My guest post today is from Paolo at the online Sardinia specialist, CharmingSardinia.com. Paolo shares with us his favourite beaches around the stunning Sardinian coastline.
At around 24,000 square kilometres, Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. The coast of this Italian island is 1,849 km long, and the pearly white beaches often appear on lists of the world’s best beaches.
A little bit of history
Sardinia is known for it’s prehistoric stone dwellings , or Nuraghi , which were added to the UNESCO heritage list in 1997, showing Sardinia to be one of the most ancient lands in Europe. These centuries-old tombs can only be found on the Italian island, and nowhere else in the world.
As a result, Sardinia has become a favorite island to visit for archeologists and historians from all over the world, until the Ishmaelite Prince Karim Aga Khan (amongst others) visited the north side island or Costa Smeralda in the early sixties. He noticed the beauty of the Sardinian beaches, and his investment in the ‘Emerald Coast’ was one of the reasons for the growing the popularity of Sardinia, as a travel destination.
Prince Aga Khan was right
Numerous bays, cliffs, isles and a clear blue sea surround the island. Whether you visit Capo Testa in the north, or Capo Teulada in the south, amazing beaches are guaranteed. There are stunning diving spots, for example Asinara Island, Capo Caccia, and the archipelago (and national park) of La Maddalena are breath-taking. Let me share with you some of my favourite beaches around Sardinia;
This amazing beach is located in the North East of Sardinia, near Porto Cervo. A few golf courses and a beautiful harbor in a bay are nearby, as well as the amazing islands of Isole di li Nibani, which are part of the ‘Parco Nazionale dell’ Arcipelago di La Maddalena’.
Isla Mortoria is a small island (also part of National Park la Maddalena) in the North East of Sardinia, and can only be reached by boat. This ensures empty, but beautiful beaches and a clear blue sea, which is a perfect place to go scuba diving.
On the east side of the country, about 10km from Dorgali, is a small town called Cala Gonone. The route from Dorgali to seaside town is beautiful, but the beaches and nature in Cala Gonone (the territory is included in the Gennargentu National Park) is maybe even more appealing.
In the very North of Sardinia, near Olbia, is a town and comune located on an island with the same name; La Maddalena. More photos of this beautiful, but sometimes very touristic, piece of Sardinia can be found here.
Whether you’re planning on hiking or biking along the Sardinian coast line, hope to go diving to see the amazing under water world, or simply want to relax on the beach – there are 1,850 kilometres of Sardinian beauty waiting for you.
Take a look at my photos of Sardinia on Flickr
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