Sardinia, the second largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily, is one of the most popular boat rental areas in the region. At anchor or in port, you will never be far from an exceptional site, isolated coves or beautiful bays that provide shelter in case of gales. A sailboat charter in Cannigione will allow you to discover the treasures of Sardinia while enjoying the pleasures of sailing. The port of Cannigione, in the north-east of Sardinia, is an excellent starting point and you will easily find a sailboat or catamaran for rent here.
Sailing conditions in Sardinia
Sailing in Sardinia is fairly easy but beware of the mouths of Bonifacio which separate Sardinia from the south of Corsica. Many rocks are scattered here, and the currents can be rather strong.
The best periods for boat rentals in Sardinia are May and June when the sun is guaranteed, the heat is still bearable, and nature is in full bloom.
The prevailing wind on the island and particularly in its southern part is the very dry and very hot sirocco which blows south-easterly from May to September.
Sample sailing itinerary – Discover Sardinia through Cannigione
Embarkation takes place at the port of Cannigione. Take the helm to Porto Cervo (4miles), a famous resort with beautiful sandy bays and perfectly translucent water.
Direction Porto Rotondo (8miles), one of the most beautiful places on the Costa Smeralda. Take advantage of a splendid bay to admire the seabed and sunbathe under a torrid sun. Then sail to Mortorio Island (3miles) and its charming bays which will be a diver's paradise.
Sail towards the island of Caprera (10miles) which will enchant you by its anchorage (Porto Palma). Set course for Isola (13miles), a charming old fishing village. The coastline has fantastic scenery with fine sandy beaches. Nearby, the pink granite rocky coves are well worth the detour.
Let yourself be carried by the waves back to Cannigione to disembark. All you have to do now is choose a sailboat charter in Cannigione!
Live like a local in Cannigione
A notable mention must be Porto Liscia beach. Frequently recommended by locals and off the beaten track, this beach is guaranteed to impress you! Its expansive sandy shores are usually very quiet so you’re sure to enjoy some peace and quiet here.
The Maddalena archipelago – this is a mix of small and large islands: Caprera, which is connected to La Maddalena island by a 2km-long bridge, Santo Stefano island, the beautiful island of Spargi and the famous Budelli island (also known as Pink Beach).
Will you be tempted by Sardinian cuisine?
Sardinian cuisine is varied and tasty, often passed down from generation to generation. Even with very simple ingredients, you can feast! Here is a selection of dishes and specialities to try during your sailboat charter in Cannigione!
- The Malloreddus – These are typical Sardinian pasta ‘screws’, at least it is their shape that is typically Sardinian. Sardinian malloreddus or gnochettis can be cooked in many ways, but they are most traditionally served with Sardinian sausage in a tomato sauce, sprinkled with pecorino (sheep’s milk) shavings.
- The Pecorino – It is THE Sardinian cheese of excellence, made from sheep's milk. Grated or shredded and sprinkled on a plate of pasta or on a pizza, thickly sliced on bread, pecorino is a real marvel if you like cheeses with character! It is also a must for aperitifs.
- The Culurgiones – They are a kind of large plump ravioli filled with potato and cheese. They are often eaten with tomato sauce. Culurgiones are a classic of Sardinian cuisine and can be found on the menu of many restaurants. They can also be bought ready-made and fresh in small village grocery stores.
- The Raviolis – Everybody knows ravioli! They are not necessarily a speciality from Sardinia, but they are eaten a lot here and can be found in all restaurants. Stuffed with meat or simply with ricotta, they’re a real delight especially when cooked aldente with homemade pastry!
- La Zuppa Gallurese – A typical Sardinian speciality from the Gallura region in the north of the island, zuppa gallurese is a cheese bread gratin, and not at all a soup as its name might suggest! It is a country dish, once the dish of the poor, made with sheep's cheese in general and stale bread soaked in broth. To be enjoyed with a good green salad!
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