Sardinia is a family-friendly island with stunning kid-friendly beaches and a plethora of family accommodation options to suit all budgets. While there are really beautiful and interesting cities in Sardinia, the best thing to do here in summer is to enjoy its beautiful nature. We recommend it to families with toddlers, primary school children and teenagers alike.
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Villasimius area – in Southern Sardinia, this is an area with fantastic beaches for families and good facilities for kids. The proximity to Cagliari makes is also an easy area to travel to.
The local beach Simius (Spiaggia di Simius) is sandy and soft and well protected from winds and currents. The sand has a wonderful cream color and the water is a wonderful hue of blue and spotlessly clean and very shallow, which means it is one of the best beaches in Sardinia for babies and toddlers.
Porto Giunco is another wonderful beach in Sardinia, immediately to the south of the beach of Simius (you can walk between the two). This is another wonderful beach for families with small kids: like in Simius, the water is shallow and perfect for toddlers, the sand soft and light and the sea crystal clear.
Orosei – in Eastern Sardinia, this is a lovely locality for families with pretty beaches, a nice town center and green areas. Closest port/ airport: Olbia. If you are looking for a family beach in Sardinia where your kids can go snorkeling, then you will love Cala Ginepro in Orosi. Orosei is a delightful town in east Sardinia and Cala Gineprto is its pretty cove: sheltered by natural rock formations, this beach has shallow, clean waters and has a nice umbrella pine forest nearby.
Stintino – in Northern Sardinia, this is where you find La Pelosa, regularly listed as one of the best and most beautiful beaches in Sardinia. The downside to this area is the crowds, especially in summer: plan accordingly and get a car so you can explore the many other beaches in the area. Closest port/airport: Porto Torres, Alghero.
The beach La Pelosa (Spiaggia della Pelosa) is maybe the most famous beach in Stintino and a lovely beach for families with kids. Located in the northeast of Sardinia, La Pelosa has soft white sand and shallow, clean water, that create a magical blue and white palette that is picture-perfect.
La Pelosa has all a family may wish from a beach however, it is very busy and can get very expensive so it is mostly suited to off-peak times of the year.
Located in eastern Sardinia, San Teodoro is a family-friendly locality with a fantastic kid-friendly beach: La Cinta. This is a popular vacation spot with plenty of accommodation options and a nice kids' playground. This is also a lovely base if you want to explore the area independently or with a boat trip/ day trip with a guide. Closest port: Olbia.
Although the main reason to visit San Teodoro is indeed the gorgeous beaches, San Teodoro has much more to offer: the village itself has a beautiful vibe
The Museo della Civiltà del Mare, albeit small, has a nice exhibit and traces the history of San Teodoro and the neighboring cities from their Punic times to the present, focusing on the commercial role these marine areas had. The relics shown here are a witness of how important the harbors in this part of Sardinia were throughout history, both as exchanging points and as strategic war sites.
San Teodoro Lagoon. Nature lovers and especially bird watchers need to see this protected area! This pond is home to a multitude of rare species, both living here permanently and using the area as a resting point. The pink flamingoes are known to be numerous and easy to spot.
If visiting Sardinia in summer, you need your Sardinia packing list to include all your essentials for a beach vacation, plus an extra layer for days when the wind picks up and good walking shoes/sneakers for excursions.
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DO NOT FORGET:
Swimsuits for the whole family
Kids snorkeling gear
Beach essentials: towels, sunscreen, sun hat, beach toys
Sunglasses for the whole family
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From July 17 to July 31. Summer camp Italia Per Famiglie for children from 5 to 15 years old and their parents. Accommodation in 4s and 5s hotels. Surfing and active recreation in the morning, excursions and master classes in the afternoon.