Travel itineraries in Sardinia: San Pietro Island

An island within an island, in the heart of the Mediterranean, a wonderful part of the Ligurian land transplanted to the extreme South-West of Sardinia …. A day of sailing and the sea between the cliffs, coves and white sand beaches of the beautiful island of San Pietro.

Its position and natural wealth guarantees an unforgettable trip even in days of sirocco and mistral: just choose the right side, and … go!

In the absence of strong winds, the perfect lap, with several stops, is in a counterclockwise direction, with the following stages:

– Towards North – La Punta, Piana Island. 30 minutes

– Grotta del buco sul soffitto – Tacche Bianche. 30 minutes

– Grotta delle Oche and Punta delle Oche. 30 minutes

– Islet of Stea and cliffs of Nasca. 30 minutes

– Cala Vinagra

– Borrona, Cala Fico, the Orrido, Capo Sandalo

– La Caletta Beach

– The Mezza Luna and Conca

– Beach of Lucchese. Island Genio

– Le Colonne and the beach of Bobba.

– Beach of Guidi

– Secagno

– Marina Carloforte

Once back on the ground, the walk in the historical center of the town is a must, topped by a slice of focaccia and a drink on the waterfront, before a dinner made of local specialties (above all, do not miss the cascà of vegetables, bottarga and other products resulting from the processing of tuna, the capunadda).

Travel itineraries in Sardinia South-West

Easy and extremely attractive route from a naturalistic point of view, in the wildest coast of Sardinia. Recommended for those seeking a quiet holiday of nights at anchor, morning baths and evenings of good food: the choice is wide, you can opt for one of the restaurants on the beautiful promenade of Carloforte where you can taste typical dishes made with tuna and the famous Cascà, or select a few houses in the mountains of Teulada.

The noise of the city fades away after a few minutes, began the full nature contact. A cruise along the southwest of Sardinia, even in different periods than summer, gives genuine emotions, of fullness, the feeling of being pioneers in the discovery of an unknown area where rule the mistral. But that gives many shelters, natural and not also to the most prudent sailor.
The presence of two bases CSC both in Cagliari and Carloforte allows you to choose at will the direction of the route, if the booking permits, can be organized in one way formula. The return will be organized with our support by land, private bus.

Cagliari – Nora: the natural bend of the Pula beach surmounted after setting the first Phoenician, then Punic and Roman reachable by tender (for a visit and find out more visit the website SardegnaCultura) worth a stop even at night, made possible by about 4 meters of depth.
The advice of CSC: the port of Perd’e Sali is currently covered up and not allowing entry even to the First 31.7, as well as to the catamaran.
Nora – Chia: the famous sand dunes, desert and dazzling contrast with the turquoise sea and the dark green patches of juniper that clings there. Begins the most fascinating stretch of the southern coast and pure. Can anchor in Cala Morto and to the west of the rocks of Su Giudeu.
The advice of CSC: the small intermediate landing of Calaverde has a maximum draft of 1.80 meters.
Chia – Teulada: at least a glance at Cala Cipolla (anchor 4 meters) introduces the imposing bulk of Capo Spartivento which, as the name implies, ensures the winds calm zone, before flowing in the beautiful Tuerredda. In front of the green dotted beach, stands the eponymous island separated from the coast by an isthmus barely submerged, also ideal for a night anchorage. Few clean and full navigation borders separate Tuerredda from Porto Malfatano (whose passage requires extreme caution due to the presence of shallow water areas) and the port of Teulada, new Marina entered in the gulf and equipped with every comfort. The distance with the country of Teulada (6 km) is remedied with the service …
Teulada – Porto Pino: rounding Cape Malfatano and reefed the mainsail in case of mistral, you enter the area of the military range, which in winter is a land of exercises (before leaving, you should contact the captaincy of S. Antioco) and where it is forbidden access to land. Limits, however, preserve the area from swimming, keeping it pristine and beautiful. Transparency and the aquamarine tones of the water of Porto Zafferano is like a postcard. The last of the South Coast: Capo Teulada faced, it is already on the Eastern Sardinia. Before addressing the smaller islands, Porto Pino also worth a night stop for its dunes topped by pine forests of Aleppo. Circumvented the Cala Lead shallow, you can throw anchor smoothly to 4-6 meters.
Porto Pino – Sant’Antioco: it lacks the tourist flow of Carloforte, but Sant’Antioco also worth a visit. Approached the Gulf of Palmas after Capo Sperone, extreme southern tip of the island of Sant’Antioco (actually connected to the mainland by an isthmus so wide as to be also accessible by car in both _ directions) you ascend along the eastern side, towards the Porto Romano. Unless the weather conditions are not so favorable to tickle detour south to the islands of Vacca and Toro for a quick bath. In the opposite direction, on the northern tip of Sant’Antioco it is the town of Calasetta, equipped with small port.
Sant’Antioco – Carloforte: Few borders separating Sant’Antioco from the island of San Pietro and its only town Carloforte, the starting point for a wonderful daily itinerary.
Carloforte – Buggerru (18 miles): refueling at the the fishing port (the input is to be tackled with caution and taking the center for the sloping down of the extremes dike), it shall head towards the east coast, rocky, majestic and full of history. After the long Funtanamare beach, it land at the steep cliffs of Nebida where embeds Porto Flavia, striking spike access to old mining area that in the early decades of the twentieth century produced coal. Navigation proceeds rapidly towards Pan di Zucchero, along perforated stacks to cover by tender in every direction, leaving the boat at anchor with no worries (the bottom is high and sandy). You can spend the night at anchor in the beautiful fjord of Cala Domestica, completely sheltered from the Mistral. Rich choice of shore excursions
The advice of CSC: the port of Buggerru is currently covered up, before leaving to be realized ensure incoming weather conditions, as not to be blocked halfway. If mistral, navigation is only advisable if very experienced. The closest shelters are the fjord of Cala Domestica and the port of Tharros, 33 miles away however.

Travel itinerary in Sardinia West

demanding route, recommended to experienced sailors can interpret the weather forecast not to be caught by the mistral in some little protected harbor. You will be surprised by the historic and natural jewels set in an area of Sardinia to be discovered.

COSTA VERDE Leave the island of San Pietro, begins a fascinating journey, in an unusual Sardinia. Forget the postcard images: left to right the long Funtanamare beach, the sand climbs up into a cliff face overlooking the sea, surmounted by juniper trees bent by the mistral. Set, a stone portal: is the ancient outlet to the mines of Porto Flavia, which in the past gave jobs and wealth to the whole Sulcis. Mining activity is now stopped, not the charm of the area. Rocks of Pan di Zucchero, from the deepand sandy bottom, they are a pleasant break in the northward journey. A stop at the fjord of Cala Domestica is a must, as well as in Buggerru (only when the sand layer that obstructs the port will be dredged at last). The Costa Verde named for the color of the vegetation that breaks clear cliffs, ending with Arbus and flows in the Oristano. Ponds, flamingos exposed, excellent roast mullet are the outline on arrival at Tharros, with the same name Phoenician archaeological site to act as a stunning backdrop.

THARROS The extension of the Punic ruins under water makes it impossible to access inshore, the border is indicated by a special field buoys. Better to schedule a visit from the ground, after landing at the marina of Torregrande that, comfortable, allowing a necessary stopover, to rearrange ideas and emotions, before sailing to the northern tip of the coast.

MARINA OF TORREGRANDE Featuring numerous shipbuilding and tourism services.

MARINE PROTECTED AREA SINIS MAL DI VENTRE After Capo San Marco, begins the Marine Protected Area Sinis Mal di Ventre, which includes the homonymous island and covers an area of 25 hectares, divided into three zones of protection so as to make possible its sustainable use. Unapproachable from the west side (zone A of the reserve, the amount of the Rock of Catalan, located six miles to the south), provides opportunity to anchor at Cala dei Pastori, located in Area C.

CAPO MANNU Is elected by surfers as one of the best Mediterranean spot: during storms of the mistral, its waves are 5 meters high! From Capo Mannu stands, very white, the Is Arenas beach. Coasting along, paying attention to some emerging rocks, you can see Santa Caterina di Pittinurri and the beautiful natural arch of S’Archittu.

S’ARCHITTU The natural rock arch, 15 meters high and is popular amongst the extreme diving enthusiasts, it has often been the advertising and film set.

BOSA Unique in the Sardinian geography, Bosa is set on the banks of a river: the Temo, be traveled with the tender once left the boat on the floating docks of Bosa Marina (Nautica Pirisi, 0785.375550) .Its low houses and colorful, the historic center hispanic style topped by Malaspina Castle which still preserves the medieval old frescoes, are a nice detachment from immersion naturalistic route, along the excursion into the interior on board the Green Train.

ALGHERO Fortified city, born on the sea and to the sea got its name. It seems, in fact, that this derives from the abundance of deposits of oceanic Posidonia leaves, erroneously called algae, present along the sandy beaches especially after south-west  storms. Alghero was founded in the twelfth century by the Doria family of Genoa, in the following century, however, was conquered by the Catalan-Aragonese who entered the fortified city on August 31, 1353. The following year, the city was repopulated by people coming from different Catalan territories and then Alghero preserves the language and traditions of that people and the Iberian peninsula. The monuments, churches of the old town, close by massive towers and bastions such as noble palaces and, in particular, the towers of cathedral SANTA MARIA and the church SAN FRANCISCO, retain a clear imprint of the Catalan-Gothic “style.” ” BARCELONETA “so Alghero is affectionately called by the Catalans, with its sea, its history and its people was the first capital of Sardinian tourism since the 800 and still represents the city in Sardinia with greater traditions of hospitality .

PORTO CONTE Is the bay between the bay of Alghero and the promontory of Capo Caccia, landing point of the most quiet of the Coral Coast (so called because of the abundance of “red gold” on the seabed), ideal for an overnight stop on the pontoons of the marina. It is part of the Marine Protected Area Capo Caccia – Isola Piana and is very popular for the practice of many sea and land sports.

CAPOCACCIA the imposing promontory that borders the bay of Alghero is among the highest in Italy. With its 186 meters above sea level, it is visible up to 34 miles away. It is included in the Marine Reserve of Capo Caccia – Isola Piana which also includes the Bay of Porto Conte and the suggestive Caves of Neptune, the most famous of Sardinia.

STINTINO The charming little village of Stintino overlooking the Asinara Gulf, on the northeastern coast of Sardinia. It has a very precise date of birth, 1885, when the fishing families who lived on the Asinara island were evicted to make way for the penal colony and had to found a new settlement in Capo Falcone. The origin of the name comes from the Sardinian “s’isthintinu”, that is, the gut, the name given to the narrow fiord where it is born the country. The two ports – Portu Mannu and Portu Minori – are equipped for nautical tourism.

THE ASINARA A true natural paradise, Asinara is famous for having hosted for a long time a penal colony which preserved its pristine natural configuration, valuable in the beauty of the coastline, in the colonies of rare and wild animals such as the famous white donkey, in the extraordinary blue colors of the sea. The landing takes place in Fornelli, in the southern Gulf, near which there are buildings of the former penal colony imprisonment. Being National Park, require permission of the Park to be reached by private boat.

WEATHER The climate is typically Mediterranean and low rainfall, limited mostly to the winter season, it is refreshed by the wind that, for the exposure of the coast at the west side, makes navigation suitable for crews of great experience, and still heading north – south.

Travel itineraries in Sardinia South

CAGLIARI Once in Cagliari, treat yourself to a tour of the city: you reach the walls of Castello and admire Look out for an unmissable sunset: on one side the sea on the other the salt marshes, the Pond Molentargius and the pink of its flamingos. For fresh seafood dinner in the numerous taverns and restaurants in the city, after dinner at one of the many cafes in the city, or if you prefer a walk on the seafront Poetto.

POETTO Is the beach of Cagliari. Eight kilometers of white sand and crystal clear waters, which extend to the town of Quartu, dominated by the promontory of Sella del Diavolo. The name of the beach is thought to derive by an Aragonese tower called “del Poeta.”

MARINA OF CAPITANA The area of Capitana is characterized by small but beautiful beaches, long a dozen meters on average. Here also is located a tourist harbor protected by two piers, one more articulated L-shaped, and the other minor and straight. The village is served by all major services.

MARE PINTAU A landing in the beautiful cove is a must, characterized by sandy bottom, crystal clear water and a contrast of colors and shades so lively that it seems painting (“pintau” in Sardinian, in fact). With the tender it is possible to come down to the pebble beach limits for a refill at the local bar.

TORRE DELLE STELLE Village situated on a promontory along the coastal road from Cagliari to Villasimius, in the south-east of Sardinia. It is the coastal area of the Municipalities of Maracalagonis and Sinnai and is a favorite of people of Cagliari, that here have the most villas. It has two beautiful beaches of fine white sand, “Genn’e Mari” and “Cann’e Sisa”, the waters are moderately deep and the sea of blue-green of a thousand shades. Beautiful night view, with the headland dotted with lights.

CAPO CARBONARA The promontory of Capo Carbonara is the boundary between the “Gulf of the” Angels of Cagliari and the Bay of Villasimius. On both sides of the promontory are several tourist destinations:
– On the west coast: the harbor of Villasimius with the beach, the remains of an ancient fortress with the old Tower, Punta Santo Stefano which is the westernmost offshoot of the promontory and the village of Santa Caterina with its cove;
– On the east coast: the beach of Is traias, the beautiful beach of Porto Giunco, the Notteri pond with pink flamingos, the Tower of Porto Giunco and pebble beach Cava Usai (granite quarry abandoned in the ’50s) . On the promontory there are also an Air Force weather station and a signaling beacon. In front of Capo Carbonara, approximately 800 meters south-east, it is the Cavoli Island. The marine area in front of Capo Carbonara, along with the island of Cavoli and the island of Serpentara, are part of Marine Natural Protected Area Capo Carbonara. (www.ampcapocarbonara.it). In the area underwater fishing is prohibited in all three zones, you can take scuba diving only after obtaining the approval from the marine protected area management. Also in the quadrant A are also prohibited navigation and bathing. it is therefore essential to prevent damage at the delicate local ecosystem and heavy fines, be sure to keep an external route to off-limits areas.

ISLAND OF CAVOLI is a small granite island, included in the Marine Protected Area of Capo Carbonara and topped by an imposing lighthouse. The origin of the name has two current versions: according to old his name, which in Sardinian is isula de is càvarus meaning “island of crabs,” is simply a gross misrepresentation, a translation error by the Italian cartographers. The most modern version is that the name derives from the abundant presence on the island of numerous plants of Wild cabbage or cabbage Sardinia (Brassica insularis), which grow in endemic form. Being now automated operation of the lighthouse, the island is uninhabited and hosts the research center of the Faculty of Biology of Cagliari which uses it for activities of botanical and zoological research. In 1979, in the south, it was laid on the seabed at a depth of about ten meters, a 3.2 meter high granite statue dedicated to the Virgin of the Sea, “the patron saint of the shipwrecked” and protector of sailors, the work of sculptor Pinuccio Sciola. Every year since then, on the third Sunday of July, there is an important festival, with the spectacular procession of boats at sea from the nearby coast of Villasimius, culminating with a blessing and an underwater prayer, and cast into the sea of crowns flowers. Follow celebrations, traditional songs and dances in costume by folkloric and musical groups, and in the night shows of fireworks.

VILLASIMIUS The town and its surroundings are a must-see tourist destination. The wealth of beaches, dotted with vegetation; the nightlife and good food downtown; the possibility of combining at the stop, hiking in the mountainous hinterland forests and numerous sports on land and sea, make Villasimius a stage full of attractiveness. Incoming imposes attention to the presence of shoals and reefs, near the coast. The mooring at the local port is comfortable, well-protected from all winds and discreet, as it posted a couple of kilometers from the town, however, accessible easily.

COSTA REY maritime fraction of Muravera, Costa Rei, also known as Costa Rey is a tourist resort paramount and newly formed, all overlooking a beautiful and unspoilt coastline that offers guests scenarios Caribbean made of crystal clear sea and white sand. Among the seven kilometers of coastline full of kiosks, and intimate coves to be discovered and sublime beaches, detach the beach called Peppino, with the characteristic rock that lies on puddles of warm, clear water that look rather enchanting natural swimming pools. On the horizon looms the island of of Serpentara, easily accessible by guided tour, which for its natural diversity is an integral part of the Marine Park of Capo Carbonara.

WEATHER The climate is typically Mediterranean and low rainfall. The entire southern coast is also open to the winds of the quadrant II and III, but it is also common to find the west and northwest which, if sustained intensity, make the challenging navigation and suitable for experienced crews.

Travel itineraries in Sardinia East

PORTO CORALLO: necessary step if, started from Villasimius, you feel the need to make a stop before the ascent along the coast of Ogliastra.

ARBATAX: the first landing in the beautiful coast of Ogliastra, the most imposing and wild Sardinia full of picture-postcard coves, such as Cala Goloritze, Cala Luna and Sisine, the Grotta del Bue Marino. The port is located in the village. A visit to the Red Rocks is a must, beautiful cliffs of red porphyry, which attract tourists from all over the world, just a few minutes walk.

SANTA MARIA NAVARRESE: not far from Arbatax, is the starting point for the discovery of the Ogliastra Gulf. Since June 2005, the local Marina of Baunei was equipped with the “Pequod”, a lifter that allows access on board vessels to people with disabilities, making it the “first accessible port” of Sardinia. On the ground, a walk in the country will be an immersion in the friendliness, in the Mediterranean vegetation and culinary delights that make the famous Ogliastra.

PORTO OTTIOLU: After the Ogliastra enchantment diving, and its sheer cliffs, the landscape stretches in the beautiful bay of Porto Ottiolu, famous for its beaches, delicious local produce and bustling night life, complement ideal of navigation.

SINISCOLA: From Berchida beach to the dunes of Capo Comino to the village of Saint Lucia Fishermen, the Siniscola surrounding area is full of attractions. Wide choice of excursions into the interior, that allow you to enjoy a various and pristine area. Together with the nearby town of San Teodoro and Budoni, offer the significant advantage of a smaller boat traffic than the northern coast, which allows you to fully enjoy the natural wealth of the area.

OLBIA: fast growing city, with an international airport connected to the main European cities, Olbia is the gateway between the east and north coasts. The CS Charter provides a convenient landing place in the modern Marina of Olbia. It’s up to you to choose the route. Whatever will be, it will be still memorable even out of season.

COSTA SMERALDA: Exceeded Porto Rotondo and Portisco Marina, you get to the famous Costa Smeralda, renowned throughout the world as the favorite destination for the international jet set. The area, about twenty kilometers included in the municipality of Arzachena, is rich in creeks, small beaches while few miles away the islands of Soffi, Mortorio, Mortoriotto, Bisce and the Maddalena archipelago, which make intriguing navigable area but also full of shoals and reefs that pay maximum attention.

CANNIGIONE: the village of Cannigione, with a large and well-equipped marina, has always been the natural harbor of the town of Arzachena. Its bay is an ideal location for sailing regattas.

PALAU: many beaches, alternating with stretches of granite coast, introduce the town of Palau, the gateway to the archipelago of La Maddalena and Corsica. The surrounding area is full of beaches, nestled in the lush and fragrant Mediterranean maquis. Near the village is the Bear Rock, a granite hill 122 meters shaped by weathering, famous for his bear form and visited every year by thousands of people.

ARCHIPELAGO OF LA MADDALENA: between Sardinia and Corsica, the archipelago is distinguished by its pristine beauty. Access to the islands and neighboring seas is entirely bound by the same park Regulation (www.lamaddalenapark.it) established in 1994 to protect the area. The archipelago has rugged coastlines and reefs, which require the utmost prudence in navigation, equal to the intense traffic of boats. His town is La Maddalena, born as a fishing village and more recently linked to the activity of the NATO military base in Santo Stefano, decommissioned in 2008.

CAPRERA: Among a lot of nature, is a must plunge in history. Included Also this “in the park of La Maddalena”, and connected to the mainland by a small bridge, the island of Caprera is known to have been chosen as retreat by Giuseppe Garibaldi, who died there in 1882. As a granitic nature it possesses many forests , mainly pine forests, and coasts with sandy bays alternate to slopes overlooking the sea.

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