Calasetta beach can quickly be reached on foot from Calasetta downtown.
Our impression on this beach is definitely positive. Since there are a lot of beaches on San Teodoro island, none of them is too much crowded, including Calasetta beach.
Water is very clean, above all on the right-hand side, and, being a bay, very calm.
A nice bar/restaurant on the beach offers tasty sandwiches, pizzas and salads, but also pasta, rice, meat and fish dishes.
Chia is 1 hour by car from Calasetta and Sant'Antioco on the way to Cagliari, but if you love nice beaches and sea, that's the place for you. Chia beach is a huge bay and can thus be very windy. If it is too much windy, you can move to the close Cala Cipolla (Onion Bay :-)), a smaller bay reachable by foot, as we did!
We enjoyed spending the whole day sunbathing on a flour-like sand!
Being very windy, it can be a nice place for kites and surfers.
- Diving and Snorkeling
As you approach Calasetta from the sea, you will notice the town is perched on a rocky hill with a watch tower above.
Calasetta's history as a town started in 1769 when a group of Tabarkini (Ligurian colonists expelled from the island of Tabarka off the coast of Tunisia but originally from Pegli--a small town near Genoa) asked King Carlo Emanuele to have rights to settle this town. In fact, the dialect of the town, some 200 years later has nothing to do with the surrounding Sardinian, but is rather a fairly pure Genoese. (the town and island of Carloforte is the only other town in Sardinia with this dialect)
At the top of the town, you will see the Torre Spagnola which was built in the 1700's to protect the town from Barbary pirates.
- Historical Travel
This is an amazing amphitheatre of grey rock with cliffs at the end that you can jump off of. It's really high and quite a rush to jump off. On a hot summer day, there's nothing more beautiful than sunny yourself out here in the crystal water, with shallows for snorkeling, and deep blue water farther out. Truly one of my favorite places on earth when I can get it to myself in the off season!
*Technically This site is La Conca in Carloforte nearby
- Diving and Snorkeling
The North Western Shores of the Island of Sant'Antioco on which Calasetta is situated is characterised by steep and high cliffs overlooking the ocean. It's a great spot from which to stare out at the wine dark sea. At some spots intrepid travelers can find cracks in the face through which they can climb down to the rocks. BE CAREFUL!
- Mountain Climbing
Le Saline is one of Calasetta beaches which absolutely deserves a visit.
Being a bay, water is very calm and the atmosphere is relaxed. Remember to bring some food if you intend to spend the whole day there because the city is quite far and there is no bar or stall selling food and drinks.
I loved this beach because I felt very close to nature: guess? A cormorant took a bath wit us!
Directions: Just follow the brown signs: Le Saline
I definitely suggest stopping on the bridge connecting the San Teodoro island to Sardinia mainland at sunset. Besides the stunning colours of the sky reflecting into the sea, you'll have the chance to see a large number of pink flamingoes resting in the calm water of this area.
Remember to bring a pair of binoculars, flamingoes are quite far from the bridge!
Directions: Along the bridge connecting Sant Antioco to Sardinia mainland.
I definitely suggest taking a stroll in Calasetta. Beside the city main square, a lot of nice streets will make the perfect scenery for a relaxing walk back home after a day spent sunbathing.
Remember to climb up to the tower (visible from everywhere!) to enjoy a panorama on this small city sourrounded by a wonderful sea :-)