Best Time to Visit Sardinia

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Sardinia. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Cagliari. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Sardinia for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 6 °C to 30 °C
Waves Symbol 13 °C to 24 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 0.122.24 in
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Geographical location

Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily.

The Italian island has an area of about 15000 square miles and about 1.7 million inhabitants. This results in a population density of 69 inhabitants per square kilometre.

Sardinia is 130 miles from the Italian mainland, capital of the island is Cagliari. The road from Bonifacio separates Sardinia from the French island of Corsica over a width of 7 miles.

Punta La Marmor is the highest mountain on the island at 1834 metres. In the south of the island there are gold, silver and iron deposits. Sardinia is a varied nature reserve and shelter of a diverse flora and fauna.

As the island is also a popular holiday destination, there are increasingly better flight connections in addition to the traditional ferry connections from France and Italy.

Besides Olbia, the most popular holiday resorts are the coastal region Costa Smeralda with the neighbouring Baja Sardinia, the port of Palau, Porto Rotondo and the Costa Rei in southeast Sardinia.

Climate in Sardinia

IMG_9079 (Michele Testini)  CC BY-ND The Mediterranean climate manifests itself in annual average temperatures of around 17 °C with up to 300 sunny days and usually pleasantly mild values even in spring and autumn. In the capital Cagliari temperatures already rise to over 20 °C in April, but it is still a little too fresh for longer bathing until mid-May. From June it becomes summerly warm, in July and August sometimes quite hot.

In September the temperatures slowly subside, but the heated Mediterranean still remains pleasantly warm. Slowly the rains are getting a little more, in October and November as well as February it gets wettest on the island. From November to April Sardinia then falls into a kind of hibernation, many hotels and restaurants close, even supermarkets reduce their assortment.

Best Time to Visit Sardinia: Overview

JanuaryJan
MaximumMax. 14 °C
Water max. 14 °C
FebruaryFeb
MaximumMax. 15 °C
Water max. 13 °C
MarchMar
TemperaturesTemp. up to 16 °C
Water max. 14 °C
AprilApr
TemperaturesTemp. up to 18 °C
Water max. 15 °C
MayMay
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TemperaturesTemp. up to 22 °C
JuneJun
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JulyJul
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OctoberOct
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TemperaturesTemp. up to 23 °C
NovemberNov
TemperaturesTemp. up to 18 °C
DecemberDec
TemperaturesTemp. up to 15 °C
Water max. 15 °C

When to visit Sardinia?


The best time to visit Sardinia starts in April for round trips, active holidaymakers (for example hikers and golfers), but most hotels and restaurants are still on a budget. With the rising temperatures in early summer, the picture changes abruptly; Sardinia offers the best price-performance ratio between mid-May and mid-June.

However, we recommend the months of July, August and September as the best time to visit the island, especially for seaside holidaymakers. The temperatures of 27 °C to 30 °C allow you to spend relaxing days under the Italian sun and a holiday to suit the taste of sun-hungry connoisseurs. The Mediterranean is up to 24 °C warm and it hardly rains at all, over 10 hours of sunshine in July and August provide perfect summer weather!

Climate Chart Sardinia

Cagliari

Climate Chart Cagliari
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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table Sardinia

In the following, you will find the climate table for Sardinia, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Cagliari (Sardinia)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature14°15°16°18°22°27°30°30°27°23°18°15°
Night Temperature12°16°19°19°17°14°10°
Water Temperature14°13°14°15°17°20°23°24°23°21°18°15°
Precipitation (inch)1.812.241.731.460.940.350.120.351.222.22.22.17
Hours of Sunshine456791011109654
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Cagliari is 16.4 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: August (24.3 °C)
Coldest month: January (9.8 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Cagliari is 24 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
May, June, July, August, September, October, and November

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
July, August, September, and October

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 16.81 inch

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Cagliari.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 10.8 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7.1 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and Attractions


The Costa Smeralda on the north-east coast is not only a gathering place for the rich and beautiful, but also the most popular travel region in Sardinia in general. Even if you are staying in another region of the island, a day trip with a visit to the lush marina and the picturesque Stella Maris church is worthwhile. The Costa Rei is also a real highlight and is home to dream beaches like Sa Perda Niedda and Scoglio di Peppino.

In Baunei you will find the Cala Mariolu and the Cala Goloritze, two fabulous bays that you should definitely enjoy. From La Maddalena starts the sailing trip Parco dell’Arcipelago, a beautiful day trip through the Sardinian waters. Other sights in Sardinia are the stalactite cave Grotta del Bue Marino, the red rocks of Arbatax and the thermal springs of Fordongianus.

Popular Activities

More attractions

From Cagliari: West Beaches Tour | Cagliari: Half-Day Tour of Su Nuraxi di Barumini | Cagliari Half-Day Private Sightseeing Tour | Cagliari Walking Tour: A Walk Through the Ancient Districts | South Sardinia Half-Day Lighthouse Tour from Cagliari | Cagliari: Guided Tour to the Devil’s Saddle | Cagliari: 5-Hour Archaeological Nuraghe Shore Excursion Tour |

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Cagliari
light rain     light rain, 12.8 °C
Clouds: 40 %       Wind: 9 mph ONO
Air Pressure: 1012 hPa       Humidity: 76 %
Last updated: 18th Nov 2018, 04:55 am
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Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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Italy: Regions

Sardinia is part of the holiday destination Italy. We analyzed the climate for additional regions, in order to provide you with information about the best time to visit and the expected holiday weather:

Sardinia: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 4 reviews for Sardinia holiday already. Average rating is 4 of 5 stars.
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    Jonas, 30 years old was there in September

    Because of the strong wind it was rather cool. Lying on the beach was only possible in the slipstream.

    Weather Rating: 3 stars – Mixed

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    christine, 71 years old was there in September

    We had dream weather, very warm, dry, warm, wonderful water.
    Will travel again this year in September

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Thomas, 57 years old was there in September

    We were 20 days in September in the southeast of Sardinia, mostly outdoor/camping.
    It was pleasant, sometimes hot and 3 nights with rain, thus slightly cooled – average approx. 27 to 31°C, water 21 to 24°C.
    It’s easy to handle.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Pia, 27 years old was there in January

    Great to escape the sad, dark and ice-cold January days in Germany and the rest of Northern Europe…

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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