a picture of some boats anchored at marina di portisco in costa smeralda north-east sardinia
Boats anchored at Marina di Portisco, Costa Smeralda, Sardinia.

About Portisco

Sardinia in Italy is infused with sensational beaches and coastline which have been attracting tourists and locals for many years. Among these beautiful locations, lies Portisco, in North-East Sardinia, a small village which seems to have outgrown its own size with a reputation for enchanting beauty and a unique cultural identity. Located in the province of Olbia-Tempio and specifically at the municipality of Olbia, Portisco gained a notable importance due to its strategic position between Porto Rotondo and Porto Cervo. Geographically, it is located at 41° N and 9° E and Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia is located 203 kilometers from the centre of the small village. The locational advantage of Portisco has undoubtedly made it a favorite travel destination for those who love the coastline and finding itself near the Gulf of Cugnana, it is also a favorite for the sailing enthusiasts.

Many consider it a small village while others consider it as a small town but regardless of such a small population, Portisco is a charming destination which never fails to delight first time visitors. From the sweeping vistas across the Mediterranean Sea to the quaint harbor which overflows with luxury yachts, it is difficult to find many towns in Sardinia which offer the same appeal as Portisco. In fact, it is the Marina Di Portisco which has attracted much tourism to Portisco with Olbia (headquarter of the province) just a short distance away, you are within easy reach of Portisco Marina and the mainland Italy which is accessible by ferry. There are 589 moorings to accommodate boats and yachts of different sizes and although the town is known for having a very cultural and local experience, it is also the starting point for a luxurious beach vacation in Costa Smeralda. The inland location of Portisco also saves it from the current of the Mediterranean Sea which allows travelers the pleasure of suitable weather and swimming conditions.

Apart from the Marina Di Portisco, there are obviously a number of beaches in the region and the western part of the Gulf of Cugnana lies the beautiful beach of Portisco. At one side it is bordered by the island and at the north it is bordered by rocky strip but regardless, the beach is full of white sand which has a captivating effect amongst the nearby rocky outcrops. The shallow sandy bottom of the beaches also make it possible for inexperienced swimmers or children to enjoy swimming. Apart from the Portisco beach there are many more beaches nearby that are worth visiting such as Rene Bianca Beach, Razza Di Junco beach, and Petra Ruja beach that is the best spot in the locality for snorkeling.

As Portisco is a favorite destination for both marina and tourists there are many facilities on offer in the region including hotels restaurants, cafe’s, shops and cultural experiences but aside from the pasta, fish and other local specialties, Portisco is simply an idyllic coastal village in one of the most beautiful parts of Sardinia.

Portisco Map

Sardinian Beaches Near Portisco

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

Spiaggia di Rena Bianca

  • Length: 250 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling, windsurfing.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
a picture of spiaggia rena bianca near portisco in north east sardinia

Rena Bianca beach lies just 10 kilometers south of Porto Cervo, along the Costa Smeralda coastline, in between Razza di Junco beach and Portisco beach.

Learn more about Spiaggia di Rena Bianca, how to get there, and where to stay.

Razza di Junco

  • Length: 250 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling, windsurfing.

Looking out over Golfo Cugnana to the east, and the Soffi and Mortorio islands to the west, Razza di Junco beach is 250 meters long and 20 meters wide.

Learn more about Razza di Junco, how to get there, and where to stay.

Petra Ruja Beach

  • Length: 500 meters.
  • Things to do: scuba diving, snorkelling.

Petra Ruja beach lies south of Liscia Ruja beach has pinkish sand, incredibly clear water, and is a good spot for snorkelling. Car parking is 700m away.

Learn more about Petra Ruja Beach, how to get there, and where to stay.

Portisco Beach

  • Length: 150 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling.

Portisco beach and its surrounding beaches are the most beautiful beaches of the Sardinian Costa Smeralda, located 15 kilometers away from Olbia.

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