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Sardinia

Second largest island in Italy with some of the best beaches

Above all, Sardinia is famed for its pristine, white sand beaches that can only be rivalled by those of the Caribbean, whilst the interior remains mountainous and wild. Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily, but is very different to its larger neighbour in both scenery and culture. It is definitely more sophisticated and has a calm feel in contrast to Sicily's livelier atmosphere.

 

The Sardinian culture goes back 3,500 years and evidence of its ancient civilisation can be seen all over the island with the Nuraghi, stone towers and burial sites that dot the landscape. They say that there are more than 4 million sheep in Sardinia so you're bound to encounter many a flock if driving through the hills inland and they do sort of rule the road! The countryside is also dotted with cork oaks and the production of cork was once very important to the island.

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Costa Smeralda

The north east coast of Sardinia is known as the Costa Smeralda or Emerald Coast and is home to several smart resorts nestling in sandy coves lapped by crystalline waters

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Villasimius

The sea is the main attraction here with crystal clear water lapping on white sand beaches. The natural landscape has miles of cool pine forests with large areas of Mediterranean maquis stretching down to the sea

Alghero

Hidden in the northwest corner of Sardinia, shrouded in medieval history lies the town of Alghero. Despite being a hub for summer tourism, Alghero has done the impossible and retained its character.

Rena Bianca Beach

This typical Sardinian town is located on the rugged northern coast and enjoys simply breathtaking views across the Straits of Bonifacio towards Corsica

On the Western side of the island Cannigione is home to one of the best beaches on the island with golden sand that gently slopes into the bay offering great swimming and superb diving and snorkelling.

A small fishing village located in the North West of the Island, fine white sandy beaches, clear waters backed by pink granite rock

Aerial View of Forte Village Resort

This superb resort sits on the edge of Southern Sardinia and offers an extensive array of fine restaurants, chic bars, fun family facilities and seven hotels.

Nuraghi

The main attraction of Sardinia is indeed the beautiful coastline but for those with itchy feet there's plenty to keep you busy. Should you wish to hire a car and see more of the island you will come across remnants of Sardinia's bronze age civilisation, the 'Nuraghi', with stone towers that dot the landscape.

Costa Smeralda

Naturally many of the activities on offer revolve around the sea, with boats to the National Park of the La Maddalena archipelago and the possibility for diving lessons in the clear, warm waters. The sheltered waters of Baja Sardinia make it perfect for water sports such as winds

Villasimius

Sardinia is the second biggest island in the Mediterranean so in order to do it justice you could hire a car locally and stay in two or more different areas, sample some amazing local cuisine and enjoy the peace of the hills before finding time to relaxation on the beach at the Hotel Pullman Timi Ama in Villasimius.

Festivals and events in Sardinia

During Easter, Sardinia plays host to some of the most elaborate religious festivals in the world, culminating in the carrying of Sant’Efisio in Cagliari through to Pula with 5,000 participants, 3,000 of which ride on horseback through the town in traditional costume.
August is by far the busiest month in the Sardinian calendar. From the first Sunday of the month, there are weekly festivals celebrating the medieval culture of the azure isle. The 7th marks the Archers tournament with incorporates an armed forces procession with professional archers making their way through towns. Just a week later, you can view one of the most famous firework displays in Europe along the Busquet walkway as the festival of fish begins in Alghero. And of course there’s nothing quite akin to the Sardinian bank holiday for Ferragosto, which you’ll discover first hand if you visit the island around the 15th August. Fireworks, carnivals, pop up street theatre and of course, glorious food await you.