An enchanting little arch-shaped cove south of capo Bellavista, with fine silvery-gold coloured sand, set between smooth, almost flat granite rocks, on which the shimmering blue transparent waters break, with a play of light created by the sun. Porto Frailis is a beautiful little beach – about 200 metres of sandy shore - just about one kilometre from Arbatax, the port of Tortolì, quiet, protected from the winds and watched over by the tower of San Gemiliano. The crystal-clear sea, the sustainability and adequate services all around have often earned it the Blue Flag recognition by FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education).
The sandy seabed, with some pebbly stretches, gently slopes towards the open sea and, along with the Mediterranean greenery that covers the surrounding promontories, it contributes to the peaceful, relaxing feeling of this little corner of paradise in Ogliastra. There is no shortage of fun for lovers of water sports, including windsurfing and canoeing. On the beach, you can rent beach equipment, pedaloes and jet skis. Nearby, you will find accommodation, including well-equipped hotels and campsites, as well as restaurants and nightclubs.
Porto Frailis is one of the many jewels on the Tortolì coast. The closest beach, on the opposite side of Capo Bellavista, is Cala Moresca, practically inside the town of Arbatax and protected by the famous Rocce Rosse. It too is composed of red porphyry rocks, mixed with granite ones, forming a cluster of homogeneous colours. It owes its name to the raids of Saracen pirates (is morus). Just outside this little town in the Ogliastra area, there is a series of splendid beaches, starting from Lido di Orrì, sixteen kilometres of coastline made up of inlets and small deserted beaches, including Cala Ginepro. Then there is the beach of san Gemiliano. After that, you will find the soft white sand, smooth rocks and shades of emerald green of Cea, over a kilometre long, three quarters of which is in the territory of Tortolì and a quarter in that of Barisardo. There are two sea stacks emerging 300 metres from the shore, twenty metres high: is Scoglius Arrubius, the symbol of Cea, can be reached by swimming or by pedalo.