Many airlines offer flexible change policies
With the magic of a Mediterranean getaway just a click away, it can be tempting to snap up your flight to Sardinia as quickly as you can. But bagging yourself the best bargain means a bit of careful planning. The most competitive deals on flights from London to Cagliari are found when the summer heat fades, especially between October and November. But whenever you plan to jet off, the most budget-friendly time to book cheap flights to Sardinia is one or two months before departure. Choose a weekday flight for an even better deal – then pocket the change for a lazy day of cocktails during your Sardinian escape.
Sardinia may not be the most well-known Mediterranean holiday isle, but there are plenty of airlines that can get you there from the UK. There aren’t any direct flights out, unless you book with a package holiday airline, but most make a stopover at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport (FCO). From London, it’s AirItalia all the way, while from Birmingham (BHX) or Manchester (MAN), you may need to swap carriers, with KLM and AirItalia pairing up to get you there.
Sardinia packs in a landscape of wonders, whose sighs and highs never really fade, whatever the season. While the flowers are in full bloom and the birds are twittering, the feverish flocks of holidaymakers haven’t landed yet. So the months of April and May are lovely and laidback – and definitely full of ‘ahhh’ moments. September is another idyllic time to visit when the island is still basking in the warm glow of summer, but the beaches have started to empty. The summer months are gorgeous, of course, but the months flanking the high season mean maximum marvels for you – with minimal hustle and bustle.
There’s marvel-a-plenty to embrace in Sardinia, too: spine-tingling tales of giants’ tombs and fairy houses; the crumbling remains of Cagliari’s Roman amphitheatre; or even the lost underwater city of Nora. When it comes to natural beauty, Sardinia knows no bounds. The blissfully unspoilt Maddalena Archipelago and remote mountains of Gennargentu share a jaw-dropping quality that beguiles even the most seasoned traveller. And, even if you have to loosen your belt a notch or two, the heavenly flavours of a spit-roast suckling pig will ensure that Italy’s ‘forgotten island’ remains etched in your memory and lingering on your taste buds, long after your flight back home.