Costa Rei is located on the South Eastern coast of Sardinia, and it is one of the most popular locations on the island, not only among tourists, but among Sardinians too, for its long stretches of white sand.
In fact, since 2009 this locality has won Lonely Planet’s ‘Travel blogger award’, and it has been included among the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world.
Situated in the municipality of Muravera, Costa Rei stretches for about 10 km, from Porto Pirastu to Cala Sinzias, and finds its center at the foothills of Mt. Nai (200 m). It is in a strategic position: about 60 Km from Cagliari, between Villasimius, one of the most famous destinations in Southern Sardinia, and Muravera, the main town in the Sarrabus region. Being a tourist destination, Costa Rei is especially lively during the summer, thanks to its numerous restaurants, markets and entertainment. Beaches of rare beauty, natural oasis such as Colostrai and Feraxi, archeology and excursions to discover the area, Costa Rei is perfect for a relaxing vacation surrounded by nature.
Things to do in Costa Rei
The area around Costa Rei offers many options for an active vacation surrounded by nature.
Diving and snorkeling are the most popular activities linked to the sea of Costa Rei. Fantastic sea bottoms that you can discover with a mask, fins and snorkel, together with expert personnel. For example the sea bottom of Capo Ferrato is especially popular among diving enthusiasts because rich in diplodus, scorpionfish, stone bass, and slipper lobsters, and you may even meet some dolphins while swimming in these waters.
We also recommend the amazing experience of a horse riding excursions, but also by bike, along the itineraries of the natural oasis of Colostrai and Salinas Tower, only 20 km from Costa Rei. A captivating itinerary during which you can admire many species of birds, among which pink flamingos.
To discover all the bays and beaches of Costa Rei, don’t miss the boat tours that depart every day to discover the Villasimius Protected Marine Area, Serpentara Island, Piscine, all the way to Anfore Bay, which derives its name from its colorful sea bottom, and the presence of numerous rests of Roman amphoras, presumably because of an ancient shipwreck. And for windsurfing enthusiasts, Costa Rei is surely one of South Sardinia’s best spots.
Things to see in Costa Rei
Breathtaking landscapes, pristine beaches, birdwatching itineraries: all this and more, in Sardinia’s South Eastern coast.
Located near Muravera, the natural oasis of Colostrai and Feraxi, are an absolute must. Encased in the coastal plain of San Priamo, in a lush pine forest that stretches all the way to the Saline Tower. Two humid areas, the third most important ones on the island, are linked to the sea by a canal. There are also a naturalist observatory and environmental museum.
The Southern coast of Sardinia has been visited since ancient times, and therefore you can also fine numerous archeological sites and ruins.
Near Costa Rei are the megalithic complexes, definitely worth a visit. For example the menhir of Cuili Piras, and the menhir of Piscina Rei, 22 menhir dating back to 5000 b.C., arranged according to different astrological positions.
A must-see when visiting Costa Rei: the old Castiadas prison, all that is left of the penal colony founded in the middle of 1800’s. Several rooms are open to the public, to see where the prisoners used to live.
The best beaches of Costa Rei
With its 8 km of costline, Costa Rei really makes you spoilt for choice: long stretches of sand, juniper forests and a crystal clear sea.
Starting south of Costa Rei you will find Santa Giusta Beach, better known as Scoglio di Peppino (Peppino’s rock), which marks the border between the municipality of Castiadas and that of Muravera. A long stretch of sand with rocks that emerge from the crystal clear waters: at the center, a flat rock, called “of Peppino”, in the shape of a huge tortoise. The beach is also equipped with many facilities, among which a parking lot and a restaurant.
Marina Rei Beach
Continuing north you will find Marina Rei beach, a long stretch of white sand, thin and soft, with golden overtones. The sea is crystal clear, sandy and not too deep, with a few rocks scattered around: a great spot to surf and go spearfishing. There are also a number of small bars and restaurants, and you can also rent beach umbrellas, sun loungers and chairs, water scooters and paddle boats. After Marina Rei there is Piscina Rei beach, a stretch of sand just as long.
Capo Ferrato Beach
Capo Ferrato beach is located north of Costa Rei, in front of the small town of the same name. It is divided into two coves, delimited north by a cliff and behind by a rock wall dominated by Mediterranean maquis. Being a pristine and quite wild beach, there are no facilities in the area.