Compiling a list of the best beaches in Sardinia is anything but easy. The Italian island simply holds so many beautiful stretches of fine white sand. The good news: With over 1,800 km / 2,800 mi of coastline, there is something for all tastes here.
No matter whether you crave secluded beaches and coves, wide spiagge that run into the shallow tropical-esque water or beaches great for surfing and watersports, Sardinia has it all. Here are 6 of the best beaches in Sardinia.
1. La Maddalena Archipelago
Forming a set of seven main islands and several smaller islets, La Maddalena Archipelago is located just off the northeastern coast of Sardinia. Main access into the archipelago is via car ferry that frequently leaves from the port of Palau on Sardinia. Granite coastlines and crystal-clear waters make this a perfect day-trip destination from Sardinia.
On La Maddalena, beaches are plentiful, most of which are easily accessible via a short walk from one of the main roads. Chances are good that you will even find a cove just for yourself. Spiaggia del Cardellino is a particularly intimate beach, both perfect for snorkeling or enjoying a picnic by the sea.
2. Spiaggia Rena Majori
The drive along Sardinia’s northern coastline, from Palau towards Castelsardo, is a particularly scenic one, with numerous opportunities to stop along the way. One of them is Spiaggia Rena Majori, a wide beach that is backed by bushy dunes. This is a great place for long beach walks, as there are several smaller coves to explore. You may even climb up to one of the natural lookouts situated along the coastline.
3. La Pelosa
No matter which guide book you will consult in preparation for your trip to Sardinia, you will ultimately come across La Pelosa beach. Located in the northwestern corner of Sardinia, La Pelosa is widely advertised as one of the best beaches in Sardinia. And rightfully so.
First and foremost, this is a perfect stretch of white sand, to its northern end flanked by the 16th century Torre della Pelosa. The only downside is that it can quickly feel crowded and parking might be a bit of a hassle during peak season in July and August. But once you dip your feet into the shallow turquoise water, you will understand the hype. Why? If you did not know better, you could easily mistake your current location for a Caribbean isle. This is a great place for kite-surfing, too.
4. Rena Majore della Nurra
Carefully tucked away in the northwest of Sardinia, Rena Majore della Nurra offers both pristine nature and privacy. This is truly a hidden gem. One of the reasons for the few visitors is the fact that the beach can only be reached after a short hike down the rocky coastline. But that should not keep you from visiting.
Parking is free and the walk down to the beach is an easy endeavor. On the way, you get to enjoy scenic views across the sublime bay. Rena Majore della Nurra does not only effortlessly compete with the more popular beaches on this list but easily ranks as one of the best of them all. Do not tell too many people though, please.
5. Putzu Idu
The bay of Putzu Idu, located in the western region of Oristano, is another splendid strip of fine white sand that one should stop at during a road trip across Sardinia. Forming a slim natural barrier between the turquoise sea and the expansive pond of Salina Manna, Putzu Idu beach draws both lovers of lazy beachside fun and water action.
Several smaller shacks dotted along the beach offer anything from a cold beer to a surf or kite board rental. If you are looking for bigger waves, head slightly further north to Capo Mannu, where the mistral regularly draws international competitors.
6. Spiaggia di Mari Pintau
No trip to Sardinia is complete without a visit to the south of the island, where the Costa Rei awaits with an abundance of beautiful beaches and stunning coastline. The name isn’t far-fetched. The royal coast does not disappoint. While Spiaggia di Porto Giunco or Spiaggia Costa Rei are likely the most popular beaches of the region, exploring some of the neighboring bays is strongly advised, too.
For instance, if you prefer slightly more rugged coastline, the beaches east of Villasimius, halfway towards Cagliari, provide just that. A personal favorite is Spiaggia di Mari Pintau, a wide no-frills beach with crystal-clear water and pebbles that have been smoothed by the sea for decades. With the lush vegetation, the different shades of blue and the waves slowly rolling into the bay the view from the coastal road looks like an impressionist painting.