The Most Popular Beaches Of Sardinia

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With over 1000 km of beautiful coastline, Sardinia (Italy) has more than its fair share of heavenly beaches, rocky coves and picturesque cliffs, all bordered by the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Frequently compared to the Caribbean, it should come as no surprise that Sardinia regularly tops the rankings for the best beaches in Europe.

And so whether you’d like to splash around in the waves, explore the rock pools, sunbathe, have a picnic or go for a coastal stroll, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to a day at the beach in Sardinia. Many of Sardinia’s beaches also have convenient nearby amenities, such as public toilet facilities, restaurants, cafes, bars, and in some cases, archeological ruins and other historic monuments of interest.

Perfect for a family outing, couples seeking some quality time together and solo travelers who want to discover the island’s awe-inspiring coastlines, we’ve collated some of Sardinia’s finest beaches for you to include in your vacation itinerary.

Spiaggia Rena Bianca.

Spiaggia Rena Bianca, on the northeastern coast of the island, is a quiet beach in a sheltered cove that has lovely white sands and waters that are ideal for swimming. As you relax on the beach you can gaze out across the magnificent Strait of Bonifacio towards Corsica while enjoying a picnic or reading a book in the sun. The shoreline has a shallow slope into the calm ocean waters so it’s suitable for families with children who want to splash around in the water or have a little swim within a safe distance of the shore.

From the beach’s eastern flank, you can wander along the hiking paths through large rock formations and granite boulders but for most visitors to the beach, the soft sands and beautiful views are the headlining attractions. Behind the beach, the small town of Santa Teresa Gallura has lots of cafes, restaurants, bars and facilities, making Spiaggia Rena Bianca the perfect choice for a Sardinian day trip to the seaside.

Spiaggia Della Pelosa.

Around 2.5 km away from the charming town of Stintino, on the very northwestern tip of Sardinia, the Spiaggia della Pelosa is one of the island’s more iconic beaches. Lapped by calm, turquoise waters, the large, spacious beach is hugely popular with locals and tourists alike. As well as the beach itself, you can see the famous Catalan-Argonoese watchtower on the nearby Isola Piana while getting a great tan or cooling down in the water.

If you’d like a more active visit to the Spiaggia della Pelosa you can take a boat ride to the Isola dell’Asinara, a unique national park that is named after its best-loved residents, a herd of albino donkeys. Once you reach the Isola dell’Asinara you can explore the nature reserve by bike or by following the hiking trails on foot. It’s worth bearing in mind that the Spiaggia della Pelosa gets very busy in July and August although even during the peak tourist seasons it’s still well worth a visit.

Cala Goloritze.

If sitting on the sand in the sun isn’t your idea of a good time at the beach then Cala Goloritze might be just what you’re looking for. A favorite coastal destination for hikers and rock climbers, Cala Goloritze beach, in the town of Baunei, has a massive 148-meter-high rock face called the Aguglia which you can scale to marvel at the amazing views over the ocean.

Alternatively, you can hike up to the top of the Aguglia from a trail in Baunei that winds its way up 2 km of some pretty tough hiking and scrambling. There’s also a more pedestrian route that takes you from the beach to the Altopiano del Golgo where you can see donkeys, boar and goats grazing in the Sardinian wilderness.

Once you’ve finished your hiking or climbing you can visit one of Baunei’s cafes, restaurants or bars to grab some refreshments and have a bite to eat before you head back to your accommodation. Of course, if you’d like to explore the area around Baunei you can book yourself into one of the nearby hotels or rental properties where you can base yourself during your visit.

Maria Pia Beach.

Maria Pia Beach is a real slice of heaven that’s surrounded by ancient pinewoods in a sheltered bay. The beach is a major attraction for families and groups of friends and is located on the west coast of the island, around 1 km from Alghero. Laughter fills the air as people play beach volleyball, kids swim in the ocean, couples walk along the beach and people lounge in the shade.

While you’re at the beach you can head out into the ocean to do some snorkeling to discover the superb coral reefs and see a whole kaleidoscope of Mediterranean fish that swarm through the warm Mediterranean waters. For the more adventurous, you can try out the water sports such as jet skiing and even parasailing. If you’re visiting with kids, you can swing by the Splash Aquapark to have fun on the slides and swim in the pools.

In between spending time on the beach, you can visit one of the many seaside bars and restaurants where you can taste the freshest seafood, paninis, snacks and gelato, as well as cocktails, beers, and ice-cold soft drinks.

Spiaggia Di Is Aruta.

Just a short walk from the small town of Oristano, the Is Aruta beach is undoubtedly one of the island’s most classically glamorous beaches. Situated within the Protected Marine Area of the Sinis Peninsula, the pristine beach is made up of tiny pink and white quartz pebbles that make it feel like you’re walking across a plain of soft rice! The remarkable quartz sand of the beach also emanates an otherworldly glow as the sun sets which makes it a fantastic place to snap a few selfies.

The beach has a wooden boardwalk, several nearby restaurants, public toilet facilities and ample parking, so it’s ideal for a day trip if you’re staying on the western side of Sardinia. The Is Aruta beach is nestled within a sheltered cove although just down the coast there’s a popular windsurfing, surfing and kite surfing spot as well as one of the island’s most luxurious coastal resorts, the Hotel Cala di Volpe.

Cala Brandinchi.

Often nicknamed Sardinia’s ‘Little Tahiti’, the Cala Brandinchi is an enchanting beach in a cove between Olbia and the town of San Teodoro. The shallow waters provide snorkelers with a magical glimpse into the underwater world while the picturesque beach is surrounded by shady forests and hiking trails. The beach also has a large lagoon, known as the Stagno San Teodoro, that’s home to an unusual collection of local wildlife, including flamingos, egrets, kingfishers and herons.

Due to the popularity of the beach, there’s a 2 Euro fee to enter the bay and the total number of visitors is limited to 1500 at any one time, although admittance is free for anyone staying in San Teodoro. However, if you visit outside of the peak season there’s rarely very many people on the beach and you’ll have no problems finding a spot on the sand.

Spiaggia Poltu Di Li Cogghj.

Situated on the spectacular northeastern coast of Sardinia near the upmarket village of Cala di Volpe. Given the official seal of approval by Prince Karim Aga Khan, you’ll often see global celebrities sunbathing on the sands of Spiaggia Poltu Di Li Cogghj and the neighboring Spiaggia del Principe.

There’s lots of nearby parking as well as beach chairs, umbrellas and a beachside bar where you can have lunch, ice creams and cold drinks. The secluded beach is 800 meters from the car park although you’ll be rewarded by one of the island’s favorite seaside destinations. The shallow waters are also a nice place to do a little snorkeling because many species of fish live in the nutrient-rich waters off the shore of Spiaggia Poltu Di Li Cogghj.

Sardinia Has World Class Beaches.

Fun, laughter, and good times are always infectious when you visit the beach but the perfect weather, crystal clear waters and long stretches of pristine sand make Sardinia’s beaches absolutely unmissable. Many of Sardinia’s top beaches have excellent amenities including free parking, seaside restaurants, trendy bars, deck chairs and umbrellas, making them suitable for all types of visitors. You can also swim safely in the shallow coastal waters in the sheltered coves as well as explore the local marine life by snorkeling among the numerous Mediterranean coral reefs.

All things considered, no vacation or stay in Sardinia would be complete without spending some quality time on some of the island’s world-famous beaches.

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