What are the best beaches in North Sardinia? Here is a selection of 10 unmissable beaches from the famous Costa Smeralda to the wildest ones.
An island located in the center of the Mediterranean with truly important biodiversity that has always made it a destination for poets, writers, and artists who are moved to contemplate this immense beauty: we are talking about Sardinia.
In addition, this region of Italy is very famous for its beaches. Iconic is the vision of its intense blue and emerald green sea that contrasts with the white sand and fine. In addition, there is something for everyone: from the most sought-after facilities of the Costa Smeralda to the wildest beaches surrounded by nature of the island, Sardinia will give you emotions. The big challenge now is to combine this beauty with more sustainable tourism, with visitors and institutions united to defend this small piece of the planet.
When you get lost among the 10 best beaches in North Sardinia, always pay attention to environmental protection and strictly follow the local rules.
10. Lazzaretto Beach, Alghero
Lazzaretto beach is undoubtedly one of the best beaches in north Sardinia, more precisely in the island's northwest. It lies along the Riviera del Corallo, in the stretch of coast between the city of Alghero and the protected area of the Porto Conte park. It has a sandy shoreline just over 300 metres long, which is rather crowded in the central months of the summer season. Still, those who wish to find their secluded corner of paradise will easily find it on the rocks at the sides of the beach. Lazzaretto beach is like a brushstroke of blue amidst the colours and scents of the Mediterranean maquis.
The province of Sassari, and Alghero itself, host numerous events dedicated to culture, traditions and food and wine, all waiting to be discovered! The Sassari Chamber of Commerce has created the Salude & Trigu programme, including all the most fascinating events in northern Sardinia. So every visitor can experience this wonderful island in all that it has to offer.
9. La Pelosa Beach, Stintino
The La Pelosa beach in Stintino is not only one of the best beaches in North Sardinia but one of the most beautiful in the world.
Certainly one of Sardinia's most famous attractions, it is a masterpiece of natural art, as perfect and beautiful as a painting. Its fine, white sand creates transparencies unique in the whole peninsula.
In its many metres of shallow water, you will walk with the water at your ankles in a dazzling sea. The shades of colour are all kinds of blues and azure, practically like an island in the Caribbean Sea.
8. Cala Tinnari, Costa Paradiso
A wild beach and outside the most traditional destinations, is easily accessible from Costa Paradiso by sea. If you love trekking, you can use the natural path that connects the beach of Cala Li Cossi to Cala Tinnari.
It is important, however, to wear comfortable shoes, suitable for outdoor summer outings, cover your head well and hydrate continuously. Taking the right precautions will allow you to fully enjoy the beauty of the place, the rugged coastline will do the rest.
7. Rena Majori Beach, Aglientu
The Rena Majori beach lies in the northwestern part of Sardinia. It is a large beach of rare beauty beyond a shady pine forest, offering a unique environment.
The sea, decidedly deeper than in other bays such as La Pelosa, is a snorkeller's paradise: the flora and fauna of the sea in this part of the island are beautiful.
The beach is not too many kilometres from Santa Teresa di Gallura, whose surroundings are also really rich in food and wine and cultural events.
6. Cala Spinosa, Santa Teresa di Gallura
Cala Spinosa is one of the best beaches in North Sardinia, located not too far from Santa Teresa di Gallura. Here the water is always wonderful and has a transparency that fascinates every visitor.
Compared to other beaches, this one is characterised by the presence of rocks, making it wilder and less 'practical'. A small paradise within reach of trekkers.
5. Porto Pollo Beach, Emerald Coast
The large beach of Porto Pollo is a paradise for water sports, such as sailing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing.
This small seaside resort belonging to the municipality of Palau, in the province of Sassari, is always windsept and is surrounded by lush nature. If you are a sports lover, this is the place for you.
4. Cala Coticcio, Caprera
Cala Coticcio is one of the hidden jewels of the La Maddalena Archipelago and undoubtedly one of the best beaches in North Sardinia. This cove on the island of Caprera is called 'The Sardinian Tahiti' for the enchanting scenery it offers. It has fine white sand lapped by a crystal-clear sea, framed by pinkish rocks and Mediterranean shrubs.
3. Beach of Rena Bianca, Emerald Coast
In Sardinia, there are two beaches called Rena Bianca (White Sand), one near Santa Teresa di Gallura and one in the seaside resort of Portisco, not too far from the famous Porto Rotondo. We are considering this, although both would deserve a place in the ranking of the 10 best beaches in North Sardinia.
As the name suggests, this beach is characterized by its fine white sand. The landscape in the surrounding area is spectacular, from Marina di Portisco, with its island of the same name that is a synthesis of what you can find in Costa Smeralda: beautiful sea, breathtaking scenery, and hospitality typically Italian. In short, a beach not to be missed.
2. Poltu di li Cogghj beach, Emerald Coast
It is located in the northeastern part of Sardinia, not too far from Olbia. The Poltu di li Cogghj beach, known as the Spiaggia del Principe (Prince's beach), has a picturesque appearance and a blue/turquoise colour that generates beautiful streaks of light. Just the light is the great protagonist of this little paradise that can enjoy truly spectacular sunsets (and sunrises).
1. The White Beach, Golfo Aranci
We are talking about one of the most beautiful beaches on the Emerald Coast, extending for a few hundred metres and full of services such as bars, restaurants and a bathing establishment. Ideal for families with children but also windsurfing and snorkelling enthusiasts.
Here the fine white sand gives way to a sea that is always a deep blue colour. The gulf is vast, and the seabed is shallow, a true paradise at its best at sunset. The White Beach is a must if you happen to be in the vicinity of Golfo Aranci.