Coral's secrets (North-West)

(guests landing in  Alghero)

DAY 1. Alghero. Anchor just outside the city. Capitanery need to be advised. A city tour of the old Catalan city to discover the way Coral become finest jewellaries and to discover the past of this splendid sea town. Historians date the origin of the city of Alghero to the 1st half of the XI century at the hands of the powerful Doria family from Genoa who decided to fortify what was then a little fishing village. They were soon to find themselves battling against a series of constant enemy incursions because this small village in actual fact stood in a strategic and important position, fundamental to commercial activity throughout the whole of the Mediterranean. The city remained under the influence of Genoa until 1353 when it fell to the domain of the Catalan-Aragonese, and to this day the Catalan influence is still very much present and can be admired in the architecture of its churches, buildings and fortifications. Wine tasting in one of the most typical and exclusive wineyard of the area. A very interesting alternative for arche tour lovers is the visit the archeological area of Nuraghe Palmavera and Anghelu Ruju Necropolis (the biggest and more important in Sardinia): the visit to the archaeological park includes different sites which have been inhabited since the IV millennium BC.

DAY 2. Anchor in front of Lazzaretto or Le Bombarde beach for a nice swim. Then move to anchor outside Capo Caccia. A private boat will take you to a private tour to the famous Nettuno’s Cave. Evening anchor back in town of Alghero. // Enjoy a wonderful dive session in one of the most maravellous underwater area of the all Med. See corals and fantastic marine flora. With the multitude of perpendicular cliffs and submerged caves in the Capo Caccia and Punta Giglio dive areas, it is possible to dive in a different environment each time, especially good for those looking for a challenge! The big caves of Nereo and Falco are the most famous, and most frequented, mainly due to the fact that the areas are so large it could take three dives to see all of Nereo. In addition to the cave immersions, there are numerous free water dives sites , such as Massi delle Gorgonie Rosse "Red Soft Coral Rock", La Secca delle Aragoste "Lobster Rocks" where it is possible to see hundreds of the lobsters, the canyons of Nereo and of the Submarine, l'Arco "Arch" and Spaccata della Cernia Bianca "the Crack of Cernia Bianca", Scoglio dei Barracuda "Barracuda Rocks", Dolmen della Foradadda, and finally the Relitto del Galeone Francese "the Wreck of Galeone Francese". We come in contact with a large variety of Mediterranean species daily, including gruber, dentis, pincer lobster, conger and murey eels. Much to the delight of photo and video divers is the incredible expanse of Parazhoanthus (Margarita Flower), Leptosamnia and a myriad of incrusted sponges, all offer many opportunites for the wonderful effect of back lit photos. And most importantly is the presense of the red coral which is visible at just 4 meters and unique to all the Mediterranean area. The coral cling to the cave rooves and canyon walls of this area, and it is very exciting to take close-up pictures because of the "polipetti", the "small octopus flowers" that grow on the coral. Alternative if not too hot!: Trekking or climbing in Capo Caccia Natural Reserve. "Capo Caccia" is the name of the massive limestone headland that juts from the northwest coast of Sardinia. It is characterized by high cliffs up to 203 meters above the sea. Along the walls that look to the West, in that part of the coast, which rises from the viewpoint of the Caves of Neptune, for several years now there is a path that allows facilities to submit yourself to a pristine environment. The itinerary is never particularly difficult and the environment and panorama out onto the sea and dramatic coastline render this ferrate simply unique. 

DAY 3. Porto Ferro is a nice stop over before reaching the Asinara Island. The bay is surrounded by a vaguely wild environment and this contributes to the charm of the place, rather it is the main ingredient. The beach is very wide and reddish color, the sand is thin, and it's characterized by a light wind. It looks a bit like a beach still immersed in the sixties.  The bay is enclosed between two towers, Torre Negra to the North and Torre de Bantine to the south. From the inside of the bay you can see a third tower, the White Tower,. These are all Spanish buildings from the seventeenth century. In summer this bay is a docile and calm. Currents and wind and high and long waves characterize it in Spring and Autumn , and here it is  Porto Ferro populated by surfers who find here the most ideal conditions.  Once you reach Asinara Island anchor front of the amazing and clear blue water Pelosa beach (there is a specific point to anchor just outside the marine park limit). Asinara island, in its territory, represents an unicum in the basin of the Mediterranean from a geological flora and fauna, both on land and sea, for the state of its territorial naturalness and outstanding presence. Part of the UNESCO world Heritage. Asinara was first called Herculis Insula, and then to Sinuaria under whom the present one. Camaldolensian site of a monastery during the Middle Ages, then, stopping place for pirates Saracen, in 1896, after the evacuation of population, became a penal colony farm. During the First World War, however, was used as a concentration camp and care for prisoners of war in 1934 as a sanatorium judiciary, and since 1977 as a maximum security prison. The west side of the island is made up of steep slopes, which often throw themselves on the sheer cliffs, forming steep cliffs and spectacular, while, on the side of the bay, the coast slopes gently with numerous small beaches. In the central area narrow and elongated, are the beautiful beaches of pink granite Cale Scombro di Fuori, Cala Scombro di Dentro and Cala S. Andrea. The coastal stretch between Punta Barbaresco and Punta Marcata consisting of granite with characteristic forms that resemble the landscape of Gallura, is the largest island landscape features. Thanks to the long isolation Asinara's beaches are still unspoilt, dotted with the green of the Mediterranean and visited by white donkeys. Exclusive jeep tour in Asinara Island and guided biowatching tour. Enjoy diving and snorkeling around the maravellous island. 

DAY 4.  Yacht cruise towards Castelsardo. Offshore with the tender to the port in town to visit the old town. The historic centre of Catelsardo has preserved its medieval essence over time. Walk through tiny, streets and steep stairs lead us up the hill towards Doria castle. Scenic path around the castle walls lead up to the cathedral. From here one can enjoy some wonderful views across the bay of Asinara. The town itself is well known by waeving of basket.  A rock very much visited few km away from Castelsardo is the Elephant rock, one of the many animal shape rock of Sardinia. Head to Isola Rossa. Anchor in Tinnari bay for the night. Isola Rossa is a small turistic fisherman village and alla the coast along the bay is particularly beautiful for the red color of the rocks.

DAY 5. Staying anchored outside Marinedda bay you can take the opportunity for a surfing course or session on the beach. There is a quite well known school. Enjoy the sea. If you prefer we can easily organize a beauty treatment on board. Aquafantasy park for kids just up on the hills 1 km away. From Isola Rossa, only 20 min away by car, you can visit the Etnographic museum in Aggius (typicval medieval village inland of Gallura) and have a typical dinner in l’Agnata. 

DAY 6. Back to Alghero for guests departure.

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