Holidays in Badesi: beaches and sights
Badesi is a small tourist destination located in the North Western coast of Sardinia, between Castelsardo and Santa Teresa Gallura.
The small fishermen village, built in the 18th century, is situated on a hill near the outlet of the Coghinas river, one of Sardinia’s most important watercourses. The name probably derives from the Logudorese dialect word “Badu” which means ‘ford’.
Badesi offers a unique panorama: it is encased on the Gulf of Asinara, in the middle of Isola Rossa and Castelsardo.
The town centre, with its pleasant shops and cafès, is dominated by the Church of Sacro Cuore, built at the beginning of the 1900. The area in the nearby of Badesi offers pristine landscape where you can spend your holidays surrounded by a still unspoilt nature. In fact, the coast of Badesi has been recently declared ‘Site of Community Importance’ for its rich and unique flora and fauna. Hills, reeds along the small rivers and vineyards that produce the prestigious and award-winning wine Vermentino di Gallura (DOCG), are just some of the best features of the region.
The Badesi coastline, with its beaches that stretch for kilometers andits sand dunes covered with junipers, is exposed to the Mistral wind and is, therefore, loved by surfers.
Furthermore, during the summer season Badesi offers many events, celebrations and food festivals, such as the famous summer carnival of Badesi, which takes place every year on August 13th at night, or the Sagra Gastronomica (food festival) which takes place in August and gives you the opportunity to taste typical dishes of the Gallurese cuisine.
From Badesi you can easily explore some near towns, such as the Medieval hamlet of Castelsardo, only 21 kms away, or visit the amazing Asinara Island Natural Park.
The most beautiful beaches in Badesi and the surrounding area
The beaches around Badesi boasts a long stretch of thin sand, dunes and lined by a pristine nature.
One of the most beautiful beaches is the Marina di Badesi, an oasis of peace and tranquility, a long stretch of sand with shallow waters. Its central part is called Li Mindi Beach.
Baia delle Mimose is a stretch of sand with dunes and crystal clear waters, perfect for children but also for surfers.
Cala Canneddi Beach is located 12 kms from Isola Rossa and features clear sand, shallow waters and colorful quartz crystals, rocks of different shapes and sizes.