It’s Springtime in Sardinia!

What is so special about springtime in Sardinia?

For many people, springtime is the best time of year to visit Sardinia and a period in which the most enjoyable attractions can be experienced without the tourist crowds. 

After all, the summer months are more popular, and it’s common to find much larger crowds at the beaches and attractions during the peak holiday period. 

Spring arrives in Sardinia on 20th March every year and comes to an end on 21st June. The weather is generally more and more pleasant as this time passes. Still, a much quieter experience can be found in April or May. More tourists tend to arrive in Sardinia as the summer months and the holiday season gets closer.

And that’s just part of the story…

As the flowers and mother nature come into bloom, the scents and colors in Sardinia are impossible to ignore. 

You can go hiking, biking, or driving without the tourist crowds, and there’s no waiting around when it comes to tables at a local restaurant. 

Sardinia beaches are also less busy during spring. Many popular events take place in the low season, such as the Porto Cervo Wine Festival.

Now, let’s take a look at some photos of Sardinia at this time of year…

The Asinara Donkey

Asinara is located near Stintino, in the province of Sassari, just off the northwest coast of Sardinia. This island is known for having a breed of feral donkeys.

This white albino donkey (‘Asino dell’Asinara’) is actually indigenous to the island. It is a genuinely remarkable sight, given this is an unusual color for a donkey. 

While they might be somewhat shy, the Asinara donkeys are very friendly. They are free to roam the entire island, which is a beautiful thing to see.

Alghero Coastline

Alghero is a small medieval town in Sardinia and a lot less busy than the Costa Smeralda on the island’s northeast coast. 

This was also a small fishing village at one time and filled with lovely restaurants, bars, and local amenities. 

However, the town is also nestled on a spectacular coastline and right next to sublime beaches and ample opportunities to go swimming, sailing, and diving.

Almond Trees in Sardinia

Almond trees are one of the first trees to blossom in spring, and you can see them dotted all around the Sardinian landscape at this time of year. 

Almond blossoms are deciduous (shedding their leaves annually) and similar to cherry, peach, and apricot trees. They are also a symbol of new life in many parts of the world. 

Even Vincent Van Gogh borrowed these beautiful tiny petals in some of his work.

Pigface Flowers in Villasimius

Forget about the unfortunate name of the “Pigface flowers.” These gorgeous tiny plants are a beautiful sight during spring in Sardinia.

They tend to grow in rocky, dry, and sandy conditions, making Villasimius a famous home for the colorful flowers. 

Villasimius is also a popular spot for tourists. This charming coastal town is situated next to some stunning stretches of white-powdered sands!

Blooming Pink Flowers on La Pelosa Beach

Spiaggia La Pelosa can get rather crowded in peak season. Still, you can expect more space and quiet during springtime in Sardinia.

Located in northwest Sardinia and just two kilometers north of Stintino, this is a beautiful beach with white sands, shallow waters, and many remarkable pink flowers!

Opuntia Flowers in Sardinia

Opuntia flowers are found on small cactus trees, and they are also known as ‘prickly pears.’ 

They grow nicely in warm, dry climates like the one you should find in Sardinia, and they look incredibly bright and cheerful in the spring. 

While locals often grow these flowers in the garden, you can often find them across the wild and green landscapes of the island.

The Beach and Tower at Capo San Marco 

Capo San Marco is probably best known for the iconic tower and yellow cliffs. Still, there’s also a pristine beach down below that never fails to impress. 

Whether you enjoy swimming, snorkeling, or just lounging in the sun, this gorgeous beach has umbrellas and chairs and several local snack bars just a hop and skip away.

Sand, Sea and Granite Rock Formations in Costa Paradiso

The sight of the giant granite rocks makes Costa Paradiso a must-visit for many tourists. Still, the warm waters and sandy beaches are what make travelers want to stay. 

Stretching from Castelsardo to Santa Teresa di Gallura on the North coast, this area is one of Sardinia’s most romantic and scenic parts.

Sheep Grazing in the Countryside near Bosa

You might find sheep grazing in many other parts of the world but rarely do they look as relaxed as those you will find in Sardinia. 

The woolly friends in this photo are grazing near Bosa, a charming village with colorful houses and lush surroundings. 

The town is surrounded by green rolling landscapes and plenty of fauna in between – as is the same elsewhere on the island.

View of Isola Tavolara from Capo Coda Cavallo

Capo Coda Cavallo is situated in the Gallura region and features more of the most beautiful rock formations and beaches in Sardinia. 

This view reaches out to Isola Tavolora, a relatively small landmass off the coast of northeast Sardinia and features some incredibly steep cliffs.

Wild Yellow Daisies 

The wild yellow daisy is common throughout Sardinia in the spring and brings so much color to the luscious landscapes. 

With the castle tower as a backdrop, you can see just how striking is the appearance of these daisies. 

They are borne on strong stems and have yellow petals, which open up beautifully at this time of year and appear rather unexpectedly all around Sardinia.

Wild Flowers in Santa Margherita di Pula 

Santa Margherita di Pula is arguably one of the pearls of Sardinia and located near Pula. 

This area features a series of bays and beaches with holiday homes in between and some genuinely wild and wonderful countryside not far from the coast. 

It’s home to plenty of birdlife and fauna but also a long line of plant species – some of which you can see in this photo.

The Most Beautiful Lighthouses of Sardinia

For many people, the lighthouses in Sardinia are not the reason for visiting this beautiful island.

However, these iconic towers will often leave footprints in visitors’ minds, such is the magical nature of their appearance. 

That said, there is also a lot of history behind these lighthouses and the surrounding area. But what lighthouses should you actually know about? In this article, we take a look at the most beautiful Sardinian lighthouses.

The Most Beautiful Lighthouses of Sardinia

Faro Capo Spartivento

a picture of Faro Capo Spartivento in Sardinia, Italy
Faro Capo Spartivento

Faro Capo Spartivento is a gorgeous lighthouse in Chia, in south-east Sardinia. The establishment is located only an hour’s drive away from Sardinia’s biggest airport, Cagliari Elmas Airport.

This prime location and epic scenery is just the tip of the iceberg. The unique thing about this lighthouse is that it allows you to spend the night on the premises of a five-star hotel – your personal Lighthouse Experience in Sardinia!

The restoration of this 1950s landmark is the pride and joy of Sardinia’s naval brigade. The nautical team has made sure that despite the archaic history, the hotel has everything a modern hotel can offer.

This includes suites with parquet floors, stocked mini-bars, and air-conditioning and attached bathrooms.

Isola dei Cavoli Lighthouse

A picture of Isola dei Cavoli Lighthouse in Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy.
Isola dei Cavoli Lighthouse

The Cavoli lighthouse is located in a protected marine park called Capo Carbonara, on the eastern end of the Gulf of Cagliari, south Sardinia.

It features a 16th-century tower, but the lighthouse was actually built back in the mid 19th century. 

This lighthouse stands 37 meters above the ground. It is one of the most iconic lighthouses in Sardinia and sits beside a beautiful stretch of coastline. 

The outer walls consist of a mosaic with vibrant colors that really make it stand out, and although now automated, the lighthouse is still active and worth a stop for visiting tourists.

Faro di Capo Comino

a picture of Faro di Capo Comino in Sardinia, Italy.
Faro di Capo Comino.

Located about 20 kilometers north-east of Orosei, the lighthouse of Capo Comino was built in 1903. It features a 20-meter high tower with a balcony and a large lantern attached.

Being an entirely white three-story lighthouse, it’s rather noticeable from the road, but this is also because of the precise location. 

Faro di Capo Comino is situated 28 meters above the sea it emits a dazzling light after dark.

This is also another automated lighthouse in Sardinia which never fails to delight those who come to visit.

Faro di Punta dello Scorno

Faro di Punta dello Scorno in Sassari, Sardinia, Italy.
Faro di Punta dello Scorno

Faro di Punta dello Scorno is located in Asinara National Park, near Stintino. This lighthouse stands alone next to the ocean and dates back to the 19th century.

There’s an interesting story behind this one in which the daughters of the lighthouse managed to save three people from a small boat at sea. 

The surrounding park is stunning at every turn, and it’s so remote that Parco Nazionale dell’Asinara was once the location for a maximum-security prison.

Capo San Marco Lighthouse

a picture of the Capo San Marco Lighthouse near Oristano, west Sardinia, Italy.
Capo San Marco Lighthouse

The Capo San Marco lighthouse sits on the Sinis Peninsula near Oristano, and there’s a popular path nearby that runs through some ancient ruins (Tharros).

You will also find white powdered sands and beautiful sand dunes here, while fauna is present due to the quiet nature of the area. 

There are also more ancient monuments in the area that date back to Nuraghic times, but even just the sight of this lighthouse makes it worth checking out.

With this in mind, Capo San Marco is one of the most beautiful and exciting lighthouses in Sardinia.

Sant’Elia Lighthouse

a picture of the Capo Sant'Elia lighthouse in Cagliari, south Sardinia, Italy.
Capo Sant’Elia lighthouse

The Sant’Elia lighthouse is one of the oldest leading lights in Sardinia.

Built back in 1850 next to Calamosca Bay in Cagliari, this lighthouse features a cylindrical tower with zebra-like black and white stripes.

After dark, the light can be seen for more than 20 miles and watches over Golfo degli Angeli. 

There are also some ancient remnants on a nearby hill, including rock paintings, mosaics, and Roman cisterns.