A tropical landscape suitable for children. The beach of Girin, on the southeastern coast of the island of San Pietro – the second largest of the Sulcis archipelago - is characterised by the nature in which it is located and by its natural ‘predisposition’ for welcoming families with children, so much so that it received the Green Flag, an award assigned by Italian paediatricians to beaches with characteristics based on safety and leisure. The beach is just under 150 metres long and extends into a bay bordered by two low promontories. The beach has soft, light sand mixed with shells and a crystal-clear sea reflecting shades of turquoise, blue and emerald green, surrounded by fragrant Mediterranean scrub.
On clear days, you can see the coast of Calasetta on the island of Sant’Antioco on the horizon, the largest of the Sulcis archipelago. The water is shallow with a gently sloping seabed and its position, facing south-east, shelters Girin from the northwesterly ‘maestrale’ wind, making it pleasant and safe for children to bathe and play. The beach is divided into two parts by a group of rocky outcrops and flat rocks where you can stretch out, while the basalt cliffs on the sides have an attractive bright red colour.
Just over three kilometres separate the beach of Girin from the port of Carloforte, the only inhabited area on the island. To reach it, you can take provincial road SP 103 southwards until you come across a diversion to the left, marked with a stone displaying the name of the beach: here you will find a large parking area. Along the scenic road, you will come across several diversions that lead to the longer beach of San Pietro and that closest to the village, the beach of Giunco, surrounded by rushes, where the transparent waters are shallow, crystal clear, blue near the water’s edge and deep blue where the depths are greater. A stretch of the beach is reserved for our four-legged friends and is the only dog beach in the Carloforte area.
Continuing further south, you will find three beaches in succession: Punta Nera, divided by a stone barrier and next to a cave; Guidi, which will captivate you with the contrast between the white sand and the dark tuff rocks; and La Bobba, featuring a turquoise sea and a path that leads to the Colonne, the island's symbolic sea stacks. Rugged, rocky cliffs dominate the other sides: to the south, peregrine falcons and Audouin’s gulls circle between the crags of La Conca. To the east, you will see the stunning picture postcard colours of La Caletta and the fjord where Cala Fico opens up and where the Eleonora’s falcon lives. In another fjord, on the northern coast, lies Cala Vinagra, where an islet of pink rocks stands out against the emerald green sea.