Fly into Olbia in the north of Sardinia, and on the road to the
Costa Smeralda it's easy to see why this stretch of coastline is
reputed to be one of the most beautiful on earth. After a few days
R&R at one of the excellent hotels, rent a boat for the day to
explore the beautiful Maddalena Islands, or go diving on the wrecks
of old Roman cargo ships. The hilly inland area is also worth
exploration as it is particularly unspoilt.
Sardinia is renowned as a summer playground for adults indulging
in a luxury holiday, and while undoubtedly being a destination that
appeals to grown up kids, it's also pretty ideal for actual kids.
There are miles of beautiful coastline to explore, you can hire a
boat and visit the weird rock formations at Capo Testa or stop off
to swim or snorkel in the famously translucent green waters to be
found in dozens of secluded coves.
There are also other water sports on offer, particularly sailing
and kite surfing, and terrestrial sports such as world class
oligarch-spotting. This is best enjoyed of an evening in Porto
Cervo checking out the none-too-subtle display of wealth as the
mega-yachts jockey for position at the harbour.