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Dreamy beaches, rugged hinterlands, historical port cities and one of the ritziest ports in the Mediterranean, Sardinia has it all. In this idyllic Italian Mediterranean island, beaches really are that white, seas really that crystal-clear and blue and villages and ports really that picturesque. Located closer to North Africa than mainland Italy, Sardinia is an enchanting mix of Italian and its own unyielding culture. Our villas in Sardinia are located all over the island, and a villa holiday in Sardinia suits families, couples and groups of friends in search of sun, great food and wine and an escape from reality. In the north, the Costa Smeralda – miles of pristine coastline and yacht-peppered bays like Porto Cervo and Baia Sardinia, to the south, gelato-hued capital Cagliari and the nearby beach resorts of Torre delle Stelle and Flumini. Sunbathe, swim, snorkel on the coast, or head into the hinterlands for hillside wineries, Byzantine monuments, mysterious bronze age ruins. For a laid-back Italian escape with an air of exoticism, choose Sardinia.

Things to do in Sardinia

Sardinia is an island that has it all – quintessential Italian cities, some of the Med's best beaches and beautiful countryside. Guests staying in our villas in Sardinia will find a smorgasbord of activities and sights, from hiking in nature reserves and wreck and scuba diving to visiting wineries and dining on Sardinian fare in family-run restaurants (a mix between North African and Italian). Our Sardinia villas in the north lie on the smooth scalloped bays of the Costa Smeralda – a strip of land developed by Prince Karim Aga Khan in the 60s with trendy ports and pristine beaches. Our family villas in Baia Sardinia are also idyllic, the gateway to the La Maddalena archipelago and the Aquadream waterpark. Other waterparks in Sardinia are in the south, near our villas in Torre delle Stelle and Flumini - both beautiful beach resorts just a short drive to Cagliari. In Cagliari, Sardinia villa guests can explore a lived-in capital with museums, bars, shops. Other great activities in Sardinia include hiking to Byzantine and Bronze age ruins, visiting rural hilltop villages and exploring the island's myriad of festivals.

Terracotta roofs and Sardinia coastline
Colourful houses, Sardinia

History and Culture in Sardinia

Since the Greeks named Sardinia Ichnusa, everyone from Roman invaders to billionaire yachtsmen has scrambled to land on its shores. There are countless historical and cultural sites you can explore on a villa holiday in Sardinia, some of the most famous in its hinterlands and countryside – which are scattered with Byzantine churches, the ruins of Roman towns and nuraghe, mysterious bee-hive shaped Bronze Age ruins. Guests enjoying a Sardinia villa holiday in Porto Cervo or Baia Sardinia will find plenty of historical sites once inhabited by the ancient Nuragic people, the most famous being the Nuraghe La Prisgiona archaeological site. In the south, capital Cagliari is a treasure trove of history and culture, with top sights including the archaeological museum, medieval Castle of San Michele and the Cathedral of St Mary the Assumption.

Family holidays in Sardinia

Families will love our villas in Sardinia, thanks to their coastal locations and many of our villas coming with a private pool. Sardinia is home to golden and white-sand beaches – many of them with coveted Blue Flag status – and has a great handful of waterparks. Aquadream Waterpark is near our villas in Porto Cervo and Baia Sardinia, while Diverland and BlueFan are near our villas in Flumini and Torre delle Stelle. Many beaches in Sardinia have warm shallow waters and activities for families like pedalos and kayaks to hire. Our Sardinia villas are often in peaceful and secluded areas, on hilltops overlooking the bay, and villas with private pools give space and privacy to enjoy lazy family days at home. Dining is also fuss-free in Sardinia, and kids and adults alike will love fresh malloreddus pasta, suckling pig, pizza and other delicious local dishes.

Porto Cervo beach, Sardinia
Snorkelling under water

Adventurous activities in Sardinia

Sardinia is a tapestry of rugged farmland, nature reserves and gin-clear waters, and as you can imagine there are myriad opportunities for adventure. On the coast, Sardinia villa guests can enjoy a plethora of watersports near our villas in the north and south – with wind, kite and general surfing very popular in Sardinia thanks to the winds. Scuba diving is very popular, too, with plenty of eerie World War II wrecks to explore in the south and colourful marine life – most notably in the La Maddalena archipelago – in the north. Hiking, biking, off-roading are all possible on a Sardinia villa holiday, with quad biking and 4x4 tours popular in the south.

Many of our villas are close to the beach, giving you ease of access to the wonderful activities.

Romance in Sardinia

Sardinia is the ultimate couple's villa holiday destination, with its pastel-hued ports, sparkling seas, divine food and wine and plethora of romantic things to do. Whether you're staying in the north or the south, you'll be surrounded by pristine sandy beaches perfect for sunbathing, many with romantic beach bars for enjoying a sunset spritz. Outdoorsy couples will love hiking through the nature reserves and hills, while foodies and oenophiles will love the plethora of romantic Italian restaurants that can be found in Sardinia. For a great romantic day out, why not visit one of Sardinia's many wineries for a day or tasting touring and a romantic lunch? Couples staying in our Sardinia villa near the coast should also embark on a catamaran or sailing cruise, made even more special at sunset.

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