Sardinia’s majestic coastline is as long as it is beautiful. Explored by superyacht, it reveals hidden gems at every turn, a great sweep of golden sand in one bay, a tiny cove of emerald water in the next. Sardinia’s most famous beaches attract the crowds, and rightly so, but the island has hundreds of off-the-beaten-track secrets just waiting to be discovered. For your very own slice of Caribbean-style beach perfection in the heart of the Mediterranean, check out our favourite secret beaches of Sardinia.
The Gulf of Orosei: Cala Goloritzè, Cala Mariolu and Cala Fuili
It’s impossible to pick the most spectacular beach in the Gulf of Orosei, the coastline on Sardinia’s eastern side revealing one mind-blowingly beautiful cover after another. Tucked into the southern corner of the gulf, where the Gennargentu Mountains meet the seat in dramatic fashion, Cala Goloritzè is unmissable if you’re cruising by superyacht. The colour of the water is a dazzling topaz blue, and limestone cliffs rise up on either side of the tranquil sandy beach. If you’re into rock climbing, this is a perfect spot to clamber to the top of the 148 metre-high Aguglia rock for far-reaching views. The beach is accessible only by walking down a mule trail for around an hour or by sea, so you are guaranteed to escape the crowds.
Not far away in the Gulf of Orosei’s ‘Blue Crescent’ is Cala Mariolu which often ranks not just as one of Sardinia’s most beautiful beaches, but as one of the most impressive in Italy. The water swirls in shades of blue, green and turquoise, which contrasts against the pale pink and white stones scattered along the shore. Anchor just offshore and grab a snorkel or scuba to enjoy the far-reaching underwater visibility and healthy marine life. This is another spot which is tricky to reach other than by sea, so it makes for a perfect stopover for superyachts.
Shallow, clear waters and the gently lapping waves of the Tyrrhenian Sea make Cala Fuili the perfect stop for those cruising with children. Located a few kilometres south of the village of Cala Gonone, Cala Fuili is a small cove, tucked in between majestic cliffs and the thick greenery of the Parco Nazionale del Golfo di Orosei e del Gennargentu. Simple, back-to-nature experiences await families in this idyllic spot.
Spiaggia del Principe, Costa Smeralda
Set sail along the famed Costa Smeralda, where granite mountains tumble down to meet vivid blue coves. Named after Prince Aga Khan who founded the Costa Smeralda, Spiaggia del Principe is one of the region’s most enticing beaches and a spot fit for royalty. A landscape of white sand, deep green vegetation and the iridescent blue sea welcome superyachts. While away a day on the 250 metre long beach, swimming in the clear waters and enjoying alfresco drinks in the rustic beach bar. This is laid-back, sand-in-your-toes bliss.
La Pelosa Beach, Stintino
It’s impossible to tell where the sand ends and the crystal clear sea begins at La Pelosa Beach, so perfect is this sweeping expanse of beach in the Gulf of Asinara in north western Sardinia. Anchor just off shore and swim in the pond-calm waters until your feet meet the sandy bottom. A Catalan-Aragonese tower, dating to 1578, is perched on Isola Piana and is the symbol of the beach. La Pelosa isn’t as off-grid as some others on our list, and during the peak seasons it will be anything but deserted. Wait until late in the day however, when the day trippers have headed home, and venture ashore to have it all to yourself. A wonderful side trip is to venture to nearby Isola dell’Asinara by tender and explore the national park in search of its resident albino donkeys.
Cala Corsara, Spargi, La Maddalena
La Madalena is a group of islands and islets peeping above the surface of the Mediterranean in Sardinia’s far north western corner. The region has been declared a national park, and its wild beauty and impressive granite formations are best appreciated by superyacht. There are dozens of coves to discover, each one shimmering like a sapphire in the brilliant sunshine, but our favourite is Cala Corsara on the miniature island of Spargi. Cala Corsara represents the beauty of La Maddalena perfectly, with rocky outcrops, soft dunes and that mesmerizing water colour. Hop in a kayak and glide across the glass-like surface, head ashore to explore, or simply lounge on the soft warm sand.
Is Aruttas, Sinis Peninsula
Wonderfully remote, the Sinis Peninsula juts alluringly into the Gulf of Oristano making it a challenge to get to for anyone not approaching by sea. There are some jaw-dropping beaches here, but top of our list is Is Aruttas, a sweep of white quartz sand which makes the sea appear a dazzling aquamarine colour. The bay is protected, which is perfect for little ones who want to splash in the shallow waters, but offshore the region is renowned for its strong breezes creating ideal conditions for windsurf and kite surf aficionados.
If the thought of Sardinia’s spectacular coastline and beautiful beaches are giving you wanderlust, then get in touch with one of our expert agents and let us start planning the perfect superyacht charter for you.