South Sardinia travel story

This experience of travel on the island of Sardinia is reality at a stretch of the south coast, the extreme south of the island west of the capital Cagliari. My stay was based on a hotel in Su Giudeu, simple but clean and comfortable. The coast that I visited is quite varied as a little 'all the coast that characterizes Sardinia, stretches of sandy beach alternating with rocky stretches, delightful coves and small beaches. Sardinia is an island with a strong tourist attraction at European level and not only, its coasts are among the most beautiful in the Mediterranean and it is inevitable that in the summer it sees a high presence of tourists appearance that often does not fit into the spaces and with the nature of the place. For this reason I chose the period of June, when the tourist inflow is limited, the days are long, the temperatures are ideal, the sun is not strong and the sea temperature is pleasant.
I begin my story starting from the Chia area, a fraction of the municipality of Domus de Maria, which is located after the area of the long and known sandy beaches of Pula. The most famous beach is that of Sa Colonia, very famous, so very popular, dominated by a promontory on which stands the Torre Chia watchtower. Beach of fine light sand, most people tend to stop in the area near the parking lot where there are also toilets, but just go a bit 'to find less crowded areas. The sea is limpid and transparent and degrades slowly as in all the sandy beaches of this coast. Immediately behind the promontory on which stands the Chia Tower, there are two small beaches that recall the typical coves of Sardinia, small in size, shallow, without services and perhaps for this more quiet. The largest is Su Portu, divided by a cliff from the tiny S'Isuledda. The presence of rocks and pebbles in the seabed gives beautiful colors to the sea in front of it, two beaches that are not suitable for children as the bottom drops rapidly.
From these beaches, heading north-east towards Cagliari, begins a long stretch of rocky coast hardly practicable but not to be underestimated. Few people go just beyond the two above-mentioned beaches along an easy path, an ancient Roman road that allows you to reach the island reserve of Su Cardulinu, a protected state area. From the trail (it is forbidden to go down on the island) you can admire this simple but beautiful island immersed in a deep blue sea and united to the mainland by a small strip of sand.
Let's go back and continue south to meet two clear and fine sandy beaches divided by a rocky promontory, Campana Due beach and the long Su Giudeu beach. Campana Due is not very large and is almost completely occupied by bathing facilities, while Su Giudeu, being long and wide, has only some areas equipped with umbrellas, deck chairs, bars, etc., but is mostly free with a sea in front of clear and transparent which degrades slowly, very recommended for families with children. Both are in a naturalistic area where there are protected and fenced dunes, behind Su Giudeu a large lagoon of shallow water in which there are often flamingos, to reach the beach you can follow a pedestrian path that develops on the north side of the lagoon (immediately after a few car parks clearly visible from the road) or cross it using a characteristic and comfortable wooden bridge from the municipal car park behind the hotel Aquadulci.
Continuing further south, here is Cala Cipolla, a beautiful and deep inlet between the rocks that enclose a not very large but sheltered beach and surrounded by classic Mediterranean vegetation. Cala Cipolla offers the alternative between sand and rocks, but you must arrive early for the best places as it is very popular. It seems obvious or superfluous to talk about the sea that here assumes fantastic colors and absolute transparency. Some kiosks provide fresh drinks and snacks, you can reach it on foot but the car park is not far. From Cala Cipolla you can continue on foot to reach Spartivento Cape, an uphill walk that I recommend to avoid during the central hours of the day, although the area is quite windy. The dirt path reaches the lighthouse that dominates the tip of this stretch of Sardinia. Capo Spartivento is not the most southerly point of the island but the panorama it offers is a real show not to be missed, the cliffs, the inlets, the narrow and deep gorges, the wide vision on a long stretch of wild coast deserve visit. The lighthouse is functional but can not be visited because the building has been converted into a high-level hotel.
From Capo Spartivento you can not do anything but go back until you reach the provincial road and then continue west. After an internal stretch there are the detour to reach on foot two small coves close to each other, first we find Cala Sa Pedralonga (sand and pebbles) and a little further on the left, the small and wild Cala Antoni Areddu from the extraordinary sea ideal for those seek tranquility in a beautiful natural environment. A little further on, here is a beautiful inlet with an island and a beach, it is Tuerredda, a famous beach and a very beautiful and very popular inlet. The beach is spread on two sides, light and fine sand, several well organized bathing establishments, splendid sea as seen from the photos by the drone.
We leave this inlet to reach the bay of Malfatano Cape. The bay, with shallow waters of magnificent colors, has only a small, rarely visited beach, easily visible and easily accessible from the provincial road. Malfatano Cape appears in all its long extension thanks to some panoramic points along the provincial road. It is possible to go down and walk along the whole promontory, a nice walk of about 20 minutes, until you reach the lookout tower that is located towards the extreme point, even here the view is superb. Continuing to follow the provincial road, we come across another sighting tower called Pixinni, although placed on a beautiful promontory it is not easy to understand its strategic value being so low, almost on the sea. Just beyond other beaches, that of Piscinni, it is a little sandy language, not equipped, therefore without services, unfortunately marred by the remains of posidonia that accumulates in considerable quantities along its banks. Even the next Punta Libeccio beach, much smaller and less deep, suffers from the same problem. This stretch of jagged coastline offers other small coves and / or small beaches more or less interesting and more or less easy to reach, certainly ideal for those who prefer tranquility and nature without comfort, I quote that of Porto Laboi, that of the Lovers, that of Campionna or Sa Canna.
The provincial road continues and leads us to the Port of Teulada, dominated by the promontory of Torre Budello with its watchtower. Here there is a small beach frequented mainly by locals, little coarse sand and a lot of rock with an intense red color that distinguishes the whole promontory offering magnificent and evocative visions at sunset. Shortly after the dock of the port of Teulada and continuing along the paved road we find a beautiful beach of light and fine sand bordered by two small promontories, that of Porto Tramatzu. Long and deep, never excessively crowded, it offers a calm and protected sea with transparent water of many shades of color with the bottom that progressively lowered by families with children, there are various services such as umbrellas, bars and restaurants.
Just beyond another small cove, S'Ortixeddu Beach, characterized by a sandy bottom and the many shades of color of its sea. Being so small it is easily filled with tourists.
Beyond S'Ortixeddu the coast becomes truly wild and hardly passable, in this area there is the promontory of Capo Teulada which represents the most southerly point of Sardinia. The provincial road bypasses this stretch of coast until reaching Porto Pino, a popular seaside resort with a gulf shaped like a "comma" where we find a well-equipped and very popular sandy beach town and further south, a very long beach called the Dunes. This long stretch of beach offers a deep beach of light and fine sand that I would call dazzling with a beautiful multicolored sea bass and very inviting. It is difficult to follow it on foot so it is better to approach by car along a dirt road that is at the entrance of Porto Pino (pay attention because the signs are not so obvious). After a lot of dust and holes, you reach a large parking lot and it does not take long to reach the beach where there are some equipped areas. In the final stretch of this kilometer coast, there are some spectacular dunes, an extensive desert of soft and fine sand dotted here and there by small shrubs and junipers where the wind, with its constant work, shapes and moves the sand changing the scenery. Although very busy, the beach is so big that there is space and place for everyone ....
la scogliera del Nido dei Passeri Sardegna
From Porto Pino the rugged and rocky coast, not far to the north, in the hamlet of Porto Pinetto there is a lovely little bay with the tiny but enchanting beach of Sa Bua, an example of the most beautiful Sardinia. To continue, towards the north, it is necessary to go back a little to resume the provincial road and thus reach the long beach of Sa Salina. In my opinion this beach is not so interesting and not only for the massive presence of posidonia along the shore but also because the sea is not as spectacular as the one left in Porto Pino, in fact there are few local tourists.
My tour is about to end with a visit to the coasts of the peninsula of Sant'Antinoco with its beautiful, lively and very green town, with its historic center spread over a hill at the top of which is the Basilica dedicated to the Saint and an archaeological area with the necropolis that unfortunately was closed to the public on the occasion of my visit, closure due to lack of funds for its maintenance.
The peninsula of Sant'Antioco has a very wild coast and not much inclined to the beaches, I had the opportunity to visit the Coaquaddus beach on the east coast, a beach of modest size not particularly interesting and also affected by Posidonia and Cala Lunga, small and narrow creek between the high rocks on the west coast, a cove of little seaside interest. To end the visit of the peninsula, you can head north to reach Calasetta, a quaint fishing village now oriented to tourism but still able to reserve some pleasant surprises walking in the narrow streets of the old town. Along the way pay attention to a stretch of coast where the provincial approaches very close to the cliff over the sea (unfortunately there are no reports). In this stretch it is possible to stop and get close (very carefully) and observe the "Nido dei Passeri" (Sparrows Nest), a high and very wild cliff made of very beautiful dark stone.

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