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South Sardinia Road Trip – From Cagliari to Costa Rei

For our first holiday to baby we decided to go to Italy, and more precisely to Sardinia. We landed in Cagliari and ezplored the area. This is our South Sardinia Road trip. From Cagliari to Casta Rei. On the programme, beach, beach and even more beach!

For our car rental, we choose Sunny Cars. Sunny Cars is my partner in crime since years as I love going on Road Trips and I have never been disapointed. Sunny Cars equals peace of mind! Renting a car cam be a real hussle but renting a car with Sunny Cars is just easy. You rent a car and there is no need to worry about anything. It can be a bit more expensive than other car rental companies at first but it is worth every penny. You don’t have acredit card? No problem. This option is available with Sunny Cars. You don’t want to pay a deposit? This opyion is available via Sunny Cars. You don’t know what insurance to take? Sunny Cars provide all necessary insurances. You don’t know how many kilometers to book? You stay flexible with Sunny Cars as it is unlimited kilometers. You changed your plans for whichever reason? You can cancel and get your money back still very close to your pick up date. Something happened to the car? You get refunded.

To me this is the ultimate service when renting a car. I heard so many bad stories about car rental and I experienced myself in the past some issues that I really can recommend Sunny Cars for the next time that you are renting a car. It is the absolute best anywhere you go. I had no issues on my road trips in California, Canada, Florida, Oman, Mallorca with this company!

But now, let’s start our road trip in South Sardinia.  Beside a day in Cagliari, South of Sardinia is famous for it’s many beautiful beaches and we made sure to explore as much as we could in order to find the most beautiful ones!

South Sardinia Roadtrip – Cagliari

The island of Sardinia has two main cities, Oblia in the North and Cagliari in the very south. It is a small town but also the economic capital of Sardinia thanks to it’s geographical situation and proximity to North Africa. Fun fact, from cagliari you are closer to North Africa than from mainland Italy. However, it is in Cagliari that you will find real Italian flair.

The city initself is all hilly but easy to discover by feet. We parked our car close to the harbour. Strolled a bit through the many shops at the marina and watch the big cruise ships before walking up toward Basion San Remy aka THE MOST FAMOUS site in Cagliari. It has no real purposes anymore but being beautiful and great view point but it used to a city fortification.

For a great view point over the city, I rather recommend to go to Via Santa Croce where you have the best view over the city! It is quite high so I recommend that you walk down from Bastion San Remy to Piazza Yenne through Via Giuseppe manno, aka the shopping street 🙂 where you will find a lift taking you all the way up to Via Croce.

Half a day in Cagliari is enough to see the main sites in the city. You can plan to spend the other half of the day at Spiagga del Poetto. It is the main beach for the locals leaving in Cagliari.

South Sardinia Road Trip _ Poetto beach

Beach Area Geremeas

Our house was situated in Geremeas. It is a lovely part of Sardinia with beautiful small beaches. I liked this area a lot as it was less touristy than further West along the coast. The only down is that you don’t have any facilities in this area. A few restaurant. I can recommend Farra by Aquaruim for the best pizza in the area and Agriturismo Scionis Sa Mindula if you want to try the local dish Su Porcheddu aka roast suckling pig.

My favourite beaches in this area are : Spiaggia mari Pintau, aka one of the only pebble beach in South Sardinia. I guess that a lot of people don’t like pebbles but the water there is really clear and it is perfect for snorkelling.

Spiaggia di Baccu Mandara and Spiaggia di Marongiu are beautiful as well. They are very family freindly with some facilities but it is never too crowded even on the weekend!

Villassimius

Before coming to Sardinia, an Italian friend of mine told me about Villassiumius and how beautiful the beaches are in the area. We couldn’t resist but go check if she was right. Unfortunately, the most beautiful beach in Villassimius called Spiaggia di Porto Guinco that has a natural lake with pink flamingo as well has a real seaweed problem. It is so much that you could barely go into the water. So it was nothing like what you can see on google. Seaweed come and go though so yo might be more lucky.

Spiaggia di Porto Guinco
Spiaggia di Porto Guinco

From Porto Guinco there are several hiking path that are taking you to a viewpoint, and other more secluded beaches in “area naturale marina protetta capo carbonara” . I believe those are beautiful because there aren’t real beaches so you have direct sea access and therefore no seaweed problem. Beside this, the area know for snorkelling and even for diving in the close by island to Madonna del Naufrago. The only down side of that area is that you need to hike to your final destination. It can be a bit hard with children or infants especially in the summer heat.

Spiagga di Campulongu is a better alternative to family with children or those you don’t want to hike in the heat. There are few facilities but the beach is really large and the water transparent. Definitely our favourite beach in the area!

Spiagga di Campulongu

Simius

Villassimius has a main town called Simius. It is really touristic with several hotels but it has a really cute main street with  some restaurants, tour companies, etc. I find it nice as it is the ONLY town since Cagliari. Despite the fact that I avoid crowded and touristic areas, it was nice to walk around and see shops and restaurant. Indeed in order to find a shop or restaurant in this part of Sardinia, you need to take your car to reach it. My restaurant tip for Simius is La Casereccia to eat Italian food like at Nonna!

Costa Rei

Needeless to say that Costa Rei was MY favourite area in South Sardinia. It is there that you will find the most beautiful beaches in the area in my opionion. They are also easy reachable by car. With easy parking and not too much walking in the heat to reach the beach. This was very important to us as we were traveling with a 4 month old baby.

The beaches in Costa Rei really look like what is promised from Sardinia aka being the Carribeans of Europe. The beaches are of fine sand and clear water. A dream. My two favourite beaches were Spiaggia di Cala Monte Turno for it’s clear water and nice beach club and Spiagga Sant’ Elmo for it’s incredible landscape!

Spiagga Sant’ Elmo

Sant’Elmo & Cala Sinzias

These are the main town in Costa Rei. Less touristic than Simius, it still has a few hotels and restaurants that are accessible by walking. It doens’t have too much of an Italian flair though.

Fazit South Sardinia Road Trip

South Sardinia is definitely for beach lovers. There are plenty of beaches to explore and doing a road trip will be your best option in South Sardinia. Indeed, I can’t say it enought but you need!! a car in South Sardinia. My recommendation as always is Sunny Cars as explained why above. As we were traveling with a baby, South Sardinia was definitely a grea destination as we wanted a relaxing holiday and one day in Cagliari was just perfect for us to stroll around. Especially with the heat. However, I was expecting small Italian villages along the way from Cagliari toward South East but there are no villages or at least no villages were a tourist would want to stop for a little bit. I found this a little bit disapointing but it was still ok for us traveling with a baby as we really wanted a proper beach holiday. It seems there is a bit more to do in the  North of Sardinia if you are looking for something else than just beaches.