With 1,120 miles of white sand against translucent turquoise sea, Sardinia is all about the beaches. Whether you have a passion for watersports or simply wish to lay back and relax, the island's varied coastline dotted with deserted sandy coves and rocky inlets offers something for everyone. Those based in the north of the island are spoilt for choice with an abundance of exclusive coves to choose from. A particular jewel is Liscia Ruja, known as Long Beach. Widely considered one of the best beaches on the Costa Smeralda, this long strip of sand has plenty of room for everyone in the busy months of July and August. Another must-see lies a short ferry ride from the Costa Smeralda, the Islands of Maddalena. Now a national park of over 60 islands, Maddalena offers a chance to experience a slice of uninhabited paradise.