Unlike the eastern side of Gallura, dotted with innumerable granite coves, the coast of Badesi on the western edge of Gallura boasts a wholly different landscape of long, wide, white beaches. One of the most characteristic and most beautiful of them all is the Baia delle Mimose. It is all of three kilometers long, starting at the south with the mouth of the Coghinas river and ending in the north where it fades seamlessly into its 'twin,' Li Junchi, both easily reachable by any means.
The Mimose is surrounded by dunes punctuated with small junipers and sea roses, the sand is white and the sea is iridescent, fluctuating between blue and emerald green. Thanks to the constant breeze, it is a popular destination for wind and kitesurfing enthusiasts. Given its size, even in high season it's never overly crowded, so it's perfect for relaxing in peace. In the distance on your right as you look out to sea you will catch a glimpse of Isola Rossa, while on your left you will see the outline of the Castelsardo promontory.
The beach is accessible to the disabled, there is parking, snack bars and beach equipment for hire. Thanks to the sheer beauty of the beach, the clarity of the water and the services available, since 2017 Baia delle Mimose has been continuously awarded the Blue Flag by the Foundation for Environmental Education (or FEE). Not far from the mouth of the Coghinas, a 300m2 stretch of beach also hosts a dog beach, where your four-legged buddies can play freely and enter the water, and even enjoy their very own umbrellas, showers and bowls.
But the beauty of the Badesi sea does not end here! Of note are also Li Mindi, with white sand and blue water from which, on a clear day, you can see the outlines of Corsica and Asinara, and Li Junchi, where the medium-fine sand is golden and the sea changes colour, just like at the Baia delle Mimose. Exposed to mistral and northeastern winds, it is another paradise for surfers and the sunsets here will take your breath away. Beyond the mouth of the river, you enter into Valledoria and the marine village of San Pietro a mare, a nature oasis blessed with golden dunes covered in Mediterranean scrub, green expanses and a seabed with a steep slope that is perfect for diving and snorkelling. A few steps from the shore, the Coghinas forms a lagoon that is the habitat of herons, ducks and mallards, while sea bass and mullet swim in the brackish waters.