Ah, bambini! The Sardinians just love them, so expect pinched cheeks, ruffled hair and warm welcomes galore. And with the island's easygoing nature, gently shelving beaches, caves to explore and prehistoric mysteries straight out of a picture book, travelling here with kids in tow is child's play.
Cave exploring, climbing, biking and all kinds of activities for older kids and teens, plus family-friendly campgrounds.
Excellent beaches with entertainment for kids, wildlife excursions, gentle hiking and dolphin-spotting boat trips.
Fantastic child-friendly beaches for all ages, nature parks, fascinating caves and wildlife-watching and an array of water sports for older kids and teens.
A long town beach, dizzying tower climbing in the historic centre, fun shops and the wonderful trenino verde train ride in the countryside.
Cavallini (mini-horses) roaming on the mountain plateau of La Giara di Gesturi, excellent beaches on the south coast, eerie mines and wondrous caves.
Water-sport-heavy beaches for teens, wild, sandy beaches for toddlers and beautiful bird life for all ages.
Like all of Italy, Sardinia is wonderful for kids of all ages. Babies and toddlers are cooed over everywhere, while older kids and teenagers can unleash their energy with a host of outdoor activities – from horse riding on the beach to learning to dive and snorkel, kayaking to climbing, wildlife spotting to coastal hiking. Most resorts have tree-fringed promenades suitable for buggies, as well as playgrounds and gelaterie.
Wherever you base yourself, discounts are available for children on public transport and for admission to sights.
Kayak Cardedu Kayaking and nautical camping on a remarkable stretch of red granite coast.
Horse Country Resort This huge horse-riding resort in Arborea offers lessons and treks along the beach or through pine woods.
Golfo di Orosei Canoeing, biking, caving, diving and canyoning, all great for teens.
Palau and Porto Pollo These north-coast neighbours offer water sports galore – from windsurfing and kayaking to kids' diving courses.
Laguna di Nora Canoe expeditions and basic snorkelling.
Capo Carbonara & Villasimius Shallow water and sandy beaches for play and snorkelling.
Roccia dell’Orso, Palau Wind-blasted granite formation in the shape of a bear.
Grotta di Nettuno, Capo Caccia Count the 656 steps to the bottom of this glittering, cathedral-like cave.
Le Grotte Is Zuddas, Santadi Marvel at helictites in this spectacular cave system.
Roccia dell’Elefante, Castelsardo Seen the bear rock? Go check out the elephant.
Grotta di Ispinigoli, Dorgali Underground fairyland of stalagmites, including the world's second tallest.
Sinis Peninsula Salt lakes and pink flamingos in spring.
Parco Nazionale dell'Asinara Albino donkeys steal the show at this wildly beautiful national park in the north.
Parco Naturale Regionale Molentargius Protected reed-fringed wetlands with abundant bird life – flamingos, herons and little egrets.
Stagno S’Ena Arrubia Keep binoculars handy to spot flamingos, herons, coots and ospreys.
La Giara di Gesturi Try to spy the shy miniature wild horses that roam this tabletop plateau.
Capo Carbonara A marine reserve with flamingo-filled lagoons and boat trips to the islands.
Riserva Naturale di Monte Arcosu A WWF reserve home to wild boar, martens, wildcats, weasels and birds of prey.
Sinis Peninsula Long sandy beaches and tiny pebble beaches, perfect for toddlers.
Cala Gonone Low-key family-oriented resort, with a pine-fringed lungomare (seafront promenade), a shady campground and several playgrounds.
Costa del Sud Stretches of sand and shallow, limpid waters along Sardinia's southwest coast.
Cala Battistoni, Baia Sardinia Hair-raising rides and water madness, plus fine sandy beaches.
Riviera del Corallo, Alghero Greenery, umbrellas, sunloungers and kids’ play areas.
Costa Verde Gorgeous, dune-backed beaches off the beaten track. Not many facilities but plenty of space to run around.
Eating out with the kids is pretty stress-free in Sardinia, where bambini are made very welcome. There are few taboos about taking children to restaurants, even if locals with little ones in tow stick to the more popular trattorias – you’ll seldom see children in an expensive restaurant.
Agriturismi (farm stays) are great for giving the masses the slip; here you'll find space for the kids to play freely, farm animals, trails to explore and a genuinely warm welcome.