Located at the southern end of the famous Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast), Portisco has a natural harbour that is sheltered from the Mediterranean currents and winds by its inland location, resulting in a great starting location for a sailing holiday. There is a small selection of shops and restaurants in the marina.
Hidden along the east coast of Sardinia, this tiny strip of land — just over three miles long and a mile wide — is one of the Mediterranean’s best-kept secrets. The island has resisted building more houses or hotels to cater for tourists. There is a locally appointed king, one restaurant, one bar and a beach.
This island is a national monument thanks to the famous Italian hero Giuseppe Garibaldi buying it. You can visit his house which is now a museum and is located at Porto Garibaldi. The village itself is typical and with very hospitable locals.
The strait between Bonifacio and Sardinia is one of the windiest locations in the metiterranean due to winds funnelling between the two islands. Don’t be put off as on arrival at Bonifacio you’ll be treated to possible the most spectacular natural harbours in the Mediterranean, it’s an absolute must see!
Budelli is famed for its pink sand made from coral which has been smashed by the sea over the years. The island is now heavily protected to ensure it’s preserved for future visitors. You’ll find some fantastic anchorages, especially around the southern part of the island.
Maddalena is the largest island in the archipelago and as you would expect is the busiest. You have a number of choices of ports; Cala Gavetta which is the main port and is a busy tourist town. Alternatively you could choose Cala Mangiavolpe which is east of Cala Gavetta, a little cheaper and with extremely helpful locals. Finally Cala Spalmaore which is a lovely well sheltered beach.
If you didn’t get an opportunity to visit Olbia on your first night then we would recommend taking the time to go. It’s a town often overlooked in the rush to get to the Costa Smeralda and offers more than you might inititally think. There is a historic centre filled with boutiques, wine bars and pizza cafes. The town is well worth making the trip.