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Life is good at Spiaggia Mannena, in Cannigione, north-east Sardinia, Italy.

About Cannigione

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A view of the harbour in Cannigione on a crisp spring day, in north-east Sardinia, Italy.

Originally a fishing village, Cannigione is a small town located in the north-eastern part of Sardinia, just about 9 kilometers south-west of Porto Cervo. 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. Right behind this supremely sandy shore is a car park with numerous bars, boat rental shops, hotels, and restaurants, where you can sample the sumptuous traditional cuisines of Gallura. At the same time, there are many more beaches near the village of Cannigione. From the Salt Pans of Palau to the Gulf of Arzachena, Barca Bruciata, Mannena, and Isuledda; all of these beaches are easily accessible from Cannigione. Given the favorable conditions in this region, the shoreline is suitable for families with young kids, and there are plenty entertainment options nearby. Furthermore, the Arzachena coastline is also home to charming little coves such as Li Capanni, Lu Multiccioni, and Tanca Manna. As for things to do in Cannigione, several boating trips depart from the dock and these trips often venture into the Maddalena Archipelago National Park. On the southern end of this park, you will find the Stagno di Padula Saloni, which is a stunning pond area, where, amidst the tamarisks and the lush greens, several bird species nest. Some of the birds that you can spot at the park are the black stork, purple heron, osprey, western swamphen, as well as those bird species that dwell exclusively within the island’s lagoons. Aside from the wide variety of bird species that populates the lagoon, there are also egrets, coots, moorhens, mallards, and flamingos. The pond’s bushes feature a distinct reddish color during the summer, which creates an extraordinary scenic effect during sunset and sunrise. On the northern part of the Maddalena Archipelago National Park are the Punta Occhione, an area covered with thick Mediterranean woodlands, forests, and scrub. Climbing to the top, you get to enjoy the breathtaking views of the entire gulf, and even catch a glimpse of the Roccia dell’Orso, also known as the Bear Rock. In many ways, Cannigione embodies everything about the charming villages of Costa Smeralda. It is dotted with Mediterranean style buildings and houses that are made of pink granite and white stones. There are also several establishments all over, such as bars, clubs, restaurants and lots of green spaces. In fact, the many boutiques offer some of the best Sardinian delicacies and artisan products including world-renowned signature brand items. Either way, this is an iconic town which provides an authentic insight into the quieter side of Sardinia.

Cannigione Hotels - Where to Stay

Hotel Li Finistreddi

  • A 4 star Boutique Hotel in Cannigione, 5.8 kilometers from the center of town (about 3.6 miles.)
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The outdoor pool at Hotel Li Finistreddi, an excellent summer retreat near Cannigione, Sardinia, Italy.

Hotel Li Finistreddi is a charming hotel which features an outdoor pool, which opens up to the breathtaking views of the La Maddalena archipelago. Sitting on top of a hill and just a few kilometers from the beautiful seaside town of Cannigione, as you might expect, the location is often the recipient of excellent feedback. As mentioned above, the spacious pool is sublime and a great alternative to the beach. For it is also here, where you can relax, sunbath or unwind with stunning sunrise views across the Mediterranean coast. For comfort and convenience, the pool is surrounded by sun beds and a lounge area, and there is also a poolside dining option available, a great way to enjoy a sumptuous meal. Meanwhile, to make your stay even more relaxing, the hotel has an in-house spa center, which offers an excellent variety of relaxing massage and body treatments. This treatment center is also equipped with a sauna, shower, and other spa amenities. As for the rooms, the hotel has many options suitable for all types of travelers. There is a Double Room, which has a private entrance coming in from the garden, while the Garden Suite is designed to give guests an added touch of luxury during their stay. Each room features a private patio with outdoor furniture where you can have an al fresco dining experience with an unparalleled view of the sea. And then there is the Deluxe Pool Suite which is a very spacious room with a private plunge pool and garden patio with even more magnificent views. All of these rooms are fully equipped with a flat-screen TV, private bathroom, Wi-Fi and other modern amenities for a more comfortable stay. Lastly, the hotel restaurant, Osteria Gourmet, never fails to impress visitors. In fact, TripAdvisor has awarded this restaurant with a Certificate of Excellence in light of the incredible reviews it receives. The menu comprises of sumptuous local and International dishes made from organic produce and from the freshest ingredients hand-picked from the local growers in the island. Furthermore, for those who want to take part in some outdoor activities, there is a tennis court on the hotel grounds and bike rental facilities to help you explore the local area.

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Hotel Stelle Marine

  • A 4 star Hotel in Cannigione, 4.6 kilometers from the center of town (about 2.86 miles.)
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Just a 5-minute walk from the beach: the four-star Hotel Stella Marine in Cannigione, Sardinia, Italy.

Hotel Stelle Marine is a few minutes walk from the stunning beaches of Cannigione and a short driving distance to the nearest airport at Olbia Costa Smeralda. Featuring a Mediterranean style, this beautiful villa complex is also close to the port village of Palau and Tanca Manna, a vibrant beach renowned for being particularly scenic. Interestingly, The spacious swimming pool at Hotel Stelle Marine is set in a beautiful rock landscape and offers various amenities, such as a poolside lounge with umbrellas. As already mentioned, if you prefer an escape to the beach, you can walk to these sandy stretched and take advantage of the sun loungers, which are free of charge to hotel guests. At the same time, the hotel is equally as enjoyable and has an impressive sun terrace which opens up to the magnificent views. Meanwhile, the charming garden features a bar, where guests can enjoy a sumptuous meal, and perhaps a glass of local wine or beer. As with most hotels in Cannigione, the accommodation is equipped with modern amenities and a Wi-Fi connection. For families and group stays, there is a playground and table tennis in the basement for children and also another swimming pool. All in all, the hotel has more than seventy rooms which cater to all circumstances and budget including the Standard, Superior, and Family rooms, as well as Suites. The spacious beach inspired rooms have windows that open up to the breathtaking views of the sea, while others are equipped with a terrace or balcony. Either way, every room has a private en-suite bathrooms, and for your convenience, there are also many free toiletries, fresh towels, and a hairdryer. Finally, you can expect a fully stocked mini refrigerator, telephone, and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. When morning comes, free breakfasts are served at the panoramic restaurant in Hotel Stelle Marine which serves some of the most mouthwatering Mediterranean dishes along with a full range of variety of International and regional cuisines.

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Hotel Relais Villa Del Golfo And Spa

  • A 4 star Boutique Hotel in Cannigione, 2.4 kilometers from the center of town (about 1.49 miles.)
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The four-star Hotel Relais Villa Del Golfo And Spa in Cannigione, Sardinia Italy

Featuring Mediterranean style architecture with a touch of Sardinian tradition, Hotel Relais Villa Del Golfo and Spa offers a serene and harmonious environment for a relaxing stay in Cannigione. The hotel is just a three-minute walk from the nearby beach, while the Olbia Airport is a short and scenic drive away. With a focus on comfort and relaxation, the hotel seeks to impress with a wonderful spa, the Harmony Wellness Center, which offers a wide range of spa treatments. Furthermore, it is here; you will find a hot tub and a sauna for all guests to enjoy. As for food, the hotel restaurant, Miraluna, serves the most delectable dishes made from fresh ingredients which are locally produced on the island. For this reason, you can also expect a hearty breakfast each morning, and it is possible to have this delivered to the terrace or balcony of your room. Each room in the hotel features modern amenities including a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a reliable Wi-Fi connection. There is an opportunity to upgrade to a luxury suite which offers a romantic nest equipped with a private garden and pool overlooking fantastic sea views. While staying at this hotel in Cannigione, you are also guaranteed a wide range of things to do. Aside from the fact that the beaches are just five minutes away, there are also entertainment facilities available within the hotel. In this regard, you can play pool, join a day tour and even rent a bike, car or sailing yacht. Providing capacity for up to ten persons, these yachts are skippered and offer a further compliment to staying at this beautiful Cannigione hotel.

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Cannigione Map

Sardinian Beaches Near Cannigione

There are several sardinian beaches to explore near Cannigione. Just click on a link below to find out more!

La Mannena

  • Length: 300 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling.
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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!

Learn more about La Mannena, how to get there, and where to stay.

La Conia

  • Length: 240 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling.
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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.

Learn more about La Conia, how to get there, and where to stay.


  • Length: 350 meters.
  • Things to do: windsurfing.
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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.

Learn more about Uticeddu, how to get there, and where to stay.

Barca Bruciata

  • Length: 800 meters.
  • Things to do: , snorkelling.
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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.

Learn more about Barca Bruciata, how to get there, and where to stay.