Sardinia is a true paradise for travellers seeking to unwind and explore. Whether you are looking to relax on some of the world's most beautiful beaches, hike through breathtaking natural parks, indulge in delicious local cuisine, or immerse yourself in the island's rich history and culture, Sardinia has something to offer everyone.
From its ancient ruins and traditional festivals to its world-class wineries and water sports opportunities, Sardinia is a destination that will capture your heart and leave you with unforgettable memories.
Getting out on the water on a boat tour is an excellent way to see the island and the awe-inspiring shoreline of the Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast). Many services depart from La Maddalena towards Budelli - famous for its pink sand beach - and Isola Spargi with its shallow, turquoise waters.
If R&R is more on your mind, hit up Cala Brandinchi - known as 'Little Tahiti' for how it rivals the South Pacific's incredibly clear seas. It's rivalled by Cala dei Gabbiani, a captivating cove with rocky outcrops that only add to the almost tropical scene.
For those who can bear to tear themselves away from the coast, there's so much history to uncover on Sardinia. The island boasts several fascinating archaeological sites, while ancient edifices called nuraghes are somewhat commonplace - you'll find them scattered throughout the island, and they date back to the Bronze Age.
And no trip is complete without visiting Sardinia's capital, Cagliari. As the most populated city on the island, it has landmarks including Cagliari Cathedral and Bastione Saint Remy. It's also home to a very particular type of pizza called pizzetta sfoglia which is a must-try.
Excellent, high-quality meats and the freshest seafood dominate menus in Sardinia. Porcetto arrosto (roasted suckling pig) and pecora in cappotto (mutton stew) are particular favourites, especially when served with the crisp flatbread carasau. However, lobster is also lovingly prepared in Alghero, where it's boiled and then served with fresh tomatoes and onion in salad form and you really must try the local and deeply decadent bottarga, dried roe of mullet that is exquisite.
Vegetarian? Fear not. There are plenty of pasta dishes to choose from! Fregula is unique to Sardinia, made using a sieve which creates tiny pieces of dough that are then cooked in a manner similar to risotto. Culurgiones are also hugely popular across the island - handmade, oversized ravioli pockets boasting a potato, pecorino and mint filling.
We hope you saved room for dessert because seadas are simply irresistible - deep-fried semolina dumplings generously stuffed with pecorino cheese and lemon zest. The final touch is a drizzle of Sardinian honey on top - thoroughly delicious.
Be sure to pair it with wines from the island too, particularly Vermentino, a white wine that is widely produced in Sardinia and is known for its crisp, refreshing taste - the perfect sundowner. Also sample Cannonau, a red that is known for its rich, full-bodied flavour and is often compared to Chianti.