Resort villages sprawl along the coast southwest of the capital, which has its share of fine scenery and good beaches. On the marshy shoreline between Cagliari's Aeroporto di Elmas and Pula, huge flocks of flamingos are a common sight. Beaches and lodging catering to summer crowds are concentrated 4 km (2½ miles) south of Pula, a little more than 1½ km (1 mile) south of Nora, in a conglomeration that makes up Santa Margherita di Pula. South of here at Chia is one of Sardinia's most magnificent coastal stretches, with white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, placid coves, and powdery dunes.


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