Near Italy, Sicily, Spain’s Balearic Islands and Africa, you will find the island of Sardinia. Second only to the island of Sicily, Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Sardinia is famous for its white, sandy beaches and blue crystal clear water. Most head to Sardinia to relax on its beaches or enjoy the nature and variety of water and outdoor sports the island has to offer. Ferries from Italy bring over eager vacationers to Sardinia, ready to begin their island getaway.

A few of the most popular destinations on the island of Sardinia are Cagliari, Alghero and Olbia. Each offers excellent vacationing possibilities for travelers in Italy. The most bustling city of the three mentioned would be Cagliari. Cagliari has the longest beaches in the Mediterranean Sea and equally impressive nuraghi, cone shaped, historic buildings found all over Cagliari. The port in Cagliari is full of cruise ships overflowing with happy vacationers, but the city of Cagliari is still peaceful despite its popularity.

Although there are plenty of hotel accommodations throughout Sardinia, some travelers prefer to camp while on the island and even have the opportunity to rent cabins in camping villages. Camping is just one way to enjoy the beautiful nature that Sardinia offers.

Popular water sports you can take advantage of while in Sardinia are diving, sailing, sea fishing and surfing. Nature lovers can enjoy the great outdoors by exploring the caves or walking or trekking along some of the trails in Sardinia. Scuba diving in the underwater caves in Sardinia remains as one of the great attractions of the island. Vacationers can explore the caves of Sardinia by water, either snorkeling or scuba diving, or choose to explore the caves by land, either hiking or rock-climbing. All of these great outdoor activities can easily be arranged by a travel professional and most can include an accompanying guide.

Aside from its beautiful beaches and caves, Sardinia also offers travelers a dose of history. The island is home to many castles, tombs and temples. For a break from the beaches, take an excursion to one of these historic landmarks and discover the history behind the island of Sardinia.

Sardinia has many different attractions to suit all travelers needs, but do not feel restricted to the main island. The popular island of Santa Teresa di Gallura is a seaside resort that has beautiful beaches and all the favorite water activities one would look for on an island getaway. Two other spectacular islands, Sant'Antioco & San Pietro, are perfect for those who are looking for some peace and quiet and don’t thrive off the energy of crowded beaches. Island hopping is a great way to see all the different aspects of Sardinia and to fill your days while traveling in Italy

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