a picture of a beach in badesi in northern sardinia
A landscape of a Badesi beach, in northern Sardinia.

About Badesi

Peaceful and akin to paradise, the little fishing village of Badesi lies at the border of the Anglona and Gallura areas of Northern Sardinia. Characterised by pristine white sand beaches that spread for kilometres, Badesi is a picturesque hamlet that seems to have leaped out of a watercolor painting entitled “Mediterranean Bliss”. The virgin beaches are covered with juniper and the Mistral wind playfully caresses its idly rolling sands. Somewhere in the distance, you can even spot the beautiful island of Asinara. What it lacks in size, Badesi makes up for in terms of natural beauty and rich biodiversity. In recent years, the place has seen an upwards surge in tourist influx. People from all over the world travel to Badesi every year for several reasons, some want to surf on the sea waves, some want to sample the local cuisine and some want to gaze at the numerous migratory birds that head over to the region every winter. Some want to just laze around on the white sands while others want to immerse themselves in the tranquil beauty of the mesmerising village. Whatever may the purpose of your visit be, Badesi will definitely gift you with memories that you cherish forever.

The province of Badesi gained independence from Aggius only in 1969. Thus, the evolution of the picture-perfect village began very recently. The first settlers in the region adopted sheep-farming as their main occupation and gradually four hamlets came to being around the Badesi highlands. The region is drained by the estuary of River Coghinas with its species of rare reeds and a breed of fluvial islands. Thus, Badesi is blessed with a rich and diverse flora and fauna that has added on to its charm enabling it to attract a large number of tourists from all over the world.

Badesi is a perfect excuse for a lazy vacation. The idyllic charm that prevails over the town fills you with a strange sense of comfort. It might be because you finally discover some respite from the dreary daily routine or perhaps because you were searching desperately for an escapade from the concrete jungle of the city. Whatever your reasons may be, Badesi can rejuvenate you and transform you into a person with a positive outlook at your life. The name ‘Badesi’ was perhaps taken from the Logudorese word ‘Badu’ that means ‘ford’. Indeed the location of Badesi, with a panoramic view of the lovely Gulf of Asinara, Isola Rossa and the Castle of Casltlesardo. The early twentieth century church-The Church if Sacro Cuore, serves as the heart of many of the centre’s activities. The overflowing reeds along the bank of the river and the illustrious vineyards overgrowing their plantations mightily add on to the spectacle called Northern Sardinia.

The Badesi coastline is perhaps the biggest draw for surfing enthusiasts. The Mistral winds that tousle through the calm sand dunes of the Bardesi coastline create perfect surfing opportunities, just the right weather to ride on waves. The juniper clad white sand dunes roll out to morph into stretches of pristine beaches all around Badesi, endless expanses of fine sand locked in a loving embrace with the vast blue sea. Some of these tranquil beaches include the Marina di Badesi with its shallow water stretches and Baia delle Mimose with its proximity to the crystal-clear sea. The central part of Marina di Badesi is also known as La Mindi Beach.

12 kilometres away from Isola Rossa lies the delightful Cala Canneddi Beach. This playful little wonder not only features stretches of pristine sand and shallow clear waters, but also colourful pebbles of different shapes and sizes painting wondrous pictures on its shores. These rocks differ in colours and hues and some even sport pink tints that create a visual treat when they sparkle gloriously against the blue ocean under the rays of the golden Sun. If you want to venture a little further, you might choose to visit the Medieval Town of Castelsardo.

Summers at Badesi are a vibrant affair. It is now that the hamlets come alive with a celebratory spirit and indulges in the finest food, music and wine. The Carnival of Badesi, held every year on the night of August 13 is a study in pomp. With its parade of ceremonial floats, one can get an authentic taste of the lores and legends that shape Badesi’s community. The food and wine festival held every 8th August can also acquaint you to the very best of Galluran cuisine.

Badesi is pretty as any picture in a travel magazine, with gentle winds, overgrowing vineyards and pristine white beaches. It is enigmatic, it is idyllic and it is in this charming allure that the Badesi Summer is celebrated. Tourists fall in love as much with the place as they do with the people and spirit while the many delectable drinks and dishes. Badesi can be a place to create memories or maybe a place to rediscover them but regardless, new and unique experiences await in this beautiful part of the enchanting Northern Sardinia.

Where to Stay in Badesi

Villa Enga

  • A 4 star Villa with 5 rooms, 0.96 kilometers from Badesi (about 0.6 miles.)
Springtime at Villa Enga in Badesi, north Sardinia, Italy.

Villa Enga is a beautiful detached villa set in the breathtaking region of Badesi in North Sardinia. Situated just one kilometer from the astonishing beach, this eco-friendly accommodation is also close to the Castelsardo and promises mesmerizing sea views from the veranda. The villa provides the easiest access with its 55-kilometer proximity to Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport while 61 kilometers to Figari-Sud Corse Airport and Alghero Airport. This fabulous villa offers a private outdoor swimming pool which is perfect for guests hoping to find some privacy while there is also a cozy dining area inside, flat-screen televisions, and a terrace with excellent views of the sea. Free parking is also provided on the premises while each of the air-conditioned rooms have wood beamed ceilings and a particular décor that exudes elegance. The dining area and kitchen are incredibly well equipped for your summer vacation in Sardinia. Also, a stone barbecue and wood-burning oven are available. Regarding local activities, guests can enjoy horse riding and windsurfing. Another highlight is Porto Torres nearby which offers fishing and canoeing to experience the ultimate Sardinian getaway for couples, or small families.

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Hotel Badus

  • A 4 star Hotel with 10 rooms, 0.32 kilometers from Badesi (about 0.2 miles.)
The outdoor pool at the four-star Hotel Badus in Badesi, north Sardinia, Italy.

Amidst the pleasant surroundings of Badesi, Condo Hotel Badus offers their self-serve apartments between Castelsardo and Santa Teresa di Gallura. It is strategically located 50 to 60 kilometers from the airports of Olbia, Sud Corse, and Fertilia. It provides the perfect getaway of a quiet village, rather than a tourist resort. The apartment is huge and fantastic to stay in for guests who want to do soul searching or just want to be away from the hustle and bustle of their busy lives. There are hills and a beach to walk around and enjoy the privacy. Condo Hotel Badus offers three room types to suit requirements namely studio, one bedroom apartment, and a two-bedroom apartment. They provide free WiFi and parking withing the area. There is a designated smoking spot, a family room, and non-smoking rooms. The outdoors are fun and exciting with barbecue facilities and grounds. The swimming pool and solarium also add a touch of a perfect getaway. For additional security, the front desk offers safety deposit boxes in case you will be away. Families can also enjoy the kid’s outdoor play equipment and playground. The laundry cleaning services are fully functional, and they will surely get things tidied up for you.

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Villa Agnese

  • A 3 star Hotel with 10 rooms, 0.55 kilometers from Badesi (about 0.34 miles.)
The outdoor pool at Villa Agnese, in Badesi, north Sardinia, Italy

As a serene and cozy location, the Villa Agnese surrounds itself with a vineyard and a great location 3 kilometers away from Sestri Levante as well as the beaches. The magnificent coastline of Ligurian, Cinque Terre, and Tigullio Gulf are just a few minutes from the A12 motorway. Interestingly it is 7.3 kilometers from Casa Caborne. They provide interesting insights of the Castello Brown just 16.9 kilometers away and the Circolo Golf e Tennis Rapallo at about 18.7 kilometers. The nearest airport you can access to get to this beautiful villa in Badesi is the Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport at roughly 47.9 kilometers. The peaceful Villa Agnese provides a great sanctuary with a lovely pool. It also offers free WiFi and parking for the ultimate convenience of its guests. The villa offers the most affordable price which placed it among the top picks around Sestri Levante. You are free to choose between classic double or twin room, and a junior suite. They offer reception service from the concierge, luggage, ticket, and 24-hour front desk. Guests can also choose among the best activities from horse riding, cycling, hiking, fishing, tennis, and bowling. The sun terrace and well-maintained garden also add to the magic of the place.

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Villetta Jovanovic Fara

  • A 3 star Villa with 3 rooms, 0.31 kilometers from Badesi (about 0.19 miles.)
Villetta Jovanovic Fara, a cozy holiday home in Badesi, north Sardinia, Italy.

One of the absolute best holiday homes in Badesi is this cozy accommodation, which lies just fifty kilometers from Palau and Aggius. Also, the proximity of Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport, Alghero Airport, and Figari-Sud Corse Airport adds to its appeal as a very accessible place to stay. On top of that, Villetta Jovanovic is very close to Santa Teresa Gallura while Spargi Island, the Former Chapel of the Trinity, and Isola Dei Gabbiani are all easily accessed. The most popular dining choice near this accommodation is also a treat, for Ristorante Li Scalitti is just two hundred meters from the villa. Villeta Jovanovic Fara is well equipped with a seating and dining area and great views of the ocean. The units with terrace and balcony also make the beautiful sea views that little bit more appealing but back inside there are even more excellent facilities. Featuring modern kitchens and free WiFi, this holiday home in Badesi is never short on entertainment with a flat screen television, kitchenette, bathtub, and hairdryer also present. The number of extra beds that can be requested depends on the room choice. The property provides services such as tennis and horse riding. Within the nearby vicinities, you can go snorkeling, canoeing, and windsurfing.

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Sardinian Beaches Near Badesi

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

San Pietro

  • Length: 1400 meters.
  • Things to do: kitesurfing, windsurfing.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
a picture of spiaggia di san pietro near valledoria sardinia

At the border of the provinces of Sassari and Olbia-Tempio, (Spiaggia di San Pietro) begins. It is located 1.7 kilometers west of Valledoria, and 7 kilometers south-west of Badesi. San Pietro beach faces north-west, looking out over the deep blue waters of the Golfo dell’ Asinara, while offering nice views of the hills behind La Ciaccia to the west. The beach is 1400 meters long, and up to 130 meters wide near the mouth of the river Coghinas. It is a good spot for kitesurfing and windsurfing. An absolute must-see beach if you happen to be in northern Sardinia!

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Poltu Biancu

  • Length: 1500 meters.
  • Things to do: kitesurfing, surfing, windsurfing.
a picture of poltu biancu beach in badesi sardinia

Poltu Biancu beach is the westernmost beach of Olbia-Tempio, and the first beach you’ll find on the stretch of coast that’s home to the beaches of Badesi.

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Li Feruli

  • Length: 500 meters.
  • Things to do: kitesurfing, stand up paddling, surfing, windsurfing.
a picture of li feruli beach near badesi sardinia

Li Feruli is a long stretch of splendid coastline with beautiful views of The Gulf of Asinara and Castelsardo. The beach is an extension of a long beach of over 9 kilometers long located just a few kilometers north-west of the village of Badesi and Trinità d’Agultu e Vignola, and near the historical village of Isola Rossa. Backed by typical Mediterranean vegetation and sand dunes, Li Feruli is one of the least crowded beaches in the Badesi area. You won’t find many tourists here. The beach is especially suitable for those who would like to enjoy a clean and pristine environment, surrounded by the Mediterranean. Li Feruli beach and the other beaches of Badesi (Poltu Biancu, Pirotto Li Frati, Li Mindi and Li Junchi) are fantastic spots for kitesurfing, windsurfing and stand up paddling. They also have a prominent place on our list of Best Kitesurfing Beaches of Sardinia.

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Li Mindi

  • Length: 500 meters.
  • Things to do: kitesurfing, stand up paddling, surfing, windsurfing.
a picture of li mindi beach in badesi sardinia

Li Mindi beach is situated between Pirotto Li Frati beach and Li Junchi beach, 2.5 kilometers west of the village of Badesi, in Olbia-Tempio, Sardinia.

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Li Junchi

  • Length: 500 meters.
  • Things to do: kitesurfing, stand up paddling, surfing, windsurfing.
a picture of li junchi beach in badesi sardinia

Li Junchi beach is considered to be the main beach of the Badesi area, in Olbia-Tempio. The beach is located in front of the small village of Li Junchi.

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Baia delle Mimose

  • Length: 3000 meters.
  • Things to do: kitesurfing, stand up paddling, surfing, windsurfing.
a picture of pirotto li frati beach in northern sardinia

Pirotto Li Frati beach is located 5 kilometers south-west of the village of Badesi, along of the northern coast of Olbia-Tempio, Sardinia.

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