Ten things you must do in Sardinia
1 Visit a vineyard. Sardinia produces lots of excellent wine, particularly the light to medium-bodied Cannonau r.
2 Mix with the super-yacht set at the island’s most glamorous resort, Porto Cervo. It’s a shopper’s paradise, too, brimming with cosmopolitan style.
3 Learn to dive. Sardinia has some of the clearest water you’ll ever see and an amazing array of marine caves and underwater cliffs to explore.
4 Take a boat excursion to the glorious Maddalena islands. This stunning archipelago off the north coast of Sardinia has beaches to rival anywhere in the Caribbean.
5 Step back in time at one of the island’s many ancient sites. Sardinia is home to a host of Roman, Phoenician, and prehistoric Nuragic ruins and burial sites.
6 Get your walking boots on and explore the Gola Su Gorropu, an isolated and dramatic gorge described as “Europe’s Grand Canyon”.
7 Play a round of golf. There are several excellent golf courses here, including Is Molas, which regularly hosts the Italian Open.
8 Saddle up. Sardinia has a deep-rooted equestrian tradition (jockeys Frankie Dettori and Andrea Atzeni both hail from the island) and offers a range of riding and trekking experiences.
9 Explore the Grotta di Nettuno (Neptune’s Grotto), a stunning sea cave near Alghero that bristles with stalagmites and stalactites, reflected in an underground lake.
10 Get haggling at a food market. San Benedetto in Cagliari and Olbia’s farmers’ market in the Piazza Mercato are a sensory overload of sights, sounds, scents and flavours.