Sardinia lies west of Italy and north of Sicily. Its coast is 1,897 km long. The northern and eastern coast is rocky, while the ones on the southern side are sandy. You can find several smaller islands near Sardinia: Asinara, Sant’Antioco, San Pietro, Maddalena and Caprera. 80% of the island is decorated with mountains and hills, therefore not only lovers of waters, but also hikers will find here what they prefer. The wind always blows in Sardinia and its neighbourhood, as it is far from the mainland. The most famous winds are mistral (from the northwest, mostly from Corsica), Tramontana (from the north), Levante (from the east) and Sirocco (from the southeast). Due to the winds, an island is a favourite place for lovers of water sports (especially surfers and kitesurfers) in Europe. The water temperature makes it suitable for sports and bathing all year round.
- Where is it worth mooring? The most important ports of the island
- Coasts and islands in Sardinia: Neighbouring islands
- Sailing in Sardinia: Our one-week Sailing recommendation
Alghero is in the western part of the island. This is where you find the port Port of Alghero, which has 400 permanent mooring spots and it is 150 metres long. Due to its size, it is not able to receive ships longer than 50 metres. The port that is open all year round is made more spectacular by the old town of Alghero.
The city has many programs for visitors. The discovery of the old town is excellent leisure time, while you understand the secrets of the past visiting various towers and cathedrals. If you look for more active holidays, you can spend your time with mainland and water sports. From scuba diving through surfing to biking you can find it all here that is worth trying. You also get the chance to go for a whale and dolphin watch.
There is no lack of culinary pleasures either. No fast food restaurant has set foot on the island, thus lovers of French fries and hamburgers must look for different food, but they won’t regret sure. The gastronomy of the island is versatile and delicious, which makes your time spent here memorable. Also, sea programs expect visitors here.
Cagliari is in the south of Sardinia. The port Marina Portus Karalis is directly next to the historical town centre and has a total of 118 mooring spots. It is also able to host ships as long as 90 metres.
Cagliari is the largest city of the island. Due to its Mediterranean climate, the winters are mild attracting tourists each day of the year. The magic water of Goldo Degli Angeli (Bay of Angels) enchants visitors in the city gate. Cagliari was built on seven hills, which are now the districts of the city. If you get off the ship, you get the chance to discover the beauties and famous buildings of the city.
Leaving historical memories, buildings behind, you can try various water sports (surfing, scuba diving, water skiing) or you can dip in the pleasant water and sunbathe on the sandy beach.
Departing from Sardinia you find the island of San Pietro a few kilometres away, where you should turn into the direction of Carloforte. The port Marine Sifredi that can be found here, has 250 mooring spots and can host ships and sailing boats that are as long as 60 metres.
When you are finished with admiring the historical sights in Carloforte, you can walk around the island. It has very beautiful beaches that are perfect for swimming and water sports.
Sant’Antioco és San Pietro
The islands of Sant’Antioco and San Pietro are on the southwestern side of Sardinia. The first island is connected to Sardinia by a bridge because they are separated by a shallow sea gorge and lagoon-lakes from each other. San Pietro is only accessible on water. The neighbourhood of the islands expects travellers and scuba divers with a rich water world.
Not far from the island, you can find Sardinia’s third largest island, Asinara, to the north. This is where you find Asinara National Park that was established 21 years ago. The island used to function as a prison island too. The national park protects historical buildings and the plants and animals of the island. You can see white donkeys here, that is why the island is also called the kingdom of donkeys.
Sailing to the northeastern coast of Sardinia, you find the island group La Maddalena. These islands are rarely inhabited and almost untouched. The beaches with crystal clear water and pink sand are an excellent travel destination. Besides swimming and water sports you can visit Roman ruins and fortresses here.
There are wonderful places in Costa Smeralda’s area, which not only offer sandy beaches and beautiful coastlines, but also impressive historical monuments. Discover the secluded places, which can only be approached by a yacht.
1. day: Olbia
Olbia is Costa Smeralda‘s largest port and regional centre. It is a popular destination due to the monuments and the atmosphere of the city. It is worth visiting St. Paul’s Church.
According to an engravement on the wall of the main nave, there was a chapel in this place in 1421. The Church of St. Simplicius is the oldest medieval church in Sardinia, which is still in its original form. Excavated remains of the Punic settlement, can be seen not far from the church. We will start our journey from Marina di Olbia.
2. day: Portisco
The first stop of our trip from the port of Olbia is Portisco’s charming Italian town. Here we can relax after sightseeing in Olbia. Admire the beautiful Mediterranean landscape while we sail towards the coastline and harbour.
Portisco’s beach is located in the western part of Cugnana Bay, between a ness and the island of Portisco. In the south there is a well-equipped port for yachts, behind the beach there are luxury villas and resorts. There are numerous white sandy beaches on the seashore. The Portisco is characterized by sandy beaches and shallow waters that are ideal for families with kids.
The Renna Bianca Beach offers a wide range of services, it has a car park, hotel, café, and restaurant. You can even rent boats and rowing boats.
We can spend the night at Marina Cala dei Sardi or Marina di Portisco.
3. day: Capricolli
On the third day of our trip, we depart from Portisco to Capriccioli. Capriccioli means “young goats” in the local dialect. On the shore, we can see massive pink granite rocks which were rounded by the waves, wild olive trees, and maritime pines.
One of the beaches is Il Pirata where you can rent canoes and dinghies that can be moored to a small wooden pier. This wind shielded coast with shallow waters and fine sandy, slowly deepening seashore are ideal for families. Another beach of “Delle Tartarughe” (turtles): this is a place where the turtles are nesting among the dunes. The locals call the shore a small oasis. It’s worth to visit the shore for a turtle watch.
The nearby small volcanic islands, Soffin and Cameren have wonderful, untouched nature. On the right side of the bay, there is a small island, Mortorio, which is also beautiful.
4. day: Porto Cervo
On the fourth day, while sailing in Costa Smeralda, we reach Porto Cervo. This beautiful town has many small, short, white buildings which are in harmony with nature. The harbour is the centre of Porto Cervo, here you can find shops, and the elegant yacht club is nearby too. One of the hotels was a filming site for the 1977 James Bond a Spy who loved me. There are several famous beaches here. We can spend the night at Marina Porto di Cervo.
5. day: La Maddalena archipelago
Kea is a beautiful island, full of ancient crabs and beautiful cities. There are many restaurants in Kea, where fresh fish, lobster, and other traditional dishes are served. If you are looking for a quiet berth we recommend a bay which is 100 meters away from the harbour. On the beautiful shores of La Maddalena’s, you can find Roman ruins and fortresses. It is called a group of islands, as it consists of several tiny islands. One of the most famous locations in the national park which can be explored in 1-2 days.
La Maddalena Island
La Maddalena is the largest island in the archipelago with its 45 km long coastline. The Guarda Vecchia with its 146 meters height is the highest point of the mountain chain running along the island. Accommodation is limited by the size of the island, but some hotels and two campsites, and smaller taverns are waiting for the holidaymakers too. There are several options to dock for example Cala Gavetta which is the main port and a busy tourist town. As an alternative option, you can choose Cala Mangiavolpe which is located in Cala Gavetta. Finally, Cala Spalmaore, which is a beautiful, well-protected coastline.
6. day: Porto Pozzo
In the charming small village, you can enjoy a relaxing day in the unspoiled natural environment and bucolic rural milieu. You should try the delicious local specialities in the city. You can spend the night at Porto di Porto Pozzo.
7. day: Return to Olbia
Returning to Olbia you can also visit the archaeological museum, which has a serious collection. In the city centre, you can relax and have a drink in the famous downtown restaurants.
Explore the adventurous bays and hidden sandy beaches. The water is crystal clear, the bays are protected from winds, so you can swim and scuba dive too. Don’t hesitate, but start your unforgettable trip and you can meet dolphins too.