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The secret beaches of South Sardinia, Italy - Cala Domestica and La Caletta | wayamaya
The secret beaches of South Sardinia, Italy - Cala Domestica and La Caletta

Sardinia, Italy is a very picturesque island of a thousand unique beaches that will delight you with almost certain sunny weather, delicate, fine sand, crystal-clear water and crisp, sea air. The beaches of Sardinia are often considered to be the most beautiful in the world and absolutely every beach is worth visiting. However, there are real pearls among them - beaches that are worth traveling even long distances. In this post, we will focus entirely on such beaches of the south Sardinia, with a travel beach guide to the secret beaches of south Sardinia:

Cala Domestica and La Caletta

near Buggerru in the province of Carbonia-Iglesias

Also, if you haven't seen them already, check out wayamaya series of travel blog posts about useful Sardinia travel tips, Sardinia travel essentials, where to go in Sardinia, things to do in Sardinia, the best places to visit in Sardinia and the top things to see in Sardinia, Italy:




Sardinia, part 5

The secret beaches of south Sardinia

Cala Domestica and La Caletta

Cala Domestica beach, Buggerru | Sardinia, Italy | wayamaya
Cala Domestica beach, Buggerru | Sardinia, Italy

Sardinia beaches in the province of Carbonia-Iglesias lack the popularity of those famous beaches located in regions such as Chia, Pula, Teulada, Villasimius and Costa Rei. However, this has its noticeable advantages - the Carbonia-Iglesias beaches are not overcrowded, and their natural beauty and non-urbanized charm will appeal to tourists seeking peace and relaxation.
Carbonia-Iglesias has a long, beautiful, rocky coast, while its hinterland is full of natural caves and mines.

Cala Domestica beach, Buggerru | Sardinia, Italy | wayamaya
Cala Domestica beach, Buggerru | Sardinia, Italy

The southwest coast of Sardinia is an area of amazingly beautiful and varied landscapes and pristine environment with white beaches, natural coves, hidden bays, imposing cliffs and huge mountains.


Road to Cala Domestica, Buggerru | Sardinia, Italy | wayamaya
Road to Cala Domestica, Buggerru | Sardinia, Italy

The best way to explore the Carbonia-Iglesias coastal region is to rent a car and go on a Sardinia road trip. Bend after bend, the views will take your breath away. Be sure to check our driving in Sardinia road trip guide.






The secret beaches of south Sardinia

Cala Domestica

Cala Domestica beach, Buggerru | Sardinia, Italy | wayamaya
Cala Domestica beach, Buggerru | Sardinia, Italy

Cala Domestica is a small but absolutely gorgeous beach located at the southern tip of Costa Verde not far away from the small town of Buggerru. This hidden and secluded beach is still one of the most unknown parts of Sardinia island.
Spiaggia di Cala Domestica is an idyllic and somewhat secret Meditteranean gem. Its emerald-colored waters are surrounded by impressive, high cliffs and dunes, while its fine sand is mixed with gravel and dotted with rocks - a truly spectacular sight to behold.

Cala Domestica beach, Buggerru | Sardinia, Italy | wayamaya
Cala Domestica beach, Buggerru | Sardinia, Italy

Cala Domestica beach used to be a harbor and a mining site for many different minerals - some ruins of the mining buildings are still standing over the dunes.
How to get there: the easiest way to reach Cala Domestica is to travel by car from Cagliari to Iglesias and then to Buggerru. Pay in mind though that it's going to be a long way drive through the narrow and rather steep mountain roads so go there early and avoid traveling after dark.


A tunnel between Cala Domestica and La Caletta beaches, Buggerru | Sardinia, Italy | wayamaya
A tunnel between Cala Domestica and La Caletta beaches, Buggerru | Sardinia, Italy

Spiaggia di Cala Domestica offers some useful facilities like a large car-park, camper and van area, a nice campsite and easy access boardwalk.
Travel tip: Cala Domestica beach offers a great opportunity to admire the exquisite and varied submarine world. It's one of the best spots in Sardinia for snorkeling and underwater fishing enthusiasts.
Travel tip: beach equipment facilities are not always available (especially in low season).



The secret beaches of south Sardinia

Between Cala Domestica and La Caletta


Cala Domestica Small Cave (Grotta Spiaggetta), Buggerru | Sardinia, Italy | wayamaya
Cala Domestica Small Cave (Grotta Spiaggetta), Buggerru | Sardinia, Italy

Spiaggia di Cala Domestica is a wonderful hidden gem by itself, but a narrow tunnel on the right of the beach (Grotta Spiaggetta or the Small Cave) leads to the second, even more secret cove.
For us, the very view of this short tunnel affects the uniqueness of Cala Domestica beach. It's so amusing that such a small cave can so wonderfully combine the history and the natural aspect of Cala Domestica beach with a sense of discovering something new and unusual. 

Cala Domestica Small Cave (Grotta Spiaggetta), Buggerru | Sardinia, Italy | wayamaya
Cala Domestica Small Cave (Grotta Spiaggetta), Buggerru | Sardinia, Italy

These several steps are oddly enough to make you feel like a real explorer.
Travel tip: wet and slippery rocks are not suitable for barefoot or flip-flop walking.



The secret beaches of south Sardinia

La Caletta

Cala Domestica La Caletta beach, Buggerru | Sardinia, Italy | wayamaya
Cala Domestica La Caletta beach, Buggerru | Sardinia, Italy

After leaving the Grotta Spiaggetta tunnel, you will see a small beach sheltered from the wind, called La Caletta (there is another La Caletta beach in the province of Nuoro, East Sardinia). The beach itself does not offer too much space or any facilities for tourists, however, this is part of its charm.
The grandeur high cliffs shelter Spiaggia di La Caletta on all sides, making it a cozy and friendly spot for couples.

Cala Domestica La Caletta beach panorama, Buggerru | Sardinia, Italy | wayamaya
Cala Domestica La Caletta beach panorama, Buggerru | Sardinia, Italy

Travel tip: an old Spanish Tower (Torre di Cala Domestica) overlooks both Cala Domestica and La Caletta and it offers amazing views on the panorama. To access it, you need to climb up to the promontory on the left of Cala Domestica (there is a path leading to it from the beach).

Cala Domestica La Caletta beach, Buggerru | Sardinia, Italy | wayamaya
Cala Domestica La Caletta beach, Buggerru | Sardinia, Italy

Travel tip: in the high season La Calleta beach can fill up quickly, so it's worth visiting it in the early hours of the morning.



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