A former fishing village, San Teodoro is now more of a resort, springing to life in the summer months and a natural choice for a family holiday. Think long leisurely days, devoid of timetabled activities, punctuated by delicious food and interrupted only by decisions about where to eat dinner that night.
Beach bliss: the beaches are unquestionably the big attraction, exquisite stretches of pale white sand fringed by clear blue seas and with beautifully shallow water that is great for toddlers. They vary in size and atmosphere from horseshoe-shaped bays to the 3km expanse of sand at one of the most popular, La Cinta. Our favourites are Cala Brandinchi, known locally as Little Tahiti (no prizes for guessing why), and Lu Impostu where a café, perched high above the sands, churns out huge salads and Sardinian-style platters of cheese and salami against a near perfect backdrop - with the beaches of Capo Coda Cavallo and the Spiaggia dell'Isuledda following closely behind.
Several of our hotels in San Teodoro have beach front locations.
Coda Cavallo beach
Action stations: there are activities for the more energetically-inclined, with horse-riding, bird-watching and a whole range of water sports on offer. La Cinta beach is the place to head for wind-surfing and riding and just behind it, the Stagno di San Teodoro is a protected marshland and unspoilt lagoon bursting with native flora and fauna. For walkers, the peak of Mount Nieddu - Punta Magghjóri - stands at 3,182 feet above sea level.
Eating: On an island where artichokes grow in abundance, the seafood is fantastic and the most popular bread is carta di musica (music bread), you know you are going to eat well. Dine simply on pizzas and pasta or splash out a couple of times at restaurants such as Li Mori, a traditional Agriturismo which serves farm to table local specialities such as gnocchetti and suckling roast pig.
What else is there? Even with all this, it is primarily the atmosphere of the area that you want to capture and bottle – the atmosphere of the classic seaside Italian town, lively yet relaxed and packed with family-friendly cafés, boutiques and pizzerias. For families with teenagers, an evening visit to Porto Cervo is the ultimate eye-popping people-watching evening out while the marina at Porto Rotondo is slightly more accessible, not least in terms of distance. Closer to San Teodoro, the pretty little Porto Ottiolu is ideal for a relaxed passeggiata and obligatory gelato.
A spot of retail therapy in Porto Cervo