As I am cooped up in the house watching the rain splash against the purple wisteria outside the window, I figured I’d catch up on some editing and blogging and reminisce about that glorious sun we had earlier this week.
Just in case you’re starting to get bored of our sparkling beach posts, we have now left Villasimius and had headed two hours north-east to Chia & Pula for some archaeological delights… also maybe on the coast lol.
Sardinia is an island after all and we did come for a beach holiday.
Cala Pira beach (Spiaggia di Cala Pira) is located between the villages of Villasimius and Sant’elmo. This beach is one of the more popular spots and I’m informed it usually gets very crowded in August but less so in September and even less so in March it appears. It isn’t hard to see why this is a favourite but we were lucky enough to have the entire beach to ourselves. Again! it’s becoming a habit we could very much get used to lol.
Cala Pira beach is located in between two steep-sided hills and has a five-hundred metre beach as well as a cove, sheltered from the wind. The beach offers panoramic views of Isola Serpentara, situated 5 kilometers off the coast, and the recently restored Torre di Cala Pira (a 15th century lookout tower).
The bay comprises of fine white sand and shallow and calm, clear waters where fish come near the shore. Cala Pira could almost be a swimming pool for children. It is ideal for snorkelling and basking on the rocks which is what we did.
Shallow lapping waves
I look back at these photos and wonder how the water can be so clear. It is amazing how Villasimius and its surrounding areas are prisitine and I know they’re working very hard to promote sustainability and recycling to keep it so.
I’ll be writing another post on how impressed we are with the recycling system here!
More white sand
Sorry not sorry but Cala Pira is ANOTHER beautiful, pristine beach with glorious white sand and those cute little ripple waves. It’s hard not to be impressed.
Rock pools galore
The eastern part of the beach is surrounded by rocks and glorious rock pools. These are perfect for kids as they’re full of seaweeds, sea anemones and tiny fish.
Walking the rocks
No trip to the beach is complete without a bit of rock clambering and exploring. These are really easy to navigate, even for the littlest feet, although I do recommend wearing shoes as the rocks are rough.
From the beach we found a few sandy tracks leading up to the tower but it isn’t the easiest to access. It is rugged and wild and we had to crawl under jaggedy bushes to get up there. The view from up there is also limited as the forestation around it is dense and thick. It made for a great adventure but the rewards weren’t spectacular! Certainly nothing like Porto Guinco.
Cala Pira was our favourite beach whilst staying in Villasimius. It’s calm and shallow waters made for a great playground for our youngest kids – who I promise DO HAVE swimwear, they just choose not to wear it! The rock pools are warm and in places we saw the salt chrystalising. The waves on the eastern side of the beach were really small and in the summer it looked like a wonderful place to go snorkelling.