A snail-paced village and the best beaches in Sardinia
Chia is a village and coastline at the southern tip of Sardinia. It’s also home to some of the best beaches in Italy. They all run to a theme, too – white sands, forested headlands, heaped dunes and full-width Tyrrhenian Sea views.
Most people make a beeline for Chia Beach, which drapes itself beside a salt lagoon and juniper forests. Little chioscos serve up Aperol spritzes and snacks, while a beach club tops the sands with lounge beds. Mount Cogoni Beach also has a lagoon (a hideaway for breeding flamingos), along with spacious sands and views of ancient Chia Tower.
There’s a clutch of smaller bays, too, including Cala Cipolla and Morto. You’ll often see salt-crusted surfers heading here to catch the short, sharp waves.
The village centre is set back from the coastline, tucked between forested foothills. Here, rural roads ramble between a whitewashed church, family-run restaurants and acres of fruit orchards and fig groves.
Flight time from the UK to Sardinia is around 2 hours 30 minutes.
Transfer time from Cagliari airport to Chia is approximately 1 hour.
Sardinia is a great summer destination, with temperatures reaching their highest (around 30 degrees) in July and August. Temperatures in spring and autumn typically stay in the early 20s and visitors at this time of year are generally fewer, so it’s ideal if you want to avoid the crowds and do some exploring.
British citizens do not currently require a visa to visit Italy.
When you dine out in Italy, you will generally be charged a coperto (cover charge), which is for the bread, tablecloth, cutlery, etc. Tipping in Italy is not customary, but is always appreciated.
The official language of Italy is Italian. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.