Cala Pira

a picture of cala pira near villasimius in cagliari south-east sardinia
Cala Pira Beach, near Villasimius, Cagliari, Sardinia.

About Cala Pira

a picture of some rocks scattered around the beach of Cala Pira in south-east Sardinia
Stray rocks scattered around Cala Pira beach.

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, and usually gets crowded in August but less so in September. 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, where fish come near the shore, make Cala Pira a good snorkelling or canoeing spot and an ideal playground for children. The nearby car parking costs approximately 5 Euros for the day. The area of Villasimius offers a full range of hotels, apartments and rental villas to choose from.

Where to Stay near Cala Pira

Hotel Garden Beach

An aerial view of Hotel Garden Beach.
An aerial view of Hotel Garden Beach.

Located at the northern section of Spiaggia di Cala Sinzias, 2.5 kilometers north of Cala Pira, you’ll find Hotel Garden Beach. This recently built 4-star resort offers a wide range of facilities, including a large fresh water swimming pool and several tennis courts. The beachfront resort offers 4 types of rooms: Classic Rooms, Superior, Junior Suite and Prestige. There’s a private beach, equipped with umbrellas and sun beds, and toilets and showers. At the resort’s Sunset Lounge Restaurant – a unique wooden kiosk near the sea – the chef offers an à la carte menu with table service from 8.00 PM to 10.00 PM. The beach bar is open from 9.00 AM to 6.00 PM, and from 7.30 PM until midnight. It offers a small catering service with hot and cold dishes at lunchtime.

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Limone Beach Village

The pools at the Limone Beach Village beach resort.
The pools at the Limone Beach Village beach resort.

Right behind Hotel Garden Beach, at just 300 meters from Cala Sinzias, you’ll find the Limone Beach Village. This four-star beachfront resort features a restaurant, two large outdoor swimming pools, a wellness spa, and two sports areas for playing tennis and soccer. The resort offer over 50 beach villas at the heart of the village, each uniquely furnished according to traditional Sardinian style. Activities at the resort include scuba diving with expert guides, dinghy excursions, and hiking trips to the Sette Fratelli Natural Park.

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Directions to Cala Pira

From Villasimius, head towards the coast via the Via del Mare. Turn left after 2 kilometers, before the small village of Simius, and head towards Punta Molentis. After 10 kilometers, you’ll see a rock with the name of the beach painted in blue. Turn right.

Sardinian Beaches Near Cala Pira

Spiaggia delle Ginestre

  • Length: 2400 meters.
  • Things to do: walking, windsurfing, pedal boating.
  • ✓ 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!

Cala Monte Turno

  • Length: 280 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
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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.

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.