Sardinia is an Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea, about 2/3 the size of The Netherlands† To get there with the camper you can take the boat from Spain of Italy to grab. In summer, the island is extremely popular with tourists from all over the world Europe† In the spring, on the other hand, it is quiet but the green island is in full bloom! The perfect time to visit the island by camper. That's why we recently took the boat from Barcelona and have been in Sardinia for 3 weeks.
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Wild Camping in Sardinia
Wild camping is not allowed in Sardinia, but sleeping in your vehicle is. So as long as you don't put tables or chairs outside, don't open the windows to the outside and don't open your awning, you can park in many places. This offers you the opportunity to sleep almost anywhere you want in your motorhome. If sleeping is not allowed, there are signs. Sardinia is bursting with beautiful bays where you can park and be all alone at this time of year!
Motorhome route through the North of Sardinia
Our camper route starts in Porto Torres. This port town is located on the north of the island and is where the boat from Barcelona docks. From here you can easily drive to Stintino, a typical Sardinian fishing village at the northwestern tip of the island. Here is one of the most famous beaches on the island, La Pelosa. In addition, from here you can visit Asinara Natural Park, two islands that you can see well from La Pelosa. So you can easily spend 1 or 2 days here.
From Stintino we drove to Castelsardo. You can see this colorful village from a distance. It is built against a hill with a fortress on top. This village is known as one of the most colorful villages on the island and with its narrow streets is a place to wander around.
San Theresa Gallura
Then we drove via Costa Paradiso (beautiful Gallura beach with rock formations) to San Theresa. From here, Corsica smiles at you 12 km away and you can visit the peninsula of Capo Testa. This island has special rock formations, surrounded by beautiful clear water and has several hiking trails to secluded beaches.
Palau is close to San Theresa Gallura, where you can take a boat to the La Maddalena archipelago. Unfortunately we were unable to do this due to corona, but it seems to be very beautiful. You can even take the camper to the islands.
Instead, we visited a lot of beautiful coves in the region, including Porto Cervo, Porto Rotondo and Golfo Aranci. There are so many bays between Palau and Olbia that it doesn't really matter which one you visit. They are all beautiful, with clear blue waters and extinct this time of year except for a single fisherman.
Olbia is one of the major cities in northern Sardinia, with an incredibly rich history. Here you can again wander extensively through the small streets or take the boat to the mainland of Italy. In the vicinity of Olbia you have several prehistoric sites that you can visit, such as the nuragic complex of Cabu Abbas and, secondly, the sacred well Sa Testa. The Nuragic era took place between 2000 BC and 700 BC. Throughout Sardinia you will find many remnants from this time, such as the many round towers that probably served as watchtowers.
San Teodore and Budonic
From Olbia we then drove through a number of beautiful bays to San Teodore, a real holiday village where you can cycle well in the area. The coastline of San Teodore has no fewer than 18 beaches and countless coves. We also visited the beautiful village of Budoni.
A visit to Orosei was also high on our list. This area is again known for its beautiful coastal area, but the village (2,5 km from the coast) is also worth a visit with its rich history and charming streets. Highly recommended!
From Orosei you can follow the coast down to the south, but we chose to cross the island to Bosa. On the way we stopped in Lei to walk there. Just outside Lei is a nuragic complex and you can wander beautifully through the rocky nature.
From Lei we drove on to Bosa. Just like Castelsardo, a colorful town, built against the hills. The river Temo runs right through the town and on top of the hill stands a castle. From the Boogburg (dating from 1871!) you have a very nice view.
From Bosa there is a very beautiful coastal route to Alghero that we can definitely recommend. The road is built high against the mountains, so that you have an impressive view over the Mediterranean Sea throughout the route.
Our last stop of this Northern roadtrip was Alghero where we wandered through the old center for a day. A lovely place for you roadtrip to finish!
From Alghero you can also visit the caves of Neptunes. Unfortunately we were unable to do this due to the corona virus.