• Cala Spinosa
  • near Santa Teresa di Gallura, Province of Olbia-Tempio, North Sardinia.
  • None. You'll want to bring some amenities.
  • snorkelling.
  • 80 meters.

Cala Spinosa

a picture of two baots at spiaggia di cala spinosa in capo testa north sardinia
Two boats at anchor at Spiaggia di Cala Spinosa, in Capo Testa, north Sardinia. In the background, the white cliffs of the Strait of Bonifacio.

About Cala Spinosa

Nestled at the foot of the cliffs which dominate the Old and New Lighthouse on the northeast coast of Capo Testa, 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. Spiaggia Cala Spinosa also shelters a cove that is home to many fascinating and colorful rocks which have taken shape throughout many years of erosion and other atmospheric influences. Intact and entirely nature, the beach is pristine in every way, but this also means it can be quite crowded during high season. That being said, the Spiaggia Cala Spinosa has a near perfect location, next to the village of Capo Testa and offers a memorable experience, regardless of the crowds of tourists eager to see it for themselves.

Where to Stay near Cala Spinosa

Grand Hotel Capo Testa

  • A 5 star Hotel with 125 rooms, 0.9 kilometers from Cala Spinosa (about 0.56 miles.)
a picture of the private beach at the colonna grand hotel in capo testa sardinia
The private beach at the Colonna 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.

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Sandy the Pool by KlabHouse

  • A 4 star Villa with 12 rooms, 1.25 kilometers from Cala Spinosa (about 0.78 miles.)
a picture of the sandy the pool rental villa near capo testa in northern sardinia

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.

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Sardinian Beaches Near Cala Spinosa

Cala di l’Ea

  • Length: 20 meters.
  • Things to do: hiking.
  • Facilities: None. You'll want to bring some amenities.
a picture of a hiking trail to valle della luna in capo testa north sardinia

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 … Continue reading “Cala di l’Ea”

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Spiaggia Zia Culumba

  • Length: 215 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling.
  • Facilities: None. You'll want to bring some amenities.
  • ✓This beach is suitable for families with children.
a picture of rocky shores in capo testa in the province of olbia tempio in north sardinia

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

  • Length: 500 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling, windsurfing, kitesurfing, pedal boating.
  • Facilities: bar.
a picture of spiaggia rena di ponente near capo testa in sardinia

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

  • Length: 400 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling, pedal boating.
  • Facilities: parking, beach chairs, umbrellas, bar, restaurant.
  • ✓This beach is suitable for families with children.
a picture of spiaggia rena di ponente near capo testa in sardinia

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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