Glamorous coastal cruising

Discover the highlights of the glamorous Costa Smeralda and Maddalena Archipelago on a Sardinian bareboat charter holiday. From our base in Cannigione you’ll catch the famous winds of the Tyrrhenian Sea on a tour of Italy’s most prestigious coastal spots.

Tuck into unique Sardinian cuisine, explore sunny beaches and craggy islets and shop boutique stores in the haunts of the rich and famous.

Cannigione itinerary

7
Days

Highlights

  • Glamorous coast
  • Sardinian cuisine
  • Golf and yacht clubs
  • La Maddalena beaches
  • Boutique and designer shopping
  • Snorkel Tavolara Marine Protected Area
Day 1

Cannigione to Marina dell’Orso, Poltu Quatu

The day's sailing

1.5 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Your first day’s sailing takes you from our base in bustling Cannigione into the Gulf of Arzachena. Sail north before bearing east along the coast, following the contours of the Sardinian coastline until you discover the entrance to the Gulf of Poltu Quatu. This hidden inlet was once used as a hiding place for pirates, but now the only surprise waiting for you at the end of the fjord is the picturesque town of Poltu Quatu.

Discover Marina dell’Orso

Suggested lunch spots

The sand, sea and scenery of Baia Sardinia make it a favourite destination among luxury holidaymakers. Halfway between Cannigione and Poltu Quatu, it’s the perfect place to stop for lunch.

Day 2

Marina dell’Orso to Porto Cervo

The day's sailing

1.5 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Sail back through the narrow fjord of Poltu Quatu and bear northeast to pass the headland at Capo Ferro. Head south and you’ll soon see one of Sardinia’s most glamorous ports beckoning you in from your starboard side. Porto Cervo is home to the Costa Smeralda yacht club, and the marina is awash with both race yachts and the playthings of the rich and famous. Step ashore for a spot of boutique shopping in the pretty streets of this Sardinian jewel.

Discover Porto Cervo

Unique architecture

Go on an architectural tour of the Costa Smeralda, seeking out the most incredible and outlandish villas of the ‘60s and ‘70s.

Suggested lunch spots

A perfect bay for swimming and sunbathing, Cala Granu is the ideal place to moor for a relaxing lunch break on shore.

Day 3

Porto Cervo to Porto Rotondo

The day's sailing

1.5 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Point your bow southeast from Porto Cervo, navigating your way past the tiny islets that poke their heads through the surf northeast of Golfo Pevero. Follow the contours of the coast south towards Porto Rotondo—your next port of call and another of the Costa Smeralda’s brightest jewels. Porto Rotondo offers excellent hiking in the nature trails just beyond the town, while snorkellers and divers will want to visit the lush waters of the Tavolara Marine Protected Area.

Discover Porto Rotondo

Ira Beach

Head for picturesque Ira Beach to swim and sunbathe at one of the most beautiful spots on the Costa Smeralda.

Suggested lunch spots

Moor in the emerald waters of Cala di Volpe, or Fox Bay. Here you’ll find a luxury resort community offering a swimming pool, golf course and plenty of bars and restaurants serving tempting lunchtime fare.

Day 4

Porto Rotondo to Porto Palma, Caprera

The day's sailing

3 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Retrace your steps and sail north along the beautiful Costa Smeralda. Today you’ll leave Sardinia behind, heading for the scenic Maddalena Archipelago. On Caprera’s southern shores you’ll find a large, natural harbour where you can anchor in the clear sapphire waters. Caprera is beloved of hikers, snorkellers and divers, with spectacular scenery and diverse marine life to discover in the hills and bays of this large, craggy island.

Discover Porto Palma

Cala Napoletana

Quiet, picturesque and with a gentle arc of sand to sunbathe on, Cala Napoletana to the north of the island is a must visit.

Suggested lunch spots

Surrounded by spectacular sandstone formations and lapped by the azure Tyrrhenian Sea, Cala Coticcio is an idyllic spot for a leisurely lunch break.

Day 5

Porto Palma to Cala Gavetta, La Maddalena

The day's sailing

2 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

From the rugged natural beauty of Caprera, a short cruise to the west will take you to the sleepy and no less picturesque town of La Maddalena. Moor in the Cala Gavetta Marina to explore the warren of streets beyond and dine in local restaurants serving coastal Sardinian specialities. Hike up to the Guardia Vecchia viewpoint behind the town for panoramic views of the glittering Strait of Bonifacio.

Discover Cala Gavetta

Isola Giardinelli

Visit the beautiful Isola Giardinelli on La Maddalena’s east coast. This picturesque, craggy spot is great for a ramble and a spot of sunbathing.

Suggested lunch spots

Cala Corlotto to the west of La Maddalena is a breathtaking spot, so anchor here to swim and sunbathe amidst the beautiful Sardinian scenery.

Day 6

Cala Gavetta to Cala Corsara, Spargi

The day's sailing

3 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Let your keel cut through the shimmering Tyrrhenian Sea as you carve a gentle arc northwest from Cala Gavetta. You’ll see the low green hump of Spargi emerging from the ocean in the near distance. Head for the island’s southern coast and the glassy bay of Cala Corsara. This picture-postcard spot is perfect for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing in the near uninhabited splendour of this craggy Tyrrhenian jewel.

Day 7

Cala Corsara to Cannigione

The day's sailing

2 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

On the final day of your Sardinian yacht charter adventure you’ll make the short journey from Spargi back to our base in Cannigione. Sail southeast between the Sardinian coast and the scattered islands of the Maddalena Archipelago, making for the unmistakeable mouth of the Gulf of Arzachena. It isn’t a long journey back to the marina so take the time to explore this beautiful part of the world, calling at the bays and beaches on the western shores of La Maddalena or stopping off at sleepy Isola Santo Stefano.

Discover Cannigione

Suggested lunch spots

The beach at Cala Francese is quiet, small and incredibly picturesque. Stop here for your final lunch break and watch the rock climbers scale the nearby cliffs and rock formations.