Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, located around 200 miles off the west coast of Italy. There are three commercial airports on the island, Alghero Fertilia, Cagliari, and Olbia Costa Smeralda. Flights are available to all three airports from different locations and with different airlines. Connections to various locations in Italy and cities all around Europe are available to and from Sardinia.
Cagliari Elmas Airport is the main airport, located on the south coast of the island. At around four miles from Cagliari, travel to and from the airport is straightforward. Elmas Aeroporto train station is a five-minute walk from the terminal. Trains depart every 20 minutes between 5:00 a.m. and 9 p.m. and take less than ten minutes to reach Cagliari.
Low-cost airlines easyJet, Ryanair, and Eurowings fly to Sardinia, as well as Alitalia, Air France, and Air Italy. Most airlines travel to Cagliari Airport as well as the smaller airports. For example, Iberia flies to Alghero Fertilia Airport and KLM operates flights to Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport.
Sardinia is just an hour from Rome by plane, while a ferry from mainland Italy takes around 14 hours. Flights from the US usually take between eight and a half and 12 hours to reach Rome or another European city, and then just over an hour on the connecting flight to Sardinia.
A great way to learn about traditional Sardinia and enjoy some delicious food is to take a home cooking class. Visitors will learn about the local ingredients and be taught how to cook authentic meals, such as gnocchi Sardi and scallops with lemon.
La Maddalena Islands are a group of protected islands located off the north coast of Sardinia. Making for a wonderful day trip, the picturesque islands are peaceful and serene. With a historic old town to wander through, delicious local fish soup to enjoy, and a quiet atmosphere, the islands are a pure joy to visit.
Sardinia is well-served by public transport options. There are extensive bus, train, and tram routes around the island, as well as ferries to nearby islands. All of the towns, cities, and airports are linked to beach resorts and tourist attractions making everything within easy reach.
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