Sardinia is the best beach destination in all of Italy, but the coves in the Gulf of Orosei definitely take the cake. We're not talking about long, sandy beaches here, but rather small coves (many of them with pebble beaches) hidden among the cliffs. However, the color of the water in this part of the coast is absolutely incredible. The intense sapphire blue is like nothing I've ever seen before. Part of the charm of many of the coves is the lack of easy access. You either go hiking for a few hours over terrain which isn't marked on the map, or you go by boat from Cala Gonone or rent a zodiac boat (gommone, in Italian).