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“Wonderful beaches in wild nature”
Review of Costa Paradiso

Costa Paradiso
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

I have been visiting Costa Paradiso twice, each time the synergy of reddish rocks that plunge into the blue green sea and the imense spectacle of colours have made me wish to come again. My favorite spot on Costa Paradiso is Spiaggia Li Cossi, a delicate strech of sand kissing the smarald sea. It is only 10 minutes away from Costa Paradiso resort marina, following a well marked pathway. You'll find calm waters, great for swimming.

1  Thank Robby_Cristian
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

This is not a resort review but only a cappuccino breakfast price comparison. I visited almost all the bars within Costa Paradiso in August 2013.
Prices are for an Italian style breakfast: cappuccino with a croissant (brioche or pasta, as it may be named regionally). Table service. Less expensive first.
1. Da Franco - centro servizi - euro 2.5
2. Jolly bar - da Comita -euro 2.7
3. Kiosk bar - harbour - euro 2.7 (no tables)
3. Lino's - piazzetta Maya - 3.2
4. Bar Sardinia - centro servizi Sardinia - euro 3.6
Missing 'Baraonda' in piazzetta Maya ( service not yet available at 9 am)

Fiscal receipt (regular printed bill) everywhere but in the kiosk Bay at the Harbour.

3  Thank fidebu
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

The local area consists of four smallish beaches/coves and surrounding low (1 or 2 story) houses built to blend into the similarly coloured rock.

The landscape is littered with seriously impressive weirdly shaped red/orange sandstone-like rocks/hills/mountains that seem to have been sculptured by the wind over hundreds/thousands of years. Rockscapes with holes, twists, and peppered with indentations, towering over you.

The largest local sandy beach/cove is the most popular, and can get packed with people at the beginning of July. To get there go to the end of the harbour car park to a path. It’s about a 10 minute scenic walk quite close to the rocky edge, and it’s not a flat walk. When you get to the beach I suggest you hire a boat/pedalo (15e/hour) and feel your way around lots of small rocky islands away from everyone. Beautifully quiet, safe and full or dramatic outcrops, clear turquoise water, fish etc. We did it – twice.

The other coves hardly get other people going there. In early July we regularly had one of the 3 coves to ourselves from about 3pm. Sheltered, close to the “Maya” restaurant and perfect for children to explore and swim in quiet water (hardly any waves). But beware of the occasional spiky sea-urchin in the rocks in the water – they hurt. The coves are full of rocks, but with a lot less sand. However, again dramatic especially as the sun sets between the island outcrops. Viewable from the beach, think of silhouettes of rocky islands with the 9pm sunset reflecting off a calm sea between them, and you get the picture. We couldn’t fail to take stunning pictures – like from postcards. Google “Costa Paradiso beaches” and you get the idea. Other beaches are about 10km away, but we didn’t go to them - no need.

The village/town is obviously built for tourism, with little/no original culture remaining. But if it’s relaxation you want, you’ll get it, with temperatures hitting 42 degrees each day we were there (first week in July). I suspect that later in July there would be lot more people.

I wouldn’t suggest you stay for more than one week unless you are prepared to tour around in the car as there isn’t much going on in the town. 3 smallish supermarkets, 2 restaurants (“Maya” is best – hire a table closest to the sea and see the sunset over the water – WOW), one nightclub and few small shops. A car is a must as the roads have few paths, are steep with tight turns. Coupled with the heat, you won’t want to walk much. There are enough parking spaces around.

I got bitten a couple of times by insects but well after sunset and outside, I don’t think by mosquitoes though – I didn’t use insect spray. Don’t leave food out overnight - the ants will find them in your house and you’ll get a long line of them in the morning up onto your table – be warned .

People completely ignore the speed limits on the main roads. Be prepared to see the odd tortoise in the middle of the road! And the small wild boar (in families) really do roam around the town in the evenings.

Don’t internet hire a car from the cheapest car hire place (Dollar, etc) at the airport because it took over 2 hours to get to the car due to the queue to the desk – honest – not a good start to the holiday. Spend 20e more and get one straight away rather than wasting your time in the heat.

Anyway, soak it up, relax, swim, and have fun. Very memorable.

5  Thank SilentRunnig2
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

The scenery in Costa Paradiso is hard to describe. It is other-worldly, gorgeous peeks, blue sea - just beautiful!

1  Thank AlexandraMarascu
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Reviewed May 24, 2013

the costa paradiso, located on the northcoast of sardinia makes her name all honor and seems to be the most beautiful section of this steep coast. an easy walkable trail through millions of flowers and incredible bizarre rock formations brought us during 30 minutes hike to a breathtaking sandy beach named "spiaggia li cossi", which is located in a narrow bay framed by red rocks. because "spiaggia li cossi" is the most famous beach on costa paradiso we didn´t found this place for us alone, but it was still a quiet and peaceful atmosphere and we enjoyed our three hour stay there with only a few more travellers very much. the water was cold but crystalclear and it was a pleassure to swim in the in this from huge rocks sheltered bay where the waves of the sea were hardly noticeable. we can recomment this area very much, because it was quiet atmosphere and the the surrounding of the costa paradiso is so extraordinary and breathtaking that it is a must for every traveller of the northpart of sardinia. also in may sunprotection is absolutly neccessary, because the sun is very intensive. trekking shous are also not neccessary, because the trail is secure. a perfect place for families with small children, because there are no waves.

1  Thank chocdikrab
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