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Location of Carloforte
Carloforte is a fishing and resort town. It is located on San Pietro Island, about 7 kilometres off the southwestern coast of Sardinia, in the Province of South Sardinia.
History of Carloforte
The city was founded by 18 families of coral fishermen in the 18th century. They left their hometown in 1541 and settled on the island of Tabarka to fish for coral off the coast of Tunisia. The coral area was exhausted after some time, but the families managed to find plenty more in the sea off the west coast. They asked the king’s permission to settle down on the once uninhabited San Pietro Island. When they were granted permission, they colonised the island in 1739 and named the town Carloforte.
Weather in Carloforte
Southern Sardinia, where Carloforte is located, has a mild, favourable climate. You don’t mind crowded beaches and vibrant nightlife? Then we recommend you visit in July or August. But if you prefer relaxing in more serene conditions, you can choose June, September or October. Carloforte is worth visiting any time of the year if you want to discover the cultural and natural heritage of the area.
Highlights around Carloforte
In Chia, you can find the forest of Cannoneris where many animal species live, such as deer, wild boar and eagle. It is one of Europe’s largest holm-oak forests. Visiting this pleasantly cool place is the perfect program on a hot summer day. The narrow roads lead deep into the woods. The pinnacle is the Punta Calamixi that offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding area. In Chia, you should also discover the Faro di Capo Spartivento, which is an active lighthouse.
Visiting Nora is recommended for history buffs. The ancient Roman ruins include churches, baths and mosaics. The Nora Lagoon is also a must-see. In the bay, you can even dive the sunken ruins of the Romans.
Cuisine of Carloforte
You can try unique tuna dishes in restaurants around Carloforte. The local chefs are experts at preparing these traditional recipes. Don’t miss out on the Girotonno festival in late May, early June. Chefs come from all over the world to show their tuna-knowledge in a competition.
Beaches in Carloforte
Many beautiful beaches await vacationers. Discover the most gorgeous coasts!
La Bobba Beach
It’s one of the most breathtaking beaches in Sardinia with white sand and crystal clear, blue waters. In addition, this beach is very well-equipped: sun lounges, buffets and showers are available. However, you should know that this beach is very popular, thus it can be crowded during high-season.
The silky, white sand is the perfect counterpart of the dark rocks framing this beach. Different fishes hide in the sea where seaweed is growing. The surrounding area is beautiful in the spring: wonderful, fragrant flowers are blossoming everywhere.
If you choose this beach, you’ll find light coloured sand and beautiful cliffs. The gorgeous coast is surrounded by Mediterranean green areas. The water is shallow, thus it’s perfect for families with small children. It’s also the ideal destination for scuba divers and surfers. There is a café and you can also rent sun umbrellas and sun lounges.
Boat rental in Carloforte
The Marina Sifredi port has 250 moorings. The accept boats and sailboats even with a length of 60 metres. You have access to services such as Wi-Fi, electricity, laundry, pharmacy or medical care. Information about sailing in Carloforte, or Carloforte yacht charters
The port has 385 berths for boats up to the length of 25 metres. The depth can be 3-4, 5 metres at the docks. Water, electricity and waste collection are among the services of the port.
Thanks to its geographic location, the port is not only large but also very well-equipped. It is ideal for luxury yachts in particular. They provide water, electricity and services such as food supply, deck cleaning or medical assistance. There are regular ferries leaving for Civitavecchia, Palermo and Naples. Information about sailing in Caglari, or yacht charter in Cagliari
Port of Bosa
The port of Bosa has 120 moorings, and the maximum allowed length of boats is 30 metres. It is protected well, and they provide water, electricity and fuel. You can eat nearby, and there is a supermarket, too. Info about sailing in Bosa, or rent a boat in Bosa.
Port of Alghero
The port of Alghero is 150 metres long. There are 400 permanent moorings for boats with a maximum length of 50 metres. Ferries leave towards Genoa, Barcelona and Civitavecchia. The port is open all year. Information about sailing in Alghero, or boat rental in Alghero
If you want to go sailing, visit the other gorgeous towns around Carloforte as well. Portoscuso, the Island of Sant’Antioco, Chia, Nora and Pula offer many wonders to discover. Find yacht routes in Sardinia or choose another Sardinia yacht charter.
The climate diagrams are based on 30 years of hourly weather model simulations. They give good indications of typical climate patterns and expected conditions (temperature, precipitation, sunshine, and wind). The “mean daily maximum” (solid red line) shows the maximum temperature of an average day for every month for Carloforte. Likewise, the “mean daily minimum” (solid blue line) shows the average minimum temperature.
The wind rose for Carloforte shows how many hours per year the wind blows from the indicated direction. The diagram for Carloforte shows the days per month, during which the wind reaches a certain speed.
Rent a boat in Carloforte, and cruise around Carloforte
Day 1. Carloforte – Calasetta (Sant’Antioco Island) 6.37 km (3.96 mi), Day 2. Sant’Antioco – Chia 65.29 km (40.57 mi) Day 3. Chia – Nora – Pula 16.97 km (10.55 mi) Day 4. Pula – Cagliari 27.73 km (17.23 mi) Day 5. Cagliari – Simius (Marina di Villasimius) 49.81 km (30.95 mi) Day 6. Marina di Villasimius – Porto Pino 98.99 km (61.51 mi) Day 7. Porto Pino – Portoscuso – Carloforte 43.81 km (27.22 mi).
Read more about Carloforte sailing
Day 1. Carloforte – Portoscuso 9.62 km (5.98 mi), Day 2. Portoscuso – Marceddì 76.80 km (47.72 mi), Day 3. Marceddì – Oristano 20.84 km (12.95 mi), Day 4. Oristano – Porto Mandriola 29.25 km (18.18 mi), Day 5. Porto Mandriola – Alghero 61.70 km (38.34 mi) , Day 6. Alghero – S’Archittu 58.01 km (36.05 mi), Day 7. S’Archittu – Portixeddu – Carloforte 111.75 km (69.44 mi)
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