The hidden beaches of Sant'Elmo
Sant’Elmo lies at the northern end of Cala Sinzias, nestled between broom and juniper. This quieter, beautiful section of the coast features impressive granite and lava rocks, which offer a great alternative to lounging on the beach.
Sant’Elmo - paradisical bays below Costa ReiSant’Elmo lies at the northern end of Cala Sinzias, nestled between broom and juniper. This quieter, beautiful section of the coast features impressive granite and lava rocks, which offer a great alternative to lounging on the beach. Spiaggia Sant’Elmo caters for all tastes: families can take advantage of lounger hire, a beach bar brings summer vibes and those who just want to lie undisturbed on their towel are guaranteed to find peace here – and snorkelling along the picturesque, rocky reef is a real pleasure, too. The bays of Sant’Elmo are easy to reach by car (SP 18) and there is even a bus service.
More dream beaches near Sant’Elmo
Spiaggia di Cala Monte TurnoBelow Sant’Elmo, past the imposing, rocky cape, lies Cala Monte Turno beach. Flanked by a towering mountain on the left, the flat beach merges seamlessly with the crystal-clear water. A stunning part of the coast, albeit covered completely in loungers during high season.
Location and surroundings
Beaches in detail
Punta Molentis - Villasimius
Small, splendid bathing bay with water as clear as glass and a dazzling white sand beach. Take the coastal road from Costa Rei to Villasimius. After about 16 km, in the middle of a left turn, turn right on a gravel road and go under the road. After another 1.3 km you reach the beach.
Cala Sinzias - by Sant'Elmo und Li Conchi
Cala Sinzias is situated between Villasimius and Costa Rei. Framed by high mountains, gnarled trees and macchia which reaches as far as the beach. The heavenly water has been recognized by the Goletta Verde as the cleanest of the Mediterranean Sea. Outside the high season, the bay is an oasis of silence. In the summer there are the beach bars Tamatete and Maklas (see Beach Bars).
Cala Pira - road after Villasimius
Small bathing bay close to the road that goes from Costa Rei to Villasimius (SP 18) at about km 11, opposite the island of Serpentara. The sand is white and the water shallow.
Porto Pirastu - Capo Ferrato
Small bay framed by flat rocks at the northern end of Costa Rei. Grey sand and pebble beach, less suitable for children. A pine forest behind the beach offers shade from the midday sun.
The Costa Rei beach is about 8 km long and is characterized by its fine white to yellow sand and crystalline water. Worth mentioning is the characteristic granite rock Scoglio di Peppino. The Costa Rei beach was voted the fifth most beautiful in the world in the Lonely Planet.
A lovely section of beach in front of a resort with the same name is composed of rock formations and small sandy bays. It is protected by the Monte Turno hill to the south, which gives its name to the next section of beach.