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Sardinia is not the ideal shopping destination, although a day’s rabbiting around the streets of Cagliari or Alghero is a pleasant way to pass the time. The narrow streets in the latter city are ideally suited for window shopping and buying. Always busy, Via Carlo Alberto is the main shopping street. The stylish boutiques are located on the Via Gilbert Ferrret. For fashion and jewellery, go to the Via Roma.

Alghero is well-known for its deep-red coloured coral, found along the coast at Riviera del Corallo. Diving for coral is strictly regulated and jewellery made from real material is not cheap. Admire the best at Marogna in the 16th century Palazzo D’Albis on Piazza Civica. On the other side of the square is Il Ghiotto, which offers a seductive collection of wines, liqueurs, olives, oils and specialised dishes.

Via Simon is a good street for the gourmet. The best regional products can be purchased at Antichi Sapori at number 2 and Enodolciaria at number 24. Dolce Casalinghi, round the corner on Via Ambroglio Machin, is a small shop specialising in biscuits and confectionery. For Sardinian ceramics and gifts you should go to Ceramiche d’Arte at Via Simon 32.

Should you be there on the last Saturday of the month, visit the art, crafts and antiques market on Piazza Civico. In July and August, there is a night market on the promenade at Lungomare Dante. Many shops remain open until midnight during the summer.