Sardinia is Queen of the Med when it comes to beautiful beaches. For soft white sands and iridescent waters head to the northern tip of Sardinia, where you’ll find the glitzy coastline of Costa Smeralda and the stunning archipelago of La Maddalena.

This group of over 60 islands is a protected National Park and includes the famous pink sands of Budelli. It’s best visited by boat (as there’s little in the way of development). Also worth a shoutout are the east coast beaches of Cala Goloritze, Cala Luna, and Cala Mariolu.