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Sardinia  
Bases for Sardinia
Cagliari
Cannigione
Portisco
Porto Cervo
Porto Romano
Porto Torres
Rome
Scarlino
Stabia Marina
Stintino
 
Boats for Sardinia
Aladar (Sailing Yacht - Max 10 P.)
Antheia (Motorboat - Max 6 P.)
Aragorn (Catamaran - Max 10 P.)
Benetnasch (Catamaran - Max 10 P.)
Blue Queen (Sailing Yacht - Max 10 P.)
Comunque Vada (Motorboat - Max 12 P.)
Elune (Sailing Yacht - Max 10 P.)
Friendship (Catamaran - Max 11 P.)
Giksy Blu (Sailing Yacht - Max 8 P.)
Lobo de Mar (Sailing Yacht - Max 10 P.)
Lucky Dad (Sailing Yacht - Max 10 P.)
Luna Piena (Sailing Yacht - Max 6 P.)
Miguel (Catamaran - Max 8 P.)
My Dream (Catamaran - Max 10 P.)
New 1 (Sailing Yacht - Max 10 P.)
New 3 (Sailing Yacht - Max 10 P.)
Oxigen (Motorboat - Max 8 P.)
Prendimi (Sailing Yacht - Max 11 P.)
Sail Friendly (Sailing Yacht - Max 10 P.)
Sail More (Sailing Yacht - Max 10 P.)
Schatzli II (Gulet - Max 12 P.)
Scorpio (Gulet - Max 14 P.)
Simbad (Catamaran - Max 10 P.)
Splendida (Motorboat - Max 4 P.)
Tuscany (Catamaran - Max 10 P.)
Twin Blue (Catamaran - Max 10 P.)
 
Sardinia - Destinations
Alghero
Arbatax
Arzaghena
Asinara Island
Baja Sardinia
Bosa
Budelli
Budoni
Cannigione
Caprera
Carloforte
Castelsardo
Dorgali
Golfo Pero
Liscia Ruja
Maddalena Island
Marmorata
Mortorio
Olbia
Palau
Porto Cervo
Razza di Giunco
Razzoli
San Pietro Island
Sant Antioco
Santa Maria Island
Sinis Mal di Ventre Island
Spargi
Stintino
Tavolara
Valledoria
Villasimius
 
 

Sardinia is the second Sardiniaisland in the Mediterranean sea for extension. Because of its geographic position in the middle of the Mediterranean, Sardinia has always represented a perfect destination for sailing holidays. The climate allows to have a very long summer season, from April to November. You will be rewarded with shimmering turquoise waters, wind-sculpted sandstone formations, beautifully camouflaged resort homes and brightly-hued fishing villages. Both if you are cruising Sardinia by a sailing boat or by luxury yachts, you will be amazed by dramatic sunsets, and untouched nature preserved wonderfully in the national parks like the Maddalena Archipelago Marine reserve, or the Tavolara marine protected area, and you will be enchanted by the legendary Emerald coast where the international jet Set came every year to spent luxury holidays and to show their luxury motor yachts.


Alghero
Alghero, ancient feudalAlghero territory of the Genoese, was colonised in the 14th century by the Catalans, who called it little Barcelona. Today, after more than six centuries, this beautiful city on the "Riviera Del Corallo" still posses urban traits, architecture, folklore and the language of its "Catalan" forefathers. Situated in an enchanting position with its port and spacious gulf, Alghero is no stranger to tourism. Its coast has many secluded bays, small inlets bordered by plentiful pine forests and high, jagged rocks touched by an emerald green sea wich make of it a perfect destination for your sailing holidays in Sardinia, while inland, luxuriant vineyards produce some of the most aromatic wines in all of Sardinia.

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Arbatax
Arbatax is a small harbour Arbataxin the Ogliastra region, Sardinia. The centre of this small town rises at the bottom of Cape Bellavista – territory enriched with the green-coloured Mediterranean scrub and famous for the characteristic red rocks and the masses of porphyritic granite located close to the harbour. A true explosion of colours takes place in the spring with the contrast of the rocks of the headland and reef, the beach's white sand and the limpid waters. A natural frame to this is the panorama of the surrounding mountains, the highest on the island. Beside the harbour rises a tower from the seventeenth-century while to the right is a prophyry quarry. On the sea, the silhouette of the famous porphyritic reef known as “red rocks" from Arbatax. In addition, there is a passageway dug into the rock through which access to a small beach at the feet of the rocky walls can be had. Off in the distance, on a point in the southern part of the headland and 3 km away, is the S. Gemiliano Tower. All of this together with the ample choice of excursions in the inland areas make Arbatax a particularly pleasant seaside area perfect for your sailing holiday in Sardinia.
Accommodation and hotels in Arbatax

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Arzaghena
Situated on a hilltop, ArzaghenaArzachena is dominated to the East by an enormous mushroom shaped granite rock called 'Lu Monti Incappiddatu', and to the North by another hill. In a geographical area known as 'Gallura', in the Northern part of Sardinia, Arzachena, together with Porto Cervo, is part of the Emerald coast (Costa Smeralda) and comprises over eighty kilometres of coastline rich in bays, gorges and beaches, perfect for those searching for a complete relax. In addition to the natural beauty of the territory, Arzachena boasts a architectural and cultural heritage of great interest; the town, in fact, has a number of Churches well worth visiting: the Tempio Nuovo, the Church of St Lucia, the Church of St Maria della Neve, the Church of St Petru, the Church of St Lucia of Agliuledda, the Church of St Ghjuanni d'Alzachena, the Church of St Miceli Sanna, the Church of St Tummeu and the Church of St Giuseppe in Surrau. Arzachena is within easy reach of Olbia, city with both port and airport for connections to the mainland.

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Asinara Island
Asinara constitutes the last island Asinaraof a certain dimension - within the entire Mediterranean area - which does not have an important residential settlement. The National Park of Asinara protects an area located off the north-western point of Sardinia and includes the Island of Asinara and its surrounding waters. Mediterranean scrub completely covers this island. The western coast is elevated and has steep slopes while the eastern one lacks any height. This small herd of mouflons, descendants of a pair introduced tens of years ago, pastors in the roughest rocky areas.
Asinara The island is populated by a group of small, white donkeys, which characterise the park and give these places a mysterious atmosphere, considering that their origin is unknown. The most numerous animal species are most certainly the birds: the Sardinian partridge, peregrine falcon, herring gull, green cormorant and the rare Corsican sea gull. The sea bed surrounding the island is enriched with animals such as coloured anemones, starfish, Mediterranean fanworms, horny coral, octopus, morays, groupers and white sea bream, which live in an environment characterised by ample stretches of underwater prairies of oceanic Posidonia. Numerous findings of flintstone and obsidian date human presence on the Island of Asinara to pre-nuraghic periods. Here, there have been various findings along the coastline of wrecks and lead ingots sealed during the Roman Era. The buildings of historical interest are the monastery built by the Camaldolite in the XII-Century in the town of S. Andrea, the fortifications (to be remembered are the Towers of Cala d’Oliva, Cala Arena and Punta Trabucato) and the ruins of Castellaccio on the Fornelli Hill.

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Baja Sardinia
Baja Sardinia is an exclusive Baja Sardiniatourist destination, situated in a large bay, with sandy beaches, beside a crystal clear sea. This part of the Emerald Coast (Costa Smeralda) is famous as an 'aquatic park'. It is an excellent location in which to play tennis, sail, canoe, and windsurf and of course for luxury yacht charters. The surrounding sea bed provides a spectacular environment for scuba diving. Night time entertainment at Baja Sardinia is guaranteed with discotheques, colourful shop windows, and evening markets where one can buy traditional Sardinian articles. Almost daily, in the center of Baja Sardinia visitors can enjoy dances, theatrical performances and singing. Within easy reach lies the peninsula of Capo Ferro with its lighthouse and Bisce island which is part of the National Reserve of the Archipelago of the Maddalena. Excursion enthusiasts should not fail to make the trip to Colle Battistone to admire the numerous granite 'sculptures'. Towards the end of Baja Sardinia one reaches the splendid sandy shore of Cala Battistone.

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Bosa
In a straight line,Bosa Bosa is located some forty kilometres to the south of Alghero. As the only town on Nuoro's short western stretch of coast it makes an interesting one day trip. Bosa is built 5 km inland on the River Temo which is the only navigable river in Sardinia. Its isolationist situation, ringed by mountains and sea, has protected it from tourist development and given the town a relaxed, laid back atmosphere. Today Bosa comprises of a deep and wide sandy beach overlooked by a Spanish watchtower and backed by a small number of hotels, restaurants and bars.

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Budelli
The island of Budelli Budelliis famous above all for its splendid Spiaggia Rosa (Pink Beach), one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean, to be absolutely visited for the great amount of foraminifera and other marine micro-organisms which, ground by the waves and spread over the shore, give the very fine sand a special pink colour, well matching the surrounding granite rocks. The highest point on the island is Monte Budello (88 m) from which splendid views open onto the nearby islands of Razzoli and Santa Maria, the Sardinian coasts and the island of La Maddalena. Other interesting places of Budelli are the beaches of Cala Piatto, Cala Cisternone, Cala di Trana and Cala del Cavaliere. The last one - facing the channel of Cecca di Morto o Porto della Madonna, formed by Budelli and the islands of Santa Maria and Razzoli - offers once more an incomparably transparent sea.

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Budoni
The Province of Nuoro Budoniinclude the territory of S.Teodoro and Budoni situated at the extreme north of the Province. It is a Region particularly favourite for the tourism, because of the proximity of the Olbia aerport and Costa Smeralda. Budoni is a village economically based on the agriculture and tourism. In Budoni you can admire the beautiful beaches of Cala de Budoni, Tanaunella, Sant'anna, Ottiolu, Porto Ainuet. The beauty of its landscapes, its transparent, turquoise-coloured sea and the special attention paid to tourists' needs have transformed this small village of only 4000 inhabitants into one of the most sought after sailing holiday destinations on Sardinia island.

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Cannigione
Cannigione lies on the Cannigione western shore of the broad bay that forms the Gulf of Arzachena, in north Sardinia. Tourist development has transformed this old fishing village, which was also the point of departure for boats to the island of La Maddalena, into a functional and modern holiday resort, meeting point for luxury yacht charters in Sardinia from all over the world. The Gulf of Arzachena, which reaches so deeply into the mainland as to seem a fjord, ends in a Lagoon that is highly interesting from the point of view of nature. By the shore at Cannigione there are various hotels and residences, the only two camping sites in the Arzachena territory and numerous villas which gave rise to the residential settlement of "La Conia".

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Caprera
This island of Caprera has been Capreradeclared a natural reserve for the particular species of seabirds living on it (royal seagull, cormorant and peregrine falcon). The island's name is linked to that of Giuseppe Garibaldi, an Italian patriot and fighter who lived in the XIX century and was one of the fathers of the Italian independence. He bought the island in 1855 and died there in 1882. His house is now a museum and a memorial chapel and the island itself is a national monument. Caprera is linked to La Maddalena island by a street built on a 600 metres long dam. The island was probably given this name because of the numerous wild goats living on it (Capra means goat in Italian). It is the second largest island and has a surface of 16 km2 and 45 kilometres of coastline. Monte Tejalone is the highest point (212 m).Caprera On the south-western side there is a very important sailing centre and the many coves and anchorages which can be found along the coastline make the landing easy. There are no hotels but only a resort with bungalows. The seabeds are a must both for naturalists and underwater archaeology fans. Many remains of Roman cargo ships as well as of the boat of Garibaldi were found there. History informs us that after the Roman occupation Caprera remained deserted for centuries before being inhabited by groups of shepherds. Later in 1855 the Hero of the Two worlds (Garibaldi) decided to settle there and lanted the first trees of the blooming pinevood which covers the island today. A century after Garibaldi's death the island was freed from the numerous existing military restrictions and is now completely open to the public.

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Carloforte
Carloforte is the only Carlofortetown on the Isola di San Pietro. Founded a couple of hundred years ago by some Genovese coral fishers who had previously been living for a century or so on the island of Tabarka, just off the coast of Tunisia. The people of this island are not Sards, but Carlofortinian. Their dialect is an old-fashioned form of Genovese, with vowel sounds that are quite different from standard Italian and more like French. Almost all the inhabitants of the city are in some form connected to fishing (mostly Tuna) or tourism. Four beautiful trees make the town square a lovely place to sit and relax. Up on the hill you will find the old town walls and a small museum devoted to the history of the island. Almost all of the 6000 inhabitants of the island live in Carloforte. But many also own one of the small white houses dotted around the rural areas on the island.

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Castelsardo
Castelsardo, in the center Castelsardo of the Asinara gulf, is the ideal departure for sailing or luxury motor yacht excursions in the north Sardinia or Maddalena Archipelago or Costa Smeralda (Emerald coast). Little more than 35 Km separates Castelsardo from Porto Torres, from where you can board in order to catch up and visit the park of Asinara. Approximately 60 Km separates Castelsardo from Stintino and the most beautiful beach of the Pelosa. Seventy Km is, instead, the distance from Alghero and Capocaccia with its most famous Coves of Neptune. From the other side, to 70 Km, catches up Saint Teresa di Gallura with possibility to board for visiting Corsica or to the archipelago of the Park of the Maddalena 85 , instead, is the Km in order to catch up Palau, point of boarding in order to catch up the Maddalena and Caprera and Costa Smeralda.

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Dorgali
Incredibly rich and charmingDorgali scenery characterises the vast territory (225 sq. km.) in which Dorgali immerses, 387 m high and with a population of 8000 people. This variety is due to its geographic position between Baronia and Barbagia close to the eastern coastline and the Supramonte area, halfway between the vast plateau of volcanic origin enriched with archaeological evidence and the valley of the Cedrino, home to the homonymous lake. Supramonte is a true museum for its geological and botanical aspects. Its natural beauties include alders, willow trees, ilex, junipers as well as ravines with schists and granite, dolina and inaccessible summits. The most famous are the stretches of coastline that look out over the Golfo di Orosei with its spectacular coastal cliffs that plummet to the sea, its small, inaccessible beachesDorgali and the Gola di Su Gorropu, one of the highest and most spread out canyons in all of Europe (its calcareous walls reach 400 m high). Part of the municipality of Dorgali also includes the hamlet of Cala Gonone which has inevitably becomes a town and is no longer inhabited only during the summer months. Dorgali is one of the favourite most popular destinations for your sailing yacht vacations in Sardinia coast. There are numerous surrounding beaches and bays along the renowned Gulf of Orosei. Standing out amongst them is the grotta del Bue Marino which has always attracted thousands of tourists due to the presence of the monk seal, today just a far-off memory.Crystal waters, untouched nature and a wonderful sunset for your dreamlike sailing holiday in sardinia.

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Golfo Pero
To the south of theGolfo Pero promontory which closes the inlet of Porto Cervo, there is the wide bay of Golfo Pero (this is its true name, later transformed into “Pevero”) faced by the beautiful islets of Li Nibani, ever populated, as its name suggests by numerous flocks of seagulls (li nibani in the dialect of Gallura). A thick Mediterranean macchia, which almost reaches the dunes of the beach of Pevero, covers completely the hinterland as far as the promontory of Monte Zoppu. This solitary hill closes, to the south, the wide bay of Porto Li Nibani, an inlet with crystalline waters and a beach, from where one enjoys the impressive view of its homonymous, facing islets. However, the most beautiful views from the land are only for whoever succeeds in reaching, not without effort, through the thick and intricate Mediterranean macchia, the summit of Monte Zoppu (139 m). From it, in fact, the eye takes in the whole inlet of the Gulf of Pero; southwards, the rocky coast of Porto Liccia, dotted with magnificent little beaches, with the islands of Mortorio and Soffi in the background; the villas of Romazzino, relatively near; and still further away the faint outlines of Capo Figari and the island of Tavolara. Visiting the area by sailing boat is of course a privileged point of view that allows a unique and unforgettable vacation in this corner of Sardinia.

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Liscia Ruja
Liscia Ruia isLiscia Ruja the biggest beach on the Emerald Coast as well as one of the most beautiful in Sardinia because of its exceptional natural characteristics. An over 500 metre long arc of very fine, rosy sand, delimits a bay washed by very clear, pure waters and framed by the thick arbutus and cistus macchia of the plain behind, with its thick juniper bushes pushing nearly as far as the sea. Every year this beach in meeting point for all the ViP from all over the world who came here for a luxury motor yacht charter in this corner of paradise of sardinia.

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Maddalena Island
The Island of the Maddalena La Maddalenahas maintained the fascinating aspect of an ancient fishing village, in stark contrast to the artificial tourist villages of the Sardinian coast, the islands of the Archipelago have been preserved almost intact. The pink granite of many hues emerges magnificent from the Mediterranean vegetation, fragrant with the perfume of myrtle and rosemary, which turns to forest in the hidden coves make of Maddalena one of the favopurite destination of sailing charter in sardinia. The beaches are made up of fine white or rose coloured sand bathed by crystal clear waters. In reality only the wind and the terrible storms of the Bocche di Bonifacio rule here, they model the rock formations and the vegetation and for tens of years have had an effect on tourism. The spectacular scenery would fascinate anyone but especially nature lovers who will appreciate the endemic wildlife: the Bedriaga lizard, the coral coloured beaked Corsican seagull colonies, the wild rabbits and the passage of wild migratory birds in spring and autumn.

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Marmorata
The stretch of coast Marmoratato the east of Santa Teresa is really special, with the beach of Porto Quadro, the promontory of Punta Falcone - which represents the northernmost boundary of Sardinia - and the wide bay of La Marmorata with its homonymous islets. The beach of La Marmorata, considered one of the most beautiful on the island, is a long beach with deep, fine sand, the splendid green and turquoise waters of the bay and the incomparable panorama with the bigger of the two islets of La Marmorata (hiding to the sight the other one) which holds the remains of a Roman granite quarry.

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Mortorio
Beyond Porto Liccia Mortorioand Punta Capaccia, closing it to the south, there is the wide bay of Romazzino, with crystalline waters and a beautiful. A little further to the south, there is Piccolo Romazzino - a smaller complex separated from the main one - built next to the inlet of Lu Imbarcatoio, which offers some beautiful beaches surrounded by the gentle outlines of verdant hills. Between the two complexes, a very panoramic stretch of coastal road - with fascinating views over the near reefs and the islands of Soffi and Mortorio - leads, making only a short detour, to Portu di Li Coggi, perhaps the most beautiful cove on the Emerald Coast. It is also known as the spiaggia del Principe (beach of the Prince) and it does deserve to be visited. The most enthusiastic descriptions and the most spectacular photographs are incapable of communicating the charm of this splendid inlet.

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Olbia
Olbia is the oldest Olbiaconsolidated human settlement on the Eastern Coast of Gallura, was founded by an ancient Nuragic civilization. It is the largest city in this area, and having both a tourist and commercial port, as well as a busy airport, is easily reached by sea or by air. There is an industrial area and artisans quarter. The heart of Olbia is the town's historic center, with its wealth of shops and small restaurants. Its beaches are superb; beaches such as those of the Cala Sassari bay at the beginning of the Olbia coast. Close by one finds the Nuragic Well Sa Testa and Punta di Filio. To see: the Parish Church of St Paolo in Piazza Civita, and the Simplicio Church in Via Simplicio. The most popular local events include that in honor of St Simplicio, known as the 'Festa Manna', the Mussels fair and the International Folklore Week with numerous films and musical and theatral performances.

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Palau
Palau is definitely one Palauof the most spectacular and noteworthy seaside towns in Sardinia (Gallura region) bordering the Emerald Coast. It's also an important landing place to reach Corsica and the Archipelago of La Maddalena by sailing boat or motor yacht. Its modern harbour's development is tied to the entire extending coastline, offering a variety of gulfs, dream-like bays, uncontaminated beaches and small rocky islands that emerge from a crystal-clear sea teaming with life. Palau's artistically shaped coastlines are sculpted by the wind that generates a wide variety of shapes and forms in its rocks. The most famous is that of "Dell’Orso". Over thousands of years, the atmospheric agents have amazingly transformed this rock to unmistakably appear like a bear. For those wishing to travel coast-to-coast while also visiting Palau's surrounding hinterland characterised by lush, Mediterranean vegetation, the Trenino Verde (green train) has been made available by Sardinia's Railway and has proven quite successful amongst tourists.

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Porto Cervo
Prince Karim Aga Khan Porto Cervo created 'the Emerald Coast' as an exclusive area for the enjoyment of the heads of International high society. Porto Cervo became its Capital and the heart of fashionable society. Porto Cervo is the village area whilst nearby is the Porto Vecchio, with the Piazzetta Hotel Cervo, the Passeggiata and the Sottopiazza. Shopping, boutiques and luxury restaurants are the norm at Porto Cervo. Sights of certain interest: the tourist harbour, at the entrance of which one can admire the "Azzurra", finalist of the America's Cup in 1983. The famous Yacht Club is a port of call for the most beautiful yachts of the Mediterranean. Not by chance, Porto Cervo has hosted some of the most important and prestigious sailing competitions such as the Sardinia Cup, the Swan Cup, the Veteran Boat Rally and the Maxi Yacht Rolex. In the vicinity of Porto Cervo are the enchanting beaches of "Pevero", "Pedra Bianca", "Pietra Niedda", "Cala Liscia", "Ruja", "Punta Capricciosi" and "Portu Li Coggi".

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Razza di Giunco
The southernmost partRazza di Giunco of the Emerald Coast - which begins, as beforesaid, with the wide bay of Cala di Volpe - has the same environmental characteristics as recurring in the rest of this extraordinary stretch of the Sardinian coast. In addiction, it presents the particularity of a high concentration of beaches: there are as much as sixteen in less than five kilometres of coastline. The last five ones are situated in the Cala Razza di Giunco and are quite different from one another, although they have the splendid crystal-like sea that washes them in common. It is to be pointed out the existence, behind the dunes close to the second and third coves, of small ponds which are always framed by a luxuriant vegetation of marshy plants and surrounded by a thick Mediterranean macchia.

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Razzoli
Razzoli is, without doubt,Razzoli the steepest and most uneven island of the archipelago: thanks to this characteristic, it offers the most interesting examples of granite clusters, which assume really “artistic” shapes along many stretches of its coast. The best approach is from Cala Lunga, a small submerged valley into which the sea creeps, taking splendid colours, through a forest of rocky spurs, variously shaped by erosion. The highest point, near the southern coast, is Monte Cappello (65 m), reachable by a short and easy climb so as to enjoy unforgettable panoramas over the archipelago and the granitic outlines of the islands below. A really extraordinary point of Razzoli is, for example, Cala del Rosario with its incredible rocks, on the north coast. Besides, an ancient mule-track leads from Cala Lunga to the imposing lighthouse building, thus giving the opportunity of an easy and pleasant walk in the wild nature, in the heart of the island. From the lighthouse of Razzoli, as from all the other heights of the archipelago, the outline and high mounts of Corsica - which is very near with the islands of Lavezzi and Cavallo - are clearly visible. Razzoli is the perfect destination not to be missed for a wonderful sailing vacation in the Maddalena Archipelago, in Sardinia.

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San Pietro Island
Only a twenty-minute sailing San Pietroand Carloforte will soon appear at the bow of the boat, recognisable for its nineteenth-century buildings facing the port and the Battellieri and Cavour seaside walkways. Along the quay, there are sailing boats, rusty fishing boats and big motor boats with their nets still piled up among the fishing tools and lifejackets, yellowed by the sun. Arriving in San Pietro Island you'll soon get wind of penetrating sea smells. It's the fish smell, mixed in with seaweed and salt water. This is when you realise that you have left the city to enjoy a totally different environment. Carloforte and the S. Pietro Island are perfect sailing holiday destinations, but they also have been the stage of struggles between man and the sea, the sea being both friend and foe at the same time.
San Pietro The name Carloforte comes from the famous tuna fisheries. For decades the local fishermen lived thanks to tuna fishing. This activity, it the beginning only a momentary way to survive, became a real industry in which the whole population invested in for its future. However, the 70's registered the decrease of this revenue, once considered inexhaustible. The foreign shipping companies resorted to technology in order to catch the tuna in international waters. Captured far from the coasts, the fish didn't come back anymore, not even to lay eggs. And in the end, they disappeared.San Pietro Nowadays, the tuna fisheries are only a memory, a sort of tribute to themselves, the symbol of a village not more than three hundred years old. The cliffs' ruggedness, the solitary white, sand beaches and the characteristic vegetation represent an important visiting card for anybody in search of the "real" Sardinia. It's a natural life in close contact with the sea, a life of numerous difficulties and isolation. Carloforte's allure is definitely its authenticity. It is proudly defended by its population and also by its sea; a strong and untameable sea. The highest point of the island is Guardia dei Mori. From this hilltop called "bricco" and where there still is an old abandoned lighthouse, the view reaches out in all directions, beyond the wonderful pine woods surrounding the hill. San Pietro's vegetation is no longer as thick as it used to be; before the junipers were cut down in order to build the village. Nowadays the landscape is sometimes monotonous, interrupted only by white, simple country cottages.San Pietro Travelling along the coastline, you'll find the Girin, the Punta Nera and the beautiful Bobba beaches only ten minutes from the famous Columns. These two red trachyte stacks are situated 20 metres from the coast and represent the symbol of the natural beauties of Carloforte. Continuing along, you'll come across the Costa della Mezzaluna, a beautiful inlet characterised by cliffs and caves. Worth mentioning on the western coast are the Spalmatore beach, Cala Vinagra, Cala Fico and Capo Sandalo, a sequence of unbelievable scenery interrupted by abandoned mines and small, countryside cottages, pine woods and volcanic rocks. The panorama is unique and deserves to be explored in detail. You will enjoy the exciting discoveries made among rugged, wild paths and arduous climbing. It's a real paradise for thousands of tourists who enjoy their vacation on the siland.

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Sant Antioco
The island of Sant Antioco Sant'antiocois located in the extreme Southwest part of Sardinia and connect with the "mainland" via bridge. It is the biggest island of Sardinia. This island is characterized by it's absolutely uncontaminated nature, simple vegetation like juniper and olive plants. Flat limestone and sparse volcanic cliffs, caves and small inlets complete the romantic impression. All in all it's animal world is still intact. Rare birds species have got their home here. Because of it's secluded island position the sea water is crystal clear and emerald blue, uncontaminated and a favourite spot for all kinds of water sports. This make of Sant'Antioco one of the favourite destination for sailing yacht charters for the real expert of Sardinia.

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Santa Maria Island
Santa Maria, more verdant Santa Maria than the other minor islands of the Maddalena Archipelago, is the only one to be inhabited, even if almost exclusively in the mild season. In fact, some small villas stand next to the main beach, on the coast facing La Maddalena. The most striking places are: on the northern coast, the Passo dello Strangolato, a very narrow channel between Santa Maria and the island La Presa; on the western one, the Passo degli Asinelli, which separates Santa Maria from the island of Razzoli. The sea-beds, in this area, are often very shallow: if the sea level were just few metres less, the islands of Santa Maria, Razzoli and Budelli would certainly form one larger island. Other small beaches are to northwest: Cala Drappo and Cala Tamerici. In the southern side, there is a small perennial pond, named Padule, where numerous species of migrating marshy birds often stop. For all lovers of bird watching this is an ideal place, as well as for lovers of sailing vacation in Sardinia.

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Sinis Mal di Ventre Island
The silhouette Mal di Ventredelimiting the Marine Protected Area Penisola del Sinis - Isola di Mal di Ventre towards the hinterland is characterized by a coast with precious and, in some cases, unique environmental situations and landscapes. In the lower stretches of the coast there are beaches of rare beauty made of sand and quartz fragments; in the upper parts, imposing cliffs overhanging the sea work as viewpoints towards the opposite Island of Mal di Ventre, in the North, and the Scoglio del Catalano, in the South. This stretch of Sardegna is unique for the extraordinary sensation of continuity between earth and sea it provides. The island is a uniform shape, covered in bushes and inhabited by rabbits and marine birds. Its geological composition is particularly interesting because it is made up of granite rock, as opposed to the limestone which constitutes the Sardinian coast facing it.

Mal di Ventre The beaches on this small island are very beautiful and surrounded by incredibly transparent water, above all on the east side facing the coast of Sardinia. Among these splendid beaches the most noted are: Cala del Pontile, Cala Nord-Est, Cala del Nuraghe, and Cala dei Pastori. A stroll along the shores offers visitors the chance to discover the many charming corners of this island, with its small bays and the magnificent colour of the transparent water. The incredible sky-blue colour is, in fact, due to the sand, which is made up of translucent granules, identical to those of the beach of Is Aruttas on the nearby Sardinian coast. This side of Sardinia is less famous than the north but definitely not less beautiful, perfect for a sailing charter among amazing nature, birds, wonderful sea and ideal for wind surf lovers and divers.

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Spargi
Spargi is perhapsSpargi the most beautiful of the smaller islands of the Maddalena Archipelago. Its highest point is Colle Guardia Preposti (155 m) and its overall aspect is decidedly harsh, mountainous and wild. The coasts are generally high and rocky, with beautiful granite formations reflecting in the calm waters of the main inlets. The numerous coves, particularly spectacular owing to the transparence of the sea-beds and by the impending mass of granite bluffs, are covered with a thick vegetation and enriched with charming beaches of very fine sand washed by a sea with indescribable colours. The most beautiful are along the southern coast (Cala Corsara) and the eastern one (Cala Soraia, Cala Granara, Cala Conneri). The western coast, which is rather uneven, is made up of bluffs and granite clusters, eroded into the strangest shapes by the atmospheric agents: the head of a bulldog, a witch head, a boot that remebers the shape of Italy. The island, as all the others of the archipelago, is the destination of a great number of visitors coming from Palau, SantaTeresa and La Maddalena during the summer season. For his unique sea with the colours from turchese to the emerald green Spargi is one of the favourite destination for sailing charters in all Sardinia.

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Stintino
Stintino was created Stintinooriginally from a settlement of 45 families caming from Asinara island which became, first Lazzaretto and then a Penal Colony. Over the last twenty years, thanks to members of the Sassari elite, Stintino has become a well known tourist destination, now considered one of the most important bathing resorts of the Northern Sardinian coast, one of the favourite destinations for a luxury sailing or motor yacht vacation in Sardinia. Stintino can be accessed only by boat. In Stintino it is interesting to visit the area which has developed around the old port, which still preserves the ancient heart of the original village and the Museum of the Tonnara.
StintinoThe coast of Stintino is a much sought after bathing area with deep crystal clear waters perfect for swimming. This makes of Stintino one of the favourite destinations for sailing boat charters from all over the world. The local beaches are renowned and "La Pelosa" beach is amongst the most beautiful beaches on Sardinia. La Pelosetta, Le Saline, and Ezzi Mannu are all worth a visit. Time your charter with italy yacht charters to coincide with one of Stintino’s festivals; the Rural Festival of Saint Isidoro in May, June sees the Tuna Festival, the village hosts the Latin Sail Regatta in late August and the Patron celebrations in honour of the Blessed Mary of Defence take place in September. If you like sailing Sardinia sea you will love Stintino.

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Tavolara
The island of Tavolara - Tavolaraelongate and narrow, hardly approachable because of its particular and mighty limestone ridge - influences the landscape of the whole north-eastern coast of sardinia with its characteristic outline. On its northern part a thick Mediterranean macchia still grows, dotted with isolated specimens of holm-oaks, maples and big junipers which are supposed to have covered with thick forests all the island, originally. The only, easily accessible side is the western one which juts out towards Sardinia with its granitic and sandy tongue, Spalmatore di Terra. Tavolara is a must for any sailing charter in emerald coast. The island’s circumnavigation is something great: one sails at all times dominated by the high limestone crest, which reaches its maximum altitude at Punta Cannone (564 m).
TavolaraThe southern coast of the island looks like an enormous limestone rampart, with striking series of large fissures and erosive phenomena. The eastern coast is characterized by the majestic arch of Ulysses, so called, and by the Grotta del Papa (named after a nearby rock resembling a pope’s figure). In the last analysis, it is up of a scenery very similar to that of the Gulf of Orosei (much further to the south): in fact, the geological origin of these two areas is alike. Crystal waters, untouched nature and a wonderful marine environment for your dreamlike sailing holiday in sardinia.

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Valledoria
Hidden along Sardinia's Valledorianorthern coast and situated in the middle of the valley of the Coghinas River is the town of Valledoria. It is surrounded by gentle hills and the beauties that look out over the Gulf of Asinara; it's an ideal position from which to easily reach the most famous surrounding destinations including Castelsardo, Mimosa Bay, Isola Rossa and Costa Paradiso. Sailing east, you will arrive in no time at the Maddalena Archipelago and the Emerald Coast. Sailing west, you can visit the area of Stintino, Alghero and Capo Caccia with its famous Grotte di Nettuno. Interesting sites include the Petrified Forest, the nuraghe Leni, the Casteldoria baths and the ruins of the homonymous castle from the XII Century. Its coastline is formed by fine, sandy, long and varied beaches with ample portions of alternating rock and sandy dunes that break into a yet uncontaminated sea and its multicoloured seabed. The areas most frequented by tourists are: La Muddizza, St. Peter, Baia Verde, Maragnani and La Ciaccia where there are a few tourist facilities.

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Villasimius
Villasimius is a smallVillasimius village of just 3000 inhabitants, about 50 minutes drive from Cagliari, that during the summer months counts up to 60.000 visitors per month, all thanks to the innumerable, wonderful places, visible from the panoramic coastal road, that leave everyone breathless. But Villasimius is not only beaches and sea; it also has plenty of discos, night clubs, pizzerias and restaurants. It's one of the preferred destinations for the "night people". Not to be missed is the large beach of Campulongu appearing in the Capo Carbonara gulf, where you might often come across cormorants. Near Capo Carbonara there is a marina, recently restored and modernised for the needs of those yachtsmen who choose their boat as a mean of transportation to this corner of paradise. Not to be missed too is the beautiful Simius beach, characterised by the sea's warm temperature. This is due to the area's morphology, protected from the sea currents and abundant with marine animals and plants.

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