Sardinia is the perfect tourist destination and its coast, lapped by translucent turquoise or emerald waters, is amply responsible for this reputation. Its beaches, which range from unspoiled to urbane, are all spectacular. Cagliari, its beautiful capital, is equally bewitching and rich in superb architectural masterpieces and grandiose scenery. A few miles from the beaches, Supramonte unfolds to reveal a twisted, tortured landscape of unexplored grottoes and forests of cork oaks, while the gorge of Su Gorropu, the deepest canyon of Europe, is popular with hikers. In the heart of the island, Barumini offers a glimpse into a past several thousand years old before reaching Su Nuraxi, a Unesco world heritage archaeological site. All of which steeped in the rich scents of scrubland, vineyards and olive groves, as heady and generous as Sardinia's food.