Amazing beaches in Sardinia, the ultimate guide

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Here's a preview of the complete guide published by Sardinian travel blogger Claudia Tavani

The unmissable beaches in Sardinia? Here's a preview of the guide published by the Sardinian travel blogger Claudia Tavani.

Poetto (Cagliari). Anybody who visits Cagliari should not skip Poetto. It may not be the most beautiful beach in Sardinia, but it is worth seeing. It is a long stretch of sand, with a nice waterfront where the locals enjoy running, skating, biking, taking the kids or even the dog for a walk. It is easy to reach with public transportation; it is fully serviced and it is packed with small restaurants and bars to enjoy a meal or a sunset drink. Molentargius park, a beautiful oasis where to admire pink flamingoes and other species of birds, is right behind it.

Il Poetto

Costa Rei (Muravera). At about one hour drive from Cagliari and on the south east coast of Sardinia, Costa Rei is a gorgeous long sandy beach blessed with incredibly clear waters. It has various access points; it’s fully serviced with umbrella rentals and kiosks and there’s also the possibility to go on boat tours to the nearby beaches and islands.

Porto Giunco (Villasimius). Porto Giunco is a gorgeous beach on the south coast of Sardinia, at about one hour drive east of Cagliari. What makes it one of the top beaches on the island is the fine, white and powdery sand, the azure waters, the hills that surround it (on top of one there is a Spanish watch tower) and the lagoon where pink flamingoes nest. There are various access points and it is fully serviced.

Cala Antoniareddu (Teulada). On the south coast of Sardinia, west of Cagliari, Cala Antoniareddu can only be reached by boat or via a short hike that offers spectacular views. It is a small cove of mixed rocks and sand, with incredibly clear waters ideal for snorkeling. Don’t be surprised if a herd of goats passes by while you swim. The land surrounding it is used for pasture. This isn’t a serviced beach so you’ll have to carry anything you may need with you.

Cala Antoniarieddu (foto Claudia Tavani @myadventuresacrosstheworld)

Cala Domestica (Buggerru). Cala Domestica is located on the south west coast of Sardinia, at about one and a half hour drive from Cagliari. Once a harbor used to load the minerals extracted in the nearby mines, Cala Domestica is a small cove with beautiful soft white sand and clear waters. There are easy trails that take all the way up to the cliffs that surround it, offering stunning panoramic views. There is a kiosk that sells drinks and sandwhiches and rents umbrellas.

Cala Domestica

Is Aruttas (Cabras). On the west coast of Sardinia, at about 20 minutes drive from Oristano, Is Aruttas is an incredibly beautiful beach of tiny white quartz pebbles and azure and blue waters which are almost immediately deep. It is a great place for snorkeling thanks to the rock formations. The beach is easily accessible; there are a few kiosks and restaurants that serve seafood dishes.

Is Aruttas

Cala Goloritzé (Baunei). Cala Goloritzé is a beautifully isolated tiny cove located on the east coast of Sardinia. It can only be reached via a hike that starts in the Golgo Plateau (which can be reached from Baunei). The hike is a steep 90 minutes downhill on the way to the beach, and a just as steep uphill on the way back. The beach is characterized by tiny white pebbles and incredibly clear waters. It is famous for its arch and for the pinnacle which is a favorite of rock climbers. This is not a serviced beach and there is a small access fee to pay in order to enter.

Cala Goloritzè

La Pelosa (Stintino). On the top north of Sardinia, at about 5 minutes drive from Stintino, La Pelosa is one of the most photographed beaches in Sardinia – and for a good reason. It is a beautiful stretch of fine white sand; shallow clear waters and gorgeous views of Asinara and Isola Piana islands, and of a Spanish watch tower. The beach is fully serviced. The only downside is that it is so famous that it gets incredibly crowded in the peak months.

La Pelosa

Cala Sabina (Asinara National Park). Located in the beautiful Asinara National Park in the island of Asinara, Cala Sabina can be reached via a short hike that starts from the hostel in Cala D’Oliva and that offers splendid views of the coast. It is a tiny, secluded place blessed with fine white sand and incredibly clear water. As nobody aside from the rangers lives in Asinara, Cala Sabina never gets crowded.

Cala Sabina

Capriccioli (Arzachena). Capriccioli is a gorgeous small beach (or rather, two small beaches) located in the world famous Costa Smeralda, on the north east coast of Sardinia. It is characterized by fine white sand, clear waters and surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation. Both beaches are fully serviced.


Cala Coticcio (Caprera). Locally known as Tahiti as it reminds a tropical beach, Cala Coticcio is located in Caprera, one of the islands of the Maddalena archipelago, on the north east of Sardinia. It can be reached either via a hike that starts in Caprera, or by boat via boat tours that leave from either La Maddalena or Palau.

Cala Coticcio (foto Marcello Chiodino @marcellochiodino)

Spiaggia Rosa (Budelli). Spiaggia Rosa is located in Budelli, a highly protected island part of the Maddalena Archipelago. Nobody can actually get to Spiaggia Rosa, as in order to protect its characteristic pink color and the natural environment access has been restricted. The beach can actually only be seen from afar, from boats that tour the archipelago.

La Spiaggia Rosa

Oasi Biderosa (Orosei). At about 20 minutes drive from Orosei, on the east coast of Sardinia, Oasi Biderosa is a natural park with beautiful hiking and biking trails and 5 stunning small beaches characterized by fine white sand, beautiful rock formations and incredibly clear waters, and surrounded by a thick pine forest. Access to Biderosa is restricted to a maximum of 140 cars and 30 motorbikes per day. The beaches are serviced with umbrella rentals and lifeguards. The only kiosk is located in beach number 3.

Whichever beach you will choose to go to, you are bound to have an incredible time in Sardinia. Do make sure to respect Sardinian beaches: don’t leave garbage behind and do signal those who do. Also take care to notice that it is illegal to take any sand with you and that if you get caught in the act or if the police finds that you are carrying sand with you, you will be dearly fined.

To read the entire guide, find more information on the beaches, how to get there, where to sleep and eat, read Claudia's full post For more pictures of Sardinia beaches and more, check the Instagram gallery of Claudia Tavani.

All pictures are courtesy of Giusi Casada, with the exception of those of Cala Antoniareddu and Cala Coticcio.

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