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June 7, 2008
Hot Spot: Sardinia
With its ruggedly beautiful coastline of craggy inlets and emerald bays, the Mediterranean island of Sardinia is often compared with Majorca 30 years ago. Still relatively unknown to many non-Italians, its inaccessibility has held back the onset of package tourism and vast swathes of coast remain remarkably untouched by concrete.
According to the Telegraph, the glitzy north-eastern pocket known as the Costa Smeralda is exceptional, with its billionaire residents and St Tropez feel, but the rest of the island is beginning to appeal to less affluent buyers.
While the Costa’s prices are being inflated by Russian oligarchs (Roman Abramovich bought a villa there for £24 million [€30 million] last year), the growth in low-cost airline routes is fuelling a less high-octane boom in northern Sardinia, where Brits are snapping up holiday homes for nearer £238,000 (€300,000).
Four low-cost airlines now fly into the port of Alghero, which has become popular with British and Irish buyers.
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