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    Sailing holidays in Portisco

    A Guide to setting sail in Portisco: Experience Sardinia's glamour and pristine beaches

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    Sailing in Portisco

    Portisco is located on the northeastern coast of Sardinia. The closest airport is Olbia Costa Smeralda, but you can also get to Portisco from Alghero Fertilia. You can get to the marina in Portisco by bus from the airport. Alternatively, hire a car to explore the gorgeous Sardinian scenery at your leisure, or enjoy sailing from the western coast of the Italian peninsula to Sardinia. The main harbour of Portisco is large, and the marinas of Cala dei Sardi and Porto Rotondo, located nearby, offer further options for overnight stays while on your sailing holiday in Sardinia.

    Set sail from Portisco between June and September for the warmest weather, with temperatures averaging in the mid-to-high 20s. The local currency is the euro, and no visa is required if visiting from another EU country, the USA, or Canada.

    Sailboats in Portisco

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    Die Marina von Portisco
    Portisco marina

    A sailing holiday in Portisco is an incredible way to tour Sardinia. Pristine beaches, wild and rugged landscapes and ancient sites along Sardinia's northeastern coast are just waiting to be explored. In Portisco itself, you can savour local delicacies at the Ristorante Su Cubone or Aquamarina. Stop in at Jerry and Paguro, popular bars for the seafaring crowd, or enjoy a negroni outdoors at Il Bar della Piazza.

    You can also make a stop in the famous Porto Rotondo, which is located just across Portisco. Porto Rotondo is one of Italy’s most glamorous resorts and offers exclusive clubs, contemporary galleries and stylish boutiques around the port.

    Some of the best beaches around Portisco include Spiaggia di Rena Bianca, a popular local beach, or the quieter Isola di Portisco, reachable exclusively by boat. The waters around Sardinia, particularly surrounding the Maddalena islands, are ideal for snorkelling and diving. Many charters offer snorkelling equipment as an added extra. Make sure to add a request for snorkelling equipment, dinghies, jet skis or any other extras when you book a sailing holiday with Zizoo.

    Ashore, visit the ruins of the ancient Nuragic people, a civilisation native to the island. See the necropolis and giant’s tomb and walk through the traditional villages nearby, including Luogosanto and Aggius. You can also hire a Motorbike or Vespa at the Portisco marina. This allows the more adventurous traveller to tour the inspiring Sardinian countryside during your Portisco sailing holiday.

    Zwei Taucher unter Wasser
    Scuba diving in Sardinia

    Catamarans in Portisco

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    Die Insel Spargi im Nationalpark La Maddalena
    Sailing in La Maddalena National Park

    When you go on a sailing holiday in Portisco, you can explore the Emerald Coast at your own leisure. Make a stop in the famous, Porto Cervo. Originally established by Prince Karim Aga Khan as an exclusive retreat for the rich and famous, Porto Cervo still attracts celebrities and VIPs who can be found in clubs like Billionaire. Admire the superyachts in the port and dine on incredible cuisine in Sardinia’s most famous restaurant, Gianni Pedrinelli.

    Sailing in Portisco alllows you to easily reach the gorgeous Maddalena Archipelago, an enchanting small island chain celebrated for its wild landscapes and pristine waters. The archipelago is home to dozens of tiny islets that provide excellent grounds to practice your sailing skills.

    Alternatively, you can sail south from Portisco and discover Sardinia's incredible beaches and nature reserves. Golfo Aranci is home to some stunning beaches such as Cala Sassari, Bianca Beach and Sos Aranzos beach. You may also be lucky enough to see dolphins as you continue south and visit the beautiful island of Tavolara. Only 1km wide, Tavolara offers incredible sea views and secluded beaches. From Tavolara, set sail to Capo Cado Cavallo. Known for its gorgeous, crystal clear shallow waters, the beach at Capo Cavallo is perfect for children.

    You can continue further down the coast and stop in San Teodoro. Relax on the sandy white beaches and take a dip in the crystal clear waters that surround the seaside town or take a hike in the mountains further. Spend a relaxing evening moored in Marina di Puntaldia and then head back to your yacht in Portisco.

    Die Insel Tavolara vor Sardinien
    Island of Tavolara

    Segeln in Sardinien
    View from the coastline

    Sardinia enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate that boasts hot summers with little rain. July is the hottest and sunniest month when you'll enjoy temperatures in the mid to high 20s. Winds are usually steady at around 10 knots but are sometimes stronger due to the ‘Mistral’ from the west, creating more exciting sailing conditions. Conditions for sailing holidays in Portisco are generally ideal throughout the summer season, however novice sailors may find the strong winds challenging in July and August. For this reason, it is recommended to plan your sailing holiday in Sardinia in late April through June or in September. 

    it is recommended to plan your sailing holiday in Sardinia in late April through June or in September.

    Wave heights of 1.5m to 2m are normal, with no extreme tidal shifts. With these conditions, a Portisco sailing holiday makes for the ultimate sailing experience. The nearby inlet of Golfo di Cugnana allows anchoring in a sand bay of 6-8 metres. The bay, only exposed at the north end, is well sheltered. The reefs are located further south in Sardinia and mooring presents no major challenges when you rent a boat in Portisco.

    Book online or call ahead when visiting the Marina Cala dei Sardi, Marina di Porto Rotondo and the Maddalena Islands to ensure you reserve a place. You’ll find that the locals’ command of English is generally good, given the area’s history of coexistence with the US Navy. Sailing in Portisco is particularly pleasant in this sailor’s playground. For a more relaxing sailing experience in this beautiful part of the Mediterranean, book a skipper with Zizoo.

    view of white sandy beach in Sardinia
    Sos Aranzos Beach

    Zizoo's Guide to Sailing in Italy

    Cruising the enchanting waters of the Mediterranean and Adriatic on a chartered yacht in Italy is an experience like no other. Exquisite cuisine, stunning coastal landscapes, beautiful beaches and a wealth of cultural and natural wonders- it’s hard not to fall in love with the “Bel Paese”. The calm waters surrounding the penninsula and excellent wind conditions around the islands also make Italy an ideal destination for both experienced and novice sailors. 


    • Diverse coastlines and islands
    • World famous museums, artworks and historic sites 
    • Stunning secluded, rugged and long sandy beaches

    • Best time to sail
      May - September
    • Currency
    • Boat base locations
      Naples, Amalfi (Salerno), Reggio di Calabria, Sicily, Sardinia, Elba
    • Languages spoken
    • Closest airports
      Rome (FCO, CIA), Palermo Catania Fontanarossa (CTA), Palermo (PMO), Naples (NAP), Genova (GOA), Reggio Calabria (REG)
    • Tips
      Ruins of Pompeii, Amalfi Coast, La Maddalena Archipelago in Sardinia, volcanic Aeolian Islands, beaches of Calabria