As the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sardinia holidays are the idyllic getaway destination. Boasting stunning beaches, luxurious hotels and vibrant culture there is plenty of things to see and do on this fantastic Italian island. At the north of the island is Costa Smeralda located on Sardinia’s Emerald Coast which offers exclusive resorts with elegant restaurants, exclusive hotels and plenty of watersports opportunities. The southern coast of Sardinia boasts long stretches of white sand, secluded coves, the most beautifully clear, turquoise waters and interesting ancient ruins, enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with long, hot and dry summers.
The Mediterranean's second-largest island combines a peerless climate, white sandy beaches, clear turquoise waters, luxurious hotels, and fantastic cuisine. The most wonderful gently shelved beaches of soft white sand, some backed by fragrant pine woods and rugged mountains, and beautiful turquoise and translucent waters, make holidays to Sardinia a family and sun worshippers’ paradise.
Northern Sardinia’s main coastal area of Costa Smeralda is a paradise of stunning beaches and tranquil bays situated along a dramatic granite coastline edging the crystal clear azure waters. This beautiful stretch of wild Sardinian coastline characterised by wind carved rock formations and enticing beaches: the latter ranging from busy town beaches hosting a multitude of watersports to secluded bays and tranquil coves. This premier destination for Sardinia holidays has been a playground for the rich and famous since the 1960s. Developed by Prince Aga Khan Karim in the 60’s it is now an established albeit still exclusive holiday area with luxurious hotels nestling in lush gardens and elegant restaurants and stylish café bars lining the resort harbours and piazzas.
The main town of Porto Cervo is in the heart of Costa Smeralda boasts a world class marina, exclusive boutiques, elegant restaurants and luxurious hotels with stunning coastal views. This fantastic resort is ideal for Sardinia holidays. The bustling town offers wonderful café bars around La Piazetta are the perfect place for a coffee or an aperitif plus a spot of people-watching during the early evening, and the best beaches around this sophisticated resort include Il Principe, Cappricioli and Liscia Rujas, with the enticing Liscia di Vacca in the north boasting fantastically brilliant white sand.
The resorts of Cannigione & Golfo Aranci located in the Gulf of Arzachena, close to Porto Cervo are ideal for beach-lovers and water sports enthusiasts. Overlooking the Gulf of Olbia with more than twenty beaches in the surrounding area, Golfo Aranci provides a perfect sun and relaxation on holidays in Sardinia. Equally, Santa Teresa di Gallura, located on the very northern tip of Sardinia, boasts an abundance of café bars, restaurants and street markets. A glorious 16th century Spanish watchtower overlooks the port and busy main beach, and there are numerous quieter beaches to be found to the east of the resort.
Cagliari, Sardinia’s capital, features lively cafés, bars, restaurants and shops plus the delightful old quarter of Castello with its medieval watchtowers and imposing cathedral, and to the east of the city lays a vast beach and flamingo filled lagoon. With its picture-perfect towns, villages and beaches the southern part of this spectacular island is idyllic for holidays to Sardinia.
Along a stretch of scenic coastline on the southern tip of Sardinia lies the small village of Chia, where an ancient Saracen watchtower commands great views over a wonderful beach. Towards Cagliari, between Chia and Pula, is the charming Santa Margherita di Pula with its superb sandy beach and Roman ruins of Nora nearby. The small village of Villasimius, reached by a winding coastal road, boasts a beautiful stretch of white, sandy beach, numerous restaurants and bars and a lively nightlife in the height of season.
Both north and south Sardinia alike are famed for their excellent offering for watersports fanatics. Watersports are available on the main beaches with offshore winds making them a haven for windsurfers and sailors. Scuba diving and snorkelling are popular in the exceptionally clear waters. Many hotels feature tennis courts and fitness centres, horse-riding is available, and cycling is popular with mountain bike hire available in the large towns and coastal resorts as well as in south Sardinia there are three 18 hole golf courses and four 9 hole courses. For watersports, beach or relaxation and leisure holidays Sardinia is a fantastic choice of destination.
Traditional Sardinian cuisine is rustic, hearty and flavoursome with each region featuring its own specialities and the best known meat dish is porchetto, suckling pig slowly roasted on a spit, flavoured with myrtle and served on cork trays. Along the coastal resorts the restaurants specialise in freshly caught fish, served either grilled, baked, lightly fried, marinated or served in a delicious white wine sauce. Bread is an important staple with the crisp paper-thin carasau, traditionally a shepherd’s bread, to accompany cold meats and cheese. Sardinia is well known for its cheeses, with most of Italy’s pecorino produced on the island and do make sure you try at least one glass of Mirto or Limoncello, the local digestivo.