Renowned for crystal-clear turquoise waters and white, sandy coves hidden between a jagged and rocky coastline, Sardinia is the perfect destination for a beach holiday in Italy. Well-known Costa Smeralda is the glitzy, luxurious resort of the island but with almost 2,000km of coastline, there are plenty of equally beautiful beach areas all around the island that reveal the rustic and tranquil nature of Sardinia.
If you want to see some history, Alghero in the north is the most beautiful medieval city on the island. Cagliari, the capital in the south, has narrow streets, 14th-century palaces and a 13th-century cathedral but a genuine working feel and offers a sense of today’s Sardinia. For a change of scene, head inland to the mountainous interior and the enigmatic Bronze-age structures, “nuraghi”, that speckle the landscape. Wherever your holiday villa is located, you will not be far from markets, restaurants or trattorias serving the amazing local produce that Sardinia is known for.