Boat Rental and Yacht Charter in Cannigione

Sardinia's coastal gateway, Cannigione is a stepping stone to the La Maddalena archipelago and Emerald Coast wonders. Sail under the guidance of a seasoned skipper, exploring marine parks, Italian island culture, and Sardinian mysteries.
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Sailing in Cannigione

Cannigione is not just a popular sailing destination for Italians, it is also becoming increasingly popular amongst foreign tourists. There are plenty of stunning beaches to discover that make you go more than once: Am I in Cannigione or in the Caribbean? Charter a yacht in Cannigione to explore them all and much more. The beautiful Costa Smeralda in Sardinia is one of the most beautiful locations you can come across on the island.

Things to do and see when sailing in Cannigione

Cannigione, the Arzachena Gulf and the Maddalena Archipelago are full of beautiful surprises. Charter a boat in Cannigione to discover them all!

Activities in Cannigione

  • Plan a trip to one of the islands in the Maddalena archipelago
  • A beach day in Cannigione or one of the stunning beaches that you can find in close proximity is a must. Spiaggia Golfo Saline or Spiaggia di Tanca Manna are amongst the most beautiful beaches in the area
  • Visit Tomba Coddu Vecchiu, an interesting historical site that is estimated to date back to 2500 BC
  • Hike up Monti Corru for the best view of the city and the sea
  • Sail around Isolotto dei Fichi d'India, a scenic little islet in the Arzachena Golf just off the coast of Cannigione
  • Rent a boat in Cannigione to discover the best the Sardinian coast has to offer

Beaches in Cannigione

  • Spiaggia di Tanca Manna: This lovely white sandy beach can be found North of Cannigionne and is the perfect spot for a fun day out with your family and friends. The crystal clear water is inviting you to swim in the water as soon as you arrive. There is nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day. You can even get a glance of the island of Caprera from here
  • Mannena Beach is the perfect spot to relax away from the crowds while enjoying the view of the islands of the Maddalena archipelago. As the water is crystal clear and there are many beautiful rock formations shaping this beach, it is also a popular spot for snorkellers
  • Cannigione Beach: If you don’t want to leave the city, but want to get a beach day in, this is the perfect place. You still get the breathtaking views of the mountainous landscape of Sardinia, the beautiful blue water and access to all the closeby amenities
  • Spiaggia Golfo Saline: This white sandy beach will make you question whether you are in Sardinia or in the Caribbean. It is that beautiful!

Restaurants in Cannigione

Casual dining in Cannigione:

  • Cafe Coco Loco: The interior might seem a little crazy, but the food is definitely not. Grab a tasty sandwich when coming to this lovely eatery and your stomach will be fully satisfied
  • Ristorante L' Oasi: Fresh fish, delicious meat and spaghetti. This place is giving you a wonderful glimpse into the wonderful Italian cuisine. It is also very kids-friendly

Restaurants with a view in Cannigione:

  • Brezza di Mare: Savour a delicious meal while watching the sun go down slowly behind the sea. The warm prawn with honey is a must! Make sure to accompany your meal with a fine local wine
  • Osteria Gourmet Li Finistreddi: Enjoy a marvelous dinner at this beautiful restaurant with stunning sea views. Despite being part of a hotel, it is part of a more quiet area in Cannigione, making it perfect after hanging out with the crowds during the day

Fine dining in Cannigione:

  • Ristorante Acqua Marina: Get ready for a fine dining experience you won’t forget. Whether you come here for lunch or dinner, it is going to be a real treat. Located on a boat it is going to complete your sailing vacation around Cannigione
  • Agriturismo La Colti: The cold cuts are just as amazing as the main dishes. Dine in a beautiful, yet rustic setting and enjoy all the delicious meat dishes this wonderful restaurant has to offer

Bars and Clubs in Cannigione

  • Enoteca Wine bar La Cantinetta: Wine and cold cuts are what you’re going to get here - and not just any, you have the choice out of a variation of plenty of goods
  • Rosso & Bianco: A mojito or an aperol spritz is a must in this little bar, but don’t forget to order food to nibble on as well. You can have a burger or go for something smaller like olives or a platter filled with delicious cold cuts and cheese
  • Azzurra night club: Not far from Cannigione is this fabulous night club. It is the perfect spot for a night out dancing away all the food you’ve been munching on throughout the day while sunbathing on deck your boat

Explore historical Cannigione

Unlike other settlements on the island of Sardinia, the town of Cannigione was only founded in the 1800s and was inhabited by shepherds and fishermen. Later, in the early 1900s it became an important trading port - not just with the islands of the Maddalena archipelago, but also with continental Europe. Nowadays Cannigione is a popular tourist destination and offers a great infrastructure for sailors.

Sailing conditions in Cannigione

Cannigione is located in the northern part of Sardinia and very close to the Maddalena Archipelago, a spot filled with multiple islands in the Arzachena Gulf. While there are plenty of magical white sandy beaches, there are also many hills just waiting to be explored.

Like in many places in Italy, the summers are hot and dry and the busiest months of the year are July and August. Sailing season lasts from May until October - this is also the period when you get plenty of sunny days. You can expect more than 200 dry days per year and sea temperatures of up to 25 degrees in the summer.

The marinas in Cannigione and nearby seaside towns like Porto Rotondo are very modern, well-maintained and well-equipped, making them great spots to start your sailing adventure in this part of the Mediterranean.

How much does it cost to rent a boat in Cannigione?

The price of renting a boat in Cannigione highly depends on many different factors. The season, the size and type of the boat as well as the amount of bedrooms and bathrooms on board all define the price.

It only costs 50 EUR on average per person per day to rent a gulet in Italy. However, sailing a gulet requires very specific skills and if you don’t bring the necessary experience to stay safe by yourself, you might want to consider hiring an additional skipper. If you want to charter a cheaper boat in Cannigione, you should probably consider a sailboat as you don’t need to take any extra costs for fuel into consideration. On average, you can rent a sailboat in Italy for 58 EUR per person per day. Renting a RIB in Italy is even cheaper and will cost you only an average of 40 EUR per person per day. However, they are only suitable for day charters. On average it will cost you 70 EUR per person per day to rent a speedboat in Italy. Like RIBs they are perfect for day boat charters, but speedboats are generally not made for boat vacations that last longer than a day or two. Catamarans or motorboats are a great choice for a week or two-week-long vacation starting from Cannigione. Of course it will cost you more to rent a motorboat or catamaran in Cannigione, but you get all the amenities you would need and compared to other destinations in the Mediterranean they are still extremely affordable. Rent a motorboat in Italy for an average price of 150 EUR per person per day. It will cost an average of 140 EUR per person per day to charter a catamaran in Italy.

What type of boat is best for sailing in Cannigione?

Cannigione and this part of Sardinia are obviously most known for their magnificent beaches, so you want to choose your boat wisely in order to be able to visit them all.

Rent a catamaran in Cannigione

Pros of renting a catamaran in Cannigione

Charter a catamaran in Cannigione to explore all these magical beaches you’ve heard so much about. Catamarans have a shallow draft which makes them perfect for sailing in shallow waters and close to the coast. You can discover all the beaches and coves you would like to see.

Rent a catamaran in Cannigione if you like to have choices. A catamaran might just seem big and bulky, but there is so much more to it. You can either sail with the sail or drive with the engine. This is great, because you don’t have to rely on the weather and can sail with the wind when it’s strong enough, but revert to the engine should the wind suddenly stop blowing. You won’t get stuck in the middle of the sea - and if you do, it will be for another reason.

A catamaran rental in Cannigione is perfect for anyone who prefers to have more space on a sailing vacation. Catamarans often offer more space than other types of boats, standing on two hulls simply allows for more room in the bedrooms and on deck. Standing on two hulls also gives catamarans more stability. This is particularly great for anyone suffering from seasickness quite easily.

Cons of renting a catamaran in Cannigione

Catamarans are often lighter than other types of boats which can slow them down - even in stronger winds. If you only have a limited amount of time on your hands and want to see as many different places as possible, a catamaran might not be the best choice for you.

Another downside of catamarans can be their size. Of course it is fantastic to stretch your legs on deck and feel like sleeping in a hotel room rather than a cabin on a boat. However, this might mean that you won’t be able to find a spot for mooring at the marinas. It can get quite crowded in the summer and this means limited availability. The size doesn’t make it any easier either. If you’re lucky enough to secure a spot for mooring, you will probably have to pay double the regular price.

Charter a catamaran in Cannigione

Rent a sailboat in Cannigione

Pros of renting a sailboat in Cannigione

One of the advantages of renting a sailboat in Cannigione is the fact that they solely run on wind. This makes them extremely affordable. Plus, you don’t need to keep track of fuel costs as you won’t be surprised by a horrendous additional bill.

A sailboat charter in Cannigione is also great if you care about the environment. As sailboats solely sail with the wind, you are using a natural resource without harming the environment. Also, no motor is going to disturb the natural wildlife while exploring the Mediterranean.

A sailboat rental in Cannigione is perfect for anyone who wants to embark on a longer sailing vacation. As sailboats don’t need to stop by the marinas to refuel regularly, they can go longer distances without any problems.

Cons of renting a sailboat in Cannigione

While it’s definitely an advantage to go longer distances without refueling, you might get stuck in the middle of the sea should the wind suddenly stop blowing. A sailboat charter in Cannigione is not the right choice for you if you are impatient and have a lot of places to tick off your to-do-list.

As sailboats have a keel and Cannigione and the Gulf of Arzachena are mostly known for their stunning beaches, you might miss out on seeing them. Sure, you can always see them from a distance, but isn’t that the whole fun of it to see them up close, splash in the crystal clear waters and feel the warm white sand on your feet.

Rent a sailboat in Cannigione

Rent a motorboat in Cannigione

Pros of renting a motorboat in Cannigione

Charter a motorboat in Cannigione if you like to drive into your sailing adventure in Sardinia at full speed. Motorboats are generally faster than other types of boats that you can rent for longer periods of time, making them perfect for anyone who wants to explore as many beaches, bays and coves as humanly possible.

Rent a motorboat in Cannigione if you come here specifically to explore stunning beaches like Spiaggia Barca Bruciata north of Cannigione or Spiaggia del Relitto on the island of Caprera. Motorboats have a shallow draft, making them perfect for sailing in shallow waters and for anchoring closer to the beaches without having to fear of hitting something unexpectedly deep in the water.

Cons of renting a motorboat in Cannigione

However, renting a motorboat in Cannigione is not just roses and sunshine. You should keep track of the petrol you’re using while cruising around the Maddalena archipelago as fuel is expensive and you certainly want to avoid being surprised by an extremely high bill at the end of your sailing holiday in addition to your bareboat charter.

Motorboat rental in Cannigione

Charter a luxury yacht in Cannigione

Treat yourself to a real luxury on your sailing vacation if you can afford it. Charter a private luxury yacht in Cannigione and enjoy all the amenities that come with it. The best one is probably that most luxury yachts come with a crew for the duration of your trip, taking care of your every need. A stove, fridge and freezer ensure that you can always store and prepare enough food without having to go back to the marinas whenever you crave something from the fridge. A great add-on is a SUP or snorkelling equipment for some extra fun.

What kind of boat licence do you need when renting a boat in Cannigione?

Want to rent a boat in Italy? Then you need to be in possession of a valid boat licence. However, if you just want to rent a speedboat in Cannigione, you don’t need a boat licence, you can just rent it. Of course the charter is going to give you a quick instruction on how to operate it, but once that is done you’re free to go. If you hire a boat with less than 40 hp, you don’t need a boat licence. Even a sailboat can be sailed without a boat licence if you don’t sail more than 10km away from the coast.

You don’t have a boat licence and don’t want to get one? Don’t worry, you can always hire a skipper or captain in addition to your bareboat charter. That way you don’t have to worry about anything. Someone else is going to take care of navigating and operating your boat while you just enjoy your holiday.

Sailing routes in Cannigione

There are plenty of beautiful beaches and coves where you can stop when setting sail from Cannigione. The north of Sardinia has plenty of beautiful nature to offer.

Day 1 - Sail from Cannigione to Palau: Before sailing north to Palau, you should stop by one of the beautiful beaches you will encounter along the way. A catamaran charter will be perfect to reach them more easily. Spiaggia Barca Bruciata or Spiaggia Le Piscine are popular spots for a quick dip. Palau is a beautiful little town with plenty of beaches and watersports on offer. The lighthouse Faro di Punta Palau north of the town is also worth a visit.

Day 2 - Sail from Palau to Spargi Island: Spargi is an uninhabited island in the Maddalena Archipelago, making it the perfect place to relax and escape from reality for a while. Enjoy the natural beauty of the island and swim in the turquoise waters of Cala Soraya.

Day 3 - Sail from Spargi Island to Santa Maria Island: Spiaggia di Santa Maria or Cala Aiacciolu are popular spots for anchoring and it can get quite crowded during the busy summer months with many boats anchoring here. Nevertheless, they are picturesque spots you should check out. Stagno Padule is another very beautiful tourist destination on the island. The Benedictine monastery is an interesting historical place to see on Santa Maria Island.

Day 4 - Sail from Santa Maria Island to Maddalena Island: When you arrive at the island, be sure to secure a spot for mooring at the Marina di Porto Massimo. This is a safe spot to leave your boat overnight and is a great starting point to explore the island. You can always stop by Bassa Trinita Beach or Spiaggia di Cala Spalmatore to swim in the turquoise water, but you also shouldn’t miss out on exploring historical sites like the Parrocchia Santa Maria Maddalena.

Day 5 - Sail from Maddalena Island to Caprera Island: Like the other islands of the Maddalena Archipelago, Caprera Island has many beautiful beaches to choose from, including Spiaggia di Cala Garibaldi or Spiaggia di Cala Coticcio. Be sure to anchor in a secure bay and watch a magical sunset from your boat. Is there anything more romantic?

Day 6 - Caprera Island: Sure, there are plenty of beaches you can easily spend the day on, but there are many interesting hiking trails you can take to discover the island from a different perspective. Hiking trail Poggio Stefano is going to offer you amazing views over the Mediterranean and the unique rock formations shaping the island. Poggio Zonza is another beautiful trail taking you through the nature of Caprera. Visit the Garibaldi Museum in Caprera to learn more about Italy’s famous revolutionary.

Day 7 - Sail from Caprera Island to Cannigione: The day has come to sail back to Cannigione. Before you make your way to the airport to fly back home, have one last meal in one of Cannigione 's lovely restaurants.