Summer 2017, Sardinia has the best seashore

Cala Cipolla - Chia

Summer 2017, Sardinia has the best seashore

The Touring Club and Legambiente’s Guida Blu, both trusted guides to help you choose from among the many lovely coastal towns, has ranked five Sardinian destinations in the Top Ten of Italian resorts

First place among those awarded 5 Blue Sails for environmental sustainability and quality of services is Chia (Domus de Maria). In third place is Baronia, with its park, Tepilora, in fourth place Baunei and in eighth place the Planargia at Bosa. The top ten concludes with the northern part of the Gallura

Quality, sustainable tourism: the beaches of Chia, an enchanting stretch of coastline, are at the top of the list

It is a little slice of heaven: seven kilometres of soft ochre sand bathed by blue and turquoise water, here and there a small promontory. And behind this scenario lagoons and woods. From the tower of Chia, going south-west, you’ll find sa Tuerra, Porto Campana, de su Sali beach and then su Giudeu, the most beautiful of all, the setting for many a TV ad. Behind it is the Spartivento swamp, a habitat for rare species. At the extreme western edge is the magnificent and hidden Cala Cipolla. A dive in the sea here is also a dive into the past as Chia was once a Phoenician-Punic settlement (later inhabited by the Romans) called Bithia. The inland area features the extensive green woods of Is Cannoneris, an oasis for hikers, crisscrossed by plenty of trails.
A paradise of fine, white sand with a shallow, transparent seabed, on the furthermost southwestern coast of Sardinia, that gets its name from the...

Third place went to Baronìa and Tepilora, an icon of eco-friendly tourism recognized by UNESCO

And speaking of environmental sustainability and beauty, there is the Baronia coastline which includes the oasis of Bidderosa, Capo Comino, Berchida, La Caletta, San Giovanni and su Tiriarzu, just a sampling of the beaches that boast the extraordinary silky sand and cool crystalline water to be found from north of Orosei all the way to Posada, touching on Siniscola along the way. The area includes the Tepilora Oasis, eight thousand hectares of pristine woods, rivers and coastal dunes, the very essence of what it means to safeguard the landscape for visitors to enjoy. It stretches from the woods of Mt. Tepilora all the way to the Posada River delta, a habitat where, among other species, flamingos, lack-winged stilts and the sultana birds nest. It’s a great place for kayaking. Montalbo, on the other hand, is ideal for hiking and the shoreline of Lake Maccheronis perfect for excursions on bikes.
Siniscola, la Caletta
In the province of Nuoro, in the northernmost part of the Gulf of Orosei, numerous gems appear on the eastern part of Sardinia, with fine, light...

Just off the podium, but still incomparable, is the Baunei Coast in Ogliastra, the legendary land of longevity

Limestone cliffs over the sea, sandy beaches of incomparable beauty and water that is so perfectly blue it blends seamlessly into the sky. Baunei sits perched up on a mountain from which it looks out over a seashore that is unlike any other: Cala Biriola, Cala Goloritzé, Cala Mariolu and Cala Sisine are its renowned beaches. And don’t miss Cala Luna (which is shared with Dorgali): from the limestone craters above it looks like the sea is enclosed within a precious ampoule. Ancient helm oaks, junipers and other Mediterranean vegetation keep guard over the azure brushstrokes of the sea. Inland canyons, karstic valleys, steep rock faces and the ravines of Golgo make Baunei the ideal place for hiking and climbing.
Cala Biriola - Baunei
The seabed of little white pebbles, which resemble sugared almonds, reflects the sunlight through the emerald green water, with a captivating...

In eighth place on the Guida Blu list is the not-to-be-missed Planargia coast

Twenty kilometres of coastline that goes from Turas to Bosa Marina, from s’Abba Druche to Compoltitu, from the coves of Torre Argentina to Portu Managu. This is the shoreline scenario of the medieval town of Bosa, Planargia’s main city. Bosa Marina is a wide and well-equipped beach, the seabed gradually sloped, perfect for a relaxing family holiday. The others are delightful, hidden inlets of fine sand or smoothly polished pebbles and stones. All are bathed by a cobalt blue or emerald green sea. Inland from the coast there is plenty of hiking and bird watching to engage in at the park of Capo Marragiu, the promontory of griffons, in the Badde Aggiosu nature reserve.
Bosa Marina, spiaggia
Not only one of art, culture and an agricultural, artisan and trading tradition, this is also the only authentic medieval town in Sardinia, with...

The northernmost reaches of Gallura are also included in the Top Ten of Italian coastlines

Located in the north of Sardinia, Santa Teresa Gallura is the highest ranked town, followed by La Maddalena, Palau and Arzachena. Together they constitute a shoreline unlike any other, one that includes the park of the archipelago of La Maddalena, more than 60 large and small islands that include Budelli with its pink beach, the breathtaking coves of Caprera, Santo Stefano and Spargi, with colours so stunningly beautiful that they attract tour boats, natural monuments and sea beds that are the favourite destination of scuba divers. And let’s not forget the beaches on the island of Maddalena: Bassa Trinita, Cala Lunga, Monti d’a Rena and Punta Tegge. The long coastline of Santa Teresa should be explored from top to bottom starting at Capo Testa, with Valle della Luna and the beaches of Ponente and Levante. The symbol of environmental sustainability and quality service can be found in the town: Rena Bianca beach, graced with ultra-fine white sand that stretches into crystal clear blue water. Palau is another fine example of environmental friendliness and beauty: a granite coastline with stretches of soft sandy beach, like the lovely Porto Faro, the exotic shapes of Cala Trana and the natural wonder that is the Isola dei Gabbiani (Seagull Island), a haven for windsurfers. And then there is the sea at Arzachena, where all we need do is list the fabulous beaches of Porto Cervo and the Costa Smeralda, or Emerald Coast.
From the highest piazza of a famous tourist town in northern Sardinia, you will see the lovely white sand: an unforgettable memory of your vacation...