Sardinia Car Rental
The jewel of the western Mediterranean, Sardinia is a captivating island filled with unspoilt nature and unique landscapes, ranging from mountains to plains, from rocky coastlines to long, sandy beaches.
Characterised by a wide variety of ecosystems and large areas that are still largely uninhabited, “Sardìnnia” is a land of history and tradition, as well as a fundamental testimony of the Nuragic civilisation.
Given the particular layout of the territory, a car is the best way to visit Sardinia as it allows you to stray from the classic tourist destinations and discover the true essence of this unique land.
List of Locations Sardegna
- Alghero - SS - Fertilia Airport
- Cagliari - CA - Elmas Airport
- Olbia - OT - Costa Smeralda Airport
- Cagliari - CA - Viale Monastir 213
- Nuoro - NU - Via Convento 32
- Oristano - OR - Vico Bruxelles, Snc
- Porto Rotondo (olbia) - OT - Via Rudargia,84
- Sassari - SS - Predda Niedda Strada 18 N. 38
Road Trip in Sardinia: from coast to coast
If you want to explore Sardinia by car, the best choice is to rent a vehicle directly on the island.
To rent a car in Sardinia you can go to the Maggiore offices located not only in the main Sardinian airports, such as Fertilia Airport in Alghero, Elmas airport in Cagliari and Costa Smeralda Airport in Olbia, but also in the centre of Cagliari, Nuoro, Oristano, Porto Rotondo and Sassari.
Choosing Maggiore means relying on a car rental company that has made professionalism and safety its distinctive features. In fact, the rental fleet can meet any requirement and each vehicle is scrupulously checked and sanitised before delivery.
Your holiday in Sardinia can start from the capital Cagliari, a city overlooking the gulf of Angels and surrounded by limestone rocks.
Here, in addition to visiting the magnificent monuments in the centre, such as the Bastion of Saint Remy, the Cathedral of Santa Maria and the characteristic twin towers of the Elephant and San Pancrazio, you can immerse yourself in the beauty of the Poetto beach, which extends from the Sella del Diavolo promontory to the Quartu Sant’Elena coastline, or the Molentargius-Saline Park, where you can admire the magnificent pink flamingos.
Heading south-west again, you reach Pula, a picturesque tourist village known mainly for the archaeological site of Nora, and Chia, where you can relax on some of Sardinia’s most beautiful beaches such as Su Giudeu and Cala Cipolla.
Take the coastal road and head up the south-western coast to Porto Pino, an important tourist resort in the lower Sulcis area known for its crystal-clear sea and sand dunes up to 20 metres high, and Costa Verde, an area so unspoilt that it is still home to the loggerhead sea turtles.
Your itinerary of places to visit in Sardinia can continue in the direction of Oristano; take a walk in the historic centre and don’t miss the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the tower of San Cristoforo dating back to 1290 and the Hospitalis Sancti Antoni Art Gallery. Then drive about 20 km to reach Tharros, a settlement founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC.
What to see in North Sardinia
The northern area of the island offers visitors many surprises and attractions.
With a car, you can plan your itinerary in detail, but there are some places that we recommend you do not miss.
You must stop in the magnificent village of Bosa, about an hour’s drive from Oristano, and after parking you car, visit its historical centre dominated by the Malaspina Castle dating back to 1122, and then head to Bosa Marina, a hamlet of the town with sandy beaches and transparent sea, or the Biomarino Park of Capo Marrargiu, a protected area of 160 hectares that extends from the mouth of the river Temo to the islet of Sa Pagliosa.
A 50-minute drive along the SP49 provincial road will take you to Alghero, the capital of the Coral Riviera, known for the beauty of its historic centre, with fascinating monuments such as the Cathedral and Church of San Michele, and for its natural heritage, such as the Grotte Nettuno (Neptune’s Caves). A fun fact: Alghero was also called “little Barcelona” because the city still retains the use of Catalan, spoken by part of the population in the Algherese variant.
A road trip in North Sardinia must also include a stop in Porto Torres, in the Gulf of Asinara between the coast of Stintino and Castelsardo, which is filled with fantastic beaches such as Scoglio Lungo and Balai. Continue along the road to the east, and you can decide to drive along the coast and visit beautiful places such as Santa Teresa di Gallura and Castelsardo or opt for the inland and discover the charm of Gallura. Here we suggest you visit the historic centre of Aggius, the Nuraghe Majori of Tempio Pausania, dating back to the Bronze Age, and the Tomb of the Giants of Arzachena dating back to 1400 BC.
There are many other things to see along the north-eastern coast of Sardinia.
Stop in Olbia and wander around the historic centre or immerse yourself in the charm of the Necropolis of San Simplicio, enjoy a few hours of relaxation on the magnificent beach of Budoni, discover the charm of the Gulf of Orosei and its most famous beaches such as Cala Luna and Cala Goloritzè, and finally reach Villasimius, the ideal place to spend a few days enjoying the crystal clear sea, sandy beaches and good food.
As you have seen, by renting a car in Sardinia you can visit all the attractions of the island and treat yourself to a unique journey through nature and history.