festivals and fayres so you can really get to see some genuine local traditions. Visit SardegnaTurismo to see what’s going on.