Best beaches in Sardinia: Costa Rei


Feraxi, Muravera - one of the best beaches in Sardinia

Perfect for snorkeling – Feraxi is one of the best beaches in Sardinia

Snorkeling around Feraxi, one of Sardinia beaches

Snorkeling around Feraxi, one of Sardinia beaches

Costa Rei: one of the best beaches in Sardinia

Have you visited Cagliari and its surrounding, and are now looking for more things to do in Sardinia and now feel the urge to just lay at the beach, take long walks, have nice meals and a refreshing beer at sunset and just cool down after dinner? Are you looking for where to go in Sardinia? Look no more! Costa Rei is a top holiday destination where you can be a total beach bum and it is quite easy to reach from Cagliari. And, guess what? It is one of the best beaches in Sardinia, so much so that Lonely Planet states that beaches in the area are “out of this world” .

You just need to hop on an ARST bus from the main bus station in Piazza Matteotti. Should you have your own car, you just need to drive towards Strada Statale 554 and then follow the directions to Muravera to reach Strada Statale 125, then take the exit “Costa Rei”. Driving should take no longer than one hour. The bus ride is longer as it goes along the coast, but those 2 hours will fly away while you enjoy the amazing view over the many small beaches of the gulf.

Sardinia best beaches include Costa Rei

Sardinia best beaches include Costa Rei

I admit I am a bit biased when it comes to Costa Rei, I have been coming here since I was a toddler and I have so many memories of this place. It is mostly geared towards families with children. It offers little in terms nightlife (just a few bars, a market, some live music in Piazza Italia – for more action head to the nearby Villasimius), but the long, white, sandy beach and the crystal clear water are free to access, making it an excellent cheap holiday destination.

No wonder a lot of people who visit Sardinia head straight there. If you are looking for things to do in Sardinia, besides snorkeling, you can also splurge and try all sorts of water sports – including water skiing, windsurf and kite surf. Just ask at any of the kiosks at the beach; they can also organise boat trips to the nearby Isola dei Cavoli and the various other beaches in the area (prices should be not over €40). Another option is asking at the information desk Butterfly Service.

If you have your own car or a bike, it will be easier to reach Cala Pira with its Spanish tower, Cala Sinzias, a nesting spot for caretta caretta turtles,

Cala Sinzias, one of the best beaches in Sardinia

Cala Sinzias, one of the best beaches in Sardinia

the tiny Monte Turnu and the further away Punta Molentis

Crystal clear water in Punta Molentis - no wonder it is one of the best beaches in Sardinia

Crystal clear water in Punta Molentis – no wonder it is one of the best beaches in Sardinia

and Porto Giunco (nearer Villasimius). If you have a taste for skinny dipping, closer to Capo Ferrato you will find a nudist beach – ask around for information.

A more hidden spot – slightly harder to reach – is Feraxi. From Costa Rei, follow the directions to Capo Ferrato, then drive further along following the signs to Feraxi. The road will turn into a dirt one, and you will eventually get to a parking lot which is on the right hand side. From there, it is a short – if only slightly slippery – walk to two small beaches. One is longer and sandier, the other one is encaved among rocks and is perfect for snorkeling. This is also a great mountain biking itinerary, and you can easily rent bikes at Butterfly Service in Costa Rei.

If you are looking for what to do in Sardinia on a late afternoon, you may want go on an easy hike near Costa Rei, opt for the lighthouse of Capo Ferrato: plan to be there around sunset time for the perfect view.

Where to stay and eat

Most people who go to Costa Rei either opt for an all-inclusive village or rent a flat. There are many local agencies that can provide information – you can find them all by doing a simple google search. The cheapest option are camping sites where you can pitch your tent or rent a bungalow. Among them, Camping Capo Ferrato and Camping Le Dune.

As in any cheap beach holiday destinations, there are many restaurants for all budgets. Chaplin is specialised in seafood and is among the cheapest. You can have a good pizza at Escargot, which has a great terrace overlooking the sea. Sa Cardiga e Su Pisci is the priciest and most reknown restaurant in the area. I Menhirs, near Olia Speciosa, offers a traditional Sardinian menu with organic, locally grown produce, with appetizers, freshly made pasta and meat dishes (such as the traditional piglet), dessert and drinks for around 30 euro. Su Tostoini, on the way to Villasimius, is a cheap pizzeria very popular with the locals. Arrive early to get your table or put your name on the list and wait patiently.

Festivals and events

If you care for more cultural things to do in Sardinia that show a good part of the local traditions, the Carnevale di Muravera takes places around 10 August each year. Muravera can be easily reached from Costa Rei (about 30 minutes drive, or via public transportation). There are other village festivals in Castiadas and Villaputzu, also not far from Costa Rei.

Find out more things to do in Sardinia off season on my post “The island of wonders.”

For more places to visit in Sardinia, click here.


 

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16 Comments

  • Betsy Wuebker | PassingThru
    11 July 2015 at 9:44

    Love all these photos of the impossibly blue water! They just make me want to jump in, Punta Molentis in particular! There is nothing like the Mediterranean’s summer playground.

    • dannielle
      11 July 2015 at 11:04

      I’ve read a lot about sardinia recently and it’s really been put on my radar. Thanks for all the info!

    • Claudia Tavani
      Claudia Tavani
      11 July 2015 at 20:20

      I am going there tomorrow. I guess living on an island during the summer can’t be that bad!

  • Will
    11 July 2015 at 11:06

    What a beautiful place…amazing blue water!

  • RaW | Ramble and Wander
    11 July 2015 at 17:56

    I’m not really a beach person but I definitely wouldn’t mind spending time in Costa Rei. Watching caretta caretta turtles should be interesting too!

    • Claudia Tavani
      Claudia Tavani
      11 July 2015 at 20:20

      I am in Costa Rei RIGHT NOW. I arrived this morning and… well, any time I get here I just feel so much better. I think you’d like it 🙂

  • Sarah Ebner
    11 July 2015 at 19:56

    I seem to keep reading about Sardinia and am endlessly amazed by how beautiful it looks and appealing it sounds. Love the picture of that gorgeous water too.

    • Claudia Tavani
      Claudia Tavani
      11 July 2015 at 20:21

      Perhaps that is a sign that it is time to visit? 🙂

  • Mia
    12 July 2015 at 1:43

    Wow, this place is stunning! I’d love to take my future children to a place like this throughout their lives. I’ve had Sardinia on my travel list for a while but I keep moving other destinations ahead. The clear water and laid back pace you described is right up my travel alley. I’m going to move it back up, grab husband, bikini and passport and hit this hot spot. Great photos!

    • Claudia Tavani
      Claudia Tavani
      14 July 2015 at 11:30

      What most people don’t get is that it can really be a budget destination AND it is great for families with children 🙂 So yes, come over!

  • zof
    12 July 2015 at 13:18

    These clear, blue waters…I’ve never been to Sardinia, but I always wanted to…perhaps I could use some of your tips and just go…

    • Claudia Tavani
      Claudia Tavani
      14 July 2015 at 11:30

      You MUST!

  • Meg Jerrard
    12 July 2015 at 14:58

    Ooooh I can’t wait to get to Sardinia for the beaches, and this one sounds perfect!! I would love to learn how to water skii one day – can’t really imagine a better place than Costa Rei!

    • Claudia Tavani
      Claudia Tavani
      14 July 2015 at 11:30

      I was there last weekend and it was just as gorgeous as ever!

  • Natalie Deduck
    12 July 2015 at 16:13

    Beautiful photos!
    Definitely I need to put myself in one of those beach! Love it
    Happy Travels,

    Nat

  • Megsy
    12 July 2015 at 23:04

    Photos are EPIC! Wouldn’t mind chilling on one of these beaches!

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