Guest post by Mike from Adventourist
Italy has always been one of the most popular vacation spots for Europeans. Its islands are a hot tourist destination because of their gorgeous sandy beaches and crystal clear water. They have some of the most beautiful beaches on the Mediterranean sea, even compared to the stunning beaches of Muri.
But, with so many choices, it can be difficult to find the absolute best beaches on the island. That’s where I come in, with our detailed guide of the best Sardinia beaches!
We’ll talk about the areas of Sardinia, where you can find some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet, with a few honourable mentions of the beaches that I fell in love with.
Best Sardinia Beaches
Poltu Biancu Beach
The northwestern coast of the island is home to some of the most exquisite Sardinia beaches. Apart from Stintino and everything around it, there are several vast expanses of sand that actually consist of multiple beaches. And Poltu Biancu beach deserves an honourable mention.
It features white sand, azure sea with crystal clear shallow water, and an uninterrupted view of the Mediterranean sea. Poltu Biancu could easily pass as one of Australia’s many gorgeous beaches, or something from the Caribbean.
To its left is Baia delle Mimose beach; another exquisite blend of sea, sand and scenic views. And to the right of Poltu Biancu is Li Junchi di Badesi; a beach with virtually the same stunning surroundings, but with easy access to restaurants and beach bars.
You will see a lot of Calas in this post, so let’s make one thing clear – Cala is Italian for cove. Meaning that all the beaches that have Cala in the name are located in coves, and most of them are fairly secluded.
Cala Biriala is one of the most beautiful cove beaches on the eastern coast of Sardinia. It is a popular spot for snorkelling, swimming, sunbathing and kayaking – in other words, enjoying life to the fullest. The sandy beach can only be reached by boat, but the trip there is well worth your time and money.
The beach is also popular for the rock bridge that extends over the sea; a unique natural formation that’s lots of fun and gorgeous to look at.
Cala Brandinchi is easily one of the most famous Sardinia beaches. It manages to get on almost every list of beautiful beaches on the island, and ours is no exception!
Cala Brandinchi beach is famous and loved for clear turquoise water, fine sand and enchanting views. However, because this beach is on virtually every list Sardinia beaches, quite a lot of people know about it. Which means almost unbearable crowds in July and August – I’m sure you’ll be fine if you don’t care that there’s always someone stepping on your towel.
To truly enjoy this wonderful piece of nature on the coast of Sardinia, I recommend that you visit in the offseason. That way you can avoid the sea of people, and just focus on the exquisite Mediterannean sea in front of you.
If your definition of a beautiful beach doesn’t have to include fine sand, head to Cala Bernardu. It is on the western coast of Sardinia, and it is far away from any cities and towns. It can’t be reached by car, only by foot. And part of the trail leading up to the beach is definitely not suitable for inexperienced trekkers.
You know what that means? Unspoiled nature, wild vegetation and solitude. If you want to have privacy, take some amazing photos and enjoy the untouched nature that surrounds you, you will fall in love with Cala Bernardu as much as I did.
Additionally, this is an excellent opportunity to take on a demanding trail in Sardinia, and spend a couple of hours hiking. The reward at the end of the trail makes all of your efforts payout.
But if you just want to lie in the sand and work on your tan, this is definitely not for you.
There are several smaller islands around Sardinia, and some of them are homes to the most beautiful beaches you’ll find in the country. That’s true of Maddalena Island, which is just off the northeastern coast of Sardinia. You can reach it by boat, and then you just have to decide which secluded sandy beach with the turquoise sea you want to spend your day on.
And there are quite a lot of options. Monti D’A Rena is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. It is characterized by remarkably clean water, which allows you to see all kinds of fish. The beach itself is fairly large and rarely crowded, so you will have plenty of your own space there.
Cala Lunga beach is a great option if you want to see some breathtaking nature. Cala Lunga literally means long cove, and that’s exactly where you’re going. The beach itself is pretty small and not that remarkable, but the nature in this cove is otherworldly. The sea is turquoise and clean and it is a great snorkelling spot, due to the underwater flora and fauna you can find here.
Cala Gonone and Surroundings
Cala Gonone is a small town on the eastern coast of the island. There are several stunning public beaches in town, which are mostly sandy, with crystal clear water. But they’re not the best beaches near Cala Gonone – those would be the smaller, secluded beaches that you can only reach by boat.
If you have enough time, it’s going to be worth your while to make the trip. You can make a day of it – go snorkelling, swimming, and lie on the vast sandy beach and work on your tan.
Additionally, there are several beaches near this small town that you can reach by foot. You will need to hike for a while to get to them, but the views along the way make up for everything.
Stintino is a town in the far northwestern tip of Sardinia. It is a town with too many beaches to count; some are vast public beaches with fine sand and shallow waters, which are perfect for families with small children. And others are smaller beaches that are very secluded, and just right for couples or groups of friends.
It doesn’t matter if you prefer privacy or crowds – there’s a beach tailor-made for you in Stintino. Head to famous La Pelosa for views of the Pelosa Tower, shallow waters and stunning azure sea. And head to Punta Negra beach if you want some privacy, and don’t enjoy the plethora of people at La Pelosa. You can still enjoy the magical translucent waters, with a bit more rocks and a lot less people.
Beaches Near Cagliari
Cagliari is the capital of Sardinia and the largest city on the island. While you won’t find any magical beaches within the city itself, you can find plenty of them on the outskirts of Cagliari. One of those is Poetto beach, just minutes away from the urban city areas.
Poetto is a very long sandy beach with countless bars and restaurants. It is popular for beautiful crystal blue water, loads of cafes and lack of seaweed. But it is full of sunbeds you can rent, and there’s almost always people on the beach.
If you prefer privacy and seclusion, you will love some of the other beaches near Cagliari. An honorable mention goes to rocky Cala Fighera, which gives you an opportunity to enjoy some serious trekking just minutes away from the paved city streets. It’s in a very peaceful and secluded area, far away from the huge city crowds.
The Beaches of Costa Smeralda
Part of the northeast coast of Sardinia is popularly known as Costa Smeralda. It is best known for fine sand beaches, clear azure water, magical views and huge yachts. The main town in this area is Porto Cerva – a resort town with multiple luxurious hotels and pool villas.
So, it makes sense that some of the most beautiful beaches in this part of the island are very close to that town. And indeed, Porto Cerva is home to beaches like Cala Granu and Giglia, which are known for the fancy sunbeds and umbrellas. But there are also some beaches that are hidden away, where you won’t find either sunbeds or other people really.
And Costa Smeralda is a vast stretch of land, with many other gorgeous beaches to visit. Porto Paglia, Rena Bianca, Cala Razza di Juncu and Petra Ruja are just a few of the dozens of sandy beaches that you can enjoy between the Gulf of Cugnana and the bay of Arzachena.
I recommend that you avoid peak season on Costa Smeralda, as it tends to get super busy. This area is very popular with Italians and yacht owners, and I assume you would like to enjoy views of the nature and sea, and not of someone’s superyacht.
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