The island of Sardinia is known primarily for it's marvellous beaches and beautiful coastlines. The coasts attract many tourists from around the world who like to enjoy their vacation on a sunny beach, most people find their ideal spot in the northeast or in the southwest of the island, but also near the picturesque towns of Alghero and Castelsardo. In these places there is enough choice in hotels, B&B and campings. Most campings are large entertainment centers offering every kind of comfort, shops, restaurants and a variety of activities in and near the sea. For many tourists this is just fine, but some would like to spend their vacation in a more adventurous way and on smaller campsites. Here are some suggestions where to spend your vacation in Sardinia.
Small campings of inland Sardinia
Inland of Sardinia campings are hard to find, even though the island is as big as 24000 square kilometers and has a compelling natural environment. Especially in the mountains and on the highlands where the temperature us much more pleasant than on the coasts. Three campings are worth mentioning. The first is Sennisceddu near Pau on the slopes of the Monte Arci. The natural environment of the Monte Arci is suitable for hiking and riding the mountainbike and has a lot to offer. Another camping is Sa Colonia near Tonara in the rough mountaineous region of eastern Sardinia. Near Tonara there are several characteristic towns that are worthwhile visiting and the natural environment is ideal for hiking. Although the campsite has a lot of pitches it can be considered a small camping for it's minimum level of services. The third camping is Nuragheruju near Norbello on the highland plateau of Abbasanta. The camping has a refreshing swimmingpool for the guests. Around Norbello there are a lot of interesting archaeological and natural sites.
The agricamping, camping at the local farm
Apart from small campings there is often the possibility to camp near an agriturismo, the agricampeggio. Because it is not allowed (and not safe) to pitch your tent in the wild, the agricamping is a valid and safe alternative. The agriturismo is a farm where hospitality is offered in rooms or small appartements and there is often a restaurant where local dishes are served. The agriturismo may also offer a camping pitch for tents or campers and caravans. The advantage is a stay on a small scale camping in a natural environment with the possibility to dine at the agriturismo, an ideal way of spending your vacation in direct contact with the locals. Usually the agricamping will not be located near the coast but many have adjusted by offering a small swimming pool for refreshment and relax. Agricampings that are worth mentioning are for example Agricamper Badu Orgolesi near Mamoiada, Saride near Alghero and Nuraghe Mannu near Cala Gonone. On the westcoast agriturismo La Mimosa on the peninsula of Sinis offers three camping pitches not far from the main beaches.
Small campings on the coast
To find small campings near the coast might seem easy, the choice of campings is very large, but most of these campings will be large, offering almost anything you can think of. Smaller camping sites can be considered those with about 80 camping pitches and there are also bungalows and caravans. Most campings lie directly on the coast, usually with enough shade provided by the pine trees (pineta), with a very short distance to the major beaches.
Small campings on the eastcoast may be considered Cala D'Ambra near San Teodoro, Sa Prama at Orosei, La Pineta at Barisardo, Torre Salinas at Muravera and Capo Ferrato near Costa Rei.
On the southcoast a small camping is Pini e Mare near Cagliari and on the westcoast Ortus de Mari near Buggerru. Ortus de Mari does not have a website but is mentioned on the official list of the Regione Sardegna.
Small campings recommended by the visitors of Tharros info are Ortus de Mari at Buggerru and La Pineta at Barisardo. See also the complete list of campings and the list of agricampings
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