AN UNFORGETTABLE KAYAK TOUR

Take an unforgettable kayak tour to explore the very southern coast of Sardinia!

The tour starts at the small beach of Pinus Village (or Cala Marina) just in front of Eden Rock. From there, you will proceed towards  the famous caves that characterize the coast and, thanks to your kayak you will venture inside to discover hidden coves.

After a short break, you will continue to paddle to another corner of paradise: you are in Chia, in front of the island of Su Cardolino, some almost deserted coves and the imposing tower of Chia.

This excursion is suitable for everyone, even for children from 6 years old. It can be booked online at Sardeo.com:
https://www.sardeo.com/home/kayak-in-sardinia/the-caves-of-santa-margherita-di-pula/

Photo credit: www.sardeo.com

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BIRDWATCHING IN THE NORA LAGOON

Nora Laguna

The Nora Lagoon includes the branched system of channels and little islands that characterize the mouth of its river, the Rio Arrieras, and it is separated from the sea by the Fradis Minoris peninsula, geological formation known as the Tyrrhenian Bench, rich in fossil inclusions.

The Peninsula was used, in the Punic and Roman times, as a quarry for the extraction of material for the construction of the city of Nora, and now is covered with lush Mediterranean vegetation and other flora species typical of brackish wetlands. When walking along the Peninsula you can observe the evident traces of human labor.

The Laguna Park is home to numerous species of birds including the most representative of the coastal birdlife including the rare Audouin’s Gull, which the Laguna di Nora is the main nesting site in Italy. Amidst the shrubs of the Mediterranean maquis you will find a little cabin equipped for birdwatching. It is perfectly suited to scrutinize the flight of egrets, herons, kingfishers, the rare gull, study their characteristics and their habits, listen to their song, so different for each species.

Birdwatching can be done throughout the year and allows you to observe the birds without any disturbance or affecting them.

The park is open from June – August: from 10.00 – 20.00 (last entrance at 19:00); in September: 10:00 – 19:00 (last entrance at 18:00). Guided visits (90 minutes) take place daily at 11:30 and 17:30. From October to March open by appointment only. Entrance fee: 8,00 EUR

Further information: http://www.lagunadinora.it/

DEERS, EAGLES, MUFFLONS AND WILD BOARS

It is not a secret that the beaches of Sardinia are among the very best of the Mediterranean. However, not everybody knows that South Sardinia also has the largest holm oaks forest of Europe. If you are looking for an amazing excursion with family and friends, take a break from the beach and go discover the natural beauty of Is Cannoneris Wildlife Reserve !

In this magic place you may meet up with deers, eagles, mufflons, wild boars, which are the most important species that inhabit the park.

Book for example a jeep excursion with Sardeo, that also includes the visit at the prehistoric ruins of Nuraghi, ancient stone buildings, huge examples of “drystone” technique, dated from 1500 b.c. This interesting tour ends with a typical Sardinian snack (that in Sardinian language is called “Sa Picchettada”), offered by the guides.

For more information, contact info@sardeo.com

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SPECTACULAR BIRD LIFE IN SOUTH SARDINIA

The Parco Molentargius-Saline located between Cagliari and Quartu is one of the most important sites in Europe for the staging, wintering and breeding of numerous wading bird species. A common sight is the pink flamingo, which has been nesting here since 1993. Ponds are also home to the black-winged stilt, the common water hen, the marsh harrier and the Eurasian wigeon, as well as the extremely rare purple heron, great egret and cattle egret, the little egret, the mallard and several species of ducks.

Birdwatchers can admire spectacular views such as the flight of the pink flamingos at sunset or the mating dance of the black-winged stilt.

Join one of the guided tours to observe the park’s plant and animal life! The park includes an area of green parkland with fitness trails and other paths across a beautiful and precious wetland habitat. We recommend to discover the area in push-bike, which you can rent at the entrance, in the “Sali Scelti” building.

If you particularly love flamingos, come visit in May when you can observe an estimated 10,000 breeding pairs. What a show!

Opening hours:
– from 16 October to 28 February, from 07.00 to 18:00.
– From 1 March to 15 October, from 06.30 to 21.00

For more details check (Italian only):
http://www.apmolentargius.it/
http://www.parcomolentargius.it/

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Things to know about the Posidonia

In late autumn you may notice on the shore of the most beautiful Sardinian beaches an accumulation of brown leaves, which is caused by the Posidonia.

In fact the Posidonia is not a seaweed but a plant that forms large underwater meadows that are an important part of the ecosystem. It consists of roots, stem and leaves, which fall in autumn and are washed up to the nearby shoreline creating bulks or little brown balls.

These dead leaves can often bring discomfort because of the bad smell they emanate. However, they are essential because they protect the beach from the impact of the waves, thereby limiting its erosion. The Posidonia protects the beauty of our beaches, so protect it too!

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AN ENCHANTING COVE WITH FINE AND GOLDEN SAND

Behind sandy dunes with Mediterranean vegetation and a forest of pines and junipers, appears the beautiful and wild cove of Cala Cipolla. It is framed by two headlands of pink granite that stretch towards the sea and make it appear like a natural pool. The beach is located just east of the promontory of Capo Spartivento, which is surmounted by a stunning lighthouse from which you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire south-western coast.

Cala Cipolla is characterized by a clear sea, with shimmering shades ranging from intense blue to light green. The sandy bottom is rather shallow, which makes this beach particularly appreciated by families with small children. It is an ideal destination for surfers and is much appreciated by those who practice underwater fishing and diving. The car park is located just hundred meters from the beach, which also has a small kiosk open during the summertime.

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FOLLOW THAT TRAIL!

South Sardinia is ideal for mountain and road biking. It offers several excursions and tours with different routes, slopes and levels of difficulty from easy to hard.

We recommend a ride along the coastal road between Pula and Teulada, following the old Roman road leading to the archaeological site of Bithia near Chia. No doubt you will encounter magnificent places along the way and enjoy stunning views on one of the most beautiful sea in the world. Feel totally connected with nature and enjoy unforgettable moments that will live forever in your heart!

If you can’t bring your own bike, you can rent one on site. Choose from a wide range of mountain, road or city bikes.

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TAKE ME THERE!

It might have been the Costa Smeralda with its millionaires, models and mega-yachts that made Sardinia internationally famous, but if you want to explore the real Sardinia and its untouched nature, get away from the glitzy Porto Cervo and travel to the south of the island.

Take the Chia area as a base and from there discover the splendid south-western coast – white-sandy beaches adorned with junipers, fragrant maquis and spectacular views will just take your breath away! Explore the lively little town of Pula, visit the local artisans’ shops and relax at one of the cafés around the large piazza… ohhh, while there, don’t forget to visit the historical site of Nora and its gorgeous beach just outside town.

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PRIKLY PEAR – A SOPHISTICATED FRUIT

If you have traveled around in Sardinia, you must have noticed the widespread succulent plants along the roads, the hallmark of the island landscape. But did you know that you can actually eat its fruit?

The prickly pear tree (Figu Morisca in Sardinian) can reach up to 5 meters high and has large leaves covered with thick whitish thorns. From April to June the plant blooms in all its beauty, while in the following period are born egg-shaped fruits covered with thorns too. The color of the ripe fruit varies from yellow to dark red.

In Sardinia, prickly pears are used to make a tasty liquor and delicious jams. More often, the freshly picked fruit is consumed raw and it’s exquisite! Before you try to eat a prickly pear on your own, watch this video that shows how to safely peal the fruits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXkKPIO039Y. Enjoy!

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HIGH-QUALITY GOLF WITH A VIEW!

The Is Molas golf course is one of the most famous golf courses in Italy. Thanks to the proximity of the sea and the protection of the surrounding hills, Is Molas enjoys a unique micro-climate; mild and particularly favorable for golf all year round with winter temperatures often above 10 degrees Celsius and summer temperatures reaching 30 degrees.

The great Henry Cotton and the renowned Frank Pennick (of Vilamoura Old and Noordwijk in Holland fame) designed the golf course and it’s a gem. The Is Molas Championship course (White+Red par 72 – 6.383 mt.) is considered technically challenging and the views and setting make it rather spectacular. From Chia, Is Molas can be reached within 20 minutes.

There are only a few places left in Europe where you can play golf in such tranquility and beauty.

Check out the website: http://www.ismolas.it/golf/

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