Some 32km southwest of Cagliari, the village of Pula makes a good base for exploring the southern beaches and nearby site of Nora. There's little to see in the village itself, but in summer, visitors throng to its vibrant cafes and restaurants lending it an infectious holiday atmosphere.
From Pula, the SS195 road follows the coast southwest towards Chia. However, unless you're staying at one of the self-contained resort hotels that hog much of this part of the coast, you're unlikely to glimpse the sea around here. Which is a shame because the coastline is quite magnificent: a string of glorious sandy beaches lapped by crystalline waters and backed by fragrant pine woods.