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Sardinia - A feast for the eyes and the palate

With its breathtaking scenery, delicious cuisine, wine and fascinating culture, it’s no wonder that Sardinia is revered by the Italians themselves. The island has something for everyone, from jet-set sophistication on the ‘Emerald Coast’, to deserted white sandy coves and turquoise seas in the south. With vibrant towns rich in arts and relics and rolling green countryside, Sardinia is unique, untainted and utterly unmissable.

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Famous for its stunning landscapes, crystal clear waters and white sands, Alghero lies on the North West coast of the island and is a historic walled town with a pretty harbour and fabulous coastline. The 'Centro Storico' or 'Old Town' is the hub of Alghero and is called Barcelonetta or 'Little Barcelona' with streets named in both Catalan and Italian. In fact, you'll often hear the locals shouting out to their neighbours in the local Catalan dialect. Surrounded by the ancient walls or 'Bastioni' overlooking the sea, Alghero's narrow cobbled streets are the perfect place to explore and unwind. The magnificent Santa Maria Cathedral and the churches of San Francesco and San Michele are an architectural delight, whilst the many piazzas offer the chance to simply sit and sip a cappuccino and watch the world go by. Shop till you drop in the boutique filled streets and then take a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants followed by an ice cream from one of the gelaterias and then a stroll along the seafront.

  • 20mins fromAlghero

Porto Cervo

Porto Cervo is the main hub of the emerald, Costa Smeralda, and one of the most prestigious Italian seaside areas on Sardinia's north-eastern coast. Well known as a luxury holiday spot and a retreat for the rich, Porto Cervo is a village of multicoloured buildings, built in front of the natural port and the surrounding hills and it’s Marina which is one of the Mediterranean's best equipped and most welcoming with is very own Yacht Club (the Costa Smeralda Yacht Club) a meeting point for nightlife and a great place to sip a coffee and fantasie about owning one of the mega yachts anchored in the bay. Porto Cervo offers glamour with laid back cool in a way that's uniquely Italian with many restaurants, cafes, bars and boutique designer shops in the main Piazzetta. From the sea you can also admire the lights of the numerous resorts present in the area such as Cala di Volpe, Liscia di Vacca and Baja Sardinia which are also considered very sought-after spots worth visiting along with a stunning variety of sumptuous beaches this region has to offer.

  • 40mins fromOlbia

Torre delle Stelle

Torre delle Stelle, known as the ‘Tower of the Stars’, is a popular area surrounded by two fantastic, white sandy beaches, a few local restaurants and a mini market. The villas here are brightly coloured and nestled into the hillside and most enjoy wonderful sea views across the Gulf of Cagliari. The capital city of Cagliari is within an easy drive, where many cultural and historical sights can be enjoyed, including an open air Roman amphitheatre. A thirty minute drive along the coast in the other direction will bring you to the beautiful protected marine area of capo carbonara.

  • 45mins fromCagliari

Baja Sardinia

This small resort is famous for its sandy beaches and crystal clear waters overlooking a group of small islands. There is plenty to do including boat trips, a water park or simply relaxing on the beach. A good variety of shops and restaurants are situated around the main piazza. The neighbouring resort of Porto Cervo is also not far away with its vast array of amenities known as the hub of the Costa Esmerelda region.

  • 45mins fromOlbia


This quiet seaside town is situated to the east of Cagliari and offers an ideal base for exploring the south east coast of Sardinia. The area offers a scattering of bars and restaurants, whilst a 15 minute drive will take you into the centre of Cagliari where you will find an abundance of eateries as well as many historical sites to explore. Flumini has its own local beach, or if you prefer white sandy beaches and turquoise waters can be reached within a short drive.

  • 45mins fromCagliari


Capitanna is a small and peaceful residential development located in the south of the island, perfect for relaxing or exploring some of the history and natural beauty of Sardinia. Within the area you will find a local mini-market, restaurant and cafe, as well as a sandy beach that extends from the island’s capital, Cagliari. This beautiful and historic city is just a 20 minute drive away from the resort, and offers cultural sights, excellent restaurants and fashionable shops located on the Via Roma. The harbour is a great place to sit for hours and watch the world go by in one of the many restaurants, bars or cafes along the waterfront.

  • 45mins fromCagliari


Lined with quaint, pastel coloured houses, historic Stintino offers a taste of the authentic Italian lifestyle. Deep inlets are home to two harbours, which are lined with charming restaurants specialising in unique fish dishes, local to the area. There are many activities on offer, and the annual boat race at the end of August is one of the highlights. The area is renowned for some of the best beaches in Italy, particularly La Pelosa, which has fine white sand and crystal azure sea, more typical of tropical locations. The island of Asinara is worth a visit as it’s the areas national park and home to various wildlife, or in the other direction, Alghero offers another sandy beach as well as plenty of boutique shops, cafes, restaurants and bars throughout the cobbled streets.

  • 40mins fromAlghero

Your Sardinia Villa holiday

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Outdoor pursuits in Sardinia

Awash with natural beauty, Sardinia’s landscape is the ideal terrain for a host of sporting activities. From gentle family walks to challenging climbs, its inland mountainous region is great for trekking. Horse riding is a very popular activity here, whether through rich, green countryside or on the white sandy beaches. There’s also golf, cycling tours and sailing excursions.

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Local cuisine in Sardinia

Eating out in Sardinia is a family affair full of fun and enjoyment. Typically Italian dishes of antipasti, pasta and pizza are widely available across the island – often encompassing the Sardinian slant of fresh, grilled seafood. For a true taste of the region’s distinctive cuisine on your villa holiday, choose from ‘burrida’ (fish marinated in a walnut and garlic sauce), pecorino cheese made from sheep's milk and thin bread called carta musica (or music paper.) Sardinian wine is first-rate, and it’s traditional to finish off your meal with a strong Italian coffee.

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On the beach in Sardinia

Sardinia’s coastline is dominated by long white sandy beaches and breathtaking views. The stunning six-mile-long beach at Poetto, lined with kiosks selling fresh seafood, pizza and refreshments, offers a great escape from bustling city life in Cagliari. East of Cagliari you’ll find some sensational shorelines, with picturesque family-friendly coves and bays that stretch for miles. In the North east, the beautiful beaches of the popular Costa Esmerelda, known as the emerald coast are endless, whilst the admirable white sands of le pelosa near Stintino, provides yet another relaxing haven.

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Atmospheric evenings in Sardinia

The nightlife in Sardinia is extremely laidback. Expect to wine and dine on a terrace under the stars, or sip espresso in a pavement café. For more capital entertainment on your villa holiday, Cagliari is much busier with lively places for late-night drinking and dancing. Poetto is a blitz of bars, fairgrounds and ice-cream kiosks - a good way to while away a summer evening - and smaller resorts like Villasimius offer localised bars and restaurants ideal for family holiday entertainment. Colourful street festivals, open air opera and ballet performances are also a regular occurrence on the island.

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Not to be missed...

  • Take a trip to the archaeological Nuraghic settlement in Su Nuraxi, dating back to 1,100 BC, and learn about Sardinia’s ancient civilisations.
  • Visit the Capital Cagliari and catch a ‘Serie A’ football game at the Cagliari Calcio stadium where one-time Chelsea star Gianfranco Zola once played.
  • Walk around the fortified walls in Alghero, stroll around the tangle of cobbled lanes to visit the Duomo (cathedral) and then find a small restaurant or pizzeria followed by shopping in one of the many small chic boutiques.
  • Try the ruby-red Capo Ferrato wine, produced locally in Villasimius, with a typically Sardinian dish like fried gianchettus (tiny fish).
  • Take a drive through Sardinia’s winding countryside roads, stopping off to take pictures of the island’s rugged, unspoilt rural beauty spots.
  • Explore glamorous Porto Cervo and shop in the designer boutiques or enjoy a coffee whilst admiring the yachts that dock in the harbour.
  • Ballet and opera season falls between January and June – be sure to experience the magic of an open air performance.

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