Sardinia is Italy's second island of the Mediterranean Sea by territorial expansion. It measures 24,089 square kilometres and has a developed coast of 1,849 kilometres, nearly a quarter of the length of Italy's entire coastline. Most of the island consists of granite and sedimentary rock. The jagged coast is full of fine, soft sand beaches, running brooks, stretches of impressive rock cliffs, vast headlands, lovely little bays, sumptuous sand-dunes, tantalizing caves accessible only by sea and is faced with fascinating little islands. The sea is a kaleidoscope of turquoise-blue hues.
Everywhere one will find beaches and cliffs of inimitable beauty and little corners of paradise that still preserve their natural splendor in spite of tourist developments. Besides visiting the unrivaled Sardinian coastline, one shouldn't miss the unique and unpolluted inland regions with picturesque valleys; terraced highlands; remote mountains full of streams; vasts forests of evergreens; oak and chestnut trees; deep gorges; waterfalls; and small, crystal-clear lakes. There are also game preserves with mouflons (a type of wild sheep), deer, fallow-deer, wild boar, foxes, hawks, magnificent eagles and finally the little wild Giara horses, unique in Europe.
Even near the big cities (in the marshes of Santa Giusta in Oristano and of Molentargius and Santa Gilla in Cagliari), the coastal lagoons host many rare species of birds including hundreds and hundreds of pink flamingos, the symbol of Sardinia and the most spectacular animal species of the European continent.