1900 km’s of beautiful wild coast, so different that it does not seem to be part of the same land: narrow and hidden coves, high sand dunes that push towards the sea, sea stacks shaped by the wind, white granite rocks of very strange shapes that stand out on the sea, small islands where different cultures are encountered and much more… this is that Sardinia has to offer to those who visit it by sea.
Discovering Sardinia by sea is the only way of exploring the most beautiful stretches of the coast and the clearest water totally and without haste. Sailing around Sardinia means actively discovering tranquil and isolated sea landscapes, choosing the stop-over along such a varied coast and stopping for a dive in the sea.
For easy sailing, always be aware of weather conditions that, especially in the summer, are often good and favourable for sailing. The most frequent kind of wind in the entire island is the Maestrale from the North West, while the coast that is struck by the wind is to the North, close to Bocche di Bonifacio separating Corsica from Sardinia.
The most famous area is without a doubt Costa Smeralda, in the North East of Sardinia, discovered and baptized in the Sixties by the Prince Ismaelita Aga Khan who transformed it into an important and famous vacation area, the favourite destination of important celebrities of international Jet Set. The beauty of its nature, consisting of granite rocks and emerald water can be enjoyed to the fullest in the Spring, when the beaches are still busy and the landscape is tranquil and undisturbed.
Once again to the North, the National Park of the La Maddalena Archipelago can be found, a geo-marine park including approximately sixty islands and with 180 km’s of coastline.
The North West coast, however, includes the wild island of Asinara, protected by the National Park of the same name and full of environmental distinctive traits, such as albino donkeys living in a natural state on the island. To the South of Asinara, through the low and sandy Gulf of the same name, the Western coast is crossed overlooking the Catalan city of Alghero, whose port is located below the walls of the town centre and the suggestive Caves of Nettuno.
Along the same coast, to the North of the Gulf of Oristano, the Peninsula Protected Marine Area of the Sinis-Island of Mal di Ventre and the Phoenician-Roman city of Tharros extends, whose ruins overlook the sea. Further to the South, the beautiful sand dunes of the Costa Verde in Piscinas, comparable to a small desert and inhabited by protected fauna species such as the Sardinian deer and the lively islands of San Pietro and San’Antioco nel Sulcis. The town of Carloforte in San Peitro has several jetties and a fun and strange atmosphere in its architectural appearance and in the Tabarchin and Genoese culture.
An interesting stretch of coastline opens in the Southern coast, starting from Capo Teulada and reaching Capo di Pula, characterized by clean water with beautiful sea beds and white and wild beaches with pine trees and junipers. Several coastal towers rise together with some archaeological sites, including the ruins of the ancient city of Nora. In the Central-Southern area of the island, the city of Cagliari is a required stop-over. The capital offers various mooring possibilities and welcomes its visitors in a warm and radiant atmosphere. The elegant buildings that rise along Via Roma in front of the port are just one of the many beautiful pictures that this city full of history and culture offers.
The Protected Marina Area of Capo Carbonara can be found in Villasimius, covering the stretch of sea from Capo Boi to the island of Serpentara. The hidden scenarios are characterized by transparent waters and granite rocks covered with sea daisies and gorgons, often including Mediterranean barracuda and tranquil populations of stone base and gilthead bream. Free anchoring is prohibited around the Cavoli Island and the Serpentara island but there are several points of authorized diving where, apart from the natural beauties, a shipwreck of 1943 can also be admired.
Along the Eastern coast the trading port of Arbatax can be found on the promontory of Capo Bellavista, to the North of which the beautiful section of the Coast ranging from Capo Monte Santo to the Orosei Gulf extends. The Cala Goloritzè beach, that can only be reached by boat or trekking, has been called the “Italian National Monument” and is truly for its beauty.