Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean and is graced with endless soft and golden beaches and crystal blue sea. The island offers a wide range of attractions, from quiet coves and beaches to nature reserves and mountaintop ruins very diverse considering its size. Inland, the countryside is rich with agriculture and the landscape includes ravines, crags, valleys and wooded hillsides.
It is very difficult to describe the beauty of Sardinia but it is mostly unspoilt and rugged and offers a perfect destination for those wanting to get away from it all.
Like most of Italy, Sardinia is very family friendly and you will certainly see a lot of well equipped "lido" style beaches, where children can play safely with plenty of activities to keep not only the children happy but adults alike! Sardinia’s beaches have won many awards and have featured highly in International Magazines, especially around Gonone, Stintino, Oristano and Villasimus.
La Maddelena, a small Island off the north coast of Sardinia is a gem; spectacular Mediterranean coastline combines with the community spirit of the Island and the traditional culture of its historical port. "The beauty of the Island", the locals boast, "is that you will always find a sheltered beach". Given the standard of the beaches on the Island, they have reason to boast.
Many of the towns are laden with whitewashed and pastel coloured houses and narrow cobbled streets. The towns on both the northern and southern coastlines are a mixture of new and old, many with small fishing harbours and other with pretty seafronts with bars and restaurants.
Alghero on the north-west coast is a beautiful town and has grown from a sleepy fishing village to a cosmopolitan town with a great selection of bars, shops and restaurants, golden beaches and a beautiful harbour. It is a stone's throw from the Airport, making it the perfect destination for the traveller who does not wish to venture far.
The sophisticated shores of the Costa Smeralda and Baia Sardinia contrast beautifully with the rugged and wilder landscape inland. This area is graced with the upmarket resorts of Porto Cervo, Santa Teresa di Gallura and Palau.
When to travel
The island is becoming more and more popular with tourists. May, June and September are great months to visit the Island, when the weather is great and the island is not as busy. If you are thinking of travelling in July and August, you will need to book well in advance, as these months are very popular with mainland Italians. The weather is often still good in October, when you can rent a property for a fraction of the price in high season.
What to do
In addition to seaside holidays and relaxation, Sardinia is one of the most popular destinations for aquatic sports and there is no shortage of options available from scuba diving to sailing and water skiing. You can go fishing by day or night and for those adventurous people, the island has excellent climbing possibilities. For nature lovers, there are many different wildlife including flamingos, wild horses and seals and the island also has an abundance of history with many Roman ruins, temples and grottos to visit.
Where to stay
There is a wide range of properties to rent in Sardinia, catering for all budgets. You will find apartments and cottages on the coast, many with sea views; villas in the hills and traditional properties in historic old parts of towns.
How to get there
There are three main airports to access Sardinia; Cagliari in the South; Alghero in the north west and Olbia in the north east.
Sardinia is an excellent holiday destination - an unspoilt and beautiful island where you can relax in a haven of peace and tranquillity. Be warned: you will fall in love with the place! Welcoming locals, a wonderful natural environment and some of the most gorgeous beaches in Europe.
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