About Porto Pinetto Beach
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.
Both 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. You may want to bring some beach shoes to protect your feet. 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 scenic coastal road that leads to Porto Pinetto. Note that Spiaggia di Porto Pinetto has no facilities, so bring enough snacks and drinks to get you through the day. You’ll also want to bring an umbrella for some shade. Parking areas are scarce; they’re scattered in between the dunes and the pine forest. Other than that, the beach is easy to access; there’s a boardwalk that will guide you to the center of the beach, which make it fairly accessible for the disabled. Spiaggia di Porto Pinetto is suitable for families with small children as well.
Where to Stay near Porto Pinetto Beach
Hotel Cala Dei Pini
Accommodations near the beach can be found in the nearby village of Porto Pino. 600 meters from the northernmost point of Porto Pino beach, you'll find the three-star Hotel Cala Dei Pini, featuring a large seasonal outdoor pool with multiple depths and a playground for children in the garden. All 50 rooms at this hotel are air-conditioned and have a TV and private bathroom equipped with a bath or shower. The restaurant serves local dishes such as gnocchi alla campidanese, traditional cheeses, mixed grill, and fresh fish. The area around Hotel Cala Dei Pini is popular among cycling enthusiasts, there are several scenic routes to choose from in the vicinity of the hotel. Bicycle rental can be arranged at the front desk.
Also near the northern section of Spiaggia di Porto Pino, on Via del Porticciolo 16, you'll find the Medusa guesthouse. It is a nice location, just a few minutes' stroll from the beach. This adult-only accommodation offers a Bed & Breakfast experience with just 5 air-conditioned rooms. All rooms have modern furnishings, and a private bathroom. Room types include a King Room with disability access, Double Rooms and a Twin Room. Guesthouse Medusa has recently been renovated. Parking is free.
La Perla Hotel
Just 6 kilometers north-east of Porto Pino Beach and its pristine dunes, a few good hotels are available in the small village of Sant’Anna Arresi. For example, here you’ll find the small three-star La Perla Hotel, featuring eleven air-conditioned rooms. The hotel was built using traditional ancient techniques of the area and stands on a promontory overlooking the bay where you can enjoy unforgettable vistas of the Gulf of Palmas and the southern Sardinian coastline. Double rooms have either sea views or a private balcony with sea views, and the superior triple rooms have a large terrace with spectacular ocean views. La Perla Hotel is suitable for travelers who'd love to spend their vacation to further explore the beautiful seaside resorts, numerous archeological sites and natural areas in this region including the enchanting caves of Is Zuddas near Santadi, the necropolis of Montessu in the municipality of Villaperuccio, and the Pantaleo natural reserve.
How To Get To Porto Pinetto Beach
The fastest way to reach Spiaggia di Porto Pinetto by car is by taking the via Strada Statale 293 di Giba from Cagliari. It will be a 82 kilometer drive, which will take about one hour and thirty minutes. Once you have reached the area of Porto Pinetto, you can park your car near the roads named Via Porto Pineddu or Via del Pino d'Aleppo. From there you can walk to the beach for about 150 meters, through the pine forest. To avoid getting lost, just let the welcoming sound of the waves be your guide to the beach.
Sardinian Beaches Near Porto Pinetto Beach
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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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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