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South Sardinian Coast

From Villasimius to the Island of Sant'Antioco

South Sardinian Coast

Villasimius, much loved seaside holiday destination of South East Sardinia, is the largest town within the Protected Marine Area of Capo Carbonara. The most important sites in this quiet town are the Old Fortress and the Archaeological Museum, this latter housing the relics of the past civilisations who once resided in the area. Also within the territory of Villasimius, we find the Sette Fratelli mountain range, named after its seven jagged peaks, the average height of which is 800 meters. Ideal trekking terrain, the mountain forest is the natural habitat for typical Sardinian cork and holm oak trees, but also deer, wild boar and eagles.

Travelling along the coastal road, we reach Cagliari, an unexpected art city, with noteworthy monuments and sites of great beauty, such as the Botanical Gardens, home to over 500 species of tropical plants which proliferate thanks to the subtropical climate of Southern Sardinia. The highest part of the city is dominated by another of Cagliari's landmarks, the Bastion of Saint Remy, with its stunning neoclassical façade. A few kilometers from Cagliari lies San Sperate, known as the Museum Town for the avant-garde murals which decorate its houses and streets.

The beaches of Chia, with their dunes, lagoons and stretches of soft white sand, are among the most beautiful in the whole of the Mediterranean, and just perfect for wind surfing. Not far from here lies the town of Pula and the archaeological area of Nora, where numerous traces of Phoenician-Punic civilisation have been found. Although it is not the most busy of Sardinia's tourist destinations, the area, nevertheless, offers excellent facilities and accommodation.

During the first week of August, those venturing inland should be sure to make the trip to Santadi, to witness the festivities held in occasion of the Mauritano Wedding, when the bride and groom are married according to the local pastoral tradition, amidst celebrations which involve the entire community. Whilst in the area, you'll easily come across a cellar or cave open to visitors, in which to taste the local gastronomic specialities and wine.

Porto Pino is the last outpost before reaching for the Island of Sant Antioco which, with that of San Pietro, forms the Sulcis Archipelago. Here the traces of the past are omnipresent: from the menhirs and the Roman bridge which links the mainland with the Basilica of Sant Antioco, to the Phoenician and Punic burial grounds. In the center of the town lies the Ethnographic Museum, where various artefacts associated with the island's craft traditions are displayed, in particular the instruments used for the working of textiles. This is where to discover the secrets of "Byssus" or sea silk, obtained from the "Pinna nobilis" mollusc and once used in all the most important items of clothing.


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