Costa Rei

cala sinzias beach near costa rei in southeast sardinia
A perfect day at Cala Sinzias, Costa Rei, southeast Sardinia.

About Costa Rei

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Cala Sinzias, Costa Rei, Cagliari, Sardinia.

Infused with stunning scenery and an intriguing culture, Costa Rei on the south-east coast of Sardinia is the perfect travel destination. Where long stretches of white powdered sands meet the turquoise blue of the Mediterranean ocean, Costa Rei is also renowned for its coral reefs, enchanting bays and remote islands on which tourists come to enjoy various recreational facilities such as scuba diving, windsurfing and snorkelling. With many resorts, bars, restaurants, camping and a shopping centre, it also offers just about everything else a visitor could need. Costa Rei is situated seventy kilometers from the Sardinian capital of Cagliari and twenty kilometers north-east of Villasimius, while it stretches for nine kilometers between Capo Ferrato and Sant’Elmo to the north and south respectively. A relatively new dual road has made travel from the airport all the more convenient with options for a stopover amidst some beautiful scenery and this is common throughout any road trip in the area, for the luscious green mountains provide an absolutely stunning backdrop and beautiful contrast to the blue skies and fine weather above. Overflowing with serene beauty and inspiring landscapes, these natural surroundings are idyllic for outdoor pursuits and a true highlight of any visit to Costa Rei.

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Where to Stay in Costa Rei - Our Top Picks

Hotel Villas Resort

  • A 4 star Resort in Costa Rei, a short distance from the center of town.
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The stunning outdoor pool and sun terrace at the four-star Hotel Villas Resort, in Castiadas, south-east Sardinia, Italy.

Located in the middle of a stunning natural environment, Hotel Villas Resort is a recently built four-star hotel which makes an excellent base for a vacation in South East Sardinia. Featuring a combination of sophistication, beauty, and elegance, the hotel is a comfortable option which offers a touch of class in every area. Hotel Villas Resort has four different types of accommodations available in different sizes. From Classic, Deluxe, Suite, and Family Suite, each room is furnished elegantly and comes equipped with facilities for disabled guests. All rooms have modern amenities such as in-room safe, minibar, air conditioning system, hairdryer, direct telephone, and satellite TV. The most spacious room is the family suite, which is located in an exclusive area within the resort. Furthermore, the hotel is equipped with a double room, a single room and a separate living room with two private bathrooms and a shower. Lastly, these rooms have access to a furnished patio with Jacuzzi and guests are given a prestige courtesy kit and exclusive beach service. As for the food, Hotel Villas Resort has an in-house restaurant, the Villas Restaurant, serving delicious breakfast buffet, and sumptuous lunch and dinner meals. There are also two bars within the resort, the American Bar and the Beach Bar, which serves a wide variety of beverages and snacks. For those who want to indulge in a luxurious spa experience during their holiday, there’s also a Wellness Centre. Other amenities are a playground, an open-air mini gym, babysitting services, tennis court, solarium terrace, outdoor swimming pool with sun beds, and a beach shuttle bus.

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Villa Granito

  • A 3 star Villa in Costa Rei, a short distance from the center of town.
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Villa Granito, a detached vacation home in Castiadas, near Costa Rei, south-east Sardinia.

As far as villas in Costa Rei are concerned, the Villa Granito is one of the most comfortable options in the region. In fact, this is a detached vacation home beautifully situated in a serene environment in Castiadas. Surrounded by a well-manicured lawn and garden, this villa is the perfect place to relax, while soaking in the beautiful views of nature. In case you might be asking yourself, this luxury villa could accommodate up to four guests. It has two bedrooms with a total of three beds and one spacious bathroom. The rooms have large windows that overlook the spacious veranda, and each room has a wardrobe, while the bed comes with a mosquito net. During the entire duration of your stay, the villa will be equipped with sheets and pillowcases made from the finest fabric. To make your stay even more relaxing and comfortable, the house is fitted with modern amenities, such as free Wi-Fi and air conditioning. The living room area is decorated in a traditional Sardinian style and has two sofas, with comfortable cushions, a small table and a large coloured TV. There’s also a fully functional kitchen, equipped with a spacious worktop table. A dishwasher is also available and other kitchen amenities. Finally, the utilities, such as water and electricity, are included in the price, and the property is cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis to ensure the best quality standards before and after your stay. If you’re bringing your car, you can take advantage of the parking space within the property but either way, this is one of the most enticing villas to stay in Costa Rei.

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Things to Do in Costa Rei

The Pools of Sarrabus 


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The coast near Muravera.

The Pools of Sarrabus is a stunning wetland near Muravera and Villaputzu, where the ecosystem is home to incredible biodiversity and a wide variety of bird life. Sarrabus is also a quiet and serene destination where locals and tourists go to escape the crowds. This lagoon complex is one of the largest on the southeast coast of Sardinia, so there is always somewhere private to relax and enjoy a dip. The pools are located alongside a string of white sandy beaches, and the ocean views never fail to disappoint. The collections are the main highlight as they feature placid, enticing waters where you can bathe and swim. Between the pools and craggy rocks, you will often find beautiful grass plains with colorful wildflowers. The extent of flora and fauna in the area and the sound of the ocean make this a great place to escape the noise and spend time with nature. The pools of Sarrabus are easy to access from the road.

The Prison of Castiadas

the old prison of Castiadas, the largest agricultural penal colony and the oldest in Italy
The old prison of Castiadas is the largest agricultural penal colony and the oldest in Italy.

The Prison of Castiadas offer a great insight into a very different side of Sardinia. Opened in 1875, this prison was the first port of call for prisoners arriving by sea, and you can take a guided tour of this old prison. Prisoners were brought here to work the land; the idea was to reclaim the land and build roads and other infrastructure so that it could be used as a penal colony. This means the area is teeming with eucalyptus trees and colorful flora, but the prison is the main attraction. You will walk through and between prison cells, exercise yards, and even torture rooms as a knowledgeable tour guide explains the history of the prison. There are also many artifacts to examine, including prison uniforms, straight jackets, and old prison clubs belonging to the guards. With this in mind, the Prisons of Castiadas is a visual experience that might offer some variety to your itinerary in Costa Rei. There is also a nice restaurant overlooking the prisons, and overall, a trip to this old and haunting relic is an experience you will not forget soon.

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Hiking Capo Ferrato

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Olive trees in the hills of Capo Ferrato.

A natural oasis of the most imposing kind, Capo Ferrato is located between Muravera and Costa Rei while also demarcating the border between the many beaches in the north and those situated in the south. It has been a shelter from storms since time the last signs of activity and is now an attraction for hikers which is largely attributed to the mystical coastal scenery and mountainous landscapes. Naturally, the coastal location acts as a great resource to the local community since fishing is their main source of income but in a less practical sense, the Colostrai lagoon also provides a stunning sight with the presence of some striking pink flamingos.

The Capo Ferrato Lighthouse

The lighthouse at Capo Ferrato.

In a physical sense, the gorges in Capo Ferrato have a unique biodiversity which is unique to the region making it a great opportunity for excursions and the area is easily accessible by car starting from Costa Rei passing through Capo Ferrato Township and a pine forest before reaching the iconic lighthouse. Alluring in almost every way, the coastline is beautifully set up for tourism in that many projects have been initiated to preserve this part of Sardinia including the maintenance of parking lots and trails which allow for easier access to Capo Ferrato and the lighthouse itself. Several areas in this region are also ideal for hiking including Murtas Beach (Spiaggia Cala Murtas) up north.

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a sweeping view of Villasimius, in south-east Sardinia, Italy.

Villasimius

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Torre Delle Stelle

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Beaches Near Costa Rei

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Spiaggia delle Ginestre

Walk north for a few hundred meters along the beach from Scoglio di Peppino, and you'll reach Ginestre beach (Spiaggia delle Ginestre). This is the ...
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Cala Monte Turno

With a length of just under 300 meters, Cala Monte Turno (Spiaggia di Cala Monte Turno) is one of the smaller beaches in this area ...
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Scoglio di Peppino

The splendid little beach of Scoglio di Peppino (Spiaggia di Scoglio di Peppino) can be found 1.5 kilometers south of Costa Rei. It has a ...
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Spiaggia di Santa Giusta

Drive a few hundred meters north from Sant'Elmo, and you'll discover Santa Giusta beach (Spiaggia di Santa Giusta). It faces east and has a length ...
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Spiaggia di Marina di San Pietro

San Pietro beach stretches south of the highlands of Monte Turnu, and is characterized by beautiful cliffs, amazingly colored waters and fine, golden sand. Part ...
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Cala Sinzias

You'll find Cala Sinzias beach (Spiaggia di Cala Sinzias) just north of Cala Pira, on the coastal line of Costa Rei, Cagliari. The beach has ...
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Spiaggia di Cala Pira

Spiaggia di Cala Pira is located between the villages of Villasimius and Sant’elmo. This beach is one of the more popular spots in the Costa ...
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