South Sardinia is situated near the most spectacular coastline of the Mediterranean dotted with mind-blowing sandy beaches and a crystal-clear sea. It is the perfect option for travelers seeking a peaceful and yet unforgettable place for a relaxing holiday. Although far from the crowds, this fantastic location is roughly a 1 hour drive from Cagliari, Sardinia’s capital and about 3 1/2 hours from Olbia, Porto Torres and Alghero.
The closest beaches are in Santa Margherita di Pula and the famous beaches of Chia. From there starts the 20 km long coastal road towards Teulada, where breathtaking panoramic views alternate with beaches of incredible beauty. The Chia Area is the ideal base to discover the Southern coast, archaeological and cultural sites, as well as spectacular mountain tops.
Shops, grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacy and medical assistance can be found in Pula, Domus de Maria and in Chia.
Domus de Maria: Stunning countryside and spectacular beaches
A vastness of breath-taking natural beauty, from the beaches of Chia to the green mountains leading to the sea. The territory of Domus de Maria is characterised by a long stretch of coastline with sand dunes dotted with centuries-old junipers, imposing granite peaks with lush forests and hills covered with Mediterranean scrub releasing fragrant essences and vibrant colours. Built in the 18th century, the village today counts 1,700 inhabitants. The village and the coast come to life each year during the food fairs (dedicated to goat, wild boar, figs and fish) and local festivals. At the beginning of October, the patron saint of the Madonna del Rosario is celebrated, whilst for Pentecost there is a five-day event with a poetry competition in the Campidanese dialect and a procession of the Holy Trinity, accompanied by floats and knights in traditional costume.
Another Domus marvel consists in the woods of holm oak, conifers and Mediterranean scrubland of Is Cannoneris, an oasis for hikers. The green expanse stretches beyond the horizon, crossed by a road and hiking trails. The forest is a wildlife oasis with specimens of Sardinian deer and fallow deer, with the flight of a golden eagle and a peregrine falcon a delightful surprise overhead. The landscape attractions are endless – particular rocky forms, sheer cliff faces, waterways, ancient trees and rare plant species such as enormous broom. Is Cannoneris is embellished with remnants of prehistoric civilisations, including the necropolis of Montessu and the sacred well of Val Tattino, along with the entire territory of Domus, as evidenced by the Muraghe Baccu Idda. Industrial archaeology is also a protagonist, with various abandoned mines.
Chia: Pristine nature and world famous beaches
The coast of the Chia village is seven kilometres long and a true stretch of paradise. The Torre di Chia grants access to a long sandy expanse interspersed with small headlands and lapped by the emerald green sea. To the west, cross the beaches of Sa Tuerra, Porto Campana, De Su Sali up to the Su Giudeu – the most beautiful of all and often chosen as the setting for TV commercials. Behind is the Stagno di Spartivento, home to many rare species. In front of the beach, a small island can be spied, accessible thanks to the shallow waters. In a sheltered inlet of the western extremity is Cala Cipolla.
From here, the Capo Spartivento lighthouse can be reached, offering views of the Sulcis coast. The entire stretch of coast offers every comfort, rendering it a dream holiday destination. Take a dive not only in the sea, but also into the archaeology, where Chia now stands, the Phoenician-Punic (then Roman) town of Bithia once flourished. Amongst the ruins unearthed, the remains of a Tophet, a children’s cemetery, the road that led to the ancient city of Nora, and the necropolis, where one also stood the temple of the god Bes, whose statue is preserved at the National Archaeological Museum of Cagliari.
Eden Rock: A great location with spectacular sea views
Eden Rock is a lovely and quiet gated community surrounded by the soft green hills of South Sardinia. This amazing setting opens up to a fantastic window to the Mediterranean Sea with a protected natural park on the back and an amazing beach just in front.
It is situated near the well-known Chia, between the small town of Pula (pop. 7’300) and the quiet village of Domus de Maria (pop. 1’700), near the most spectacular coastline of the Mediterranean.