The best beaches in Sardinia
Beaches Island of Sardinia – is 1,850 km of coastline and a quarter of all the beaches in Italy. And, according to the Italians themselves – the best part of them. So to choose the best, among the white, gold and pink splendor of hundreds of sandy and pebbly beaches of Sardinia – not an easy task. However, we decided to try and present you the 5 that in our opinion deserve special attention.
Emerald sea, in the embrace of which the island lies, is recognized as the cleanest and most transparent in Italy, and the soft clean beach sand in general is declared a national treasure.
Among the regions of Italy Sardinia ranks first place for the number of beaches with the Blue Flag. Environmental cleanliness, coupled with excellent hotel services have made a beach holiday in Sardinia elite.
Apart from “stuffed” with all sorts of beach services fashionable world resorts, local beaches here give the impression of untouched wilderness.
Lovers of beach holidays to explore Sardinia better from a yacht. Here, you can easily spend a week drifting through inaccessible from the land, tiny coves and islands until you find your own “lost paradise”.
1.La Costa Verde
On the west coast of Sardinia, the Costa Verde stretches south of Oristano and is called “the green coast” because of the abundance of bushes and trees growing directly on the slopes of the sea.
Of the many beaches along the Costa Verde, Scivu and Piscinas are the most popular ones on the southern coast.
Scivu beach is cut off from the rest of the world by two small rocks
Scivu beach is a strip of golden sand about 3km long, separated from the rest of the world by two small rocks and surrounded by a wall of rust-pink sandstone densely overgrown with Mediterranean vegetation.
The water here has a perfect shade of blue-green. Abstraction from the people, which on the beach Scivu can be counted on the fingers, nothing prevents to fish or admire the scenery of the “creation of the world.
Moreover, there are no houses or hotels nearby, and the peace prevails, disturbed only by the sound of the waves.
Scivu beach is ideal for surfing, because during the spring, the northwest wind from the mistral generates strong currents and high waves that surfers need.
Piscinas beach is surrounded by golden sand
Another, no less popular on the Costa Verde, Piscinas beach is often referred to as the “quiet coast” or the “Italian Sahara”. It covers about 10 km of coastline and is considered one of the most beautiful beaches not only of Sardinia, but also the entire Mediterranean.
The beach of Piscinas is surrounded on all sides by golden sand, stretching to the horizon. You feel like you’re in the middle of a desert and not in Europe.
The beaches of Bidderosa in the Gulf of Orosea are considered by many as some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Bidderosa is made up of five small coves with pristine, silvery sand and bright turquoise water.
Each of the Bidderosa Beaches is good in its own way: one is surrounded by an umbrella of pine forests, another has an easy entrance for swimming, and the third leads to a long strip of eggshell-colored sand.
Since Bidderosa is part of a national nature reserve, access is somewhat limited. In the summer, from June to September, it accepts no more than 130 cars per day, so if you buy a ticket in time, you can easily get into the protected protected area.
Bidderosa is part of the national reserve
The five coves can be accessed by descending a four-kilometer path that winds between pines, eucalyptus, juniper bushes, and lilies.
Bidderosa is an ideal place for those who decide to leave aside the routine of everyday life and plunge into an oasis of bliss and tranquility.
3. Cala Luna
Another beach worth mentioning is Cala Luna. The transparent sea on the background of rocky cliffs, underwater caves and dense Mediterranean vegetation is a “paradise” that attracts tens of thousands of tourists every year. Due to its shallow depth this beach is a great place for recreation with children.
On the south side of the beach of Cala Luna is a small freshwater lake, hidden from prying eyes in the shadow of the nearby oleander grove. Its northern part is closed by a rocky ridge with seven caves that have an intricate system of mazes in grottoes.
The northern part of Cala Luna is rounded by a rocky ridge with seven caves
When planning a visit to the beach of Cala Luna you must plan the route beforehand, because it is not easy to get there.
You can walk from Cala Fuili or Balnea, but it is a long and difficult journey, especially for children. To reach the beach is much more comfortable if you take a boat trip from the port of Cala Gonone or Marina di Orozea.
4. Cala Mariolu
Cala Mariolu beach is paved with smooth white marble pebbles, which constantly change color when exposed to the sun. Pink on the shore and many colored shades in the water, changing every second the color of the sea water.
The beach of Cala Mariolu is so beautiful that for superiority may well compete with the other best pebble and sand beaches in Sardinia.
The beach owes its name, Mariolu, to the local fishermen who named it after the monk seals that were stealing from the nets with enviable consistency.
Cala Mariolu beach is perfect for holidays with children, as the shore is quite shallow, allowing children to splash safely in the shallow waters.
Cala Mariolu beach is paved with white marble pebbles
The mesmerizing beauty of the underwater world attracts here and lovers of diving, the more so that for this type of recreation in Cala Mariolu has everything you need.
The best way to reach Cala Mariola beach is by boat from Arbatax, Baonea or Cala Gonone. Crossing by land is also possible, but the route follows winding mountain paths, so it is more suitable for experienced and hardened tourists.
5. Cala Goloritze
The beach Cala Goloritze, located in the southern part of the Gulf of Orozea, does not need a special introduction, as it is a favorite shooting spot for Italian cameramen and photographers.
In 1995 Cala Golaritze was granted the status of a national monument of Italy. On this beach with snow-white pebbles, which in itself is considered a unique phenomenon, many stone obelisks created by nature itself
The water here is much cooler than on other beaches in Sardinia, so for bathing is not very suitable. For divers, however, Cala Goloritse is a paradise. The 30-meter thickness of the water with its purity and transparency misleads even experienced scuba divers visiting the bay for the first time.
Cala Golaritze beach has been declared a national monument of Italy
No less interesting and memorable stay at Cala Golaritze will be for climbers, lovers of hiking and climbing, as well as wishing to observe the wildlife.
On this beach in Sardinia is strictly forbidden to collect stones and approach any vessel within 300 meters from the shore.
To get to the beach of Cala Golaritze, it is better by sea, disembarking in a nearby cove. It is much more convenient than trying to get here on foot.
Photos by: vasile23,coromax71, sambukot, Davide Bedin, mkarco, asibiri, vasile23
The 7 most secluded places in Italy
In recent times we feel the need to relax without stress, away from the noise and crowds, in close contact with nature and beauty penetrating straight to the heart. We have gathered 7 of the most secluded places in Italy where you can relax, meditate and think about life.
Abbey of San Michele (Piedmont)
In the valley of Val di Susa, atop Mount Pirchiriano, 962 meters high, a majestic architectural complex, built at the end of the 10th century, soars above the world. This Benedictine abbey of St. Michael, the Sacra San Michele, inspired Umberto Eco to write his novel The Name of the Rose. Here you can admire magical views of the distant mountain ranges. It can only be reached on foot, through the Gates of Humility (their height allows only those who bow their heads) and the Grand Staircase of the Dead (its niches were once “inhabited” by the skeletons of deceased monks).
The Village of Ginostra (Sicily)
What makes this village on the island of Stromboli, famous for its not at all dormant, but very active volcano, isolated and as if frozen in time? The simple fact that it can only be reached by sea. The magic of this place begins to be felt as soon as you dock at the pier, which is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the smallest seaport in the world – it can accommodate only one boat! It is a haven for those who want to leave the hustle and bustle of the big city behind and replace it with the music of the surf and the hoofbeat of the mules.
Cala Goloritze beach (Sardinia)
Unspoilt, wild, paradisiacal: these are the epithets commonly awarded to this beach on the east coast of Sardinia, a favorite for photographers and filmmakers. Its beauty is revealed only to those who are not afraid of the long and energy-consuming walk along the gorges and grottos, juniper bushes and oak groves, which makes it quite sparsely populated and ideal for relaxing among the bizarre rocks. Instead of the usual tourists, you can often find divers, trekkers and bird watchers here. And on no account take away the white pebbles from the beach – you risk a fine.
The mountain resort of Macugnaga (Piedmont)
The tiny settlement bravely climbs the steep eastern slopes of the “pink” Monte Rosa Mountain and is nestled amid pristine nature. Its landscapes can be explored both in summer, with the bright multicolor meadows of the Val d’Ossola valley, and in winter, with the glacier caps and ski slopes. Only 626 people live here, but tourists have everything they need: from the alpine chalets to the mountain and smuggling museum, from the old gold mine to the clear lakes. The main thing is to stock up on comfortable shoes and learn from the locals their innate slowness.
The Island of Zannone (Lazio)
The uninhabited piece of land is part of the Ponzian Archipelago, the only one among its islands to retain its original vegetation cover. Since 1979, it is part of the Circeo National Park. It can be reached by boats departing from the port of neighboring Ponza. Sleeping overnight on the island is forbidden, but bathing and walking with a view of the sea and the cinematic ruins of the Cistercian monastery of Santo Spirito, abandoned at the end of the 13th century, are allowed. And if you are lucky, you can come across a rare species of nymphalid butterflies, listed in the Red Book – they say it’s good luck.
Sasso Fratino Reserve (Emilia-Romagna)
Want to clear your mind of hectic thoughts and worries? Take a walk among the long-lived beech trees, which are more than five centuries old! Sasso Fratino is the first Italian reserve that, since 1959, has preserved those areas of ancient beech forest that have survived in pristine condition thanks to the steep slopes of the Apennine range and the absence of agriculture. The reserve itself is accessible only to scientists and foresters, but some trails are open for excursions. See trees the same age as Christopher Columbus and Leonardo da Vinci, listen to the babbling of streams and waterfalls.
San Colombano Monastery (Trentino Alto Adige)
San Colombano is not without reason the most inaccessible hermitage in the Apennines. Since as far back as 753, monks have flocked here, wishing to retreat to caves. Centuries later, a monastery was carved into the cliff, dedicated to the holy knight who slayed the dragon and freed the surroundings from evil spirits. Because of its remoteness from pilgrim and tourist routes, the monastery is not on the list of major attractions, so peace and quiet is assured. There are 102 steep steps leading up to the building, so you’ll be in top physical shape, too.