South Sardinia

South Sardinia

Wild winds, mysterious towers, romantic fishing towns and exotic beaches await you in the very south of Sardinia.

The southern coast of Sardinia is much less busy than the north, making it a great location for a quiet cruise. The coastline here is more rugged and green than its northern counterpart and offers a large number of of beautiful sandy beaches that are often compared to those of the Caribbean. However, the southern coast of Sardinia is also very windy .

If you wait for more stable weather conditions, you will find many beautiful towns, interesting islands and countless safe anchorages. To the southeast, from the islet of Serpentara to Cape Boi, lies the marine reserve of Capo Carbonara with its beautiful sandybeaches and an incredible variety of underwater life, which you can enjoy especially with snorkelling or diving equipment. Great diving and fishing also await you at the islands of Sant' Antioco and San Pietro.

I will be happy to help you choose a boat for South Sardinia. Do not hesitate to contact me.

The 10 most beautiful places in South Sardinia

  1. Old Town in Cagliari
  2. Beach and coast in the Chia area
  3. Carloforte town and port
  4. The ancient town of Nora
  5. Diving and fishing on the island of Sant' Antioco
  6. The harbour town of Buggerru
  7. Molentargius Lagoon
  8. Capo Carbonara Marine Reserve
  9. Costa Rei coast
  10. The village of Sarroch and the nurag Domue S'Orcu

Interesting coves in South Sardinia

Baia Carbonara

Depending on the wind, anchor on the east or west side, but the large bay is the most attractive, especially as a lunch and swimming stop. The bottom is sandy and rocky, with varying holding power.

Porto Malfatano

Porto Malfatano is a collection of several bays and niches in the southwest, which together form a very attractive anchorage. It is dominated by a beautiful tower towering over Capo Malfatano. Yachts from Cagliari often come here for the weekend.

Porto Malfatano

A large bay to the east of Capo Malfatano. It offers good shelter, even if you anchor in the outer part of the bay because of the depth. The bottom is muddy-gravelly, the anchor holds decently.


You can anchor on either side of the islet, depending on the wind. The anchor is holding solid.

East Bay

Anchor in 4-6 feet on sand and grass. It offers good cover from the east, but watch for gusts coming from the nearby valley.

All three bays are exposed to katabatic winds from the mountains at night.

Weather and weather conditions

As in the north of Sardinia, NW winds prevail, but SW winds are also common and can reach 5-6 Bf in the Gulf of Cagliari and off the island of Sant' Antioco. There are also frequent storms here, but these usually do not last more than 2 to 3 hours. For the rest of the year, the wind is mainly from the north-east and north-west, but southerly gales also occur. With strong winds from either direction, the sea is rough at Cape Sperone and Cape Carbonara.

The most beautiful towns and marinas in southern Sardinia


The beautiful city of Cagliari has been the main hub of Sardinia since Roman times. It has retained its status to this day thanks to its busy port and airport. Despite its size, the city centre is cosy and integral, made up of a labyrinth of streets that lead you up the hill to the high citadel.

Our tour of this port city will naturally start at the quay, along which run the arcades of the magnificent Via Roma, lined with many trees. At the end of this stretches the Piazza Mattaotti with the magnificent Palazzo Comunale, the town hall with its two towers. From the harbour, Viale Regina Marghareta leads you to the very attractive old quarter of Castello, surrounded by massive walls. The quarter includes the famous Bastione San Remy bastion, from the top of which you can enjoy a view of the city's harbour and the surrounding lagoon.

It is also worth visiting the two massive defensive Pisan towers, Torre San Pancrazio and Torre dell' Elefante, dating from the very beginning of the 14th century. century, where again the views of the surrounding area are magnificent. For anyone with even a passing interest in Sardinia's culture and past, a visit to the Archaeological Museum in Piazza dell' Arsenale is a must. Here you can see Phoenician, Carthaginian and Roman jewellery and other finds, but above all the extremely rare bronze collection of statuettes from the Nuragic culture. Also worth a visit is the Muezum of wax anatomical models, or the laboriously assembled Museum of Asian Culture.

Near the square, the impressive 2nd century AD Roman amphitheatre will catch your eye, where you can still see the remaining rows of seats, underground passages and animal pits. Ladies in the garrison will appreciate the nearby botanical gardens, which can be reached via Ignazio da Laconi Street. Here they will enjoy more than five hundred species of Mediterranean tropical flora, and also cool down nicely on a sultry afternoon.

Where to anchor in Cagliari

1. Marina Portus Karalis

Located close to the city centre in the inner harbour. It offers 140 berths with moorings and excellent cover. No showers have been reported here yet in 2015. There is space for mega yachts in the NW pool.

2. Marina del Sole

About a mile from the center, east of the yacht club are two marinas. The cheaper of the two is Marina del Sole - a friendly, family marina, some might say slightly chaotic. It offers 220 berths and 30 visitor berths. A staff member in a dinghy will assist you as you go in. Marina del Sole is popular for wintering and for sailors living on a boat.

3. Marina di Sant' Elmo

Offers the only pontoon between Marina del Sole and Marina di Bonaria. It is slightly more expensive than the former and very efficiently run. Both marinas have sail makers and fitters. 300 berths and 30 visitor berths, all with moorings. The marina staff will help you with mooring. The marina offers great shelter from all directions.


Carloforte is very popular among sailors. It offers 5 marinas and harbours and also a town pier which is free of charge. Its centre is really beautiful, with elegant pastel-coloured houses with wrought-iron balconies lining the streets that open onto the main boulevard that winds around the waterfront.

The locals are of Venetian origin, having settled here from the Venetian colony in Tunis, from where they fled persecution. They were later kidnapped by Tunisian pirates and the Sardinian government had to spend a fortune to get them back. Carloforte is a fishing centre with a focus on tuna, and a lively tourist town, but one that has retained its original character.

Visit the local museum, which displays the tuna nets where tuna were traditionally cast and killed. The museum also has exhibits on mining traditions, rural arts and boatbuilding. You don't even have to get up too high to enjoy the beautiful masses in the town's small church, which start at 9:30 each day. The beautiful voices of the ladies of the congregation pour out into the street. Don't confuse this little church with the larger church in the Piazza.

Where to anchor in Carloforte

1. The public town pier

Carloforte's public pier is free to use, but your stay is strictly limited to 48 hours. Floating is by bow or stern, but moorings are not yet available. The pier offers 20 berths.

2. Marina Sifredi

Located at the root of the north breakwater. The marina offers 300 berths with moorings, showers and toilets. Two other pontoons of the same operator can be found at the southern windbreak.

3. Marina Marinatour

This operator owns two pontoons - Mahon immediately south of Marina Sifredi, and another Nautico at the town pier. It offers a total of 200 berths, moorings, showers, toilets and Wi-Fi. Water and electricity are on all berths.


This town, brimming with ancient remains, was founded by the Phoenicians in the 9th century BC, and the famous stele of Nora, on which the name Sardinia first appeared. Right on the seafront are the remains of the ancient Levantine baths, with a beautifully preserved mosaic floor with stars and rosettes.

There are several similar ancient baths on the site, with a spacious sea bath with preserved massive masonry and part of the vault rising out of the series. Amazing are the remains of a 2nd century theatre, under whose stage giant amphorae have been discovered. All the excavations are perfectly marked and lie right on the seashore. In addition, the site is bordered by beaches as far as the Capo Spartivento cape with its lighthouse.


The settlement of Chia can be found 7 miles southwest of Nora. Its landmark is the coastal tower of Torre di Chia, standing on the site of the ancient Phoenician settlement of Bithia. It was only discovered in 1939 when a strong tide carried away deposits of sand and silt. A Punic-Roman sanctuary was found, as well as a burial site dating from the 4th century BC, whose tombs can be seen along the coast.


Near the ancient town of Nora is the famous resort of Pula. The colourful houses will surely attract you. If you have any golfers on board, they will appreciate a walk to the famous Is Molas golf course, where international tournaments are also held. Near Pula, Cape Capo di Pula looms out from the mainland, particularly significant mineralogically for its abundant zeolite, quartz and calcite.

Sant' Antioco

The town was probably founded by the Carthaginians on the ruins of the original Phoenician settlement of Sulcis from the 8th century BC. As soon as you enter the town's harbour you will notice the landmark of the town, the old Roman bridge Ponte Romano. There are also very nice beaches in the area.


Rod and Lucinda Heikell, in their pilot to the Italy area, state that Calasetta is a pleasant little town. It was founded in the 12th century, but probably did not play a significant role in the affairs of the island. It is situated in the north-west of the island and 300 ships find shelter in its harbour. The surrounding area is famous for its wine-making activities, especially the red and rosé Carignano variety, which can be tasted in the cellars on Via Roma.

Islands around southern Sardinia

San Pietro

This wild island forms the marine part of the San Pietro Channel. Its attractiveness lies in the many small bays and niches that can serve as very pleasant daytime anchorages, depending on the wind direction. As in the case of La Maddalena, the many cliffs and rocks that line the island must be taken into account. The Piana islet off the north-west corner of the island, where there is a beautiful old fishing village, is definitely worth a look.

A similar village can be found on the north-eastern side of San Pietro itself. The strait between these two islands is really shallow, so avoid it. The island is named after Saint Peter, who is said to have been shipwrecked here and then taught the locals how to catch tuna.

Sant' Antioco

It is a rocky, cliff-encircled island, which is only disturbed to the northeast by low salt pans that extend to the opposite mainland. It is connected to the mainland by a causeway. It is anchored in three ports - Calasetta at the north-western tip, Sant' Antoniocu to the east and Porto Ponte Romano on the artificially constructed mainland neck. When sailing in bad weather, keep an eye on the north-east of the island and Cape Sperone, where there is usually a strong sea swell.

Gastronomy in Southern Sardinia

The diet of the southern Sardis does not differ much from that of the north: it is a pastoral and fishing diet . The pastoral component of Sardinian gastronomy is best experienced by anchoring your boat safely in one of the picturesque harbours and exploring inland. There, you'll taste the real rarities. Venison and mutton, however well prepared, may not surprise you. But horse or even donkey meat might.

South Sardinian food is simply more exotic and colourful than that of the north, and Africa is only 120 nautical miles away. You can feel it in San Pietro, where couscous is a common ingredient on the daily menus. The traditional Sardinian dish, crispy carascu bread cakes, also has an African feel. The long summers and short winters favour fruit crops; the local fruit is much more abundant.juicier and tastier than in more northern parts of Europe. Even bananas grow here!

Ice cream in a gelaticone while strolling along the waterfront in the evening may be standard fare for you, but try your favourite ice cream-filled brioche for breakfast!

ThePhoenicians were already making a big splash with wine, and today's residents are not far behind their ancient counterparts. Even the ordinary, bottled wines in southern Sardinia taste impeccable and can be enjoyed at a truly folksy price. money, especially if you can get a litre from the locals.

Diving in southern Sardinia

If you're sailing from Cagliari on your cruise and you're carrying your diving gear, stay a while in the Gulf of Cagliari. Plus, if you're a history and WWII buff, you've found yourself in perhaps the most renowned site of its kind. Indeed, many warships and cargo ships that were pursued by British U-boats found their scrapyards here. The wrecks are usually very well preserved, at shallow depths and surrounded by colourful marine life.

Wreck of the warship Romagna, Gulf of Cagliari, Capitana

It was too late when the captain of the Romagna, carrying a valuable cargo of weapons and fuel, received an inaccurate report of a minefield in the course of the voyage. Romagna struck a mine and was immediately cut in half. In August 1943, both parts of the ship grounded on a shallow sandy bottom, about 30-40 meters deep, 800 meters apart. Today, with the proper equipment and experience, we can admire a very well-preserved wreck, literally wrapped and surrounded by marine flora. Giant gannets, toadfish or stingrays will be your guides. Absolutely breathtaking is the sight of the huge and perfectly preserved rudder and propeller, which is a huge treat especially for the current captains.

Wreck of the cargo ship Entella, Cagliari Bay, Solanas

The convoy of three ships Entella, Loredan and Isonzo was sailing with a cargo of coal to the La Maddalena archipelago on the morning of 10 April 1943 when they were attacked by the British submarine Safari. The first two torpedoes sank Loredan and Isonzo, but Captain Entella made a ghostly maneuver towards the coast, avoiding the third torpedo and saving the entire crew. The next day, however, the submarine returned and sank Entella. Now, on the bottom, you'll find a pile of twisted iron, the outline of a hull and black coal scattered all around . It's a very shallow dive of up to 15 metres, so the site is beautifully sunlit. The underwater life here is very diverse, with moray eels, octopuses, barracudas and even lobsters here and there.

Sant' Antioco

On this island you will find the beautiful sandy bay of Cala Lunga. It is hidden on the coast a short distance from Nido dei Passeri and offers spectacular underwater scenery and a stunningly varied fish world right off the coast in shallow water. In addition to schools of bluefin tuna, you can say hello to dolphins or giant manta rays off the shores of the island. The bottom is usually covered with Posidonia seagrass, so you'll feel like you're in a charming underwater garden.

Fishing in southern Sardinia

Sardinia has always been famous for fishing for bluefin tuna, also known as bluefin tuna. Traditionally, it was caught in permanent nets called mattanzas, which very often posed serious navigational hazards. However, these nets are no longer installed to the extent they used to be due to the decline of the tuna. The tuna have changed their migration route and now avoid the coast. In some areas, their ranks have also thinned through overfishing.

Strict quotas are now in place for catching this prized fish. One of the latest mattanza festivals is called the Giro Tonno and is held annually in Carloforte. There is very good underwater fishing off the Sardinian coast, but spearfishing with diving gear is prohibited.

The islands of Sant' Antioco and San Pietro

These two islands in the south-west of Sardinia are perfect for fishing. The sea here provides a home for morays, boilies, bream, sea urchins and, above all, an abundance of tuna. You can also spot defins. If you don't have your own fishing gear, it's easy to rent it, for example in Carloforte or Sant' Antionico. It is also possible to take a paid trip with an experienced local fisherman.


The Gulf of Cagliari also offers numerous opportunities for fishing excursions, including night fishing or fishing at dawn or dusk. In addition to the traditional tuna, you can catch barracuda, sea bream or sea bass. However, the latter two can only be found from December to August, sometimes only until March. If you fancy a hand-caught cuttlefish or octopus, plan a trip here during the colder months.

How to get to Southern Sardinia?

By air

The quickest and most comfortable way to get to Sardinia is, of course, by air. Direct flights between Prague and southern Sardinia are offered by SmartWings and Czech Airlines. In the summer months, charter flights fly to the island's largest airport, Cagliari. The price of tickets is really variable. It depends on the specific flight and the airline chosen. Flights to Sardinia can be found from CZK 2,000.

Combination car - ferry

If you decide for some reason to travel by car, you will certainly not regret it. You'll appreciate the comfort and flexibility along the way. Plus, you can use the car to explore the beauty of Sardinia.

From Prague, the best route is via Rozvadov to Germany around Munich, then through Innsbruck, Austria and over the Brenner Pass to Livorno, Italy, where you will board a ferry that will take you to Sardinia (Golfo Aranci or Olbia) in 6 to 10 hours. For an Austrian ten-day stamp you will pay about 9 €, for the Brenner Pass you will also pay about 9 €, for Italian motorway tolls to Livorno you will pay about 33 €, to Civitavecchia or Piombino about 30 €, to Genoa about 12 €. The stretch from Venice to Naples, from where the ferry to Cagliari leaves, will cost around €100 for a car and 4 people.

Ferries to Sardinia depart from the ports of Genoa, Livorno, Civitavecchia and Piombino. However, the most common ferry route from the mainland to the south of Sardinia will be Naples - Cagliari. The price of the ferry depends on the day of the crossing, whether you sail day or night, if you want a cabin, the type of car you want and also the advance in which you book your ticket. The approximate price of a return ferry ticket for a family of 4 with a passenger car fee is around €350.

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