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Monday, May 7, 2012

Discovering the Stunning Beaches of Sardinia

Costa SmeraldaCosta Smeralda (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Discovering the Stunning Beaches of Sardinia

By Helen Forbes

The second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea is a perfect destination for those who want a variety of stunning beaches and the atmosphere of a great Italian holiday close by their villa. In Sardinia, there is no shortage of beaches and coastal areas for you to visit to relax and soak up the sun. If you're feeling energetic, climb over the rocky points and satisfy your urge to be active beside the sea! While on the island, you will have a wonderful choice of beaches to visit, but why not visit some of the ones that the island is most well known for? Head to Costa Smeralda, Arzachena, and Portobello on the north of the island, and Pula and Cagliari in the south.

The Northern Beaches - If you are staying in the northern part of the island, close to your villa in Sardinia you will be able to find an array of stunning beaches to suit any tastes. The Costa Smeralda has a variety of coves and sandy beaches that are often tucked behind a villa. In Sardinia, one of the best things about staying on the island is the availability of accommodation that backs directly onto (or very close to) the beach. At the Costa Smeralda, - 'playground of the rich and famous' - 55 kilometres of coastline offers over 80 bays with swimmable beaches! If this is a bit too populous for your tastes, then head over to the beaches at Arzachena, some of which are backed by beautiful pine trees that add to beauty of the scene. In the area of Arzachena, you have the option of more family friendly beaches with great facilities for you and yours. Or, if you head to the northern beach of Portobello, you will get to see some of the incredibly beautiful and wild beaches, rocky promenades, and endless dunes at Rena Majori. At times, this region can appear to be all but deserted.
The Southern Beaches - If you happen to book your villa in Sardinia in the southern part of the island, then you will find yourself surrounded by a wealth of picturesque beaches. The beaches in the area of Pula often combine blindingly white sands with Roman ruins right off the beach. One such is the beach of Nora, with its Roman Amphitheatre that is still used for music festivals in the summer. If you are looking for a place to visit that allows for a bit of city life and culture, then you should head to the southern city of Cagliari, the capital, which provides both a splendid beachfront area as well as the advantage of culture and nightlife. Just a few kilometres away is the tiny beach of Cala Mosca. This little gem is surrounded by a small reef, providing calm swimming, and is still only a very short distance away from all the modern conveniences of the urban sprawl.
Helen Forbes is from Essential Italy, a company specialising in Italian holiday villas, apartments and hotels. If you're looking for the perfect villa in Sardinia, Essential Italy is ideal. Every handpicked villa in Sardinia offers distinctive Italian qualities, great comfort and convenience.

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