Sardinia: a tourist's dream.

Although Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean, bigger even than Cyprus, it's not as well known as some other destinations in the Med. This is a shame, but for those in the know, it does mean that the island still retains its charm without being overwhelmed by tourists.

Timeshare is not unheard of on the island, with holiday exchange giant RCI Holidays being just one of the companies who have recognised the island's potential and offering a number of resorts from which to choose. RCI Holidays are well-known for being able to pick which areas are going to be popular, both now and in the future and it is their expert knowledge as to what their members want that helps make them one of the market leaders.

Sardinia offers an enormous range of activities for families visiting the island. Naturalists will enjoy the island too, as around 25% of the island is either protected reserve territory or designated as a National Park. With so much protected environment, there are some incredibly rare creatures on the island, such as the Mediterranean Monk Seal and the Sardinian Fox. There are also sites of interest dating from the Megalithic period, such as Su Nuraxi di Barumini, so history buffs will also be in their element.

Aside from the wonderful Mediterranean beaches, made all the more pleasant by the great climate, there is a whole host of things to do in Sardinia. Cagliari, the island's capital and largest city, offers visitors the ideal mix of exploration and recreation activities. The wonderful Poetto Beach is one of the best city beaches along the whole Mediterranean coast line and at around five miles long, there's plenty of room for you to find a sunbathing spot. Culture lovers will appreciate the city's old district, Castello, where towers dating from the 13th century still stand guard by the city walls, which date back to medieval times.

Bird lovers will enjoy San Teodoro and the Lagoon of the same name, which is home to a very distinctive giant flock of pink flamingos, as well as other rare birds. The sight of the pink birds attracts more than just ornithologists, however, as do the area's lovely beaches, great restaurants and relaxed atmosphere.

Wherever you choose to stay on the island, be it in one of the resorts on offer from RCI Holidays or in one of the many excellent hotels, you'll be sure to have a great time exploring all that the island has to offer.