Sardinia is the second-largest Italian island and is located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. It enters the Tyrrhenian Sea and is surrounded by several smaller islands. Sardinia has a very long coastline with plenty of bays, which makes it a very interesting destination for cruising. In the vicinity of Sardinia there is Corsica, which is an inevitable destination when cruising around Sardinia.
In the immediate vicinity of Sardinia there are many smaller islands among which are certainly the most famous and most visited Maddalena, Asinara, Tavolara and Caprera. The Sardinian Sea sprinkles the western coast of Sardinia, while the Tyrrhenian Sea is between Italy and Sardinia.
Sardinia is located on the west coast of Italy and is characterized by a sea that is covered in all shades of green and blue colors, caves, bays, cliffs, fascinating nature, culture, history and cities. The island is small and mysterious, given that there are still areas that are intact and wild. Sardinia has long managed to preserve its authenticity, spirit and charm so that no one can remain indifferent. Cagliari has been the capital of Sardinia since the Roman times and is also one of the main ports. The old town of Cagliari is especially magical and contains some of the most famous island attractions such as the Spanish castle and cathedral from the 13th century. In Cagliari there is one of the longest beaches in Sardinia, the Poetto beach. In Alger, a small town on the northwest coast, you can see wonderful examples of 16th-century architecture, and not far from it is the Porto, which is famous for its avalanches. The city of Nuoro is located in the mountains of Sardinia and is an attraction for itself. Nuoro is Sardinia in a small, surrounded by mountains and beautiful scenery and almost no contact with the rest of Italy.
What makes Sardinia perhaps the most recognizable is Costa Smeralda or the Emerald Coast, which is the most popular location on the island.
The Maddalena archipelago is one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the Mediterranean. With 7 large and 55 small islands, the cruise in these areas is always interesting and unique.
Authentic and wonderful atmosphere can be found in this beautiful coastal city in the north of Sardinia. The vicinity of Costa Smeralda is another reason for cruising around Olbia.
Costa Smeralda is a stretch of land along the northeast coast of Sardinia, Italy. It’s known for its turquoise water and fine-sand beaches, including Grande Pevero and Capriccioli.
The island of Tavolara is famous for being the smallest kingdom of the world. The lonely island of Tavolara rises wildly from the sea like a jagged mountain. There are no roads or hotels, and the only inhabitable stretch is a white-sand tongue that’s best measured from end to end in steps.
Dominated by the homonym tower, visible by all its beaches, Chia owes its popularity to the transparency of its waters, which bathe the coast of Chia for about 6Km. In Chia area you can also visit the archaeological site of Nora, of punic origins, considered the most ancient village of Sardinia.
The Gulf of Orosei, in central-eastern Sardinia is one of the most beautiful spot in Sardinia. Famous for the Bue Marino Caves, made of stalactites and stalagmites that reflects in the water giving us amazing trick of the light.
One of the most favorite towns in the South of Sardinia popular for its renowned resorts and long white sand beaches with crystal clear waters, coves and a landscape covered in the Mediterranean scrub.
A succession of pristine beaches such as Piscinas – with the highest sand dunes in Europe – cliffs that burst deep into a green waters sea, so loved by the most daring surfers. You will be amazed by the fantastic sunsets along this coast, where your eyes get lost in a strong elation for the sky turning into pink.
The town of Castelsardo is a charming medieval village included among “The most beautiful villages in Italy”. From the top of Doria Castle, which dominates the town, you will enjoy exciting views over the gulf of Asinara.
The most popular caves of Sardinia find in Alghero and are dedicated to the sea God Neptune. They extend for some 6 km and have been dug out over thousands of years by freshwater. They are both reachable via ferry boat and through a 600 steps staircase, offering stunning views over the sea and the coast.
It’s known for its fine, white-sand beaches with shallow waters, like the pine-fringed Cala Brandinchi and La Cinta, popular with kitesurfers. Surrounded by Mediterranean brush, the Stagno di San Teodoro lagoon attracts pink flamingos.
Bright and breezy Santa Teresa di Gallura occupies a prime seafront position on Gallura’s north coast. It gets extremely busy during high season, yet somehow manages to retain a distinct local character. Around Santa Teresa di Gallura and Capo Testa we find some of the most wonderful beaches of the island.
The yacht charter season in Italy starts from May through the beginning of October.
The high season runs from the first week of August till the third week of August where the temperature is around 25°C.
The amount of wind varies greatly depending on the location and time of year. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily tend to enjoy more wind than the Bay of Naples and the Riviera but, in general, there is a lot less during the summer months than other times of the year. In the meantime, the variety of scenery, the fabulous climate, the beautifully clear water and Italian food and wine certainly go some way to make up for the lack of wind!
The warmest months are July and August, with average temperatures of 25°C/77°F and day temperatures often well over 30°C/90°F
It is always a smart idea to avoid peak seasons, both in terms of charter cost but also to avoid crowed beaches, marinas and restaurants. The following graphs depict the demand* for yacht holiday in respect with average precipitation and average temperature.
To avoid peak seasons while still having comfort weather conditions, start your trip from second half of June until first half of July or the second half of August until first week of September.
To Explore Maddalena Archipelago, you can fly to Olbia airport and start your trip from one of the neighbour marinas such as Olbia, Porto Rotondo, Portisco or Cannigione. Alternetively you can fly to Ajaccio Airport in Corsica and start your trip from either Propriano or Bonifacio in Corsica and pass to Sardinia coast.
Alternatively you can fly to Alghero airport and start your trip from Alghero marina and head north east of the island.
For the Southern part of the island, you can fly to Cagliari and start your trip from Cagliari marina.
Italy is an EU country, and hence EU citizens require no visa to enter the country, while non EU citizens have to check before travel.
The official currency is Euro.