Sardinia Crusing Itinerary: Maddalena Archipelago and Past

I first sailed Sardinia with mates in 2013, so it felt full circle to return in 2023 and constitution a catamaran with Dream Yacht Constitution for a household trip!

The distinctive islands and turquoise waters make Sardinia the proper crusing vacation spot.

We chartered a 42’ catamaran and employed a skipper which made the journey so snug. The one factor I’d have carried out otherwise on our journey is opting to additionally rent a hostess so another person might store, cook dinner, and clear for us.

My son was 11 months outdated on this journey and it could have been good to totally calm down and benefit from the crusing with out another duties. In any other case, I wouldn’t change a factor!

Our week at sea included stops at totally different seashores and islands within the La Maddalena Archipelago (the place we frequently have been the one boat anchored in a single day) and we additionally crossed over to Corsica for an evening in Bonifacio (the place we celebrated my birthday)!

Listed here are my suggestions and itinerary for crusing Sardinia’s Maddalena Archipelago!


Yacht Constitution Particulars:

Fountaine Pajot Astrea 42′ Catamaran

Booked with: Dream Yacht Constitution

Saturday to Saturday: Could 27-June 3, 2023

Base: Olbia, Sardinia

Skippered (subsequent time we’ll additionally rent a hostess!)

Catamaran Format

Fountaine Pajot Astrea 42 Catamaran

I extremely advocate a catamaran for a crusing constitution (particularly with youngsters). They provide far more deck area for lounging and are extra secure, so there may be a lot much less rocking than with a monohull.

The Fountaine Pajot Astrea 42 Catamaran was the proper yacht for our household.

It options 4 (almost an identical) inside cabins with ensuite loos + two further v-berths. Should you rent a skipper and a hostess, they will sleep within the v-berths leaving the 4 inside cabins on your crew.

We traveled as 3 adults and a child, however there was loads of area to sleep 8 comfortably.

Take a look at the complete particulars of the catamaran right here!


Early Test-In

Isola Tavolara

Day 1: Test-In Day

Early check-in (further price) on the Olbia marina — it’s the one option to set sail the identical day as check-in (and completely value it)!

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Sail to Isola Tavolara.

This small however fascinating island is positioned on the northeastern coast of Sardinia, Italy. With its rugged magnificence, crystal-clear waters, and distinctive pure formations, Isola Tavolara is a haven for sailors and nature fans alike.

The island’s centerpiece is the imposing Tavolara Mountain, which rises dramatically from the ocean, creating a surprising backdrop on your crusing journey.

You’ll be able to take pleasure in dinner on the island however remember the costs are fairly steep!


In a single day anchorage.

Spiaggi di Cala Coticcio

Day 2: Spiaggi di Cala Coticcio

Get pleasure from a sluggish begin to your day and head to the seashore at Isola Tavolara. Should you’re feeling adventurous, you’ll be able to pre-book a guided hike to the summit. Hikes meet at 6:00 a.m. and take 6-7 hours.


Sail to Spiaggi di Cala Coticcio on Caprera Island.

Positioned on the uninhabited island of Caprera, this secluded seashore is famend for its breathtaking magnificence and pristine environment. As you method the cove with its turquoise waters and mushy, white sand, the colourful Mediterranean flora frames the shoreline.

This bay can get extraordinarily crowded but it surely clears out within the night. This was one among our favourite spots of the complete journey!


In a single day anchorage.

Cala Napoletana

Capocchia d’u Purpu

Day 3: La Maddalena

Sail to Cala Napoletana, a secluded cove characterised by its clear azure waters and pristine white sands. Benefit from the seashore and swim off the boat.


Subsequent, sail to Capocchia d’u Purpu on Maddalena Island.

Capocchia d’u Purpu interprets to “octopus head” within the native dialect, named after a small rocky outcrop that resembles an octopus head. We took the dinghy to the seashore for a swim, after which had lunch again on the boat.


Lastly, sail to the city of La Maddalena.

There are two marinas right here:

Cala Gavetta is true within the middle of city, so it’s in style and louder. If you wish to be in the midst of the motion, select this marina.

We opted for Marina di Cala Mangiovolpe which is on the other finish of city however nonetheless inside strolling distance of the whole lot. Should you want a relaxed and quiet ambiance, select this marina.

Stroll the city, do some buying, take pleasure in a neighborhood, freshly caught seafood dinner, and finish the evening with a stroll alongside the waterfront with gelato in hand!


In a single day in marina.

Cala Corsara

Spiaggia Rosa

Cala Lunga

Day 4: Pink Seashore

Discover the city of La Maddalena within the morning. There are some cute cafes and markets so you’ll be able to take pleasure in a espresso and restock your meals & provides for the subsequent few days.

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I like to recommend visiting the fish market to get some contemporary seafood to cook dinner on the boat for dinner!


Sail to Cala Corsara on Spargi Island.

Cala Corsara, nestled on the enchanting Spargi Island in Sardinia, is a real slice of paradise. This secluded cove boasts powdery white sand that meets the crystal-clear turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

In peak season, this bay shall be PACKED so that you won’t be capable of anchor (we went in early summer time and nonetheless opted towards staying lengthy due to what number of boats have been within the space).


Sail to Spiaggia Rosa (Pink Seashore) on Budelli Island.

Spiaggia Rosa, or “Pink Seashore,” is a exceptional pure marvel positioned on Budelli Island. What makes this seashore actually distinctive is its pale pink sand, which derives its distinctive hue from the presence of microscopic fragments of pink coral, shells, and granite.

This seashore is a protected space, and its uncommon magnificence has led to laws that prohibit direct entry to the sand with the intention to protect its delicate ecosystem. You’ll be able to dinghy to the trailhead for a brief nature stroll that follows the shoreline.

Although you’ll be able to’t stroll on the seashore, you continue to get wonderful views of the pink sand and turquoise sea!


Sail to Cala Lunga on Razzoli Island.

This protected bay graces Razzoli Island’s west coast, a pristine haven the place nature actually reveals off. It boasts white sands and crystal clear waters, all framed by hanging orange-hued granite formations.

We dropped anchor and raised a glass of Aperol Spritz simply earlier than the solar set—one of the best sundown of our journey!


In a single day anchorage.

Razzoli Lighthouse

Day 5: Bonifacio, Corsica

Begin the morning with a nature stroll on Razzoli Island to the outdated lighthouse. When you dinghy to shore, it’s a simple, principally flat stroll of about 1km. The stroll is scenic and undoubtedly value doing!


Sail to Bonifacio, Corsica.

Crusing into Bonifacio is without doubt one of the most spectacular sights I’ve ever seen—little colourful Lego-like buildings dot the sting of the cliff prime. You get the sensation that the slightest breeze might topple them over the sting and into the turquoise sea under.

Bonifacio is break up into 2 components: the seaside port city and the medieval citadel perched excessive upon the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean.

I had sailed to Bonifacio ten years earlier throughout a a lot totally different period of my life. On that journey with mates, we explored the citadel all day and partied all evening at B52. This journey, with my 11-month-old child, gave me a completely new perspective on the vacation spot.

The afternoon we arrived in port, we did a little bit buying within the marina. Then, we took the little vacationer practice for a scenic loop up and again down the citadel, Then, we rode the carousel. We loved dinner within the marina at Del Ferro (it was nice I undoubtedly advocate!). And, we completed the night with a stroll alongside the waterfront—gelato in hand.

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In a single day in marina.

Cala della Chiesa

Cala Ferrigno

Day 6: Cala della Chiesa

Spend the morning having fun with Bonifacio.

We have been up early with the infant so we determined to trek as much as the citadel by foot. It’s a steep path, however the views from the highest are properly value it!

Spend 1-2 hours winding the slender walkways and discover the outdated cemetery. Most eating places and retailers within the citadel don’t open till 9 a.m. or later, so maintain that in thoughts as you intend your journey to the highest.

Make your approach again down and do some remaining buying within the marina.

There are two Spars (chain grocer) and Chez Lucerne Yacht Providers (a specialty provision service with gourmand merchandise) on reverse ends of the marina.

For freshly baked French pastries and bread, try Pâtisserie Sorba (conventional baked items) and Anthony Barralon x Ciccio (gourmand pastries and specialty gelato).


Sail to Cala della Chiesa within the Lavezzi Islands.

This was my favourite anchorage of the entire journey (and we occurred to be there on my birthday!). The bay is protected and the water is SO blue. It’s additionally top-of-the-line spots for snorkeling—there have been so many fish!

Get pleasure from lunch on the boat, then head to the seashore or take a hike across the island. There are many well-marked mountain climbing paths and the terrain is generally flat. Notice that there isn’t a lot shade, so put on safety and produce water!


Lastly, sail to Cala Ferrigno on Spargi Island.

The attract of Cala Ferrigno lies in its exclusivity, accessible solely by boat. There’s a pier so that you’re capable of moor in a single day and have direct entry to the seashore.

The distinctive amber-sand seashore is exclusive to the opposite locations we visited alongside our journey.

You too can take a stroll of about 45 minutes to the fortifications of Petrajaccio and Punta Zanotto (outdated navy batteries) embedded and camouflaged in granite rock.


In a single day mooring on pier.

Dream Yacht Base in Olbia

Day 7: Return to Base Marina

Get pleasure from a sluggish morning on the seashore at Cala Ferrigno earlier than crusing again to the marina in Olbia on your final evening!

Head out and discover the city of Olbia—you’ll discover retailers and eating places alongside Corso Umberto and in Piazza Regina Margherita.


Night time in marina.

Day 8: Bon Voyage

Disembark within the morning!

Ultimate Suggestions!

As talked about at the start of the put up, there isn’t a single option to sail Sardinia! Some days you might have to improvise on account of climate or crowds, or you might decide to sail to utterly totally different locations.

I hope that sharing our itinerary helps you intend your individual journey and offers you inspiration on your personal journey!