With its sandy beaches and countless miles of hiking trails, it’s easy to see why Sardinia is so popular with travelers from all over the world. It’s got something to offer to everyone, whether you’re looking to lounge on the beach and sip cocktails or day long, or spend your time exploring the diverse landscapes.
One of the best ways to enjoy Sardinia is to stay in one of the many campsites on the island. Most of them are within large camping villages that feature everything from clean bathrooms to aquaparks and fitness instructors. And lots of pizzerias – we are in Italy after all!
Read on to see our thoughts on the best campsites in Sardinia from Isola dei Gabbiani to Villasimius!
Cala Gonone is one the most popular towns on the island, mostly due to idyllic scenery and sandy beaches. And with an aquarium, a diving center, hiking trails and horse riding opportunities there’s other things to keep you entertained if you eventually get bored of just lounging on the beach. The Cala Gonone Campsite is situated in a forested area, but it’s still in the center of action.
There are bars and restaurants just across the street from the campsite entrance, and it’s less than five minutes to the beach. Shops, restaurants, pharmacies and everything else you might need is within walking distance, and at the most 10 minutes away from the camp.
In terms of entertainment and recreation, the campsite is equipped with a swimming pool as well as football, tennis and basketball courts. There’s a bar/restaurant/pizzeria on-site, and even a playground for the youngest campers.
The campsite features separate tent and campervan pitches, as well as rental accommodation. All pitches have access to electricity, bathrooms and free WiFi. Campervan pitches also get access to waste disposal and fresh water for free, but it’s unclear whether there are actually taps on the pitches.
The Laguna Blu campsite is one of the most well-rounded campsites in northwestern Sardinia. It’s in Alghero, near the famous Maria Pia beach overlooking the Alghero Bay. There’s a birdwatching park near the campsite, as well as an extensive waterpark and loads of restaurants and bars. Also, some of Sardinia’s most popular sights are just a short drive away from the camping village, the most notable one being Neptune’s Grotto.
Nuraghe Palmavera is also close to the camp, in case you’re interested in seeing some of the Bronze Age stone ruins that Sardinia is famous for. There’s even an off-road race track about an hour (on foot) outside camp, if you’re in the mood for an adrenaline rush. And those are just some a couple of worthwhile sights in the area.
As for the campsite amenities, Laguna Blu camping village is as good as it gets on the island. There are four types of pitches with one option for tents and three options for motorhomes. Everyone gets access to electricity and fresh water, but only the motorhome pitches get cable TV and water drainage. There’s free WiFi in the camp, but it doesn’t reach every single pitch.
If you’re curious about entertainment on-site, I have some good news. The camping village features an aquapark of its own with a massive pool area. They even have an entertainment program for kids, if you’re looking to have some time for yourself. And there are restaurants, shops and bars on-site, so you pretty much don’t ever have to leave the campsite if you don’t want to.
S’Ena Arrubia campsite is situated in the western part of Sardinia and it is fully surrounded with spectacular nature. The closest town is a 15-minute drive from the campsite, and for the most part you will only encounter people who are staying at the same campsite as you. It’s awesome if you want to be away from the crowds and noises of big cities!
The campsite is close to a massive swampy territory that lies nestled between the sea and pine forests. The area is populated with pink flamingos, red herons and swans, and is thus very popular with bird watchers.
Just a couple minutes from the campsite you will find Spiaggia di Arborea – a white sandy beach so long that it divided into more than 30 different zones. There’s nothing on the beach near the campsite, but you’ll find loads of bars and restaurants if you go a bit south.
Accommodation in the campsite includes everything from basic pitches to mobile homes. The pitches are not really marked or parceled, but they are all under pine trees and there’s lots of shade. Pitches also have access to electricity, and all campers are free to use the pool. A bar, restaurant and a mini market are on-site, and that’s great since the closest town is not exactly within walking distance.
Spiaggia del Riso campsite is in Villasimius, and it’s named after one of Italy’s most beautiful beaches. The name stands for “Rice Beach” – that’s because of the pebbles that are so small and polished that they actually look like grains of rice. The beach is also famous for the white sand, spectacular scenery and azure blue sea.
The campsite is just above the beach and it features more than 200 pitches for tents and campervans. Most pitches are in a shaded area, but there is a pitching area that features no natural shade at all. This area is not parceled either, but it does offers stellar panoramic views.
The sanitary block in the camp is pristine, with over 60 showers and some 40 toilets. All pitches have electricity hook ups, but only caravan pitches also get access to waste disposal facilities.
In terms of campsite facilities, there’s a restaurant and a shop in the area. There’s no pool though, but I’m really okay with that considering that the camping village is right next to Sardinia’s most beautiful beach. Also, the camping village features football and tennis courts, so there’s ample opportunities for fun and exercise!
Isola dei Gabbiani stands for Seagull Island, and it’s the name of a small resort area in north Sardinia. The campsite is part of the resort area, and countless tent and campervan pitches are just one of the many different options for accommodation here.
The untouched nature is mesmerizing and the views are enchanting no matter which direction you’re facing. The pitches are mostly natural, which means that the surrounding aren’t manipulated too much. There’s a lot of natural shade, and the foliage give you the privacy necessary to enjoy your vacation. However, some of the pitches are awfully close to mobile homes, but there’s always a lot of trees and bushes to separate the two units.
All pitches have access to electricity, free WiFi and free sanitary facilities. The campsite features a restaurant and a mini market, as well as a small harbor where you can rent rubber boats, if you want to go and explore all the smaller islands. There’s no pool within the camping village – instead you have easy access to spectacular sandy beaches, so I wouldn’t complain.
The Iscrixedda campsite is on the eastern coast of Sardinia. It’s located in a forested area with lots of trees that provide natural shade, but it’s still just a couple minutes away from the beautiful sandy beach. And it’s just a five-minute drive from Lotzorai town, where you’ll find all the big supermarkets, gas stations, banks and whatnot.
The campsite offers pitches for tents and caravans, all of which have easy access to electricity and drinking water. You might not have a fresh water hook-up directly on the pitch, but it will be really close. Also, all campers are free to use the outdoor grill area, and you’ll find a bar and restaurant within the camp.
The area around Lotzorai town is very popular with campers. There’s about a dozen different campsites here and very few residential houses, so what’s the catch? Well, the area is popular for the magnificent nature. The beaches are stunning, the sea is crystal clear and there’s quite a few hiking trails in the area. If that sounds like something you might enjoy, this might just be the best campsite in Sardinia for you!
The Sciopadroxiu campsite is in western Sardinia and it’s pretty much in the middle of nowhere. It’s situated atop one of island’s many hills, and it’s in a forested area. There’s plenty of trees on the campsite to shade you from the sun, and they also provide privacy from neighbors.
It’s about a 30-minute walk to the beach which certainly isn’t ideal, but it’s absolutely doable for a few reasons. One is that you’re walking through incredibly beautiful nature on your way to an absolutely massive sandy beach. And there’s pretty much no other people in the area – there’s one hotel directly on the beach and that’s it for miles and miles. If you bring bikes, you’ll have a stellar time.
The beach is called Spiaggia di Piscinas, and that’s because of all the little pools of water that are scattered all over the beach. It’s a vast stretch of soft sand with a restaurant and bar on-site, and it’s breathtakingly beautiful.
Electrical outlets and drinking taps are scattered all over the campsite, and you can easily just set up your spot close to one of those. The campsite is really big and it rarely gets overcrowded, so I doubt you’ll have any issues with being too close to other people. Honestly, if you like being away from crowds and city noises, this is by far the best campsite in Sardinia for you.
Bella Sardinia is a seasonal campsite open from late April to early October. It’s in western part of the island, close to the Is Asrenas beach. The campsite is in a vast forested area with lots of pitches, mobile homes and other rental options. The sandy beach is very long and it offers breathtaking views of the endless horizon.
This campsite is well equipped and everything you might need during your stay will be close to your pitch. There’s a restaurant on camp grounds, as well as a shop, tennis court, football field and a pretty big pool. You can even play mini golf at the camp, which is pretty cool!
There’s more than 300 pitches at this campsite, and most of them have direct access to electricity. Also, there are outdoor grills in several parts of the camp, and you’re free to use them whenever you like. Bathrooms could be an issue though – there are only two sanitary blocks in the entire camp, which might not be enough for the 300+ pitches. You’re free to use as much hot water as you need, and you have access to a laundry room as well, so let’s just hope that the campsite won’t be fully booked while you’re there.
Blu La Tortuga campsite is in the pine forest at Vignola Mare. It is easily accessible from several ports because of the strategic location and it’s generally in a peaceful and quiet area. The campsite is forested so there’s lots of shade for the most part, except for two rows that are closest to the pool area.
There’s four types of pitches that differ in size and amenities provided. All pitches have access to electricity but only Type A and Paradise pitches also have water supply and drains. Paradise pitches are the closest to the beach but they are fully exposed and in the sun all day long, so keep that in mind.
This campsite also features a huge aquapark with six different pools, a wellness area and a smaller spray park for just the youngest campers. And the camp has an animation crew that provides entertainment to both adults and kids. Camp activities include everything from morning aerobics to Latin American dances.
In addition to all that, you will also find a café, a restaurant and a market on camp grounds. Everything you might need during your stay is close, as is the vast sandy beach. It’s not that far to restaurants and bars outside the camp, but because the entire area is closed off and forested, it’s easy to forget about life outside the camp.
Tiliguerta camping village is the best campsite within driving distance of Cagliari. It’s practically on the Costa Rei beach so no matter where your pitch is, you’re always a stone’s throw away from the sea. And if you would like to spend some time in the largest city on the island, it’s only an hour away from the campsite.
The camping village is very modern, with all the facilities you need to make your stay as pleasant as possible. Even the basic tent pitches are 90sqm, so you will have more than enough space to make yourself feel at home. The RV pitches are bigger and they’re all equipped with electricity. You won’t have fresh water directly at the pitch, but there are three sanitary blocks with hot and cold water and one should always be close to you.
Apart from running water and clean bathrooms, the sanitary block also includes a laundry room and dishwashing facilities. And there’s plenty of entertainment option at the campsite, what with the basketball and football field, playground, pool, amphitheater and more! You’ll also find a store, a café and a restaurant on-site, so you’ll never need to leave the camp just to grab the essentials.
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