Holidays to Palau in Italy offer a dreamy coastline and calm waters, within easy reach of secluded beaches and historic forts.

Local life

Lively Palau's an authentic slice of Sardinia up in the north of the island – soak up the atmosphere by wandering around the town's narrow streets. There are plenty of surf shops and boutiques to browse, but the Friday market is the main event. Vendors heap their stalls with local delicacies, so you'll get the chance to sample regional cheese and wine.

Polaroid moments

Have your camera ready to capture Roccia dell'Orso, a curious bear-shaped rock. Just an 11-minute drive from the town, it was once an important landmark for Roman and Greek sailors. Alternatively, hop on a modern-day boat tour to the Maddalena archipelago to see its emerald waters and untouched islands up close.

Seafood feasts

If you like seafood, then you'll love Palau. Dine al fresco on freshly caught fish near the harbour, while looking out over the turquoise sea. Pizza fans also have plenty to look forward to, thanks to the bevy of traditional pizzerias in town.

Seaside adventures

You'll have no problem finding a beach in this little corner of Sardinia. Head to the port to access the town's beach, where you can relax on a small stretch of sand. Or if you're looking for more action, drive 10 minutes to golden Porto Pollo. The breeze makes it a popular kitesurfing spot.

At a Glance

  • Snorkel about in calm coves
  • Sail on a boat trip to postcard-worthy islands
  • Explore ancient forts and tombs