Wide and long, Tuerredda combines the wilderness and beauty of a natural beach with the comfort granted by kiosks, restaurants and equipment for a more relaxed stay. Easily one of the best beaches in Sardinia, this gorgeous beach is easy to access on a day trip from Cagliari and at a stone’s throw from Chia and Pula – so you really should not miss if if you are planning a vacation in South Sardinia!
If you plan to visit Tuerredda Beach during your stay in Sardinia, keep on reading this post. I have been there very recently and I will all the most useful information and also some hacks to help you reserve a spot.
The Ultimate Guide To Tuerredda Beach
Located between Capo Spartivento and Capo Malfatano promontories at 5 km (little over 3 miles) from Chia and at 58 km (36 miles) from Cagliari, Tuerredda is one of the most iconic beaches of southern Sardinia, loved by tourist and locals alike.
It is a highly protected beach: access to Tuerredda Beach is limited to 1100 people per day, and they can access on a first come, first serve basis. This number is divided into 729 who can have access to the free beach and 371 for the two bathhouses. As most beaches is Sardinia, Tuerredda is most crowded in July and August.
The vegetation, the golden sand and the emerald sea, create an unique setting at this gorgeous beach. The shallow waters are also perfect for families, as kids can play safely on the shore, while adults go for some snorkeling.
The two promontories (Capo Spartivento and Capo Malfatano, mentioned above) protect the beach from the wind, making it a perfect spot to lay down and relax. On Capo Malfatano you can admire an old watchtower, dating back to the 16th century. Behind the beach, you can find the ruins of a nuragic settlement, so be sure not to miss it if you are into history.
In front of the beach, you can see the islet of Tuerredda, easily reachable by boat, kayak and even by swimming if you are keen (but beware of the currents that can be quite strong!). The islet is surrounded by clear emerald and blue waters and are populated by marine life and flora, a perfect spot for snorkeling.
Tuerredda beach also has two bathhouses where you can rent beach umbrellas, sun beds, small zodiacs and pedal boats. Both have a café, where you can have something to drink or eat, and showers. Lifeguards are on service in both.
Tuerredda beach top hack!
Since Tuerredda has limited access, if you want to bring your own beach umbrella and take a spot on the free beach, I suggest you go there as early as possible to secure a spot. The beach opens at 9:00 am. You can also check on the official website here to see if anything is available (they update data on a regular basis to give information on how many spots are available). That site also allows you to see how many spots are available at the bathhouses, so if you are going very last minute you may want to give them a call to reserve a spot.
In fact, the only way you can secure a spot at the beach is if you have a reservation at one of the bathhouses. Here are their contact information:
Tueredda Beach Club: +39 339 724 6817
Tropico Mediterraneo: +39 351 766 9307
Tueredda Beach Club has a restaurant named Poseidon, while Tropico Mediterraneo has a small kiosk with tables.
Important rules of behavior for Tuerredda Beach
As for every beach in Sardinia, you have to know and respect some rules during your time on Tuerredda Beach. Make sure to familiarize with them as they truly apply almost anywhere on the island!
DON’T TAKE SAND – never take sand, shells or stones from the beach. It is prohibited and you could be subjected to a fine if you are caught with it, or caught in the act. You may even end up in a discussion with locals, who are very adamant in protecting their natural heritage! For more information, read this post.
PETS – dogs are unfortunately not allowed at Tuerredda Beach but there are nearby beaches where you can take your furry friend. Make sure to read my post on dog-friendly beaches in Sardinia.
DON’T SMOKE – you can smoke only in authorized areas.
KEEP THE BEACH CLEAN – don’t leave anything on the beach when you leave. If you need to dispose of something, be sure to use the trash cans. Sardinians are very keen on recycling and you’ll find separate bins for plastic, organic waste, paper, tins and glass and generic waste along the beach and in the parking lot.
TOILETS – these are available near the parking lot. Some are only open to customers of the kiosks (but you can pay a small fee to use them); others are chemical toilets free for everyone.
How to get to Tuerredda Beach
The best way to get to Tuerredda Beach is by car. From Cagliari, take the SS195 towards Pula and after 45 km you will reach Chia. Drive past it and follow the directions to Teulada. After the Perdalonga crossroad, you’ll see the entry to Tuerredda beach on the left and parking spots (either €9 or €10 for the whole day).
Other nearby beaches
Tuerredda Beach is located in the Teulada municipality, which offers many beaches that you can visit. Here are some of the ones I recommend visiting:
Cala Zafferano – in the military area of Teulada, it can only be accessed by boat. You can rent a zodiac for the day in Capo Malfatano. For more information, make sure to read this post.
Campionna – a small beach with rocks and dunes.
Piscinnì – perfect if you are looking for something more hidden and natural, this beach has soft white sand and it is very close to a small promontory.
Su Giudeu, Chia – a wonderful, long sandy beach with lots of nearby smaller coves; it is fully equipped and easy to access. You can read more about it here.
Cala Cipolla – sharing the same parking lot with Su Giudeu, this is a very small cove with pristine waters and surmounted by gorgeous cliffs. For more information, click here.
Cala Antoniareddu – a lesser known, tiny and sheltered cove with incredibly clear waters.
Where to stay to easily access Tuerredda beach
The closest location to Tuerredda Beach is Chia, which is part of the Domus de Maria municipality. Chia is just 7 km far from Tuerredda Beach and offers plenty of resorts, hotels and B&B’s where you can stay comfortably and access even more beautiful beaches in the area.
Make sure to read my post The Best Hotels In Chia.