Discovering the Italian main islands: Sicily and Sardinia

Some of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterrean sea

Two gems in the Italian Sea

The Italian island heritage consists of more than 800 islands, of which only about eighty are inhabited, including the two largest islands of the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily and Sardinia, whose regions constitute the macro-area of the Italian island. Embark with us, Discovering the Italian main islands: Sicily and Sardinia.


With its capital Palermo, Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean. It is close to Africa and halfway between the Suez Canal and the Strait of Gibraltar.

To begin with, Sicily is a dazzling blend of rolling hills, volcanic mountains and coastal beaches that meet clear, crystal clear seas. The southernmost region of Italy, the island continues to attract foreign and non-foreign travelers with its rich legacy of ancient ruins, unique dialects and delicious and characteristic food and drink.

Sicily is also home to the now famous international Aeolian Islands. They are known for their shimmering sea and the opportunity to visit these small islands. Additionally, each is different from the other. Every Sicilian city has historical and baroque elements to visit. Also, we recommend a tour of Mount Etna (with a guide!). It is one of the few volcanoes still active in Europe.

Discovering the Italian main islands: Sicily and Sardinia
Discovering the Italian main islands: Sicily and Sardinia


Then, Sardinia. With its capital Cagliari, Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean. The coasts are high, rocky and not very hospitable. Hence why the people who inhabited it drew the source of survival from the earth. Because of the variety of its ecosystems, one may call the island a micro continent.

In the modern era, many travelers and writers have extolled the beauty of its pristine landscape. Sardinia is one of the geologically oldest bodies of earth in Europe. The island has been populated in various waves of immigration from prehistoric times until recent times.

In Sardinia there are more than one hundred beaches. Consequently, the geology of the island offers a variety of beaches, such as beaches of fine sand or grains of quartz. Along the west coast there are steep cliffs and fine sandy beaches. The north-eastern coast (near Olbia) has many large sandy beaches. Aftwards, the center of the east coast (near Cala Gonone) consists of cliffs and caves. And in the southeast coast (Villasimius, Arbatax and other villages) there are rocky and sandy beaches.

Furthermore, many consider Sardinia a luxurious destination.  Especially on the emerald coast called so “for the blue green water”, especially in the areas of San Teodoro and Porto Cervo. These areas have to offer luxurious resorts, restaurants and private beaches. In the evening you can admire the many yachts in the main port even of famous people!

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