The location of Porto Pollo in Sardinia is a real windsurfing hot spot in the Mediterranean but not only that, sought after and frequented by surfers from all over Europe every year. The true lover of windsurfing cannot claim to have never been to Porto Pollo and it is said that it was Robby Naish, the greatest living surfer, who discovered the spot.
Where is Porto Pollo and how to reach it
Located in the north-eastern part of the island, Porto Pollo is located in the jagged coast full of coves and beaches facing the Maddalena Archipelago and the Bocche di Bonifacio, and about halfway between Santa Teresa of Gallura and Palau from which it is only 6 Km away. Porto Pollo can be reached by ferry or plane: the nearest port is in Olbia, which is 44 km away, which translates into less than an hour drive away. If you opt for the plane, the most convenient airport to go to Porto Pollo is, also in this case, that of Olbia even though there are very few companies that make this route from the mainland. Otherwise choose Alghero, farther but more popular, even from low-cost flights like Ryanair. Given the Sardinian roads, if you haven’t arrived on the island by car (as in the case of the plane), we advise you to take a rental vehicle so as to move easily between the different beaches and towns of the area.
Where to stay In Porto Pollo
there are some residences and some hotels where you can stay. There is no shortage of campsites at the appeal, perfect for those looking for a more rustic holiday in the name of savings. The camping village Isola dei Gabbiani, is located on the beach of the same name and is the most equipped accommodation facility in the area open from April 4th until October 18th and able to offer the necessary spaces for tent accommodation and camper vans with attached services hygienic camping area and housing units or bungalows with 2, 3 or 4 beds in the village. The tourist center also completes the offer in terms of comfort by having a market, a bar, a snack bar, a pizza restaurant, a playground for children, a games room, and an equipped beach and a floating dock to allow the mooring of boats or rafts taken for hire or property. Here is the site of the structure: www.isoladeigabbiani.it. Otherwise, in the center you will find the Residence L’Isola which offers some rooms with shared bathroom and others with private bathroom. It is located just 7 km from the Costa Smeralda, perfect also for an evening tour of bars and typical restaurants. Outside the units there is a beautiful garden with typical Mediterranean plants and a barbecue available for guests. The Le Dune hotel is just a 2-minute walk from the town’s main beach. Inside the hotel there is a Sardinian restaurant and the rooms are furnished in traditional style. The buffet breakfast is included in the room price. The beaches The coast is formed by the two enormous beaches, the one of Porto Pollo to the east and the Arenaria, Porto Liscia and Barrabisa to the west, barely separated by the natural isthmus that joins the land to the Isola dei Gabbiani. The beaches are characterized by shallow waters, especially suitable for children who can play safely. The area is wheelchair accessible and there is ample parking for cars and campers. Along the coast there are restaurants and bars where you can sip an aperitif at sunset or enjoy a dish of typical Sardinian cuisine. On the beach, sometimes free and sometimes equipped, you can still rent umbrellas and sunbeds as well as boats such as pedal boats and canoes. Windsurfing in Porto Pollo: where to practice it The characteristic that makes the place particularly suitable for both wind surfing and kite surfing is the constant presence of exploitable winds from any quadrant they come at any time of day: generally the Mistral or the West blows strongly but even the Levant allows you to get out even without reaching, with rare exceptions, peaks of 40 knots. This happens thanks to the geographical conformation of the area: whether you are on one side or the other of the isthmus (between the Porto Pollo and the Arenaria beaches), there will certainly be the right conditions for surfing. Obviously along the coast there are windsurfing and kite surfing schools, so even those who are beginners can try this wonderful water sport. In the area without wind, instead, you can try the sup, the new way to “float” on a large and wide surfboard, moving with a long oar. Moving from Porto Pollo, the nearest spots to practice these sports are Rena Majore (20 Km), Cala Pischina but paying attention to the sandy bottom and Monte Rosso. The other spots are almost an hour’s drive from Porto Pollo: they are Isola Rossa, Badesi and La Ciaccia.