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    Sailing holidays in Sardinia

    A Guide to setting sail in Sardinia: Discover the allure of wild landscapes and pristine beaches

    Zizoo's Guide to Sailing in Sardinia

    Relaxe, have fun and revitalise your sense of adventure in the invigorating sea on your chartered yacht in Sardinia. Discover unspoilt beaches, authentic villages and many of the island's natural wonders while sailing around Italy's second largest island. Enjoy the untouched and wild beauty of Sardinia as you snorkel in alluring reefs, soak up the sun on a deserted beach, and explore historic sites.


    • Pristine beaches and crystal clear waters
    • Glamorous ports along Costa Smeralda
    • Ideal winds for sailing and windsurfing 
    • Best time to sail
      May - early October
    • Currency
    • Boat base locations
      Portisco, Porto Rotondo, Cagliari
    • Languages spoken
    • Closest airports
      Cagliari Elmas Airport, Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport, Alghero Fertilia
    • Tips
      The gorgeous beaches and chic resorts along Costa Smeralda, La Maddalena Archipelago, the Old Town of Cagliari
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    Sailboats in Sardinia

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    Sailing in Sardinia

    Sardinia is known for its stunning white sandy beaches, hidden coves, and enchanting bays. From the popular Costa Smeralda to the national parks of Asinara and La Maddalena Archipelago, there is plenty to explore on your sailing holiday in Sardinia. The island of Sardinia enjoys a warm and dry summer season starting in May lasting throughout the beginning of October.

    Cagliari Elmas Airport is the main airport of Sardinia, with both local and international flights. Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport is the closest to popular yacht charters in Portisco, while Alghero Fertilia is located in the northwest part of the island. There is also the regional airport Oristano Fenosu that is open during the peak season. You can also reach Sardinia from the mainland peninsula from Calabria, Civitavecchia, and Naples by sea. It is also possible to load your vehicle if taking a ferry. As part of Italy, the local currency is the euro.

    Catamarans in Sardinia

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    Alghero, Sardinia

    Go on a sailing holiday in Sardinia and explore stunning beach coves and historic attractions. Start your sailing trip around Sardinia by visiting the famous Emerald Coast, which boasts dazzling beaches and lively nightspots, and is a popular place among the jet-setting crowd. La Maddalena, a national park boasting diverse flora and fauna, also makes for a pleasant trip in the north of the island. 

    Not to be missed is a stop in Cagliari’s old town, where you can step back into time and enjoy the region's culture, folklore, and amazing cuisine. Drop anchor and visit the medieval city of Alghero. Additionally, the marine grottoes along the coast and the awesome scenery around Cala Gonone are a must-see.

    From the breathtaking cliffs and pristine beaches of Chia to the historic houses and streets of Carloforte, sailing in Sardinia has never been this exciting. Lovers of history will be delighted to visit the medieval town of Castelsardo, where you can see the Elephant Rock, Doria Palace, and the ancient Church of St. Mary.

    The Italian island is also a fantastic destination for adventure seekers. Sardinia’s winds make it an ideal destination for surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing while the calm waters closer to shore are perfect for a relaxing time of paddleboarding and snorkelling. Many charters in Sardinia also offer special equipment like jet skis that can be hired along with your boat. Make sure to request snorkelling gear, paddleboards or other equipment when you book your sailing holiday in Sardinia with Zizoo.

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    Elephant Rock
    View of La Maddalena archipelago in Sardinia
    La Maddelena Archipelago

    Portisco is an excellent base for a sailing holiday in Sardinia. Covering the Northeast area of Sardinia in the region of Olbia-Tempio, you’ll find many gorgeous beaches and resorts along Costa Smeralda, the Maddalena Archipelago and San Teodoro that are within short distance of Portisco.

    From Portisco you can choose to sail north to the Maddalena Archipelago or sail down the southern coast of the island. First stop breathtaking marine sanctuary on the island of Tavolara and admire its towering limestone cliffs from the water. Next make a stop in San Teodoro, a trendy seaside resort town with many great bars, restaurants, clubs and phenomenal beaches. Further inland, you’ll also find excellent hiking trails.

    No sailing trip around Sardinia is complete without a stop in Golfo di Orisei. With about 30 km of breathtaking beaches, alluring grottos and a coastline that is strikingly contrasted by steep cliffs, Golfo di Orisei is one of the most enchanting places in the entire Mediterranean. Here you’ll find the Parco Nazionale del Golfo di Orosei e del Gennargentu, Sardina’s largest national park.

    From Golfo di Orisei you can make your way back up the course or spend a few more days sailing along the eastern coast as you make your way to Cagliari.  

    No sailing trip around Sardinia is complete without a stop in Golfo di Orisei.

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    Beach in Sardinia
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    Sailing along Sardinian coast

    Sailing holidays in Sardinia are amazing, not only because there are at least 300 days of sunshine a year and top-notch mooring facilities, but because the conditions for sailing are ideal. It is suggested to plan your sailing holiday during April and May or September through October to enjoy optimal wind conditions and less crowds. There are three prevailing winds in Sardinia: the ‘Mistral’, which blows from the north to the west coast; the cool and breezy west wind, which blows throughout the season; and the warm, dry ‘Scirocco’, which prevails in the eastern part of the island. Expect southerly winds in the late afternoon when you sail in Sardinia.

    The sea stays reasonably warm all year long. From June to September, water temperatures hover in the range of 21-23°C, and in August, they can go as high as 24°C. Be careful on the west coast, which is notorious for strong underwater currents. Between June and August, wind velocity does not usually exceed 25 knots and averages around 8-20 knots. Tide ranges between 20cm and 40cm. Both moorings and anchorings are possible on the island. During the peak season, it is advisable to reserve berths in advance. Be careful of dead seaweed and rocks while navigating Golfo Brandichi.

    For a truly relaxing sailing holiday in Sardinia, consider booking a skipper that is familiar with this region through Zizoo along with your yacht.  

    Old palace in Cagliari

    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