Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean (Tyrrhenian Sea), between the Balearic islands and the Italian peninsula and south of Corsica. A little smaller than Sicily and three times the size of Corsica.
It is an autonomous region which currently belongs to Italy. It attracts boating enthusiasts and jet-setters alike from May through to September. There is 1.100 miles of coastline, offering craggy cliffs, rocky inlets, fine white sand beaches, charming Mediterranean villages and ancient cities brimming with history.
It also home of the Costa Smeralda, the exclusive summer holiday resort founded by the Aga Khan. Porto Cervo is particularly famous as a meeting point for sailors coming from all over the world. It has grown enormously since Aga Khan developed this resort for the rich in the 60’s.
The island itself is savage, wild and rugged however, the heart of the Costa Smeralda and playground for the rich and famous, Porto Cervo is one of the most visited tourist ports in the Med. The town is full of exclusive nightclubs, bars and restaurants Sardinia’s most appealing aspect is its unique natural allure.
The island is punctuated by seductive beaches, lapped by turquoise waters and backed by the ever-present aroma of the “Macchia Mediterranea” – which describes the scent of wild herbs such as thyme, rosemary and oregano.
La Maddalena Archipelago national park, just off the northeast coast of Sardinia is where some of the best beaches can be found and is a highlight of many Sardinia yacht charters – one of Italy’s best-kept secrets. Unspoilt and charming, they provide excellent sailing and cruising. With over sixty islands, islets and rocks there are many different sand beaches edged by beautiful, clear shining seas of blue and turquiose Discover the beautiful beaches which can only be reached by your yacht, the best being The Spiaggia Rosa or Pink of Budelli whose exclusive pink sands made of crushed coral make this the pearl of the Maddalena. Around half an hour from Olbia airport, Porto Rotondo is the perfect place to join your yacht. A very pretty port with friendly people, beautiful architecture and mouth-watering food.
Portisco is also considered an ideal starting point to cruise the unspoiled waters of Sardinia. Providing easy access to all of the main attractions of the Costa Smeralda and Northern Sardinia,
Set on the small private island of Santa Maria, La Casitta offers beautiful views overlooking the tranquil waters of the Manto della Madonna. Nestled on rock formations shaped by the sea, Phi Beach is the best place to see the sunset in Northern Sardinia.
The Cala di Volpe bay is a very popular anchorage for yachts in the height of the summer. The famous 5 star Cala di Volpe hotel is not to be missed during your Sardinian yacht charter, with a selection of bars and restaurants offering Mediterranean style cuisine.
Cala Gonone is home to some incredible beaches, which are perfect for families with young children, teenagers and couples alike. The most secluded beaches can only be reached by boat. Cala Gonone is also renowned for it’s deep marine grottos, the most famous being Grotta del Bue Marino, a luminescent gallery filled with remarkable natural sculptures.
Castelsardo, this extraordinary Medieval town is home to the Elephant’s Rock, one of the symbols of Sardinia, and the incredible Cathedral di Sant’ Antonio Abate, a great view over the Asinara gulf.