Badesi, a tourist destination in Sardinia with crystalline sea, dunes and long sandy beach.
In the centre of the Gulf of Asinara the village lies between granite rocks, dunes of fine sand covered with centuries-old junipers and a crystalline sea, a perfect place for traditional activities (viticulture) and for tourists.
In the north-east of the island, in Anglona, 102 metres above sea level. Badesi is along the road Castelsardo-Santa Teresa di Gallura, approx. 75 km to Alghero, 50 km to Porto Torres, 75 km to Olbia, and 240 km to Cagliari.
Situated halfway between Stintino and Santa Teresa, the village is in a strategic position that allows you to easily reach any location in Northern Sardinia, from the Riviera del Corallo to the Costa Smeralda.
A part of the fief of Gallura, owned by a Spanish baron, Badesi was presumably originated in the 1700s with the settlement of related families dedicated to sheep farming. The present-day village families with the same surname descend from them. In 1804 it became “Stazzo Gallurese”.
Today the village has more than 1800 inhabitants.
The landscape is dominated by granite rocks with a characteristic reddish colour (typical in this part of Gallura) and by large sandy dunes, with long golden beaches, populated by interesting plant species, (small and wind-shaped junipers, lilies and sea roses).
Badesi coast is a Site of Community Interest, due to the richness of flora and the uniqueness of some species.
The vast panorama from Punta San Giuseppe (650 m), which extends across the lower valley of the Coghinas river (a destination for river fishing lovers), to the Gulf of Asinara and the southern coast of Corsica is very suggestive.
The seabed of this area is so fish-rich to be perfect for surfcasting competitions of international importance.
The constant wind makes the place a real paradise for windsurfers.
The still intact and not very busy coastline is characterized by a long sandy expanse that is bordered by dunes with the typical Mediterranean scrub and pine forests. The beach extends south into the Bay of Mimosas.
The Badesi Mare beach is a long and deep golden beach; though exposed to the winds, it yet faces a calm and transparent sea. It extends for about 14 km in the Gulf of Asinara, from Trinità d’Agultu with the Port of Isola Rossa, up to Valledoria.
There are numerous free accesses to the sea: Pirottu Li Frati, Poltu di lu Calboni, Li Junchi, Li Mindi.
In Anglona there is a wide and varied range of accommodation facilities: hotels, campsites, agritourism accommodation, B&Bs, private accommodation. The village has the modern infrastructure necessary for tourism.
Li Junchi beach offers various services for tourists: rental of umbrellas and deck chairs, dinghies, pedal boats, canoes, diving, surfing and wind-surfing courses, guided excursions on a sailing boat, refreshment points, tourist medical service.
Cover photo by Alessandro Zenari.