North or South Sardinia?

Find out the main differences between the northern and southern coast of the Island

From North to South, the island has some common traits: crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches, a delicious cuisine and an ancient wine culture, welcoming tourist towns and inner areas where old traditions are still alive. But Sardinia is a large region. The coastline changes continuously and towns and tourist destinations are quite different from each other.

The maximum distance from North to South is the one from Capo Falcone, in the extreme northern tip of Sardinia, to Capo Teulada, in the south of the island: about  270 kms. From West to East, there is a maximum distance of 145 kms from Capo Comino to Capo dell'Argentiera. The latter is much closer to the North African coast than to Italy.

Sardinia extends for 24,090 km² and as to size is similar to the German Federal state of Brandeburg, to the Italian region of Lombardy, to the French region of Brittany or to the US State of Maryland.


North Sardinia

The coastline in the North of the island is much more indented then in the South. There are many small rocky bays and coves and only a few long sandy beaches. The North Eastern part is mountainous, while and the Gallura subregion is characterized by granite cliffs.

In Northeast Sardinia, each village and tourist destination has its own peculiarities: the Costa Smeralda is characterized by a crystal clear sea and a glamorous atmosphere. The La Maddalena Archipelago features a stunning sea and breathtaking views. Santa Teresa Gallurais the closest town to Corsica. Here you can take a ferry to visit Bonifacio.

Driving along the North-western coast of Sardinia, you find Isola Rossa, Stintino and Alghero. These are the most popular tourist destinations, not only for the beaches (which are growing longer every year), but also for the lively nightlife, especially on July and August.












What to see in northern Sardinia

  • The Archipelago of La Maddalena.Dreamy islands and beaches ideal for snorkelling.

  • We recommend the Island of Caprera and the Pink Beach (Budelli) a La Maddalena.

  • Castelsardo

  • A fortified hamlet with brightly coloured houses and a medieval castle perched on a black rock.

  • Arzachena and the Tombs of the Giants

  • In the locality Coddu ‘Ecchiu there are sepulchres of large size of nuraghic origin, the tallest in Sardinia.

  • The lighthouse of Capo Testa

  • In the vicinity of Santa Teresa di Gallura there is a truly unique site, surrounded by a rocky shelf with enormous smooth granite blocks shaped by  wind and wave. Ideal to enjoy the dawn or sunset. For a beach in the area we suggest Cala Spinosa.

  • Porto Torres

  • Not to be missed are the Roman remains, including the bridge and baths of Maetzke.

  • The Asinara

  • An ideal island and nature park for trekking, snorkelling or a day on the beach. Ferry boats take you each day to the island; a beach we strongly recommend is La Pelosa.

  • Olbia

  • A coastal city worth a visit for the medieval Basilica of San Simplicio and a sea front with many cafés and restaurants. For those keen on archaeology, the Olbia Museum offers war ships and remains of nuraghic civilisation.