Tavolara and Punta Coda Cavallo Marine Preserve is an area in the north-east part of Sardinia, Italy, and it holds one of the best beaches of Sardinia, and Italy. And most probably of Europe itself.
Right south of world-famous Costa Smeralda, this area has been declared a protected area only in 1997.
It can be easily reached by Olbia Airport, from which you can easily go in all the coast within half an hour, but you must rent a car, no other way of moving around.
Let’s start from the town of San Teodoro, the south limit of this area, which is a good place to find an accommodation and start exploring the area. It has also a very very long white sand beach, called La Cinta
They are also building a port, which gave me a wonderful occasion for an aerial shot like this one, created stitching together 16 photos.
Also very this one, which should be some kind of factory, unfortunately I couldn’t understand of what! 😀
Moving north 20 minuted by car you will get closer to the heart of the park, with the twin beaches of Lu Impostu and Cala Brandinchi.
To access to both of them, there is a public parking lot, which costs around 15-20 euros by day.
Cala Brandinchi is also famous as “Piccola Tahiti” (small tahiti), due to the very shallow, green blue water, which is one of the best of the area, and perfect for walking and sunbathing. Swimming here requires a long walk toward the sea!
Cala Brandinchi is the beginning of Capo Coda di Cavallo (Horse Tail Cape), a peninsula facing the Islands Molara and Tavolara, heart of the Marine Park.
The head of the peninsula has a wonderful beach called Spiaggia di Punta Est:
The water is so blue that makes a paradise for aerial photography (and for everything else)
If you find yourself in a windy day, I recommend you a tiny bay which is protected by waves and wind, Cala Suaraccia, also called Le Farfalle (Butterflies).
Enjoy this paradise and remember to always respect the nature!