Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and, despite being an autonomous region of Italy, it is actually closer to Africa. Whilst on holiday here, visitors can experience the fabulous scenery with rugged cliffs, immaculate white beaches and turquoise waters. Away from the coast, Sardinia’s interior is equally stunning, with forested mountain peaks and citrus groves. Over 60,000 hectares of Sardinian territory is environmentally preserved and it has three national parks and 60 wildlife reserves. Sardinia’s landscape is scattered with a host of Roman ruins and curious stone fortresses, temples and tombs which date back to prehistoric times. Don’t miss the medieval archways and sun-baked streets of Alghero or the historic gem of Oristano. Perfect for cycling, Sardinia has plenty of coastal trails and country roads to explore. If you prefer activities on the water then there is a professional diving centre, the largest underwater grotto in the Mediterranean.