It is the coastline that attracts most visitors to Sardinia. It is often very beautiful, and ranges from sophisticated yacht resorts to unspoiled miles of quiet beaches and dramatically beautiful cliff sections. For an excess of expense and sophistication start at Costa Smerelda, to the north-east of the island.
Sardinia is an island in the Mediterranean off the western coast of Italy (just south of Corsica, its near neighbour).
The interior of the island is often barren and mountainous and has its own particular rugged beauty. One possible starting point for an exploration of the interior of Sardinia is Nuoro, although transport is often difficult in the more remote parts of the island.
Halfway down the eastern coast is Cala Gonone, a popular resort with some lovely beaches in an impressive setting. Cagliari, at the southern end of the island , is a lovely town to explore, and close to the ancient excavations at Nora, much beautiful and cliffy coastline, and some good resorts.
Further on to the south-east is Sant Antioco - a small island with some fascinating catacombs, while off the south west corner of Sardinia you can visit Saint Peter's Island and the town of Carloforte.
Heading up the western coast, Oristano has several interesting churches and interesting historical buildings. Then Bosa, an attractive seaside town with a fine historical centre, is also worth a visit. Reaching the north-west corner, the ancient towns of Alghero and Sassari are the big attractions, and the harbour and defences at Castelsardo.
One feature of Sardinia that you won't have come across elsewhere are the thousands of Nuraghe monuments dotted across the island. Built about 3,000 years ago, they are a remaining testament to a people about which little is known.
For more detailed travel and visitor information see Sardinia.
The following Italian towns and villages in Sardinia are listed among the 'Orange flag towns in Italy'(a national tourist award): Aggius, Galtellì, Gavoi, Laconi, Oliena and Sardara.