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The most beautiful beaches in Sardinia

Sardinia, the Italian island located in the Mediterranean Sea, is characterized by a mountainous and barren internal landscape and by 2.000 km of coastline lapped by crystal clear waters.
The colors of the sea take on shades ranging from blue to emerald green and the coast is sometimes sandy and in some points with rocks and rocks that tempt you to dive.
In summer it is one of the most popular holiday destinations thanks to its beaches considered among the most beautiful in the world.
Here are the ones not to be missed!



Map and photos of the beaches



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1 - Cala Luna

At the center of the eastern coast of Sardinia, wedged between Barbagia and Ogliastra, is one of the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia: Cala Luna.
Its appearance is wild characterized by steep rocky walls that create a shady and wide inlet, full of natural caves.
The sand is golden, the seabed sloping and the sea blue and transparent, making it ideal for sport fishing.


  • Where it is: Gulf of Orosei, Province of Nuoro, which is 87 km away (2 hours and 30 by car). East coast of Sardinia, not far from Arbatax (56 Km) and Cala Gonone (59 km) - Get directions.
  • The easiest way to reach it is by sea aboard private boats or boats with from Cala Gonone, Santa Maria Navarrese, La Caletta or Arbatax (navigation time from 15 to 20 minutes).
    Alternatively, the beach can be reached by trekking for 1,5 / 2 hours starting from Cala Fuili or Buchiarta, which can be challenging if you are not trained. It cannot be reached by car or bus.
  • Type: golden sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room -

2 - Cala Brandinchi

Dubbed by some "little Tahiti", Cala Brandinchi is one exotic and lush beach characterized by fine white sand, a transparent sea and enchanting vegetation.
During the summer season the beach is equipped and it is possible to rent canoes, rafts, kayaks and pedal boats in addition to umbrellas and sunbeds.


  • Where it is: north-eastern side of the island, 9 km from San Teodoro
  • to reach the beach, take the SS125 northbound towards Capo Coda Cavallo. The last meters are on a dirt road and leave the car at Salina Bamba from where you continue on foot for a few meters. Get directions
  • Type: White sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -

3 - Cala Goloritzè

One of the most photographed beaches in Ogliastra, wedged between sea and mountains, characterized by transparent bottoms and a beach of tiny white pebbles and rocks that make it unique in its kind.
Here the water is quite cold because several currents flow from the nearby river and it is an uncontaminated place devoid of services and comforts, but for this very reason it is a magical place.


  • Where it is: center-east coast, province of Nuoro, municipality of Baunei
  • it cannot be reached by car but only by sea or on foot. In the first case, the boats must be without engines when they are 300 meters from the shore. Alternatively you can make a trek starting from Su Porteddu of medium difficulty (duration 1 hour and a half to go down and 2 to go up). Get directions
  • Type: white pebbles and rocks
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 59,00 per room -

4 - Cala Mariolu

Another corner of paradise in the heart of the Gulf of Orosei is Cala Mariolu also known as Is Pulige de Nie (snow fleas).
The beach is in fact characterized by very small white pebbles that recall the snow and the coast is lapped by waters with shades of blue, green and blue.
The only point accessible by land by trekking is Punta Ispuligi, once a pier to load coal; but basically the beach can be reached by sea.


  • Where it is: municipality of Baunei, central eastern coast.
  • it can be reached mainly by sea with boats that depart from Arbatax or Santa Maria Navarrese (time of 15/20 minutes). On foot you can go on a 6 km trek (about 3 hours each way) which is challenging and poorly indicated. Get directions
  • Type: rocks and white pebbles
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 59,00 per room -

5 - La Pelosa

This Sardinian beach is located in the Gulf of Asinara ed it is one of the most beautiful in Europe thanks to its very shallow seabed and fine sand that invite you to experience the sea like a swimming pool.
Protected by the stacks of Capo Falcone, the Piana island and the Asinara, this place is always sheltered and the water never moves but the currents constantly change the aspect of the beach making it every little bit a different beach.
Also in front of the beach, which includes both an equipped and a free part, there is the famous Aragonese tower, symbol of this place, which can be reached on foot through the Pelosetta bay.


  • Where it is: north-western tip of Sardinia, municipality of Stintino
  • from Stintino it is only 4 km away and can be reached by car in 10 minutes.
    From Sassari travel for 25 km of the SS131 towards Porto Torres and take the exit for road 34 (duration about 45 minutes). Get directions
  • Type: White sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 58,00 per room -

6 - Rock of Peppino

Among the most beautiful beaches of the south east coast of Sardinia there is this place characterized by a large rock near the beach that looks like a large turtle.
Scoglio Peppino is a granite rock that is located on the long coast of the Rei coast and rises from the sea forming a beautiful natural pool characterized by shallow waters, light sand and clear sea.
This section is not equipped and you need to have everything you need for a day on the beach.

  • Where it is: southeastern part of the island, municipality of Castiadas
  • from Castiadas it is 12 km away, about 13 minutes by car; it can be reached by car along the SP18 Castiadas-Villasimius towards Costa Rei. From the Santa Giusta locality continue on foot, walking in the Mediterranean scrub for a few minutes. Get directions
  • Type: white sand and large rock
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 52,00 per room -

7 - Punta Tegge

Located on the island of La Maddalena in the north of Sardinia, the small beach of Punta Tegge is characterized by light sand with large grains and by particular pink flat rocks that emerge from the water.
The transparent bottoms full of fish have a turquoise color and being low are ideal for relaxing.
The beach is equipped and also has a large parking area.

  • Where it is: southwestern part of the Maddalena
  • it can be reached from the town of Maddalena following the SP114 in 14 minutes by car (2,5 km). Get directions
  • Type: white sand and pink rocks
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -

8 - Pink Beach of Budelli

The island of Budelli, reachable by sea from Maddalena to Sardinia, boasts 12 km of beautiful coastline, ideal for those who love the sea and beaches.
The attraction of this archipelago is the Rosa di Budelli beach characterized by pink sand due to the presence of coral and shells, bathed by turquoise and transparent waters.
Unfortunately due to continuous vandalism the management of the Maddalena Park had to close the access and therefore it is only possible to see it from the boat, swim in the surrounding waters but not set foot there.

  • Where it is: in Cala di Roto, south-east of the island of Budelli; it is part of the La Maddalena Archipelago
  • How to get there: you can arrive by public or private boats that depart from Porto Palau, near Olbia, from the Costa Smeralda or from Maddalena, the nearest port to reach it (25 minutes by boat). Access by land is no longer allowed.
  • Type: pink sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -

9 - The Rena Bianca

The Rena Bianca is the city beach of Santa Teresa di Gallura, 700 meters long characterized by shallow waters, white and soft sand that takes on pink reflections due to the presence of corals. Set between the cliffs it is protected from the westerly winds and it can be reached via a staircase of 300 meters. The beach is equipped and is loved by both children and divers.

  • Where it is: municipality of Santa Teresa di Gallura, northeastern part of Sardinia
  • it can be reached on foot from the city center in 10 minutes on foot or alternatively if you arrive from other locations by car to the parking lot 300 meters from the beach. Get directions
  • Type: white and pink sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 59,00 per room -

10 - Su Tiriarzu

Su Tiriarzu is a long beach a few steps from Posada inserted in a splendid natural setting characterized by a rocky spur and the Fava castle that rises above the beach.
The sand is clear, fine and lapped by turquoise waters and the area is equipped and is also theideal for those who love surfing, snorkeling and divers because here the wind often blows and the seabed is full of fish.

  • Where it is: north east coast of Sardinia, municipality of Posada
  • from Posada it is 3 km away; it can be easily reached by car in 5 minutes from the town or in 30 minutes on foot. Get directions
  • Type: light sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -

11 - Spiaggia del Principe

Named as the Aga Khan's favorite, Prince's Beach is one of the most beautiful of the Costa Smeralda.
Bordered by rocks and the typical Mediterranean scrub that surround it, it is characterized by fine white sand, by a crystal clear sea since the seabed is made of sand and granite.

  • Where it is: northeastern extremity of Sardinia, municipality of Arzachena
  • Arzachena is 18 km away. It can be reached by car to the town of Romazzino where you can park in a dead end street and then walk for 10 minutes. Get directions
  • Type: White sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 68,00 per room -

12 - Porto Giunco

Among the most beautiful beaches of Sardinia there is also Porto Giunco ​​near Villasimius; its peculiarity is that it is located at the foot of a promontory on which there is an ancient Spanish tower.
The beach, very wide, is characterized by white sand with pink reflections and is bathed by clear waters that turn blue as you move away from the coast.
The beach is equipped and some areas are the sole property of resorts and hotels.

  • Where it is: southeastern part of Sardinia, municipality of Villasimius, province of Cagliari.
  • from Villasimius by car in 10 minutes along the sea and following the signs for the Stagno di Notteri; once the car is parked, cross a wooden walkway that runs along the pond and leads to the sea. Get directions
  • Type: light sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room -

13 - Tuerredda

Inside a cove overlooking a blue sea and surrounded by Mediterranean scrub, Turredda beach is a long stretch of fine white sand.
Not far from the coast there is an islet on which stands an ancient tower and it is pleasant to reach it by swimming.
The beach, ideal for those who want to relax, spend a day at the beach and swim, is equipped and also suitable for families with children.

  • Where it is: southwestern part of the island, province of Cagliari, municipality of Teulada. It is 22 km from Teulada and 7,5 km from Chia
  • from Teulada it can be reached by car along the SS195 towards Pula, from Chia you can take bus 129 which takes 30 minutes. Get directions
  • Type: White sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 57,00 per room -

14 - Santa Giusta

Characterized by light sand mixed with gravel and a Caribbean sea, the beach of Santa Giusta is one of the most famous in the Costa Rei area.
Nearby is the Peppino rock and the beach is equipped and suitable for everyone since it has various services, including a large parking area for campers.

  • Where it is: south east coast, municipality of Castiadas
  • It can be easily reached by car from Villasimius in 20 minutes and from Costa Rei in 5 minutes. Get directions
  • Type: White sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 52,00 per room -

15 - About Giudeu

The large and spacious beach of Su Giudeu is the continuation of another very beautiful beach in the same bay, S'aqua Durci, from which it is separated by a cliff.
This coast is characterized by soft white sand and to embellish it there is the presence of the rock Su Giudeu, an islet in front of the beach that can be reached on foot when there is low tide.
The beach alternates free stretches with equipped spaces and is loved by families with children and divers.

  • Where it is: south-west part of Sardinia, province of Cagliari, Fraction of the Municipality of Domus de Maria
  • it is 10 Km / 13 minutes by car from Domus Maria. It can be reached quickly by car from the hamlet, or from Chia in 7 minutes or from Cagliari in 1 hour. Bus line 129 connects all these locations. Get directions
  • Type: White sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 59,00 per room -

16 - Punta Molentis, Villasimius

Belonging to the Marine Protected Area of ​​Capo Carbonara, the beach of Punta Molentis is characterized by an arch conformation that delimits an area of ​​fine white sand with pink reflections.
On the left side, on the other hand, there are rocks and on the right side there are clusters of cavic rocks.
Everywhere the coast is washed by clear waters with shades ranging from emerald green to blue.
On the beach there are equipment and a refreshment point.

  • Where it is: extreme south-eastern point of Sardinia, municipality of Villasimius
  • from Villasimius is 6 km away. It can be reached in 16 minutes by car from here or from Cagliari in 1 hour and 15 minutes. Get directions
  • Type: White sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room -

17 - Cala Spinosa, Santa Teresa di Gallura

In the municipality of Santa Teresa di Gallura, a beautiful beach to visit is that of Cala Spinosa characterized by a rocky cove formed by granite rocks and coarse-grained sand, pebbles and stones.
A clear water and a seabed rich in fish and marine fauna lapping the beach.
Being totally free and devoid of services this beach is not very popular even during the summer months

  • Where it is: north east of Sardinia, Capo Testa in the municipality of Santa Teresa di Gallura in the province of Olbia Tempio.
  • It can be reached by taking the SP90 towards Capo Testa and it takes about 7 minutes by car from Santa Teresa and 1 hour and 30 from Olbia. Get directions
  • Type: sand and pebbles
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 59,00 per room -

18 - Cala Coticcio

Cala Coticcio is one of the most beautiful beaches of Caprera, an island belonging to the Maddalena Archipelago, north east of Sardinia.
Characterized by white and fine sand, by a transparent blue sea and by pink rocks that surround the bay.
Subjected to environmental protection its depths are a real aquarium with many species of fish and starfish.

  • Where it is: archipelago of Maddalena, north-east of Sardinia
  • by sea with private boat or tour in the archipelago or by land by trekking for about 1 hour along a challenging path between rocks and shrubs (sneakers and lots of water recommended). Get directions
  • Type: white sand and rocks
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -

19 - Solanas

Not far from Cagliari, this beach is a marine paradise characterized by the rich vegetation that surrounds the golden sand beach.
The seabed is sloping and the water takes on shades ranging from intense blue to emerald green.
There is also a refreshment point on the beach and it is possible to rent the necessary equipment for a relaxing day

  • Where it is: south east coast of Sardinia, province of Cagliari, municipality of Sinnai
  • From Villasimius it is 25 minutes by car (15 Km) or 40 minutes by bus (line 135). From the Sardinian capital, however, it is 48 km away. Get directions
  • Type: golden sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 58,00 per room -

20 - Cala Domestica

The beach of Cala Domestica is characterized by stretches of sand of various colors (golden, white, amber), soft and compact and by a thick and extensive Mediterranean scrub.
The sea, with deep waters even if the seabed slopes gently, is turquoise and at the edge of the beach there are high cliffs that make this place enchanting.
Cala Domestica is equipped and in the area there is also a camping.

  • Where it is: south-west coast, municipality of Buggerru (province of Carbonia Iglesias)
  • it is 8 km / 11 minutes by car from Buggerru. You have to follow the Provinciale 83 and at km 19 follow the crossroads on the right that leads to the rest area. Get directions
  • Type: white, golden and amber sand
  • Where to sleep nearby: Hotel and b & b starting from € 53,00 per room -

Haven't booked yet? Plan your trip to Sardinia: flights, hotels and tours

Sardinia is a rather large island that can be reached by plane or by ship. The main airports are 3: Cagliari "Elmas", Olbia "Costa Smeralda", Alghero "Fertilia".
The ports, on the other hand, where ships arrive from Genoa, Livorno, Civitavecchia, Naples or Bastia are the ports of Cagliari, Olbia - Golfo Aranci and Arbatax.
The internal road network is pretty good, but there is no railway network while it is possible to take buses that connect the main cities.
To visit the most beautiful beaches of Sardinia it is essential to have your own car or to rent one.
Those who decide to spend a holiday on the island can choose between different accommodations (camping, bungalows, farmhouses, apartments or resorts) depending on the budget available.

  • starting from € 85,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room -
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