As the fourth largest Italian island after Sicily, Sardinia itself and Elba, Sant’Antioco is the ideal destination for those who want to enjoy an unforgettable beach holiday. With approximately 45 km of coastline, it is the perfect destination for lovers of sun and sea. It has something to cater to any taste: whether you are looking for wild or equipped beaches, fine sand or pebbles, sporting activities or space for families with children – you will be spoiled for choice! Although they differ from each other in landscape and formation, they all have one thing in common: the cleanliness and transparency of the water and seabed.
But which are the most beautiful beaches on the island of Sant’Antioco? Let’s find out together.
Among the most beautiful is certainly that of Maladroxia, located on the south-eastern side of the island, a few kilometres from the town of Sant’Antioco. It has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag on several occasions and presents an expanse of fine white sand, mixed with pebbles, that leads to a crystalline and limpid sea. The shallow water makes it ideal for families with small children as it slopes down gently. Not far from the shoreline, thermal waters that have been used since the time of the Romans emerge from its seabed. The well-equipped and well-organised beach is also popular with surfers and underwater fishing and diving enthusiasts alike.
A little over 3km away (around 4 minutes by car from Maladroxia) is the wonderful beach of Coaquaddus, meaning “ponytail” in Sardinian dialect in reference to the sinuous shape of the coastline. Placed in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the beach is characterised by a long stretch of white sand with coarse grains, that is divided in two by a small rock formation. Its shallow and sandy shore make it particularly suitable for children to swim in. The lively world of underwater creatures and transparency of the water make it an unmissable stop for lovers of snorkelling and diving. From the beach, you can admire the enchanting dunes of Porto Pino.
For lovers of trekking, we recommend a path of about 1.5 km in length that connects the two beaches of Maladroxia and Coaquaddus. It presents a unique opportunity to discover the typical colours and vegetation of the Mediterranean whilst you admire wonderful views of the coast.
Along the west coast, Cala Sapone, also known as Cala de Saboni, is considered one of the most beautiful. It is a small and fascinating bay that has a foundation of coarse-grained sand mixed with shells and fragments of coral. The well-equipped beach is surrounded by rocks from which you can dive and admire breath-taking views. This stretch of the coast is also blessed with a rich range of underwater life to explore, making it highly recommended for underwater fishing and snorkelling. Furthermore, it is a beautiful spot to admire an incredible Mediterranean sunset.
Last but not least, a final pearl to discover of the western side of the island of Sant’Antioco is the cliff of Is Praneddas that is dominated by the scenic stone arch known to locals as the “Arco dei Baci” (the arch of kisses). To reach this point of the beach, you will need to walk a few hundred metres, but it is well worth it. The fantastic natural pool, about 5 metres deep, is known for its wealth of caves and ravines that make it perfect for snorkelling and underwater fishing. Please note that there are no kiosks or places to rent equipment in this part of the coastline but there are flat rocks on which you can lie down and sunbathe.
Finally, the Mangiabarche lighthouse is also worth a visit as it is an ideal location to enjoy unique and unforgettable sunsets.