Even if Italy offers more than seven thousand six hundred kilometers of coastline with countless beaches, Sardinia, Italy (or in Italian, "Sardegna") has a special status. Situated in the Mediterranean Sea, the second biggest Italian island after Sicily is particularly famous for its marvelous beaches, which also attract the rich and the famous. The white sandy beaches, in combination with the clear water, are considered as the most beautiful ones in the Mediterranean Sea. Besides Italian, the majority of the local population also speaks Sardinian, which is an Indigenous Romance language that resembles traditional Latin a lot. However, the younger generation rarely knows how to speak Sardinian nowadays.
The Mediterranean climate allows pleasant days on the beach, with an average high of more than twenty degrees Celsius from the beginning of May to the end of October. As it gets very little rain from June to August and has more than three hundred days of sunshine a year, it is a very popular tourist destination for beach vacationers. Do not forget that especially in July and August the temperatures can get very hot -- thirty-five degrees or more. The island offers many activities for nature lovers and sport enthusiasts, ranging from hiking to surfing. The Sardinian culture -- with its characteristic cuisine, traditional clothing, and UNESCO World Heritage sites -- attracts travelers who look for a cultural experience.
As budget tourist, you will find plenty of options across the island. However, many inexpensive places are not classic hostels in Sardinia, Italy, but private guesthouses and camping sites along the coast. In bigger towns, such as Alghero and Cagliari, you will also find usual Sardinia, Italy hostels with reasonable prices. Do not forget that many Sardinia, Italy hostels are quickly booked out in summer, and even the months of September and October can be quite busy. Therefore, planning and booking in advance is very helpful. If you cannot find a budget accommodation near your favourite spot, think about renting a car for some days. The picturesque landscape is a must-see.
Most of the bigger towns have a decent nightlife to offer due to the mild climate and the tourist influx. The bars in Olbia are really busy during the summer. If you are into classy and expensive nights out with style, the Port of Cervo in Costa Smeralda is your choice. Alghero with its old-town streets and many bars and restaurants attract are popular with tourists and locals. If you are in Cagliari, check out the area “Maria” near the harbour as well as in the old town. There you can find venues of every price level. The local characteristic cuisine and the tasty wine varieties are always worth a try.
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