Its name means 'ponytail' and derives from the sinuosity of the coast with its numerous inlets. Coacuaddus is a long beach of white, coarse-grained sand, divided into two parts by a large rock and bordered by limestone cliffs. It is one of the pearls of the Island of Sant’Antioco, which will enchant you with the clarity and colours of the sea: the bay, thanks to the green hills that surround it, has turquoise and green hued waters. The sandy bottom remains shallow for several meters, making swimming easy and safe even for small children. You will have various services available, including ample parking and dining options.
From the sand towards the sea, the view opens onto the beautiful dunes of Porto Pino (in the territories of Teulada and Sant'Anna Arresi). Close to the rocks, the rich underwater life and the transparency of the water make for great snorkelling and scuba diving, and attract underwater fishing enthusiasts. The fields around let the scents Mediterranean plants waft gently over the beach. They are a destination for lovers of unspoiled nature, thanks to the proximity of the pool of Santa Caterina, where black-winged stilts and flamingos nest.
The beach is one of the pearls of the coastline of Sant'Antioco, where there are high cliffs of dark trachyte to the south and sandy shores to the north, including the beautiful Maladroxia. Do not miss the cliffs of is Praneddas (or arco 'dei Baci'), where you can stand on a terrace, 200 meters above the sea, to admire the whitewashed rocks of Cala Sapone and Cala Grotta and Cala della Signora. Capo Sperone is the farthest point to the south, with iridescent blue sea and expanses of pink peonies. Opposite lie the islets of Vacca and Toro, natural havens inhabited by rare birds. Portixeddu is the nearest beach to the village of Sant'Antioco, and is made of pebbles, like the nearby and larger Turri beach. Coacuaddus, on the other hand, is located about ten kilometres from the town, and is the main centre of the largest island of the Sulcis archipelago. The town is characterised by colourful houses, amazing restaurants and a tourist port, which give it a strong seafaring identity. Once it was known as Sulky, a Phoenician colony born in 770 BC, which later passed under Carthaginian rule and became a flourishing Roman city with the name of Sulci. Don't miss a visit to the sanctuary of Sant'Antioco Martire, patron saint of Sardinia, and to the Ferruccio Barreca archaeological museum which contains Phoenician-Punic finds.