With some of the cleanest most pristine beaches in Italy, beautiful coastline, warm seas and wonderful weather, the island of Sardinia is a great choice for a Mediterranean beach holiday in the sun. To see a selection of self catering accommodation, please take a look at our villas in Sardinia.
Sardinia is an autonomous region belonging to Italy with a strong sense of independence and a modest indigenous population that naturally gets quite an influx of visitors in the coastal areas during the summer season. There are however large tracts of the island that have remained largely untouched by tourism and it’s easy to find quiet, unspoilt areas of outstanding natural beauty.
Italy’s second largest island is located in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Corsica between the Balearics and mainland Italy. The region''s attractions are diverse, ranging from first-class watersport to exploring medieval towns like Alghero and Roman archaeological sites such as Tharros and Nora. Glamorous beach resorts, unspoilt nature and sleepy fishing villages are among the island''s other attractions.
In the north of the island Alghero is a charming fishing port with a strong Catalan influence. It has an old town centre of narrow cobbled streets and old churches. Olbia is situated on a lovely stretch of the Costa Smeralda, busy with tourists in the summer months with lots of bars and restaurants.
The Costa Smeralda area in the north of the island is a popular destination for the Italian jet set that come here for the beautiful beaches and lively nightlife. The island is a haven for outdoor and water-based activities. Isola dei Gabbiani is particular popular among windsurfers and kitesurfers while Tavolara and Punta Coda Cavallo Marine Preserve is a good spot for scuba diving.
Sailing is a popular pastime, particularly in the Smeralda area along with horseback riding in the woods and along the beaches; horse trekking tours are widely available. Cycling is another great way to explore the island.
Approximately one third of the island''s resident population live in Cagliari in the south of the island; here there are some great restaurants. Nearby Pula has lovely beaches, forests and bays.
The Gennargentu mountain area in the interior is popular among climbers and there are numerous hiking trails suitable for scenic, tranquil walks. This is the place to visit to get a full appreciation of Sardinian culture.
The islands off Sardinia''s coast include the Maddalena archipelago, Asinara National Park, famous of Albino Donkeys, Sant''Antioco, which has had a land connection to Sardinia since Roman times, and the islands of San Pietro, are particularly interesting.
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