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Sardegna - Olbia - Itinerary - Sail&Yacht

SARDEGNA - OLBIA

Sardinia is a surprising set of "diversity" originated from its complex naturalistic, historical and cultural richness, since the most remote times, it constituted a meeting point for the cultures of the numerous peoples who landed and colonized the coasts. To the north, between Alghero and Olbia you will find a rich alternation of coves and beaches and the landscape is mainly rocky. A fantastic journey along the jagged northern coasts of Sardinia, where nature has been admirably shaped by a civilization that has its roots in the cultures of the first Mediterranean peoples. In front of Palau, rises the Archipelago of La Maddalena, an unquestionable attraction of extraordinary beauty, from where, going up to the highest point, Guardia Vecchia, you can enjoy the panorama of all the islands of the archipelago up to Corsica.

1 week approx. 90 miles

Olbia – Tavolara (9 m);  Tavolara – I. Caprera (21 m);  I. Caprera – Bonifacio (18 m);  Bonifacio – I. Budelli (11 m);  I. Budelli – I. Spargi (3 m); I. Spargi – La Maddalena (3 m); La Maddalena – Pevero (9 m); Pevero – Olbia (15 m)

2 weeks approx. 112 miles
3 weeks approx. 280 miles

Arcipelago maddalena

In the short stretch of sea of the Bocche di Bonifacio that divides Sardinia from Corsica, there are a myriad of islands and islets, which form the archipelago of La Maddalena, considered an authentic masterpiece of nature. The archipelago is characterized by various forms of granite, shaped by atmospheric agents with the phenomenon of "tafoni", rounded boulders that often give rise to fantastic shapes, entirely excavated by a process of crumbling of the rock from the inside towards the outside, one of the best known among the tafoni is that of Capo d'Orso on the Sardinian coast near Palau.

Tavolara

A pleasant day of navigation, through Capo Figari, the Gulf of Olbia and Tavolara and Molara. You can put yourself at anchor in the Spalmatore bay in Tavolara (excellent backdrops for anchoring), right in front of a beautiful beach, you can swim and enjoy a fantastic view. In the evening you can eat in the restaurant "Re di Tavolara" or "La Corona", the only two restaurants on the island. The north-east part of the island is forbidden to navigation and it is forbidden to anchor it due to the presence of a military zone.

Caprera

The island of Caprera is part of the Maddalena archipelago with which it is connected by a bridge. It has been declared a Natural Reserve and is protected by an absolute constraint of building capacity. Tourist attractions are not lacking. You can climb up to the peaks of Mount Teialone and Poggio Stefano and take a look at the archipelago, all around the pink granite rocks draw an enchanted scenery. On the east side of the island there is Cala Coticcio, reachable by sea or by land through a path among the granite rocks, pink rocks and white sand form the tiny beaches, which can also be reached by swimming from the boat or with a tendino, it is forbidden to use the outboard motor inside the yellow buoys that delimit the coves with the beaches. Further north the wild scenery of the Cervo Mass opens up and to the south-east the famous Cala Brigantina, whose beach is stretched out in a narrow cove protected by the rocky coast, the color of the sea and a sparkling turquoise.

Isola di Budelli

Budelli is famous for the mythical "pink beach": the coral-colored beach, the chromatic intensity of the colors of the sea and the shapes of the granites that surround the cove constitute a unique spectacle in the world, a natural monument to be observed in religious silence. Budelli's pink beach was immortalized by the director Michelangelo Antonioni with a very long sequence in the film "Deserto rosso".

Isola di Spargi

Located to the south-west of the island of La Maddalena, Spargi has numerous coves bathed by transparent waters, including Cala Corsara, one of the most beautiful, from where navigating along the east coast is a succession of inlets (Cala Soraja, Cala Granara , Cala Conneri, Cala Canniccio, Cala Petranera) until you reach Cala Grano, where you can moor and go ashore to follow a path that soon reaches the fortifications of Punta Zanotto. About a mile north of Punta Zanotto is the Washington shoal, an attraction for scuba diving enthusiasts.

La Maddalena

It is the largest by extension, mostly flat. Along the southern coast develops the city of La Maddalena crossed by the carrugi, the Genoese name of its narrow alleys, which go up the hill above Cala Gavetta, the historic port around which the whole town developed. In the city you can find all kinds of shops, restaurants and pizzerias. Opposite about five hundred meters away is the island of Santo Stefano. The natural environment has remained wild and its coasts hide small beaches overlooking a fabulous sea: Spalmetore, to the northeast, where you can stay at the buoy; Cala Francese, a cove sheltered from the wind, just behind Cala Gavetta. Another small port is Porto Massimo, in the northern part of the island ..

Sud Corsica & Archipelago di Lavezzi

The South of Corsica is separated from Sardinia by the legendary Bocche di Bonifacio, a strait of just a few miles. The coast, together with the turquoise and transparent sea, the immense granite peaks, the vast forests, the plateaus and the limestone slopes, form one of the most surprising regions of the island.

Isola di Mortorio

The small archipelago of Mortorio is located in front of the Gulf of Cugnana about a mile from the coast. In addition to the main island, it is also formed by Soffi, with its flat appearance, by the rocks of the Chambers and by the external side by the Mortoriotto rock, on which a signal light is erected. The island of Mortorio is privately owned, but it is, like the others, completely uninhabited. The archipelago is of considerable importance for the nesting of various species of birds. The rarest is the Corsican gull, which here has a stable colony with numerous pairs; the peregrine falcon also nests in Mortorio.

Porto Vecchio

Of Genoese origin, Porto Vecchio is the third largest city in Corsica. Located on the east coast it brings together the advantages of a seaside town and the splendours of its natural location. Equipped with a centuries-old bastion and a splendid marina, Porto-Vecchio today has an ever-growing population and a thriving tourist activity. It has one of the most important marinas on the island, and offers sailboats a sheltered bay surrounded by cork oak hills. Some of the most famous beaches of Corsica, such as Palombaggia and Santa Giulia, are just a few kilometers from the village. Be very careful when entering the harbor, there are shallow waters in the bay and there is a precise entrance channel marked on the nautical charts with ground alignments. In the marina there are many restaurants with fish menus and Corsican cuisine and various shops.

Isola di Cavallo

The Cavallo Island, just north of Lavezzi, is connected to this by a splendid stretch of sea, but to be navigated only by tender, it is entirely private property and, until recently, has been an exclusive destination for VIPs "very much wealthy ". At the time it was virtually impossible to land on the island or even moor nearby. Today things have changed a little and a small marina has been built to accommodate the pleasure craft.

Attention: the Lavezzi archipelago, and therefore the entire stretch of sea that runs from the coast to the Lavezzi rock, including Cavallo, Piana and Ratino, is full of dangers. At many points, navigation is difficult even for motorboats!

Bonifacio

The Gods could not give to Corsica, in its extreme south, that a unique place. This takes on the appearance of a white vessel that takes part in the assault of the great broad: Bonifacio! The charm of this old town sparkling with whiteness is irresistible and dotted with attractive old streets that climb towards the top of the Citadel, and, lined with inlets from which you can admire the islands of Lavezzi and Cavallo, and Sardinia. It is fascinating to enter the port by boat. From a distance you can see the entrance of the port as a crack in the white limestone rock, as soon as you enter the fjord you don't immediately see the city, but there is a bend before, with small bays where someone goes founded when the port is full. After passing the loop, the panorama of Bonifacio opens up: from the docks, where nautical activities take place, to the top of the citadel, teeming with tourists and residents. Remember that you are in France! Already on the port you can find the classic "baguettes" and if you go up the narrow streets that lead to the "belvedere" there are several "creperies".

Porto Cervo

You are in the heart of the Costa Smeralda. The port is built within a natural cove, within which there are also some small beaches that border the English lawns of the splendid villas typical of the coast. The Marina is very elegant and well equipped. There are clothing and jewelry stores of the most famous brands and renowned restaurants. It is possible to stay at anchor inside the bay, but to find a place it is advisable to enter not later than 4 pm, otherwise the transit moorings are available on call: always ask for the cost to avoid bad surprises.

Nord Sardegna e Corsica Occidentale

Porto Massimo

It is a private port located on the east coast of the Porto Lungo cove, on the island of La Maddalena; it consists of a quay with an elbow banked internally and an internal pier normal to the coast. The shore is partially quay. Dangers: illuminated buoy field in front of the port. Access time: continuous Access: maximum speed 3 knots; call the port management by vhf before entering. Headlights and lights: 1121 (E 0984) - fixed green light, range 3 M, on the starboard head when entering; 1121.2 (E 0984.2) - fixed red light, range 3 M, on the head of the internal jetty to the left upon entering. Sea bottom: sand and algae. Backdrops: on the quay from 2 to 8 m Radio: vhf channels 09 - 12. Berths: 150. The island, generally considered of extraordinary naturalistic value and of great beauty, is the object of intense tourist frequentation, favored by the relative proximity to the main towns of the major islands. its main attractions are the waters, the bays, the birds and the flora (both emerged and aquatic). One of the most suggestive coves is Cala Lazzaaina; to enter the cove you need to be careful, you have to skirt the rocks on the left until you reach the last rock, to avoid the dangers to starboard and give 3 meters of clear water from the sandy bottom.

Ajaccio

The Gulf of Ajaccio is very hollow, extending between the Sanguinaires archipelago to the north and the Capo di Muro to the south. The city stretches out terraced at the bottom of the gulf between sandy beaches, headlands, coves and coves, closed off by the dark outline of the Sanguinaires island. Behind the city there are gentle hills planted with cereals, citrus groves and vineyards; the old city and the village of Genoese origin, are crossed by innumerable streets that are intertwined and in which the market and the fishermen are found, who praise the odes of their catch. As you approach the Sanguinare islands pay attention to the Fico rock and the Botte rock, beyond, a low and rocky coast extremely exposed to the wind, especially to the Mistral to the Ponente. While sailing around the islands, pay attention to the many rocky outcrops or semi-submerged rocks, preferring by far the mooring in the bosom of Ajaccio, now very close after a short navigation to the east.

Baia dei Figari

The Bay of Figari, almost 2 miles long, offers excellent shelters from all times. Impossible to face it at night, the bay is full of small (and splendid) inlets, but also of shoals and rocks that narrow the navigable canal in safety to a stretch of a few meters. At the bottom of the bay there is the port of Pianottoli Caldarello, with water and electricity on the quay. A couple of restaurants are located in front of the harbor, but they are not reachable from here by land (the road from the port to the other shore makes a rather long tour), so it is advisable to get there by tender. It is also possible to moor behind the islet of the port but be careful. the bottoms are very low.

S. Teresa di Gallura

Santa Teresa di Gallura has a modern and functional port, it is located in one of the most attractive geographical areas in the world: in the Bocche di Bonifacio. The village is full of restaurants and places of attraction for tourists. Nearby there are numerous beaches, some of which are not very popular because they are difficult to access from the ground. It is recommended a fonda in Capo Testa, in the Gulf of Santa Reparata, where by going ashore with the tender you can find restaurants where you can eat excellent fish.

Poltu Qualtu

Poltu Quatu is a fjord of incomparable beauty, with rocks that sank into the emerald sea without a beach, granite covered with fragrant vegetation, rosemary, myrtle and other wild plants with intense aromas. Its characteristic inlet sheltered from the excesses of the sea and the wind made it choose an ideal landing place for boats and over the years it has turned into a village that faithfully reproduces a fishing village, built around the classic circular square.


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