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Sardinia

A guide to the best beaches of Sardinia

Holidays in Sardinia are ideal for those looking for a relaxing Mediterranean retreat. The area offers miles of golden coastline, complete with turquoise waters that provide peace, quiet and some adventurous watersports too.

Beach del Principe, Olbia
Beach del Principe, Olbia

Literally translated as 'Beach of the Prince', this secluded stretch of coastline is fit for royalty. The beach gets its name from Prince Aga Khan, long considered to be the original founder of the Costa Smeralda area of Sardinia. It's a popular beach, characterised by its clear, calm waters and family friendly vibe.

There are fewer rocks here than can be found on many of Sardinia's beaches, while the warm, shallow water helps to make this an ideal spot for children to paddle and play.

Mugoni Beach, Alghero
Mugoni Beach, Alghero

Alghero is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the whole of Europe, and the pristine shoreline of Mugoni Beach has helped to make it one of the most popular tourist traps for cheap Sardinia holidays.

The sand here is surrounded by pine trees, which helps to protect the area from the elements and ensures that the water is calm and still all year round. The sea is a striking emerald green that, combined with the surrounding plantlife, makes it one of the most picturesque bays within the area.

Cala Banana, Olbia
Cala Banana, Olbia

Hidden just a few kilometres from the coastal city of Olbia, you'll need to venture down a short dirt track to reach the small and secluded Cala Banana. It's one of the area's most well-kept secrets and you're unlikely to have any difficulty securing your own spot of sand here at any time of year.

The beach boasts its own kiosk, where you'll find a selection of drinks and light snacks. You can also rent rafts and canoes from here, if you fancy taking to the waves between sunbathing sessions.

Spiaggia della Pelosa, Sassari
Spiaggia della Pelosa, Sassari

Spend a day relaxing at Spiaggia della Pelosa, where everything you'll need is at your disposal just a few metres from the shoreline. Visitors here are met with an oasis of calm, blue waters and 330 metres of smooth white coastline that welcomes families and couples looking for a romantic beachside retreat.

The shallow waters here are ideal for paddling, while those with a more adventurous streak are sure to enjoy the kayaking, windsurfing and scuba diving facilities.

Cala Goloritze, Cala Gonone
Cala Goloritze, Cala Gonone

The picturesque town of Cala Gonone is widely regarded as one of the hidden treasures of Sardinia, and of Europe as a whole. Boasting vibrant blue waters and unusual sandstone formations, Cala Goloritze is a stretch of beach that is a favourite amongst adventurers and sun-worshippers alike.

Hikers and climbers flock here to experience the 148-metre high rock face that lines the bay, making it one of the more popular stretches of sand within the region. Yet it somehow manages to retain a feel of exclusivity and seclusion.

Le Bombarde, Alghero
Le Bombarde, Alghero

Le Bombarde is one of the smallest beaches within the picturesque region of Alghero, yet remains one of the most popular. The entire stretch of beach is less than a kilometre long, while the widest areas are only around 10 metres across. Get here early enough however, and you're sure to bag yourself a slice of white sand on one of the prettiest beaches in Sardinia.

The water in Le Bombarde is clear and inviting – perfect for swimming and encouraging little ones to explore the bay for themselves. The size of the beach means that facilities here are limited, so it's worth bringing your own snacks and bottled water if you're planning on making a day of it.