• Spiaggia della Tartaruga
  • near Porto San Paolo, Province of Olbia-Tempio, North-East Sardinia, Italy.
  • None. You'll want to bring some amenities.
  • snorkelling, pedal boating, kayaking.
  • 18:58
  • 20 meters.

Spiaggia della Tartaruga

a picture of the rocks sheltering Spiaggia della Tartaruga, near Porto San Paolo, north-east Sardinia, Italy.
Spiaggia della Tartaruga, a picture-perfect cove near Porto San Paolo, north-east Sardinia, Italy.

About Spiaggia della Tartaruga

Walk about 650 meters from Cala Girgolu and you’ll find Spiaggia della Tartaruga, a small cove that’s better known as Turtle Beach. Its main feature, as its name suggests, is not the presence of sea turtles, but a granite rock that’s shaped like a turtle. The rock is one of the most photographed natural objects in this part of Sardinia. Spiaggia della Tartaruga really is just a small cove, with a small beach that’s about 20 meters long. It faces north-west, with beautiful views of Isola Tavolara, Isola Molara, Isolotto Rosso and the headlands of Porto San Paolo. You’ll see groups of polished granite rocks on both sides of the cove. That’s where you’ll want to go explore and spot some fish if you’d like to go snorkeling here. The colors of those same rocks will turn different hues of red around sunset, it’s an amazing thing to watch. Low hills serve as a backdrop, so you’ll be sheltered from the wind. In the exquisite turquoise waters, you’ll likely spot some people on paddle boats or kayaks here, which are available for rent at Cala Girgolu. Spiaggia della Tartaruga has no facilities, so bring something for shade, and a few drinks and snacks to get you through the day. If you plan on going here by car, take note that the parking area is located 300 meters south of Cala Girgolu. The rest of the trip to the cove will have to be done on foot. It will take you about half an hour to get there. Bring proper footwear. Given its size and popularity, Spiaggia della Tartaruga can get a little busy, so your best bet would be to go early in the morning, or after 3 PM in the afternoon (and stay until sunset!)

Hotels near Spiaggia della Tartaruga - Where to Stay

Hotel Ollastu

  • A 4 star Hotel, 10.2 kilometers from Spiaggia della Tartaruga (about 6.34 miles.)

Hotel Ollastu is located on four hectares in the midst of some stunning scenery and landscapes next to the promontory of Costa Corallina. One of the highlights of the hotel is the architecture and earth-like elements, which blend seamlessly amongst the natural attractions. In this sense, a sublime mix of light colors also adorns the interior of the hotel while the old culture of Gallura can still be seen in the megalithic pillars and wooden arches outside. Featuring a modern artistic style, pure comfort, and warm ambiance, Hotel Ollastu is known for its contemporary style but just as famous for the old-fashioned feel which is most often complimented by impressed visitors. Add all of this together, and you are guaranteed a memorable experience in the charming village of Porto San Paolo. Hotel Ollastu features restaurants, bars, a parking area, a lounge with television, and free Wi-Fi, the hotel is more than equipped to satisfy even the highest expectations. The central common area is followed by a reception hall, breakfast room, TV room, indoor bar, outdoor bar, two dining rooms, conference room, and two fantastic swimming pools with Jacuzzi. And then there are the majestic and panoramic garden, gazebos, solarium, and outdoor areas which can be used for entertaining activities. The rooms are also distinct from each other, and the style of the building itself is very typical of the Gallura, but it also offers the most modern comfort. Even the cuisine is top of the line, and from the hotel, it is also possible to explore the neighboring islands.

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Villa Bianca

  • A 4 star Villa, 9.5 kilometers from Spiaggia della Tartaruga (about 5.9 miles.)

Villa Bianca is renowned for both of its location and spectacular design. Located just 700 meters from Porto San Paolo, this is a perfect accommodation for those yearning for freedom and fresh air. The villa exudes luxury and privacy while the five bedrooms ensure there is ample space for guests to enjoy. Villa Bianca is also very close to the Porto Istana, Isola di Tavolara, Cala Brandinchi Beach, and the Isola Bianca Harbor. On the other hand, Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport is also just nine kilometers from the villa while numerous markets and restaurants are located close to the villa, including a true local favorite, the Veliero. Villa Bianca consists of bedrooms with large double beds, which are both spacious and comfortable. The ceilings feature wood beams, and the living room opens out into a beautiful garden with fantastic views. There is also a huge infinity pool with whirlpools, and a hydrotherapy garden, as well as unrivaled views of the pristine Sardinian sea. The kitchen is surprisingly modern and offers convenience for intimate dining while the main veranda is also ideal for eating outdoors. Satellite television, dishwasher, washing machine, espresso coffee machine, and Wi-Fi internet connection are available and just to round off the experience, the bathrooms are exceptionally luxurious. Featuring a fitness center and many family amenities, the villa is well equipped for groups and families while there are also many activities to enjoy nearby such as snorkeling, horse riding, diving, and hiking. Amazingly, Villa Bianca welcomes guests of various languages including Russian, Italian, French, Spanish, and English. The villa's proximity to Porto San Paolo also makes it very easy for guests to enjoy the beautiful region nearby.

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Hotel Residence Porto San Paolo

  • A 3 star Hotel, 7.7 kilometers from Spiaggia della Tartaruga (about 4.78 miles.)

The Residence Hotel is located in the peaceful village of Porto San Paolo which is just a few minutes away from Porto Taverna Beach and Porto Istana Beach. Interestingly, it is also very close to the National Archaeological Museum of Olbia, and Basilica of San Simplicio. In fact, this proximity to local attractions ensures the Residence Hotel is ideally located for things to do, just as much as panoramic views. Featuring a charming terrace with swimming pool and majestic views over the Mediterranean Sea, the Residence Hotel is the perfect haven for either a holiday or a quiet business trip in Sardinia. The apartments in the Residence Hotel are home to a bright and elegant design which blends seamlessly with the local area. The rooms also have either terraces or gardens, which allow guests to enjoy the summer breeze and warm sun, while Wi-Fi and cable internet are also on site should you feel isolated in this heavenly escape. Each room features air conditioning units, hair dryers, free toiletries, and infant beds while there is also a particularly luxurious bathroom with shower. Providing a smoke-free environment, the Residence Hotel Porto San Paolo is the epitome of cleanliness and friendliness, which is evident throughout the hotel. Guests receive access to Automated Teller Machines and other banking services which emphasize the convenience of a stay in this part of Sardinia and day tours are also easily organized in the reception. Aside from the multilingual staff, the front desk is available for 24 hours but make no mistake, this is truly a world class hotel with spectacular views, in one of the most idyllic destinations on the island of Sardinia.

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Sardinian Beaches Near Spiaggia della Tartaruga

Spiaggia delle Vacche

  • Length: 30 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling, pedal boating, kayaking.
  • Facilities: None. You'll want to bring some amenities.
a picture of Spiaggia delle Vacche, also known as Cow Beach, a small beach near Porto San Paolo and San Teodoro, in north-east Sardinia, Italy.

Continue walking on the footpath from Cala Girgolu to Spiaggia della Tartaruga, and you’ll eventually discover Spiaggia delle Vacche, a small beach that’s better known as Cow Beach. Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful coves of the Gallura, the small beach features fine white sand, and has a length of only 30 meters. It faces north-west, offering breattaking views of Isola Tavolara, Isola Molara, Isolotto Rosso and the headlands of Porto San Paolo. There are groups of polished granite rocks on both corners of the beach, and in the middle of the water you’ll see a few submerged rocks. That’s where you’ll want to go explore and spot some fish if you’d like to go snorkeling.

Learn more about Spiaggia delle Vacche, how to get there, and where to stay.

Spiaggia di Cala Girgolu

  • Length: 250 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling, pedal boating, kayaking, birdwatching.
  • Facilities: parking, beach chairs, umbrellas.
  • ✓This beach is suitable for families with children.
a picture of granite rocks on Spiaggia di Cala Girgolu, near Porto San Paolo, north-east Sardinia, Italy.

The beach of Cala Girgolu (Spiaggia di Cala Girgolu), is a beautiful place to visit if you find yourself in the area of Porto San Paolo or San Teodoro. As with so many beaches on the coast of the Gallura, its sands are entirely white, a bit pebbly here and there, and its waters are turquoise. You’ll find a small creek on the left side of the beach. It’s a perfect place for children to play.

Learn more about Spiaggia di Cala Girgolu, how to get there, and where to stay.

Spiaggia di Punta Don Diego

  • Length: 180 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling, scuba diving.
  • Facilities: parking, beach chairs, umbrellas.
  • ✓This beach is suitable for families with children.
a picture of a warm sunset at the beach of punta don diego in north-east sardinia

Graced with lovely white sands, with sprinkles of sea grass in between, Spiaggia di Punta Don Diego is one of the most sought after beaches in Sardinia. There are even rock formations which capture the imagination of visitors and evoke images of genuine wonder in those who come to spend some time near Loiri Porto San Paolo. Located just a few minutes from San Teodoro in Olbia, the beach offers spectacular views of Isola Tavolara Island and is often referred to as the most pristine beach on the north-eastern coast of Sardinia. Spiaggia di Punta Don Diego branches into two beaches, with one facing north and another facing east. Both of them offer something unique but with the same crystal clear waters and luscious surroundings as each other. As with many beaches in this region, the sea is very shallow and sandy which makes it ideal for swimming and snorkeling while the local flora and fauna make this a natural encounter with unforgettable views.

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Spiaggia di Porto Taverna

  • Length: 730 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling, scuba diving, windsurfing.
  • Facilities: beach chairs, umbrellas, bar, camping.
  • ✓This beach is suitable for families with children.
a picture of Spiaggia Porto Taverna, near Porto San Paolo, northeast Sardinia, Italy.

Pristine turquoise ocean, breathtaking views, and endless coastline ensure Spiaggia di Porto Taverna is one of the most popular beaches in Northeastern Sardinia. It is located just a few kilometers from the town of San Teodoro in Olbia and renowned for being a clean beach with white powdered sands. Another highlight is the shallow and sandy seabed, which makes it an ideal location for young families, and activities such as snorkeling, windsurfing, and scuba diving. Several boat operators also provide the opportunity to explore some of the enchanting coves nearby, which are bordered with rocks and colorful vegetation. In these parts, an attractive iridescent color of emerald green and blue make this a stunning place to visit while the majestic views of Isola Tavolara dominate the scenery from the beach. There are also the picturesque bays of Isola Molara which never fail to delight visitors and not far from Spiaggia di Porto Taverna a mesmerizing pond is a home to some of the most interesting species of marine life.

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