Scoglio di Peppino

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The wooden walkway to Spiaggia Scoglio di Peppino, Costa Rei, Cagliari, south-east Sardinia.

About Scoglio di Peppino

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The golden sands of Spiaggia di Scoglio di Peppino, with its famous granite rock.

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. In the far distance to the north, the mountains of the Capo Ferrato headlands compliment the beautiful scenery. Peppino’s granite 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, and it is low and flat enough to walk on. Around the rock you’ll spot some natural pools and small inlets. The view from the rock is excellent, so if you can, bring your camera!

At Spiaggia di Scoglio di Peppino parasols and sun loungers are available to rent, as well as pedal boats, canoes and windsurfing equipment. There are bars selling drinks, sandwiches, ice cream and a variety of pasta dishes. To facilitate easier entrance for the disabled, the beach has a wooden walkway. Under parents’ watchful eyes, it is a nice beach for children as well.

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Where to Stay near Scoglio di Peppino

Hotel Club Santagiusta

Hotel Club Santagiusta, behind the beach of Scoglio di Peppino.
Hotel Club Santagiusta, behind the beach of Scoglio di Peppino.

Just 350 meters behind the beach you’ll find Hotel Club Santagiusta, a four-star laid-back beach resort with typical Mediterranean architecture. This seaside location offers a wide choice of sports and recreational activities, and plenty of things to do for parents, children and teenagers. Activities include horseback riding, canoeing, aqua gym, catamaran sailing, and windsurfing. The resort boasts 6 tennis courts, a volleyball court, and a fresh water swimming pool. Diving excursions in the protected marine area of Capo Carbonara can also be arranged.

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Hotel Villas Resort

The landscaped gardens at the Hotel Villas Resort.
The landscaped gardens at the Hotel Villas Resort.

Go a little further inland, and you’ll find the four-star Hotel Villas Resort, located 600 meters west of Scoglio di Peppino beach. Nestled in the midst of landscaped gardens, this family-friendly resort offers 73 Mediterranean style rooms, suites, and royal suites, the latter are spacious apartments located in an exclusive and reserved area. The resort features a spa that provides a swimming pool with Jacuzzi, and a Turkish bath. Beauty treatments and massages are provided by a qualified staff. From the June 11th to September 10th, a dedicated area offers an extensive program of cultural and entertaining activities for the younger ones. Adjacent to Scoglio di Peppino beach and reachable on foot, the resort has a private beach exclusively for guests, where a lifeguard is present daily from 8:30 AM till 7:30 PM.

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Directions to Scoglio di Peppino

The beach can be reached by taking the SP 18. Immediately after Sant’Elmo beach, you’ll spot a signpost in both directions for Costa Rei. Turn right at the junction, then follow the road for about 4 kilometers. Follow the sign indicating “Camping Capo Ferrato”. Turn right and find a parking spot. Walk the gravel road for about 100 meters until you’ve reached the entrance to the beach. Peppino’s rock will be clearly visible on your right, reachable on foot in about 10 minutes.

Sardinian Beaches Near Scoglio di Peppino

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!

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.

Santa Giusta Beach

  • Length: 1100 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling, walking, pedal boating.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.