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The best beaches in Sardinia - discovering the northeast coast

Turquoise waters, unspoilt nature, a mild Mediterranean climate for most part of the year: this is what will welcome you if you choose to go on a cruise with boat rental in Sardinia. This island has a lot to offer and it is the perfect destination for those who want to spend a relaxing holiday and also for those who are looking for fun. Sardinia, with its 1,800 km of coastline, boasts some of the best beaches in Italy that every year, especially in summer, attract many tourists from all over the world. In particular, on the east coast there are some of the best beaches in Sardinia and thanks to their length you will feel as if you are on a deserted island where you can enjoy a relaxing holiday. It is difficult to choose the area and the best beaches since every corner of this island hides real treasures that you can discover by renting a sailboat in Sardinia: deserted beaches, hidden coves and bays surrounded by wild nature. Starting with Costa Smeralda, going south to Olbia until Gulf of Orosei, here is our selection of the best beaches of the north-east coast of Sardinia.


If you prefer rocky coves and small bays to long stretches of sandy beaches, Piscine is the ideal destination for you. When arriving by sea and renting a boat in Italy you will be spoilt for choice: spend some time choosing your favorite beach. It is clear that Le Piscine, with its fine, clear sand, bathed in crystal clear water, is one of the best beaches in Sardinia and will not disappoint you.

Porto Pollo

Considered as one of the favourite places for surfers and kitesurfing lovers, Porto Pollo beach is located halfway between Palau and Santa Teresa Gallura. Thanks to the gently sloping seabed and the fine golden sandy beach, this beach is ideal for families, but also for the ones who love water sports and sailors who can have fun thanks to the wind that always blows in this area. Porto Pollo connects the mainland to the island of the Seagulls (isola dei Gabbiani) with a strip of sand, creating two beaches. On either side of the bay you will find ideal conditions for surfing or to enjoying a swim in the turquoise waters of this beach that you can reach with the boat rental in Santa Teresa di Gallura

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Cala di Volpe

Moving to the more fashionable Costa Smeralda, you will have many choices regarding fun and nightlife. In Costa Smeralda there is a wide choice of beaches, but you should plan a stop at Cala di Volpe, one of the best bays in this area and easily accessible if you decide to rent a boat in Portisco. Small shores, with pinkish san, surrounded by rich vegetation: Cala Volpe with its four beaches will give you unforgettable memories of your holiday in Sardinia.

Golfo Aranci

Golfo Aranci and its five beaches deserve a special mention. Any beach in Golfo Aranci that you choose will surprise you with its clear waters and the seabed that descends for tens of meters. Renting a boat in Olbia you can set sail for Golfo Aranci and enjoy the view of the island of Tavolara and also the island of Figarola remaining a short distance from the most festive Costa Smeralda. The main beach is Cala Sabina which has white sand and is surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation.

Porto Istana

Light and soft sand and a thousand shades of blue for the water: this is what awaits you coming from the sea to Porto Istana, the bay that rises at the foot of Cape Ceraso. The bay itself has four beaches separated by rocks and reefs that form four coves bordered by pink granite. With boat rental in Porto Rotondo you can relax on board your boat enjoying an incredible view on Tavolara island which is located right in front of Porto Istana. 

Cala Brandinchi

Among the best beaches in the northeast part of Sardinia we must mention Cala Brandinchi, a real natural swimming pool. It is one of the most popular beaches in Sardinia, especially for foreign tourists, and it is not difficult to understand why. Located in Capo Coda Cavallo, almost opposite Tavolara island, in the territory of San Teodoro, Cala Brandinchi is characterized by very light colours, thanks to the white sand and turquoise water. When renting a boat in San Teodoro you will be amazed to see this stretch of sea particularly appreciated by the ones who love snorkeling. The bay is also surrounded by golden gardens and a dense pine forest where you can stop in the hottest hours of the day.

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Cala Budoni

Four kilometres long, Cala di Budoni is the beach of Budoni, a seaside village in Gallura overlooking a turquoise sea. Ideal destination for windsurfing and snorkeling lovers, Cala Budoni is divided into several beaches. Some parts of it offer various services for tourists, making it ideal for families and for those who prefer equipped beaches, while in some parts you could be by yourself in a corner of paradise that you can discover sailing on board your boat.

La Cinta

Leaving Cala Brandinchi and going south you will find La Cinta beach, another mandatory stop in your itinerary by boat and one of the most famous beaches in San Teodoro. It is a particular beach: La Cinta separates the Tyrrhenian Sea from a lake and is five kilometres long. This beach is perfect for families because it is formed by white sand dunes without rocks that slope down to the water and shallow waters and lipids. This beautiful beach overlooks the area of Punta Coda Cavallo-Isola di Tavolara and thanks to its variety of flora and fauna is an area particularly appreciated by nature lovers and birdwatchers.


This is just a short list of the best beaches in Sardinia, particularly the north-east coast, and that is why we suggest you to rent a boat in Sardinia and discover the hidden bays and coves. It will be a unique experience that will give you unforgettable memories and you will be looking forward to leaving again for your next boat holiday in Sardinia!

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