1 Cagliari’s old town

Cagliari’s Castello quarter is the most atmospheric part of town, a dense warren of alleys girded by thick walls.

2 Nora

Although much of this Carthaginian and Roman archeological site is submerged under the sea, what remains – including mosaics, a theatre and baths – gives a good indication of the town’s former importance.

3 Su Nuraxi

Sardinia’s mysterious prehistoric nuraghi are strewn throughout the island, and this is one of the most impressive.

4 Sa Sartiglia, Oristano

One of the island’s most spectacular festivals, involving brilliant feats of equestrian prowess, fabulous costumes and lashings of medieval pageantry.

5 Tiscali

A vast mountain cave housing the remains of a prehistoric village.

6 Beaches

Sardinia has secluded beaches along every coast; among the finest is that at La Pelosa, near Stintino.

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