Fancy Emerald Coast is not the only noteworthy area of Sardinia, Italy. Here are the best beaches in southern Sardinia, from west to east. And taking a break from the sea, make sure to visit the province of Cagliari, where you can find equally beautiful beaches and breathtaking places of interest.
Connected to the main island by an artificial isthmus, Sant’Antioco in the largest island of the Archipelago Sulcitano, facing southern Sardinia. Cala Lunga is one of its most amazing beaches: framed by rock walls, this large-grained beach is accessible by a dirt road in the extreme southwest of the island.
Situated in the village of Sant’Anna Arresi, Porto Pino has white and thin sand, it is famous for its dunes, among the highest and largest in Sardinia.
Picturesque cove, it is one of the most appreciated beaches in Sardinia, with a sea that goes from shades of blue to emerald green. A small wild island at about 100 meters from the shore completes the view
Near the town of Domus de Maria, surrounded by dense Mediterranean vegetation, Cala Cipolla’s sandy cove is sheltered from the wind and hides shallow waters with a few rocks here and there.
Voted the most beautiful sea in Italy, Chia is also a popular beach resort on the coast, prestigious and rich in luxury hotels. The main, pristine beach can be reached by crossing the saline, and walking you can arrive at Su Giudeu beach, equally fascinating.
The position of Nora allows the view on a breathtaking landscape: next to the beach and the crystalline sea are situated the remains of the Phoenician-Punic-Roman city, an archaeological site of great interest.
Close to Villasimius, Porto Giunco is reached by crossing the pond of Notteri, habitat of flamingos and of a forest of eucalyptus trees. It is the perfect spot for those who love diving and snorkelling.
With the clearest sea and white sand, the beach is surrounded by rocks and overlooked by a hill; climbing on it you will spot the remains of a nuraghe, one of the cone-shaped buildings that have been here for more than 3000 years.
The smooth rock, rounded by the waves, is part of a picturesque view and divides two beaches. The Scoglio can be reached via a windy but very intimate cove from the beach of Santa Giusta.
Costa Rei has a long sandy beach, crystal clear water and beautiful colours: an utterly relaxing view, comparable to that of the Caribbean sea.
HOW TO GET TO SOUTHERN SARDINIA
By PLANE: Ryanair is the low-cost airline company that connects the continent with Cagliari-Elmas international airport; from here, a shuttle bus service will take you downtown and to other points of communication.
By FERRY: Cagliari is the major naval port of landing ferry cruises from Italian and Mediterranean ports.
The best way to visit most parts of the island is by car; different choices of car rental are available in the airport and in the naval port areas. For those who love adventure also, riding a bike around Sardinia’s rocky spines could be definitely interesting.
WHERE TO STAY IN SOUTHERN SARDINIA
Villa Margherita Suite & Breakfast
Strada del Pianeta Mercurio 16, Santa Margherita di Pula, 09010 Pula. +39 070 924 5258
Surrounded by greenery and near the sea, the Villa offers a relaxing stay in a place equipped with garden chairs and swings; breakfast is served under a gazebo.
La Villa Del Mare
Lungomare Poetto 248, 09100 Cagliari. +39 349 235 1359
A residence from the beginning of ‘900 on the sea and in the immediate vicinity of the city, a place that everyone can enjoy.
Via Raffaello, 09049 Villasimius. +39 070 791720
Small, comfortable and well-appointed hotel overlooking the town of Villasimius. A short walk separates it from the centre and from the turquoise sea.