Alghero is a town rich in history, its monuments testify the importance that the Catalan city has had over the centuries. Still today, it is strongly linked to its past and his roots belong both to the Sardinian and Spanish tradition.
A city well known for its architectural beauty, the majestic ramparts that surround it, but also for its natural beauty, the famous caves of Neptune, the beaches, the cliffs overlooking the sea, the beautiful backdrops. The historic center is a constant source of surprises with shops, bars, restaurants and craft shops.
The coast around the Catalan town will amaze you with high cliffs overlooking the sea offering unusual panoramas.
Warning: marked by a green buoy, near the port, the so-called Secca delle murge.
The southern part of the coast of Alghero offers a variety of coves and beaches, some accessible only by sea. The feature you will have immediately everywhere is the presence of a dense Mediterranean vegetation that gives these places colors and scents you will hardly forget.
Sailing along the coast, heading north, about 20 miles away you will enter the bay of Alghero.
Continuing the navigation north, going up the west coast you will find the islet of Sugar Loaf about 10 miles, near the mine overlooking the sea Porto Flavia and then about 30 miles the island of Mal di Ventre, which represents the northern border with what is called the protected marine area of the Sinis peninsula, the island of Mal di Ventre.
On the island there are several very nice beaches, especially on the eastern side. In the marine protected area you can:
The Marine Protected Area is divided into areas with different regime of environmental protection, for more info please visit: www.areamarinasinis.it
Leaving Torre Cannai, you navigate leaving Capo Sperone on the starboard side and on the left the Isola della Vacca, with the small islet of Vitello nearby.
Warning: there is a shoal between Capo Sperone and Isola della Vacca.
Going up along the western part of the Island of Sant'Antioco there are small rocks for which navigation to the Scia Mangiabarche (with the lighthouse of the same name) is to be carried out a few hundred meters away from the cliff. Pietro is the second largest in the sulcitano archipelago. Here we find high and rocky coasts where several protected species have nested such as the Queen's hawk and the Corsican seagull
The only inhabited center of the island is the town of Carloforte, born from a colony of Ligurian fishermen from the Tunisian Tabarka. The Ligurian origin of its inhabitants is evident in the culinary traditions and in the dialect, still widely used here. The harbor is located in the city. The canal that separates the island of San Pietro from the mainland is characterized by numerous shallows
Heading south, you will encounter the Island of S. Antioco, the largest among the islands of Sardinia (and the fourth of Italy) connected to the main island through an artificial isthmus. The territory of the island is divided between the municipality of Sant 'Antioco, which is located in the west coast on the ruins of the ancient Phoenician city of Sulky, and Calasetta in the north.
You should not go in the direction of Porto Romano in S. Antioco as it has no tourist attraction, it is also impossible to pass on the east of the island since an ancient bridge obstructs the passage of sailing boats, and the northeast is characterized by a channel not navigable by sailing yachts.
To reach Tower Cannai from the island of San Pietro, browse to the left leaving starboard Capo Sperone and the Isola della Vacca, with the small islet near the Calf. Caution: between Capo Sperone and the Isle of Cow is a dry.
Sailing along the western part of the island of S. Antioco you might encounter small rocks, so the navigation to the Mangiabarche rock (with the eponymous lighthouse) should be made a few yards away from the cliff.
Cannai Tower, in the south of the Island of S. Antioco, is an excellent refuge for mooring with the winds of the 1st and 4th quadrant.
Continuing south, after Teulada cape a few miles, you can reach the white bay of Porto Pino. The bay of Porto Pino is a long sandy beach surrounded by green pines and turquoise clear sea.
Shelter in case of strong northern west winds: the wind paves the sea and the sandy bottom holds the anchor until you decide to restart your navigation.
Present in Porto Pino markets, drug stores, bakery and restaurants reachable through the channel on the right side of Punta Menga: the channel has no draft for sailing boats but is navigable with the tender. Passing southeast Cala Piombo and Capo Teulada, you will find the famous bay of Cala Zafferano.
Passing Malfatano cape, at the end of the bay, you will find the famous bay of Cala Zafferano. Cala Zafferano (Saffron) is located in front of the beautiful coastline of Capo Teulada. The Cala can not be accessed from the ground and the site has no infrastructure as part of the NATO military shooting range, during the summer period is allowed to transit into the surrounding water. In this area, fishing is prohibited. Silence reigns in this bay, with Caribbean sea and dunes colonized by junipers and myrtles.
Warning: about half way between Teulada and Zafferano there is Porto Scudo (draft 2.6 m). Approaching the Port of Teulada depths are variable, and there is a shoal near the pier.
A few miles away is the Port of Teulada with the possibility of galley in the market of the nearby camping. The port has no distributor but on request the service is provided with fuel tanks. It is recommended to taste the regional cuisine in a typical Sardinian farmhouse, owners will pick you up in port and bring you back after dinner. For those who want to move independently, the town of Teulada is about 5 km from the port.
Five miles from Chia stands Cape Spartivento with the eponymous lighthouse.
Passing Capo Spartivento, in a small bay you will find the island of Tuerredda/ Tuaredda (little tower), surrounded by one of the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia.
Fine white sand and Mediterranean vegetation that slope gently down to the island, is a safe mooring for the night. On the beach there are facilities, bar and restaurant.
15 miles from Nora, in south west direction we found a natural intense panorama, with the coastal ponds of Chia and Teulada immediately behind the beaches and the white sand dunes, regular resting and nesting areas of several species of water birds such as pink flamingos.
Attention: to be absolutely avoided the port of Perd'e Sali, halfway between Cagliari and Pula, since silted up and the port of Cala Verde, which has no draft for sailing boats.
The natural bend of the Nora beach surmounted after setting the first Phoenician, then Punic and Roman is the first landing place worth a stop even at night, made possible by about 4 meters of depth.
Our advice: the port of Perd’e Sali and cala verde are currently covered up and not allowing entry to sail boat.
Centered on the beach of Poetto, with its eight miles of sand and the characteristic Sella del Diavolo hill, the Gulf of the Angels is the gateway to the Mediterranean as well as a strategic hub for the tourist routes.
Our base in southern Sardinia is just a few minutes from Cagliari Elmas Airport, and is perfectly in the middle of the Gulf of the Angels. Between Capo Teulada and Capo Carbonara west to east, offers the opportunity to visit during your vacation almost all the most beautiful places of the south coast.
The same Cagliari, historical and cultural capital of Sardinia, is shown to the visitor with its radiance made of fascinating sights. From our base in Marina Sant’ Elmo can be reached in just a few minutes walk to the most beautiful spots of the city, the neighborhoods of Castle and Marina, the Poetto beach and nightlife streets of a Mediterranean flavour will leave in you indelible memories.