Sardinia is a melting pot of cultures, thanks to centuries of empires from Phoenicians to Romans, and this unique heritage is reflected in its architecture, language and cuisine. So what are the things to do Sardinia with kids?
You’ll find lots of museums to learn about its past, with interesting exhibits for kids, as well as aquariums, indoor play parks and some stunning natural scenery to explore. The beautiful island of Sardinia is blessed with stunning white beaches that are considered some of the best in Europe.
Consequently, this makes it a favourite destination for families seeking sun, sea and relaxation. Relaxing beach days can be coupled with more active excursions to wild natural parks, hiking, canoeing or snorkelling your way around unspoiled landscapes.
The Olbia region is the most popular, offering a string of upmarket resorts like celebrities’ favourite Porto Cervo, which offers easy access to the Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast). Children are well catered for in the large tourist resorts, where you’ll find playgrounds, well equipped beaches and plenty of accommodation options.
BabyBreaks has done the hard work for you and put together a selection of the best things to do in Sardinia with Kids.
1. Trenino Verde
The Trenino Verde (Little Green Train) tootles around the Sardinian countryside, so you can admire views of idyllic mountain villages and lush crop fields- the kids will love the expreince and you can ask them to spot passing wildlife too.
An excellent way to discover hidden towns and villages you otherwise wouldn’t stumble across, a ride on the Trenini Verde offers a glimpse of the real Sardinia, where little has changed for over 100 years.
The Mandas-Arbatax line is the most scenic, taking in mountains and meadows, including Gennargentu, the highest point in Sardinia, before winding its way down to cobalt blue ocean views at Arbatax.
2. Acquario di Cala Gonone
The kids will love this aquarium’s 25 display tanks that take you from the verdant Amazon rainforest, to the wonders of the Mediterranean and tropical seas. The touch tank is sure to be a highlight, where they can hold a starfish or stroke a stingray.
There’s also a play area with an underwater theme, and a cafe with stunning sea views. This aquarium is a great place to while away a couple of hours away from the beach.
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 5pm
3. Non Vedo L’Ora
This is one for the toddlers – if they’re climbing the walls on a rainy day, soft play is the answer! Non Vedo L’ora in Olbia is a well equipped, modern and air conditioned space where little ones can run riot on bouncy castles, slides and ball pits . Suitable from ages 0-12 years.
Opening Hours: Open daily 5pm – 9pm
4. Bowling Alghero
The first bowling alley in Sardinia, this venue in historic Alghero proves popular with families seeking indoor activities. There are open from 6pm, so it could be a great pre or post dinner activity for the whole family.
Address: Pl. Agoras, Chania 731 32, Greece
Opening Hours: Tues to Sun 6pm – midnight
5. Visit Cagliari
Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia, is a fantastic place to while away a few hours on a cloudy morning, offering ancient architecture and iconic sights. The hilltop Castle, the Archeological Museum and the 13th century Cathedral are just a few of the town’s highlights.
These indoor venues provide both a dose of culture and shelter from the rain or the midday heat – perfect for families with young children.
6. La Maddalena Island
Enjoy a full day’s boat trip to the islands of La Maddalena Archipelago – one of Sardinia’s most famous natural parks. The boat stops at many of the islands, so you will have plenty of time to cool off in crystal clear waters.
The kids will love to swim in the natural pools on St. Maria Isle, visit of the Rock of the Witch and see Budelli Island’s famous pink beach. You will also have time to wander around the shops and cafes of La Maddalena island. A pasta lunch is included and there is a bar and restaurant service on board.
7. Grotta di Nettuno
Sardinia is not only is famed for its pristine beaches but also its amazing network of caves and grottos. Grotto di Nettuno (Neptune’s Grotto) is one of the most popular – formed over two million years ago, inside you can admire astounding karst formations, a white sandy beach and a huge underground lake.
They are accessible by foot (not advised with children as there are over 600 steps!) or by boat trip via the website below.
Address: 07041 Province of Sassari, Italy
8. Horse Riding
Horse treks are very popular in Sardinia – firstly they are a fantastic way to see the island. So, you can sit back and relax while you admire breathtaking scenery, from hidden beaches to rural pastures. Secondly, the kids will love interacting with the horses, even if they are first timers. For example there are numerous tour operators which are geared towards beginners and young riders. Therefore we suggest you ask your hotel to recommend a local reputable company.
9. Visit a Water Park
A water park is always high on the kids list of holiday activities, and there are lots to choose from in Sardinia. Firstly, our favourites in the north of the island are AquaDream, just 10 minutes from Porto Cervo or Water Paradise near Eden Beach. However, if you’re staying in the south of the island try BluFan or Diverland.
10. Visit a Natural Park
Apart from La Maddalena, Sardinia has numerous beautiful protected natural spaces teeming with wildlife. If you have babies then stick them in a backpack and hike around some of the island’s fantastic natural parks. There’s so much to discover, for example La Giara di Gesturi’s miniature wild horses or the Sinis Peninsula’s salt lakes and flamingos.
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