Averages for Sardinia in December

The festive season has arrived in Sardinia, and despite the likelihood of rain, with this being one of the island's rainier periods, there is plenty to see, do, and enjoy in the final month of the year.

December sees an average temperature of 11°C, so it's time to wrap up warm, especially if you're heading inland. Despite that, the average high can easily reach 15°C, and drops to a rather chilly 7°C as an average low. It's not really worth getting your feet wet and heading into the...

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  • Temperature Temperature 11°C 52°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 15°C 59°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 7°C 45°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 4 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 38 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 15 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 16°C 61°F

The festive season has arrived in Sardinia, and despite the likelihood of rain, with this being one of the island's rainier periods, there is plenty to see, do, and enjoy in the final month of the year.

December sees an average temperature of 11°C, so it's time to wrap up warm, especially if you're heading inland. Despite that, the average high can easily reach 15°C, and drops to a rather chilly 7°C as an average low. It's not really worth getting your feet wet and heading into the Mediterranean Sea during December, as the average water temperature only reaches around 16°C, which is certainly too chilly for swimming in general!

December sees a dramatic drop in sunshine hours in Sardinia, with an average of 4 hours per day seeing sunshine, however when the sun does grace you with its presence, it will be bright and very pleasant indeed.

Sardinia is a wonderful place to visit during the festive season and for the New Year celebrations, and the capital, Cagliari, in particular will have many opportunities to celebrate.

Sardinia Coast - Stintino, Le Pelosa

Sardinia Coast - Stintino, Le Pelosa

Where to stay

A festive stay in Sardinia could be anywhere on the island, however there's no denying that most of the fun and festive life will be found in the capital. There are many different places to stay in Cagliari, however the Panorama Hotel offers, typically, panoramic views in comfortable surroundings. If you want something a little more upmarket, then Ulivi E Palme Hotel is for you, with many facilities to make your stay as luxurious as possible.

On the other hand, if you're managing your budget and you want to watch your pennies, then the Cerdena Rooms offer comfort for a lower price tag, no matter what the month of the year.

View of a Punta Molentis Beach

View of a Punta Molentis Beach

What to do

Christmas time in Sardinia is all about enjoying the beauty of nature with loved ones. Cagliari, Alghero, and Olbia to name just three destinations will have plenty in the way of festivities throughout December. A festive walk along the rugged coastline in the north of the island is a popular activity, stopping off for a coffee in a small café along the way. Perhaps you want to get inland and enjoy the dramatic landscapes of the mountains, in which case you could try your hand at skiing, perhaps for the first time.

Sardinia has a few ski resorts, including the large resort of Bruncu Spina, which is the second largest mountain on the island of Sardinia. This is a great resort for all abilities, however it suits intermediates best. There are lifts here, which make is the best resort on the island facilities-wise. A small resort, best for newbies and beginners, is Monte Spada, which means even if you've never tried your hand at skiing before, you can learn with the help of an experienced guide.

Hit the beach

If you're planning on spending some of the festive season on the beach, then you need something special to mark the occasion. Santa Teresa in the north is wild, rugged, and romantically beautiful – perfect for enjoying a winter stroll. You will also be able to see right across the Straits of Bonifacio which is certainly something special to greet your eyes.

White Sail boat at the mediterranean Pelosa Beach

White Sail boat at the mediterranean Pelosa Beach

Where to eat and drink

Whether it's for the big festive day or not, there are plenty of choices for restaurants and bars to enjoy your evening's entertainment in Sardinia during the last month of the year. If you are looking for somewhere for Christmas Day itself, or New Year's Eve, then certainly ring and book ahead.

If you're in Porto Cervo for the festive period, you need to be heading to Aruana Churrascaria, where you will enjoy a truly delicious meal in stunningly beautiful surroundings. This isn't the cheapest restaurant you'll ever go to, but it will be worth every single penny.

Alghero boasts the fantastic Quintilio, with its amazing sunset views, and even more stunning food. You may be more blown away by the food itself or the presentation, it depends on the person involved, however both are truly something special.

Maybe you just want to enjoy a delicious piece of cake whilst you're doing a spot of Christmas shopping, and in that case Sassari has Pan Café, where you will be treated to a huge range of delicious treats on offer.

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