Discover a different side to Italy this summer and indulge in a luxury yacht charter to Sardinia. A spectacular island to explore via water, Sardinia, or Sardegna, is home to a stunning array of sandy beaches, crystal-clear bays, breathtaking mountains and so much. The second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea after Sicily, it is ideally located south of the famous French island of Corsica. With the northern and southern parts of the island offering distinctive styles, you’d want to take your time in exploring everything Sardinia has to offer. From the capital of Olbia, perfect for soaking up local colour and culture, to the exclusive Costa Smeralda, famous for its white-sand beaches, emerald waters and luxury offering that attracts jetsetters from around the globe, we share the top three things to do during a Sardinia yacht charter.
Climb from Piazza della Costituzione to Bastione San Remy
One of the best ways to kick off your exploration of the island of Sardinia is by visiting the capital city of Cagliari. A lively city, the best way to arrive in Cagliari is by sea, with the many roofs surrounding the domes, towers and palazzi of the hilltop citadel II Castello. The former home of the city’s aristocracy, many visitors enjoy exploring the fortifications, the beautiful cathedral and fascinating surroundings. One of the best ways to get a feel for the city is by climbing from the Piazza della Costituzione to Bastione San Remy. Built to defend the Castello quarter, this striking building is one of the most majestic monuments in the city. Offering sweeping views over the bay, it’s also nearby the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, which houses Punic, Greek, and Roman artefacts, as well as ancient gold pieces and other historical artefacts discovered in the enigmatic round stone structures called nuraghe, which can be seen all over Sardinia.
Tour Nuraghe Su Nuraxi
The name may sound mysterious, but the remains of thousands of ancient stone towers can be seen throughout the island. These megalithic edifices were constructed during the Nuragic Age between 1900 and BC and reflect the distinct culture known as the Nuragic civilisation. Although many of these stone towers now lie in total ruin, the best preserved and most complete is the Nuraghe Su Naraxi. Located near Cagliari, it is cited by UNESCO to be one of the best restorations anywhere in the Mediterranean. Enter the tower to examine the timber that dates back to 1.500 BC and climb to the upper levels to see how it was built first-hand. Be sure to explore the foundations of the ancient village that surrounded it before visiting the Casa Zapata Museum in the village. Showcasing several interesting exhibits, you can see another nuraghe that has been excavated under the building.
Visit Costa Smeralda
The famed Costa Smeralda is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in all the Mediterranean. Named after its emerald green waters and white-sand beaches, its comparison to the rich gem may also be linked to its popularity among the yachting elite. The coastline here is home to several exclusive marinas, such as Porto Cervo, as well as luxury resorts like Cala di Volpe. Developed by the Aga Khan in the 1960s, pamper yourself with an indulged spa session, enjoy tanning on the private, secluded beaches, play a hand of tennis or sample some of the fine-dining options available. The ideal place to enjoy watersports, break out all of your charter yachts water toys and explore the many coves and bays of the Costa Smeralda.