Cagliari: a new NA reality

Cagliari: a new NA reality

Posted on Dec 5

Deep in the south of the island of Sardinia stays its capital: Cagliari. From the Phoenicians to present days Cagliari is the best stop in Mediterranean’s cruise. This is the center of Mediterranean sea, and this is where NA just officially open a new branch office to keep on offering you support for any need you’d might have (technical, logistic, administrative formalities, concierge services, provisions and bunkering). We have always been here for you but from this summer on, we will also have an office to support you more and to go along with you taking advantage of this place in paradise. The Cagliari’s harbor offers numerous berthing options for yachts in a total of five marina operating in the harbor itself and a further three in the gulf of Cagliari within a twelve-mile radius. The most important are: Marina di Cagliari, sure the most comfortable Marina of southern Sardinia. It lays in the historical heart of the citycenter where you can walk to directly and it’s only five minutes from the international airport. It can accommodate boats up to 55 metres long. It offers all the main facilities for a safe and comfortable stay, such as wi-fi and a complete logistic assistance (Shipyard services, ordinary and extraordinary maintenance, electric, hydric and electronic plants, coachwork and carpentry, upholstery)...

Exotic destination in the Med: Sardinia East Coast

Exotic destination in the Med:...

Posted on Nov 24

Too good to be true. Be aware all these photos are not doctored and they might cause addiction!!!!! From Tavolara and Molara Island throw the Gulf of Orosei where from South to North, beaches flow in this order: Cala Goloritze, Cala dei Gabbiani, Cala Mariolu, Cala Biriola, Cala Sisine, Cala Luna, Grotte del Bue Marino, Cala Gonone. But what’s new down there? Sure this is one of the few places in the Mediterranean that hasn’t been disrupted by construction and mass tourism. This is an exclusive, peaceful location, sheltered from crowds, noise and prevalent winds. We suggest you to visit at least one of this fantastic spots where to anchor without any particular restriction. 20 miles of untouched wild beaches and grottos backed by steep limestone cliffs meeting turquoise blue water, where land access is almost impossible except for a couple of beaches. Starting from southern Olbia The National Marine Park of Tavolara offers a good anchorage at Cala Spalmatore on sand, and a must-do surely is to dive and snorkel off Molara’s Island Heading South towards Orosei's Gulf the very first beautiful bay is Cala Luna (Coordinates: 40°13'35"N 9°37'35"E) with it’s small private coves separated from the main beach with cliffs and can be reached only by boat. Famous for the sandy beach, which is rock-bound by the limestone cliffs and caves. Then very close is Cala Sisine (Coordinates: 40°10'45.3"N 9°38'03.3"E). Get there at early hours in the morning when the pebbles beach offer the best colors. Better admire it all from the boat and have a bath away as it’s really uncomfortable laying on the beach and practically painful getting into the water. The famous Cala Goloritzè is a must to be seen!!!! (Coordinates: 40°06'36.3"N 9°41'21.2E) A Terrific bay! It is spectacular you can’t get to the beach by boat, but only hiking or swimming 300 meters. In 1995 it was elected "Italian National Monument" and it is the most photographed beach in the Ogliastra area. The bottom is clear even if it’sand 30 m. high. Check it out!!!!! Cala Mariolu (Coordinates: 40°7'27.448"N 9°40'34.158"E) sand and pebbles beach. It has cliffs from which you can jump into the blue waters.The bottom is rocky and suitable for scuba diving and snorkeling fishes. Some rocks emerge from the sea and form tiny islands. Last but not least: it comes Cala Biriolu (Coordinates: 40° 9' 44.680" N 9° 38' 53.286" E) this beach is the hidden gemstone. Just around the corner of Cala Sisine. The famous little stone arch over the sea characterized this place. A stunning orange shade sand mixes with white pebbles junipers and the maquis on the rocks. Once you are there, nothing matters; the only willing is to stare into the crystal clear turquoise waters. Perfect place for people keen on scuba diving. Very important tip: if you plan visiting the beaches, remember that they are backed by high cliffs and after 3pm sun starts setting down, therefore some of the beaches stays in the shadow. Cala Sisine and Cala Luna should be the last to be visited, as sun stays longer. A special mention goes to: The caves at Grotta del Bue Marino and Grotte di Ispinigoli, which really worth a visit by tender - we can always organize private tours- as they have some of the tallest stalagmites in Europe. Cala Gabbiani practically an empty beach visited mostly by locals. Long yellow sandy beach with the typical clean blue waters. It does worth a visit. If you have time Is Putzu only 50 meters from Cala Goloritze. For the guests that want to spend a day inland: Only for braves: 4×4 tour throw the deep canyons open in the Supramonte of Lanaitto Valley, including also a stop at the Grotto Corbeddu - the location of findings that wrote the history of human inhabitation of the area. Sport & History: a trek in Tiscali, is essence of Sardinia. Located in a deep depression created by a deepening in the heart of the mount. The Nuragic village of Tiscali, built along the walls of the depression and invisible until you get to the inside of the cavity, consists of two ensembles of dwellings of various sizes, built and inhabited between the 15th and 8th centuries BC. Their origins are mysterious: the building technique is very different from those of other Nuragic sites. Another unmissable visit is: Su Gorroppu, a gorge created from erosion it’sthe most spectacular canyon in Europe and it is also one of the deepest. The width of the gorge varies from a few dozen meters to just four meters. It is the wildest territory on the Island, a natural monument, thanks to its biodiversity and the endemism of plant and animal species. Lunch at su Gologone Hotel restaurant, then take a walk to the most important karstic spring in Italy: Su Gologone, a national monument. The main source for the vast Karst system of Supramonte. Over the millennia the water has carved out meandering underground channels before reappearing above ground as a small lake, set between the high walls of Dolomitic rock. The tones of water vary from emerald green to turquoise and intense blue, according to the reflection of the sun. The clear, deep water is an irresistible challenge for underwater cavers, who arrive here from all over the world: in 2010, Alberto Cavedon explored up to 135 metres of it. A forest of eucalyptus is the frame of this natural show. More? Let’s go and check it out!

Sardinia or Corsica? This is the problem!

Sardinia or Corsica? This is t...

Posted on Nov 24

The 50 km between Corse and Sardinian Costa Smeralda seem to melt the two islands in one. But are they very different? Do you really feel crossing a Country to get from one to other? A common stereotype presents Corsica as the wilder isle opposed to the snobbish Sardinia, but marking labels are worthless. Corse is 90 kilometers (56 mi) from Tuscany in Italy and 170 kilometers (110 mi) from the Côte d'Azur in France. The Strait of Bonifacio with its sparkling Mediterranean waters separate them, at their closest point, the two islands are only 11 kilometers apart, (6.8 mi) wide. France vs Italy, but the two Mediterranean Islands look like to be much more closer. Historically they do have many things in common: in 238 BC together, they became a province of Rome and adopted the Latin language and culture; however, the densely forested interior areas of both islandsresisted the Romans, in fact Corse and Sardinia were united(not literally) on defending their land! Therefore, Romans avoided them and set them aside as the “land of the barbarians”. From that moment on they both fight for independency, (they both still have separatist movements) from Mother Land. Maybe this common feeling of revenge make this two people feel so close to each other also on present days. Italian was the official language of Corsica until May 9th 1859. Since the annexation of the island by France Corsican- Corsu has been under heavy pressure from French. But it kept its original characteristics which make it much more similar to Sardu the Sardinian language. Corsicans & Sardinians have gotten used to live inland and their food is mostly inspired by this inland influence. Both have never been a population of fishermen.The wild boar (Cingale, Singhjari) is very popular in both islands. The casgiumerzu ("rotten cheese")is the Corsican counterpart of the Sardinian casumarzu, made from goat or sheep milk. Today, much has changed and now seafood has been embraced by Corsicans & Sardinians: lobsters, crabs, anchovies, squid, clams and fresh sardines conquered the Islands menus. Spaghetti con Bottarga made with dried gray mullet roe shaved on top are one of the favorite Sardinian pasta dishes. Corse and Sardinia surely offer a charming backdrop to any luxury yacht! Both islands East coast is well protected from prevailing winds. Sardinia, surely is better known as a popular yachting destination, after Prince Aga Khan has built the entire Costa Smeralda concept, making the North East coast of Sardinia one of the most luxurious and famous in the world, perfect stop for yachts and mega-yachts with more than five amazing Marinas for luxurious mega yachts from POltu Quatu to Olbia, Corsica has not had the same level of intensive development, (also due to the 1986 Coast Law, which prohibits the construction of new buildings within 100 meters of the coast outside urban areas) is thus mainly unspoiled, but little recently built marinas and dockage facilities all along the east and south coast of the island like Porto Vecchio and Bonifacio; allowing yachts to sail from one isle to the other easily. Bonifacio remains one of the most amazing and breathtaking port of the whole Med. The rocky and mountainous landscapes of Corsica’senriched by little ports and towns, has become the darling of the yachting community. Consider that many lovely spots of the island are more reachable by the sea and nothing is worth a boat trip to admire the scenery and the breathtaking panoramas discovering some secret coves. The area among the main islands comprising a myriad of small islands in a protected area bedecked by hundreds of tiny, white, perfectly formed natural beaches. Entrance to and anchoring in this area is restricted and vessels have to anchor 300 meters off the coast of the main island and tender in. Permits are needed for scuba diving from the National Park Authority. Sardinia & itss beaches is a dogma! Costa Smeralda: 20-kilometer-long strip where the bay in Porto Cervo is, as we all very well know, home to mega-yachts. Afterall written and seen is it really a reason to choose one of them?We truly believe it is a unique destination in Mediterranean sea, enriched by the Sardinian & Corsican culture and the hospitality of the people. Surely there is one thing that is close to identical for both: the climate SUNNY!!!!