The second-largest island in the Mediterranean (after Sicily), Sardinia is an autonomous region with its own history, culture, and ancient language/dialect. Because of its distance from mainland Italy, Sardinia is considered its own world by both Sardinians and Italians.
Sardinia has a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and mild winters. The best time to visit is from May to September, when the weather is warm and sunny. Since the 1960s, many jetsetters have been flocking to Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast) near Olbia to soak up the sun, network, and party.
Sardinia is a popular destination for beach lovers. The island has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, with crystal-clear water and fine white sand.
The island is also known for its delicious cuisine, which focuses on both seafood and lamb. Many of Sardinia’s culinary traditions have developed over centuries thanks to traders and marauders. Fregola (a type of couscous) and pane carasau (a type of flatbread) are common menu items in Sardinia. Mirto (myrtle) flavors a popular aperitif from the island.
Sardinia has a rich history dating back to ancient times, and you can visit ancient ruins, such as the Nuraghe, which are unique stone structures built by the Nuragic civilization.