Sardinia

Sardinia’s appeal is not limited to its clear emerald waters and the powdery white sandy beaches, but also visible through the archaeological evidence left by ancient cultures, the scenic mountains and the wind-eroded landscapes, and most of all by the authentic inhabitants of this island. All to be experienced travelling around Sardinia, ‘The Island of Winds’.

Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean: situated in the middle of the Western Mediterranean, just 12 km from Corsica, and at a distance of 120 km from Tuscany. Characterised by dramatic rolling hills and mountains covered in grassland mingled with prickly pears and dwarf oaks interspersed with marvellous beaches of very fine sand. It is surrounded by shallow seas, with wide and deep bays surrounded by islets and a coastline that measures 1800 km’s in total. Sardinia is unique and the perfect place for a yacht charter that mixes excitement with the exotic.

Covering an area of 9,300 square miles, the island of Sardinia enjoys soft sandy beaches and some of the clearest waters in the Mediterranean, combined with a mountainous and wooded interior.

The Sardinian coast may be dedicated to tourism, but the interior still belongs to native Sardinians who still hold onto their customs, food and unique language. You'll find that the Sardinian ports compete rather well with the Mediterranean's other chic hot spots. Summers tend to attract lovely warm days and crowds of millionaires and luxury yachts, especially to the prestigious Yacht Club at Porto Cervo.

Although, not famous for its cultural richness, this island holds some remains of various civilisations that passed through here. Its central Mediterranean position ensured that it was never left alone for long, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Spanish and Tuscans left apparent traces of their civilisation, not to mention some impressive Gothic and Baroque architecture.

There are several embarkation options in Sardinia and a varied choice of sailing itineraries.

The north coastline with bases in Alghero, Portisco, Cannigione and Madalena is a prime location for the start of a Sardinian yacht charter holiday. Sail through the Maddalena Archipelago National Park and Marine Reserve comprised of seven main islands – Maddalena, Caprera, Santo Stefano, Spargi, Budelli, Razzoli, and Santa Maria. Experience an amazing and varied sailing itinerary in the Maddalena Islands and the bays and harbours of Sardinia’s Emerald Coast, with upscale Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo.

Just across the Strait of Bonifacio is Corsica, France, which is easily reached. A Sardinian yacht charter is a fine blend of superb sailing conditions, snorkelling and swimming, top class restaurants, boutique shopping, and intriguing sights to see in picturesque towns.

Costa Smeralda “Emerald Coast”

With amazing beaches and pretty villages it is easy to understand why this region is a favourite with the rich and famous. The sailing conditions here are excellent and many yachts can be found exploring the Costa Smeralda. The Emerald Coast is an excellent base from which to explore the famous Maddalena islands on the way up to the French island of Corsica.

Maddalena Islands

With pristine beaches and crystal clear water the Maddalena Islands are incredibly beautiful. A rocky and rugged landscape scattered with well protected coves and bays make sailing in Maddalena an experience you will never forget. There is a small town with some shops, and a few restaurants and bars.


Alghero

Alghero is a town of about 42,000 inhabitants in the province of Sassari in north-west Sardinia. Marina Di Alghero is a harbor complex located at the southern end of the Port of Alghero, with wharfs situated below the walls of the old city. Famous for its wonderful sea heads rich of coral, Alghero is the ideal starting point to discover the wildest and most unblemished coast of Sardinia.

Portisco

The Portisco base is located in the beautiful Emerald Coast, between Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo, only 10 minutes from Olbia Airport. The Portisco Marina, consists of a natural green cove, ideal for visitors, offering a variety of services in a warm and hospitable environment. Departing from Portisco you can sail to a large number of destinations: Maddalena Archipelago is a natural park scattered with unique beaches, among which is the famous pink beach (Spiaggia Rosa) in Budelli. The wild Corsica lies on the side of the “Bocche di Bonifacio”.

Porto Cervo

Porto Cervo is the main centre of the so-called Costa Smeralda, one of the most prestigious tourist areas in Gallura, on Sardinia's north-western coast. Porto Cervo is a pretty little village of multicoloured buildings, built in front of the natural port and its surrounding hills. At the centre of the Marina is the village, which offers piazzas, shops, newsagents, and a supermarket, and just a stone throw away is the exclusive Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. The far end of the marina provides a shipyard capable of housing and repairing large luxury yachts.

A number of options exist for sailing the South and West coast’s of Sardinia. Carloforte or Cagliari are the main south coast embarkation ports.

Cagliari

Cagliari is the biggest town of the island and has been its capital since Roman times. For many travellers it is their arrival point in Sardinia. The old city centre is protected by a set of Pisan fortifications and it can be explored on foot easily. Important sights are the Bastione San Remy on the Piazza Costituzione, a great bastion which gives you access to the old city and from where you have a great view over the harbour, the 13th century Cathedral on Piazza Palazzo end a few old towers such as the Torre San Pancrazio and the Torre dell'Elefante which form part of the defensive structures of the city.

Carloforte

Carloforte is a fishing and resort town located on Isola di San Pietro (Saint Peter's Island), approximately 7 km off the South Western Coast of Sardinia. Excellent beaches, both rocky and sandy, line the coast of the island. Some of the cliff-top views are nothing short of spectacular. Carloforte boasts a long standing tradition of wooden boatbuilding. The town offers a number of excellent restaurants and good facilities.

 

» Easily accessible (Direct flights from Europe)
» Varied and interesting sailing areas
» Breathtaking Scenery
» Several itinerary options
» Combine with a city stay
» Welcoming firendly people
» Picturesque harbours to historical ports

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Example Itinerary

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North Sardinia – One week itinerary
Portisco - Tavolara (18nm) - Isola di Caprera (24nm) - Bonifacio (24nm) - Isola di Budelli (12nm) - La Maddalena (9nm)


Portisco

Located on the famous Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast) on the Gulf of Cugnana, Portisco has a natural harbour that makes a great start a sailing holiday. Marina di Portisco is a natural green cove between Porto Cervo and Porto Rontondo, where you can sail to many destinations to take in the best that Sardinia has to offer.

Tavolara

This is a lovely sail through Cala Figari, Olbia Gulf and between the Islands Tavolara and Molara. In the 19th and 20th Century Tavolara used to be the smallest Kingdom in the World, which considering the Island is only 5km long and 1 km wide is pretty astounding.

When you arrive at Tavolara you can anchor in Spalmatore Bay, a great little place to see and spend a night in tranquil surroundings. There is a restaurant on the beach called ‘King of Tavolara’ where you can enjoy some wining and dining fit for a king!

Caprera Island

This Island is a national monument, as the famous Italian hero Giuseppe Garibaldi bought the island and retired here. You can pay a visit to his home which is now a museum. Keep an eye out for the wild goats on the island though.

When visiting Caprera you can anchor in Cala Coticcio, in what can only be described as a natural swimming pool where the water is clear and a gorgeous emerald colour. When the sun is setting it turns the rocks and beaches a shade of pink.

Bonifacio

On the southern tip of Corsica is Bonifacio, even though officially part of France, it has more of an Italian feel to it.

There are plenty of places to choose from for your night’s frivolities, there is a choice of restaurants around the marina, but for a true taste of Corsica (without the hefty price tag) head into the haute ville, where you can enjoy local dishes surrounded by the sights and sounds of the locals. If the night beckons you further, head to the bars on quai Comparetti where you can enjoy the social scene Bonifacio has to offer.

Budelli Island

Budelli Island is famed for its pink sand, from coral that’s been shattered and smashed by the sea, today it’s a highly protected island to ensure that many visitors to come can enjoy its beauty. Please do respect this and don’t take samples of the sand for home.

Around Budelli Island there are some great anchorages, around the southern part of the island you’ll find the most beautiful beaches like Cala Piatto with its emerald coloured sea and white sand.

La Maddalena Island

A wonderful island famed for its beaches, La Maddalena Island is a great destination on any itinerary. La Maddalena offers a little bit of something for everyone, whether you want to watch the world go by, take a dive amongst the amazing seabeds or shop for locally made coral necklaces. In the early evening you should take a stroll through the narrow streets to the main square of Piazza Umberto I from Cala Gavetta, where you can engage in some people watching and indulge yourself in an Italian fantasy.

Highlights

The Maddalena Islands

With pristine beaches and crystal clear water the Maddalena Islands are incredibly beautiful. A rocky and rugged landscape scattered with well protected coves and bays make sailing in Maddalena an experience you will never forget. There is a small town with some shops, and a few restaurants and bars.

The Emerald Coast

The Costa Smeralda or Emerald Coast is the coastal area in northern Sardinia, 55 km long and covering more than 30 km², with enchanting beaches and a system of villages built according to an extremely detailed urban plan. The area is a luxurious tourist destination featuring exquisite white sand beaches. The main towns and villages in the area are Arzachena, Porto Cervo, Liscia di Vacca, Capriccioli and Romazzino. Annually in September the Sardinia Cup sailing regatta is held off the coast, usually featuring famous boats.

Tavolara

Tavolara is a small island off the northeast coast of Sardinia, Italy. Sandy beaches, stunning bays and promontories. A cove and beach can be found at each end of the island, Spalmatore di Fuori at the northeast, and Spalmatore di Terra at the southwest. The water around the island is a popular spot for scuba diving.The nearest sizable town is Olbia, and the small fishing village of Porto San Paolo is directly across a small strait. The islands of Molara and Molarotto are nearby.

Cagliari´s Old Town

The old part of the city (called Castello, the castle) lies on top of a hill, with a wonderful view of the Gulf of Cagliari (also known as Angels Gulf). Most of its city walls are intact, and feature the two 13th century white lime-stone towers, St. Pancras Tower and the Elephant Tower. The local white lime-stone was also used to build the walls of the city and many buildings. The Cathedral was restored in the 1930s turning the former Baroque façade into a Medieval Pisan style façade, more akin to the original appearance of the church from the 13th century. The Basilica of San Saturnino is one of the most important Palaeo-Christian monuments in Sardinia. Considerable other remains of the ancient city are still visible at Cagliari, the most striking of which are those of the Roman Amphitheatre. Cagliari has one of the longest beaches in Italy. The Poetto beach stretches for 13 km and was famous for its white fine-grained sand.

Alghero

Alghero on the Northwest coast of Sardinia is real treasure with a strong Catalonian influence. It underwent Spanish colonisation for a lengthy period of time which left its mark on the local language and in many vivid traditions. The old town centre on the sea front with its architecture, the labyrinthine network of narrow, car-free lanes and quaint little shops is reminiscent of the Gothic quarter in Barcelona. Numerous bars, cafes and restaurants preserve Alghero’s reputation for excellent wines and seafood.

Neptune's Grotto

Neptune’s grotto is a stalactite cave near the town of Alghero on the island of Sardinia, Italy. The cave was discovered by local fishermen in the 18th century and has since developed into a popular tourist attraction. The grotto gets its name from the Roman god of the sea, Neptune. Tourists visiting Neptune's Grotto are given guided tours and led single-file through a lit pathway, with tour guides providing information about the cave in Italian and English.

Weather Conditions

Climate

Sardinia has a pleasant 6 month summer, hot and dry from May to October but often with a breeze due to its location in the centre of the Mediterranean. The winter months are mild with plenty of sunshine, particularly in March and April when all the flowers are out and it can be hot during the daytime and cooler in the evenings.



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Sailing Conditions:

There are two winds here which promise great conditions for dynamic sailing; the Sahara wind Chirocco (as per the Sirocco in Greece) and the Maestrale (as per the meltemi in greece), which blows down from the North. The Maestrale mostly blows along the west coast, a very powerful W to NW wind; while a S to SE wind prevails on the east coast.

While not a destination for beginners, those with a few sea miles under their belt will love the exciting sailing in Sardinia.


Sardinia
Day Min Max Wind Weather
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12°C 19°C
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5 kts

Wed
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3 kts

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10°C 20°C
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4 kts

Sat
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11°C 20°C
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6 kts

General Information

Capital city: Rome

People: Italian (includes small clusters of German-, French-, and Slovene-Italians in the north and Albanian-Italians and Greek-Italians in the south)

Language: Italian (official), German (parts of Trentino-Alto Adige region are predominantly German speaking), French (small French-speaking minority in Valle d'Aosta region), Slovene (Slovene-speaking minority in the Trieste-Gorizia area)

Airports: The three major airports in Sardinia are in Cagliari (south coast), Olbia (northeast coast) and Alghero (northwest coast). Taxis and local bus services serve all airports.

Hotels: For a good choice of hotels with discount prices, visit Hotel in Sardinia for more information

Tipping: This is a matter of personal discretion. Although bills normally include a service charge, it is customary to tip in restaurants and other places that cater to tourists. You may use the following as a guideline: Porters: 50¢ per bag; Waiter/Waitress: $1.00 per person; Chamber Maid: 50¢ per person, per day; Bus Driver: $3.00 per person, per day; Group Tour Guide: $6-7 per person, per day; Private Car Tour Guide: $10 - $15 per person, per day.

Currency: Euro

Electricity: voltage 230V/50Hz (European or Italian plug)

Time: UTC/GMT +1 hour. Daylight saving time: +1 hour

Banks: Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 8.30 am-1.30 pm and 2.30-4.00 pm; Closed on Sat & Sun. Cash Machine operational 24 hours a day.

Currency Exchange: You can exchange currency and travellers checks in Italy at most major banks, airports, large hotels, or at one of the many money exchange centres. Generally, banks will give you better rates - so check around.

Diving: Sardinia’s clear waters, rocky coastline and islands offer great scuba diving for the novice through to the seasoned diver. Alghero, on the North West coast is a good base for year round diving in deep sea with many caverns to explore.

Fishing: The waters around the northeast are especially rich with fish and this is a fantastic trip for the keen fisherman. Inland near to Mandra Edera Farm is Lake Omodeo with stunning scenery and coarse fishing. There is also fishing on the lakes and lagoons that surround Oristano on the west coast. In the south there is excellent fishing at Cala Carbonara where there is an abundance of marine life.

Marina Information: During the summer months, you will generally need to call in advance to reserve a berth at other Ports and Marinas. Port authorities will sometimes request the boat's papers and your charter contract. Do not forget to retrieve your documents before leaving.

Vaccination and Immunization Information: Italy is generally risk-free of contagious disease. At time of publication, an International Vaccination Certificate is not mandatory.

Medical Information: In general for any person traveling abroad the following suggestions can be made:
Take personal protective measures against insects.
Drink only bottled beverages (including water) or beverages made with boiled water.
Do not use ice cubes or eat raw seafood or rare meat.
Eat well-cooked foods while they are still hot and fruits that can be peeled without contamination.
Avoid roadside stands and street vendors.
Only pasteurized dairy products should be consumed.

Emergency Information:
Police & General Emergency: 113
Fire, disasters: 11

 

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