Costa Rei

a panoramic picture of costa rei in cagliari south-east sardinia.
A panoramic view of Costa Rei, in Cagliari, south-east Sardinia.

About Costa Rei

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 carriageway 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.

Capo Ferrato

a picture of olive trees in capo ferrato south-east sardinia
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 flamingo’s.

The lighthouse at Capo Ferrato.
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.

Summer in Costa Rei

Another highlight of a visit to Costa Rei is the summer which never disappoints, a time when the majority of its population flock to their rented houses and apartments as an easy escape from the busy cities. It also has something to offer everyone and although it is a popular family holiday destination, it is now popular with independent travelers too. Restaurants, nightclubs, bars and shops, there are many forms of entertainment here and for those feeling a little restless, the peaceful village of Villasimius is just an hour and half drive away. The nearby complex of menhirs at Piscina Rei are also an intriguing sight, where megalithic structures have kept archaeologists busy for decades. These ancient remnants are a fascinating encounter and are said to have originated from ancient astronomical rituals within a Druidic religion which is based on agriculture.

And then there are the beaches which are one of the main attractions for tourists in Costa Rei such as Cala Sinzias, Santa Giusta, and Scoglio di Peppino. Stretching for 8 kilometers along the coast, the coastal region is perfect for those who wish to bask in the sun and enjoy clear ocean views on the soft sands. Strawberry trees, shrubs and holm oaks form part of the environment in this alluring part of Sardinia and combined with the many beaches create a mystical paradise-like appearance.

Overflowing with rugged landscapes, idyllic beaches, rolling mountains and natural beauty, Costa Rei in Sardinia is the perfect travel destination for all types of traveler. Whether searching for somewhere new to take the family, a partner or just to travel alone, there are enough activities in the region to fill time spent away from the pristine beaches. Where hiking and outdoor activities thrive, where old world remnants can be found next to modern fine dining restaurants, where the shopping malls and bars offer all the comforts of home and where the coastline offers the most unforgettable panoramas; Costa Rei is one of the most alluring destinations in Sardinia and offers just about everything any visitor could ever wish to find.

Sardinian Beaches Near Costa Rei

There are several sardinian beaches to explore near Costa Rei. Just click on a link below to find out more!

Spiaggia delle Ginestre

  • Length: 2400 meters.
  • Things to do: pedal boating, walking, windsurfing.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
a picture of scoglio di peppino

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 south section of Costa Rei’s main beach. Spiaggia delle Ginestre has a length of over 2 kilometers, until it changes into the beach of Marina Rei (Spiaggia di Marina Rei). Waters are shallow here for the first few meters, it’s a very suitable beach for families with children. It offers a full range of facilities, including several spots to park your car, and a beachfront camping. Several cafés and restaurants are scattered along the beach. Highly recommended!

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Cala Monte Turno

  • Length: 280 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
a picture of spiaggia di cala monte turno near costa rei in south-east sardinia

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 of Costa Rei. It faces south-east, offering views to the north of Monte Turno – which this beach was named after. The sea is very clear in this bay, and rich in marine life. A very nice spot for some snorkelling.

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Scoglio di Peppino

  • Length: 120 meters.
  • Things to do: kayaking, pedal boating, windsurfing.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
a picture of the entrance to scoglio di peppino beach in cagliari south-east sardinia

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 length of only 120 meters and faces south-east, featuring marvelous views of Scoglio di Peppino (Peppino’s Rock), a natural extension of Punta Santa Giusta. Peppino’s rock is the main attraction of this beach. It’s about 30 meters long, and shaped like a big whale. It can easily be reached from the beach through shallow waters. The view from the rock is excellent, so if you can, bring your camera!

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Santa Giusta Beach

  • Length: 1100 meters.
  • Things to do: pedal boating, snorkelling, walking.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
a picture of rocks at spiaggia di santa giusta in south-east sardinia

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 of about 1500 meters. On the north side is where you’ll find the famous Peppino’s Rock. This picturesque rock is about 30 meters long, and shaped like a big whale. Around the rock you’ll spot some natural pools and small inlets. Spiaggia di Santa Giusta has thin sand, with the presence of small pebbles scattered along its sandy shore. Near the shore, its waters are shallow, making this a nice beach for families with children.

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San Pietro Beach

  • Length: 900 meters.
  • Things to do: pedal boating, snorkelling.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
a picture of spiaggia marina di san pietro in costa rei sardinia

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 of San Pietro beach is privately operated by the Alma Resort. Beach services include beach towels, parasols and sun loungers. The private beach can be reached via a footpath of a few hundred meters.

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Cala Sinzias

  • Length: 1750 meters.
  • Things to do: scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
a picture of cala sinzias near costa rei south east sardinia

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 white sands with stray rocks, and waters clear like crystal. It is arguably one of the best beaches of Costa Rei. The beach is well equipped, and suitable for families, although the irregular surface beneath the water might make it unsuitable for small children. This spot popular amongst surfers, on quieter days it’s a good snorkelling location. Part of this beach is privately operated by Hotel Garden Beach. The wooden walkways make this beach accessible for the disabled. Near the beach you’ll find Beach Club Is Fradis, a mix of a restaurant and lounge bar. It is a great location to spend your day and evening in a relaxed atmosphere. Summer season at the club usually starts in the beginning of May.

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Cala Pira

  • Length: 500 meters.
  • Things to do: kayaking, snorkelling.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
a picture of cala pira near villasimius in cagliari south-east sardinia

Cala Pira beach (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 Rei area. Cala Pira beach is located in between two hills, and is sheltered from the wind. The beach is 500 meters long, offering panoramic views of Isola Serpentara, situated 5 kilometers off the coast, and the recently restored Torre di Cala Pira. Many sailboats come to this bay to lower the anchors and spend the day. Shallow blue waters make Cala Pira a good snorkelling or canoeing spot.

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