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Sardinian legend has it that, when God had finished creating the earth, he gathered all the leftover pieces, threw them into the sea and stepped on them to make Sardinia or, as the Greeks called it Ichnusa, meaning 'footprint'.
Whether you like to believe this island bears the mark of a heavenly footprint, it is certainly blessed by a shimmering coastline of jaw-dropping beauty that has attracted visitors from ancient times right up to today. Long stretches of this rocky coastline and low hills give way to sandy beaches, headlands and crystal clear lakes, while shaded forests offer shelter from the Mediterranean sun.
One of the largest islands in the Mediterranean, second only to Sicily, Sardinia is a fantastic destination for a relaxing summer holiday. Its 1800km of gorgeous coastline is dotted with beautiful beaches, secluded coves and dramatic cliffs.
Enjoying a warm, balmy climate with an average of 135 days of sunshine a year, the island has lots of lovely towns and villages to explore. The most popular of theseÂ and many would say, also the most attractive Â Alghero is a picturesque resort set in the lush landscape of the Alghero-Fertilia Peninsula on the north-western corner of the island.
Sardinia has a rich cultural heritage, including a strong native music tradition that has inspired the likes of rock legends Frank Zappa and Peter Gabriel, as well as opera houses in Cagliari and the second city, Sassari.
In terms of food, the traditional Sardinian cuisine emphasises meat, dairy products, grains and vegetables, while its island status is reflected by the popularity of lobster, scampi, squid, tuna and other seafood on local menus.