No trip to Sardinia can be complete without exploring its stunning landscape. The Costa Smeralda is a beautiful area stretching 20 kilometres along the northern part of the area, and is most famous for its Caribbean-style white sand beaches. A wonderful day can be spent wandering around the Arcipelago di La Maddalena National Park. Its seven islands boast picturesque crystal clear waters and pink sand. Capo Carbonara is also worth a visit, if only to see the the Notteri pond. Separated from the sea by a thin tongue of sand, it is home flamingos, seagulls, shearwaters and partridges during the winter months. Sardinia is not all about laying on the beach. Some of its buildings are as beautiful as the scenery outside including the Basilica di Saccargia, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari and Cagliari Cathedral.