Area Description

On the south-west side of Sardinia one can find the quiet coastal stretches of Costa Verde. With their wild natural beauty and ever restless seas, Costa Verde beaches are some of the most unspoilt beaches of the Mediterranean island.


Sant' Antioco

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It gives its name to the main island of Sulcis, in the extreme south-west of Sardinia; once a Phoenician-Carthaginian colony, then a Roman city, today it is a seaside village with a special charm.
A town of coloured houses and restaurants that inebriate the air with inviting scents: the seaside soul of Sant'Antioco. This well-known town of the Sulcis archipelago, populated by eleven thousand residents and tens of thousands of visitors in the summer, is the main centre of the largest island of Sardinia, which is connected by an artificial isthmus, built perhaps by the Carthaginians and completed by the Romans.


Carloforte
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Carloforte is the only village on the island of San Pietro and the second largest on the volcanically-formed Sulcis archipelago. It is a Genoese enclave in Sardinia and still maintains the Ligurian language and traditions. The little town was born in 1738 following the concession of the island by King Carlo Emanuele III to a family who had originally come from Pegli, in Liguria but who were resident in Tabarka in Tunisia. They had been transplanted there in the sixteenth century by the Lomellini, the lords of Pegli, to exploit the rich coral reeds lying close to the Tunisian coast, but two centuries later were oppressed by the rulers of Tunisia and had practically been made slaves. Thus, Carlo Emanuele III conceded the Island of San Pietro to Don Bernardino Genoves, the Marquis of the Guard conferring him with the title of Duke of San Pietro, in order to take the island away from the corsairs who had an important back-up point here, ordering the Tarbakans to move to the Sardinian island. From the beginning of 1738 onwards work started on the building of the inhabited centre in wood, following a road layout planned by the engineer, A. De la Vallée, but after a disastrous fire it was rebuilt in brick. However, the island has been inhabited ever.

Iglesias
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In the south-western corner of Sardinia lies a historic city, rich in cultural attractions, centuries-old traditions and natural beauties punctuating the territory.
At one time the town of Iglesias was at the heart of the mining community but all that has changed now. This is a beautiful historic destination in south-west Sardinia with a rich Spanish culture that buzzes with energy in the summer months. Even in winter it retains its charm and is a quieter place to relax. For visitors to Sardinia some time spent in Iglesias is a wonderful way to experience local culture and hospitality.

Oristano

Oristano lies on the central-western coast of Sardinia, on a plain in front of the Gulf of the same name. Its “centro storico”, the old town centre, dates back to the 11th century, and is signposted by the hulking tower of San Cristoforo, also known as Porta Manna (the great gate). For part of the Middle Ages it was the seat of powerful local rulers, the most famous being Eleanor of Arborea, a sort of heroine, who fought to preserve Sardinia’s independence and drew up the Carta de Logu, one of the first legal codes in Europe. The flat coast around Oristano has several wetlands of great environmental importance, rich in bird life. The largest is the laguna di Cabras, which in the summer becomes home to colonies of flamingos. The town’s economy is based on the production of sweets and biscuits, fishing and fish farming, agriculture, pottery, wooden and wrought iron handicrafts and wine-growing. One of its most famous wines is Vernaccia, a golden dessert wine that marries superbly with the local almond pastries.

Bosa

An ancient Phoenician settlement, later taken over by the Romans, Bosa lies in the valley of the Temo river, the only navigable river in Sardinia. The town is famous for its handicraft traditions, including coral, textiles, filet embroidery and woven asphodel baskets. It is nestled among the lush green valleys of Planargia, an area famous for its outstanding food traditions and the quality of its oil and wines. One of its wines, Malvasia, obtained the DOC label and a wine trail dedicated to it, which from Bosa reaches the other villages where it is produced: Modolo, Magomadas, Suni and Flussio. The area has a wealth of attractions for nature lovers: for a walk on the wild side you can go trekking and bird watching in the Nature Reserve of Badde Aggiosu, Marrargiu e Monte Mannu. To explore the fascinating seabed, try some snorkelling in the Biomarine Park of Capo Marrargiu. To step back in time, visit the Malaspina Castle, on the colle di Serravalle, with its attached church of Nostra Signora di Regnos Altos, with Catalan school frescoes. Near the village one can appreciate the sandy beach of Bosa Marina, marked out with five sails in the Blue Guide published by Legambiente.