The 8 best beaches in Sardinia and tips for visiting them

Sardinia is known all over the world for its coasts and the beauty of its beaches. The island is the region of Italy with the most kilometers of coastline, almost 2000.

Its beaches are very heterogeneous: crystal clear waters and fine beaches, cliffs, coves, cliffs and quartz beaches, protected marine areas and naturalistic oases, this island lacks nothing!

From the north of Sardinia, with its characteristic archipelagos and landscapes of rocks shaped by the wind on a crystalline sea; passing through the west coast, with its peninsulas and marine protected areas; crossing the south coast, characterized by beaches of crystalline water and islets up to the east coast, with its famous and splendid coves, Sardinia is a succession of breathtaking beaches.

The heterogeneity of the island’s beaches allows you to relax in a quiet and peaceful seaside or take advantage of the mistral wind to have fun with water sports such as surfing, windsurfing, kayaking or paddle; what makes it suitable both for relaxing trips as a couple and for family trips. Those who love adventure can choose to visit the archaeological remains found in the seabed while snorkeling, or enjoy a day on a sailing boat and at the same time visit beautiful coves and cliffs, or even reach the protected marine areas.

Some beaches are easily accessible by car and are equipped with parking and services; some can only be reached by boat or by excursion, an excellent option for trekking lovers; still others are easily accessible but uncontaminated and wild and, therefore, not equipped with services.

In this article we have made a selection of the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia that can be reached during your stay at Is Cheas luxury boutique hotel & agritourism, located in the central west coast of Sardinia. The hotel enjoys a favorable position to allow you to visit all the beauties of the Island recommended in this article. We will advise you how to reach them, which are the most suitable for those who love relaxation and for those who love to do activities and what are the peculiarities of each one.

The most beautiful beaches of Sardinia

1.Beaches of Malu Entu island, Sinis Peninsula, Cabras (OR)

Malu Entu Island is a protected marine area located in the beautiful Sinis Peninsula. This Peninsula is a naturalistic and archaeological heritage and has been recognized by the European Commission as an ‘Eden’ destination (European destinations of excellence).
This small island is an unspoiled paradise, inhabited only by rabbits and land turtles.
The east coast of the island is characterized by beaches of fine sand, quartz and crystal clear waters, such as that of Cala Valdaro.
In this splendid island you can go on excursions and walks to discover the small animals that live there, the numerous coves and beaches (such as Punta Libeccio and Cala dei Pastori) or take advantage of the pristine seabed, ideal for diving, to observe crustaceans, molluscs and fish, as well as some historical wrecks present in the area.

How to reach it from Is Cheas
From Is Cheas follow the former provincial road 10 to Putzu Idu (Distance 19 km) and from there take one of the maritime transport services to the island of Malu Entu. It will be a pleasure for us to help you book this service at the times most suitable for you and provide you with a take away lunch and an umbrella to spend the day there. In this unspoiled paradise you will not find services, bars and restaurants.

2. Cala Goloritzè,  Baunei (NU)

The Gulf of Orosei, on which Cala Gonone stands, is the starting point for visiting the splendid and famous coves of Ogliastra: Cala Goloritzè, Cala Luna, Cala Cartoe, Cala Mariolu, Cala Sisine and the Bue marino caves. These coves are spectacular. They can only be reached by boat from Cala Gonone or with a four-hour trek from Supramonte di Baunei.
Cala Goloritzè, in the municipality of Baunei, was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1995. The beach, made up of very light stones, overlooks a crystalline sea. Behind it, rocky spiers and Mediterranean scrub. The east coast of Sardinia really leaves you breathless. Its landscapes have a timeless charm.

How to reach it from Is Cheas
From Is Cheas you have to take the state road 131 (central Nuoro); take the exit for Dorgali from the state road 131 and SP 38 and SP Calagonone (Distance 120 km). From Calagonone it is necessary to use one of the maritime transport services (it is advisable to book in advance) in order to reach Cala Goloritzè.

3. La Pelosa, Stintino (SS)

La Pelosa has always been considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Located in the extreme north-western part of Sardinia, in the fishing village of Stintino, today it is one of the most famous touristic destination on the island. This beach is characterized by sandy seabed and crystal clear water. The shades of blue and turquoise alternate with light green and emerald. This beach is easy to reach and particularly suitable for families and children.

How to reach it from Is Cheas
From Is Cheas take E25 / SS131 to Bauladu from SP14 and SP9; Follow E25 / SS131 to Porto Torres. Take the exit towards Porto Torres / Platamona / Stintino / Alghero Airport from E25; finally take SP57 and SP34 in the direction of Via Angelo Moratti in Stintino (Distance 160 km).

4.Is Arutas, Cabras (OR)

Is Arutas is considered the pearl of the Sinis Peninsula. It is in fact the best known beach of this splendid peninsula and famous for the particular quartz grains that characterize its coast and which are reminiscent of colorful grains of rice. The sea ranges from the colors of turquoise to emerald green. Behind the seaside, stands the Mediterranean scrub and the characteristic Sinis huts with thatched roofs. If during the high season this beach is crowded it is possible to visit those of Maimoni and Mari Ermi, very similar in characteristics to that of Is Arutas, but less crowded and known.

The Sinis peninsula, a naturalistic and archaeological heritage, boasts nineteen kilometers of varied natural ecosystems and wonderful beaches: sand dunes, cliffs, coves, cliffs and quartz beaches, marine protected areas and naturalistic oases, salt ponds inhabited by pink flamingos, archaeological cities and nuraghi, necropolis and statues of giants. In the northern part of the peninsula are the beautiful beaches of Putzu Idu, S’Arena Scoada, Sa Mesa Longa and S’Archittu. A few kilometers from the beach of Arutas stands the city of Tharros, an archaeological site on the sea located in the south-eastern part of the Sinis peninsula, and founded by the Phoenicians at the end of the eighth century BC. in an area already frequented by the Nuragic people.

How to reach it from Is Cheas
Take SP13 towards Ex Provincial Road 10 in San Vero Milis; follow Ex Provincial Road 10, SP66 and SP7 towards SP59 in Cabras and follow SP59 up to Is Arutas (Distance 28 km).

5. Punta Molentis

Between the cliffs of the Capo Carbonara promontory, in the panoramic road between Villasimius and Costa Rei, there is the beautiful beach of Punta Molentis.
The peculiarity of this beach is to be made up, on one side, of fine sand and shallow and crystalline water, but behind it sprout granite rocks, Mediterranean scrub and a turquoise sea. Punta Molentis is one of the most beautiful beaches on the coast of Villasimius. The beach owes its name to the donkeys, su moenti in Sardinian, which transported the granite from the ancient surrounding quarries. The beach is easy to reach and has a parking area, from which it is necessary to walk for a certain distance before reaching the beach. The area has one bar and a restaurant and also bathing services for those who would like to use them. In the high season months it is advisable to book the services before arrival.

How to reach it from Is Cheas
Take E25 / SS131 to Siamaggiore from SP9 and SP12. Follow E25 / SS131 towards Via della Rinascita / SS554 in Cagliari. Take exit SS554 from E25 / SS131 Take SS554bis in Quartucciu from SS554 and SS 125 / SS 125 Orientale Sarda. Follow SS554bis towards SS125var in Quartu Sant’Elena. Take the SS125 / var exit from SS554bis
Continue onto SS125var. Take Provincial Road 19 towards Strada per Punta Molentis in Villasimius. (Distance 170 km).

6. Cala Brandinchi, San Teodoro (SS)

Cala Brandinchi, known as the “little Thaiti” is one of the most beautiful beaches in San Teodoro and in the whole of Gallura.
Located between Capo Coda Cavallo and the island of Tavolara, a protected marine area, this beach will amaze you with the intense colors of its sea and its vegetation characterized by sandy dunes covered with Mediterranean scrub.
The water is crystal clear and shallow for several meters, making it suitable for families with children. But the beach is also equipped with all bathing services and for the beauty of its seabed it is also famous among snorklingers.

How to reach it from Is Cheas

Take E25 / SS131 to Bauladu from SP14 and SP9. Take Strada Statale 131 Central Nuorese  towards SP1 in San Teodoro. Take the exit towards S. Teodoro from Strada Statale 131 Central Nuorese branch. Take SS 125 Orientale Sarda to your destination. (Distance 159 km).

7. Tuerredda, Teulada (CA)

In the Teulada area, in the south-western part of Sardinia, between the Capo Spartivento lighthouse and the Torre di Capo Malfatano there is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, Tuerredda. This beach is characterized by crystalline sea and fine sand, sheltered from the mistral and overlooking the small island of Tuaredda. The Mediterranean scrub of this beach will surprise you with its scents. Coming from Is Cheas, you will pass through the panoramic road and through Chia and the beautiful beaches of this area.
Chia is an ancient Phoenician village whose coast has beautiful beaches and archaeological areas, such as the famous city of Nora.

How to reach it from Is Cheas
Take E25 / SS131 to Siamaggiore from SP9 and SP12; Follow E25 / SS131 towards Strada Statale 195 Sulcitana / SS195 in Cagliari. Take the SS195 exit from E25; Continue on Strada Statale 195 Sulcitana. Take SP71 towards Località Tuerredda in Teulada (Distance 160 km).

8. Cala Coticcio, Caprera, la Maddalena (SS)

Cala Coticcio is one of the most beautiful coves in Sardinia, with unique and unmistakable colors. It is characterized by a Mediterranean scrub and rocks shaped by the wind on a crystalline sea. This famous cove is located in Caprera, the second largest island of the Maddalena archipelago.

Having become a protected national park in 1994 for its naturalistic value, this archipelago, located in the Strait of Bonifaccio between Sardinia and Corsica, is made up of about sixty islands and islets surrounded by a turquoise sea. The largest and best known islands are the Island of Spargi, where the beautiful beach of Cala Corsara is located, the Island of La Maddalena, the Island of Santo Stefano and the Island of Caprera, where the splendid beach of Cala Coticcio is located. Finally, the Island of Budelli hosts one of the beaches considered to be among the most beautiful in the world, the Pink Beach, whose particular color comes to life from the fragments of coral and shells of which it is composed. In order to preserve its high environmental value, this beach cannot be visited.

Cala Coticcio can be reached by boat, with one of the numerous boats that organize excursions in the archipelago, or via a path for trekking lovers.

How to reach it from Is Cheas
Take E25 / SS131 to Bauladu from SP14 and SP9. Take Strada Statale 131 Central Nuorese branch in the direction of S.da Panoramica Olbia in Olbia. Follow S.da Panoramica Olbia, West ring road and SS 125 Orientale Sarda towards La Maddalena – Palau in Palau. Take the La Maddalena – Palau ferry to La Maddalena. (Distance 220 km).

Where to stay in Sardinia

Is Cheas wine boutique hotel & luxury agritourism is located on the central-western coast of Sardinia, in an ideal position to visit all the beautiful beaches recommended in this article in a day. At Is Cheas you can stay in a Sardinian Pinnetta. There are four exclusive suites with independent entrances immersed in the serenity of a peaceful countryside, each with a private swimming pool and a garden with a relaxation area. Each Suite features a different interior design. The elements chosen recall our Sardinian and Ecuadorian origins. The hand-made ceramics, fabrics and paintings pay homage to the ancient and artistic history of our cultures of origin.

Our food and wine proposal

We want  you to discover the flavors and the best wines of this splendid island. Dinner, served in a glass pergola, is an unforgettable food and wine experience included in the rate. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, swimming pools and vineyards, let yourself be enchanted every evening by a tasting menu carefully prepared by our talented chefs.
Our wines, made with Vermentino, Cannonau, Monica, Bovale Sardo and Carignano grapes, are the ideal pairing that you can try every evening with the tasting menus.