The transparency of the Sardinian sea is famous all over the world: from north to south of the island, the waters cover every shade of blue, all the way to the crystalline sea of the southern coast, lapping the dazzling white sand of the beaches, which turns pink in the sunlight.
The transparent water reveals a fabulous submerged world of plants and animals, while the countless coves are an ideal habitat for a large number of protected species. The province of Cagliari boasts some of the island's most celebrated beaches, just a few kilometres from the city.
Following the south-eastern coast along the Gulf of Cagliari, we find the magnificent beaches of Torre delle Stelle, whose shallow, clear waters are the quintessential destination for anyone who loves watching sea life. Continuing south-east, we come to Villasimius, the "pearl of the south", the famous beaches of Porto Giunco - behind which is the Notteri lagoon, home to pink flamingoes - and Punta Molentis, with its distinctive colour contrasts of sea, sand, rock and mediterranean maquis giving a picture-postcard landscape, a genuine paradise on earth that enchants the eye and calms the soul.
If we go the other way, along the south-west coast, the horizon opens out onto one of the island's most beautiful stretches of coast, Santa Margherita di Pula, a series of bays and beaches that extend for almost ten kilometres to Chia. At the south-western tip of Sardinia, between Capo Spartivento and Capo Malfatano, is the beach of Tuerredda, the undisputed symbol of the island, a miracle of colours that never fails to astonish visitors: half a kilometre of beach in a double-arched shape, sheltered from the Mistral and therefore with particularly calm waters.
At the western edge of the Gulf of Cagliari is the aforementioned Capo Spartivento, a granite promontory dotted with pine and juniper woods and sandy coves and also famous for the delightful and picturesque lighthouse overlooking the sea.