The Best Beach in Sardinia and Italy: Updated for 2024

I am often asked which is better, Sardinia or Sicily? Both are wonderful, but, when it comes to beaches Sardinia wins easily. 

Sardinia is the right place to visit if you are looking for some of the most pristine and beautiful beaches to be found anywhere in Europe. After the lockdowns and disappointments of the last few years, these beaches are just what we all need.

The watercolor in the crystal-clear seas shifts through every shade of blue during the day, simply inviting you to strip off all your cares and worries and dive in for a refreshing dip.

My family and I have visited many of the best beaches in Sardinia, and we are often asked which beach is the best in Sardinia or which part of Sardinia has the best beaches.

Well, the Sardinian beaches that we feel are the best beaches in Sardinia follow...

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There's one particular hotel we really love. It's never easy to get into, but it is perfect for discovering these beaches. The hotel is the Bue Marino.

The Best Sardinian Beaches

Cala Goloritze Beach in Sardinia

So which is the best beach in Sardinia?

Sardinia is full of good beaches, so it was not easy choosing which was the best beach in Sardinia, and we had many arguments trying to decide. My son, my wife, and I all had different opinions; the one I liked was first, but other than that, there is no particular order. The best thing to do is to visit them all and make up your own mind!

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Bidderosa Beach

Located in Orosei. This is part of a nature reserve, and access is limited. You actually need to buy a ticket before they will let you in.

The beach consists of five pristine coves that form a natural oasis of silver sand and crystal-clear turquoise waters.

To get to the beach, you need to walk 4 kilometers down a lovely little path that winds between junipers, pine trees, lilies, and eucalyptus, where the scents of the vegetation and sea mix in a heady mix of happiness.

Not only is the beach the best beach in Sardinia, but I would rate it as one of the best in the world and comparable to islands in the South Pacific, Indian Ocean, and Caribbean.

The whole area is a secluded oasis of great natural beauty.

The moment I feel the sand between my toes, the worries of the world fall from my shoulders.

How to reach the beach

Take the SS 125 turn off and buy a ticket at the Forest Station of Orosei. Daily admission is restricted to 130 cars so if you get there after they've let in the allocated number you won't be allowed get there early! 

Cala Luna

Cala Luna Beach in Sardinia

The best beach in Sardinia? Many think this is indeed the best beach, but it's number two on my list.

It's a little difficult to reach, more details further on.

What awaits you is a beautiful 700-meter-long half-moon crescent (hence the name, which means half-moon in Italian) overlooking the Gulf of Orosei.

The water color is azure and crystal clear, and the shallowness of the water means that it is a great place for children.

The vibrant marine life, balmy sea temperatures, and crystalline waters make it a dream come true for snorkelers and scuba divers. Okay, the sea life isn't the Great Barrier Reef or the Maldives, but it is pretty good for the Mediterranean. Just behind the beach, there are rolling hills covered in lush vegetation.

On one side of the beach, there are six small caves, and nearby, reached by boat, is the Grotta (cave) del Bue Marino. It might seem like a bit of an effort to make the trip to the cave, but really, I'd suggest you do. It's spectacular!

Many friends of mine believe this to be not only the best beach in Sardinia but the best beach in the entire Mediterranean!

How to reach the beach

I'd suggest you catch the boat leaving from the port of Cala Gonone or the one that leaves from the beach of Marina di Orosei. By foot, follow the path leaving from Cala Fuili or Balnei.

It must be said that the hike is not the easiest, so if you don’t feel up to it or have young kids, then a boat is the best option. I've tried the hike, and I now go by boat—enough said!!

Cala Fuili

Cala Fuili is located on the coast of Cala Gonone, a little before the beach of Cala Luna and the grotte del Bue Marino.

The beautiful white sand and limpid blue sea, shaded by thick junipers, make this yet another beautiful beach.

Not, in my view, as stunning as Cala Luna, this beach is still exquisite and easier to reach on foot and by car. The view from the top of the hills around the beach is out of this world.

How to reach the beach

Take SS 125, follow the Cala Gonone turn and Viale Bue Marino (Avenue Bue Marino) and then road 26bis till the end. A flight of steps carved out of the rock leads down to the beach. There is parking near the beach.

Cala Mariolu

Cala Mariolu photo shared under Flickr's creative commons license. Photo by Graphia

Cala Mariolu

Cala Mariolu (which means Seal Beach) overlooks the Gulf of Orosei and is situated in Punta Ispuligi (Baunei).

This beach is serious competition to all of the above, and my wife rates it as the best beach in Sardinia.

Here you'll discover a seabed and beach lined with pink pebbles, and the color of the water is without doubt even more spectacularly beautiful than any of the other Sardinian beaches or Italian beaches. Though, some of the beaches in Calabria come close.

Photos don’t do it justice, and gazing at the deep azure blue of the water, one loses oneself in beauty so profound, a beauty so incomparable, so joyous. There is no way to describe it; you have to see it for yourself. It is an uncontaminated paradise of incomparable beauty.

Have you got children? Well, this beach is perfect for children who can play safely near the shore in the shallow water.

Bigger children and adults can have a great time exploring the nearby caves. Cala Mariolu is a great beach for snorkeling and scuba diving as well. Again, this isn't the Maldives, but you will see colorful fish.

How to reach the beach

By sea is best on one of the many boats leaving the ports of Cala Gonone, Arbatax and Santa Maria Navarrese. It can be reached by foot but I have never tried to do so and it is meant to be an arduous hike. If you want some serious exertion before relaxing on perhaps the the best beach in Sardinia then go for it!!


Cala Goloritze

Another candidate as the best beach in Sardinia and indeed one of Italy’s best beaches.

The beach has white stones mixed with sand, and it offers an amazing view of the Punta Goloritzè peak.

From above, this beach is simply gorgeous. I don't think I've ever seen anything much more beautiful in my whole life. The more I think about it, the more I realize that this could just as well be at number one on the list.

The best thing to do is to visit them all and decide for yourself, and if you stay at theBue Marino in Cala Gonone for a week, you'll easily manage to visit them all.

How to reach the beach

Boat trips to the beach have now resumed after having been stopped for awhile. Boats leave Cala Gonone and Santa Maria Navarrese.

Hike in if you are very energetic.

The fact that this beach is so difficult to get to helps to ensure that it is near the top of the list when it comes to finding the best beach in Sardinia.

Best Place To Stay 

The best way to explore the east coast of Sardinia, where these beaches are, is to base yourself in Cala Gonone and spend a week or more exploring.

As I've mentioned, my personal favorite hotel, right on the beach in Cala Gonone and perfect for visiting all the beaches featured, is a hotel called the Bue Marino. Definitely our favorite beach hotel in this part of Sardinia!

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