Sardinia Sailing Itinerary
Why Choose a Sardinia Sailing Holiday?
Sardinia has some of the most magnificent beaches you’ll find in Europe. The sand has that beautiful white colour that you can mostly find in the Caribbean and the sea the bluest blue. Costa Smeralda with its scalloped bays is the ideal place to drop anchor and swim in the crystal clear emerald waters. Play castaway on the Golfo di Orosei’s coves, where sheer cliffs ensure seclusion, or sail to La Maddalena’s cluster of granite islands. The island is also a culinary paradise, with great varieties of pasta, bread and dolci, its own wines (Vermentino whites, Cannonau reds) and cheeses.
Our sailing itinerary Sardinia will help you get the most out of your trip.
Sardinia is an island with an amazing coastline, puzzling history and heritage, exceptional cuisine and wine. Sardinia captivates with its wild interior, dazzling beaches and endearing eccentricities.
Our Sailing Itinerary Sardinia
There is no better way to discover the real Sardinia than sailing; the most beautiful beaches and bays of the Costa Smeralda wait for you to explore them. Either you prefer a flotilla or a bareboat charter, this itinerary is the ideal one to follow, in order to discover the hidden beauties of the island.
Portisco Marina is located in the beautiful Costa Smeralda bay, just between Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo. If you fly to Olbia Airport, you can find easy transfers to there since it’s only 10 minutes away. It is a natural Green Bay and is ideal for sailing as it offers a variety of services and facilities in a warm and welcoming environment.
During high season – from mid-July to late August – the sailing area between Corsica and Sardinia becomes over-crowded. The mooring fees can be very high during this season, especially in Costa Smeralda, with Porto Cervo taking the prize for the highest charges in the world (several hundred euros overnight for a 10m yacht). Away from the Costa Smeralda marinas offer much more value and this actually makes them busier all summer long – we suggest that you book your place in advance.
Our Sailing Itinerary Sardinia covers the best areas to explore, starting from Portisco. You will visit many islands and will go North, up to Bonifacio in Corsica and then return back to Portisco, after visiting, of course, the beautiful city of Olbia. Bon Vent!
Portisco’s natural harbour is located at the southern end of Costa Smeralda, the famous Emerald Coast, and it is sheltered from the strong Mediterranean currents and winds by its inland location. This makes it a great starting marina for your sailing trip in Sardinia. You will find all the basic facilities you will need, along with a small range of shops and restaurants .
The Tavolara Island might only be a tiny strip of land, but it’s one of the best-kept secrets in the Mediterranean. Hidden along the east coast of Sardinia, the island is still a natural paradise, without hotels and touristic attractions. There is a locally appointed king, one restaurant, one bar and a beach.
The Caprera Island, bought by the famous Giuseppe Garibaldi, is a national monument. His house is now a museum, located at Porto Garibaldi and it is open to visitors all year round. The village is very picturesque and the locals are known for their hospitality.
Bonifacio – The strait between Bonifacio and Sardinia is one of the windiest locations in the Mediterranean because of the strong winds that funnel between the two islands. This shouldn’t put you off, of course – your arrival at Bonifacio will be the best treat possible. It is said to be one of the most spectacular natural harbours in the Mediterranean and we strongly recommend seeing it.
Budelli is mostly known for its pink sandy beaches. The pink colour was created from the corals which have been smashed by the sea over the years. The island is now heavily protected to ensure that this miracle of nature will be preserved for the future visitors. You’ll find some great anchorages, especially around the southern part of the island.
Maddalena is the largest island and busiest island in the archipelago. There are a good many ports to choose from. Cala Gavetta is the main port and of course the most touristic and busy one. Alternatively, you could choose Cala Mangiavolpe, which is located in the east of Cala Gavetta. Apart from being a more quiet solution, it is also a little cheaper and the locals are extremely helpful. Finally, Cala Spalmaore is a lovely and well-sheltered beach.
Olbia Town – This is your opportunity to visit the beautiful and picturesque town of Olbia if you haven’t done it already. Most people just overlook it or skip it, but in reality, Olbia has much more to offer than you might think. You should walk in the historic centre, which is filled with boutiques, fine wine bars and cafes, pizza restaurants and more.
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