The area of more or less extensive beaches that identifies the area of Cala Girgolu Beach (or Ghjlgolu) is less than 15 minutes by car from the center of Porto San Paolo. The peculiarity of the main beach and of the small neighboring beaches that develop on the right side is given by the sea of incredible transparency and by the beauty of the landscape.
The largest beach, with very white sand of medium / fine grain, has a small lagoon behind it where it is possible to see Herons, kingfisher and sometimes even Eleonora’s Falco. The mainly sandy bottom is not very deep, especially on the left side of the beach.
The coves that develop towards the east are instead surrounded by a lush Mediterranean scrub of a bright green even in the height of summer that flanks the golden with rosy reflections of the granite that frame the area.
Among these the most famous are:
– the coves of Sassi Piatti , of an almost blinding whiteness in the sun, which have been smoothed by the wind and the sea almost to make them look like a sort of natural ramp that leads comfortably to the sea from the mainland
– the small beach of Cala delle Vacche, also known as Cala Squadrone , a small jewel of a turquoise sea that is not easily accessible (better from the sea), surrounded by granite and an area of unspoiled Mediterranean scrub.
But the most photographed point of Cala Girgolu Beach is undoubtedly the Turtle Rock , which is located a few tens of meters from Cala delle Vacche.
This curious granite protuberance that seems to be artfully sculpted is one of the most photographed rocks in Sardinia, the result of the erosion of granite due to atmospheric agents over the millennia. In the whole area, however, there are dozens of rocks of varying sizes that have been sculpted by nature and that can be interpreted and “baptized” in the most varied ways.