Considered a “city beach,” Poetto is a short bus ride from Cagliari’s city centre and it’s a very nice 8 km stretch of sand and ocean. When I first heard “city beach” I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but this place definitely exceeded my expectations.
Armed with beach towels from our hotel, bathing suits and other necessities in hand, we got bus tickets from a little booth in front of the train station and then were on our way. The bus ride was about 15-20 min and brought us to a nice stretch of beachy options.
While Poetto beach is full of rental villas it is also popular as a day trip destination for those who like us chose not to stay there for an extended time. Here you can find various options for your stay, from a stretch of public beach where you can claim your patch of sandy real estate with your own umbrella, chairs, etc., to more beach club-like options where you can rent it all.
Our first stop, the Il Lido, reminded me of a full-blown resort with actual wall separating the beach from the road. Here a full combo of umbrella, two chairs and access fee was 35 Euro, since we had our own towels. It was a very nice, albeit busy place so we decided to see what else was out there. Since we didn’t have our own umbrella (you could buy one at the store for about 34 Euro, but then we would have to drag it with us on the rest of the trip), it made more sense for us to stick with places that we could rent from.
We settled for a less busy spot where we got a full cabana with two chairs (padded with a little mattress no less!) for 30 Euro. The place had its own beach access that was separated from the general public and had staff walking around, which made us feel better about leaving our belongings there.
As far as beaches go, Poetto is a very nice spot. The water was clear and fairly warm with beautiful scenery all around it. As Italians are serious about their beaches, we were lucky to have arrived at a time when most people were finishing up their holidays so the beach wasn’t as crowded as it would’ve been earlier in the month.
The beach, the sand, the ocean. We could’ve stayed for ever. In reality, we spend a good six hours day which made for a very nice day trip.
For a snacking option, we ventured out to another part of the strip where we had an amazing lunch with equally amazing views.
Feeling more relaxed and a bit red-ish, we made our way home to spend another evening roaming the streets of Cagliari, along with the crowds that came out at night. We totally felt like locals 🙂
One of the things that I’ve found odd here, was the fact that it cost 1 Euro to use the outdoor showers. We found this to be the same later on in our travels, which is much different from years ago where you didn’t have to pay for it.
What are your favourite things to do at the beach?
Yes, sign me up for more!