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Visit Sardinia, Italy's island paradise

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Even though Sardinia may be a favourite of the likes of Elton John, Bradley Cooper and Princess Caroline of Monaco, it’s not the famous faces that draw focus but the natural beauty of the breathtaking landscape.

The warm white sandy beaches of the coast define this idyllic Italian island paradise.

Sat in the calm Mediterranean Sea, Sardinia is the second largest island in this body of water and is a welcome escape from the bustle of major cities on the continent. To the north is South of France, the Italian mainland is in the east, and to the south is Tunis, the Tunisian capital. The ease of getting to Sardinia by boat from all of these countries surely contributes to its growing popularity.

The island is also accessible by air, with regular flights from Europe to Sardinia’s three airports, the largest being Cagliari Elmas Airport. The cheapest flights for the summer season will be around April to June and mid-September to October. This is also when room rates are low and beaches less crowded, but aim to stay in either June or mid-September to ensure a warm temperature.

Seductive beaches provide much of Sardinia’s allure, with the warm blue sparkling sea gently brushing the white sand. For boat tours, head to Golfo di Orosei, which also has countless mountains and caves by the beach to explore. There is also an array of hiking trails in this area if total relaxation in the sun isn’t completely for you. For seclusion, you should hit

For seclusion, you should hit Spiagga di Piscinas, with its sandy dunes nine metres high, and you may walk the length of the beach whilst barely seeing another soul. As an other extreme, one of the most popular beaches is part of the Chia resort. Whilst the resort doesn’t have the same unparalleled beauty as other beaches on the island, the lagoon beside the beach is home to a flock of flamingos so is well worth visiting.

Sardinia’s capital, Cagliari, sits on the south coast of the island and is just a stones-throw away from Chia. Colourful bars and restaurants line the waterfront, which is also the perfect place to charter a boat or go scuba diving. The small city, with a population of just over 150,000, also boasts a number of museums and galleries. This being an Italian island, there’s also a great wealth of ancient architecture from the days of the Roman Empire to discover. The Roman

This being an Italian island, there’s also a great wealth of ancient architecture from the days of the Roman Empire to discover. The Roman Amphitheatre is no exception and is a perfect cultural tonic to days spent lazing by the sea.

The 13th Century Cagliari Cathedral is also a must see. Built on a rock face, this outwardly unassuming church has the most exquisite interior and even has royal tombs that are open to the public.

It’s also cheaper to base yourself in Cagliari than elsewhere in Sardinia. However, this has its drawbacks as during the height of the summer season the cities beach, Spiaggia del Poetto, is bursting with tourists and has lost some of that authentic Italian flavour that is still in abundance in other coastal towns and villages on the island.

However, renting a car is a quick solution to this with most of Sardinia’s top beaches within driving distance from the capital. Don’t worry if you can’t drive though, as the island is serviced by a reliable if slow train network. Catching the train is also an opportunity to enjoy some spectacular coastal views.

The amount of lower priced flights to the island have increased in recent years, and whilst this is a good thing for your wallet, it also leads to increasing visitor numbers. So, if you’re thinking of heading to Sardinia for your summer holidays next year, make sure to get in early – or slightly late – to beat the crowds.

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