To top it off, pop across to the French island of Corsica to visit Bonifacio, a stunning harbour town precipitously perched on high cliffs directly over the Mediterranean sea.
Sardinia's attractions have come at a price and in places this can be a high price. As a hot spot that attracts international sports stars, business leaders and celebrities, prices in some places are higher than those in almost all of our destination (Amalfi Coast perhaps the exception). This includes the mooring fees, which in Porto Cervo and some isolated mainland ('mainisland') ports, some of the most expensive anywhere in the Mediterranean.
The good news is that a yacht charter is the best way to not only experience the Costa Smeralda, it is also the most cost effective. Some of the 'land lubbers' that you'll be sharing the pristine views with (and who'll be enviously looking out at you), will have paid £2,000 per night for the pleasure. Furthermore, it is possible to escape the more expensive harbours by sailing into the wonderful La Maddalena Marine National Park.
The Sailing Area - La Maddalena Marine National Park
From our base at Portisco you sail the north east of Sardinia, known as the Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast), all the way to Santa Teresa Gallura and then across to Bonifacio on the island of Corsica. The craggy shoreline of Sardinia is crammed with sandy inlets or small harbours that have been developed into marinas, however it is with the archipelago off the main island that Sardinia comes into its own.
The La Maddalena Archipelago National Park lies just off the north east coast of Sardinia, and consists of no less than 62 islands and islets over a total sea area of more than 15,000 square hectares. With its 180km of coasts, the Archipelago includes some of the most famous and charming beaches of the Mediterranean, in particular: Spiaggia Rosa (the pink beach) and Spiaggia del Cavaliere in Budelli, the beaches of Cala Coticcio and Relict in Caprera. Cala Corsara and Cala Granara in Spargi are also worth a mention.
La Maddalena is the largest island and capital of the eponymous archipelago. It is the only inhabited island, except for the village of Stagnali on Caprera Island and some small seasonal settlements on the island of Santa Maria.
Caprera, Spargi and Spargiotto, Budelli, Razzoli and Santa Maria, Nibani, Mortorio, Soffi and Camere are all islands of interest and well worth a visit to their beautiful lagoons and sandy beaches.
Wind and weather (click here)
The weather in Sardinia is generally hot and dry, with a six month summer from May to October. Sardinia enjoys 300 days of sunshine, with the most rain falling in the winter months from November to April. During the peak summer, temperatures rise to the early thirties. In May / October temperatures are in the early to mid 20s.
Sardinia is a genuine sailing destination, with Force 4 (moderate winds) from the north-north west usual throughout the season and the risk of occasional stronger blows from the west. Stronger wind can become especially concentrated through the Bonifacio Straits between the north of the island and Corsica.
How to get here (click here)
Our base at Portisco is just 40 minutes north of Olbia airport. We can arrange transfers, though taxis do tend to be cheaper and readily available.
Olbia airport enjoys direct flights from London and Bristol on Saturdays.