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Duration: 1 week

Distance : 180 miles

 

A challenging itinerary, recommended for experienced sailors which are able to interpret the weather report so as not to be surprised by the mistral in unprotected sea traits. You will be surprised by the historical and naturalistic jewels set in an area in a must-see area of Sardinia

 

DISTANCES:

 

Carloforte - C.Verde - Tharros/Torregrande. 44 MG

 

- Torregrande - Alghero. 42 MG

 

- From Alghero to Stintino. 38 MG

 

- Stintino - Bosa. 50 MG

 

- Bosa - I. Mal di Ventre - Cala Domestica. 53 MG

 

- Cala Domestica - Periplo San Pietro. 25 MG

 

GREEN COAST

Leaving the Island of San Pietro begins an evocative journey, in an unusual Sardinia. Forget postcard images: once past the long beach of Funtanamare, the sandy stretch lets you climb into a rocky cliff overlooking the sea, surmounted by junipers bent by the mistral. Set in stone, a stone portal: it is the ancient outlet to the mines of Porto Flavia, which in the past gave work and wealth to the entire Sulcis Iglesiente. The mining activity is now gone, but not the charm of the area. The rocks of Pan di Zucchero, with a deep and sandy bottom, are a pleasant intermezzo in the journey to the north. A stop at the Cala Domestica fjord is a must, as well as in Buggerru (only when the layer of sand obstructing the port is finally dredged). The Costa Verde (www.lacostaverde.it), named accordingly with the green color of the vegetation breaking the clear cliffs, ends with Arbus and flows into Oristano. Ponds, flamingos in sight, and excellent roast mullets are the outline of the arrival at Tharros, with the homonymous Phoenician archaeological site making for a beautiful scenery.

 

THARROS

(Www.tharros.info). The extension of the Punic ruins underwater makes it impossible to access the coast, the boundary is marked by a specific buoys field. It would be better to rather book a ground visit, after the landing at the marina of Torregrande which, being comfortable, allows for a proper stop, in order to rearrange ideas and emotions, before sailing to the northern tip of the coast.

 

TORREGRANDE MARINA

(www.marineoristanesi.it) Equipped with numerous shipbuilding and tourism services, it can be reached at 0783 22189 or with VHF at channel 9.

 

SINIS MAL DI VENTRE PROTECTED MARINE AREA

(www.areamarinasinis.it) After Capo San Marco, the Sinis Mal di Ventre Protected Marine Area, which includes the equally-named island, covers an area of ​​25 hectares, divided into three protected zones, in order to allow for its sustainable use. Unapproachable from the west side (zone A of the reserve, as well as the Scoglio del Catalano, six miles to the south), it offers anchorage at Cala dei Pastori, located in the C area. Northern limit of the reserve is Capo Mannu

 

CAPO MANNU

One of the best Mediterranean spots according to surfers: during the mistral storms, its waves reach 5 meters in height! From Capo Mannu stands the white beach of Is Arenas. Walking along it, paying attention to some rocky outcrops, you can see Santa Caterina di Pittinurri and the splendid natural arch of S'Archittu.

 

S'ARCHITTU

(Www.sarchittu.net): the natural rock arch, 15 meters high and beloved by all extreme diving fans, was often an advertising and film set. 

 

BOSA

(www.bosa.it) One-of-a-kind in Sardinian geography, Bosa stands on the banks of a river: the Temo, passable with tender once the boat is left on the floating piers of Bosa Marina (Nautica Pirisi, 0785.375550).Its low and colorful houses, the historical Hispanic-styled center surmounted by the Malaspina Castle, which still preserves its frescoes of medieval age, are a pleasant detachment from the naturalistic immersion of the itinerary, together with the inner excursion aboard the Trenino Verde (Green Train) (www.treninoverde.com)

 

ALGHERO

(www.alghero.org), a fortified city, born on the sea and owing its name to it. It seems, in fact, that it derives from the abundance of leaves deposits of posidonia oceanica, erroneously called algae, present along the sandy coasts especially after south-west wind storms. Alghero was founded in the twelfth century by the Genoese family of the Dorias, but it was conquered by the Catalan-Aragonese in the following century, who entered the fortified city on August 31st, 1353.The following year the city was repopulated by people from different Catalan territories, with Alghero ever since preserving the language and traditions of that people and of the Iberian peninsula. The monuments, the churches of the ancient city, close by imposing towers and bastions like the elegant palaces and, in particular, the agile bell towers of the cathedral of SANTA MARIA and the church of SAN FRANCESCO, retain a clear imprint of the "Gothic-Catalan" style. "BARCELONETA", as Alghero is affectionately called by the Catalans, with its sea, its history and its people, was the first capital of Sardinian tourism in the late 800s, and still represents today the city with more hospitality traditions in Sardinia .

 

PORTO CONTE

it is the bay between the bay of Alghero and the promontory of Capo Caccia, a landing point among the most peaceful in the Riviera del Corallo (so called for the abundance of "red gold" on its seabed), also ideal for a stopping night on the piers of the marina. It is part of the Marine Protected Area Capo Caccia - Isola Piana (www.ampcapocaccia.it) and is very popular for the practice of many sea and land sports.

 

CAPOCACCIA

the imposing promontory delimiting the bay of Alghero is among the highest in Italy. With its 186 meters above sea level, it is visible from up to 34 miles away. It is included in the Capo Caccia - Isola Piana Marine Protected Area, which also includes the Porto Conte Bay and the suggestive Grotte di Nettuno (www.grottedinettuno.it), the most famous in Sardinia.

 

STINTINO

The delightful town of Stintino overlooks the Gulf of Asinara, on the north-eastern coast of Sardinia. It has a very precise date of birth, 1885, when the families of the fishermen who inhabited the island of Asinara were evicted to make room for the penal colony, with the former having to find a new settlement in Capo Falcone. The origin of the toponym derives from the Sardinian word "s'isthintinu", meaning guts, from the name given to the narrow fjord on which the town was built. The two ports - Portu Mannu and Portu Minori - are equipped for nautical tourism.

 

L’ASINARA

A true naturalistic paradise, Asinara is famous for having hosted for a long time a penal colony that has preserved its uncontaminated naturalistic configuration, appreciable in the beauty of the coasts, in the colonies of rare and wild animals such as the famous white donkey, in the extraordinary azure shades of the sea. Landing takes place in Fornelli, in the southern gulf of the island, near which there are the buildings of the former penal prison colony. Being a National Park, it needs permission from the Park Authority to be reached by private boats (Asinara National Park Authority, tel. +39 079 503388 www.parcoasinara.org ).

 

WEATHER

The climate, typically Mediterranean and of low rainfall, mostly limited to the winter season, is refreshed by the mistral which, given the exposure of the coast to the western side, makes navigation suitable for highly experienced crews, and in any case in north - south direction.

 

PRIVATE MARINES

- Marine Oristanesi – Torregrande 0783.22189 VHF 09 www.marineoristanesi.it

- Nautica Pirisi - Bosa 0785.375550 VHF 27

- Pontili Ambrosio – Alghero 330.318156 VHF 16 www.cantierenauticoambrosio.com

- Marina Aquatica – Alghero 333.2074951 VHF 9/16/74 www.aquaticasardegna.it

- Marina di Sant’Elmo – Alghero 3332214342 VHF 9 www.marinadisantelmo.it

- Cala Tramariglio – Porto Conte 079.946638

- Portu Mannu - Stintino 079.523693

 

FUEL DISTRIBUTORS

- Marine Oristanesi - Torregrande c/o dock north 0783.22262

- Nautica Pirisi - Bosa Mobile Diesel: contact port management 0785.375550

- Alghero: distributor at the head of the jetty on the left (back to the sea)

- Portu Mannu - Stintino 079.523092