Compared to other parts of the island, the south west coast is relatively underdeveloped whereas the south east coast is more developed and dotted with summer residential areas. However, with a little exploration you will find deserted bays and coves. The most popular beaches can be accessed by car followed by a short walk. Beware of the Mistral Wind; children’s inflatable toys should not be used as the northerly wind will blow them out to sea….towards Tunisia!
Nora beach is a pleasant sandy beach which extends south of the Roman ruins of Nora. A popular destination for the town folk of Pula. It can be crowded during the hottest months. St Margherita is a long sandy beach which encompasses the summer resort of Forte Village Hotel and Abamar Hotel. Beach facilities are good here if you want to hire a speed boat or a sea scooter.
Chia is a dazzling beach and is perfect for those who love long sandy beaches. This idyllic beach, recently voted the 5th best destination for a beach holiday in Europe, has fine sand and is fringed with sand dunes. There are a growing number of ice cream booths which have appeared over the years where you are able to buy refreshments. Unfortunately this is a beach to avoid when the mistral wind blows as the sand is swept across the beach at very high speed and can be quite painful! There are facilities here to hire windsurfs and sea kayaks.
There are plenty of opportunities to partake in a spot of snorkeling if you wish to catch a glimpse of life beneath the sea. Cala Cipolla, Sa Tuerredda and Is Molentes beaches are perfect for this.
Amongst the most beautiful beaches of the Carbonara Gulf are towards Villasimius: Porto Sa Ruxi, Cala Piscadeddus, Campus or Foxi, Campulongu Beach, Spiaggia del Riso.