Sardinia is an island of contrasts best discovered on a walking holiday. Beyond the sandy beaches and millionaires' yachts there is a land of shepherds' huts, traditional villages and tranquil valleys aching to be explored.
Enjoy walking through the lush, peaceful interior to the twilight of Tiscali's nuraghic ruins and take a boat trip to the crescent-shaped bay of Cala Luna.
Sardinia abounds with Mediterranean and alpine flora. By the sea, juniper, lentisk and strawberry trees flourish - enjoy the sweet miasma as you explore. And the island's untravelled paths mean that you can still see wild horses, porcupines and mouflons. On the migratory route, there are many birds, including Sardinian Marmora, Eleonora's falcon and golden eagles. Much of the coastline is tranquil and untamed, and dolphins still swim in the Orosei Gulf.
On a walking holiday in Sardinia you'll savour the local cuisine, which consists of village recipes passed down through generations. In Dorgali you can savour the signature dish called anzelotto, which is ravioli filled with delicious fresh ricotta, meat and tomato sauce. By the sea, fresh fish abounds, with sea bass, bream and mullet frequently on menus. Another favourite is spaghetti alla bottaga, a salty dish with dried and salted grated fish roe. Everywhere, you'll find the wafer thin, crispy shepherd's bread - pane carasau. Made that way to be carried in their satchels and to keep well for long periods, it's delicious dipped in the local ricotta cheese.
Superb cycling discovering the south west of Sardinia, with its glittering turquoise seas and pure white sand beaches. The trip includes island hopping to St Antioco and St Pietro, visiting the archaeological site of Nora and pedalling along Sardinia's spectacular Costa del Sud.
A 7-night guided tour exploring Sardinia's stark beauty: crystal clear waters, golden beaches, rocky mountains and undulating limestone ridges. Delicious local cuisine and wines too!