Set between the cliffs of Capo Mannu and the coast of su Pallosu, it owes its name to a natural sandstone barrier a few dozen metres from the shore that completely isolates it from the northwesterly “maestrale” waves, creating an authentic natural swimming pool. Sa Mesa Longa, ‘the long table’, one of the pearls of the marine area of the Sinis peninsula, is found in the locality of Putzu Idu, in the territory of San Vero Milis, twenty kilometres away: it is a beautiful, extremely long, varied and multicoloured beach, with ochre yellow soft, fine sand, a pinkish-red colour along the water’s edge made up of pebbles and shells and black rocks that cut the beach in two as it plunges into a sea that, depending on the light, reflects every shade of blue, with its shallow waters and sandy seabed.
In the middle of the bay and the huge natural pool, there is a small promontory that divides the beach into two parts, opposite the distinctive round-shaped islet, covered in vegetation, behind the dunes, while on the southern side, you can admire the cliffs of Capo Mannu. The unusual feature here is the natural ‘wall’, a few metres from the shore, which you can reach by swimming or, when there is low tide, by walking across flat rocks: when you climb up onto a rock emerging from the sea and you will feel as if you are walking on the water. Not surprisingly, sa Mesa Longa, with its exceptionally calm waters, is also called the Lagoon, a captivating and wild lagoon, greatly loved by surfers. There is ample parking at the beach, also accessible to camper vans, and a refreshment area.
To the north of the ‘table’ are the beach and the cat colony of su Pallosu and, beyond Capo Mannu, sa Rocca Tunda and the little coves of Scal’e Sali. To the south, at the base of the cliffs of the Capo, you will find the beaches of Mandriola, Putzu Idu and the splendid s’Arena Scoada.