If you’re looking for serenity in a beautiful setting, you’ll feel head over heels for Cannigione. And, in fact, for Sardinia in general. This isle off the west coast of Italy isn’t just a miniature version of The Boot, but it’s got a hypnotic, unique feel all of its own. From the age-old Catalan architecture – a result of hundreds of years of Spanish rule – to the white-sand beaches that look like they’ve been airlifted from the other side of the world.
As for holidays to Cannigione itself, this little town is nestled in a cove on the north shores of Sardinia, overlooked by mountain peaks. It’s a laid-back place with an air of sophistication – think family-run restaurants and cafés and a yacht-filled marina. The town’s snow-coloured beach is next to the marina, and a five-minute drive will get you to Tanca Manna – one of the best sweeps of sand on the island.