Wildlife holidays in Sardinia
Tell me about Sardinia …
Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean and lies in the Tyrrhenian Sea, south of Corsica.
It is a land of contrasts, ranging from beautiful white sandy beaches and coves to a rugged mountainous interior and quieter southern areas.
Great care has been taken to ensure that Sardinia has escaped the ravages of tourism which many other Mediterranean islands have suffered.
Our Sardinia specialist recommends...
"I recommend our ‘Sardinia’ tour for a relaxed, 2-centre birdwatching and botany holiday. We explore the island’s coastal lagoons and mountainous interior in search of a wide range of both botanical and avian species."
What’s special about the wildlife?
The island’s abundant coastal lagoons, extensive forests, rugged mountains and limestone hills are home to an interesting flora and fauna – wild flowers, insect life and birds in particular.
Naturetrek Tours to Sardinia
We offer two wildlife tours to Sardinia: an 8-day holiday in search of the plants, birds and butterflies of the island’s coastal lagoons and mountainous interior; an 8-day holiday with a special focus on the island’s exotic dragonflies.
What wildlife might I see?
- Purple Gallinule, Glossy Ibis, Little Bittern, Black-winged Stilt & Gull-billed Tern are among the interesting birds breeding in coastal marshes, while Eleonora’s Falcon & Audouin’s Gull breed on islet cliffs
- We’ll enjoy the maquis flora including species such as Narrow-leaved Cistus, Lentisk, Phillyrea latifolia & Strawberry Tree
- In the Monte Arcosu Reserve mammals such as the endangered Sardinian Deer live alongside maquis & woodland birds (including five species of warbler)
- In late June it’s possible to see up to 35 species of dragonfly, most of which are not found in Britain, including Green Hooktail, Island Bluetail & Long Skimmer
Human settlements have existed on Sardinia for thousands of years and the island is studded with traces of ancient civilisations such as the curious stone tower monuments called nuraghi, built by Bronze Age inhabitants.
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Sardinia HOLIDAYS
I very much enjoyed the mixture of botany and ornithology, and walking and culture. To see a bickering crowd of Eleonoras Falcons on the boat trip was the birdwatching high point, and the range of beautiful orchids was the botanical element to remember. A very full rounded and enjoyable holiday.
I would like to congratulate you all on arranging such an excellent tour. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I shall certainly travel with Naturetrek again and recommend it to my friends...The thing I liked best was John Willsher’s birding skill. He is a great bird finder, and an excellent teacher, carefully describing the details of calls, appearance and habitat...I really enjoyed learning about orchids from Jenny...The other real delight of the holiday for me was the Costa dei Fiori hotel...Overall this was a good tour with two excellent leaders in John and Jenny. They are good company and we got on well. I am full of admiration for their ability to be on duty all day, to find and identify birds and flowers, to drive all day, to produce such excellent picnics, and to stay so unflappable.
In Pula the hotel location was wonderful; enjoyed the stay, good food, good ambience. In Darqali the welcome was genuine, good room excellent food. Enjoyed the stay. First rate leaders: enthusiastic about their specialities, inclusive so that non-experts could gain the maximum from the trip. Extremely well organised, friendly and enhanced the holiday from start to finish. Excellent. Very well organised itinerary so that even when we needed to cover many miles between hotels, we had nature stops that were really interesting. Good to see so much of Sardinia. Every effort was made to maximise our enjoyment and to access what was available to see - flora & fauna...Good holiday, thank you.