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The West Area of Sardegna

5 June 2017 by giancarlo

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The West Area of Sardegna

The West Area of Sardegna, faces towards Spain through a wide gulf, that of Oristano. The territory is crossed by the river Tirso and characterized by the presence of kilometers and kilometers of coasts, as well as by a system of ponds and lagoons.

This territory is rich in archaeological sites, nuraghic complexes, evidence of every age that are found in the architectural structures of the capital and smaller towns.

The coasts of the Sinis peninsula, which ends with the spire of Capo S. Marco, are still in the natural state and so large stretches of the coastline that are integrated with the numerous pine forests and the surrounding ponds, home to pink flamingos and other species ornithological. These landscapes are ideal for tourist activities of an environmental nature to be practiced in contact with unspoiled nature: trekking on foot and on horseback, mountain-biking, windsurfing and surfing, recreational activities, hiking.

A real paradise for divers is the island of Mal di Ventre, about 8 km from the northern coast of the Sinis peninsula. It has an area of ​​86 hectares covered by a dense patch of mastic, cistus and rosemary. It offers the tourist splendid and rich waters. The strong mistral wind that beats made her give the name of Maluentu changed then by Piedmontese cartographers. The west coast is a granite cliff that discourages attempts to land; the eastern area is easier to access, also seen the succession of enchanting small bays.

As an alternative to the sea, the volcanic massif of Mount Arci, almost 800m. tall and 25 km long, it lends itself to interesting excursions, although a bit difficult due to the imperviousness of some rocky stretches.

Characterized by two visible basalt pylons, known as Trebina Longa and Trebina Lada, Monte Arci is in fact rich in obsidian, a black and glassy rock which due to its hardness characteristics has been used by our prehistoric ancestors to make work tools and hunting. At the foot of the mountain there is a thick vegetative bush, and climbing towards the top the vegetation turns into a forest.

The West Area of Sardegna

In this part of Sardinia, perhaps little known to the rest of the world, the range of itineraries is still very wide; from the capital founded in the eleventh century, south of the river Tirso and a few miles. from the sea, to the centers of the inside, up to the countries on the Gulf: Marina di Torre grande, San Giovanni di Sinis, on the homonymous peninsula, and an ‘ancient Phoenician city of Tharros that belong to the territory of Cabras. The peninsula of the Sinis, in addition to being an oasis of the WWF, is important internationally because it is one of the wetlands where rare and protected species nest, such as the heron, the stilt of Italy and the pink flamingos. In addition, its coast is crossed by the beautiful beaches of Porto Sueddas and Is Aruttas, characteristic for their sand composed of quartz grains.

The village of San Giovanni

The village of San Giovanni di Sinis, once made up only of falascian huts, a marsh grass, today hosts a series of numerous villas. On the outskirts of the village you can admire the early Christian church of San Giovanni and visit the homonymous tower built by Philip II of Spain between 1580 and 1610 as a protection against Saracen pirate raids. If you then move south and you pass the curious spire of Capo Frasca you get to the beautiful reddish-colored beach of Torre dei Corsari, where a huge expanse of open sea allows the winds to draw in a natural way high sand dunes.

The nature at the opposite ends of the gulf has created two fish ponds arranged almost in harmonic symmetry: the one overlooking the village of the fishermen of Marceddì and that of Cabras. Moving inwards we meet first Arborea, then on S.S. 131, Mogoro, dedicated to crafts, and Sardara, spa. To the north lies the village of Fordongianus where tourists can visit the ancient Roman baths. Another deserving center is Laconi, a charming hill town, a destination for excursions and summer and autumn holidays.