Sardinia, Italy

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Cagliari, Alghero, Porto Torres, and Olbia

The Italian region of Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean sea, located west of the Italian peninsula and south of the French island of Corsica. The beautiful and varied landscape here is a popular tourist attraction for its beaches and ancient architecture. While running culture in Sardinia flies under the radar, there are some great spots if you know where to look. Our guide to running in Sardinia features several routes in each of four popular areas: Cagliari, the capital; the beach town of Alghero; historic Porto Torres; and the transit port of Olbia.

Some of the best places to run in Sardinia include some choice spots in Cagliari: Poetto beach, the Molentargius-Saline Regional Park, and the Monte Urpinu and San Michele urban parks. In Alghero, there’s great running on the beach and waterfront promenade. Explore  Porto Torres with a run along the spacious waterfront. In Olbia, there’s also good running along the water and around the harbor.

Sardinia is 24,100 square kilometers, so a car is the best way to get around the island. A train network connects most of the major towns, and there is also a bus network which is extensive (if somewhat confusing). Ferries are also a popular form of travel, though most are more convenient for traveling to the mainland or other islands than they are for traveling about Sardinia.

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Sardinia has good weather for running almost year-round, with a generally Mediterranean climate. There is variability depending on location on the island, and also adjusting for altitude in the interior. In Cagliari, summers are hot, with average highs in the 30C (86F) range, with warm but not too humid nights. Winters are mild, with high temperatures in the 15C (high 50s F) range, and lows dipping to 6C (low 40s). Most of the 425 mm (16 inches) of annual rainfall occurs in the autumn and winter months.

Where to stay in Sardinia is largely motivated by where you want to go and what you want to see, but some of the top cities are Cagliari, Porto Torres, Olbia, and Alghero. Find accommodations at

The Runaway in Cagliari is a local favorite store, but there are also Nike, Bassotto Sport, Bata, and various other sporting goods chains throughout the island.

We haven’t found many running groups in Sardinia, but let us know if you’ve heard of one!


There are some great races in Sardinia, including the Maratonina Citta di Uta, the Cagliari Respira, the Chia Laguna Half Marathon, and the Maratonina dei Fenici by Night.