Best Italian Beach Destinations: Sardinia
Rome, Florence, Venice… Beyond the cultural attractions in all their charm, Italy also offers amazing sea side destinations, paradisiacal spots for your holiday on the beach.
Maybe you do not know that Italy consists of over 800 islands (included minor islets and sea stacks) and only about 80 are inhabited. Italian beaches offer soft sands and rocky bays, countless shades of blue and activities to satisfy every type of beach lovers.
As a matter of fact, it comes as no surprise that Italy beaches have earned several awards throughout the years and increased its status as one of the best beach destination in Europe.
In this Top 3 you will find not only some of the best seaside places in Italy, but also a short presentation of 3 wonderful Italian Archipelagos.
1. Maddalana Archipelago, Sardinia
Reachable by ferry from the port of Palau, the Maddalana Archipelago is located on the north-western coast of Sardinia, off the Costa Smeralda. It consists of 7 major islands - La Maddalena, Caprera, Budelli, Santo Stefano, Santa Maria, Spargi, Razzoli - and other smaller islands surrounded by the beautiful clear and transparent sea.
The several beaches and coves of the archipelago are famous for the clearness of its waters as Cala Corsara, located on the isle of Spargi, or the Spiaggia Rosa (the pink beach), on the isle of Budelli, which takes name from the pink color of the sand, due to fragmentation of the shells of tiny marine animals.
For travelers in search of the opportunity to relax by the sea, a trip to the amazing Maddalena Archipelago is definitely one for the bucket list.
2. Tuscan Archipelago
Giglio, Giannutri, Montecristo and Elba are the main four beautiful islands that make up the National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago, the largest marine park in Europe.
The extraordinary richness of its landscapes, both land and marine, turns the Tuscan Archipelago into a unique summer destination dipped between the Liguria and Tyrrhenian Sea.
Elba is the biggest island and the 3rd largest in Italy after Sardinia and Sicily. What really makes Elba famous and renowned are not only its clear sea and beaches, but also the several memories of its glorious past as the fascinating Napoleonic residences.
3. Campanian Archipelago, Campania
Surrounded by the Tyrrhenian Sea, in southwestern Italy, it is also called the Neapolitan Archipelago. It includes the Islands of Procida, Capri, Ischia, Nisida and Vivara whos jagged coasts are often fringed with sheer sea cliffs. Those in search of a clean, clear sea, the renowned Grotta Azzurra at Anacapri is a must as well as the Faraglioni, three jagged peaks emerging from the sea.
Capri is the place that inspired several artists, writers and intellectuals. Ischia is considered the most exclusive, while Procida is the smallest island of the Archipelago connected to the Island of Vivara by a narrow bridge.
Not only is the sea an important trait of the Campanian Archipelago, but also its narrow streets, ancient churches and social life. You can combine the tranquility of the beach, with walks through the town centers to admire the architecture of centuries past.