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Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea after its Italian rival Sicily and offers the discerning tourist a sunny climate of up to 300 days a year. An increasingly popular holiday destination these days Sardinia is a short flight for Europeans, reasonably priced thanks to the limp Italian economy, home to a dramatic, mountainous interior and endless dazzling beaches lurking in tiny, protected coves and washed by calm, azur waters, great local cuisine (especially sea food or wild boar) and even the wine is acceptable.
The coastline of Sardinia, not unlike neighbouring French Corsica, is pocked with gorgeous little white sand bays lapped by crystal turquoise waters, not only the pricey bit of the island, north-east Costa Smeralda. Recently the Sardinian President prohibited any further building within two kms (1.25m) of the sea, so hopefully this glorious coastline will continue unspoilt for a long time (or at least until a more corrupt politician gets into power).