When you hear Sardinia you think of the Costa Smeralda and dodgy dealings in Berlusconi’s villas, but there’s more.The Costa Smeralda itself is a tiny strip of coast studded with luxurious hotels, beaches and cosmopolitan shops, but you’ll also find acres of swimming spots.
The magnificent landscape of the granite interior, the delicious seafood and the strange remnants of Sardinia’s ancient culture, as well as the Pisan churches and Spanish Baroque will keep you company during the day when you will enjoy a relaxing walk.
But there’s one golden rule:
avoid August. Because the whole Italy is flooding the beaches and booking up all available accommodation.

The prices also go up and it can be excruciatingly hot. Just about any other time is fine, with May seeing the island at its best.Among the towns, Cagliari, Sassari and Alghero have most to offer visitors in Sardinia. But you’ll find some of the smaller centers that are also really charming, such as Cala Gonone on the east coast, or Castelsardo, on the north coast to enjoy your holidays.

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