"One day it happened that my life grew gloomy, and, fleeing to bright peace, I left for the island where the wind makes landscape. It was an enchantment."
Catamaran Charter in Sardinia
I have been sailing the sea since I was a child, and I can guarantee you that around the world you will not find clearer water than that the one in North Sardinia. It ranges from dazzling azur to deep blue, via the emerald green that gives its name to this magnificent stretch of sea, the Emerald Coast, perfect for a sailing vacation.
Not to be missed is the tour of the renowedMaddalena Archipelago, while it is possible to push southward to Tavolara, or westward by heading overAsinara Island.
Our base is within the Marina of Portisco, in the heart of the Emerald Coast and just a twenty-minute drive from Olbia airport.
A catamaran vacation in Sardinia aroundMaddalena Archipelago is a sailing lover's dream, so much so that the area is home to numerous sailing schools.The wind playfully wedges between the 60 islands, shaping the rocks into the strangest shapes through millennia of erosion.
The archipelago was promoted to a national park in 1994 to protect the incredible natural environment that is home to more than 1,000 animal and plant species.
Spargi, Budelli, Rizzoli and Santa Maria
Renting one of our catamarans you will embark from Santa Teresa di Gallura, a beautiful little harbor wedged into a deep fjord that backs it from all winds.
Only an hour's sailing away awaits the wild Spargi Island, an unspoiled paradise dotted with tiny sandy coves. Prominent are the enchanting Cala Corsara (2), in which wind-smoothed rocks take on the most diverse forms, Cala Granara on the shore of which a cute little wild pig lives, and the Love Beach With very fine sand with pinkish highlights.
A little further north on the island of Budelli, you will find the world-famous Pink Beach (3), among the most spectacular in Sardinia, which owes its name to billions of tiny bioclasts that give it this distinctive color. Unfortunately, mass tourism has largely deprived it of the pink hue, making it necessary to close it to the public. Behind the bay lives Mauro da Budelli, the friendly janitor and the island's only inhabitant for 40 years.
On the island of Razzoli we will stop in the lonely Cala Lunga, at the bottom of a fjord more than a mile deep, while on the adjacent island of Santa Maria we will anchor the catamaran in the bay of the same name with a large sandy beach.
The body of water between the three islands is called the Porto Madonna (4), a true paradise with clear water and a breathtaking scenery that will catapult you to a distant world.
La Maddalena, Santo Stefano and Caprera
Your Maddalena (9) is the largest island in the archipelago of the same name, as well as the only one with a real settlement. The town was founded in 1770, and its cobblestone streets are lined with elegant mansions full of trendy bars and boutique shopping.Stopping in the quaint little harbor will be a welcome change of scenery after a full sailing day. The rest of the island is no less beautiful, thanks to Cala Francese, overlooking an ancient granite quarry, the equipped beach of Stagno Torto, and the thousand shades of blue that lap the islet of Giardinelli (5).
Santo Stefano is a small island to the south of the country, once entirely devoted to military activities. Here in the lonely Villamarina Cove, in the midst of the maquis you will find a huge granite bust of Costanzo Ciano, a peculiar relic abandoned since the years of fascism.
The island of Caprera is such a concentration of pristine beauty that it was chosen as the last home by Giuseppe Garibaldi, the hero of two worlds, until the day of his death on June 2, 1882. The Garibaldi Compendium preserves its remains and has been converted to a very interesting museum.
Here dozens of small beaches would make any sea lover fall in love with the island: the most famous is Cala Coticcio (6), nicknamed by locals "Tahiti beach" for the incredible turquoise water. On the western side we anchor the catamaran at Cala Napoletana , collected and solitary, and in the large bay of Cala Garibaldi. Then again to Cala Portese or of the two seas (7), where water laps both sides of the inlet, and at Porto Palma (8), home of the historic Centro Velico Caprera, Italy's oldest sailing school.
Sumptuous villas, luxury stores, huge super-yachts and the finest restaurants, you will find this much more in Costa Smeralda. The name was coined in 1962 by Prince Aga Khan, who through the consortium took advantage of the lush natural beauty to create a tourist offering of the highest caliber.
There really is something for everyone: in Porto Cervo you will be captivated by the glittering yachts of wealthy tycoons and the boutiques of the big fashion names. In Porto Rotondo you will find a well-kept marina full of sailboats, with a thousand clubs and restaurants just steps from the sea. Palau and Cannigione are two bustling towns with frenetic nightlife in the summer months. A Baja Sardinia await you on Phi Beach, fabulous nightclub overlooking the sea, and the Ritual, an immense castle where you can dance until morning. Finally, the tiny jewel of Port Rafael offers a very elegant little square for exclusive and sophisticated tourism.
The Emerald Coast offers dozens of must-see beaches for a catamaran cruise, one more beautiful than the other, of which stands out Romazzino, with very white sand, and Petra Ruja, on which you can enjoy a sunset drink at the Nikki Beach. Honorable mention goes to the islands of Mortorio and Le Camere, integral nature reserves with water so turquoise it would make the Maldives envious.
Gulf of Olbia and Tavolara
Continuing southward we bypass the steep Cape Figari, from the top of which Guglielmo Marconi made the first experiments on radio transmissions, to find ourselves in the Gulf of Olbia dotted with many coves, such as the spectacular Moorish Cove covered by a centuries-old pine forest.
On the bow of our catamaran towers the iconic silhouette of the island of Tavolara, an imposing granite mountain that contrasts beautifully with the bright green of juniper and rosemary. At its base stretches a tongue of fine sand, with the island's only facilities including the restaurant "Da Tonino," goliardically proclaimed king of Tavolara.
Our catamaran vacation continues toward Molara Island, also a protected area for scenic beauty, and its incredible natural pools, a very clear sandy oasis in the northwestern part of the island.
In the Gulf of Olbia, there are not only dreamy beaches, but also quaint little villages in which to refuel, such as Aranci Gulf, a small harbor with colorful houses awash in the scents of fresh fish, and the pretty seaside village Porto San Paolo.
Closing off this stretch of sea is the Capo Coda Cavallo, with its large white beach from which to admire the spectacular scenery of the marine protected area.
Asinara and Stintino
The northwest coast of Sardinia offers some of the most beautiful bays on the island, world-renowned for their caribbean-like beauty. The beach La Pelosa in Stintino certainly needs no introduction, thanks to the very long shallow sandy bottom that gives the water a dazzling blue color. Here you will spend hours of relaxing vacation lulled by the sea aboard our catamaran. Next to its big sister rises the island of the Pelosetta from which stands out the iconic aragonese tower 1578.
The national park ofAsinara is an unspoiled place where millennial peace reigns. From the verdant hills rises the former maximum-security prison, while all around white donkeys graze, along with wild boar and horses. The western part faces steep cliffs while the eastern coast opens to wonderful sandy coves, such as Cala Oliva, on which rests a pretty village of white cottages, and the spectacular Cala Sabina, reachable only from land as it is an integral reserve.
Among the nearby landings, it is impossible not to mention Castelsardo, voted one of the most beautiful villages in Sardinia. The Doria Castle, built in 1270, is a true architectural spectacle overlooking the Gulf of Asinara. The interior is perfectly preserved, and contains the interesting museum of Mediterranean weaving.
Catamarans for Charter in Sardinia
The following catamarans are available for your boating vacation in northern Sardinia:
Info catamaran charter in Sardinia
- When: May to October.
- Catamarans: Lagoon 40, Lagoon 400 S2, Lagoon 42, Lagoon 450 F.
- Prices: Pricelist.
- Where: Check in in Portisco, easily accessible from Olbia and Alghero airports.
- Duration: Weekly charter with embarkation on Saturday at 6 pm, disembarkation the following Saturday at 9 am.
- Crew: It is possible to charter a catamaran in Sardinia with skipper and hostess or in bareboat.
- Reservations: email to email@example.com or call the number +39 347 949 8966 (Luca)
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