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A tour of the best beaches in Sardinia

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;

Li Coggi Beach

Li Coggi Beach

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’.

Mortorio Island beach

Mortorio Island beach

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.

Cala Gonone sea caves

Cala Gonone sea caves

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.

La Maddalena

La Maddalena

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.

Want to read more about Sardinia? CharmingSardinia.com recently released three Sardinia Travel guides, which contain over 50 pages of information about the island.

Travel Guide Cagliari – Villasimius – Costa Rei – Oristano
Travel Guide Olbia – Costa Smeralda – Badesi
Travel Guide Cagliari – Pula – Chia

Take a look at my photos of Sardinia on Flickr

More Sardinia articles to enjoy

Sea caves and a boat trip in Sardinia
Swimming in rock pools near Gola di Gorrupa in Sardinia
A prehistoric village with a sea view in Sardinia

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21 Comments

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    Mark H
    September 10, 2009 at 1:37 am

    These beaches look absolutely enchanting, especially ones only accessible by water. Somehow that seems more of a true escape to me to not have roads leading to the beach.

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    Fly Girl
    September 10, 2009 at 4:12 am

    I knew Sardinia was beautiful but I nver knew about the preshistoric ruins. That’s another reason for me to love Italy!

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    Melody Moser
    September 11, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    I didn’t know much about Sardinia before but now it’s on my list of “must visit” places! Thanks for the fabulous post!

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    Gourmantic
    September 13, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Stunning photographs and what a splendid location! I am enchanted with the Mediterranean and this only reaffirms my attachment to it. Definitely a must-see in my future travels.

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    arlene
    January 17, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    My son-in-law, Roberto, was born in Sardinia and I am very anxious to visit there with him. What beautiful pictures. I am going to have to read all your other Sardinia posts.

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    Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels
    January 23, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    awww, this makes me miss home! was born in Sardinia and lived there until the age of 17, then moved away. I go home every summer, and while I don’t think I could even move back, I do love it to bits.

    Your shots are gorgeous!

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    Molly
    February 23, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Wow. Incredible beaches. I have been to Corsica but have not made it to Sardinia. It moved up on my list of places to see.

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    la cala golf
    November 15, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    wow it look sAMAZING….OMG

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    Consperacy girl
    March 1, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Seeing from the picture with an overlooking view of the blue seawater is so beautiful..the wide open sea is so great to stare with a nice place to stay.
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    Rob Burns
    June 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    These images are just stunning. I am totally sold on the place – it’s just a wonder that few British people seem to consider going on holiday here. Very excited about our holiday now – thank you!

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    Visitoursardinia
    November 25, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Best natural places are in Sardinia! 😉

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      Heather Cowper
      November 25, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      @VisitourSardinia I have fond memories of our holiday there

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