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Basic info and car hire in Italy - Sardinia

Location: West of the Italian Peninsula

Population: 1,651,793 (2017)

Official language: Italian

Currency: Euro (€)

Weather: Sardinia’s climate can be categorized in two climates: Mediterranean and Temperate oceanic. During the autumn and winter, there is a major concentration of rainfall, snowfall is also not excluded in the higher regions of the island. The average of high temperatures reaches between 22.8°C (73°F) to 26.1°C (79°F). The Highlands' summer temperatures peak at around 16.1°C (61°F) and can reach up to 20°C (68°F). During the winter, the temperatures can drop down to 11.1°C (52°F) at the coastal areas. While the mountains are much colder during the wintertime with an average of -2.2°C (28°F). 

Internet coverage: Free Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, restaurants, and cafes. Find the free Wi-Fi hotspot near you, click here »

Road conditions: Roads in Sardinia are not always well-maintained outside bigger cities and towns. There are plenty of carriageways and patched up roads with uneven pavement and potholes. Some of the roads can be quite narrow and curvy, alongside completely unpaved roads.

About Italy - Sardinia

Sardinia is an Italian island located in the Mediterranean Sea, which lays close to the French island of Corsica. Most-known for its dreamy sandy beaches embraced by the emerald sea. Sardinia offers stunning views of natural contrasts in the form of diverse and colorful landscapes, making it one of the top European destinations. 

Sardinia is an autonomous region of Italy; therefore, it has its own identity and traditions. Even though the official language is Italian, there are other minority languages spoken on the island. This island is divided into four provinces or regions with the capital being the city of Cagliari, which is the largest city on Sardinia. The airport is located close to the city center, making it easy for you to car hire in Cagliari Airport and driving straight to the capital. On the northern part of the island lays a beautiful coastal city of Olbia, which is filled with entertainment. You will never be bored if you car hire at Olbia Airport and find your own exciting site.

The best way to start your voyage through this Italian paradise is to car hire in Sardinia. As the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sardinia, offers a perfect blend of unspoiled beaches, charming villages, vast mountains, handmade pasta and an amazingly complexed historic heritage, all waiting to be discovered by you! 

Driving in Italy - Sardinia

Driving on Sardinia can be truly rewarding, as the local drivers are courteous, and the roads offer spectacular views of the Italian landscape. The best way to get around is to car hire in Sardinia and fill your holiday itinerary with a mix of different sights scattered around the island. For the true explorer, we suggest driving your car hire in Sardinia on the smaller provincial roads as they will provide you with a picture-perfect scenery. Many of the spectacular beaches are accessible only by dirt tracks, so don’t let that discourage you from further discovering the coastal area.  

  • Age limits: To rent any vehicle, you have to be 18 years old.
  • International Driving Permit: For visitors who are residents of the USA, Canada, Australia, India, China, Korea, Japan, and some others.
  • Additional papers: Your insurance policy and passport.
  • Additional requirements: If you plan to drive own car, you need a valid registration and proof of internationally valid insurance (check beforehand with your insurance company) in addition to your IDL.
  • Children in the car: Passengers under the age of 10 years old cannot sit in the front seat. Additionally, children under 3 years old are required to use a car seat.
  • Driving side of the road: Drive on the right side of the road.
  • Lights: The law requires you to drive with your headlights on outside of urban areas (even during the sunny days). Always drive with your headlights on while on the highway.
  • General speed limits: Typically, urban areas on Sardinia have speed limits of 50 kilometers per hour (30 miles per hour) while non-urban roads have a speed limit of 90 kilometers per hour (55 miles per hour), and freeways and expressways have speed limits of up to 110 kilometers per hour (68 miles per hour). Watch out for the speed cameras!
  • Parking suggestions: Parking spots on Sardinia are usually not free and are marked out by blue paint. Parking around the most famous beaches can be a bit tricky. Here are some suggestions where you can park your car hire on Sardinia, click here »