Sardinia has over 1,500 kilometres of coastline, with famously the most beautiful beaches and sea in the Mediterranean. Land and seascapes change in different areas of the island.
The east coast has a calmer sea, with areas of outstanding beauty starting in the southernmost point of Villasimius. Beaches to visit include Capo Carbonara, Spiaggia del Simius and Spiaggia del Riso.
Costa Rei is a few kilometres north of Villasimius, along a panoramic coastal road. Recommended beaches include Piscina Rei, Cala Pira, Cala Sinzias and Cala Marina.
The central east coastline in the area of Cala Gonone has spectacular cliffs and rock formations. Wild and unspoilt, some beaches can be accessed on foot, and others only by boat. Discover the beauty of Cala Goloritzè, Cala Mariolu, Cala Sisine and Cala Luna.
Travelling north to San Teodoro, the coastline has expansive white sand beaches in bays with a tropical feel, at La Cinta and Cala Brandinchi.
Santa Teresa di Gallura is on the northernmost tip of the island, with the beautiful beaches of Rena Bianca and the Spiaggia dei Due Mari.
Travelling west, the fishing village of Isola Rossa is on the central north coast, with the celebrated Marinedda beach.
Opposite the isle of Asinara, north of Alghero, is one of the most striking beaches on the island. La Pelosa at Stintino has the finest white sand and shallow water between the islands, creating an effect of remarkable luminescence. Nearer Alghero, recommended beaches to visit are Bombarde and Lazzaretto.
On the central west coast of Sardinia lies the Sinis peninsula. A marine-protected area, it has landmarks of exceptional and rare beauty. Beaches to visit include Is Arutas, with its extraordinary sand made of tiny smooth pieces of quartz, Maimoni, Mari Ermi and Sa Mesa Longa.
Heading south, to the isle of Sant’Antioco, linked to the mainland by a causeway, recommended beaches include Maladroxia, Sottotorre, Le Saline and Spiaggia Grande.
Travelling east along Sardinia’s south coast, near the town of Teulada and its marina, is Tuerredda beach. One of the most beautiful on the island, it is a favourite with many locals, as well as visitors.
Following the spectacular coastline, the next beaches to visit are those of Chia. With protected sand dunes, expansive stretches of white sand and smaller bays, the beaches of Campana, Su Giudeu and Su Portu are of exceptional beauty. The rock formations in the bay of Cala Cipolla, a surfers’ haven in Chia, lend a prehistoric air to this beautiful stretch of wild, white sand.