Discovering Villasimius and Costa Rei, pearls of Southeast Sardinia
Villasimius is a charming city in the south-east coast of Sardinia, around 60 km from Cagliari, and one of the best vacation spots on the island. The location is loved for the crystalline water, white beaches, glamorous lifestyles and fine food. Another perfect travel destination not too far in the northern-east coast is Costa Rei.
Villasimius is now the pearl of the south and if you are looking for breathtaking views, a great mix of relax and active vacation this is your dream destination.
Villasimius was once a small village of farmers, shepherds, and miners. During the last decades it became a renowned touristic centre rich of handcrafting shops, restaurants, cosy venues and clubs.
The shoreline is graced with sandy beaches interspersed with inlets offering flickering crystal-clear water, granite cliffs, delightful coves, lagoons and verdant hills. The Marine Protected Area of Capo Carbonara is rich in underwater treasures, ideal to discover doing snorkeling. Serpentara is the main island of the Protected Area, an isle rich of different spots where to practice these sports and enjoy authentic underwater paradises. Among these spots is worth to have few stops: the shoal of Santa Caterina, the Variglioni of Serpentara, and the so-called Ship of Cabbage.
In Villasimius there are plenty of opportunities for those looking for an active holiday: kite, deep diving, sailing, SUP are just a few of the sports you can practice. For breathtaking views, you can also reach the highest point of the coastline walking, by bike or by horse.
Natural gems of the seashore are: the Stagno di Notteri where pink flamingos and other rare species of wild birds nest, Porto Giunco with the amazing panorama of the Aragonese tower, the Spiaggia del Riso remarkable for its rice-shaped sand, and Punta Molentis famous for the shallow water and the suggestive shapes of its granite rocks.
You can also take a panoramic trip by boat or by road starting from Capo Boi, the southernmost point of the Marine Protected Area, and visit wonderful beaches such as Campulongu, Campus (o Villaggio dei Mandorli) and Porto Sa Ruxi, all bestowed with dazzling blue seas and white sandy beaches framed by Mediterranean maquis. The seashore is in fact embraced by the Oasis of the Sette Fratelli (Seven Brothers) one of the greenest and most charming places in Sardinia, a nature reserve full of pleasant surprises and breathtaking scenery where you can smell myrtle, oleander, and juniper, and home to different species such as deer, foxes and golden eagles.
The same sort of experience can be enjoyed when reaching Costa Rei which is still part of the natural Oasis of the Sette Fratelli mountain where the amazing views on a glimmering blue sea are blended perfectly with Mediterranean scents.
Among the most popular beaches in Costa Rei is Cala Pira, a small bay surrounded by secular bushes of juniper trees and pink granite rocks that gives pink reflections also to the crystalline water. In the northern hill of this small corner of paradise, the austere silhouette of the Aragonese tower of the 15th century is, even more, gracing the view.
Another beach that is worth a mention in the Costa Rei area is Cala Sinzias, a long stretch of fine white sand enclosed between two small cliffs and protected by a thick pine forest, featuring a sea with so many different shades of blue you won’t be able to count.