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Villasimius is a small sun-swept town set in the southeastern corner of Sardinia, 50 kilometres east of Cagliari, the island’s capital. The town boasts a laid-back resort vibe, where winding palm-stippled streets are lined with white-washed buildings, chic boutiques, and regional restaurants. But the real draw to Villasimius is the area’s beaches. Enormous stretches of sweeping white-gold sands arc around pristine aquamarine waters, creating a slice of paradise.

Things to see

Begin your bright and balmy Villasimius morning by seeing one of the area’s key historic landmarks. Head over to the Old Fortress of Villasimius, perched on a tree-blanketed hill looking over the shimmering ocean waters below. This ruinous stone stronghold dates back to the 15th century. Today, you can walk among its war-battered walls, admire its imposing presence, and visit its small but informative onsite Archaeological Museum. Afterwards, get outdoors and soak up some of southeastern Sardinia’s idyllic natural scenery. Head over to the Area Marina Protetta Capo Carbonara, a huge swathe of rocky hills, juniper trees, and grassy banks which lead down to smooth sugary beaches, and the turquoise marina itself. Outdoor adventurers can take a hike through the hills, while marine-enthusiasts can rent a boat - or take a boat tour - across the peaceful waters. Snorkelers can also see the multi-coloured coral, weird octopuses, and fire-red lobsters. Later in the afternoon, dig your toes into the warm sands at Punta Molentis beach.

Hotels in Cagliari - Villasimius - Southern Sardinia

Those looking for an inexpensive getaway with easy-going no-frills comfort should stay at a cheap 2-star hotel, where you’ll enjoy spacious stripped-back rooms complete with convenient kitchenettes and free WiFi. For something more special - but still affordable - stay in a mid-range 3-star hotel, where you can stroll around the flower-flecked gardens, grab a drink in the chilled-out bar lounges, and enjoy free fresh breakfasts. Luxury seekers, meanwhile, should stay in one of the 4-star hotels in Villasimius, where fine dining and rejuvenating outdoor pools come as standard.

Where to stay

The centre of Villasimius is perfect for those folks who want a resort atmosphere mixed with a true taste of local small-town charm. When you’re not lounging around on the beachfront, you can stroll the meandering town streets and splurge in the local shops. The shady square also makes for perfect people-watching, and the independent restaurants serve up sumptuous seafood. For quick access to the key beaches and the Area Marina Protetta Capo Carbonara, stay slightly south of the centre, toward Simius. If you’re after an all-out resort-style setting, you’ll find blissful resort complexes in the beachside Villaggio Mandorli, just west of Villasimius.

How to get to Cagliari - Villasimius - Southern Sardinia

Catch a flight to Cagliari Elmas Airport, a bustling hub of international aviation that serves seasonal flights from top European destinations like Brussels and Barcelona, with year-round flights from places like London and Rome. The airport is based just 65 kilometres west of Villasimius - you can hire a car onsite and drive there, or take a taxi. Alternatively, catch a cab to central Cagliari, and then take an inexpensive 1 hour 20 minute bus to Villasimius. Once there, it’s handy to have a rental car, as many of the beaches are spread apart.

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