A vast stretch, a kilometre and a half long, of hills of fine, golden sand, modelled by an exceptional sculptor, the northwesterly mistral wind, which gives them unique and fascinating forms. The Golden Sands of Pistis, also known as Is Arenas 'e s'Ollastru (‘the sands of the water and of the wild olive’) border, in the south, with the splendid Torre dei Corsari and represent the northernmost beach of the Costa Verde, in the territory of Arbus. Patches of twisted junipers - one transformed by the poet Tziu Efisiu Sanna into a dwelling (the House of the Poet) - mastics, wild olive trees and other Mediterranean shrubs cover the 'Little Sahara', also coloured by hoary stock, sea daffodils and yellow hornpoppy in the springtime. Through the dunes, which are up to thirty metres high, upon your arrival, you can see the crystal clear waters that become emerald green in the sunlight.
The beach can be accessed by the disabled, has parking, dining and refreshments areas, services and bathing equipment rentals. Those who love the rocks will also be satisfied: at the end of the strip of sand, you will see basalt rocks standing out. S'Enna e S'Arca is located on the northern side, an impervious place, featuring basalt and sandstone shaped by the wind and the force of the sea, which conceals a series of hidden coves and is a destination frequented by fishing enthusiasts. The sandstone was also the object of ancient activities, to which a Punic-Roman quarry bears witness and can be seen from the entrance to the village of Pistis. Continuing on towards the beach, the rocks merge with the sand, creating natural pools, perfect for children.
The sea of the Costa Verde is all spectacular and wild. The dunes and the Saharan environment are a characteristic not only of Pistis and Torre dei Corsari, but also of Funtanazza, Portu Maga of Marina di Arbus and of the two undisputed ‘pearls’ of the coast, the ‘desert’ of Piscinas and the ‘talking’ beach of Scivu (so-called due to the sound the sand makes when you walk upon it).