With its almost tropical waters and pristine shores, Sardinia was made for luxury beach retreats. Set out from your boutique hotel and sink your toes in the sand. Or venture inland and explore an island rich in stunning scenery and natural bounty. Then savour authentic Sardinian cuisine as the sun sets over the crystal clear sea.
An emerald isle of mountains, citrus groves and valleys, fringed by white sand.
Things to do
Closer to Africa than Europe, Sardinia boasts warm, azure waters and pure sands. Bask in the sun in a secluded cove, or get out on the water with a private sailing tour. Beyond the beaches, vivid green trees cling to the rocks. Climb up to jutting outcrops, topped with conical nuraghi fortresses for sweeping views out to sea.
Sardinia is a foodie’s paradise, with the finest in Italian cuisine mixed with traditional specialities. Pack a picnic of light and airy hand-baked bread and local pecorino, and head to the beach. Feast on dishes of just-caught seafood and fresh pasta, or turn dining into an event with ‘maialetto’, Sardinian roast piglet.
If you can tear yourself away from the glorious beaches, Sardinia won’t disappoint. Journey to the south of the island to visit the mysterious Montessu Necropolis – an ancient system of tombs, known as ‘fairy houses’, set in a natural amphitheatre. Or you could charter a private yacht for a spot of island hopping, keeping the camera ready to snap dolphins as you go.
Sample fine Sardinian wines, or for something a little stronger, try the fiery ‘filu e ferru’ – a liquor traditionally sipped to finish a meal.
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