Cagliari

Chia beaches, Cagliari and South Sardinia, Part 2

Chia beach, Sardinia

Chia beach, Sardinia

On the other side of Cagliari 30 km east is yet another epicenter of  superfine beaches. One after another you will find amazing sandy beaches and emerald-green waters backed up with beautiful sandy dunes. You might spend a lazy day in one of the trendy beach lounges drinking cocktails, surf the waves for an active day in the water or  get in safari mood and watch flamingos all day long.

Pula is a great base to discover the eastern side of Cagliari,  especially as it turns out to be a true foodie capital with handful of excellent Italian seafood restaurants (see below top tips).  If you do prefer to cook your own meal and eat whenever you please forgetting Italian timing (strictly 1-3 lunch, dinner only from 7 pm) stay in Chia in one of the self-catering apartments and enjoy the fact that some of the greatest  beaches are just few steps away. For those who love 5 star all-inclusive hotel experience, you don’t need to go anywhere further than Santa Margherita di Pula and Forte village.

Spiaggia di Nora

First beach you can find right in the village of Pula, you will recognize it by the medieval church across the bay. It is also very  close to the archaeological site Nora, that is thought to be one of the first cities of Sardinia.

Beach is not the nicest in the area and if you have a chance go further east. You can walk to the beach from the town, but it is not close, so don’t forget sunscreen and some comfy shoes. If you are with a car, parking is free.

Nora beach, Pula, Sardinia

Nora beach, Pula, Sardinia

Santa Margherita di Pula beach

The Forte Village mega resort and it’s companion hotels has completely overtaken this place. From the roadside there is no visible access to the beach or any signage of a public beach, high fence around the resort does not welcome any strangers. Further ahead is a holiday apartment village, which could be the only way to get to the Santa Margherita di Pula beach,  but we didn’t try it.

Chia beaches

Santa Margherita di Pula beach, Sardinia

Santa Margherita di Pula beach, Sardinia

The main target of this side of Sardinia should be Chia, a lengthy stretch of golden sand beaches, that are separated in smaller bays. It has been voted the nicest beach of South Sardinia, and you just can’t argue with that.  The whole area is very well organised parking spaces on every  beach, uber cool beach bars in very different styles and endless rows of  umbrellas and chairs  to rent (prices are in between  15-25 euro per day) plus water sports activities available for rent on almost every beach. Don’t forget to get cash before you get on the beach as no cards are accepted here and cash machines are such a  rare thing, I have to actually mention it (the only ATM in Chia is in the Chia Laguna Resort).

#1 Su Giudeu beach

My personal favorite was the further  east su Giudeu beach with poster beds as from glossy magazine ad and same style beach bar playing cool tunes whole day. There is a large windsurf & SUP rent place (the only one on the Chia beaches, that offers paddle boarding). It is the best spot for windsurfing, as after 12 o’clock Mistral wind come across the island, that brings proper speed to the windsurfers. In the sea there are a couple of inflatable water slides for kids and adults.

Water is very shallow, so perfect for families. Sand is in a bright golden colour and it looks perfectly well with the emerald-green waters. Winds in afternoon can get pretty strong, but you can always just walk to the next beach.

Su Gideu beach lounge

Su Gideu beach lounge

Su Giudeu, Chia, Sardinia

Su Giudeu, Chia, Sardinia

Su Giudeu, Chia, Sardinia

Su Giudeu, Chia, Sardinia

Su Giudeu, Chia, Sardinia

Su Giudeu, Chia, Sardinia

#2 Campana beach

Second on my list was Campana beach, just next to su Gideu. With a cosy African style beach launch, it has some seriously tasty sandwiches & salads. There is a parking right on the back of the beach, with a daily fee of 4 Eur.  No water sports available here, just chairs for rent.

Campana beach, Chia, Sardinia

Campana beach, Chia, Sardinia

Campana beach, Chia, Sardinia

Campana beach, Chia, Sardinia

Campana beach, Chia, Sardinia

Campana beach, Chia, Sardinia

# 3 Su portu beach

This beach is much smaller, but it’s also quieter than others. From all of the beaches, it had the cutest palm tree beach bar, perfect place to get some shade, shot of Italian espresso and gellato on a stick. On the way to the beach you will pass large damp, where flamingos are breeding during the summer. It is quite a dramatic view as majestic pink birds dabble in the dirtiest water you can imagine.

Parking is pretty far from the beach, so it will take you good 10 minutes to walk to the beach. Don’t  ignore the no parking signs as we did and parked on the road side just by the beach, we got a salty 20 euro penalty, which is quite pricey for a couple of hours parking.

Su portu, Chia, Sardinia

Su portu, Chia, Sardinia

Su portu, Chia, Sardinia

Su portu, Chia, Sardinia

#4 La Collonia

La Collonia is the first one from Pula’s side. Lovely view over the ancient watch tower and full of holiday fun and equipment for water sports, it is great place, but quite busy as it’s the closest to the Chia village.

La Collonia, Chia, Sardinia

La Collonia, Chia, Sardinia

La Collonia, Chia, Sardinia

La Collonia, Chia, Sardinia

La Collonia, Chia, Sardinia

La Collonia, Chia, Sardinia

Tuerredda beach

This was my final destination of the trip, after reading reviews I was preparing for THE best beach of the South Sardinia and I convinced my second half to drive a long, difficult mountain road to Teulada, to the fabulous Tuerradda beach… After almost an hour drive, we came to the rather average, but very crowded  Sardinia beach. We turn around immediately, the compensation of this unsuccessful beach hunt was the  fantastic scenery of the massive cliffs striking blue Mediterranean sea on the way back to Chia.

Tuerredda beach

Tuerredda beach

Top Tips:

Best restaurants in Pula

#1 Zia Leunora: Fantastic family restaurant just outside the old town square. Fresh seafood and finger licking good pasta. Make a booking in advance, as it’s completely booked day in advance.

#2 Ristorante Da Giancarlo: Absolute gem of the town, place where you wouldn’t go inside if you wouldn’t know it’s a restaurant. But it is Italian cooking at it’s best.

3# Su Furriadroxu: Traditional Sardinia kitchen, with suckling pigling roasted on the open fire. Get a reservation especially if it’s weekend.

How to get there?

Arrive in Cagliari by plane or by ferry from the Italian mainland. And rent a car to drive 30 km east to Pula village.

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12 replies »

  1. Hi Leva,

    Thank you for all these tips. I also live in the UK and am a beach lover like you. I’m going to Pula in September and I intend to go to the most beautiful beaches in South Sardinia. You haven’t mentioned Porto Pino and its dunes nor the island of Sant’ Antioco. Have you been there ? If so, I just wonder if you know where to go exactly and how far it is from Pula ? Also, is it possible to ride a bicycle from Pula to go to Santa Margherita and Chia or it is too far ? Lastly, would you have some contact details for hiking ? Many thanks in advance Leva. Emily

    • Hi Emily,

      Thank you for your nice comment. I would consider both those locations probably worth a trip on it’s own, as it is just little one hour away from Pula you probably could make a nice day trip. The road goes through the mountains and it has a lot of turns, so its not a straight forward drive. Let me know if you eventually go there. About cycling, Santa margherita is doable on a bike, but Chia at least in my opinion is abit far, but I’m not that good in cycling. About hiking trails I will not be able to help:( it’s not my thing, especially in the summer heat :) hope you have amazing holidays!

      Ieva

  2. H Leva, can I ask how much do the 4 poster beds at su Giudeu beach cost to rent, and how long does it take to drive from Cagliari. Also are there any excursions you would recommend from Cagliari. Also do you know if there are any glass bottom boats or waterparks for the kids

    regards

    kiffey

  3. Thanks for your post! Can you tell me where exactly the Su Gideu beach lounge is located? I want to reserve beds, but can’t find it on Google.

    Thanks!

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