Situated off Italy's west coast, the island of Sardinia has a bevvy of beaches, delicious cuisine, ancient monuments and four million sheep! Whether you have a sense of adventure and want diving or watersports, or simply to worship the sun on a pristine beach, holidays in Sardinia will cast a spell over you.
If your idea of holiday bliss is to stretch out on the sand and take in the rays then you've come to the right place. The Italians call Sardinia's plentiful beaches 'bellissima' – and they certainly are most beautiful. Porto Cervo in Costa Smerelda is where the fashionistas go to stay. And the colourful Italian president, Silvio Berlusconi, even had a villa here, so this is a pukka place for some celeb spotting.
The tempting sands of Sardinia's northwest coast are picture postcard beautiful. A trip to Spiaggio Bombarde, close to Alghero, is popular for the quality of its sand, and its amenities. It has sunbeds and parasols as well as a couple of restaurants close to the beach.
Just a 10 minute drive away from Alghero is the fantastic natural playground of La Speranza. The shallow waters surrounding this cove are wonderful for children to paddle in and there's also a restaurant near the beach for meals and drinks.
Algheri is a gorgeous city with an ancient old town that boasts a unique Catalan and Italian heritage. This can be observed in the architecture, food and even the streets signs. Lying on the Mediterranean coastline, it's home to some incredible windswept beaches, coves and coral reefs.
This historical town is home to both Sardinia's main port and one of its airports, making it a busy historical town. It houses an excellent archaeological museum, a beautiful basilica and has amazing beaches, as well as being close to the Arcipelago di La Maddalena National Park.