Thanks to its crystal clear water, the 55-kilometre-long Costa Smeralda is extremely popular for those who love the sea. Our article will help you decide when to go sailing in Portisco. Also, we will provide you with seven days of the sailing itinerary. Explore the idyllic port town and its neighbourhood!
This article gives you an overview of the following topics:
- The climate of Portisco: The best time for sailing
- Ports and islands around Portisco
- Sail in Portisco! Portisco sailing itineraries
- Sailing in Portisco: A week sailing plan
- 7 days Portisco sailing itinerary (longer)
The climate of Portisco: The best time for sailing
The town has a Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers and mild winters. The warmest month is July when the average temperature may reach 33°C. The coldest month is January when the lowest temperature is 15°C. We recommend that you visit Portisco anytime between April and October. These months are characterised by pleasant temperatures and a low amount of precipitation. Do you love swimming? The temperature of the water can be 27°C in July.
Ports and islands around Portisco
Marina di Portisco
The port of the city has 589 berths for yachts with a length of 4-90 metres. It is perfectly protected and has all the necessary services sailors may need: running water, electricity, Wi-Fi and fuel supply.
Marina di Porto Rotondo
The beautiful port of Porto Rotondo has 650 berths for yachts as long as 90 metres. The depth of the water is 5.5 metres. The port offers several good-quality services, such as running water, electricity, Wi-Fi, fuel and maintenance. You can even require medical assistance.
Marina di Golfo Aranci
The private dock is only 20 metres from the town centre. They have 30 berths for boats as long as 5-16 metres. The depth of the water is 1.5-5 metres. Thanks to the breakwater built-in 2017, the port provides protection against the northeastern and southwestern winds dominant in the bay. You can find a bar and a restaurant in Marina di Golfo Aranci, and they also have electricity and Wi-Fi.
Marina di Olbia
The port in Olbia provides 270 berths for yachts up to 80 metres size. The maximum depth is 5.2 metres. The protected port offers many great services. If you get hungry, there is a restaurant, and they have a bar as well.
Porto Cervo Marina
This is one of the best equipped and most welcoming ports on the Adriatic Sea. There are 700 berths available, 100 of which are preserved for yachts passing through. The depth of the water is 1.7-7 metres. Every berth has running water and electricity.
Arzachena, located near Cannigione, is very popular among sailboat and yacht owners today. Poltu Quato, which opened in 1987, provides 305 berths for boats with a length of 8-35 metres. The depth of water is 3 metres around the entrance and 2 metres in the inner dock.
Marina di Cannigione
The natural port in Arzachena Bay can accept 400 yachts with a length of up to 25 metres. The maximum depth is 4.5 metres. They have drinking water, electricity as well as bars and restaurants. Their great services also include laundry and maintenance.
Marina di Porto Rafael
This small port in the northern part of Sardinia provides 80 berths for boats up to 30 metres long. The maximum depth of water is between 2 and 5 metres. Although small in size, the port is safe, well-equipped and popular among sailors. It is a perfect starting point from where you can explore the smaller islands of the La Maddalena archipelago.
Porto di Santa Teresa Gallura
The port can be found in the Santa Teresa Gallura holiday resort. They have 700 moorings for yachts with a maximum length of 45 metres. The depth of the water is 5 metres. It is a protected port with several great services offered, and there is also a bar and a restaurant here.
Sail in Portisco! Portisco sailing itineraries
Sailing in Portisco: A week sailing plan
We begin our trip in Portisco, and this is where we will return after visiting the fantastic towns and islands in the area.
Day 1. Portisco – Mortorio Island
8.46 km (5.26 mi)
First, we are going to sail to the uninhabited island of Mortorio, which belongs to the La Maddalena National Park. We can only enter on the larger southwestern coast. If you visit the place, you can expect an unspoiled landscape where you can admire the beautiful rocks and rich Mediterranean flora. The small bay Cala Mortorio can also be found here; the sea bottom is marvellous on these parts.
Day 2. Mortorio Island – Porto Rotondo
7.08 km (4.40 mi)
After Mortorio Island, we are going to dock at Porto Rotondo, located between Cugnana Bay and Marinella Bay. The town has great beaches where we can try a wide range of watersports. If you are here, visit the Piazzetta San Marco square and the Church of San Lorenzo as well. Are you looking for entertainment? Porto Rotondo is a perfect tourist attraction where we particularly recommend the Country Club piano bar and disco. Spend the night in the port of the town.
Day 3. Porto Rotondo – Golfo Aranci
17.21 km (10.69 mi)
Our next destination is Golfo Aranci with its must-see town centre. Thanks to its stylish shops and modern boardwalk, the town is different from other typical Sardinian towns. If you would like to return from your holiday with something truly unique, buy one of the coral gifts sold here. It is definitely worth trying the frutti di mare in one of the fine restaurants.
Day 4. Golfo Aranci – Olbia
13.09 km (8.13 mi)
The resort, which is famous for the port and the airport as well, has many sights to see. Examples include the National Archaeological Museum, the Basilica of San Simplicio and the Church of St. Paul the Apostle. Once a small fishing village, the town is a popular destination today with its beautiful beaches, such as Saline Beach, Dottore Beach or Porto Istana Beach. The main street is the Corso Umberto I; it has an authentic Italian atmosphere and several restaurants and bars. If you would like to have a delicious meal, try the restaurant La Lanterna. They specialise in pizza, but you should also try the frutti di mare, the pecorino made from sheep’s milk and the grilled dishes. Beside great food, they also offer many excellent wines to choose from.
Day 5: Olbia – Porto San Paolo
14.94 km (9.28 mi)
The charming little town, Porto San Paolo is famous for the welcoming guests; it also has a favourable location. The wonderful islands of Isola Tavolara, Isola Molara and Isola Piana can be found nearby. If you visit the town, you can choose from great sports opportunities like horse-riding, mountain biking and golf.
Day 6: Porto San Paolo – Molara Island
6.37 km (3.96 mi)
The beauty of the landscape is further enhanced by bays with waters in glorious colors, rocks shaped by the wind and hills that provide a fascinating view of the sea and breathtaking silhouette of Tavolara Island. As the island is private property, we need permission to enter any of its parts, except a designated area near the shores. Dock here and spend the night in the port of the wonderful Spagnola Bay.
Day 7: Molara Island (Cala Spagnola) – Tavolara Island (Spalmatore di Terra) – Portisco
31.06 km (19.30 mi)
The picturesque bays of Tavolara Island are perfect for swimming. Are you a fan of hiking? Follow the designated route to the highest point of the island, Punta Cannone where you can admire the beautiful panorama. From up there, you can see the surrounding mountains as well as the Strait of Bonifacio and Corsica. Beside the unique species of birds, there are mouflon and goats on the island, too.
After we return our yacht, it is worth exploring Portisco if we still have some time. The town has crystal clear, shallow waters making it ideal for families with small children. Are you looking for a delicious meal? Ristorante Su Cubone is a particularly good choice; you must definitely try the authentic Italian spaghetti. You can also choose from a wide variety of excellent wines. Portisco Beach Music is also a great restaurant. They have delicious pasta and fish dishes and a friendly atmosphere.
7 days Portisco sailing itinerary (longer)
Day 1. Portisco – Porto Cervo 16.9 km (10.24 mi), Day 2. Porto Cervo – La Maddalena archipelago (Porto Massimo) 19.18 km (11.92 mi), Day 3. La Maddalena archipelago (Porto Massimo) – Santa Teresa Gallura 23.19 km (14.41 mi), Day 4. Santa Teresa Gallura – Bonifacio 16.45 km (10.22 mi), Day 5. Bonifacio – Porto Vecchio 46.5 km (28.92 mi), Day 6. Porto Vecchio – Cala Santa Maria 43.6 km (27.09 mi), Day 7. Cala Santa Maria -Capriccioli – Portisco 40.09 km (24.91 mi)
If you would like to sail, Portisco is a clever choice because of the Mediterranean climate and crystal clear waters. Visit the neighbouring holiday resorts as well that offer exciting sights and even more fantastic gastronomic experiences.