The capital: Calgliari
Cagliari is known as ‘the city of the sun’, a vibrant port town on the southern tip of Sardinia. It has several parks and beaches as well as lots of pubs and nightclubs. The old part of the city, Castello, lies on top of a hill and has a soaring view of Angel’s gulf. Other highlights include the Cathedral di Santa Maria and a complex of museums called the Citadelle dei Musei.
Bosa: a small but beautiful medieval town, Bosa is surrounded by wild countryside and beautiful beaches. It is a patchwork of medieval streets, terracotta rooftops, piazzas, cafes and shops through which run the palm tree-flanked river Temo.
Parco Nazionale dell’Arcipelago di La Maddalena: this consists of seven scenery-rich islands and 40 islets. The area has been declared a national park and has lots of hidden coves and pretty coves to discover. There are plenty of boat trips that operate from Palau, you may even glimpse dolphins playing in the crystal waters.
Costa Verde: named ‘the green coast’ after its lush vegetation, Costa Verde extends along the south west coast of Sardinia with small rocky bays, sand deserts and windswept Mediterranean maquis.
Santa Teresa di Gallura: This unspoilt seaside resort has a little more character than the Costa Smeralda. The attractive old town centre has some good-value restaurants and hotels and some great architecture. Nearby you can also see the wind-sculpted granite rocks of Capo Testa.
Alghero and Olbio:Sardinia’s main towns have many cafes, shops and restaurantswhich make for a great day out with the family. They also have historic centres and interesting harbours so that you can do some sightseeing before trying the local cuisine.
Isola del Gelato:this popular gelateria will be a favourite with the kids with its delicious selection of ice-cream treats.
Diving Center Capo Galera: this professional diving centre in the crystal-clear waters near Alghero, offers the biggest underwater grotto in the Mediterranean.
Cycling:you can enjoy the warm Sardinian sunshine and cycle for miles across the wild lands of Sardinia without coming across a soul. It has a natural wealth of coastal trails and undulating country roads.
What's on this Summer in Sardinia
- Time in Jazz - Berchidda 2.5 hour drive: This International jazz festival is on of the most important in Sardinia and features many concerts, exhibitions and shows that are set in unique locations around the village or Berchidda.
- Festival of Monti Vermentino, North East Sardinia - 1.5 hour drive: Monti is a century- old wine village. People gather in the square near the 1956 Vermenino Cellar (the first on the island to have sold bulk bottled wine), for this two-day festival sampling the wine and folk dancing to local music, with vast bottles uncorked, open air cooking and fresh produce stalls to enjoy.
- 7th August 'The Archers Tournament' in Iglesaias in the South of Sardinia - 2 hour drive: 24 archers taking part in medieval attire. The tournament is followed a week later by the Medieval Parade, which takes place on 13th August.
- 15th August 'Ferragosto' mid-August bank holiday: With fireworks all over Italy to celebrate the assumption. Processions throughout the island.
- 28th September 'Festa Sant Miquel' in Alghero - 3 hour drive: The patron saint of the city is celebrated with fireworks and parades.