Spiaggia di Cala Pira

stunning scenery at spiaggia di cala pira in southeast sardinia
Life is good at Spiaggia di Cala Pira, one of the best beaches in this pocket of Sardinia. In the background, Torre di Cala Pira is on the promontory that protects the beach from the north winds.

About Spiaggia di Cala Pira

  • near Villasimius, Province of Cagliari, South-East Sardinia, Italy.
  • parking, bar.
  • snorkelling, kayaking.
  • 20:38 PM
  • 06:18 AM
  • 500 meters.
  • suitable for families with children.
a picture of some rocks scattered around the beach of Cala Pira in south-east Sardinia
Stray rocks scattered around Cala Pira beach.

Welcome to Spiaggia di Cala Pira, one of the best beaches in southeast Sardinia! It is located between Villasimius and Sant’Elmo, and it’s easy to get there. 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. With sand of Caribbean quality- it even has that pinkish hue at the waterfront – kids will love it here, as the beach is clean, the water is shallow, and usually calm. With a length of 500 meters, they’ll find plenty of room to build sandcastles. If not, they’ll enjoy playing at the rocky pools for hours. Spiaggia di Cala Pira faces southeast, and the views are simply stunning. The horizon is embellished with panoramic views of Isola Serpentara, situated 5 kilometers off the coast. On the left (to the northeast), there’s the recently restored Torre di Cala Pira, an ancient watchtower. The beach is sheltered to the right by a long peninsula with rocky patches and coves. A few apartments back Cala Pira with ocean view gardens on the south side. These holiday accommodations extend to the middle of the beach, but you’ll see more vegetation behind you here. The northeast side (near the parking lot) is the best spot, as no buildings are nearby. Swim out to the left, and you’ll see a few rocky patches where snorkeling is recommended.

Snorkeling at Spiaggi di Cala Pira

If you plan on snorkeling near the rocks on the northeast side, expect some fish to approach you as they are pretty used to people. You’ll likely encounter cuttlefish, shallow-water animals known to inhabit tropical and temperate ocean waters. They mostly swim at the bottom, where shrimp and crabs are found. Cuttlefish are pretty popular in southern Europe. In northeast Italy, they are used in risotto al nero di seppia (risotto with cuttlefish ink.) While snorkeling, please pay attention to the boats coming and going during high season!

Places to Stay near Spiaggia di Cala Pira

Hotel Garden Beach

  • A 4 star Hotel 3.4 kilometers from Spiaggia di Cala Pira
An aerial view of Hotel Garden Beach.

You'll find Hotel Garden Beach in the northern section of Spiaggia di Cala Sinzias, 2.5 kilometers north of Cala Pira. This recently built 4-star resort offers many facilities, including a large freshwater swimming pool and several tennis courts. The beachfront resort offers four rooms: Classic Rooms, Superior, Junior Suite, and Prestige. There's a private beach equipped with umbrellas, sun beds, toilets, and showers. At the resort's Sunset Lounge Restaurant - a unique wooden kiosk near the sea - the chef offers an Ă  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.

Limone Beach Village

  • A 4 star Resort 3 kilometers from Spiaggia di Cala Pira
The pools at the Limone Beach Village beach resort.

Right behind Hotel Garden Beach, 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 offers 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.

How To Get To Spiaggia di 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. Follow the short dirt road until you arrive at the paid parking lot. From there, continue on foot for about 100 meters.


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