The 10 Italian beaches to see at least once in your life

September 17, 2021

Sardinia, Sicily, Tuscany, Liguria, Gulf of Naples… There are so many heavenly places in Italy that a trip to these beaches is a must! By sailing boat you can reach the most beautiful coves, those where you will find only unspoiled nature and the wonder of the places. The choice is yours, the destination is yours, but know that there are some beaches that are impossible not to see at least once in a lifetime. There are in fact some coves that are accessible only by sea and therefore are perfect to discover in sailing boat, enjoying the view cradled only by the waves and the sound of the wind.

The Belpaese boasts about 7500 kilometers of coastline, from Sardinia to Lampedusa, from Liguria to the Gulf of Naples: here is a list of Italian beaches where you can bask in the sun and discover the beauty of our Italy, sailing!

Porto Giunco, Villasimius, Sardinia

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The beach of the two seas, better known as Porto Giunco is located at the foot of a promontory on which stands an ancient watchtower of Spanish origin, precisely Tower of Porto Giunco. This beach is located in Villasimius, on the southeastern coast of Sardinia a few kilometers from Cagliari. The beach is of very fine white sand with pink shades due to the very small debris of the pink granite rocks. The water is always crystal clear, especially on mistral days; its peculiarity? Moving away from the coast, the color of the sea changes showing an infinite number of shades of blue. Moreover, this beautiful inlet is always sheltered from the wind thanks to the small promontories that rise behind it. To frame this enchanted place we find the typical Mediterranean scrub that flanks the entire beach.

Porto Giunco is also an ideal place for families with children due to the fact that the seabed is sandy and mostly low.

Cala Rossa, Favignana Island, Sicily

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Belonging to the archipelago of the Egadi, in the province of Trapani, there is a small paradise: Cala rossa, a Sicilian beach of rare beauty, among the most famous places on the island of Favignana.

This small bay is known for the blue colors of the sea that blend perfectly with the white walls of tuff, making this cove an unforgettable picture. The beach can be reached along a small path on foot (if you love trekking) but the real beauty is to get there on board a sailboat, so as to enjoy the view.

Named by Skyscanner one of the most beautiful beaches in Italy and it is not difficult to understand why: the sea here is crystal clear and framed by rocks of various shapes and sizes, also between the inlets created by the rocks comes to life a small beach formed recently with the contribution of sand currents.

Beach of Tropea, Tropea, Calabria

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The Calabria is one of the most chosen regions for Italian vacations and this reputation is largely linked to the beautiful beaches of Tropea, known for its turquoise waters and the particular conformation of the rock overhanging the country. Tropea is known throughout the world thanks to the crystal clear sea that bathes the coast, as well as for its characteristic atmosphere that pervades the alleys. The beaches of Tropea can be reached through three streets and four stairways, which start from the Cathedral. The Beach of the Cannon, is great if you are looking for a quiet corner of paradise: it is in fact one of the smallest and least frequented beaches of Tropea, thanks to its location quite hidden behind the north pier of the marina and the rock of San Leonardo. A secluded beach, small and ideal for relaxing escaping from the crowd.

Cala Mariolu, Baunei, Sardinia

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Cala Mariolu was named in 2016 the most beautiful beach in Italy. It is a fantastic inlet characterized by white and pink pebbles mixed with sand that can be reached in two ways: with a challenging trekking (for experts) through the wild nature or by sailing boat. It is located in the beautiful central-eastern coast of Sardinia, and is a pearl of the beautiful Gulf of Orosei. It is surrounded by a high cliff that reaches 500 meters in height and falls steeply into the water both to the north and to the south and is characterized by a shallow water that deserves a dive with mask and fins. If you are particularly lucky, you may even spot dolphins offshore!

The spectacle of Cala Mariolu is a must for anyone visiting Sardinia, simply one of the most characteristic beaches of the island, as well as the most beautiful in the whole Mediterranean: its view is striking for the infinite shades of blue, emerald green and blue and for the pebbles that look like snowflakes.

Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Sicily

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Another pearl of our country is definitely the Beach of Rabbits in Lampedusa, an island off the Sicily in the Pelagie archipelago. Its distinctive features are the colors of the very clear sea, with all shades of blue and the unique panorama it offers, with the homonymous islet of the Rabbits located in the southwest part of the island of Lampedusa. Here you can also find an incredible marine fauna and the herring gull, which has chosen this island to nest.
The beach of rabbits in addition to having won the first place nationally, has earned the fifth position in the top 10 most beautiful beaches in Europe!

It is a true wonder, in a dream scenario, immersed in an enchanted atmosphere.

The beach of the island is an enchanting place characterized by golden sand and clear water. In the southern part of the Lampedusian coast there are many wonderful beaches, including Cala Pulcino, a small beach with white sand surrounded by caves, and Cala Greca, bordered by beautiful cliffs.
In the north-eastern part of the island there is Spiaggia Mare Morto, an ideal place for diving thanks to its clear waters and the wealth of marine life to admire.

La Pelosa Beach, Stintino, Sardinia

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Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful in Europe, the beach of La Pelosa is located in the Gulf of Asinara, at the extreme northwestern tip of Sardinia in the municipality of Stintino, protected from the open sea by a natural barrier formed by the stacks of Capo Falcone, the island Piana and Asinara.

The water of Pelosa for this reason is always calm even when the mistral, frequent in these areas, is felt. In front of the beach there is the islet (called Pelosa) with the characteristic Aragonese tower to defend the coast, which gives its name to the beach. The islet of Pelosa is reachable on foot from the coast following a natural ford in a point at the northern end of the beach of Pelosa.

La Pelosa beach is certainly one of the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia and is considered by many to be the beach with water so enchanting that it has no equal anywhere else in Italy. The turquoise color of the water and its transparency, as well as the fine white sand make it look more like a tropical beach than a Mediterranean one. In addition to the absence of tropical fish, it is the vegetation that reminds us that we are in Sardinia; not palm trees, but Mediterranean bush at the limits and even on the beach itself.

Beach Cala Bianca, Marina di Camerota, Campania

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In the past, it has been voted as the most beautiful beach in Italy and it’s easy to see why: Cala Bianca in Marina di Camerota in Cilento is one of the most beautiful places to bathe and where to find some peace and quiet. It is a small beach with very white sand and surrounded by vegetation. Its peculiarity? It can only be reached by sea from the port of Marina di Camerota.

A beach where you can find calm and peace, a true paradise on earth: Cala Bianca has in fact remained intact and uncontaminated over the years since it can only be reached by sea.

Is Arutas, Oristano, Sardinia

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In the Gulf of Oristano, in the center of the western coast of Sardinia, embraced by two rocky cliffs, there is a ‘crescent’ of coloured quartz grains: Is Artus, considered the pearl of the Sinis peninsula, one of the jewels of the marine area of the Sinis peninsula, in the territory of Cabras, just over ten kilometers north of the town. It is a perfect beach for those who love to relax in a dreamy nature. The seabed, deep from the first meters, takes on an intense green and blue color that turns into blue. The clearness of the waters will allow a clear view of the life of the marine species that populate them. In some coves of the long beach, however, you can admire stretches of coastline with sand formed by white grains of rice and a very clean and crystal clear water. As the whole coastline of this part of the Gulf of Oristano, this is one of the wildest corners of Sardinia and is one of the most frequented by fans of wind and kite surfing.

Baia del Silenzio, Sestri Levante, Liguria

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The Baia del Silenzio is a picturesque corner of Liguria, an enchanting place framed by the characteristic pastel-colored Ligurian houses located in Sestri Levante. In the past, it has been a refuge for famous personalities such as Lord Byron and Goethe and today it is a romantic beach perfect for a romantic getaway and a sunset together.

The other bay of Sestri Levante, also known as ‘the city of two seas’, is the Baia delle Favole, a large beach, partly pebbles and partly sand, full of bathing establishments and clubs.

Cala Goloritzè, Baunei, Sardinia

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It is impossible not to mention Cala Goloritzè, a small bay with a transparent seabed surrounded by cliffs: a cove located on the central-eastern coast of Sardinia, in the limestone coast of the southern part of the Gulf of Orosei. Its distinctive features are the white polished pebbles, the transparent and turquoise waters, the marble rocks shaped by time and the shallow seabed. The cove can be reached on foot or better by boat and the rocks are often a favorite destination for free climbers!

It is one of the most beautiful coves in the Mediterranean, and has become a national monument. A magical place, unmissable during a visit to Sardinia, often identified as its symbol.