Until a few years ago it would have been unthinkable to travel to Sardinia and the other Italian islands by electric car, due to the small number of columns present. In recent years, however, the number of charging points has increased dramatically in these places as well. We then took the opportunity to study an itinerary that will give us the opportunity to rest, enjoy the sea and Sardinian culture without ever remaining with a low battery.
Journey by electric car in southern Sardinia
The immensity of Sardinia means that a month would not be enough to visit it from north to south in all the main attractions. We therefore decided to travel a part of the south of the island, arriving by ferry in Cagliari (depending on the needs you can leave from Naples, Civitavecchia, Genoa or Livorno) and choosing some neighboring destinations in the following days.
Day 1: Cagliari
Arrived in the Sardinian capital we do not waste too much time and dedicate the morning, despite the sleep caused by the night crossing, to the discovery of the city. After a delicious breakfast, we head to the San Benedetto Market, the famous morning food market, as well as one of the largest in Europe. Here you will find the true essence and charm of the local Sardinians: the farmers and fishermen offer all the freshest Sardinian delicacies to customers.
Among the typical products you can find the seasoned mullet roe, which is almost more reminiscent of a salami than fish eggs. You will find it in abundance in this market and throughout Sardinia: it is worth tasting it to experience its oceanic flavor and its unique texture.
After admiring the views, smells, tastes and sounds of the morning market, we drive to the Rione Marina, where we leave the car, continuing on foot through the winding medieval streets of the Castello District, arriving at the Torre dell’Elefante. Past the Tower is the Caffè Libarium Nostrum, where you can stop for a coffee or a cocktail and enjoy some picturesque panoramic views.
We continue towards Piazza San Giacomo: in the nearby streets the colorful houses are lined with plants and vegetation, making it a truly unique neighborhood to see. Also nearby is the Bastion Saint Remy, a neoclassical structure with a gallery and a rooftop terrace with sweeping views.
After getting lost in the streets we head towards Piazza Garibaldi, where shops and boutiques of all kinds await us. The area is also ideal for stopping for lunch: you can choose from more expensive restaurants to homemade and typical trattorias. For Dessert we recommend a stop at Gli Stefini, you will not be disappointed.
But what trip to Sardinia is without the sea? In the afternoon we retrieve our electric car heading towards the Poetto beach to sunbathe and dive into the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. The first night we spend in Sestu, taking advantage of being able to leave the car in charge at the two Plenitude + Be Charge columns nearby (in Via Adriano and Via Verdi).
Day 2: Villasimius
The things to do in Sardinia, in any area you stay, are really many. If you are looking for culture, the National Archaeological Museum of Ancient History or the Municipal Art Gallery of Cagliari can be a good choice.
Other options in Cagliari include a visit to the Botanical Garden or a food and wine tour among the different wineries in the area, as well as all the nature-related activities such as hiking in the wooded mountains of Monte Dei Sette Fratelli.
For this time we opt for rest and the sea and awake we head to the famous Villasimius. Here, at certain times of the year, you can even meet groups of pink flamingos.
To better enjoy this itinerary, we recommend following the old coastal road, a panoramic road that will give us views that we will hardly forget. We recommend a stop in one of the pitches of the road to admire the coves and crystal clear coves of the southern coast of Sardinia.
The beaches of Villasimius, such as Notteri, Simius and Porto Giunco, have become increasingly frequented by residents and visitors. Among the various beaches of Villasimius we definitely recommend a visit to the wonderful Porto Giunco, a crystal clear earthly paradise with a magnificent lagoon behind it. Villasimius is very lively in summer, so we decide to spend the evening and night right here.
Day 3: Costa Rei
After waking up in this heavenly place, we recover the car heading to the nearby beaches of Costa Rei. These are characterized by their length, white sand and crystal clear waters. One of the first beaches you come across is the beautiful Cala Sinzias.
After a morning and a lunch in the beautiful Cala Sinzias, the provincial road leads us to the large and wild coves of Monte Nai and Piscina Rei. In addition to the genuineness of the beaches, for the most part free, here you can find picturesque coves and above all a clear and uncontaminated sea.
Some of these beaches are crowned every year among the most beautiful in the world: it will take little to understand why. At the end of the day we decide to return to Cagliari in the direction of Quartu Sant’Elena, where we will let the car load for the whole night in the surroundings of our hotel. Dinner is an opportunity to try one of the typical dishes of Cagliari: fregua, mussels and arselle.
Day 4: Nora, Chia and Monte Cogoni
After visiting by electric car part of the beauties of the south-east of the southern coast of Sardinia we head west on this fourth Sardinian day. We decide to spend the morning in a magical place: the archaeological site of Nora. The remains in question are located a few kilometers from the center of Pula, on a promontory rich in history and charm. Nora, an ancient city built near pre-existing Nuragic settlements, was founded by the Phoenicians.
Subsequently Punic and Roman, Nora preserves traces of this era. Its ruins testify to the development of the city in the second and third centuries. Of the Roman city are preserved the remains of numerous buildings such as the forum, the theater, the amphitheater, the baths and the houses. The archaeological materials testify to the continuation and prosperity of trade with the regions bordering the Mediterranean Sea.
Not far from Nora, there is the tower of Chia, whose history is linked to the ancient center of Bithia. We recommend climbing the tower to have a breathtaking view.
For lunch we move to the nearby town of Villa San Pietro, taking advantage of the Plenitude+ Be Charge column in Piazza Oristano. The afternoon is dedicated to relaxation on the nearby beach of Spiaggia di Monte Cogoni. If this does not satisfy you or you do not find a place, the coast abounds in similar coves. In the evening we return to the hotel, always in Quartu Sant’Elena for dinner and to rest.
Day 5: Tueredda beach and Piscinnì beach
On our last day of holidays in this beautiful island we decide to visit two beaches always from the west side of southern Sardinia. To be honest there is plenty of choice and along the road you can choose one as an alternative to another.
Our choice fell on the beach of Tueredda in the morning and then moved to the beach of Piscinnì in the afternoon. Tueredda is located a few minutes from the Bay of Brooms (which is worth a visit), in the direction of Pula.
As soon as we arrive, the glance is remarkable: a splendid cove opens before our eyes with the colors of all shades of blue, next to the white sandy beach. Here you will also find a bar, a rental for rafts, canoes and windsurfing.
After lunch we move to the nearby beach of Piscinnì. The beach belongs to the municipality of Domus de Maria and takes its name from the Spanish Tower located in the promontory not far away, precisely east of the coast.
Here too you will find white sand and turquoise water, with a shallow seabed. Compared to Tueredda the scenery is definitely wilder. There are no restaurants but you can still buy something to drink or eat in a bar.
On the way back to Cagliari we choose one of the many restaurants on the coast to enjoy the last dinner on this beautiful island. After eating a lot of fish these days, we opt for a tasting of typical cheeses and cold cuts. In the late evening the ferry back to the peninsula awaits us: we hope it’s just a goodbye!