Sardegna: Exploring the unspoilt Costa Verde

I want to show you this post of a past holiday from a couple of years ago to Sardegna where my mum has a villa. She has recently opened it up for rental (see the link below) and it’s such a beautiful, unspoilt part of the world I thought you might like to see it.

map sardegna

Is it peace and quiet you’re looking for? Is it long deserted beaches? A little local culture, delicious food and wine and some fascinating historical facts to throw in too?

Well the Costa Verde ticks all of those boxes and more and I can talk about it as I’ve just returned from a 3 week stay in my mum’s villa in Torre dei Corsari and I’m suffering the holiday blues Big Time not helped by the dreadful British weather we’ve had here since returning!

The Costa Verde, or green coast as it translates, is to the south west of the island and can be reached quite easily from both international airports; Alghero in the north and Cagliari in the South. This coast is reached by a long mountainous road that weaves in and out of the suggestive countryside and past some of the most breathtaking, deserted beaches in the world.
sardegna costa verde
Torre dei Corsari is a small village perched just after the Golfo di Oristano, it has golden sands that stretch back from the sea up to massive dunes that make you want to slide down them on a board. The beach has a couple of bars and stretches far into the distance, we never made the walk to the end and back but I’d like to do it one day.
There is a collection of shops and bars in the centre where you can get everything you need and there are a couple of restaurants and pizzerias too offering fabulous freshly cooked food.
This is the view from our terrace *sigh*, with a brick BBQ to the left you can cook and eat your food looking over the sea as the sun sets – bliss.
torre dei corsari sardegna
We managed to visit all of the beaches along the Costa Verde and one, Funtanazza, really had me searching for my lottery ticket to see if I had won some millions.
funtanazza sardegna
Funtanazza was a private beach for the hotel shown in the photo above, used for children who wouldn’t normally have the chance to go on holiday but it closed down many years ago and was left to ruin. It is reached by a long winding road with more pot holes in it than a tea strainer BUT boy is it worth it when you arrive at the coast. Stunning views and an empty beach used mainly by the locals and lucky explorers. The hotel has been closed off from prying eyes and is enclosed by barbed wire but it has lots of land around and could be turned into the most divine hotel *sigh* … I spent a fabulous time soaking in the Sardinian sun dreaming myself as the new Aga Khan, creating a top beauty spot visited by celebrities from all over the world.
sardegna costa verde
Our meandering took us from Is Arutas beach, famous for it’s rice like sand, all the way down to Cala Domestica
twins on beach
where I took this photo. You will fall in love with the crystal clear waters, the white sandy beaches and the beauty of a land still untouched by major tourism and enjoyed by a lucky few.
piscinas sardegna

A holiday dedicated to good healthy food, relax and above all appreciating the stunning beauty that Mother Nature displays in all her glory in Sardegna. If you ever get the chance to go, do and I promise you won’t be let down.


  1. romana
    June 25, 2011 / 9:42 AM

    mitica sardegna! penso che sia il posto con le persone più longeve ..tantisismi centenari! il cibo, il clima e la vita a misura d’uomo fa di questa isola un posto incantevole.. e poi una vecchia storia dice che sia questa la vecchia Atlantide!

  2. Frankie Parker
    June 26, 2011 / 12:23 PM

    Wow, its gorgeous and i can’t believe how deserted it looks…

    • Mari
      June 27, 2011 / 3:52 PM

      It’s beautiful for that reason, of course if you’re looking for arcades, souvenir shops and wotnot, this is not for you

  3. June 30, 2011 / 5:06 AM

    Awesome photos! Im so happy you got some sun while you were here. I remember that time and I know there was a week which was pretty rotten. I hope you come back to visit us one day. We are an island to remember.

  4. SAHMlovingit
    July 3, 2011 / 12:32 PM

    I can’t believe I missed this! Looks and sounds utterly gorgeous Mari. I still need to do my proper Tuscany post – you’ve just reminded me xx

    • Mari
      July 3, 2011 / 5:34 PM

      Yes, please do as I want to read it xx we never did get to chat about it other than it was great

  5. January 9, 2014 / 8:22 PM

    Gorgeous! I am seriously considering this. Can you send me some info please? :0) A good opp for Baby to practice her Italian. Jx

  6. January 11, 2014 / 9:49 AM

    Your vacation looks amazing!!!! Sounds like heavenly place to go.

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