The Southern Coast of Sardinia – Return itinerary

Duration: 1 week

Miles: 150

An easy itinerary allowing to choose the various legs depending on the needs: wonderful roadsteds, beaches and islands will provide a magnificent setting for a relaxing, enjoyable holiday… From San Pietro to Villasimius...

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Legs:

- Carloforte - Teulada. 30 miles

- Teulada - Poetto CA. 30 miles

- Da Cagliari a Villasimius. 20 miles

- Villasimius - Malfatano. 35 miles

- Malfatano -Porto Pino. 15 miles

- Porto Pino - San Pietro. 20 miles

HIGHLIGHTS

TEULADA

NORA

CAGLIARI

Once you arrive in Cagliari, take a tour of the city: reach the walls of Castello and enjoy a magnificent sunset: on one side, the sea; on the other, the Salinas, the Molentargius Pond and the pink shade of the flamingos. For dinner, taste freshly-caught fish in one of the many restaurants in town; then, enjoy some drinks in one of the local pubs and clubs or, if your prefer, take a walk along the seafront Lungomare del Poetto.


POETTO

is the beach of Cagliari residents: eight kilometres of white sand and crystal-clear sea extending up to the municipality of Quartu and under the imposing promontory Sella del Diavolo. The name of the beach seems to derive from an  Aragonese tower called "of the Poet".


MARINA DI CAPITANA

The Capitana area is characterised by small but beautiful beaches, ten metres long on average. There is also a small marina protected by two piers, a larger L-shaped one and a smaller, straight one. All basic services are available.


MARE PINTAU

A visit to this wonderful cove, characterised by a sandy bottom, crystal-clear water, and lively colour shades and contrasts that make it really look like a painting (“pintau” in Sardinian dialect), is really unmissable. With a tender it is possible to reach the pebbled beach and buy something at the bar.  


TORRE DELLE STELLE 

this town rises on a promontory along the coastal road connecting Cagliari to Villasimius, in the south-eastern part of Sardinia. It is the coastal area of the municipalities of Maracalagonis and Sinnai and is the favourite destination of Cagliari residents, who own most of villas in this town. It can boast two wonderful thin, white sand beaches - Genn'e Mari and Cann'e Sisa -, moderate depths, and a blue-green sea with a thousand different shades. At night, the promontory studded with lights offers a breathtaking view.


CAPO CARBONARA

The promontory of Capo Carbonara divides Cagliari’s Golfo degli Angeli and Villasimius Bay. Various tourist resorts can be found on both sides of the cape:

- on the west coast: Villasimius, with its small marina, tiny beach, the remains of an ancient fortress and an old tower, Punta Santo Stefano, which is the westernmost point of the promontory, and the hamlet of Santa Caterina with its charming cove;

- on the east coast: the small beach of Is traias, the wonderful beach of Porto Giunco, Pond Notteri with the pink flamingos, the Tower of Porto Giunco, and the pebbled beach of Cava Usai (a granite cave abandoned in the 1950s).

On the promontory there are also a Weather Station of the Italian Air force, and a lighthouse. In front of Capo Carbonara, approximately 800 metres south-east, is the Isola dei Cavoli. The marine area in front of  Capo Carbonara, together with Isola dei Cavoli and Isola Serpentara, belong to the Capo Carbonara Protected Marine Area (www.ampcapocarbonara.it). Underwater fishing is forbidden in all three quadrants of this area; scuba diving is permitted only if duly authorised by the Management of the protected marine area. In quadrant A cruising and bathing are also forbidden. Therefore, to prevent damaging the delicate local ecosystem and avoid very high fines, make sure you sail outside the prohibited areas.  

ISOLA DEI CAVOLI

This is a small granitic island, part of the Capo Carbonara Protected Marine Area, characterised by the presence of an imposing lighthouse. There are currently two theories about the possible origin of its name: according to the oldest one, the name of the island in Sardinian dialect is isula de is càvarus, which means “island of the crabs”, and the Italian translation (island of the cabbages) would just be the result of a mistake made by Italian cartographers; a more recent version, in turn, states that the name would be related to the large number of Brassica Montana (Turnip Cabbage) or Brassica Insularis (Sardinia Cabbage), which are endemic species on this island. Since the lighthouse has by now been fully automated, the island is no longer inhabited and only hosts the research centre of the School of Biology of the University of Cagliari, which uses it for botanic and zoological research activities. In 1979 a 3.2 metres high granite statue by sculptor Pinuccio Sciola was placed on the esea bottom, at a depth of approximately ten metres. The statue is dedicated to the Virgin of the Sea, who protects sailors. Since then, important celebrations have been held every year on the third week of July, with a solemn procession of boats sailing from the nearby coast of Villasimius that culminates with a blessing and an underwater prayer; garlands of flowers are then thrown into the sea. Celebrations, traditional songs and dances by music bands and folkloristic groups follow, and, at night, wonderful fireworks brighten up the sky.


VILLASIMIUS

this town and the area around it are an unmissable tourist destination. The large number of beaches surrounded by lush vegetation, the night life and excellent local food, the opportunity to combine a stop-over in town with interesting excursions in the woods and the inland, hilly areas and to practice many different sea and land sports make of Villasimius a very attractive place. As you approach the coast from the sea, pay attention to possible shoals and surfacing rocks; mooring, then, is easy and comfortable, since the marina is protected from all winds and is relatively quiet as it lies approximately two kilometres from the town centre, which can however be reached very easily.


COSTA REY

Costa Rei, also known as Costa Rey, is the marine part of Muravera and a recently-developed but very important tourist resort overlooking a breathtaking, unpolluted coast with crystal-clear sea and dazzling white sand reminding of the Caribbean. Along the seven kilometres of coast scattered with small kiosks, lovely coves, and gorgeous beaches, it is certainly worth mentioning the beach called “di Peppino”, featuring a very characteristic rock and pools of clear, warm water - almost natural swimming pools. On the horizon lies the island of Serpentara, which, with its great natural variety, is an integral part of the Capo Carbonara Marine Park and can be visited with a guided tour.

WEATHER

The climate is typically Mediterranean, rain is not frequent and mainly limited to the winter season. The entire southern coast is also exposed to winds from the second and third quadrants, but north-westerly and western wind are frequent too and, when strong, can make sailing challenging and recommended to experienced crews only.

PRIVATE MARINAS

-    Marina di Capitana +39 070.805460 VHF 74 www.marinadicapitana.it
-    Porto di Villasimius +39 070.7978006 VHF 9 www.marinavillasimius.it  

FUEL STATIONS

-    Cantiere Barbini – Cagliari c/o Western Pier +39 340 3351865
-    Marina di Capitana +39 070.805460
-    Villasimius port +39 070.7978006 VHF 9 www.marinavillasimius.it  

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