Cala Monte Turno

a picture of spiaggia di cala monte turno near costa rei in south-east sardinia
The beach of Cala Monte Turno, with the small mountain in the background.

About 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 near 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, making this beach a very nice spot for some snorkelling. There are sun beds and parasols available to rent, and a parking area can be found just behind the beach. Two wooden kiosks offer excellent opportunities to enjoy lunch or dinner. As Cala Monte Turno is quite small, this little Sardinian paradise can become crowded easily during high season. Waters are shallow for the first few meters, making this a nice beach for families with children.

Where to Stay near Cala Monte Turno

The pool at the Alma Resort.
The terrace and outdoor pool at the Alma Resort.

600 meters from Cala Monte Turno, you’ll find the four-star Alma Resort. This resort has its own private beach, where services include beach towels, parasols and sun loungers. The private beach can be reached via a short footpath of a few hundred meters. The family-friendly resort offers an outdoor swimming pool. Its buffet-style restaurant serves traditional Sardininan cuisine. All 90 rooms are air conditioned, and are decorated in light colors and feature terracotta floors. During summer season, the resort’s entertainment staff provides all kinds of activities for both adults and children.

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Directions to Cala Monte Turno

To get to Cala Monte Turno beach, you can take the SS 125. At the junction for Castiadas, turn right up to the stop. From here, just follow the signs to Cala Sinzias and once you get to the next junction, make a left turn and continue on a short stretch of coastal road until you do spot the entrance to the beach on your right. The road is unpaved. At the end of the path you can park in the large open space and from there take a short walking trail that leads to the beach.

Sardinian Beaches Near Cala Monte Turno

Spiaggia delle Ginestre

  • Length: 2400 meters.
  • Things to do: walking, windsurfing, pedal boating.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
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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!

Scoglio di Peppino

  • Length: 120 meters.
  • Things to do: windsurfing, pedal boating, kayaking.
  • ✓ 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!

Santa Giusta Beach

  • Length: 1100 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling, walking, pedal boating.
  • ✓ 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.

San Pietro Beach

  • Length: 900 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling, pedal boating.
  • ✓ 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.

Cala Sinzias

  • Length: 1750 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling, scuba diving, 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.

Cala Pira

  • Length: 500 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling, kayaking.
  • ✓ 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.