The comparisons are odious and to avoid misleading the reader, we have already anticipated that if you ask if Sardinia or Sicily is more beautiful, the answer is that they are different and cannot be compared. It is like asking a child if he loves Dad or Mom more, or comparing pears to apples.
Each island has its charm, and if we want to choose the best it is in any case to prioritize one for the first trip and whenever we can visit the other. We are going to describe some of the best things to do in Sicily and Sardinia so that you can choose.
If we talk about beaches, those of Sardinia are somewhat better. That does not mean that in Sicily there are not but the sandy areas of Sardinia are impressive in almost all the island, and when there are no extensive beaches there are charming coves as in the area of the Gulf of Orosei where Cala Luna or Cala Goloritze are. Both the quieter western beaches in the Sulcis Iglesiente area and the turquoise waters of the Emerald Coast and Maddalena Island are fascinating. In Sicily there are amazing places like the Scala dei Turchi, and other more typical places like San Vito lo Capo or the beautiful coves of the Egadi Islands.
Both in Sicily and Sardinia you eat very well. Being Italy, the two islands are perfect for those looking for well-prepared dishes with quality products. Pasta alle sarde, couscous alla Trapanese are just two delicious examples from Sicily, while in Sardinia we can try pasta with bottarga, Malloreddus alla Campidanese, Culurgiones or Porceddu of course.
The two islands of the Mediterranean share a lot of history, with conquering peoples that came from Phoenician times, Greeks, Romans and Arabs later, which contributed to leaving a notable mark on culture, gastronomy and monuments.
Sicily has things that we will not find anywhere in Europe (except Iceland), such as the active volcanoes of Stromboli and Etna. Sardinia has dreamy fishing villages like Alghero or Castelsardo, thousands of pre-Roman constructions of the Nuragic civilization or lots of interesting caves like Neptune’s.
So go ahead and get to know the two islands so you can judge for yourself. Sardinia or Sicily, both are essential!