About Porto Pino
Located right on the southern tip of Sardinia, Porto Pino is a beautiful little seaside town in the province of Carbonia. The area is named as Porto Pino as there are an enormous pine forest and a stunningly beautiful bay with a long beach stretching for more than four kilometers. It is also here; you will find colorful flamingos on expanses of water in between imposing sand dunes which bring a romantic touch to this enchanting destination. The town itself appears a little lonely upon first sight with only villas and bungalows all around, but this hidden gem on the island of Sardinia certainly does come to life during the summer months. Porto Pino is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful and best beaches of south Sardinia. It is more than four kilometers long and faces in the south-west direction thereby affording majestic views of Isola La Vacca which is located at around 15 kilometers off the coast. The beach of Porto Pino is characterized by beautiful white sands and divided in two by a large cluster of rocks. The surroundings are then further enriched by the presence of the Mediterranean bus vegetation along with the pinewood of Aleppo Pine which is exceedingly rare. As per local legend, the Aleppo Pine was the preferred wood of the Phoenicians as they used it for the construction of their boats. The beach of Porto Pino is known for its magnificent sand dunes and is surrounded by a heap of ponds where one can spot the majestic pink flamingos; a beautiful sight and a great opportunity for photography enthusiasts to click some great snaps. The sea at the beach is very crystal clear and is shallow in nature making perfect for families with little children. You can also take a stroll along the long shore with your loved one and view the sun setting on the distant horizon. It should be noted here that if you have come here by car, then the beach is a 5-minute walk from the parking lot (the charge is EUR 5 for one full day). In fact, there are two main beaches in Porto Pino with a jetty separates Prima Spiaggia and Seconda Spiaggia. The Seconda Spiaggia is a much larger beach and slightly more attractive too. However, both of these beaches enjoy spectacular white sands next to the calm of a turquoise sea. Importantly, Spiaggia di Porto Pino is quite crowded during the high season; so if you prefer a bit of serenity and exclusiveness, you can head south to Spiaggia delle Dune.
Things To Do in Porto Pino
The majority of the Italians and the foreign tourists come here for simple relaxation and to spend some quality time with their loved one or families. The Porto Pino beach area is well equipped with bars, bathrooms, sun umbrellas and multiple water sports options like scuba diving and surfing. In fact, Kite surfing is very popular here, and you can try honing your skills here just like the other adults. Immaculately clean and pristine, the beaches are also home to beach bar type of establishments where they have sectioned off areas, and one can hire the pre-placed loungers or a sun brolly. Porto Pino beach does also get busy during the peak season (summer months) but is never overly crowded. There is also lifeguards on duty at all times although the sea is not deep unless you decide to go far out. There are washrooms available on the beach, and you can access these by taking a key from the cafe bar that you are using. However, there are no showers here which are a bit of a let-down for the tourists! Many hotels in the region offer scenic boat rides, and with such pleasant weather, this is another great way to explore the coastline. Although regardless of how you experience these attractions, Porto Pino is overflowing with places to see and things to do which make it easy for every visitor to embrace the locals in Sardinia and the small island they call home.
Where to Stay in Porto Pino
Villa Nereida is one of the most attractive beachfront villas in south Sardinia. Located in the midst of lagoons, mangroves and genuinely beautiful scenery, this is quite a discreet hideaway which is often the subject of interest for couples in particular. The accommodation has enough space for families and more than enough luxury to exceed even the highest expectations. Featuring stunning white walls and a spacious terrace, the exterior of Villa Nereida is a sign of things to come. After all, this incredible brightness extends all the way to the common areas and bedrooms inside the villa. When the weather is nice, guests will often choose to stay outside, and the luscious gardens and patio is arguably the finest you will find on this part of the island. As for the sleeping quarters, the bedrooms never fail to impress visitors and again, these are brightly decorated and especially inviting. Featuring a fresh and immaculately tiled bathroom, there is a distinct modernity about the villa which gives off a luxurious feel. You can sense this in the cleanliness of each room but also the furnishing, for every piece seems to have a purpose. In most cases, these rooms also have access to a terrace and other facilities including free Wi-Fi and Satellite Television. Concerning capacity, Villa Nereida has two bedrooms which can cater for two couples of a small group, and as you might expect, the villa is within steps of the nearby beach. Finally, if guests want to get out and explore the local area, the nearby town has some excellent restaurants and café’s to grab an afternoon coffee.
Villa Eliana sul Mare
Villa Eliana sul Mare is a stunning beachfront villa which is most often favored by families looking for a comfortable stay in the south of Sardinia. Enclosed within a hugely charming pinewood forest, the location of the house is incredibly interesting and just a few steps from spectacular views on the island. This stunning villa is just steps away from a rugged shoreline where small coves and crystallized waters lay waiting to be explored. Although the exterior of Villa Eliana soul Mare can seem rather dark at first, this is mostly due to the forested location and the house, in fact, offers a very warm atmosphere. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the terraces provide the perfect place to sit back and relax while the incredible space in these areas makes it ideal for the children. Meanwhile, the antiquated interior never fails to surprise guests with many remnants of the previous owners. In this respect, you will find memorabilia at every turn, and this does convey a sense of homestay to the visitors. At the same time, age is but a number, and the furnishings are incredibly comfortable in every room. As you will see in the online reviews, this striking interior is often the highlight for most people who stay here. As you might expect for a property of this size, there are five bedrooms in total, and while the size varies a great deal, each one is decorated to perfection. Featuring clean bathrooms and all the modern conveniences you could hope for, this is also a home away from home and spacious enough to host quite a large family or group. Finally, the extravagant living area is also accompanied by a large dining room table and a fully equipped kitchen so eating in is always a pleasure.
How To Get To Porto Pino
This majestic Sardinian oasis is located exactly at the border between the provinces of Carbonia-Iglesias & Cagliari. On a local map, you will find Porto Pino beach located just southeast of the villages of Porto Pinetto and Porto Pino. To make it even more straightforward, it is just a 10 minute drive from Sant Antioco, and you will arrive at one of the most beautiful beaches of Sardinia.
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Beaches Near Porto Pino
There are several sardinian beaches to explore near Porto Pino. Just click on a link below to find out more!
The cozy beach of Portopineddu (Spiaggia Portopineddu) has a length of only 125 meters, but don’t let its small size fool you; it has a gorgeous lick of white sand and usually remains quiet even during high season. For these reasons, we’ve added it to our overview of Best Beaches of South Sardinia. Spiaggia Portopineddu faces south, offering excellent views of the headlands of Punta Menga. On the right side of the beach, you’ll see Punta Sa Bua, a rocky outcrop that provides a nice spot to take some pictures of your holiday in Southern Sardinia. The shallow waters around the rocks offer a few good spots for some afternoon snorkeling. The beach is backed by a combination of small sand dunes and pine forests, through which a few beachfront villas are scattered. The beach is easily accessible through a short walk through the pine forest. The sandy bottom makes the water easily accessible. Spiaggia Portopineddu is suitable for families with children. Highly recommended!
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Porto Pinetto Beach
Spiaggia di Porto Pinetto is located just a few hundred meters west of the tiny coastal village of Porto Pino, in the province of Carbonia-Iglesias, in Southwest Sardinia. The hidden beach is shaped like a half moon and has a length of about 180 meters. The beach faces west, offering lovely views of the headlands near Punta Menga on the south side. About 14 kilometers across the lush blue waters, you can spot the southeast coast of Sant’Antioco, the second largest island of Sardinia, after Sardinia itself, and the fourth largest island in Italy, after Sicily. The two small island you’ll see on the horizon are Isola la Vacca and Isola del Toro. The north and south side of Spiaggia di Porto Pinetto are backed by small sand dunes. Behind those dunes, you’ll find thick stretches of pine forest. You’ll find scattered rocks along the beach, and the sandy parts of the beach have a golden color. Walk to the south side, and you’ll discover another small beach that is completely composed of a rocky bed. On the north side of Spiaggia di Porto Pinetto, there are more inlets and little reefs to explore along Via del Pino d’Aleppo. The beach is suitable for families with children.
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Le Dune Beach
Le Dune beach (Spiaggia delle Dune) in the locality of Porto Pino is a gorgeous lick of silky white sand with a length of nearly two kilometers. Also known as White Sands, this beach is backed by two lagoons where migratory birds including flamingos come to spend their summer days. Le Dune beach is one of the widest beaches in South Sardinia. You’ll be mesmerized by the majestic rolling dunes behind the beach. These can rise to 30 meters. Juniper trees and other Mediterranean greenery cover the inland dunes to complete the beautiful scenery. Beach umbrellas, deck chairs and pedal boats are available for rent. The seabed of Le Dune beach has a gradual slope; it is suitable for families with children. Beach activities include underwater fishing, snorkeling, and walking along the long shoreline. Highly recommended.
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Porto Pino Beach
Porto Pino beach is one of the best beaches of south Sardinia. It is located between the provinces of Cagliari and Carbonia, just south-east of Porto Pino. It has a length of 4 kilometers and faces south-west, offering views of Isola La Vacca situated 15 kilometers off the coast. Characterized by majestic sand dunes, the beach is backed by several ponds (Stagno di Brebéis and Stagno di Maestrale) where marvellous pink flamingos can be spotted. The beach area is well equipped with sun umbrellas, bars, and bathrooms. Water sports opportunities include surfing and scuba diving.
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