The Italian island of Sardinia is renowned for the beauty of its coastline, dotted with countless inviting bays and coves, and for those visiting on a luxury yacht charter, the options may seem endless. Here we present seven of the best beaches on the island, which are easily accessible by yacht.
On a Sardinia superyacht vacation, expect to discover a wealth of secluded beaches only accessible by boat. Many of the finest beaches are on the spectacular Gulf of Orosei, halfway down the east coast, a wilder and more isolated region, while for those based in Porto Corvo, the Costa Smeralda and the lovely Maddalena islands also have their hidden charms.
At the southern end of the Gulf of Orosei, Cala Mariolu is regularly named among Italy’s most beautiful beaches, and it’s easy to see why; the sea here is known for its striking hues, which range from the palest blues to deep emerald green, and the pink and white pebbles that line the shore.
The clarity of the water makes Cala Mariolu one of the best places on the island for both scuba diving and snorkelling, and the beach is backed by limestone cliffs, which offer welcome shade in the afternoons. Difficult to reach from land, Cala Mariolu is an ideal stopover for those arriving in a luxury yacht.
The crescent-shaped beach at Cala Luna is an immediately enticing stretch of golden sand with crystal clear water, backed by high limestone cliffs and fringed at its edges by pink oleanders. It’s a secluded spot, most easily reached by yacht, and is one of Sardinia’s best snorkelling beaches.
This photogenic little cove has attracted the attention of filmmakers over the years, and scenes from several films have been shot here, including Madonna’s 2002 movie outing, “Swept Away”.
Aroud 3km south of the seaside village of Cala Gonone, you’ll find another of the Gulf of Orosei’s entrancing beaches, Cala Fuili. Just 100m long, it’s a small but idyllic beach of soft sand and pebbles, offering an uninterrupted view over the sparkling waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, which is remarkably clear, and shallow, too, so it’s a great beach for children.
The beach is set in a pretty cove, hemmed in by soaring white cliffs draped in verdant vegetation, while beyond lie the forests and mountains of the national park, the Parco Nazionale del Golfo di Orosei e del Gennargentu.
Towards the northern end of the Gulf of Orosei, you’ll come upon the straight run of coarse golden sand known as Su Barone. At more than 3km long, it is more exposed to the wind than some others, making it particularly popular with windsurfers and kiteboarders.
The beach has a natural and unspoiled quality, framed by pine trees and dense wild fennel and mastic bushes, with a crystal clear sea lapping at the shore. It’s the perfect place to get away from it all, and enjoy the brisk breeze blowing in from the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Spiaggia del Principe
Also known as Portu Li Coggi, the “Prince’s Beach” is a stunning sight, a half-moon shaped cove dusted with white sand reaching into a bright turquoise sea. It’s one of the very best beaches to be found on the Costa Smeralda, and was a favourite of the Aga Khan, after whom it’s named.
If you’re visiting Porto Corvo, make sure you put the Spiaggia del Principe on the top of your ‘must see’ list. It’s especially attractive early in the morning.
On the tiny island of Spargi, in the Maddalena Archipelago off Sardinia’s northeast coast, you’ll find Cala Corsara, a series of four little beaches with fine, soft sand, separated by rocky outcrops and surrounded by dunes and a wide variety of maritime plants.
Spargi lies within a national park, so the whole area is protected from over development. It’s a wonderful place for diving, with clear water and rich marine life, and those travelling by luxury yacht will be able to enjoy this group of islands at their best.
Cala di Trana
At the northern tip of Sardinia, facing the lovely Maddalena Archipelago, Cala Trana is a secluded 200m-long sandy beach, surrounded by dunes and wild Mediterranean scrubland.
Bounded by granite promontories, this is an isolated and peaceful corner of the coast, perfect for simply taking some time out to relax and perhaps enjoy snorkelling in the shallow, blue-green sea.