Escape the crowds with holidays to Matta e Peru in north-east Sardinia, where white-sand beaches and pine forests reign supreme on this Italian island.

Sheep-spotting country

Matta e Peru sure isn’t short of scenic countryside, where made-for-rambling forests open out into patches of chalk-coloured sand. With four million sheep roaming Italy's island of Sardinia, you might just make a fluffy friend on your way. Don’t forget to bring bottled water and a cap if you're headed out on a sunny day.

Secret Sardinian shores

Sardinia's known for its almost-tropical beaches, and the white sands at Matta e Peru are as good as they get. Work your way through the pine forests that line the shores to find hidden coves all to yourself.

Eat like the locals

Sardinia's what you'd call a foodie heaven. Matta e Peru’s much-loved pizzerias are open during the summer months, serving up gooey, cheesy treats. If you fancy yourself a chef, make like a local and cook up a Sardinian supper with the day’s catch from Budoni’s market.

Join the bustle in Budoni

When you’ve had enough downtime and are craving the hustle and bustle again, hop in a car for 10 minutes and you'll reach nearby Budoni. Here you can indulge in a little retail therapy, feast on authentic wood-fired pizza or take a horseback tour along the beach.

At a Glance

  • Bathe in the Emerald Coast's crystal waters
  • Sample traditional Sardinian cuisine
  • Roadtrip along rugged coastal landscapes