Holidays in Badesi: beaches and sights
Badesi is located between Castelsardo and Santa Teresa Gallura. The small town is a perfect holiday destination and a starting point for exploring Northern Sardinia. Badesi, still little known to mass tourism, has about 1900 inhabitants and is located on a hill overlooking the valley crossed by the river Coghinas.
Badesi Mare has a long coastline that stretches for 12 kms.
The beaches here are characterised by white sand and dunes interspersed with green junipers that offer shelter from the hot summer sun.
– Li Mindi: white sand stretching for kilometres, crossed by the mouth of the river Coghinas, one of the most important wateways in Sardinia. The horizon reveals the island of Asinara and the panorama goes from Castelsardo to Isola Rossa.
– Li Junchi is the main beach of Badesi and is 8 kms long.
– Baia delle Mimose is located towards Valledoria and has a shallow sandy seabed. It is surrounded by dunes covered in Mediterranean vegetation.
– Li Cossi is near Badesi and it is definitely worth a visit: a cove shielded from the wind, bordered by pink trachyte cliffs with a seabed suitable for children, but also a paradise for snorkelers.
Thanks to exposure to the mistral wind, all these beaches are the perfect destination for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing enthusiasts.
The reeds along the shores of the River Coghinas have been declared a Site of Community Importance, thanks to the richness of their flora and fauna. It is possible to birdwatch or to admire the landscape ascending the river by canoe, boat or even by bike along the cycling path. Both resident and migratory birds can be observed nesting at the mouth and on the banks of the river.
During summer, Badesi hosts several events including the international surf fishing competition in May, the gastronomic festival and the summer carnival in August. There are also various surfing contests that usually take place between August and September.
Castelsardo is set at just 20 minutes from Badesi. It is a small medieval village perched above the sea and characterised by narrow streets leading up to the 13th-century Doria Castle. Strolling around the town, tourists will find small handicraft shops (where they can buy typical handmade baskets) and traditional restaurants. Moreover, on clear days, visitors will enjoy the view of the mountains of the Corsica island.
Isola Rossa is a small fishing village that is also well worth a walk in the evening. It is famous for its purple-coloured cliffs, where the sunset creates a very romantic and fascinating atmosphere.
While staying in Badesi, be sure to taste the typical dishes of the area: fish soup, linguine with sea urchins, grilled fish or the typical Zuppa Gallurese (made with bread, broth and cheese) all paired with the prestigious and fine-textured Vermentino di Gallura, produced on the hills of Badesi.