Costa Paradiso Beach Guide
Sardinia's Costa Paradiso is located on the island's north coast. This stunning coastline is an alternative to the more crowded Costa Smeralda.
Sunbathe on a choice of long, unspoiled white-sand beaches that gently shelve into calm turquoise waters framed by scenic coves and a dramatic wind-sculpted rocky landscape along the northern coast near Capo Testa.
Nearby Portobello offers villas, hotels and a restaurant. The town of Santa Teresa di Gallura offers a superb golden-sand beach framed by rocky headlands and the entire region is popular for windsurfing, scuba diving and fishing. Costa Smeralda and Porto Torres are about an hour’s drive away.
The best beaches include:
La Pelosa Beach – Guarded by a 17th century Spanish watchtower, this sugar-white beach shelves into crystalline shallow water that contains every shade of turquoise imaginable. Swim and snorkel among colourful fish and take in the views across to tiny Piana Island and nearby Asinara Island – now a national park but once the site of a high-security prison used to confine Mafiosi.
Facilities include sun umbrellas, a café and restaurant. La Pelosa is located less than 2km from Stintino.
Badesi Beach – Pick your own spot to sunbathe on this 8km-long white-sand beach that flows inland creating a series of sand dunes scattered with lentisks (evergreen shrubs) and groves of juniper trees. This vast beach is often windy and is best known for its good surfing conditions.
There are no facilities here so you need to take your own food and drinks. Badesi Beach is located 2km from the Badesi township.
Platamona Beach – Unwind on this long stretch of golden sand backed by a walkway at the centre, with vast sand dunes covered by lentisks and framed by pinaster forests at each end of the beach. Sunbathe close to the beach amenities or pick a more secluded spot at the far end of the beach.
Facilities include snack bars, restaurants and nearby accommodation. The beach is located in front of Platamona township.
Marina di Sorso – Swim in crystal clear water and relax on the golden sand of this long beach located along the Gulf of Asinara between Punta Tramontana and Platamona. Facilities include refreshment kiosks, beach umbrellas and hire boats.