The colours of the sea range from emerald green to sky blue and azure. The sand is warm, firm and white and multi-coloured rocks emerge from the water. A scenic access path follows a river as it makes its way in between pink rocks until it reaches the sea, with wild nature, all making this a very evocative place. Li Cossi is one of the most beautiful and charming beaches in Northern Sardinia. It is a pearl of the Costa Paradiso, a renowned tourist village in the territory of Trinità d'Agultu and Vignola and a rare case of a Municipality formed by the union of two localities, the first inland and the second on the coast, on the extreme western border of Gallura. The little ‘jewel’ opens up in a cove sheltered from the wind, enclosed by cliffs of pink trachyte, towering impressively above the sea and surround the cove, creating unusual shapes that will make you feel protected, in total relaxation, as you lie on the golden sand.
The seabed is sandy and gently sloping near the water’s edge, making it particularly suitable for bathing and for children to play on. A little further out to sea, it becomes spectacular and full of fish, making it very popular with scuba diving and snorkelling enthusiasts. Lush and varied Mediterranean vegetation with various shades of green and intense fragrances enrich this secluded little corner of Northern Sardinia, in which there are plenty of amenities and services: beach equipment rental, canoes and pedaloes, beach kiosks, campsites, hotels, bars and restaurants all around. After leaving your car in the car park, the path leading to Li Cossi is about 500 metres long and is bordered by granite and trachyte: a ten-minute walk including inevitable pauses for photos. A wooden rail accompanies you along the way in the steep parts. A river runs alongside the path, making the scenery similar to that of a small canyon.
If you love peace and privacy you can visit other captivating stretches of Costa Paradiso, a tourist oasis halfway between Santa Teresa Gallura and Castelsardo on coastal provincial road no. 90. A spectacular long (an hour) but also easy trekking itinerary, of about seven kilometres on foot, links Li Cossi to Li Tinnari, passing through the splendid little coves of Porto Leccio. The beach, which is shaped like double arch, is made up of crushed shells, grains of granite and round pebbles and is surrounded by Mediterranean scrub and washed by emerald green waters, while the little coves are perfect for scuba diving. Cala Sarraina is truly beautiful. On the way, you will find dunes and stretches of quartz and you will cross through some dense Mediterranean scrub, almost a forest. Then by car, six kilometres from Trinità, you will come to the picturesque seaside village of Isola Rossa, named this way due to the colour of the little island opposite it. Here, against the light green crystal-clear waters and the bright green vegetation, the beach of Longa and, attached to it seamlessly, La Marinedda stand out, with their stupendous dunes of soft, white sand, set in amidst impressive red granite cliffs. It is a regular destination for windsurf enthusiasts and every year, in August, international specialty competitions take place here. The beach is closed on one side by Isola Rossa and on the other by Punta Li Canneddi, where Cala Canneddi opens up and is another stretch of fine white sand, mixed with multi-coloured pebbles on the water’s edge. Nearby, there are other breathtaking inlets, Cala Rossa and the solitary and secluded Li Feruli, with creamy yellow-coloured sand. About ten kilometres further on, you will enter Anglona: the coast of Badesi begins here, where, various pearls with wonderful colours shine, such as Li Mindi, with a panorama opening up towards Asinara, and Baia delle Mimose, an expanse of pure white sand framed by dunes and furrowed by kite surf and windsurf boards.