Sardinia – Sardegna in Italian – is a large island in the Mediterranean to the west of Italy. It has a mountainous interior and a famed coastline with turquoise waters which attracts throngs of holiday-makers every year. The island is a region of Italy, and its regional capital is Cagliari, on the southern coast. With three international airports and ferries from mainland Italy, it is a very accessible tourist destination.
Cagliari is an ancient city with a long history which has seen the rule of several civilizations. It is also one of the most populous cities, at the center of an urban area that counts 430,000 inhabitants (150,000 of them in the capital city alone) as well as the island’s gateway port and main Mediterranean cruise liner hub.
You cannot leave Cagliari without having a lively city break, visit Cagliari, with its museums, bars, affordable restaurants and nearby sandy beaches. In general terms, the quality of restaurants in the city is high and the zone Marina quarter, close to the port, is ideal for seafood lovers. For more of a holiday resort feel, fly to Alghero to explore the historic town centre and enjoy boat trips. North of Olbia, the exclusive – and expensive – resorts of the Costa Smeralda line one of the island’s most beautiful stretches of coastline, and beyond the glitz you’ll come to the island archipelago of La Maddalena. This cluster of islands – once home to Garibaldi and now a marine reserve – and the island of Sant’Antioco, down in the south west, make good locations for a tranquil island getaway.