The little piece of paradise that is Sardinia is less than a three-hour flight away. Although there are fewer direct flights in winter, in summer numerous flights are available with charter, scheduled and low-cost airlines. Cagliari Airport is well served by several major European airlines: British Airways, Air France-KLM, Alitalia and Lufthansa. Flights to Sardinia often have a stopover in mainland Italy. For cheap flights to Sardinia, check out the low-cost airlines Ryanair and Easyjet. Note that Ryanair offers flights to Sardinia from as little as £20 each way from London Stansted. For those who prefer the north of Sardinia, look for flights to Olbia, which is well served by the European airline companies. Meridiana Fly operates direct seasonal flights between London Gatwick and Olbia. Lastly, another option for flying to Sardinia is to land at Alghero Airport. The choice is more limited however, with Alitalia the only scheduled airline operating flights to this destination, and Ryanair the only low-cost airline.
Sardinia has a breathtaking coastline. The crystal clear waters of the islands of the Maddalena would make even the most beautiful destinations in the Indian Ocean jealous. Yet there is more to the island of Sardinia than just its beaches: Sardinia's archaeological, cultural and culinary wealth make it a dream destination. Set off to discover a culture stretching back several millennia with the nuraghes, stone towers more than 20m high built as early as 2000 BC. There are more than 7,000 of them! Although not much is visible today of the Carthaginian settlement, the amphitheatre of Cagliari, and the temples, columns and thermal baths of Nora and Tharros all testify to the Roman era. Sardinian gastronomy is a melting pot of Arab, Italian and Spanish influences. One of the great specialities of the island is porceddu, suckling piglet roasted over a wood fire and flavoured with wild myrtle. What is most striking in Sardinia is the beauty of the unspoilt landscapes. With the turquoise waters of the little coves along the rugged coasts and the huge sand dunes, the Sardinian coastline is a delight to behold. The inland regions are no less impressive, with their mountainous landscapes followed by oak forests and hills of olive groves that make for superb walks.