Sardinia

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Sardinia
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Sardinia is the 2nd largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily. It offers some of the most varied sailing in the Med along its nearly 1900 kilometres of coastline, with a number of small, picturesque harbours as well as the main ports of Alghero, Cagliari and Olbia. Other attractions for the yachtsman include enchanting offshore islands such as the Maddalena archipelago on the NE side and Carloforte and Sant'Antioco at the southern tip; smart and exclusive marina developments like Porto Rotondo and Porto Cervo; idyllic anchorages with dazzling white sand and crystal-clear water - especially on the eastern side - and overall a more laid-back and friendly ambiance than will be encountered on mainland Italy.

Inland, the island boasts some spectacular scenery, especially in the mountain wilderness of the Gennargentu national park, the romantic, lake-dotted plateau of the Giara de Gesturi and the peaceful solitude of the Monte Arcosu nature reserve west of Cagliari. The landscape is a palimpsest of several successive cultures, of which the most fascinating in terms of remains is the Bronze Age Nuraghic culture, which left massive, stone-built circular structures (whose function is still shrouded in mystery) and unusual 'giant's tombs' all over the island. Most of these attractions can be accessed from one or other of the harbours around the island, where motor scooter or car hire is usually easy.

Most yachts arrive in Sardinia from the Balearics or across the windy Straits of Bonifacio from Corsica; alternatively from the west coast of Sicily or the Italian mainland around Rome.

Charts

BA
1985 - Ajaccio to Oristano including Bonifacio strait
1990 - Oristano to Arbatax including Golfo di Cagliari
Imray-Tetra
M8 - North Sardegna
M9 - South Sardegna
NIMA
53110 - West Coast of Corse and Sardegna
53130 - East Coast of Sardegna

Weather

The prevailing winds are from the NW - especially when the mistral is blowing - many yachts intending to circumnavigate decide to go anti-clockwise, when the significant exposure to the risk of strong headwinds is limited to the area between the Maddalena archipelago and the island of Asinara at the NW tip of Sardinia.

Sources of weather forecasting info: see Italy - weather

Passages

See Mediterranean.

Islands

Communication

See World Cruiser's Nets

Navigation

Details?

Entrance

See Italy

Berthing

Ports and popular stops
South West North-West North-East East
VillasimiusVillasimius/wiki/Villasimius Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Cagliari Cagliari /wiki/Cagliari Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Carloforte Carloforte /wiki/Carloforte Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Portoscuso Portoscuso /wiki/Portoscuso Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Marina di Torregrande
(Oristano)
Marina di Torregrande
(Oristano)
/wiki/Marina_di_Torregrande
Port of entry icon – port of entry |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Bosa Bosa /wiki/Bosa Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Alghero Alghero /wiki/Alghero Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Porto Conte
(Capo Caccia)
Porto Conte
(Capo Caccia)
/wiki/Porto_Conte
Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Asinara islandAsinara island/wiki/Asinara Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Stintino Stintino /wiki/Stintino Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Porto Torres Porto Torres /wiki/Porto_Torres Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |
Castelsardo Castelsardo /wiki/Castelsardo Marina icon – marina |
Isola Rossa Isola Rossa /wiki/Isola_Rossa Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Santa Teresa Gallura Santa Teresa Gallura /wiki/Santa_Teresa_Gallura Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Porto PozzoPorto Pozzo/wiki/Porto_Pozzo Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Maddalena archipelago Maddalena archipelago /wiki/Maddalena_archipelago Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
PalauPalau/wiki/Palau,_Sardinia Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
CannigioneCannigione/wiki/Cannigione Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Porto CervoPorto Cervo/wiki/Porto_Cervo Port of entry icon – port of entry |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
PortiscoPortisco/wiki/Portisco Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Porto RotondoPorto Rotondo/wiki/Porto_Rotondo Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
OlbiaOlbia/wiki/Olbia Port of entry icon – port of entry |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Tavolara islandTavolara island/wiki/Tavolara Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Porto OttioluPorto Ottiolu/wiki/Porto_Ottiolu Marina icon – marina |
La CalettaLa Caletta/wiki/La_Caletta Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Santa Maria NavarreseSanta Maria Navarrese/wiki/Santa_Maria_Navarrese Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
ArbataxArbatax/wiki/Arbatax Port of entry icon – port of entry |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Porto CoralloPorto Corallo/wiki/Porto_Corallo Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Key to symbols: |Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage ||

Other anchorages and harbours may be found within the section for each main entry

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

The following are the principal marinas in Sardinia:

Also see Maddalena Archipelago.

Marine Services

See entries for each port

Things to do ashore

Tourism

The most unique place in Sardinia is Su Nuraxi, near the small town of Barumini. This is the largest Nuraghic site on the island. It has a very impressive stone fortress (circa 1200 BC), reconstructed and surrounded by the ruins of a sizable Nuraghic village.

Another notable site is Nora to the SW of Cagliari. Here in a lovely setting is a Nuraghic ruin (the Nuraghies were the oldest known inhabitants of Sardinia) and a Roman town with a darling little theater and two hot bath-houses. The site is quite large and right next to an old lighthouse.

The town of of Alghero which was built by the Arabs and was occupied for a long time by the Catalans. Its inhabitants are still speaking a Catalan dialect, is very picturesque.

In addition, there many lovely beaches and mountain passes.

Grocery & Supply Stores

See entries for each port

Eateries

An outstanding restaurant (1996) serving Sardinian food (Sardi Tipico) is Su Cologone Restaurante. It is located about 60 km from Cagliari near the town of Nuoro. Their "menu tipico" is an amazing procession of dishes. To begin with there are the antipasti: Sardinian salami, prosciutto, a kind of kokoretsi (a shish-kebab made of entrails), hot cheese dumplings, funchi, sweet breads, and a very sharp soft sheep milk cheese spread accompanied with Sardinian bread (thin crusty pita). These are followed by the "primo piato" consisting of a colorful arrangement of ravioli with grated Sardinian cheese, macaroni, and a dish of some kind of an omelet. Then the "secundo piato" of a combination of roasted baby lamb and roasted baby pig accompanied with a potato dish. These were being roasted on spits at an enormous fireplace. Following the meat was a green salad with fennel.

Transportation

Friends

Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance

Forums

List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)

Links

References & Publications

See Italy.

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