The Northeast of Sardinia is a stunning region with a rich cultural heritage, natural beauty, and delicious cuisine. The weather in this region is generally mild and sunny, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a relaxing vacation by the sea.
One of the most charming villages in the area is the picturesque town of San Teodoro, known for its beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant nightlife. The town of Porto Cervo is also worth a visit, with its luxurious marina, designer shops, and high-end restaurants.
Food and wine are an integral part of Sardinian culture, and the Northeast of Sardinia is no exception. Visitors can savor local specialties such as “culurgiones” (stuffed pasta), “malloreddus” (Sardinian gnocchi), and “seadas” (a type of pastry filled with cheese and drizzled with honey). The region is also renowned for its excellent wines, such as the refreshing Vermentino and the full-bodied Cannonau.
Northeast Sardinia is a wonderful destination for those seeking a mix of relaxation, culture, and gastronomy. With its stunning beaches, charming villages, and delicious cuisine, it is no wonder why this region is a popular choice among visitors to Sardinia.
North East Sardinia - Costa Smeralda
Costa Smeralda beaches belong to the best beaches in Europe, and the Emerald Coast is one of the most popular holiday destinations. Embraced by the warm and salty waters of the Mediterranean, the diverse coastal area of Costa Smeralda offers beach resorts, rental villas, beach hotels, chic marinas, shopping areas and a vibrant nightlife - while keeping a balance with its beautiful surroundings.
Beaches Near Costa Smeralda
Porto Cervo is a world-renowned Italian seaside resort and the main centre of the Costa Smeralda. The village is located 23 kilometers north of Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport, in the municipality of Arzachena, Olbia-Tempio. The area around Porto Cervo is home to some of the most expensive hotels in the world.
Cala di Volpe ('the bay of foxes’) is a small community located in Arzachena in the province of Olbia-Tempio, in north-east Sardinia, Italy. The village is located in the historical region known as Gallura on the Emerald Coast, between the beaches of Li Itriceddi and Capriccioli. Its strategic position offers easy access to several famous Costa Smeralda beaches. This near-perfect travel destination is overflowing with celebrities and attractions, and here you'll find some of the most highly regarded Costa Smeralda hotels, such as Hotel Cala di Volpe and Hotel Romazzino.
Portisco is a small village in the municipality of Olbia, in the province of Olbia-Tempio. It is located near the Gulf of Cugnana, west of Porto Rotondo. The village is well-known for its harbor, home to many yachts sailing the Costa Smeralda in summer.
Porto Rotondo is located between the Gulf of Cugnana and the Gulf of Marinella, 13 kilometers north of Olbia. Together with Porto Cervo, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the Costa Smeralda. Some of its beaches make up the crown to the Emerald Coast, and its marina offers a safe haven to over 600 boats of all sizes. Ideal for a either short getaway or an extended stay, Porto Rotondo is a small port with big reputation and some of the most stunning scenery anywhere along the coastline.
Baja Sardinia is a popular beach resort in the Gulf of Arzachena, just a few minutes away from the Costa Smeralda on the northeast coast of Sardinia. Over the years, the small seaside village has grown in popularity, thanks to the development of the Costa Smeralda. Baja Sardinia comprises of villa complexes, hotels, and resorts, alongside a handful of restaurants, bars, and boutiques, all arranged in a small square by the beach. The beaches at Baja Sardinia are famous for scuba diving, and thanks to the bay’s position, it’s a perfect spot for water sports activities such as windsurfing and sailing.
Golfo di Marinella is just a 25-minute drive away from Olbia Costa Smeralda airport. While it may not be the best-known destination of the Emerald Coast, there are plenty of things to do in this little seaside town and more than enough reasons to visit this idyllic pocket of Sardinia.
North East Sardinia - Pittulongu
Pittulongu is a small seaside town in the province of Olbia-Tempio in north-east Sardinia, Italy. Located just a short drive away from the center of Olbia and Costa Smeralda Airport, the village is accompanied by beautiful white sand beaches that are loved by both locals and tourists. With near perfect shallow waters, it is also easy to see why families with young children find these stretches of sand so attractive. Your choices are Spiaggia Mare e Rocce, Spiaggia La Playa, Spiaggia Lo Squalo, and Spiaggia del Pellicano.
Beaches Near Pittulongu
10 kilometers away from Olbia, lies Bados beach. This small beach displays the classic Costa Smeralda features: sugary white sands and a palette of gorgeous water colors.
Cala Banana beach is 500 meters long, and its sands vary from pure white to gray. It is one of the most picturesque beaches between Golfo Aranci and Olbia. There is a small kiosk in the area that sells sandwiches, wraps, smoothies and cocktails. Rafts and canoes are available for rent, and there's usually a lifeguard on the beach during high season. With a low seabed, it's perfect for families with small children.
With a low seabed, Spiaggia di Nodu Pianu is a good spot for snorkelling, and perfect for families with young children. During the months of July and August, the beach can be crowded, so make sure you go early in the morning if you can. There's a footpath that connects Nodu Pianu to Spiaggia Cala Banana, another fine stretch of sand that's certainly worth checking out.
Spiaggia del Pellicano is spotless and, unlike many other secluded beaches in Sardinia, offers restaurants, hotels and B&B's close by. You can rent sun loungers and umbrellas from the beach restaurant. It's an excellent spot for spending some time in the sun, snorkeling, and swimming. Besides, with its shallow, beautiful water, this beach is family-friendly and a perfect setting to spend a relaxing day by the sea with your kids.
Frequently visited by locals from Olbia, Spiaggia Mare e Rocce is a secluded, picturesque beach in Pittulongu with beautiful white sand and crystal-clear turquoise waters. The family-friendly cove is located only a 15-minute drive from Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport.
North East Sardinia - Murta Maria
Located in north-east Sardinia, just a few kilometers south-east of Olbia, Murta Maria is a quiet, peaceful village that’s known for its beautiful views as well as its water sports. Despite its tiny size, Murta Maria is entirely filled with fun and relaxing activities for both its locals and tourists to indulge in. You could lie back and soak in the sun on one of its many fantastic beaches (we particularly recommend Lu Impostu Beach or Porto Istana Beach), or you could take a boat out and explore the many craggy outcroppings of rocks in the middle of the clear blue water.
Beaches Near Murta Maria
North East Sardinia - Porto Ottiolu
Porto Ottiolu is famous for its beautiful beaches. There are plenty of beach establishments within the village, and the seashore is half a kilometer long. The beaches in the area are known for their shallow seabed, which makes it a perfect destination for families bringing their small kids along. Shaped like a half-moon, the beach faces the northeast part of the island, where there’s a tiny island called Isolotto d’Ottiolu. Nearby, you’ll find plenty of hotels, restaurants, bars, and shops.
Beaches Near Porto Ottiolu
Ottiolu beach is located just 3 kilometers north of Cala di Budoni, right in front of the small village of Porto Ottiolu in Olbia-Tempio, Sardinia.
North East Sardinia - San Pantaleo
Italy is dotted with small, little-known villages that contain all the charm and beauty of traditional Italian life. One of these is San Pantaleo, a lovely community in the Gallura region of Sardinia. Come up the mountain road from the coast to visit this town nestled between the mountains and sea. This is a wonderful place to experience the best of authentic Italy. San Pantaleo is best known for its popular Thursday morning market. If you decide to visit this beautiful little town, plan to be there on a Thursday! These mornings, the main street of the town is transformed from a quiet avenue to a bustling marketplace, full of activity and good aromas. In 2018, San Pantaleo was declared to be one of Italy's 19 most beautiful villages by the British Daily Telegraph newspaper.
Beaches Near San Pantaleo
North East Sardinia - Porto San Paolo
The strategic location of Porto San Paolo allows for easy access to spectacular nature and rolling landscapes which are highly popular with tourists and locals alike while the beaches of Porto Istana and Spiaggia Porto Taverna are also right on the doorstep of the village itself. Porto San Paolo is ideally situated to explore the rest of northeast Sardinia and graced with a spectacular wilderness with an endless variety of activities including horseback riding, mountain biking, and even golf.
Beaches Near Porto San Paolo
Pristine turquoise ocean, breathtaking views, and endless coastline ensure Spiaggia di Porto Taverna is one of the most popular beaches in Northeastern Sardinia. It is located just a few kilometers from the town of San Teodoro in Olbia and renowned for being a clean beach with white powdered sands. Another highlight is the shallow and sandy seabed, which makes it an ideal location for young families, and activities such as snorkeling, windsurfing, and scuba diving. Several boat operators also provide the opportunity to explore some of the enchanting coves nearby, which are bordered with rocks and colorful vegetation. In these parts, an attractive iridescent color of emerald green and blue make this a stunning place to visit while the majestic views of Isola Tavolara dominate the scenery from the beach. There are also the picturesque bays of Isola Molara which never fail to delight visitors and not far from Spiaggia di Porto Taverna a mesmerizing pond is a home to some of the most interesting species of marine life.
Graced with lovely white sands, with sprinkles of sea grass in between, Spiaggia di Punta Don Diego is one of the most sought after beaches in Sardinia. There are even rock formations which capture the imagination of visitors and evoke images of genuine wonder in those who come to spend some time near Loiri Porto San Paolo. Located just a few minutes from San Teodoro in Olbia, the beach offers spectacular views of Isola Tavolara Island and is often referred to as the most pristine beach on the north-eastern coast of Sardinia. Spiaggia di Punta Don Diego branches into two beaches, with one facing north and another facing east. Both of them offer something unique but with the same crystal clear waters and luscious surroundings as each other. As with many beaches in this region, the sea is very shallow and sandy which makes it ideal for swimming and snorkeling while the local flora and fauna make this a natural encounter with unforgettable views.
The beach of Cala Girgolu (Spiaggia di Cala Girgolu), is a beautiful place to visit if you find yourself in the area of Porto San Paolo or San Teodoro. As with so many beaches on the coast of the Gallura, its sands are entirely white, a bit pebbly here and there, and its waters are turquoise. You’ll find a small creek on the left side of the beach. It’s a perfect place for children to play.
Walk about 650 meters from Cala Girgolu and you’ll find Spiaggia della Tartaruga, a small cove that’s better known as Turtle Beach. Its main feature, as its name suggests, is not the presence of sea turtles, but a granite rock that’s shaped like a turtle. The rock is one of the most photographed natural objects in this part of Sardinia. If you plan on going here by car, the parking area is located 300 meters south of Cala Girgolu. The rest of the trip to the cove will have to be done on foot.
Continue walking on the footpath from Cala Girgolu to Spiaggia della Tartaruga, and you’ll eventually discover Spiaggia delle Vacche, a small beach that’s better known as Cow Beach. Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful coves of the Gallura, the small beach features fine white sand, and has a length of only 30 meters. It faces north-west, offering breattaking views of Isola Tavolara, Isola Molara, Isolotto Rosso and the headlands of Porto San Paolo. There are groups of polished granite rocks on both corners of the beach, and in the middle of the water you’ll see a few submerged rocks. That’s where you’ll want to go explore and spot some fish if you’d like to go snorkeling.
North East Sardinia - Porto Istana
The charming town of Porto Istana is akin to a postcard portrait, with luscious green vegetation turning to sparkling white sand as it sinks into the crystal clear blue water of the Mediterranean. Protected by rocks and with lush green hills surrounding it, the Bay is also situated close to the famous marine park, the Area Marina Protetta di Tavolara. Porto Istana is perfect for a relaxing break and an ideal destination for families, groups of friends or couples wanting a romantic getaway. A nice variety of hotels, apartment rentals and cheaper B&Bs are suitable for accommodating all types of tourists from those seeking a brief escape to adventurers just wanting a bed for between activities. In the nearby village of Porto San Paolo, you will find the Michelin star restaurant Il Portolano where the chef takes advantage of the vast natural resources available to him.
Beaches Near Porto Istana
Porto Istana beach is scattered with short rocky beds intermittently placed between stretches of white sand. Directly in front of the beach is Isolo Tavolara (Tavolara Island) which is an awe-inspiring sight while you are relaxing on the sand or walking out into the ocean. Apart from the island, you are also surrounded by beautiful scenery with a stretch of white sand and green vegetation which accompanies the turquoise shore - you may even be lucky enough to spot a pod of dolphins along the way. Popular activities at this beach include windsurfing, jet skiing, diving, canoeing, sailing, and snorkeling.
Similar to Spiaggia Porto Istana, you will have a magnificent view on this beach of the smallest kingdom in the world, Tavolara Island. It feels so close; you may even be tempted to reach out and touch it as you wade into the turquoise waters. For those that want to use the least amount of energy as possible while on holiday, preferring to relax under the sun with a good book or to the music on your iPhone, this beach fulfills all those needs. And then there are the many establishments, there are bars, restaurants, and hotels dotted along the shore providing a very luxurious touch to the beach without making it seem overcrowded with man-made structures.
If you're in the area surrounding Porto Istana, another top beach to explore during your holiday in Sardinia is Spiaggia del Dottore (the Doctor’s Beach). It is located less than 2 kilometers north-east of the center of Porto Istana. It’s a perfectly shaped lick of sugary white sand with a length of about 65 meters. The beach faces east, looking out over the glassy waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, with breathtaking views of Isola Piana and the spectacular Isola Tavolara. The beach is hardly ever crowded, but don’t be surprised by the occasional boat or dinghy that comes by to enjoy this little slice of Sardinian paradise.
Cala Li Cuncheddi is located just in front of the Hotel Cala Li Cuncheddi along some typically serene coastline near Olbia. Set in a charming bay, this pristine beach offers golden sands which are notoriously clean and fine. As with many beaches in Sardinia, the sea offers a beautiful crystalline color that collides with emerald green, turquoise, and blue. Consequently, it also has a shallow, sandy bottom with a rocky bed and a reef at either end. The presence of the above-mentioned reefs makes Cala Li Cuncheddi a perfect location for snorkeling, surfing, and other water sports.
1.5 kilometers north-east of Porto Istana you’ll discover Sas Enas Appara, a beach that’s better known by locals as Le Tre Sorelle (the Three Sisters). It consists of three little sandy coves merged into one, and mostly faces due east. You’ll enjoy astounding views of Isola Tavolara standing tall in the distance. The smaller island named Isola Piana, home to Spiaggia dell’Isola Piana, completes the stupendous views. The beach is only accessible on foot or by boat, so even in the busiest months of July and August, Le Tre Sorelle tends to remain serene.
North East Sardinia - Cannigione
Originally a fishing village, Cannigione is a district in Arzachena, a small town located in the northern part of Sardinia. More importantly, Cannigione is also home to one of the most visited beaches in Costa Smeralda. Featuring a long stretch of golden sand with crystal clear waters, it is no wonder why this village is one of the most popular tourist spots on the entire island of Sardinia. Sitting right next to this stunning beach, the promenade of Cannigione is a popular place to relax and unwind while nearby, a beautiful seabed slopes gently into the ocean. As you might expect, this is a hugely popular spot for snorkeling and scuba diving. In fact, the area is dotted with some of the best diving centers in the entire island of Sardinia, and while leisure tourism is now most common, fishing is also still possible in Cannigione.
Beaches Near Cannigione
Barca Bruciata Beach is located 6 kilometers south-east of Palau, in the Gulf of Arzachena. It faces north-east, offering a spectacular view of the islands.
The beach at Tanca Manna (Spiaggia dell'Uticeddu) is located just 3 kilometers from Cannigione. This beach is quite wide, and very suitable for beach games. To the north, there are a few smaller beaches to be discovered.
South of Tanca Manna beach, La Conia beach is located in the Golfo d'Arzachena, just under 2 kilometers north of the popular Cannigione holiday resort.
You'll find Spiaggia di La Mannena north of Barca Bruciata. It is located 4.5 kilometers north of the small village of Cannigione, Arzachena. Bellissima spiaggia e bellissimo mare!
North East Sardinia - Capo Coda Cavallo
Capo Coda Cavallo is a charming village next to the historical region of Gallura on the island of Sardinia. This particular area is often hailed as a symbol of Sardinia such is the beautiful nature of its surroundings. Sheltered by the beautiful landmass of Tavolara Island, you will find a very idyllic stretch of ocean in Capo Coda Cavallo, while the smooth rocks of the Molara offer a perfect place to enjoy the stunning backdrop of Proratora islet. Consisting of more than 15,000 hectares, Capo Coda Cavallo is a protected land area that also includes coves and crystal clear water, from Capo Ceraso all the way to the Punta s'Isuledda. Simply put, this is one of the most iconic coastal landscapes in north-east Sardinia and further complimented by sandy beaches, lagunas, and a sublime mix of color.
Beaches Near Capo Coda Cavallo
Cala Suaraccia beach is located on the Capo Coda Cavallo peninsula, 9 kilometers north-east of San Teodoro. It features splendid views of Isola Tavolara.
Capo Coda Cavallo beach is located at the eastermost tip of the peninsula. It's 500 meters long and features views of Isola Molara and Isola Tavolara.
1.5 kilometers south-west of Capo Coda Cavallo beach you'll find Salinedda beach. It is 400 meters long and faces south, offering views of Isola Ruia.
Salina Manna beach is located between Cala Brandinchi and Salinedda beach in one of the most beautiful coastal parts in Capo Coda Cavallo, San Teodoro.
La Pipara beach is located in Capo Coda Cavallo, San Teodoro. It has a length of just 100 meters and offers nice views of Isola Molara and Isola Tavolara.
North East Sardinia - San Teodoro
San Teodoro is a municipality located about 20 kilometres (12 miles) south-east of Olbia. Given its strategic geographic position within easy reach of the Olbia airport and the port, the historic and beautiful village of San Teodoro has become one of the most popular Sardinian holiday resorts in the last few years. Fortunately, its growing popularity has left the village’s charm completely intact.
Beaches Near San Teodoro
Cala Brandinchi beach (Spiaggia Cala Brandinchi) is one of the most beautiful beaches of Sardinia. Also known as 'Little Tahiti' because of its tropical looks.
La Cinta Beach (Spiaggia La Cinta), near San Teodoro, is one of the longest beaches (3.2 kilometers) in north-east Sardinia.
Close to the village of San Teodoro you will find the beach of Cala d'Ambra. It is located a little under 2 kilometers south of the beach of La Cinta.
Just a few hundred meters south-west of Cala d'Ambra you will find La Isuledda beach. This is the southernmost beach in the vicinity of San Teodoro.
Cala di Budoni lies in front of the village of Budoni, 8 kilometers south of San Teodoro. It is one of the last beaches you'll find near the Nuoro border.
A few hundred meters south of Cala Brandinchi you'll find Lu Impostu beach, the third largest beach of the San Teodoro area with a length of 1 kilometer.
Puntaldia beach, one of the smallest beaches in the area of San Teodoro, faces north-east offering marvelous views of Capo Coda Cavallo and Isola Tavolara.
North East Sardinia - Olbia
Despite its popularity of mostly serving as a northeastern port and airport town for passers-by heading to and from the Italian island of Sardinia, Olbia indeed has quite a bit to offer its traveling visitors. With an extremely long and rich history, inexpensive but tasteful restaurants, and interesting museums scattered throughout, it is in fact quite a gem of Sardinia well worth the visit. Whether you have a few hours or opt to spend a day or two in Olbia, you’ll find there is plenty to see, do, and discover while there. Be sure to check out the town’s two churches and its archaeological museum for historical enrichment before making your way to the town’s most popular hub, the Corso Umberto.
Beaches Near Olbia
Just 8 kilometers away from Olbia lies the Pittulongu beach area containing 4 beaches: La Playa, Squalo, Pellicano and Mare e Rocce.
Le Vecchie Saline beach is located near the city of Olbia, just 5 kilometers east of the Costa Smeralda airport and a few kilometers from Maria Murta.
North East Sardinia - Golfo Aranci
Golfo Aranci used to be a village of fishermen, but with the rise of popularity of the Costa Smeralda area, tourism has flourished here, too, albeit on a much smaller scale. Originally named "Figari," - Golfo Aranci offers a wide variety of ways to spend your Sardinian vacation. Golfo Aranci is a great and much cheaper alternative if you like fishing, scuba diving, and dolphin spotting. The road leading to Golfo Aranci is very scenic, offering panoramic views of the Gulf of Olbia and its emerald waters, with enchanting beaches such as Cala Moresca, Cala Sabina, and Spiaggia Bianca acting as mere teasers to a magnificent Sardinian holiday.
Beaches Near Golfo Aranci
Go 1 kilometer south-east from the Golfo Aranci port, and you'll find Spiaggia dei Baracconi. Spiaggia dei Baracconi is a 260 meter long, thin strip of pebbly sand that faces south-west, offering nice views of Capo Figari, the Gulf of Aranci and the small Figarolo island. The waters here are clear and shallow, nice enough for some laid-back snorkelling or scuba diving. You might even spot some bottlenose dolphins a few hundred meters off the coast.
Quarta Spiaggia is the fourth beach of Golfo Aranci. It's easy to find as you enter Golfo Aranci village. It's a small beach with a length of 70 meters.
The family-friendly Terza Spiaggia is the third beach of Golfo Aranci. Beach services include free Wi-Fi, dressing rooms, showers, a bar and restaurant, and accessibility for the disabled.
Cala Delfino is a little outpost of beauty and tranquility, with a length of only 30 meters. It is located 900 meters south-west of Baia Caddinas.
The small and family-friendly beach of Baia Caddinas can be found directly in front of Baia Caddinas village, 500 meters north-east of S’Abba e sa Pedra Beach.
Spiaggia S'abba e sa Pedra is one of the smallest and most secluded coves you will find in the area of Golfo Aranci. It is only 70 meters long, and faces south-east. It is not easily accessible, since you will have to walk for about 200 meters along a narrow path that swirls through dense scrub vegetation and small trees. But once you have reached this tiny white sandy beach, you'll be rewarded with captivating views of Isola Tavolara and Isola di Figarolo.
Sos Aranzos beach (Spiaggia di Sos Aranzos) is a small but rather wide beach of just 120 meters long. It offers wonderful views of Capo Figari and the islands named Figarolo Tavolara. Sos Aranzos is frequently visited by guests staying at the nearby hotels, so it can get a little crowded during high season. Waters here are shallow, so this spot is suitable for families children. Facilities include a parking lot and several kiosks. A good beach for snorkelling and scuba diving.
Cala Moresca beach is a small bay in Golfo Aranci featuring impressive cliffs, scattered pine trees, golden sands, and waters of Caribbean quality.
Well-equipped Cala Sabina beach is located in the Golfo Aranci area, along the railroad track that leads to Golfo Aranci. Open from 7AM to 12 AM.
Bianca beach, 350 meters long, is the next gem you'll find in Golfo Aranci when you go north from Cala Sassari. Children will enjoy swimming and playing here.
North East Sardinia - Isola Maddalena
Isola Maddalena is overflowing with natural beauty, making it one of northeast Sardinia's most popular tourist hotspots.
Beaches Near Isola Maddalena
Despite its small size, Spiaggia di Bassa Trinita is a quiet beach within easy reach of the main town where you can swim, snorkel and sunbathe.
While the calm waters of Spiaggia Monti d'à Rena make it popular with windsurfers and other water sports, families with children will appreciate its safe nature.
The pinkish sand is inviting. Spend a few hours on Spiaggia dello Strangolato with or without kids, and admire the scenery.