Sailboat Bavaria Cruiser 51 · 2017
Porto di Cannigione, Cannigione, Italy
- Captain optional
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Relax, have fun and revitalise your sense of adventure in the invigorating sea on your chartered yacht in Sardinia. Discover unspoilt beaches, authentic villages and many of the island’s natural wonders while sailing around Italy’s second largest island. Enjoy the untouched and wild beauty of Sardinia as you snorkel in alluring reefs, soak up the sun on a deserted beach and explore historic sites.
Sardinia is obviously most known for its turquoise waters, stunning sandy beaches and Italian cuisine. If you think that’s all, you are in for a treat. You can discover some of the most picturesque hiking trails, eat your way through the local markets and visit ancient ruins dating back to 2000 BC.
No sailing trip around Sardinia is complete without visiting some of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Whether you are looking for family-friendly beaches with all amenities you could think of or want to explore more remote beaches, Sardinia has it all!
As the island of Sardinia is part of Italy, the leading cuisine on this part of the Mediterranean is definitely Italian food - alongside some dishes that are specific for the island of Sardinia.
Casual dining in Sardinia:
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Sardinia may not be known as THE party island, but after sailing on a boat all day long, you might want to rewind, sip on a delicious cocktail and dance the night away.
Sardinia is an island full of history. Visit historical Alghero for your history fix. It is Sardinia’s fifth largest city and comes with an interesting history. The Genoese founded the city around the 11th century as a simple fishing village, but were quickly invaded by the Pisans and the Catalans due its strategically important location. The house of Savoy conquered the city in 1720. Walking around the historical streets gives you a glimpse into the life of former times. If you want to discover more of Sardinia’s older history, you can take a trip to discover evidence of life during prehistoric times on the island or simply visit the Archaeological Museum of Cagliari.
Myths and legends might not be the first things that come to mind when thinking about Sardinia, but there are more than you think! There are multiple legends surrounding giants inhabiting the island in prehistoric times. When the Mont’e Prama Giants statues were found, people’s imaginations went wild. When they were discovered in 1974 not much was known about Sardinia’s prehistoric inhabitants, so naturally people do what they do when trying to find a suitable explanation for something unexplainable. They imagine what could have been with evidence that is right in front of them.
Sailing holidays in Sardinia are amazing, not only because there are at least 300 days of sunshine a year and top-notch mooring facilities, but because the conditions for sailing are ideal. It is suggested to plan your sailing holiday during April and May or September through October to enjoy optimal wind conditions and less crowds.
There are three prevailing winds in Sardinia: the ‘Mistral’, which blows from the north to the west coast; the cool and breezy west wind, which blows throughout the season; and the warm, dry ‘Scirocco’, which prevails in the eastern part of the island.
Between June and August, wind velocity does not usually exceed 25 knots and averages around 8-20 knots. During peak season, it is advisable to reserve berths in advance. Be careful of dead seaweed and rocks while navigating Golfo Brandichi.
Sardinia is not an expensive location to rent a boat, although prices can increase a bit during peak season. On average it costs only around 50 EUR per person per day to rent a gulet, 58 EUR per person per day to rent a sailboat and around 40 EUR to rent a RIB per person per day. If you’re looking at renting a speedboat, you will need to keep in mind that it will cost you an average of 70 EUR per person per day in Italy. If you are looking at renting a catamaran or a motorboat in Italy, it will be more expensive, but won’t break your bank. On average it will cost you 150 EUR to rent a motorboat per person per day and 140 EUR to rent a catamaran per person per day.
Looking at speeding from beach to beach? Want to anchor in the most stunning bays to sunbathe all day long? Craving a boat holiday with the amenities of a luxurious hotel? The boats you will be looking at are very different from each other, depending on the type of holiday you want to experience.
Pros of renting a catamaran in Sardinia
Renting a catamaran in Sardinia comes with many advantages. As the island is blessed with many hidden bays and beaches, you will most definitely want to explore them all and anchor as close as possible to the coast. Thankfully the shallow draft of catamarans allows you to do that! Hop into the water and swim to the most stunning beaches without using all your energy to get there. If you are looking at renting a more luxurious type of boat for your sailing vacation in Italy, a catamaran may be the perfect water vessel for you as a lot of them come with many amenities you can find in a hotel as well, kind of like a hotel room on water.
Cons of renting a catamaran in Sardinia
As catamarans are relatively spacious, this also means that they take up a lot of space when mooring at a marina. This can come with higher prices for mooring compared to other types of boats.
Pros of renting a sailboat in Sardinia
Renting a sailboat in Sardinia is the perfect option for you if you plan on enjoying the experience of sailing in the Mediterranean. The winds in Sardinia are definitely ideal to sail around the island. Another advantage is the fact that you don’t need to calculate extra costs for fuel as your engine is coming from a natural source.
Cons of renting a sailboat in Sardinia
One of the downsides of renting a sailboat in Sardinia is the fact that sailboats come with a keel that is not ideal for shallow waters. If you’re looking at stopping by some of the most stunning remote beaches in Sardinia, you might be able to enjoy them only from a distance. While the wind might be unpredictable at times, meaning that you might not be able to move forward for a couple of hours on end, this part of the Mediterranean is generally known for its ideal sailing conditions. It is just something you should keep in mind when renting a sailboat in Sardinia for a vacation that might only last a week or two.
Pros of renting a motorboat in Sardinia
Hiring a motorboat in Sardinia is definitely a more luxury option than renting another type of boat. The speed of a motorboat means that you will be able to see more of Sardinia’s stunning remote beaches and overall beautiful coastline that is surrounded by turquoise waters and unique rock formations.
Cons of renting a motorboat in Sardinia
A disadvantage of renting a motorboat in Sardinia and attempting to see everything as fast as possible means that you have to calculate with high additional costs in relation to the fuel. The high speed comes with a price tag.
Rent a gulet in Sardinia
A gulet is the type of boat that makes the hearts of adventurers beat faster. You can sail alongside the strong winds of the Mediterranean where the experience matters more than the destination.
Pros of renting a gulet in Sardinia
Guets are not just the type of boat you rent to go on an amazing adventure in Sardinia, they are also the type of water vessel that you would rent when travelling with a larger group of people. Generally fitting between ten to fifteen people on board, some gulets even allow for more people to come on board. Believe us, this is THE ideal bonding experience with your friends - and you will have the best parties on deck!
Cons of renting a gulet in Sardinia
Renting a gulet is certainly not for everyone. The relatively small rooms that you would stay in can make you feel very claustrophobic. And if you do have a boat licence, but have never maneuvered a gulet before, it might get you into trouble very soon if you end in more turbulent weather. Sailing off season and in rougher seas around Sardinia can definitely make this a very real possibility.
One of the most popular types of boats people look at renting in Sardinia are luxury yachts resembling hotel rooms where you don’t need to feel like you’re missing out on anything. These come at a higher price, but you will be able to enjoy all the amenities you could ask for. In Sardinia a luxury boat you might want to consider is most probably a catamaran or motorboat.
Before we establish what kind of boat licence you would need when chartering a boat in Sardinia, you need to know that you do need a boat licence when renting a yacht here. Residents of EU member states are lucky, because their boat licence will automatically be recognized here. If you are from outside of the EU, your safest bet is getting an International Certificate of Competency or short ICC that is recognised by the UN. In addition, you will need to present some kind of CV that details all your previous nautical experience.
Don’t worry if you are not in possession of a valid and recognized boat licence. You can always hire a skipper for your sailing vacation in Sardinia. Hiring a skipper with your boat rental also comes with the advantage of not having to worry about anything while sailing in Sardinia. Your skipper will take care of the sailing, of the route and tell you many interesting stories. If you have requests to stop somewhere, any good skipper will definitely ensure to fulfill your wishes.
Portisco is an excellent base for a sailing holiday in Sardinia. Covering the Northeast area of Sardinia in the region of Olbia-Tempio, you’ll find many gorgeous beaches and resorts along Costa Smeralda, the Maddalena Archipelago and San Teodoro that are within short distance of Portisco.
From Portisco you can choose to either sail north to the Maddalena Archipelago or to sail down the southern coast of the island. The first option is a group of islands located between Sardinia and Corsica. Turquoise waters that make you feel as though you are in the Maldives. The latter option leads you down the main Sardinian island.
Your first stop should be the breathtaking marine sanctuary on the island of Tavolara. Admire its towering limestone cliffs from your boat rental. Next on the list is a stop in San Teodoro, a trendy seaside resort town with many great bars, restaurants, clubs and phenomenal beaches. Heading further inland leads you to some incredible hiking trails.
No sailing trip around Sardinia is complete without a stop in Golfo di Orosei. With about 30 km of breathtaking beaches, alluring grottos and a coastline that is strikingly contrasted by steep cliffs, Golfo di Orosei is one of the most enchanting places in the entire Mediterranean. Here you’ll find the Parco Nazionale del Golfo di Orosei e del Gennargentu, Sardina’s largest national park.
From Golfo di Orisei you can make your way back up the course or spend a few more days sailing along the eastern coast as you make your way to Cagliari.
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