Spiaggia di Nora

Spiaggia di Nora - Italy
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Nora Beach, in the far southeast of Sardinia, offers a wonderful mix of natural beauty and fascinating history. Set at the base of the long, narrow headland of Capo di Pula, Spiaggia di Nora has a beautifully rural backdrop with woodland behind and mountains in the distance.

Sitting on a slender isthmus, the beach itself is a good-sized stretch of pale golden sand set in a sheltered bay. Facing east means Nora beach offers respite from the prevailing Mistral wind. The water here is clear and shallow and is perfect for a taking a cooling dip. There are a number of rocky outcrops and reefs to either side of the bay making it a good spot to snorkel too.

Just to the south of the beach, towards the headland, are the remains of ancient Phoenician city of Nora. This archaeological site dates back to the 9th century BC but most of the visible ruins are from the Roman era such as the ancient theatre.

Set on the tip of the promontory, providing great views back to the beach, is the 16th century Coltellazzo tower, built by the Spanish to defend against North African pirates.

Another point of interest, right on the beach, is the attractive church of Sant’ Efisio which according to tradition is where the saint was martyred. On May 3rd a procession passes in his honor, signalling the beginning of the four days of the Feast of Saint Ephisius.

Set behind the beach is a large lagoon which lights up as the sun sets. Not only is the a great place to spot flamingos and turtles, it is also home to a museum and aquarium.

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