A few days of beach time during your vacation will give you the opportunity to wind down after a jam-packed itinerary full of sightseeing and cultural experiences. Whenever possible, we create beach stays to add to your vacation so you can relax along some of the finest beaches in Italy. Have a look at our top picks for all you beach bums who want to travel Italy, and return home refreshed and recharged.  Since there are so many to choose from, we’ve decided to start off with Sardinia, the ultimate island for beaches and water sports.

 This quote from Fabrizio De Andrè says it all.  “Life in Sardinia is probably the best a man can wish: twenty-four-thousand kilometers of forests, countryside, shores immersed in a miraculous sea, this corresponds to what I would suggest God to give us as Paradise.” He describes Sardinia spectacularly. 

Sardinia proudly offers up 200 beaches and coves ranging from shores of silky white sand, picture-perfect pebbly beaches and the most pristine of all of Italy.  We take every opportunity to relish the sandy, secluded coves on our trip.  In between the cultural and active excursions, a beach visit to this part of Italy is absolutely necessary.  When it comes to natural beauty, Sardinia beaches effortlessly compete with Hawaii, the French Riviera and the Caribbean.  Here are some of our favorites.

The Emerald Coast known by many as Costa Smeralda is a must when visiting the island.  Relax on the many beautiful beaches in the area then delight in a boat ride to the Maddalena Islands to leisurely admire the impressive sail boats and yachts as the sun slowly sets. 

Pevero beach near Porto Cervo has all the amenities a beach lover needs and one of the best snorkeling on the island.  Choose from Grande (big) Pevero beach or Piccolo (small) Pevero beach, and just north of the Pevero beaches is Cala Granu Beach which is in the heart of Costa Smeralda, a little cove of loveliness.

The Principe Beach is one of the best beaches in the Costa Smeralda.  It is also a nice spot for snorkeling for the shallow waters.  The white sandy beach with lovely clear water and ever-changing hues of turquoise is divided by rocks that stretch out into the sea.

La Pelosa beach with its turquoise water and white sandy beach is arguably the most pristine beach in all of Europe.  Located along the North-West part of Sardinia near Stintino.  It has the markings of a Caribbean beach, but for a whole lot less.

In and around Alghero, there are three fabulous beaches where the adventurous spirited sun-worshiper and water explorer will revel in windsurfing, snorkeling and kayaking.

Le Bombarde beach is suitable for families with its golden sands, volcanic rocks, crystal clear water and dense forest of pines, eucalyptus and other Mediterranean varieties.

Maria Pia beach is one of the best beaches near Alghero backed with dunes and thick pines, which provides shade during the hottest part of the day.  This beach is great for a nice walk or jog along the shore.  We highly recommend Maria Pia beach when you visit Alghero.

And last, but not least is La Speranza beach. La Speranza is popular among windsurfers and also one of the quietest beaches in the area for a little romantic getaway.  If you feel like getting a bite to eat, the popular “La Speranza” restaurant offers fresh seafood for lunch.

With so many beaches to visit, Sardinia is a destination you’ll want to explore.  Our Sardinia itinerary offers up the perfect getaway every summer.