Sailing area Sardinia - Sailing around the Italian Mediterranean island

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Boats for rent in: Sardinia


On the Costa Smeralda there are many comfortable and modern marinas. The sailing season runs from April to October.

  • Difficult sailing area
  • Sporting wind conditions
  • Advanced Navigation
  • Around Sardinia: 400 seamiles
  • Best Sailing time: April, May, September and October

Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean. It belongs to Italy and is located 202 kilometers from the Italian mainland. It is separated from the French island of Corsica by the Strait of Bonifacio. Sardinia has a coastline of 1,848 km that includes many small islands, rocky shores and white sand beaches. Popular coasts are: Costa Smeralda, Costa Rei, Costa Verde, Costa Paradiso and Costa del Sud. The highest peak on the island is Punta La Marmora at 1834 meters in the Gennargentu Mountain range. The capital of Sardinia is Cagliari in the south. Castello, the old town of Cagliari, is situated on a hill from which one can see magnificent views of the entire Gulf of Cagliari. Attractions include the Cathedral of Santa Maria di Castello, the Anfiteatro Romano, the Basilica and the Bastion San Remy.

Along the Sardinian coast there are many ports, marinas and anchorages. In the north-east of the island, Sardinia has an excellent infrastructure with modern and comfortable marinas. In Porto Cervo, the center of this coastal area, there is the famous YCCS Yacht Club (Yacht Club Costa Smeralda). It is possible to find more harbors in Porto Rotondo, Poltu Quatu, La Maddalena, Palau and Santa Teresa di Gallura. In addition, bays like the Aquarium or Rondinara are good alternatives for anchorage. Olbia airport is only 45 minutes away, so the Costa Smeralda is an ideal starting point for Yachtcharter Sardinia, or trips to the island of Corsica. Cagliari is also a possible starting point. The scenery and the sailing conditions in Sardinia provide a paradise for true yachtsmen. Sailing in Sardinian waters requires some experience and good navigational skills.

Route Suggestion

Beginning your trip from Marina di Portisco, we suggest sailing north to La Maddalena National Park. This is an excellent charter area that is still somewhat undiscovered. There are several absolutely beautiful islands to sail to and a first stop could be the island of Caprera... more

Airports nearby Sardinia

  • Alghero Airport to Alghero: 10 km, 20 minutes
  • Cagliari Airport to Carloforte: 84,7 km, 2 hours and 5 minutes
  • Cagliari Airport to Marina Sant' Elmo: 10,7 km, 16 minutes
  • Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport to Cannigione: 30,8 km, 35 minutes
  • Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport to Portisco: 19,2 km, 27 minutes
  • Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport to Santa Teresa Gallura: 62,9 km, 1 hour and 5 minutes
  • Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport to Olbia: 6,4 km, 12 minutes
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Climate & Weather in Sardinia

Sardinia has a Mediterranean climate and experiences hot summers and mild winters. In spring and autumn, temperatures are pleasantly warm. There is a lot of sunshine and little rain. The best time for sailing is from April or May to September or October. The area offers ideal weather, but strong winds can occur. On the northern and western coast of Sardinia the winds are fairly constant. The Mistral can occur from west and the hot Sirocco that comes from the south/southeast, can create sport sailing conditions. The nozzle effect occurs between Corsica and Sardinia in the Strait of Bonifacio, and the wind speed increases by 1 to 2 Bft. On the south coast circulating winds predominate. The east coast is dominated by south/ southeast winds.