'Unspoilt, barren and beautiful with a coastline unmatched anywhere in Europe, here is a last bastion of an old civilisation, and a perfect place in which to retreat.

As you drive south for an hour from the buzzing fishing town of Alghero, taking the steep coastal road with the magnificent Tyrrhenian sea stretching forever to your right and a moonscape rising to your left, you immediately feel as in another world. Such is the subtle effect of this place, an outpost of Italian life, situated 200km from the Italian mainland but with all the best that Italy offers - warm people, sunshine, clean beaches, fantastic fresh seafood and crisp white wine.

Passing the perfectly situated old town of Bosa, you will see its tall coloured houses built into the hillside, overlooked by an elegant pink stone thousand-year-old fort and facing the palm-tree-lined banks of the river Temo.

Bosa Marina is a further 3km down river, a tiny port that is a haven for fishing boats and yachts alike, and the gateway to secret coves in which to float. Its beach of pure white sand and crystal clear water was recently voted the cleanest beach in Europe.

Inland towards Tresnuraghes, the rugged interior harbours hidden lakes, primitive trails, a world of wildflowers and isolated mountain villages in which to explore. It is a place strangely out of time, where nature feels closer.

The untamed landscape is perfect for both hill-walking and trekking, and the more energetic can hire bikes and take off into the wild-flower-clad hills and the tiny villages barely touched by time. Or you can hire a car, and in little more than an hour find yourself at the magnificent Roman ruins of Tharros.

Many people come to Sardinia solely to view this ancient historic site, pitched dramatically on a peninsula that juts out to sea. Sardinia is famous for its pagan prehistoric remains, namely the mysterious primitive Nuraghic structures made of stone. Seven thousand of these strange conical constructions dot Sardinia and within an hour of Bosa, there are two fine examples of complete Nuraghic villages hidden deep within ancient olive groves.

A perfect place to retreat and discover.'

Adapted from: Ciara Ferguson, Yoga Italian-style is just out of this world

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