a picture of a street scene in pula cagliari south sardinia
A street scene in the village of Pula, in Cagliari, south Sardinia.

About Pula

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Ancient ruins in Nora, near Pula, Cagliari, south Sardinia

Renowned for balmy beaches and a spectacular coastline, Pula is one of the hidden gems on the southern Sardinian coast. Is it any wonder that it has been called, “The prettiest town in Sardinia.” This part of the island is famed for its diverse coastline and the magnificent sand dunes so it is no surprise this is a popular place for a holiday in Sardinia. Take a look at what you can do on a holiday in Pula. There are several beaches in and around Pula that are popular with visitors and have a lot more that sun, sea and sand. Take the beach at Nora which is a beautiful sandy coastline but is famed for its Roman amphitheatre right by the sea. This is spectacular to explore and provides a magnificent backdrop to the beach. It also has concerts in summer which are a must if you are visiting this part of Sardinia. The nearby Spanish Tower is another landmark here and the beach is really popular for its spectacular open space. Another beach characterised by historic twin Spanish watchtowers is at Porto D’Agumo. This is popular for swimming and also has archaeological digs in the area. Santa Margherita di Pula is another popular beach in this area and is ideal for a coastal walk or just relaxing by the water. The shallow water makes it perfect for families. Just a few miles away the sand dunes at Chia are another option for a day at the beach in Sardinia. The town of Pula has a delightful piazza that is full of interesting restaurants, gelateria and a great atmosphere. You can dine out whilst listening to live music and enjoy fabulous food. The seafood is particularly good and you’ll find lots of Sardinian specialties on the menu. Several of the restaurants are family run and are a delight to eat in. Pula also has lots of interesting shops and galleries bursting with local arts and crafts. And if you want to dance the night away there’s Tsunami the music club just a few miles out of town. Just a short drive away the shops and museums in Cagliari make a wonderful day out. Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia, is renowned for its history and architecture spanning many centuries. Pula has a reputation as a top golfing destination and plays host to the Italian Open Golf Championship at Is Molas. There are some great courses in the area which can be combined with the culture and activity. Water sports are popular in Pula and the coast has many opportunities to enjoy the beaches and local area. Surfing is a big reason to head to Santa Margherita di Pula and the wind here makes it popular with windsurfers too. You’ll find scuba diving off the coast here where there are many interesting dives to reefs, walls and wrecks. And snorkellers will enjoy viewing the underwater world off many of the beaches around Pula. With good walking trails the area appears to hikers too and there are bikes for hire. You’ll find horse riding in the area and kayaking. This is a great destination for those who like to enjoy an active break in a beautiful place. In Pula there are some lovely places to stay and experience some typical Sardinian hospitality. Many of the hotels are family run and are a high standard. In Pula you’ll find boutique hotels with sea views, guest houses, and self-catering in villas. The local markets are ideal for tasting regional specialties and buying the ingredients for a simple supper here. A visit on market day in Pula is a must to savour local cheeses and wines. And for a real chill out experience check out the spa facilities in some of the hotels. That’s an excellent way to pamper yourself after an active day at the beach. For a small town Pula has a lot of things to attract visitors and it is one of the best places in Southern Sardinia for a vacation. Start planning your holidays today and you’ll be dreaming about those beautiful beaches in no time.

Where to Stay in Pula

Lantana Resort Hotel & Apartments

  • A 4 star Apartment in Pula, 1.1 kilometers from the center of town (about 0.68 miles.)
a picture of the sun terrace and outdoor pool at Lantana Resort Hotel & Apartments in Pula, south Sardinia, Italy.
Surrounded by palm trees, the large outdoor pool at Lantana Resort Hotel & Apartments.

The Lantana Resort Hotel is a four-star accommodation in Pula where luscious surroundings are a prelude to one of the most delightful places to vacation in South Sardinia. Featuring beautiful gardens, excellent amenities, and a stunning design, this charming hotel is ideal for couples, groups, and families. When you take the surroundings into account, Lantana Resort Hotel is undoubtedly one of the most privileged regarding location but then the town is also nearby, and this is where guests can venture when feeling restless. Although there are shops and restaurants, it must be said that most guests tend to dine on the premises, for the restaurant is nothing less than world class. As for the sleeping quarters, the rooms at Lantana Resort are brightly decorated, and the double room is unusually spacious. At the same time, families can avail of the apartment option, and in most cases, these rooms include a balcony. Comfortable beds guarantee a good night sleep while the immaculate bathrooms and modern conveniences ensure a pleasant stay at the very least. Meanwhile, back outside you will find an extremely large and inviting swimming pool with ample space to relax. Furthermore, the outdoor terrace is enormous and a great place to drink in the scenery from a shaded deckchair. Nearby, guests can play mini golf or ping pong while the beach is mere footsteps from the back of the hotel. Either way, this is a wonderful hotel in Pula, and the perfect place to escape the noise and experience the best Sardinia has to offer.

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Nora Club Hotel

  • A 4 star Boutique Hotel in Pula, 1.2 kilometers from the center of town (about 0.75 miles.)
a picture of the garden and outdoor pool at the Nora Club Hotel in Pula, south Sardinia, Italy.
The garden and outdoor pool at the Nora Club Hotel in Pula, south Sardinia.

The Nora Club Hotel in Pula is an excellent choice for couples with luscious gardens and ample opportunities to enjoy some quiet. At the same time, the standard of amenities and comfort is the real highlight, for Nora Club leaves no stone unturned when it comes to impressing the guests. Although the hotel conveys a somewhat isolated atmosphere, the beach is within walking distance, and the friendly staff is always on hand to assist. Furthermore, the spa center is a welcome addition, and a stunning pool means that a relaxing swim is never far away. As already mentioned, the property is particularly luscious even by the standards of Sardinia hotels while plants and trees on the exterior of the building help it to blend seamlessly with these surroundings. Interestingly, each room at the hotel is graced with a private patio which leads directly into the gardens. Meanwhile, the interior is especially elegant with wooden furnishings and bright colors bringing a typically Sardinian touch to the design. That being said, there is also a minimalistic essence to this design and the focus is most certainly on quality and comfort. Featuring twin room, double room, and triples room; there are also options but as mentioned above, the hotel is favored by couples, and in which case, the double rooms are usually most popular. Along with the spa center, you can find a fitness center, hot tub and even Turkish baths at the hotel while the massage area is in prime position at the center of the gardens. Breakfast is served daily, and an onsite restaurant is often the subject of excellent reviews online, but all considered this is possibly the best-equipped hotel in Pula and an excellent choice for a vacation in South Sardinia.

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How To Get To Pula

The nearest airport to Pula is Cagliari Elmas Airport, located at a driving distance of about 40 kilometers north-east of the village. To get to Pula via the fastest route, just head south on the Strada Statale 195 Sulcitana (SS195) after you’ve left the airport. This road will take you all the way to the village, and the first half of the trip will be a nice drive along the coast. Once you’ve passed the villages of Sarroch and Villa San Pietro, you’re almost there. The total trip shouldn’t be longer than 40 minutes.

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Beaches Near Pula

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


  • Length: 400 meters.
  • Things to do: kayaking, pedal boating, scuba diving, windsurfing.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
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Walk a few hundred meters south-west from Spiaggia di Su Guventeddu, and the beach changes into Fichi beach (Spiaggia dei Fichi). The beach is situated in the middle of a 1.3 kilometer long stretch of white sand that extends all the way to Nora beach. Named after the many fig trees that grow in this area, Fichi has a length of over 400 meters and faces south-east, featuring beautiful views of the islet of San Macario to the north and il Torre del Coltellazzo di Nora to the south.

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Su Guventeddu

  • Length: 600 meters.
  • Things to do: kayaking, scuba diving, windsurfing.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
a picture of su guventeddu beach near pula in cagliari sardinia

2.3 kilometers south-east of Pula, in the locality of Nora, you’ll find the cozy beach of Su Guventeddu (Spiaggia di Su Guventeddu). It has a length of over 600 meters and can get up to 30 meters wide. Facing south-east, the beach offers beautiful views of the islet of San Macario to the north. To the south, you can spot il Torre del Coltellazzo di Nora, near the Nora Archaeological Site, and the small island named Isola del Coltellazzo.

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Porto Columbu

  • Length: 750 meters.
  • Things to do: scuba diving.
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Located just under 3 kilometers north-east of Pula, right in front of the little seaside village named Perd’e Sali, you’ll find the beach of Porto Columbu (Spiaggia di Porto Columbu). This beach has a length of 750 meters, and faces south-east, offering views of the small marina to the north – il Porto turistico di Perd’e Sali.

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  • Length: 130 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
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Pinus Village beach is located close to the Strada Statale 195. It is set in a beautiful cove bordered by rocky slopes that gently descend into the sea.

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Nora Beach

  • Length: 500 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
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Nora beach can be found 2.5 kilometers south-east of Pula, in the province of Cagliari. The beach is located near the archaeological site of Nora.

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Santa Margherita di Pula Beach

  • Length: 2600 meters.
  • Things to do: kitesurfing, scuba diving, snorkelling, windsurfing.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
a picture of Spiaggia di Santa Margherita di Pula in south Sardinia Italy

Santa Margherita di Pula beach (Spiaggia di Santa Margherita di Pula) is located in front of the village with the same name, just 5 kilometers east of the community of Domus de Maria. You’ll find several beaches in this area, all conveniently located parallel to the SS 195 for about 5 kilometers. With a length of 2600 meters, this beach is the longest stretch of sand you’ll find in this part of Cagliari. Santa Margherita di Pula beach features grains of sand in shades of pink, and its waters are quite shallow – a feature that will be appreciated by families with small children. The wind conditions allow Santa Margherita di Pula to be popular among the surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing crowd. Its surroundings are an interesting mix of cultivated agriculture, green and cooling pine forests, campings and nearby beach resorts.

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