Are you fed up with Croatia and looking for a new challenge? Then the wild and beautiful Sardinia is just for you. Let’s plan a route together around southern Sardinia. We’ll set off from Cagliari with plenty of captivating places to visit en route.
The southern coast is absolutely enchanting for sailors. It is more rugged and greener than the north and offers numerous beautiful sandy beaches pulsating with a Caribbean atmosphere. The region is also less crowded in high season.
Is Sardinia actually a remnant of mythical Atlantis? We’ll never know. One thing is for certain, its wild and magical atmosphere won’t leave you cold and will be a truly unforgettable experience. Look forward to a thousand shades of turquoise, karst caves, wild horses, flamingos and the ancient Nuraga inland!
Cagliari cruise route tip
So where to go? Try a leisurely and interesting route from the charming Cagliari to the most beautiful places in southern Sardinia. You’ll get to see beautiful beaches, salt pans, islands, fishing towns and wildlife.
Cagliari - Pula (14 NM) - Chia beach - Tuerredda /Tuaredda (6 NM) - Porto Zafferano - Teulada (6 NM) - Porto Pino (10 NM) - Sant'antioco (12 NM) - San Pietro (town Carloforte (15 NM) and back to Cagliari
From Cagliari we can go to the other side and continue to the Capo Carbonara Marine Park with its incredibly varied underwater life and freshwater lagoon with flamingos.
Cagliari - Cala Regina (10 NM) - Geremeas - Torre delle Stelle (5 NM) - Capo Carbonara (8 NM) - Isola dei Cavoli - Villasimius
The most interesting places en route
Cagliari and Cagliari Bay
- Cagliari harbour
The labyrinth of alleyways in the cozy historic centre will take you up the hill to the high citadel. Don’t miss the imposing Roman amphitheater of the 2nd century AD, where you can still see the remaining rows of seats, underground passages and animal pits.
- The wreck of the Romagna warship in Cagliari Bay
The warship Romagna, carrying a valuable cargo of weapons and fuel hit a mine in August 1943 and split in two. Both parts of the ship sank to the shallow sandy bottom. They lie approximately 30 to 40 metres deep and 800 metres apart.
Today, more experienced divers can admire an extremely well-preserved wreck, where giant groupers, rockfish, rays and tons of small fish pass by. The view of the huge, perfectly preserved rudder and propeller is utterly breathtaking and unique.
Don’t take the ferry to Perd'e Sali, (between Cagliari and Pulou) and the port of Cala Verde, which do not have the depth for sailboats.
Chia and Cape Teulada
Miles of beaches stretch to the west of the town of Chia that protect Cape Capo Teulada from the west. The sand creates charming white dunes and freshwater lagoons where you can see flamingos.
One of the most beautiful beaches in southern Sardinia is undoubtedly Cape Teulada, which lies opposite the island of Tuareg. Snow-white sand awash with turquoise sea is seductive for both swimming and snorkelling.
The island of Sant' Antioco
A rocky island with salt pans extending northeast to the mainland opposite. You’ll dock here at three ports - Calasetta on the northwest tip, Sant'Antonio in the east, and Port Ponte Romano on an artificially built mainland.
When navigating bad weather, take care at the northeast of the island and the Cape of Sperone, where there is a strong upsurge in the sea. Also watch out for rocks between Capo Sperone and Vacca Island (Cow).
The island of San Pietro (Sardinia Isula 's Sântu Pèdru)
The wild volcanic island of San Pietro breathes an ancient history. It got its name in honour of St. Peter himself, who allegedly was shipwrecked here. The ancient Romans called this island the island of hawks, according to the predators who nest here.
Use the numerous small coves and niches as a pleasant day berth, depending on the direction of the wind. When maneuvering, take care of the many small reefs and rocks that surround the island.
The cliffs on the southwest coast rise up to 40 metres with the east being sandy and low. The stunning blue sea and amazing beaches line the entire island, with beautiful hidden caves in the northwest.
- Fishing town and Carloforte harbour
In Carloforte, there are five marinas and harbours as well as a city pier free of charge. The city centre is really beautiful. The locals are of Venetian origin and the streets leading to the main boulevard on the waterfront are lined with elegant pastel-coloured houses with wrought iron balconies.
Carloforte is also famed for its fishing, especially traditional bluefin tuna fishing. The Giro Tonno Festival is held every year, and in the local museum you can see an exhibition of this, from today's perspective, rather cruel hunting method.
Laguna Molentargius (Stagno di Molentargius)
A remarkable lagoon consisting of freshwater lakes and salt water lakes, which dry out in the extreme heat covering them with a layer of salt. The lagoons are inhabited by hundreds of diverse bird species, the most famous and the elegant being pink flamingos.
Capo Carbonara marine reserve
Lovers of snorkelling and diving alike will be captivated by the marine reserve of Capo Carbonara. Be in awe of the beautiful sandy beaches and incredibly varied underwater life. Giunco Beach at the very south of Capo Carbonara is beautiful. The beach also acts as a "dam" that separates the sea from the neighbouring lagoon of flamingos.
What's the weather like on Sardinia?
The south coast of Sardinia is very windy. If you are patient and wait for more stable weather conditions, you’ll find many beautiful towns, interesting islands and countless secure berths.
NW winds are prevalent here, but SW are also common in Cagliari bay and the island of Sant 'Antioco can range from 5 to 6 Bf. Numerous storms often occur here, but they usually do not last for more than 2 to 3 hours.
For the rest of the year, the wind blows mainly from the northeast and northwest, but southern winds also occur. With strong winds from any direction, the sea is turbulent at cape of Sperone and Carbonara.
What to know about a boating in Italy and Sardinia
- South Sardinian food is exotic and colourful, Africa is just 120 NM away. Enjoy delicious grilled mutton, seafood and fruit, taste delicious cow and sheep cheeses, such as Pecorino, or spaghetti with bottarga. For a successful cruise, take a really good Sardinian wine.
- Sardinia is a remarkably attractive hunting ground for recreational fishermen, but beware of the ban on spearfishing with diving equipment.
- The last week in July and the first three weeks in August, a nationwide holiday takes place in Italy, the so-called Ferragosto and the Italians flood the whole region. If you are looking for peace, choose a different date.
- In Italy, the boat must not be left unattended. If you leave the ship for a long time, only do so in the harbour, marina or buoy.
- Italy is one of the countries that requires the captain to have a passport issued by a country in which they hold citizenship or a card issued in Italy. And this procedure has a legal basis in Italy. A radiotelephone operator license is not required.
- More tips and information can be found in the article on Southern Sardinia in detail.
Explore the most beautiful and wildest places in Sardinia. Enjoy fine yachting, fishing, scuba diving, and delicious African-style cuisine. You’ll find yourself in reach of the sea god Neptune. According to the old legend, it is right here!
Beautiful boats are still available in Sardinia at competitive prices thanks to First Minute discounts and a reduced deposit of only 15%. Interesting offers are also being prepared by our charter partner Cagliari Sailing Charter srl.