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Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. With population of 1.65 million, it is an autonomous region of Italy with Cagliari as its regional capital.

The coast of Sardinia is high and rocky, with a large area running straight. Some parts are varied with promontories and wide deep bays. The Mediterranean climate of Sardinia brings forth a warm spring and fall, hot summer and mild winter.

It is one of two Italian regions who has been recognised as distinct people or Popolo by the Italian Parliament.

Some of Italy's most famous beaches can be found in the island. One of the more extraordinary tourist attractions are in the Costa Smeralda, with its enchanting beaches and a system of villages built according to an extremely detailed urban plan and where the annual Sardinia Cup sailing regatta is held, usually around September, and the Gennargentu which is a rugged crest of mountains in the province of Nuoro. The main activities include sheep rearing and forest exploration.

Cagliari offers a nice stroll in the famous old town of Castello neighborhood. Nearby is the 16th century church of the Purissima, the churches of Santa Maria del Sacro Monte di Pietà, Santa Croce and San Giuseppe. Other places worthy for a visit are the Palazzo del Vicerè, and the Archbishop's Palace, the former City Hall, the Arsenal which has been transformed into the Cittadella dei Musei (Citadel of Museums), and the Belgrano Palace.

The island is also a must for the yachtsman. Sardinia had been described as a miniature continent because of its varied geographic makeup. Cruising Sardinia can be recommended by circumnavigating from Porto Cervo, to La Maddalena, Castel Sardo to Golfo Aranci and Portisco. A stop at the Archipelago of La Maddalena would provide an excellent sailing and cruising pause.

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