With the resort of Porto Cervo, one of the most famous meeting places for Mediterranean jet setters, the northern coast of Sardinia has won a solid reputation as a holiday resort for wealthy travellers. It is true, perhaps, that the island does not have as spectacular and diverse a landscape as Corsica, nevertheless, it does have a beautiful coastline which has nothing to envy of the Corsican coastline and, in particular, it also has a plethora of high-end hotel infrastructures. The latter are mainly concentrated in the northeast, and the majority of the resorts in that part of the island stretches from Santa Maria di Gallura in Olbia (the main city of arrival). The rather rugged coast fails to offer great beaches but it does offer a considerable number of beautiful bays and coves of white sand and turquoise water. From the port of Palau, 25 miles north of Olbia, you can easily get on board a ferry with your car and explore the islands of Madeleine and Caprera. These islands offer a couple of square miles of beautiful beaches and a welcoming atmosphere: the two main things which characterise Sardinia.