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 km 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 sea landscape 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

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 promontory of Capo Carbonara, in the territory of Villasimius, 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 Island of Serpentara surrounding Cavoli's 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 Serpentara 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.