a picture of a beach in villasimius in south-east sardinia
Aerial view of Villasimius beach, south-east Sardinia.

About Villasimius

Villasimius or Crabonaxa as it is called in Sardinian language, is a community in the Province of Cagliari, about 35 kilometers east of Cagliari.

Villasimius territory, because of its strategically crucial site, has been inhabited for thousands of years. During the Aragonese, giudicati and Spanish reigns, the Villasimius territory suffered numerous raids from pirates, and these raids caused its inhabitants to flee, and it became increasingly depopulated. From the 13th century, the village was named was Carbonara. Carbonara began to be repopulated in the early 19th century, under the rule of Sardinia-Piedmont. The town became a commune in the year 1838. The economy of Villasimius was traditionally based on shepherding and agriculture and, from the year 1875, it became based on the extraction of granite. The Villasimius tourism industry started in the late 1960s, and this industry is now Villasimius’ primary economic activity.

In the late 1990s, the park which is known as Carbonara National Marine Park was founded. It comprises of all the rivers surrounding the eastern Gulf of Cagliari. The park starts from the western border of Villasimius’ with Solanas, and to its northern border with Castiada.


Villasimius is blessed with great tourist attractions and a rich culture which attracts people from all over the world. A lot of the most sensational beaches in the beautiful city of Sardinia are found in the vicinity of the traditional and coastal village that is Villasimius. One of the most beautiful beaches located on Villasimius harbor is Spiaggia di Porto Giunco. This beach has a crystal clear water and smooth white sand which make it a rare sight, and even for an island which is filled with natural wonders. When moving towards Cape Carbonara, tourists can view another coastal jewel which are the sand dunes and the salt water lake of Timi Ama. At this beautiful lake, with a bit of luck, you may catch a glimpse of the island’s pink flamingos. Sometimes, leaping dolphins can also be seen from Cape Carbone or offshore from a boat.

Also, tourists can visit the swimming bay at Cala Pira, which is just outside the road to the town of Costa Rei and is adjacent to the island of Serpentara. On this island, there is an intoxicating mixture of glistening white strand and aromatic maquis. Sardinia’s 7,000 nuraghis stands which watches over the bay, and bears a silent testimony to the olden days. The sea in Villasimius looks like a newly cleaned sheet of glass: it is only from a distance that you can catch a glimpse of this amazing azure.

Spiaggia di Campulongu, which is west of Capo Carbonara lighthouse, is the ideal place to take a look at the sun bidding adieu at the end of the day as the beach face west. This magnanimously extended stretch of sand is a famous venue for people who love windsurfing, and though this place is well-stocked with sun worshipers during the summer, it never feels crowded.

Villasimius Map

Sardinian Beaches Near Villasimius

There are several sardinian beaches to explore near Villasimius. Just click on a link below to find out more!

Punta Molentis

  • Length: 350 meters.
  • Things to do: , scuba diving, snorkelling.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.

Punta Molentis could very well be the southern Sardinian beach that completely renders travelling to the Caribbean obsolete – for Europeans at least.

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Simius Beach

  • Length: 2000 meters.
  • Things to do: kayaking, snorkelling, windsurfing.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.

Simius beach, located east of Campulongu, offers vistas of both the Torre di Porto Giunco standing on the peninsula, and the Isola dei Cavoli lighthouse.

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Campulongu Beach

  • Length: 900 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling, surfing.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.

Campulongu beach lies 1.5 km from Campus beach and is one of the larger beaches of the Villasimius area, with hotels, restaurants and a golf club nearby.

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Campus Beach

  • Length: 750 meters.
  • Things to do: kayaking, scuba diving, snorkelling, windsurfing.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.

Campus beach, in the area of Villasimius, is one of the larger beaches of the south-east, ideal for long walks or jogging in the early hours of the day.

Learn more about Campus Beach, how to get there, and where to stay.