Why Travel to Sardinia & Corsica? | Albatross Tours

Mediterranean Magic – Sardinia & Corsica

Think Italy and France. You’re probably picturing towers of Pisa or Eiffel, the Colosseum, the Louvre, or the canals of Venice, right? Well at Albatross Tours we make every effort to show you all these and more - with emphasis on the ‘more’!

The typical attractions are nice and all - beautiful even - but we find the best Europe tours are off the beaten track. 

Smaller crowds, slower pace, cheaper tours, and more time to enjoy every indulgence that southern Europe can throw at you. For all of this, let us take you on a two-week, two-island trip to awaken each of your senses. 

Where might this be, you ask? The lands of myths and legends, Sardinia and Corsica.

The Where

Sardinia and Corsica are the second and fourth largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea, located 120km south and 200 to 400km west of Italy. 

Owned by Italy and France, respectively, these islands are known for their crystal clear waters, stunning coastline, and the mountain hikes that lie between. Of these mountains, Mount La Marmora in Sardinia stands the tallest at over 1800m and looks down upon the Gennargentu Mountains. 

Those who sign up for the S&C tour will be treated to 3 days in Su Gologone where 4WD will take place through the Supramonte Mountains - further north from the Gennargentu range. 

The Why

The best of Sardinia begins at the bottom, in the island capital of Cagliari. Here, you’ll find ancient Roman monuments and ruins which complement the National Archaeological Museum. 

Moving north will take you through miles of vineyards and a first glimpse of the Gennargentu Mountains. 

If you’re travelling with Albatross, you’ll then experience the renowned Su Gologone ‘Experience Hotel’. This former 20th-century restaurant has been transformed into a burgeoning hotel with a focus on “unspoilt nature, the sense and taste for Sardinian art, the love for authentic and exquisite cuisine,” so they say. 

If history and vineyards aren’t quite your style, further north you’ll find cliff top drives and Neptune’s Caves, where stalactites and stalagmites will have you gaping in wonder.

Jumping on the ferry across the Strait of Bonifacio, you’ll land in Corsica - the birthplace of French General Napoleon Bonaparte.

Of course, the French island is good for far more than bearing French Generals, boasting some of the most beautiful beaches and hiking trails in southern Europe. 

Visit towns such as Calvio and Bonifacio which were once stalwarts of the French defence against centuries-old enemies. Their drawbridges and towering turrets make for great backdrops or vantage points as you explore their cobblestone streets. 

The When

Sardinia and Corsica’s peak travel time is through the summer months of June, July and August, as temperatures average 27-30°C and the beaches become irresistible. 

For a slightly cooler (22-27°C) and cheaper shoulder season, try May or September when hiking trails are to die for. But be warned, the sea in May hasn’t quite warmed up while September is perfect for a dip. 

From November to February, temperatures average below 20°C making some people believe this is the worst time to visit. But on the contrary, compared to the European winter further north, these conditions make it a go-to winter holiday for those escaping the freezing cold. 

Albatross’ tours of these magical Mediterranean islands depart from mid-August to mid-September, with the latest of these concluding on October 1. 

Any More Questions?

If we’ve left any burning questions on your mind, don’t hesitate to get in contact to learn more about this trip or how to tour Europe more broadly. 

We’re always happy to help and can’t wait to see you depart for your next European adventure!

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Enzina Scarcella

Enzina Scarcella is the Marketing Manager of Albatross Tours