Part of the pleasure of visiting lovely, laid-back Sardinia – alone, as a couple, or as a family or group of friends – is just going with the flow and enjoying the gorgeous beaches of its craggy coastline. However, there’s plenty to discover both locally, on foot, by bike or by taxi, and for those who wish to hire a car (from £50 a day at the hotel) and venture further afield.
• Take a taxi (10 minutes) or cycle to the large village of Bari Sardo north of Perdepera Beach Resort, with a landmark Spanish watchtower on a rocky outcrop and a Blue Flag beach with bars. www.barisardo.net
• Ride the Trenino Verde (‘Little Green Train’) between Arbatax – 20 minutes up the coast from the Perdepera – and Mandas. Running between June and September, this narrow-gauge railway takes you on a 100-mile trundle through a breathtaking landscape of mountains and meadows. www.treninoverde.com
• Join in with locals celebrating Ferragosto or the Assumption in mid August, with processions and fireworks all over the island, including Tortoli, the Ogliasta region’s main town, 20 minutes north of the Perdepera. www.ogliastraontheweb.it/eventi.htm
• Discover the Gennargentu National Park, parts of which are within a 45-minute drive of the Perdepera. Its dramatic scenery includes the island’s highest mountain and deepest canyon, a vast sinkhole, and limestone cliffs dotted with sea caves and hidden sandy coves. Wildlife to spot includes mouflon, deer, wildcats, foxes, monk seals and birds of prey. www.parcogennargentu.it
• Head to Nuoro in the mountainous Barbagia region (1 hour 20 minutes north of Perdepera) for its annual Sagra del Redentore festival on August 21–31. Watch locals parade in mountain costumes, followed by a religious procession up Monte Ortobene. www.comune.nuoro.it
• Explore Cagliari, the island capital a 1-hour 40-minute drive south of Perdepera, home to the airport. Eat and drink in the marina, go chic shopping in Via Mannao, and check out the hilltop medieval castle (with towers to climb for ages 7 and up) and surrounding museums. If you can, catch some open-air music, dance or theatre in the Roman amphitheatre below the citadel. www.cagliariturismo.it/en
• View the mysterious Bronze Age stone edifice at Barumini just over two hours from the Perdepera, and the nearby volcanic plateau of the Giara di Gesturi – a nature reserve with Europe’s last wild horses, plus wild boar and wildcats. http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/833
• Hang out in the ancient harbour-town of Porto Cervo on the chi-chi Costa Smeralda in the north of the island, a 2-hour 30-minute drive from the Perdepera. Many yachting events take place here, and there are hip bars, excellent restaurants, glitzy nightclubs and designer boutiques to enjoy as well as plenty of celeb-spotting to be done. The nearby Capo d’Orso is so named for its vast wind-carved rock in the form of a crouching bear.
• Venture to Alghero, 2 hours 50 minutes north-west of the Perdepera. The nearby Grotta di Nettuno is a warren of caves with beautifully lit stalactites and stalagmites, with access via ’goat steps’ carved into the cliffside, or by boat. Alghero is also home to the Anghelu Ruju necropolis with its ancient tombs excavated from sandstone – one of Sardinia’s most important architectural sites. www.alghero-turismo.it/en/
• In our Perdepera Beach Resort, sail, windsurf, scuba-dive, stand-up paddleboard, mountain-bike, play tennis, table tennis or beach volleyball, take a fitness class, or simply laze by the pool or on the beach!
Stay at the Perdepera Beach Resort from £799 per person. Price includes: British Airways flights from Heathrow, resort transfers, accommodation, full board (including wine), sailing and windsurfing with tuition, tennis, mountain-biking, a fitness programme and childcare.