Set in a bay sheltered from the northwesterly wind, it is embraced by the scent of lentisk trees and junipers behind it, while the islands of Molara and Tavolara opposite offer an unforgettable landscape. The beach of Cala Suaraccia, also known as ‘Le Farfalle’ (The Butterflies), from the name of the nearby village, stretches along the northern part of the promontory of Capo Coda Cavallo, in the heart of the marine protected area of the same name, in the territory of San Teodoro. The beach has fine sand, pale in colour with greyish reflections. It opens into a crescent shape and is about 150 metres long. Behind it, the dense vegetation adds shades of green to the landscape, while the sea is crystal clear and a deep turquoise colour, with some rocky outcrops. The water is deep a few metres from the shore and allows snorkelling enthusiasts to enjoy splendid experiences just below the surface of the water, surrounded by a multitude of multicoloured fish. Among the services available, you will find parking, refreshment areas, beach umbrella and boat rentals, as well as a nearby diving centre.
On the left side of the coast, after passing a small cliff, you will notice a pier, a landing point for boats that lead to the discovery of the protected area. You can get to Cala Suaraccia by following the state road SS 125 ‘Orientale sarda’ from San Teodoro in the Olbia direction and then turn right, near the locality of Lutturai, following the directions for Capo Coda Cavallo and driving about four kilometres to the parking area, a few dozen metres from the cove. The other beaches of the promontory are certainly worth a visit: at the eastern end you will find the beach of Coda Cavallo, which owes its name to the fact that it stretches over a strip of land shaped like a horse’s tail. To the south, on the opposite side of the cape with respect to Cala Suaraccia, there is Baia Salinedda, characterised by reddish rocks, by the offshore presence of the island of Ruia and by a small pond behind it. A wetland area also delimits the nearby beach of Salina Bamba, with its fine white sand. Speaking of white sandy beaches, to the south, there is a place not to be missed called Cala Brandinchi, a Caribbean stretch of sand in Sardinia, dotted with sand dunes and caressed by a sea with infinite shades of blue. Beyond a rocky outcrop, there is the ‘twin’ Lu Impostu, with a shorter, wider beach and junipers and mimosas decorating the sand dunes.