Spiaggia delle Ginestre

a picture of scoglio di peppino
Scoglio di Peppino, with its famous rock, on the south side of Spiaggia delle Ginestre.

About 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 south section of Costa Rei’s main beach, which has a length of over 7 kilometers! 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 suitable beach for families with children. Spiaggia delle Ginestre is well equipped and offers a full range of facilities, including several spots to park your car, and the beachfront camping Villaggio Camping Capo Ferrato at the south side of the beach.

Several cafés and restaurants are scattered along the beach. It is possible to rent beach umbrellas and sun loungers. Beach activities include snorkelling, pedal boating, walking along the long shore, playing beach volleyball, and going on dinghy trips. Spiaggia delle Ginestre is also an ideal spot for windsurfers, weather permitting.

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Where to Stay near Spiaggia delle Ginestre

Free Beach Club

The Free Beach Club at Spiaggia delle Ginestre.
The Free Beach Club at Spiaggia delle Ginestre.

Near the middle section of Spiaggia delle Ginestre you’ll find the four-star Free Beach Club. This family-friendly beachfront resort features a private beach with a lifeguard, outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, and a shopping centre. Its bungalows are all air-conditioned and some have a private patio. Children can be entertained in the children’s club, even a babysitting service is available upon request. Activities at the beach club include scuba diving, windsurfing and canoeing.

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Directions to Spiaggia delle Ginestre

To reach Spiaggia delle Ginestre from Cagliari, follow Strada Statale 125 Orientale Sarda, then the SS554bis and SS125var to the SP20 in Castiadas. Take the exit toward Castiadas from SS125var. Continue until you’ve reached Costa Rei. It shouldn’t take you much longer than one hour.

Sardinian Beaches Near Spiaggia delle Ginestre

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.

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.