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The Italian island of Sardinia is definitely one to add to the bucket list. The second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea (after Siciliy), it is located North of Tunisia and West of the Italian Peninsula and represents one of the 20 regions of Italy.
Sailing to Sardinia can guarantee you get to tick off plenty of experiences off your Sardinia Itinerary as everywhere you look there are white sandy beaches and emerald blue seas, giving you hotspots to snorkel and to experience plenty of water sport activities.
The nearby Maddalena islands are truly an unrivalled place to sail around as you get to see the historic culture of it being once a naval base for Lord Admiral Nelson; it is now both a nature reserve and a UNESCO world heritage site. If you’re longing for an unforgettable and special experience, Sardinia truly packages this in one as it provides exciting and tranquil sailing, stunning scenery, and endless things to explore.
What makes sailing to Sardinia even more worth it is that there are plenty of reliable online yacht hire services such as Borrow a boat where they can provide the best route around Sardinia and also a luxury onboard service for your family or friends just through a convenient click.
There are also some very unique local customs and traditional festivals, as well as attractions that you won’t find anywhere. Sardinians also speak a different language, although everyone does speak Italian, and many speak English too. It’s definitely a place that must make your bucket-list.
Planning a trip to this wonderful island? Read on for the best spots to visit by boat and things to do in Sardinia.
Stroll down a long staircase at the seaside down to this natural wonder. Based near Alghero, the grotto has taken its name from the Roman god of the sea, Neptune. Inside this location you’ll find an amazing saltwater lake as well as stalagmites and stalactites that make for an otherworldly experience.
Don’t feel like climbing up and down those 656 steps? If the water is calm, you can actually take a boat out at the harbour from the Port of Alghero.
La Pelosa Beach
La Pelosa Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia. With white sand beaches and turquoise waters, as well as lush vegetation and a view of Asinara island, this is one to put on the list of beaches to spend some time on.
Based on the northwest coast of the island, this town is one to visit. Or, if you’ve hired a boat, anchor at! Known as one of the prettiest towns in Italy, its home to a castle, spa hotel and of course, stunning beaches.
Also known as Little Tahiti by the locals, this is definitely a not-to-be-missed beach. If you’re hiring a yacht through online websites like Borrow a Boat, make sure to add this stop to your list. Surrounded by gorgeous pine forest and turquoise waters, this beach is a bit of paradise on earth.
While you’re there, rent out a sun lounger and umbrella from the numerous private beach clubs in the area.
Not far from the University town of Sassari on the western coast of the island is Argentiera. A former mining town, it’s now a part of the Unesco-protected group of areas known as Parco Geomineiro.
Explore the beaches and roam abandoned mine buildings at this ghost town. It makes for some great photograph material too!
Su Nuraxi di Barumini
Nuraghe are mysterious ancient structures that are scattered across Sardinia. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Su Nuraxi is part of an archaeological site and considered to be one of the best examples of civilization villages from the Bronze Age. Timber from this site found on the central tower was carbon dated all the way back to 1,500 BC. The outer towers were built way back in the 11th or 12th century BC too.
After exploring these amazing ancient towers, check out the Casa Zapata Museum where you can view another nuraghe that has been excavated under the building. It’s here that you can see the construction from a walkway above the walls with a bird’s eye view.
It’s well worth visiting!
Murals of Orgosolo
Orgosolo is a town based in the rugged mountain region known as Barbagia. For those interested in culture, architecture, art and history, this town is a must-see. The buildings serve as the canvas for the thoughts and feelings of the inhabitants to be shared upon. This practice began back in the 1960s. Today, you can experience these political statements and depictions of daily life in the amazing large-scale murals painted across the town.
Located in Northern Sardinia between the Maddalena Islands and Costa Smeralda is Capo Testa. Home to turquoise waters and sandy beaches, it’s one of the most scenic spots on the island. These beaches are free and well placed near the town of Santa Teresa Gallura, where you can stay in local hotels and enjoy restaurants.
Here you can stroll among what remains of Roman, Carthaginian and Phoenician cultures on this rocky point. Columns from the incredible baths are still standing as well as aparts of the aqueduct and temples, with the amphitheatre looking over the sea.
It’s also worth visiting the wonderful Museo Civico Giovanni Marongiu in Cabras town where you can see carved stone stele, funerary urns and other discoveries displayed. It’s perfect for those who are interested in a bit of history – whether you know all about it or are coming there to learn something new!
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