About Cala di l’Ea
As intriguing as its name, Cala di l’Ea is often referred to as being a wild and lonely destination. Unsurprisingly, it served as a popular destination for hippies all over Europe way back in the sixties when very few people had even heard of the Island of Sardinia itself. Cala di L’Ea is also characterized by the enormous white granite rocks which make up the surrounding landscape, and these are best known for their unusual shapes. For it is here, you can find the “Rock of Dinosaur” and many more strange names which derive from the form of each rock. The beach is connected to Ea bay which allows for an eye-popping delight next to the cliffs with colors of clear turquoise and green waters. Located in the municipality of Santa Teresa Gallura, Cala di L’Ea is situated on the promontory of Capo Testa in the Valley of Moon. The name Cala originated from a small stretch of beach a little further inland where an ancient granite quarry can be seen nearby, and this is active even in summer season. Cala di l’Ea is also called Lu Pultiddolu and tradition has it, the area was surrounded at one point by granite boulders from the quarry upstream. Reachable by trekking only, this mystical cove is worth the effort, as the path alone commands breathtaking views and occasional land tortoise sightings. Another feature of a visit to Cala di L’Ea is the many cottages in nearby Santa Reparata which make it easy to access. Ideal for nature lovers and anyone looking for a little more privacy, this is one of the best coves in Capo Testa and a hidden gem in Sardinia.
Where to Stay near Cala di l’Ea
Grand Hotel Capo Testa
On the southernmost part of Spiaggia Rena Di Ponente, you’ll discover the Colonna Grand Hotel Capo Testa, a five-star Mediterranean-style beachfront resort with spa that offers 125 rooms, all decorated in a Sardinian style. Some rooms offer views of the surrounding greeneries, and some offer views of the Gulf of Capo Testa. The Colonna Grand Hotel has its own private beach on Spiaggia Rena Di Ponente where guests will enjoy sun loungers, sun umbrellas and beach towels.
Sandy the Pool by KlabHouse
For those who'd like to rent a villa near Capo Testa, there's a new beachfront villa available just 50 meters from Santa Reparata beach. Surrounded by a private garden, the family-friendly villa features an outdoor pool with sun terrace, offering beautiful views of the Mediterranean sea and the deep blue waters of Baia La Colba. The villa can accommodate up to twelve people or three families and offers five master bedrooms spread out over two floors. There's a fully equipped eat-in kitchen, with several ovens and stoves. The center of Santa Teresa Gallura is a little over two kilometers away. The villa is located about one kilometer from the beaches of Capo Testa and Rena di Ponente.
Sardinian Beaches Near Cala di l’Ea
It’s easy to get lost in the beauty of Spiaggia di Cala Spinosa. This memorable destination consists of three of the most idyllic beaches in Capo Testa which are arranged from north to east. The first beach has white and fine sand, while the next two have golden bronze sand, respectively. Shimmering in the morning sun, the neighboring sea is a clear, emerald green which glistens as it fades into blue and cobalt blue above a naturally rocky bed. It is a popular attraction for those who enjoy snorkeling, while the white cliffs of the Strait of Bonifacio and Corsica are a photographers’ dream which adds to the enthralling beauty of the area.
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Spiaggia Zia Culumba
Just steps in front of the small village of Capo Testa you’ll find Zia Culumba (Spiaggia Zia Culumba). An almost supernatural appearance accompanies this beautiful beach which is also known as Tibula Beach. Named after the Roman colony which settled in the area for granite extraction, it’s amazing to think this stretch of shoreline was also the origin of the material used to construct the Pantheon in Rome. For a similar reason, Tibula is also called Beach of Granite after the beautiful granite formations that surround the beach. Spiaggia Zia Culumba is one of the finest beaches in Capo Testa and next to the village in Santa Reparata Bay to the north of Sardinia.
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Rena Di Levante
Spiaggia Rena di Levante is located on the opposite side of Rena di Ponente, 2 kilometers south-west of Santa Teresa Gallura. It is 500 meters long. The area surrounding this beach is full of little coves to explore. There’s a possibility to rent beach umbrellas and sun beds, but also pedal boats and canoes. Windsurfing and kitesurfing equipment can also be rented. Averagely busy during the summer season.
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La Colba – Rena di Ponente
The beach of La Colba – Rena di Ponente (Spiaggia Rena Di Ponente) is approximately 400 meters long and faces south-west, featuring beautiful vistas of the rugged coastline of Capo Testa and the deep-blue waters of Baia La Colba. This strip of land connects the coast of the mainlands of Sardinia with the promontory of Capo Testa. The area is uniquely characterized by dunes that extend all the way to the south-eastern end of the isthmus. Depending on weather and sea conditions of the Strait of Bonifacio, the beaches in this area of Sardinia are extremely dynamic and subject to very typical seasonal changes. Occasionally, at dawn or dusk, you can see dolphins playing in the waters nearby. It’s one of the best beaches of north Sardinia to visit if you happen to be in this part of the island.
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