Coastlines and beaches are Sardinia’s most impressive features. We explored the western coast fairly extensively, going to different beaches, taking scenic drives, and also spending large parts of two separate days on boating expeditions. The first of those took us along the coast between Bosa and Alghero, the subregion known as Planargia. The rock formations found at this stretch are varied and pretty amazing.
You will notice people at the edge of the next wide-angle picture. Although this part of the coast is not technically known for beaches, it has plenty of coves and inlets that attract those who prefer serenity to full service.
This is a closer look at Cumpoltittu Beach, which is less than 15 minutes north of Bosa.
The walking path to the beach is seen prominently in the upper part of the perspective. The coastal highway is a few hundred meters further up the hill, requiring nontrivial effort to get to – and, most importantly, back from – the beach. We tried it once and then opted for beaches with easier access.
In the vicinity is Torre Argentina, a 15th-century fortress guarding the coast.
We are now further northward at one of the scenic viewpoints of the coastal highway connecting Bosa and Alghero.
You can see the aforementioned tower from here.
A couple of perspectives towards the Aragonese tower of Bosa that guards the entrance to the town’s marina.
And another perspective along the Planargia coast.
Our second boating trip was in the Sinis Peninsula area near Oristano. The main coastal feature here is the Tharros Archaeological Area, where the remains of several layers of ancient seaside settlements (including temples, baths, necropolises, and more) are presided over by a massive medieval tower of San Giovanni di Sinis, uniquely crowned by a couple of buildings.
An older tower – appropriately known as Torre Vecchia – completes the ensemble.
And in another part of the island, a few different focal-length perspectives of the southwestern coast near Iglesias.
I never bring my camera to the beach and rarely post phone pictures in these retrospectives. But I have to make an exception for Is Arutas. The beach on the Sinis Peninsula is among the most amazing we have been to anywhere: large white-quartz sand enveloping your feet with every step, and the most gorgeous water. To say nothing of these lovely beachgoers.
We did not include Costa Smeralda, in the northeastern part of the island, into our itinerary. That is frequently mentioned as the most beautiful coastal area in Sardinia, and if it truly surpasses what we’ve seen on the west coast, it must be entirely breathtaking. Something to come back to one day.
And this is the last of my Sardinian photosets. On to other adventures soon.