Spiaggia di Rena Bianca
Rena Bianca beach sits near the northern tip of Sardinia, only a stone’s throw away from the neighbouring island of Corsica (well, just over 10 Km across the Strait of Bonifacio). This is the main beach for the pleasant little resort town of Santa Teresa di Gallura and one of the main reasons for staying here.
The name Spiaggia di Rena Bianca translates as “White sand beach”, which is a fairly good description, although it does actually have a hint of pink caused by tiny fragments of coral. Much of the backdrop is composed of green hillside dotted with boulders and you can almost forget you are in a thriving holiday town. That said it does get busy here during the summer months.
The beach is a fair size and, importantly, is sheltered from the relentless Mistral wind by the headland and island of Municca just to the west. Along with the beautiful clear turquoise water, which remains shallow in the bay, this is a great spot to swim or snorkel.
There are seasonal lifeguards on duty and this is a Blue Flag award beach making it perfect for families. You can rest assured that the water is as clean as it looks and there are plenty of facilities on and off the beach.
If you want an quick escape from the beach then head up to the top of the headland at the eastern end of the beach where you will find the 16th century Torre di Longosardo. This spot provides the best views of the beach below and of the white cliffs of Corsica just across the water.
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