“In the middle of the Mediterranean sea, Sardinina is still wild and mostly rocky with plains, coasts, mountains and hills. Along its 1731 kilometers of shoreline there are some of the most beautiful marine habitats. Its coasts are generally high and rocky, stretching for miles with headlands and deep inlets fringed by islands and islets, extremely long beaches with powdery sand, from dazzling white to pink to granite red. The crystal-clear sea has many different hues: turquoise, cobalt blue, azure, emerald green. Sardinia also has numerous islands: Asinara, La Maddalena and Caprera; Tavolara and Molara in the northeast: San Pietro and Sant’Antioco in the southwest. Five protected marine environments have also been established to safeguard the sea, the coast and the flora and fauna.” p. 76, Authentic Sardinia, The Touring Club of Italy.
“San Teodoro is a wonderful beach resort on the northeast coast of Sardinia. Once a small fishing village, it is now a popular and special holiday destination. At just a thirty minute drive from the port and airport of Olbia, it is also highly accessible, both in terms of logistics and budget, if compared to the Costa Smeralda, which is the same distance north of Olbia. There are some incredibly beautiful beaches in and around San Teodoro, including the renowned La Cinta beach, a stretch of fine, white sand that curves gently over three kilometres, with incredible views over the magnificent isle of Tavolara.
The water is turquoise, transparent and ideal for small children, as it is shallow on the beach, very gradually become deeper for swimmers and snorkellers.
For watersports lovers, surfing, windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, scuba diving and boat hire is available, and for sports lovers in general, horse-riding, trekking, cycling, tennis and golf are all available in the close vicinity.
Apart from the beauty of the beaches and coastline, San Teodoro is also of great interest to nature lovers, with characteristic salt lakes hosting flamingos, varied and rare birdlife and fauna. It is an enchanting place for a sunset walk, breathing in the sights and perfumes of the Sardinian summer.
Nightlife is also a great attraction in San Teodoro, with as much or as little as each visitor desires. Excellent dining in idyllic restaurants, bars, clubs, there really is something for every taste. For those who desire a quiet, relaxing holiday in a private villa, it is also ideal.
Particularly stunning beaches to visit in the area, apart from La Cinta, are Cala Brandinchi, Capo Coda Cavallo, Lu Impostu, Le Farfalle and Cala Girgolu.” – Source
PUNTA CODA CAVALLO
“The whole peninsula is enclosed in the area natural marine protected Tavolara – Punta Coda Cavallo and is characterized by a succession of coves with sandy beaches and cliffs covered with lush Mediterranean vegetation with tree species such as arbutus, juniper, mastic.
The limestone walls of the island of Tavolara, together with the island of Molara and the islet of Proratora, close to North Bay Coda Cavallo forming a natural setting of exceptional beauty.
The whole area is very developed tourist beaches renowned as Brandinchi, Salina Bamba, Salinedda bay, Cala Coda Cavallo, Cala Suaraccia ’. It can be reached via Highway 125 eastern road, turn left towards San Teodoro, two kilometers after the cantoniera Monte Petrosu.” – Source
PORTS AND AIRPORTS
Olbia port and airport: 32 km
Cagliari port and airport: 253 km
Port Golfo Aranci: 50 km
Porto Torres: 149 km
Alghero airport: 157 km
Salina Bamba is located right in front of our home in Sardegna. It is a mere 5 minutes walk and if I would only allow it, Lia would probably be at the beach all day every single day. Alas, the Mediterranean sun can be harsh and I would only allow beach trips for 2 hours every other day.
The beach can get crowded so I try to make it to the beach as early as possible.
This is Spotty, the stuffed version, because in El Nido, we have a real dog we call Spotty. This was a present given the first few days after we arrived and for some days, Lia never went anywhere without it and left Tutu the sheep at home all the time. We all thought Tutu has been, after five years, retired.
The beach starts out empty at around nine in the morning.
And then starts to fill up with umbrellas, beach chairs, towels, women, men, children, sand castles, beach toys, and African men selling trinkets, dresses, towels, and sunglasses.
Boats are not allowed on the shore and are tied to buoys farther out to the sea. People have to be transferred from the shore to the mooring buoys by small rubber boats. (I wish we had the same policy in El Nido town.)