The Mediterranean island of Sardinia is filled with natural wonder. Miles and miles of beaches and turquoise water are the main draw for visitors, but there are mysterious ancient structures, hiking trails, colourful mountain towns and annual celebrations that are all worth discovering

Neptune’s Grotto

Through boat hire sardinia,take the long seaside staircase escala del cabirol, or “goat steps,” down to this incredible natural wonder near Alghero, and you will find Neptune’s Grotto. The grotto takes its name from Neptune, the Roman god of the sea. Inside, there is a large saltwater lake and both stalactites and stalagmites that create an otherworldly experience. If you don’t fancy climbing down (and up) the 656 steps, if the water is calm you can take a boat from the harbour in Port of Alghero.

Argentiera

This ghost town is a stone’s throw from the university town of Sassari on the western coast of the island. Once thriving silver mines dating back to Roman times, the mine and the surrounding town slowly disappeared post-World War II. Now the site is part of a UNESCO-protected collection of eight separate areas known as the Parco Geominerario. You can roam the abandoned mine buildings and explore the nearby beaches for an unusual day out.

La Pelosa Beach

While it is virtually impossible to name just one beach as the most beautiful beach in Sardinia, La Pelosa Beach in Stintino is without a doubt one of them. Calm turquoise waters and soft sugar-white sand are banked on one side, with lush Mediterranean vegetation and a view of the island of Asinara on the other. There is also a charming 17th century tower thrown in the mix for good measure.

Murals of Orgosolo

In the isolated and rugged mountain region known as the Barbagia, in the interior of the island, there is a town that has always had a strong and independent voice. The buildings in the town of Orgosolo serve as a canvas to broadcast the thoughts and will of the inhabitants. The practice began in the 1960s and grew.