It’s been a long time since the last time I’ve been to Sardinia, probably 7/8 years. Often I dreamt of coming here while living in Australia, which has indeed beautiful beaches. But the Mediterrean is something different, unique with its vegetation, its rugged coastline and crystal clear water. And Sardinia is just a paradise!
In case you’re already thinking of planning your next spring or summer holidays! 😉
There are many spots to visit throughout Sardinia, but this time I’m bringing you to the south, not far from Cagliari where you can fly to, for example, with Alitalia, Meridiana or Ryanair from Milan or Bergamo, if leaving from Italy.
We’re staying at Chia, part of Domus de Maria, not too far from Pula. There are different accommodation options here:
– Aqua Dulci, a 4-star hotel, where you can enjoy a very comfortable stay and beautiful food, but that doesn’t come cheap
– Hotel Spartivento Resort, which is a bit further up on the mountain, but that offers you an uncomparable” view over the sea. The staff is also very friendly and rooms comfortable and spacious. Food probably is not its main appeal, but it’s close to Chia Laguna Resort Hotel where thee are a couple of shops, and then to a small supermarket and restaurants just across the road, walking distance.
– Chia Laguna Resort Hotel, a much bigger hotel, less cosy and with frequent business conventions taking place.
– Su Giudeu, this is the closest beach, walking distance if you are staying at Aqua Dulci. There are bits of free beach as well as equipped ones (beach umbrella, etc…) as well as “chiringuitos” to have a bite or a drink and sport equipment. If you come in the low season, some of them will be already closed.
– Cala Cipolla, just next to Su Giudeu, a bit further. It’s a much smaller bay with crystal and calmer water, because less windy. You have to bring your lunch as there are no cafes, but it’s definitely worth while. You can also walk up to the lighthouse, still working, and now also a luxury hotel. For now, if you’re not staying there, you can’t stop for a drink, but the view from up there is simply rewarding!
– Porto Pino and the Dunes, you have to drive more or less an hour to get here. Until roughly mid September, but it’s always better to check, you can explore the military preserved area. You can get through via a gate you’ll find on your left before reaching Porto Pino, and a 5€ euros fee and drive down to the beach. Otherwise you can reach Porto Pino and walk all the way there or stop half-way. You can choose to just lay on your towel or to pay a bit for more comfort (roughly 20€ for 3 beds) until at least the Beginning of October, it might be more expensive during high-season. You can have a bite or a drink at one of the many kiosks or try homemade “malloreddus” or “culargiones” at the Delfino equipped beach. They are both Sardinian specialities, one it’s pasta although called “Sardinian gnocchi” and the other ones are ravioli filled with potatoes and Sardinian pecorino. Well, especially the latter, to die for!
– the beach next to the Chia tower, smaller and usually less visited. Walk up to the tower, you’ll have the view on the four bays.
– La Tuerredda, a beautiful panorama and sea will await you. Roughly until the end of September you’ll have the choice of 2 restaurants.
– Da Basilio, we haven’t had the chance to try it, but it was highly suggested to us for seafood, despite the “crazy” owner
– Spartivento Hotel, nothing particular, but if you’re staying there one dinner it doesn’t hurt. The Sardinian dinner is ok, especially the ravioli.
– Da Giorgio, not easy to spot, on the way to Chia on your left. It’s an open space just behind a house that can be a bit chilly at the end of September. An option for dinner could be ” Spaghetti alle vongole”, a good “Salsiccia sarda”, great, tender meat such as the “costata”, fried calamari and a seadas for dessert, a typical Sardinian dessert made of a dough, melted cheese and honey.
– Il Panino Giusto, a good choice for a quick bite in the evening or a very good high quality sandwich for lunch, also delivered to the beach during summer if you’re one of the Baia Chia Resort’s guest.
– Da Angelo, better to book here, it’s a simple trattoria, always busy and family owned and managed. They feature both specialty from the sea and the land, but fish and seafood are definitely their “forte”, although the meat is really good like, for example, the “tagliata with radicchio”. As for the fish, one of the sons will bring you a tray with the fresh fish to choose from. You can start, for example with a tuna or swordfish carpaccio, continue with “linguine alle vongole and then grilled fish. As for the dessert, try the roasted pecorino with honey (delicious!) or the seadas. Good value for money.
– Mirage Ristorante – Pizzeria, definitely probably the best restaurant we’ve been here. There’s a pleasant environment, you can order an aperitivo while you wait for your table and the staff is very professional, but friendly. You have a large choice, especially if you are after seafood. You can also opt for pizza which looked really good! If you order the “spigola al sale”, your palate will be delighted as well as your eyes as its preparation will be a show. We enjoyed a good vermentino “Giunco“, so you’re covered as well for wine!
SOME ALTERNATIVES TO BEACH LIFE
– San Sperate, famous for its artists, read my post about it here https://lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com/2015/10/06/san-sperate-a-hidden-gem-in-sardinia-8-reasons-to-visit-it-san-sperate-e-uninesperata-gemma-campidana-sardegna-8-ragioni-per-visitarla/
– Cagliari, Sardinia’s capital, which I visited many years ago and remember it as a beautiful city, full of history and overlooking the sea.
– Visit Pula, especially the town centre, and the archeological site of Nora.