A Mediterranean island with an almost tropical feel, Sardinia boasts seemingly endless pink and white beaches, lapped by translucent waters that are amongst the clearest in the Med. Not surprisingly, Sardinia is a haven for sun worshippers as well as watersports enthusiasts. Yet the sheer beauty of the Sardinian landscape also makes the island a nature lover’s delight.

Sardinia is an island of ancient structures, wonderful festivals and cultural treasures. Local olive oil and herbs play an important part in the island’s cuisine. Ocean-fresh seafood can be enjoyed in the coastal villages, resorts and towns. And pizzas and pasta, along with an appetising array of salamis are readily available. The Alghero region is particularly renowned for its wines and some excellent reds are produced here, while fruity white wines and sparkling varieties originate from Gallura. There’s also a thriving cork producing industry.

Part of Italy, yet with its own language and passionately-held customs, Sardinia offers a landscape with beauty and surprises at every turn. From huge flocks of pink flamingos, to mountainsides swathed with sweet-smelling herbs and shrubs, to the busy port of Villasimus with its winding boutique-lined streets, this island is the Mediterranean you thought had disappeared.

Festivals feature heavily in Sardinian culture and almost regardless of the month you visit, it’s likely that a colourful event will be taking place. In May, there’s the Festival of Sant’Efisio, centred around decorated ox carts. Sheep festivals occur in June. Horseracing takes place in the streets of Sedilo in July. And there’s a whole host of festivals in August, including a medieval festival and a festival of traditional costumes and folklore.