About Cala Cipolla
Cala Cipolla (Spiaggia di Cala Cipolla) is one of the pearls that the Chia Bay is famous for, and is another favorite spot among off-season surfers. The beach is tucked away in a narrow bay and only spans 150 meters, with sands white and fine, backed by dense Mediterranean Maquis. There are pine and juniper trees right by the beach where you can find some shade during the hot hours of the day. The cove faces south, and on the west side, you’ll admire the views of the lighthouse on the headlands of Capo Spartivento located 800 meters away. The working lighthouse, which can be reached by a trail, is a unique location in Chia, as it serves as a hotel with six rooms. The beach of Su Giudeu, a flamingo breeding ground, is located just north-east of Cala Cipolla and offers a car parking. Since this beach belongs to one of the best snorkeling beaches of South Sardinia, make sure to bring some snorkeling gear! There are no facilities, make sure you bring something for shade. This small cove can get quite crowded; it’s best to go early in the morning during the high season. After visiting Cala Cipolla, you’ll understand that this is one of the best beaches of South Sardinia!
Where to Stay near Cala Cipolla
Hotel Faro Capo Spartivento
The lighthouse as mentioned earlier was built in 1854 by the Italian Navy. It was fully restored in 2006 over a period of 8 years. Faro Capo Spartivento features an outdoor pool, a restaurant and spacious guest accommodations with parquet floors. Double Rooms, a Junior Suite, and a Superior One-Bedroom Suite are available in Residenza Semaforisti, a separate building which opened its doors to hotel guests in 2016. Next to the building, an infinity swimming pool offers marvelous views of the wild and unspoiled nature of Capo Spartivento and the mountains along the coast. Faro Capo Spartivento offers a unique atmosphere in a charming location, a must stay when in southern Sardinia!
Set in a tranquil location in Spartivento, just a stone’s throw from the beach of Su Giudeu, the four-star Hotel Aquadulci offers 41 air conditioned rooms and suites decorated in a refined yet simple style. A lush garden with palm trees and a swimming pool surround the family-friendly hotel. The restaurant overlooking the garden serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner based on local ingredients. The hotel staff can arrange watercraft and bike rental, or excursions and boat trips. Other activities in the area include horseback riding, windsurfing, and kitesurfing. The 18-hole Chia Golf Club is located 500 meters from the hotel.
How To Get To Cala Cipolla
You can reach Cala Cipolla from Cagliari. It will be about a one hour drive. Take the Strada Statale 195 Sulcitana in the direction of Teulada. Once you've passed Santa Margherita di Pula after about 31 kilometers, take the Viale Chia/SP71 to Viale Spartivento. After about 6 kilometers, you will reach the parking area on your right. You'll have to continue on foot for about 100 meters to reach the cove.
Sardinian Beaches Near Cala Cipolla
Monte Cogoni Beach
Monte Cogoni Beach (Spiaggia di Monte Cogoni), located in Chia, Domus de Maria, belongs to the best beaches of South Sardinia. It has a length of approximately 200 meters. The beach faces southwest, offering beautiful views over the deep blue waters of Chia Bay. La Torre di Chia, a sixteenth-century watchtower, compliments the scenery on the north side of the beach. The beach is backed by a few low dunes and a pond where flamingos can be spotted in summer. Shallow waters make Monte Cogoni Beach suitable for families with children. Wind conditions at this beach are ideal for surfing, and it’s also a favorite spot in Chia for scuba diving.
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1 kilometer south-east of Setti Ballas, you’ll discover the beach of Campana Dune (Spiaggia di Campana Dune). This is the northernmost part of a 1.7 kilometer long stretch of sand that extends all the way to the beach of Su Giudeu. The beach is backed by pretty dunes that can reach up to 20 meters high, and features marvelous vistas of the Torre di Chia to the north-east, and Isola su Giudeu to the south. Beach activities include beach tennis, kayaking, paddle boating, windsurfing, and kitesurfing. Overall, this part of south Sardinia is very nice for hiking and walking as well.
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Su Portu beach is located just a few hundred meters north-east of Chia Beach. It offers wonderful views of Torre di Chia and Isola Su Cardolinu. This beach is a favorite spot among the windsurfing crowd and water sports enthousiasts. Very suitable for a seaside family vacation.
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Malfatano beach (Spiaggia di Malfatano) can be found inside the bay of Capo Malfatano, in Teulada, Cagliari. You’ll find it a few kilometers west of the well known and busier beach of Tuerredda. Its waters are usually very calm, making it a nice and peaceful place for families with children to come and spend the day. You can rent a pedal boat, and the beach features a bar and restaurant that serves long drinks and a variety of quick meals. The beach features nice vistas of the Capo Malfatano bay, the sixteenth century Torre di Malfatano and a small island named L’isolotto di Tuerredda.
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Chia Beach, with sands colored like peaches and turquoise waves rolling towards the coastline, is one of the best beaches of south Sardinia. The lagoon behind Chia beach is an important flamingo breeding ground, and if you’re very lucky, you might spot some dolphins swimming in the sea. Located nearby you’ll find the Torre di Chia, offering impressive views of the local surroundings and good opportunities to take some great vacation pictures.
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Perda Longa beach is a delightful little cove with a narrow strip of fine sand. It is located 800 meters north of Cala Ferraglione, and is 160 meters long.
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Cala Ferraglione beach is a small and secluded cove featuring a golden sand beach and granite rocks, giving the landscape a rugged character.
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Spiaggia di Tuerredda, located on the headlands of Capo Spartivento, certainly deserves a spot on the top ten list of most beautiful beaches of South Sardinia. Located just west of Perda Longa and near the beach of Su Giudeu, its natural beauty is breathtaking. Sheltered from the wind, the v-shaped beach stretches for just about half a kilometer, but big treats come in small packages! The beach faces south-east, offering pleasant views of Isola di Tuerredda located 150 meters off the coast. In the far distance, you can see the headlands of Capo Malfatano and Torre di Capo Malfatano, a sixteenth century watchtower.
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Su Giudeu beach (Spiaggia di Su Giudeu, also called de s’Acqua Durci (fresh water)) is located just 1 kilometer south of the renowned Chia beach, near the southernmost point of Sardinia about 50 kilometers from Elmas airport in Cagliari. Su Giudeu is one of the best beaches in the Cagliari area, and arguably one of the best beaches of South Sardinia. A popular beach for the alternative and surfing crowd of the island, Su Giudeu features several reefs just above the surface of the sea that make it good scuba diving spot. Apart from dudes with surfboards hunting for the highest Mediterranean waves, flocks of flamingos have chosen the area of Chia Su Giudeu as their summer playing ground in the lagoons nearby.
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