Sardinia is the jewel in Italy’s crown, and with miles upon miles of golden coastline it’s no surprise that camping and wild camping in Sardinia is a popular activity for many. This Mediterranean island is packed full of culture, friendly locals, tasty cuisine, and superb walking trails. Making it a great holiday destination – as we’ve written about previously.
But what about camping in Sardinia?
Thankfully for camping enthusiasts, there are some great campsites in Sardinia – we recommend some of our favourites in this article. If you’re planning some walks in Sardinia, then a good walking and hiking in Sardinia book – like this one – can help you decide where’s best to be based for your outdoors holiday.
This National Geographic map of Sardinia is also incredibly useful, highlighting attractions and walks.
Wild camping in Sardinia is technically illegal. However it is often tolerated if wild campers abide by a few rules. We outline those rules, and some must-know tips, a little further down in this article.
But first, here’s a few of the best campsites in Sardinia!
The best campsites in Sardinia
This campsite is situated right on the beachfront on Sardinia’s eastern coast! The crystal clear waters here are great for swimming, although be careful as the water gets deep quickly.
The pitches are within a shady pine forest, so you have relief from the sun during the day too. It’s in a great location for exploring this region of Sardinia as well.
The on-site restaurant also does some really good food – we recommend the carbonara!
Tree of Life camping
This campsite is barely known in Sardinia, even by locals. This little campground is set in the hilly interior of the island and is just like wild camping, but with hot showers!
Your pitch in a beautiful forest is tranquil, and the views down the hillside are breathtaking. Facilities are basic but good.
If you want a day or two in nature, away from the tourist hot-spots then this campsite in ‘wild’ Sardinia is for you.
The campsite is run by a nearby hotel and restaurant – Hotel Ristorante Scala San Giorgio. To see if there’s any availability, and book, you can call them at the following number: +39 345 072 8416.
Camping Capo Ferrato Village
This family friendly campsite is situated right by one of the best beaches in Sardinia, with stunning crystal clear water. You can also expect incredible sunrises if staying here!
If you can get a seaside pitch, then this is hands down our favourite campsite in Sardinia due to the location and scenery. Our advice is to request a beachside pitch when booking.
Cala Gonone Camping Sardinia
This is one of Sardinia’s most popular campsites, and for a reason.
The location on the east coast is close to many good restaurants, while it’s also close to the sea, and a short drive from Sardinia’s mountainous interior.
The facilities are also top notch, including a fantastic swimming pool – great after a day’s hiking!
Wild camping in Sardinia
Unfortunately, wild camping in Sardinia is illegal. This is mainly due to the authorities wish to stop any threat of a forest fire. However people do still wild camp here and it is generally tolerated if campers stick to the following set of guidelines:
You should camp in the same place for one night only, and pitch your tent discretely and in a remote place. Therefore don’t camp in or near settlements, someone’s farm or on cultivated land. If you think you’re on private land, always seek out the landowner and ask permission. Don’t camp right beside walking and hiking trails.
Campers should set up their tent at dusk and take it down at dawn. A tent that is discreet and pitches quickly is best. Therefore a lightweight walking and hiking tent like this one would be a great investment for someone planning to camp in Sardinia.
When wild camping in Sardinia you must never make a campfire. For cooking, use a storm cooker such as the Trangia brand.
And of course, take any trash with you, and leave your camping spot the way you found it.
Below are our must-know tips for camping in Sardinia.
Tips for wild camping in Sardinia
- If there is no toilet near your pitch then only go to the toilet far from water sources, such as rivers and lakes. Make sure to use a trowel (like this folding one) to bury any human waste – don’t just leave it out in the open.
- Thunderstorms and heavy rain can happen in Sardinia – even during the holiday season. Make sure you have a durable, rainproof tent that can survive heavy rain. A lightweight one-man hiking tent like this or similar would be perfect. For a good value tent that fits more than one person, this mosquito-proof one would work well too.
- Remember to always have plenty of water on you when you’re walking and camping. A space-saving collapsible water bottle would be a good purchase.
- Like many rugged and wild rural areas around the world, there are flora and fauna to be aware of. So read up and make sure you know what to expect in the region or area you are planning to wild camp in.
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