Top 10 beaches in Sardinia

FEATURED Updated on Feb 17, 2017 by Alastair McClymont

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Enjoy the very best of the sun, sand and sea during your holidays to Sardinia by following our guide to the top 10 beaches in Sardinia.

White sandy beaches, picturesque coves, crystal-clear water and dramatic landscapes; it’s safe to assume that your Sardinia holidays will be punctuated by idyllic trips to the seaside. The island’s coastline is among the most rewarding in the Mediterranean, from secluded spots to amenity-rich locations perfect for the whole family, beach holidays in Sardinia offer variety and indulgence. Given the range of choice, deciding which beaches to visit can be quite a tasking experience, so make the decision easier by checking out our top 10 beaches in Sardinia guide…


1. Cala Brandinchi

Known as ‘Little Tahiti’ for its incredible, clear waters and recognised as one of the most famous beaches in Sardinia, Cala Brandinchi makes it onto any ‘top beaches in Sardinia’ list. Its shallow waters are perfect for swimming, while 700 metres of soft sand and its surrounding pine trees make for a serene environment in which to catch the rays.


2. Tuerredda Beach 

Located in the very south of the island, a visit to Tuerredda Beach during your Sardinia holidays will allow you to enjoy one of the most rustic coastal locations in the Mediterranean. The v-shaped beach stretches for over 500 metres, presenting a wonderful strip of sand and some of the best snorkelling conditions in Sardinia.


3. Speranza Beach 

For those staying in Alghero during their holidays in Sardinia, Speranza Beach is likely to serve as a common daytrip location. This is the best beach in the Alghero area, perfect for water sports if you want to get active, or simply for relaxing on the sand if its rejuvenation you’re in search of.


4. Capriccioli Beach 

Another of Sardinia’s fantastic snorkelling spots, the clear water and rocky areas will allow you to spot an abundance of marine life as you explore the world beneath the waves at Capricciolo Beach. Back on dry land, enjoy the fine sand and the aromas of pine and olive trees wafting through the air.


5. Cala Biriola 

Located amid the lush countryside and beautiful landscapes of the island’s east coast, a visit to Cala Biriola will introduce you to a cosy and paradisiacal beach upon which to relax during your holiday to Sardinia. Scuba diving and snorkelling are popular in the water here, while others will enjoy the fantastic trekking to be had in the mountainous terrain inland from the beach.


6. Poetto Beach 

Located just a stone’s throw from Sardinia’s fascinating capital city, Cagliari, is Poetto Beach, a glorious six km-strip of coastal perfection. Just an easy bus ride divides holidaymakers from Cagliari and the beach, home to a vibrant atmosphere defined by bars, eateries and exciting water sports.


7. Liscia Ruja

Sandwiched between two charming and traditional villages and considered one of the finest beaches of Costa Smeralda, Liscia Ruja is home to the softest sand on the island, while enjoyable water sports, aromatic eateries and the bluest of blue seas make it an even more rewarding beach to visit. 


8. Nora Beach 

More famed for the archaeological site of the same name, many will be unaware that Nora is home to a wonderful beach in addition to its marvellous ruins. The beach hosts a long strip of sand and calm and safe water in which to swim. The beach’s other claim is its great views of the Torre del Coltellazzo – a historic coastal tower standing for over 400 years.


9. Cala dei Gabbiani

A breath-taking cove of sand, rocks and blue sea, Cala dei Gabbiani is a stunning coastal setting which wouldn’t look out of place in the Caribbean. Its shallow waters mean it’s ideal for young children looking to splash about, while its sheltered location ensures many a nap can be enjoyed upon its soft sands.


10. Cala Mariolu 

A precious, horseshoe cove found on Sardinia’s east coast and offering some of the best snorkelling on the island, Cala Mariolu is an unforgettable beach setting. From digging your toes in the fine pebbles to soaking in the turquoise water, Cala Mariolu is your perfect spot for a beach holiday.


Tempted by these beaches? You’ll need somewhere to stay during your sun-filled escape. Check out our great range of accommodation located across the island.

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