Cala Brandinchi is one of a number of beautiful beaches in the San Teodoro area of northeastern Sardinia. The local nickname of “Little Tahiti” may seem a little fanciful but the colours here are truly stunning; brilliant white sand contrasts with the clear blues and turquoise of the sea, whilst behind the dunes are pine trees and juniper bushes.
The beach here is a good size and gently curves between the wooded headland of Capo Capicciolu in the south towards the peninsula of Coda Cavallo. This is the more sheltered side of the island, both from the wind and waves, which means the water at Cala Brandinchi is invariably calm. The shallow sandy bottom not only makes for safe bathing but makes the sea appear even more beautiful and inviting.
This is a good family beach and there are plenty of amenities at hand. Along with snack kiosks and toilets there are places to rent sun-loungers and umbrellas. Despite its unspoilt, pristine appearance, Cala Brandinchi is immensely popular and gets very busy in the summer months. So, arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Running behind the beach is the lagoon of San Teodoro, an area of protected lake and wetland. Home to a rich and precious ecosystem, the lagoon is a favourite with birdwatchers and is a great spot to see various waterbirds including kingfishers and pink flamingos.
In the distance you can’t help but notice the hulking mountainous form of Tavolara. This is in fact a little island, not far off the coast, which rises improbably steeply to a height of nearly 600 metres. It is well worth having a closer look in real life as many photos actually look fake!
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