The large-grain white sand, rocks full of natural life, overlooking tower and ruins of ancient civilisations make this a unique, unmistakable destination. The beach at Nora is one of the most famous in Pula, thanks to the backdrop of the nearby Roman ruins. The bay is enclosed by cliffs and the promontory, with the splendid Coltellazzo tower, and is therefore sheltered from the wind. When the north wind blows strongly, the beach is perfect for enjoying the sun and swimming in the clear, shallow sea, ideal for children. The shimmering tones of blue sea invite you to take a swim, go diving or underwater fishing. The beach has disabled access and is convenient thanks to its large car park, services and refreshment points. It has considerable historical value, located near the Nora archaeological park. The old town was founded by the Phoenicians between the 9th and 8th century BC. However, the traces of the Phoenicians and Punics have been mostly covered over by the Romans. The area is situated at the foot of Capo Pula, the old port, separated from the mainland by an isthmus, offering safe refuge from any wind. The church of Sant’Efisio is also built on the beach, and was traditionally known as the place of the saint’s martyrdom. On 3 May each year, a procession for the saint passes by here, in one of the most intense moments of the four days of the Festa di Sant’Efisio. Behind the bay, don’t miss seeing the sun go down over the laguna. Take a stroll through the tree-lined streets, and you’ll get to the squares of Pula and its nightlife. Nearby, there are more attractions along the coast: to the east of Nora there is su Guventeddu beach, particularly popular with kite and wind surfers. To the west lie nearly ten kilometres of the splendid Santa Margherita coves, with stretches of fine sand and clear water, broken by small promontories: Cala Marina, Cala Bernardini and other smaller and more isolated coves, as well as the beaches of the numerous resorts that overlook this paradisiacal seaside.
The ancient village of Chia, an important Phoenician and then Roman centre named Bithia, was in a small cove where today there is one of the many coastal towers built in the seventeenth century by the Spanish crown against the incursions of the Barbary pirates. Among the ruins brought to light following a storm, there are the remains of a Punic Tophetand the ancient road that connected it to the important city of Nora. Today it is the destination for trekking and mountain bike enthusiasts who can travel the dirt road that runs along the old road, enjoying particularly fascinating coastal stretches. From the tower, overlooking the coast, there is access to a long stretch of sand interspersed with small coves framed by dense vegetation and lapped by an emerald-green sea, a true spectacle of nature that remains forever in the hearts of any visitor. Along the coast to the west you pass the beaches of Sa Tuerra, Porto Campana Spiaggia de su Sali, and Su Giudeu the most beautiful of all. Also known as the spiaggia de s’Abba Durci (fresh water beach), it is a long stretch of white sand surrounded by high dunes covered with juniper trees, which, with their shapes create a particularly evocative landscape. On the back of this stretch of coastline lies the Spartivento pond, precious natural oasis habitat for many animal species. In front of the beach of Giudeu, a short distance from the shore, there is an island within easy reach due to shallow waters that separate it from the mainland. Thanks to its special charm, this beach is often chosen as a natural backdrop for films and TV commercials. On the westernmost part of this coast is the Cala Cipolla beach. Only accessible on foot, it extends around a small cove sheltered and enclosed by a rocky promontory that separates it from the more extensive coastline. From Cala Cipolla there is a scenic path that lets you reach the Faro di Capo Spartivento, whose summit dominates the whole southern coast of Sulcis. With their shallow waters, all the beaches along the Chia coast are particularly frequented by families with children and by underwater fishing and diving enthusiasts. Often beaten by the mistral wind, Chia is also an ideal destination for surfers who can perform spectacular stunts. Rich in tourist services, these beaches are accessible to the disabled and have ample parking.
The deep blue water, the green shrubs and delicate golden colour of the fine sand will make you fall in love with this natural marvel. In a cove between Capo Malfatano and Capo Spartivento, in the territory of Teulada, on the outermost point of the southwestern part of the Island, Tuerredda stretches for over half a kilometre and is quite simply a jewel with scenery resembling that of the Caribbean. It appears from above with its little island facing it, easy to reach by swimming, in a background often framed by sailing boats at anchor but that look like they are resting on the crystal clear water. The little island, just a few hundred metres from the shore, is a little world all on its own, in which you can spend a few hours lying on the stand or on the hot, smooth rocks. Thanks to its shape, the beach is well sheltered from the Mistral, north-westerly wind and its sea is almost always calm and clear, perfect for long swims with a mask and flippers or for doing some snorkelling. The nearby coastline is a mixture of gentle and rugged stretches and there is a series of little beaches, separated by rocky belts. Enjoy the countless top-quality services offered by the beach establishments, canoe and pedalo rentals, trips in rubber dinghies, nearby bars and restaurants.