Budoni is a municipality in Northeast Sardinia, very charming and rich in history, and makes for an ideal holiday destination.
The History of Budoni
The history of Budoni is an ancient one. We still have access to two Domus de Janas, sites from Prehistoric times that locals dug from the rocks and used as tombs. They are from a time between 4000 and 3000 b.C.
This location on the Northeastern side of Sardinia, was ruled by the Marine Republic of Pisa at the end of the 18th century, and it started developing as a modern town in the first half of the 19th century. In 1959 the territory became an integral part of Nuoro along with the local town San Teodoro. An institutional reform in 2016 finally established that both towns would become part of the brand-new province of Sassari.
The beaches of Budoni
There are plenty of opportunities for lovers of the sun and the sea to enjoy the beauty of Budoni, stunning beach fronts with crystal clear waters abound here. One of the more popular locations around here Porto Ainu is the most appreciated, sandy white beaches give way to shallow and brilliantly blue waters, a typical Sardinian landscape. The environment is rather wild, which is why services like restaurants are not available here.
Its wildness is likely a reason that it never gets too full, even during the peak of summer. Another beach that is worth considering as a destination in Budoni is in Porto Ottiolu, a small but beautiful place. The sand is white and the sea here is rich in shades of blue from deep to cobalt. The environment is ideal for families with young children and lovers of snorkelling alike thanks to its bed which remains shallow for many miles.
The area of Baia Sant’Anna beach is worth a visit too. It’s in Tanaunella near Budoni, and it’s a public beach with gorgeous white sand surrounded by pine trees, which are reflected in the clear waters and make the area unique with their delicious fragrance. Close by, Cala di Budoni is a setting with 4 km of coast, extending from the cliffs of Li Cucutti and Porto Ainu.
The sea in this area is incredibly clear, with shallow beds and fine sands. The setting boasts of many services available including parking, bars as well as restaurants and locations for leisure activities. This stretch of coastal beauty is one of the most appreciated by tourists and locals alike, particularly for those who enjoy snorkelling, admiring the marine flora and fauna and diving right into other water sports.
Sights To See In Budoni
Aside from the sea and sunshine, there is ample opportunity to visit some of the interesting historical monuments and other buildings. One of the best of the region is Museo dello Stazzo, which showcases artefacts from the evolution of agriculture through the centuries, handmade utensils and even reconstructions of the typical rural home.
The tower of Su Entosu, a watchtower built on granite rock in the style of Nuragic Conca, also has a very high historical value. And finally, for those who are fascinated by seeing history up close, the ancient shepherd village of San Pietro is full of houses in stone, mud and grout that showcase what life was like in the countryside in the 1800s.
In the same area, it is worth visiting the nuraghe Conca e Bentu and the Domus de Jana l’Agliola in the village of Solità.
Sights To See Near Budoni
San Teodoro is a town that deserves a visit, particularly in its historical city centre. Posada is also beautiful, with its mediaeval hamlet and the Castello della Fava. From Budoni you can also easily access a hike to the island of Tavolara and its Protected Marine Area.