Enigmatic, glamorous, and otherworldly, Sardinia is one of Italy's most vaunted destinations. Its white sand beaches and bright blue waters, which dominate a coastline of scalloped bays and secluded coves, are among the very best in Europe. The same could be said for its luxurious hotels and exclusive resorts, where many a celebrity and supermodel come to indulge in Sardinia's beachside beauty. There's a strong chance you won't want to leave your sun lounger, but Sardinia's adventurous side promises equal allure. Hike through its lush interior to Tiscali’s ancient ruins, clamber up limestone cliffs for views over the crescent-shaped bay of Cala Luna, or go scuba diving for shipwrecks off Cagliari's coast. The island of Sardinia is rich in history and heritage, which you can still see represented by medieval villages and ruined castles, but despite its lengthy cultural presence in the Mediterranean, the changing hands of rule, and influential European neighbours, little has impacted Sardinia's unique way of life. This is especially evident when you experience the island's flavoursome gastronomy and exuberant festivals, including Barbagia’s carnival parade of ghoulish mamuthones (masked characters) and the death-defying S’Ardia horse race in Sedilo.