The South West of Sardegna
The South West of Sardegna
The South West of Sardegna is a corner of Sardinia little known and rarely visited, compared to the most famous resorts on the coasts to the North and East of the island, characterized by its lack of frequentation, intense scents and impressive Mediterranean vegetation composed of strawberry trees, mastic, juniper and broom that descends from the mountains, located a few kilometers from the crystal clear sea, up to the wonderful beaches and coves.
The territory is located south of Oristano, includes part of the province of Medio Campidano and the province of Carbonia Iglesias, ideally territory that goes from the Marina di Arbus, also known as ‘Costa Verde‘ to the area of Iglesias and Gonnesa, with the beach of Fontanamare.
The conformation of the coast is extremely diversified: from the landscapes of sandy dunes, peculiarities of the territory, which stretch to the sea, to the miles of fine sand interrupted by unexpected cliffs or enchanting rocky coves, to the shores deliminate by beautiful sandstone walls .
Together with the Mistral wind, the undisputed protagonist of this fascinating corner of Sardinia is obviously the sea, as spectacular as it is fearful, with diversified depths and beautiful colors.
We are not only interested in the sea and the beaches, just leave the coast, do a few kilometers inland, and you will find yourself immersed in an evocative mountainous environment, from a geological point of view among the most varied, offering hospitality and shelter to many animal species among incredible woods of cork and oaks.
The volcanic system of Mount Arcuentu, which reaches 784 m, of basaltic formation, composed of large peaks and walls formed following the solidification of lava flows.
The Linas massif, which reaches 1,236 m with the top of Sa Perda de sa mesa, is one of the oldest and most important environments in Sardinia, where 45 endemic species are present among the different varieties of flora and fauna and undisturbed live the Sardinian deer, the royal aquila and the mouflon.
The characteristics of the territory, isolation and almost uncontaminated nature, derive surely from its history, both past and recent, and reside in the geological conformation, in fact already since ancient times the territory was known for the richness of the subsoil, coal, iron, lead and zinc ; the presence of these deposits has made, until recently, a mining area of considerable importance, just remember the mines of Ingurtosu, Montevecchio and Monteponi.
After the closure of the extraction plants, and therefore the abandonment of the territory by man and his activities, Nature has returned to being master, developing uncontested; among the ruins of the structures and plants of the mining areas, creating a unique atmosphere similar to ghost villages of western movies. Today the territory is part of the Historical Geominerary Park of Sardinia, recognized by UNESCO, in 1997, as the first park in the worldwide network of Geosites / Geoparks.
We will move from the wonderful coast of the Costa Verde with the towns of Gutturu ‘and Flumini, Portu Maga, Piscinas and Scivu, arriving in Fontanamare, passing through Portixeddu, Buggerru, Cala domestica and Masua
Portu Maga is a long coastal stretch formed by a low and rocky coastline that later becomes sandy for long stretches.
The characteristic of Portu Maga is its coarse-grained sand rich in shells, in fact after the storms it is easy to find on the beach the well-known Eyes of Saint Lucia, particular shells with the typical design. See also the website of the town of Portu Maga.
Piscinas is one of the wonders of Sardinia, as well as of the whole Mediterranean; a vast panorama, white in the morning and pink at sunset, formed by imposing sand dunes, one hundred meters high, that penetrate inland for more than a kilometer and dive into an emerald and turquoise sea.
The coastline is vast, about 3 kilometers of very fine and golden beach.
Scivu consists of a large beach surrounded by unspoiled and wild nature, far from any type of urban settlement.
The wide beach of fine sand is bordered, as in an embrace, by high sandstone walls and the limpid sea offers colors ranging from the most intense blue to the emerald green.
Capo Pecora is the southern border of the Costa Verde, a granite promontory shaped by the force of the sea and the wind.
The small beaches are composed of white pebbles and boulders of granite composition smoothed by the incessant work of the sea, among which are born surprisingly white lilies of the sand.
Bugerru is a delightful village set in a small valley and has a marina, the only true landing point on the coast.
During the last century the village was an important mining center for the extraction of lead and zinc.
The wide beach opens onto a shallow and crystalline sea and, behind it, the remains of the mining structures are a mix of history and nature.
Cala Domestica is one of the most enchanting and suggestive sandy coves of Sardinia; it is located inside a marvelous bay protected by two high promontories covered by the Mediterranean scrub.
The beach, very deep golden sand, overlooks a clear and transparent sea with a shallow and almost always calm, suitable for children.
Masua is a town made up of a group of small and enchanting beaches with striking views.
Not far from the sea rises the Pan di Zucchero, a monument of nature, a cliff about 132 meters high, among the highest in Europe, originated by the erosion of the sea that has caused isolation from the mainland.