About Spiaggia di Capo Carbonara
A trip to Villasimius and the protected area of Capo Carbonara (Area naturale marina protetta Capo Carbonara) wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Spiaggia di Capo Carbonara (also known as Spiaggia Cava Usai.) The beach has a decent length of 250 meters, is relatively easy to reach by car, and has a parking area. The views are lovely here; as Spiaggia di Capo Carbonara faces east, you’ll see the contours of the islet named Scogli di Sant’Elmo and Torre di Porto Giunco, a clifftop watchtower built in the 16th century. Behind you, looking west, catch a glimpse of the Capo Carbonara lighthouse. Spiaggia di Capo Carbonara is an excellent beach for swimming and snorkeling; there are a few good spots around the rocks where you will see a fair amount of marine wildlife. The seabed has a relatively gentle slope, suitable for families with kids. Both fine sand and pebbles cover this stretch of land, so bring a pair of swimming shoes for extra comfort. During the summer season, have lunch at Rosticceria Il Girasole, a beach kiosk that sells reasonably priced sandwiches, cold drinks, fried seafood, and roast chicken. Usually, the kiosk has a few tables with parasols near the parking area. Here’s a practical tip from us: come to Spiaggia di Capo Carbonara early, around sunrise, and you can walk up to the watchtower or Punta Carbonara before the crowds and summer heat arrive. The beach will be practically yours, and the views are spectacular. Don’t be surprised if you spot a dolphin or two! Come out of season, and the absence of fellow travelers will make everything even more impressive.
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Places to Stay near Spiaggia di Capo Carbonara
Stella Maris Hotel
If you’d like to spend a few days at Spiaggia di Campulongu, Spiaggia del Riso and Spiaggia di Santo Stefano, you’re in luck! Tucked in the middle of the cooling pine and juniper forest behind Campulongu beach, you’ll find Hotel Stella Maris. This highly rated property (four stars) overlooks the Bay of Campulongu, and offers a supervised private beach area in the middle of Campulongu. Beach towels, sun loungers and parasols are free for guests. Furthermore, six showers can be found directly off the beach to rinse off the salty water. At the hotel, 2 beachfront dining rooms serve traditional Sardinian and Italian cuisine à la carte, and there’s an extensive local wine list with several surprising Sardinian varieties. An infinity swimming pool for a relaxing morning or evening swim, sounds like a good idea doesn’t it? All rooms at Stella Maris, varying from Basic to the Presidential Suite, offer either garden views or sea views. The room interiors are enriched by various works of art and artistic local craftsmanship. Other highlights of this property include a buffet breakfast, transfers to and from the hotel, and a tennis court. As this location is an ideal place for peace and meditation, massages and yoga classes are available as well. At Stella Maris, staff will be delighted to help you rent a car or to organise a guided tour of the other astonishing beaches in the vicinity of Villasimius. Highly recommended!
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