Properties in Sardinia
Sardinia, the second largest island in the Mediterranean, boasts an average 10 months of bright sunshine a year and 1,200 miles of coastline, ranging from welcoming sandy beaches to vertiginous sheer cliffs. One stupendous example of its coastline is at Neptune’s Grotto in the north, a labyrinthine underwater cavern of spectacular rock formations, stalactites and stalagmites.
On the north-east coast, the six-mile long Costa Smeralda is now an upmarket resort of private villas and luxury hotels. A second resort almost as popular is Porto Rotondo, a few miles further down the coast. The Sardi, as the locals are known, are very proud of their distinct culture and dialect, both distinct from mainstream Italy. Many Sardi in and around the capital Alghero, for instance, still speak an archaic form of Catalan.