What to do in Sardinia with Children
If you think of Sardinia, wonderful landscapes and crystal clear sea come to mind. But, although Sardinia is also known for the nightlife and for the celebrities who colonize the Costa Smeralda in the summer, there are plenty of places for families with children and things to do in Sardinia with the children.
The most suitable beaches in Sardinia for children
If you go to Sardinia mainly for the sea and the sand, then here is a mini guide to the best beaches which are most suitable for spending the day with children.
Just a few kilometers from S. Teresa di Gallura, , on the east coast of Punta Falcone, with a wonderful view of the Maddalena is this wonderful beach. No rocks and therefore more child friendly.
Parking is close to the beach where you can decide whether to rent the equipment (umbrellas & sunbeds etc) or take shelter under the dense vegetation and let the children play with the sand in shade without getting burned.
With a landscape very similar to La Marmorata, this is a popular tourist area: the beach of Cala Budoni is long with plenty of clear sand, bordered by a lush pine forest.
In stark contrast to the last two Sardinian beaches, the Bosa Marina beach has the characteristic of having an expanse of dark sand. However, this is a fully equipped beach, therefore suitable for children. Opposite stands the outline of the Isola Rossa, connected to the mainland by a long pier.
A stretch of white sand 8 kilometers long in front of the tourist center of the same name.
But the main feature is the hills behind it that provide shelter from the wind and form the Piscina Rei where there is a pond to admire and, if you are lucky, the beautiful pink flamingos.
The amusement parks for children in Sardinia
You do not always want to go to the beach, not every day at least. Do not fret, Sardinia is much more than just pretty beaches. If you are travelling to Sardinia with children you can have exciting days out thanks to the presence of several theme parks.
Diverland – Quartucciu, (Cagliari)
Diverland advertises itself as “much more than just a waterpark!” – so you know you’re getting your money’s worth in this place!
Diverland is surrounded by greenery and covers an area of 100,000 square meters and 1,400 meters of water slides, making it the largest water park in Sardinia. It is located in the municipality of Quartucciu ,in the province of Cagliari and only 20 minutes by car from the city.
For the little ones at Diverland they are numerous child-friendly areas with swimming pools and games designed especially for them, whilst under the watchful eye of the Baby Club animation service and experienced operators.
The Diverland water park of Quartucciu is equipped with all the useful services bathers would expect, and also has a self-service restaurant and pizzeria, kiosks, bars and shops.
Aquadream – Baia Sardinia, (Olbia-Tempio)
Aquadream is a small, unpretentious waterpark. A few years ago the park was enlarged with the inclusion of a new children’s area.
At Aquadream there are games for both adults and children: spiral water slides, straight slides – the most exciting of which is called “kamikaze.”
For children there are two swimming pools with different slides and games suitable for different ages and controlled vigilantly by lifeguards. Near one of these pools you can take advantage of two whirlpool tubs for a bit of well deserved relaxation..
Other rides dedicated to children are the Laguna Jungle, a water based playpark and the “Dreambubble”, a water bubble entirely surrounded by water.
Aquadream is open from the end of June to the beginning of September (in 2018 from 21 June to 7 September 2014) every day from 10.30 am to 6.00 pm / 7.00 pm. The tickets cost € 18.00 for adults and € 12.00 for children under 130 cm; this includes admission to the park, use of games and swimming pools and umbrellas and deckchairs. Food and drink is not included, it is recommended to bring a small packed lunch. I recommend you take advantage of the whole day, your children will be thrilled!
Sardinia in miniature – Tuili (VS)
“How do I take my children to see the whole of Sardinia in just one afternoon”, I hear you say? Easy! Take them to the largest theme park on the island ”Sardinia in Miniature”. In addition to learning about all the main monuments of the island, the uses and customs and characteristics of the local flora and fauna, you can also visit the Museum of Astronomy and its Planetarium, a modern dome structure of almost 11 meters in diameter which, thanks to its sophisticated digital projection system, is one of the best in Italy.
More ideas for what to do in Sardinia with children
If, after all that- you are still stuck for ideas of what to do on your Sardinian holiday – here are some suggestions:
- Photograph your children wearing typical Sardinian costumes
- Participate in a village party and get involved by the Sardinian dances and the enthusiasm of the people
- Visit Gorroppu: one of the largest canyons in Europe
- Roll down the dunes of Porto Pino
- A ride on the island of Asinara
- Taste some of the specialties of the cuisine of the barbaricina pastoral tradition
- Discover the history of mines in Sardinia by visiting the Sulcis Iglesiente geo-mining park
- Take a trip with the “little green train” to the heart of Sardinia
Where to stay in Sardinia with children
Forte Village Resort, winner of the World’s Leading Resort title for 18 years, consists of 8 hotels of extraordinary charm and elegance, with 4 and 5 stars. Its 740 rooms, including bungalows, Junior Suites and Suites, are immersed in a naturalistic oasis of intact beauty, reflected in the crystalline blue waters of southern Sardinia, between Pula and Capo Spartivento. Each structure pays tribute to the colors and materials of Sardinian craftsmanship and is able to satisfy the most demanding guests. For the quality and versatility of its services, for the beauty of its environment it is ideal for families, couples and for all those who wish to relax and practice sports, even at a competitive level.
Here, in addition to all the attractions for adults, this resort is perfect for families for children. If you want to make their holiday unique, this is the right place.
The Forte Village Resort is home to Children’s Wonderland: in a wonderful corner of the garden where opens a space of absolute fantasy, dedicated to children: it is not just a mini-club, but a tailor-made world. There are workshops where the younger guests can learn to work clay, cook pizza, play an instrument, dance, study English and Italian and even create a work of art. Children’s Wonderland has 2 private pools and a restaurant with specific timetables and menus.
After a tiring days fun, your kiddiewinks can rest their heads in one of the child-themed bedrooms. Barbie and Thomas the tank engine themed bedroom anyone?