Is Arutas Beach
Situated in the centre of Sardinia’s west coast is a the Sinis Peninsula, a wonderfully rural area of unspoilt beauty. The coastline here is home to a number of snowy-white beaches that contrast sharply with the stunning blues of the Mediterranean. Of all these, Spiaggia di Is Arutas is the best known, and for good reason.
A crescent of beach between rocky outcrops, Is Aruttas is home to a unique sand. Consisting of grains of smooth, multi-coloured rice-like quartz fragments the beach still appears white from a distance. On closer inspection you will see pale pinks, greens and whites. However, do not be tempted to take any of the sand home as a souvenir as there are fines for this.
The beach at Is Arutas shelves steeply into the sea. Along with the crystal-clear water this makes it great for snorkeling, particularly around the rocks at either end. It does mean that you can quickly find yourself out of your depth though.
Facing west into the prevailing winds and a wide, open stretch of the Med makes this section of Sardinia’s coast a favourite for both surfers and windsurfers.
Despite its remote feel, Is Arutas beach is relatively easy to get to and there is plenty of parking behind the beach. There are no buildings to talk of within sight of the beach but you will find a kiosk/bar selling food and drinks, and there is a campsite nearby.
If you are looking to escape the summer crowds then it might be worth trying neighbouring Mari Ermi beach. This has the same special sand but is wider and more open, stretching for over half a kilometre northwards.
- Diving & snorkelling
- Kite surfing
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