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Placed in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, this Italian island is home to fascinating European history as well as beautiful beaches and lush forests. Sardinia holidays also offer an array of soothing attractions underneath a spectacular summer climate.
Separated from the mainland by the Tyrrhenian Sea, Sardinia hosts towns and cities that attract visitors from Italy as well as from all over Europe. The island offers a slight variation from Italian tradition with distinct Catalan culture evident in some areas like Alghero's Little Barcelona.
Ancient ruins are found by the main towns and cities while every holiday resort features plenty of beach space for tourists to sprawl out on as they catch some rays. Although Sardinia is separate from mainland Italy, it doesn't suffer in food quality. Fine Italian cuisine is still served and so are some Spanish favourites in certain areas.
Holidays to Sardinia will appeal to couples who want to experience a relaxing resort with tranquil surroundings and delicious restaurants. Certain areas offer an exciting nightlife while there are also attractions that will also appeal to the whole family.
With a blend of Italian and Catalan culture, Alghero offers some terrific themes throughout the shops and restaurants of the resort. The natural surroundings are also unique with a large marina and beautiful beaches leading out towards Neptune's Caves.
Family fun is easily found with a range of activities on offer. Rock climbing, tree-top assault courses, bowling, go-karting and even more is offered in this tourist haven.
The old quarter of Alghero has such a Spanish influence it is referred to as Little Barcelona. The nightspots here and by the marina are trendy and laidback where families and couples can enjoy a quiet evening.
A large area of north east Sardinia that combines luxury, nature and ancient ruins, Costa Smeralda appears to have it all.
Several terrific beaches are distributed along more than 50km of the region's coastline. While the tones and popularity of each varies, they all seem to offer smooth golden sands, a clear and calm sea as well as the backing of vibrant green trees.
Between towns like Porto Cervo, Arzachena and Baia Sardinia, you can shop, dine and party in some superb venues. There are also ruins to explore, boat tours to set sail on and the Aquadream waterpark to splash around in.
This major part of Sardinia's history was once used as an ancient port town. Now Olbia, known as Happy City, is a great tourist destination with the occasional historic monument alluding to its past.
The Happy City is probably in such a good mood because of its fantastic selection of beaches found along the coastline. There are several areas of smooth sand with shallow waters, meaning guests can take their pick for where to relax and sunbathe.
Within the town there is a great selection of local boutiques as well as some of the best restaurants found on the whole island.
Sardinia is in line with Mallorca so you can expect weather akin to that Mediterranean island. Temperatures reach a high of 30C in the summers with lows of just 20C. The average high stays above 20C from May until October so you can enjoy this island's fantastic weather for almost half of the year.
The island is resplendent during the summers when the floral displays are flourishing and the greens of the Emerald Coast are shimmering by the beaches. Summer season can get busy but there is enough beach space for everyone to be comfortable out in the sun.
This Costa Smeralda waterpark is a great day out for the whole family with an array of pools, rivers and slides. The slides close for 30 minutes at lunch time which sends everyone rushing to the café so plan your snack break strategically to avoid a queue.
Found in Arzachena, Costa Smeralda, the Ritual Club allows guests to party in the unusual setting of a stone-bricked castle. The surroundings have been beautifully decorated with soft colourful lighting as the wine and cocktails flow late into the night.
The capital of Sardinia is home to Cagliari Calcio, a major Italian football team who just dropped out of Serie A. Head to the Stadio Sant'Elia on matchdays where you can watch the team fight for promotion and share the passion for the beautiful game with Italian football fans.
Within Cagliari you can visit ancient towers, a royal palace and a football stadium, but the cave church beneath Santa Restituta is a sacred area you must visit. It has been used for centuries and alters that have been carved out of rock still stand among other ancient monuments.
Olbia provides guests with the opportunity to pick up a souvenir with real Sardinian charm. Boutiques line the streets here where locally made products form the majority of stock. During the summer there is also a night market where you can pick up something especially arty or a handmade craft.
This stalactite cave is found by Alghero. Only discovered 300 years ago by fisherman, you can now enjoy a guided tour around the eerie caves. The pathways and rock pools have been dimly lit making each section look spectacular.