8 Of The Best Beaches In Southern Sardinia, Italy

For beach lovers and sun-worshippers, Sardinia is as dreamy as it gets!

Italy’s second largest island is a must-see destination for anyone who loves crystal-clear light blue waters and pristine beaches. However, Sardinia is massive with over 1,000 miles of coastline, so most travelers split their travels between north and south. Even while sticking to just one half of the island, it’s quite normal to spend 1-3 hours going from one beach to the next since everything is so spread out.

In this article, we’ll focus on the best beaches in Southern Sardinia. The southern coast on the Tyrrhenian Sea is dotted with light sandy beaches and the most unbelievably bright blue jewel-tone waters you’ll ever see. Here are 8 of our favorite beaches in Southern Sardinia.

Spiaggia di Santa Margherita di Pula

If heaven were on earth, it would look a lot like the pristine beach at Santa Margherita di Pula. This slice of coast between Chia and Nora really is among the most beautiful parts of Sardinia: soft, powdery white sand with nothing but the clearest, sparkling blue water as far as the eye can see. It’s a wonder to simply watch the sunlight refract on the surface of the water and marvel at how transparent the water is when the soft waves roll in.

Spiaggia Santa Margherita di Pula
Spiaggia Santa Margherita di Pula. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Santa Margherita di Pula beach
Santa Margherita di Pula beach. PHOTO NADIA CHO

It’s no wonder that many resorts are located along the coast of Santa Margherita di Pula. However, the beach is public, and you can find more isolated parts towards the south once you pass all the resorts. There are bars and lidos up and down the stretch of beach where you can rent chairs and get snacks and drinks. If you ever need to decide on a beach to spend an entire day, Spiaggia di Santa Margherita di Pula would be the one. Once you’re there, it’s impossible to take your eyes off the water or get up from the soft, warm sand.

Santa Margherita di Pula
Santa Margherita di Pula. PHOTO NADIA CHO

Spiaggia di Tuerredda

Spiaggia di Tuerredda is another beach that’s considered one of the most beautiful in Sardinia. The beach is split into two connected crescents, with a seabed which juts out in the middle. The natural greenery of the surrounding islets and coasts floating on the crystal-clear water is what makes Spiaggia di Tuerredda a real beauty. This beach is great for swimming, snorkeling and anchoring nearby if you have a boat. There are also a couple of lively bars and clubs right next to the beach offering music, festivities and a good time.

Spiaggia di Tuerredda views
Spiaggia di Tuerredda views. PHOTO NADIA CHO

Spiaggia di Tuerredda is located between Teulada and Chia along the scenic SP71 highway. The beach gets very crowded during high season with limited space and parking. We recommend either going very early in the morning or later in the afternoon to snag a spot on one of these highly coveted sandy shores.

Spiaggia di Tuerredda water
Spiaggia di Tuerredda water. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Spiggia di Tuerredda islet
Spiggia di Tuerredda islet. PHOTO NADIA CHO

Spiaggia Su Giudeu  

Spiaggia Su Giudeu is one of the most well-known beaches in the region of Chia, and it even gets featured on lots of postcards. Su Giudeu’s dreamy shore is extensive with plenty of soft sand for groups and families to camp out on. On a sunny day, the shallow water is a shocking gradient of electric to aqua blue, making it an ideal beach for swimming, floating and taking in the gorgeous views. Also, there’s a great beach bar, Chiosco Bar Isola, with tables in the sand under huge palms, that’s perfect for enjoying affordable food and drinks while you’re at the beach.

Spiaggia Su Giudeu views
Spiaggia Su Giudeu views. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Spiaggia Su Giudeu
Spiaggia Su Giudeu. PHOTO NADIA CHO

Whenever you want a spacious sandy beach for all your family and friends to enjoy, Spiaggia Su Giudeu is perfect. There’s also Cala Cipolla, a pretty cove which shares the same entrance road with Su Giudeu, that’s available to check out if you’re in the area as well. SEE ALSO: Amazing Things to do in Favignana.

Spiaggia Su Giudeu
Spiaggia Su Giudeu. PHOTO NADIA CHO

Porto Pino Dunes/Spiaggia di Porto Pino

The white dunes of Porto Pino are one of the major attractions in Southern Sardinia. Spiaggia di Porto Pino has miles and miles of shining white sand beach and glassy cerulean waters rolling in on gentle waves. The beach is extensive and is divided into three parts. The first part is closest to the parking lots on the northern end and is also the most popular due to it being the most accessible. There’s plenty of space on the white sand where you can lounge, pop into beach clubs for snacks or even take part in water sports like surfing or wind surfing.

Porto Pino
Porto Pino. PHOTO NADIA CHO

The second part is further into the beach, where the sand gets finer and the surroundings more natural. This is a good place to set up camp if you want to be away from the crowds. The third part consists of the actual dunes of Arenas Biancas, which are tall and spectacular to look at. However, it’s forbidden to climb on any of the dunes at the beach or take sand (this rule applies to all beaches in Sardinia in general) and this part may not be open to the public at all times. With such a stunning landscape of white sandy dunes against electric blue waters, Porto Pino needs to be on everyone’s list of must-dos while in Southern Sardinia.

Porto Pino Spiaggia
Porto Pino Spiaggia. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Porto Pino dunes
Porto Pino dunes. PHOTO NADIA CHO

Spiaggia di Sa Colonia/Spiaggia di Monte Cogoni

Spiaggia di Sa Colonia is a pretty little beach next to the Chia Lagoon. Chia is a touristy area, and the Baia di Chia resort shares the other half of the beach that’s called Spiaggia di Monte Cogoni. However, the entire beach is open to the public and beachgoers are free to hang out on either the Sa Colonia or the Monte Cogoni side.

Spiaggia Sa Colonia
Spiaggia Sa Colonia. PHOTO NADIA CHO

Spiaggia di Sa Colonia is a beautiful crescent bay from which you can see the picturesque Torre di Chia up on a hill to the left, giving the beach its iconic view. The water is impossibly clear in popping jewel tones of aqua blue that sparkle. Because of the bay, the water is shallow and calm, making it perfect for swimming. Spiaggia di Sa Colonia and Monte Cogoni are ideal for those who want a slightly less crowded beach with chill vibes and amazing views. SEE ALSO: JETSET TIMES Sicily Travel Guide

Spiaggia Sa Colonia water
Spiaggia Sa Colonia water. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Spiaggia Sa Colonia Chia Tower
Spiaggia Sa Colonia Chia Tower. PHOTO NADIA CHO

Cala del Morto

When you climb up the trail to the right of Spiaggia Monte Cogoni, and hike over to the other side, you’ll stumble upon Cala del Morto. Cala del Morto is a peaceful little cove. The beach is a cozy size, which doesn’t leave a lot of room for crowds. Cala del Morto is more of a romantic beach that’s perfect for going with a lover for a little dipping and canoodling in the sand.

Cala del Morto
Cala del Morto. PHOTO NADIA CHO

The water is clear and inviting with some waves and scenic rocks flanking either side. It’s one of those places that you need to know about in order to reach it, as it’s quite hidden off the beaten path. If you’re ever around Spiaggia Sa Colonia, it’s a worthwhile detour to check out Cala de Morto for a short hike and intimate scenery.

Cala del Morto beach
Cala del Morto beach. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Cala del Morto
Cala del Morto. PHOTO NADIA CHO

Villasimius

Villasimius is a popular beach town southeast of Cagliari. It’s famous for the view of the curving beach of Porto Giunco, which shares a thin sandbar with Lake Timi Ama (where they say pink flamingos sometimes like to hang). Spiaggia Porto Giunco is the most spectacular beach in Villasimius, with its long crescent bay, smooth white sand and bright turquoise waters. Spiaggia di Campulongu is the large bay on the other side of Porto Giunco, which offers more of the same shallow electric blue waters and plenty of sand space to go around. Other popular beaches in the area include Spiaggia di Simius and Porto sa Ruxi.

Villasimius, Southern Sardinia
Photo by Christopher Politano on Unsplash

Villasimius is about an hour drive away from Cagliari. Unless you’re staying in the area already, it would be best to get to Villasimius early to spend the day there exploring all the different beaches, since it can be a trek to get to from other towns.

Spiaggia di Nora

Spiaggia di Nora 3
Spiaggia di Nora. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Spiggia di Nora 2
Spiggia di Nora. PHOTO NADIA CHO

Spiaggia di Nora is located on Nora Archaeological Island which is a quick drive from Chia or Santa Margherita di Pula. The main attraction is the archaeological site which shows the ruins of the ancient city of Nora, which was a prosperous trading city by the sea 3,000 years ago. The archaeological site is definitely worth getting a ticket for to have a look around at the impressive remains of Nora’s old houses, thermal baths and public spaces.

The beach is located just a few meters away from the ancient town. Spiaggia di Nora is a tranquil, family-friendly beach with calm electric blue water. The crescent shore with the ancient stone tower in the backdrop makes for a picturesque view and there’s even a cute Roman church in front of the beach. When the wind isn’t blowing on this part of the island, Spiaggia di Nora is great for swimming and for families because the water is so smooth and calm with barely any waves. Whether you come for the archaeological or for the pretty little beach, Nora archaeological site is a must-see if you’re in Southern Sardinia.

Spiaggia di Nora
Spiaggia di Nora. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Nadia Cho

Communications Associate

As the empowered female behind the blog: International Women of Mystery, Nadia reps Team JST traveling the world in search of exclusive features on hidden gems and cool hotspots. You can find her exploring metropolitan cities or lounging on tropical beaches.

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