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 Smerelda (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 activities in Sardinia with kids.
1. 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.
2. 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
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
Visiting Sardinia with kids is the perfect opportunity for a fantastic Family Holiday. Therefore we have listed the most child friendly restaurants and best family activities , so you can plan your trip with ease. Most importantly, we’ve done the research so you don’t have to. If you fancy a day away from the beach, for example, or you are wondering where to take a toddler to lunch, just visit our different Sardinia pages.
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