Area Description

Villasimius

Villasimius is characterised by breathtaking views and a crystalline, turquoise-blue sea. Uncontaminated habitats, healthy air and an intense perfume of myrtle, broom and lentiscus, all draw one into the area, even before disembarking from the ferry. With its 32 kilometres of coastline, enchanting bays, and countryside bathed in green, the blue of the sea laps over unending fine, sandy beaches. An authentic paradise: from the sea-depths covered thick with lawns of posidonia, to the emerald-green turquoise surface, Villasimius has one of the most beautiful seas in the world. The numerous beaches in the village vary in colour and structure, passing from an extremely fine, crystalline white to a more compact, golden sand.

 

Capo Carbonara

This Emerald waters and metaphysical landscape: these are the main characteristics of the protected marine area that runs from the extreme promontory point in the south-east of Sardinia and which takes its name from the Capo Carbonara promontory, in the Villasimius territory, a long outcrop running into the sea like a sharp spear. The area covers Capo Boi and Punta Porceddus, in the tract of coastline that looks out onto the Serpentara Island and surrounds the Cavoli Island. Set up by ministerial decree on 15 September 1998, the area has as its backdrop the wavy and articulated perimeter of the promontory, where granite walls alternate with green pinewoods and thick vegetation.

In the centre of Capo Carbonara we find one of the most enchanting sights of the Sardinian coasts: the stretch of water of the Notteri pond, separated from the sea by a thin tongue of sand, which during the winter months hosts flamingos, seagulls, shearwaters and partridges. The beaches running the length of the promontory, their brilliant sand with traces of quartz, are among the most beautiful in the world: from the bays near Capo Boi to Campo Longu. Blackfish, tuna and barracuda, a tropical species which has chosen the warm waters of Sardinia as its home, can be found swimming among the granite walls in the waters depths. But the most exciting encounter can be experienced around the Sepentara Island, where wonderful dolphins cavort among the waves. In addition, in the shoal of Santa Caterina it is possible to submerge into a sea which maintains excellent visibility in all seasons and where the Madonna del Naufrago (The Madonna of the Shipwrecked), a statue crafted by the Sardinian sculptor Pinuccio Sciola, at a depth of around 10 metres, silently looks onto the uncontaminated microcosm.

 

Cagliari

Cagliari (the capital city of Sardinia), founded by Phoenicians, is located on the southern end of the island. Often referred to as the "City of the Sun", Cagliari has some interesting medieval architecture and archaeological wonders left behind by different cultures. Phoenicians founded the ancient port town of Cagliari (known as Korales), and many different civilizations have dominated and influenced its culture. Besides its crystal-clear sea and one of the most beautiful and longest beaches in the Mediterranean, Cagliari offers an unspoiled natural environment consisting of lagoons, bird sanctuaries, and wildlife reserves which are unique in Europe. Il Poetto, Cagliari's most popular stretch of beach spans from the Devil's Saddle to the Margine Rosso (Red Bluff). Behind Il Poetto, the salt water Stagno di Molentargiusprovides a habitat for flamingos. Cagliari's historic "old town" (Castello) has an appealing North African character. In the Castello district, the Romans and, later, Pisans, built defenses. You can linger at the various archaeological sites along the route, or visit the Cittadella dei Musei (the former royal arsenal). It houses several museums, including the Museo Nazionale Archaeologico. This museum has an extensive collection of Sardinian artifacts from the Nuraghic era to the Byzantine, ornaments from the Punic Phoenician Age, and impressive Roman glass works and mosaics. Also in the Cittadella dei Musei is the Pinacoteca, an art gallery which displays medieval and Baroque religious paintings.

Or, visit the Duomo (Cattedrale di Santa Maria). Constructed by the Pisans during the second half of the 13th century, this massive Gothic cathedral was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and St. Cecilia and modeled after the one in Pisa. It contains art by Pisan masters. The pulpits on either side of the main door, carved in 1162, are by Gugliemo, and the four wrestling lions at the base of the altarpiece are by Pisano. And in the Piazza San Cosimo, the 6th-century church of San Saturnino is a rare monument to Byzantine occupation.

Don't miss the Bastione San Remy on Piazza Costituzione which offers magnificent views over the city and surrounding countryside. Today, Cagliari maintains the energy of a modern European city, with chic boutiques, and the island's largest university. The Roman Amphitheater continues to dazzle visitors with live theater, musical, ballet and dance shows, martial arts, opera, and concerts in July and August.

 

Pula

One of the most magical as well as diversified stretches of coastline in Sardinia is to be found in Pula. Balmy beaches and coves, Roman excavations and blindingly white sand dunes endow the area with its richness. Not far from Pula is the beach of Nora and a large Roman amphitheatre that lies directly on the sea and is used for a music festival in summer. The ruins of the amphitheatre are located at the tip of a small tongue of land jutting out into the sea that is dominated by a Spanish tower. This place is well worth a visit because of its lovely, open setting. 
Porto d’Agumu is a beach with a lovely swimming bay and sparkling white sand. Twin Spanish watchtowers stand guard at either end of the beach, from which the archaeological excavations are visible. 

The deep aqua waters and varied coastal landscape at Santa Margherita di Pula are perfect for relaxing strolls on the beach. In some seasons dry eel grass (a common phenomenon on natural beaches) grows in sandy Spiaggia Campumatta bay. But this in no way detracts from the beauty and serenity of this beach.  

The renowned Chia dunes and beaches are only a few kilometres distant from Spiaggia Campumatta.

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