<map lat='40.17887331434696' lng='9.140625' zoom='7' view='0' float='right' height='350' width='250'/> Sardegna is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean See and an autonomous province of Italy.
Hitching in Sardegna is fairly easy. Public transport is difficult and rare. For example there are only few trains from Olbia to Cagliari and the trip takes a whole day. It is a bit faster with busses but people are very hitchhiker friendly and will take you. As usual on sundays, there are mainly families on the road and the cars are full. Sardegna is the easiest place to hitch in whole Italy.
Jason hitched here in April 2008 without problem and traveled 70km through the mountains to Cagliari in two rides in around one hour thirty. People seem to be really friendly.
TonyPro and a friend hitched from Alghero to Nuoro over several days, never waiting more than 20 minutes, and usually less than 5. But from Nuoro and Olbia, and aross the north, waiting times averaged an hour or more. One of our rides suggested that the image of hitchhikers in the north is very different than in the south, since the northern coast attracts extremely wealthy tourists.
Getting on/off the island
There are ferrys to:
- Porto Torres coming from Barcelona, Marseille, Genova, Propriano and Cevitavecchia
- Santa Teresa di Gallura coming from Bonifacio
- Palau (Sardegna) from Genova, Napoli and Porto Vecchio
- Golfo Aranci from Fiumicino (Rome), Livorno and Cevitavecchia
- Olbia from Salerno, Piombino, Genova, Livorno and Cevitavecchia
- Tortoli from Fiumicino (Rome), Genova and Cevitavecchia
- Cagliari from Trapani, Palermo, Napoli, Livorno and Cevitavecchia
They could be hard to hitchhike as you pay for mostly car and passenger, you can try to hide in a car when boarding the ferry, if you are on the ferry nobody will ask you for the ticket anymore.
Eat, drink and sleep
Accommodation and eating is quite expensive especially in high season and near touristic hotspots like Costa Smeralda.
Wildcamping is mostly forbidden at least in the tourist areas but somehow tolerated if you do it hidden and you light no fire (never do this, its extremly dangerous in the pine forests, don't be the cause of a forest fire which destroys the beautiful nature of sardegna!) Near Santa Teresa di Gallura you'll find Capo Testa which is a beautiful place, there is a hidden valley called Valle di Luna where a hippie community permanently lives in tents and caves, it possible to sleep there for free within an amazing landscape.
Water is rare in Sardegna, thats why tap water can be chlorinated and not for drinking, especially in summer and in some regions like Tortoli.
Eating in Sardegna is a pleasure. Find out very the locals have dinner, ask your lift and at least once enjoy a four-course menu, if you don't have much money get invited by your lift or someone else. For the hardcore hitchers, dumpster diving should be no problem and people are so friendly that there might be the chance to ask for free food on markets shortly before they close.