As DH Lawrence said, ‘Sardinia is different.’ Home to Europe’s most beautiful white beaches lapped by crystal- clear waters, the Mediterranean island is descended upon by thousands of wealthy Italians every August, yet it retains its laid-back charm, wild beauty and erce traditions. Fly to Olbia in the north-east for the famous Costa Smerelda, a billionaire’s playground with scalloped bays peppered with playboy yachts. Here the beaches are staggeringly beautiful. Those looking for sailing and watersports should head north to the windy stretch of water between Sardinia and Corsica. Santa Teresa is the prime place for windsur ng and more. It is a good idea to hire a car to explore, drive inland to nd unspoilt towns and markets; Thursday mornings at San Pantaleo is particularly good. Pick up raw arbutus honey, a bitter Sardinian speciality, embroidered linens and other local crafts.
Alternatively fly to Cagliari for the family-friendly Costa del Sud, home to the Forte Village Resort and the Chia Laguna. The scenery is dramatic with rugged cliffs and sand dunes leading to long,sandy coves. Ryanair is the only airline that ies direct from the UK to Alghero on the island’s less popular but nonetheless lovely western coast. A fortified medieval port steeped in history, explore cobbled streets with Catalan influences, stopping for squid ink pasta and delicious gelato. Le Bombarde public beach is just a bicycle ride away but make a day trip of it and aim for La Pelosa in the small shing village of Stintino an hour’s drive away. Further south is the delightful hillside town of Bosa with its bright, pastel-coloured houses.
We explore different family holiday options in the jewel of the Med:
On the ocean wave
Emily Turner and family charter a yacht in the Costa Smerelda and discover untouched coastline, white beaches and clear water.
Resort fun for sporty kids in the South
Jill Forbes and her little ones enjoyed the full resort experience at Forte Villag
Beach villa away from the crowds
Emily Turner and family plus friends took a villa on a peninsula looking out towards the Maddalena islands and spent lazy days on the beach
Football-mad fun at Chia Laguna
Clare Garner took her football-mad son to Chia Laguna where he had a week with Premier League player Andrew Johnson whilst she relaxed in the sun