I have spent years studying the best beaches in Sardinia (really hard work this) and I am often asked if the Bay of Chia Beaches are better than Poetto beach and if these beaches are the best in Sardinia.
Well Chia Bay (Baia Chia in Italian) and the beaches lining the bay are indeed beautiful, but the Bay of Chia Beaches, nor next door Cala Cipolla (named after an onion but stunning despite the unfortunate name), nor Poetto beach are the loveliest beaches in Sardinia.
The best beaches in Sardinia are those near Cala Gonone - read more here. Cala Gonone's beaches, on the east coast of the island, are less touristy and life here tends to be a little quieter than in the north or south.
Forget the Caribbean, these beaches are better! Beaches that are the best I have found in Europe.
However if you want to combine a beach holiday with a bit of Sardinian city life then Chia Beach is ideal, and better than those east coast beaches, in that it is right on the doorstep of the city of Cagliari and Cagliari is a must-visit destination. The capital city is steeped in history and culture, offering a unique experience that is sure to captivate and inspire you.
One of the highlights of Cagliari is undoubtedly its old town, known as Castello, where you can lose yourself in a maze of ancient alleys and staircases, discovering hidden corners and breathtaking views at every turn. The medieval city walls that surround Castello add to the charm and mystery of this ancient district, evoking a sense of history and tradition that you can feel throughout.
But Castello is just one of the many attractions that Cagliari has to offer. If you head to the bustling Marina district, you'll find a bustling fish market and some of the city's best seafood restaurants.
Cagliari is also known for its vibrant cultural scene, explore the many museums and galleries showcasing everything from ancient artifacts to contemporary art. The Teatro Lirico, one of Italy's oldest and most prestigious opera houses, rated in the top five of Italian opera houses, regularly hosts performances by world-renowned artists and musicians. Additionally, the city's numerous festivals and cultural events provide a glimpse into Sardinia's rich traditions and heritage.
There are a number of resort hotels along this part of the coast but some of them are, to be quite honest, terrible or horribly over-priced. The best option is the Conrad Chia Laguna Resort which is located in the picturesque town of Chia and nestled amongst lush Mediterranean vegetation. The hotel offers breathtaking views of the sparkling turquoise sea and is the perfect destination for those seeking a relaxing and indulgent getaway.
From the moment I arrived, I was blown away by the stunning beauty of the surrounding Mediterranean vegetation and the turquoise sea that stretches out before the resort. It was like entering a private oasis of tranquility and luxury.
My room (called Suite Junior) was incredibly spacious and tastefully decorated, with a private balcony offering spectacular views of the sea. The bed was plush and cozy, and the luxurious bath amenities were a delight to use. The resort also had a fantastic selection of dining options, ranging from delicious poolside snacks to exquisite Italian and local Sardinian cuisine at the La Terrazza restaurant.
I was also impressed by the resort's many leisure activities, including a beautiful outdoor swimming pool and a fully equipped fitness center.
Another good choice is to stay in nearby Santa Margherita di Pula at the Hotel Is Morus Relais.
I would love to hear from you as to which beach you think is the best beach in Sardinia, Liguria or indeed Italy. Please let me know.