A small town during the winter, a huge tourist hotspot in summer. This is Villasimius, one of the most renowned holiday destinations in Southern Sardinia. There is always plenty to do in Villasimius and its vicinity: from hiking to shopping and sunbathing on the heavenly beaches in Villasimius, you could try something and somewhere different every day of your trip, and still leave without having done and seen it all.
The gorgeous beaches in Villasimius are certainly its main feature: there’s something for any taste. Long and sandy and with shallow water; smaller cove – you name it. One thing for sure, you will always be surrounded by the typical pristine water and fragrant Mediterranean shrub. All the while, you will be just a few minutes from a small town where tourists will find whatever they need for a perfect holiday.
Curious to discover the best Villasimius beaches? Continue reading!
Make sure to also read my posts The Best Beaches In South Sardinia and The Best Beaches In Sardinia.
The Best Beaches In Villasimius
One of the best places for families with kids, this beach has it all: shallow waters (safe for swimming!), soft sand (excellent for playing!), and lots of space to run back and forth, since it’s one of the longest beaches in the area. Of course, everything is immersed in the amazing Sardinian nature, and the pristine, turquoise water completing the scenery is granted to end up in your camera roll.
The majority of visitors usually stop at the sides of the beach (it’s easier to access and closer to the parking lot) making them quite crowded. If you prefer having a bit more space, walk towards the center of Porto Giunco Beach.
The beach is nicely services with kiosks where you can rent umbrellas and sun-beds, get food and drinks, and find showers and toilets. They even have places where you can rent SUP.
An easy trail starting at the very end of the parking lot will take you to a panoramic point where the Spanish Watchtower is located. The views from up there are absolutely breathtaking.
Make sure to read my post A Short Guide To Porto Giunco.
Spiaggia del Riso
Literally called “The Rice Beach” because of the shape of its grains of sand, Spiaggia del Riso is one of the locals’ favorite beaches in Villasimius, and is another excellent place for kids and a unique sunbathing spot.
Part of the Protected Marine Area of Capo Carbonara, and at easy walking distance from Villasimius, this beach is equipped with sunbeds and umbrellas you can rent and has several kiosks.
A natural continuation of Spiaggia del Riso, Campulongu has sand so thin it looks like dust. The water is shallow and the seabed rocky, excellent for snorkeling and letting kids play freely. There are several hotels nearby, so it’s one of the tourists’ favorite spots: it gets quite crowded, so make sure to be there early – and stay until sunset, it’s an incredible sight.
Another beach of the Protected Marine Area of Capo Carbonara, Punta Molentis got its name from the donkey (molenti, in Sardinian) that was used to transport the granite extracted from the nearby mines.
The beach is actually made of two small coves and is slowly receding because of erosion and careless tourism practices. For this reason, Villasimius municipality has decided to put an entry limit (500 people per day, which are counted as soon as arriving the parking lot) on Punta Molentis: if you want to get in, you have to be there quite early (before 8 am) and pay a fee (€1). You will also have to pay for the parking spot.
Once at the beach, you will find a lovely kiosk where you can buy food and drinks. Toilets are on the hill right behind the beach. There is a place where you can rent umbrellas and sunbeds for the day.
Make sure to walk up the hill behind the kiosk to get stunning views from above. The best light for photos is between 12:00 and 2:00 pm.
Check out my post The Best Guide To Punta Molentis.
Still inside the Protected Marine Area of Capo Carbonara, Simius is the beach that gives (half) its name to Villasimius and a place where you can try several activities. In fact, adding up to the sunbathing – you can rent umbrellas and chairs -, you can enjoy several water sports, rent pedal boats to explore a little, or do some bird watching in the nearby Notteri Pond.
Timi Ama is a beach surrounded by Mediterranean maquis and resorts, equipped with every comfort and still a little piece of paradise. Despite the busy surroundings, it’s quite private and ideal for some relaxing hours. It’s also sheltered from the strong winds that often blow in Sardinia, and the shallow water is perfect for kids.
Porto Sa Ruxi
A small, nice beach made of fine sand and pebbles, part of the Protected Marine Area of Capo Carbonara, Porto Sa Ruxi is actually a bit outside Villasimius. The water is crystal-clear, and seabed will offer you some incredible snorkeling experiences.
Sunsets in Porto Sa Ruxi are especially stunning.
Access to Porto Sa Ruxi is limited to 450 persons per day and the fee is €1 fee. Make sure to arrive there extra early to get a spot.
Cala Caterina is actually made of two smaller coves, one sheltered by every wind and quite crowded, where you will find soft, pinkish sand; and the other one a bit more rocky, more exposed to the winds but a paradise for snorkeling.
The colors and the scenery in Cala Caterina are no joke: from the turquoise of the waters to the incredible variety of plants and flowers decorating the surroundings, you will surely fill your camera roll with incredible pictures.
A long, sandy beach equipped with everything you may need for a wonderful day and immersed in the typical Sardinian scenery: kids and not-so-good swimmers will definitely enjoy the shallow water, where fish swim just a few centimeters from your feet!
This is one of the best sheltered beaches in Villasimius, so it becomes quite crowded during the summer months when people seek refuse from the wind. Don’t expect to have the beach all to yourself.
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