A more relaxed version of the chic resort of Porto Cervo, Porto Rotondo is a perfect spot for those who want to relax in anonymity. Still a luxurious destination, this port is frequented by private yachts and charterers visiting the exclusive hotels and villas.
The shallow, transparent waters of Cala di Luna allow the sunlight to reflect on the golden sand, making the bay so beautiful that you may never want to leave. Deep caves are carved into the limestone cliffs and catch the morning light, and are perfect for snorkeling. Nearby Cala Goloritzé is well worth a visit, a landslide in 1962 created the stunning towers that now rise over the shimmering waters of the bay.
The ancient capital of Sardinia is the island’s biggest town, and is known for its Art Nouveau architecture. Walk through the old town to see the remains of the ancient city, including the amphitheatre, which holds open air concerts in summer. With at least ten museums there will be something to suit everyone’s tastes, and you can contemplate the history as you stop along Via Roma for some shopping.
The rugged southwestern coast of Sardinia is scattered with small villages, ports and coves. Here the waters are said to be as deep as fjords, with steep surrounding cliffs to match. The lush Mediterranean bush is home to many flora and fauna, including the native Eleonora’s Falcon. In Forte Village visit Le Dune – a five star resort offering spa treatments and exquisite dining. For the young at heart, Leisure Land in Forte Village has two rules – “have fun” and “don’t stop”, and includes go-karting, bowling, an ice rink and a children’s club.
Continue north to the city of Alghero, where you can see the rich past of the area in the ruins that remain. The past Spanish occupation has left the area with a Catalan feel, and the Catalan language is co-official, with streets having both Italian and Catalan names. Wander through the cobbled streets into the historic centre, with many restaurants and bars. The impressive stalactites and stalagmites of Grotta di Nettuno are an impressive sight, and be sure to finish your day with a glass of the local Cannonau wine at one of the many vineyards.
Your final stop at the northern tip of Sardinia, La Maddalena Island is only accessible by boat and is renowned for its rocky beaches surrounded by warm, clear seas. The archipelago was declared a national park in 1996, and La Maddalena remains the only inhabited island. Sail around some of the smaller islands, or hop ashore for a low-key day exploring the local shops and restaurants.