Camping in Sicily & Sardinia
Island retreats can make idyllic getaways, and Sardinia and Sicily are no exception.
Sardinia’s emerald coastline is arguably one of the most spectacular in Europe. Its beaches are a haven for water sports enthusiasts offering sailing, diving and windsurfing opportunities aplenty.
Sicily is great for holidaymakers looking for something a little different. The island is rich in history and natural beauty. Arab and North African influences, reflected in Sicily’s cuisine and architecture enrich the island’s culture even more.
Canvas introduced camping opportunities on both islands in 2013. Mazara del Vallo is a lively site based on Sicily’s less visited western coast, perfect for exploring, while Sant’Antioco is a small beach-based campsite, ideal for soaking in the Sardinian sun.
Things to do when you’re camping in Sardinia
Alghero: Catalan and Italian influences combine in this charming old city with its ramparts and narrow cobbled lanes. Take a boat trip to the caves at Grotta di Nettuno and be amazed by the beautiful stalagmites and stalactites.
Stintino: The resort of Stintino lies between two harbours. Take a boat trip to one of the nearby islands and visit the beaches at Pelosa or Le Saline, when flamingoes can sometimes be seen on the salt ponds.
Aquadream: Splash around at this water park in the village of Baja Sardinia on the Costa Smeralda. Try the Black Hole and King Kong twister slides, the trampolines and mini-golf, or the Baby Laguna for younger children.
Things to do when you’re camping in Sicily
Mazara del Vallo: Mazara was founded by the Phoenicians, and still bears traces of its later Arab and Norman residents. Don’t miss the frescoes in the church or the famous statue of the Dancing Satyr, and take time to wander through the atmospheric alleys of the Kasbah area, home to the Teatro Garibaldi.
Agrigento and Selinunte: One of Sicily’s must-see attractions, the Valley of the Temples is a complex of Doric temples, mostly in elevated positions above the town of Agrigento – the ancient Greek city of Akagras. Selinute is another important Greek site, only about 30 minutes’ drive from the campsite.
Cave di Cusa: This ancient quarry provides an insight into the building of Greek temples. Its fine stone was highly prized but work stopped suddenly – perhaps due to the arrival of Hannibal in 409 BC - leaving behind a landscape dotted with massive but half-completed masonry.
Trapani: Trapani is a popular stop for cruise ships and has a busy nightlife. Take the cable car to the medieval town of Erice – a great place to buy souvenirs and stock up with goodies from one of Sicily’s best pastry shops.
Marsala: Marsala is famous for the arrival of Garibaldi in 1860, and for the delicious wines that bear its name. Book a tour of the historic cellars at Cantine Florio for a fascinating experience that includes a tasting session. Another old winery houses the regional archaeological museum, where the centrepiece is a magnificent Punic warship.
Mozia & the salt flats: The coastline from Marsala to Trapani is edged with salt pans and windmills, one of which contains the Salt Museum. From here you can take a boat trip to Mozia, once an important Phoenician colony. The island’s museum is named after the English wine merchant who began the excavations here.
Favara: The town of Favara saw few tourists until its recent transformation by an innovative arts project. Houses, alleys and courtyards at the heart of the old town have been restored to provide a home for contemporary arts exhibitions and events, and the Farm Cultural Park now attracts artists from all over the world.
Book your camping holiday in Sardinia or Sicily online or by calling our knowledgeable sales team on 0845 268 0827. Use our campsite finder to choose your campsite.