CALASETTA – THE BEACH AND THE SALT MARCHES

Watch this spectacular video of the salt marshes and La Salina beach of Calasetta, on the island of Sant’Antioco! And there is much more to see there …

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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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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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RARE FORMATIONS IN THE CAVE IS ZUDDAS

While in South Sardinia don’t miss a visit to the impressive karst cave of Is Zuddas! It is a true temple of nature where time has created a fairy-tale world. Along the 500 m long route you will discover beautiful and sometimes massive concretions such as stalactites, stalagmites, lava and cannulas. However, the main feature of the cave are the rare and eccentric aragonites, made of very white filaments spreading in all directions, defying the law of gravity.

The cave Is Zuddas is located in the south-west of Sardinia near the village of Santadi. It provides a splendid backdrop created by the incessant action of underground water.

Opening hours: http://www.grotteiszuddas.com/index.php/orari-grotta.html
Address: Località Is Zuddas, Santadi Carbonia -Iglesias 09010 Sardegna – Italia

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3 TIMES MORE LAMBS THAN INHABITANTS

Sheep-farming has always been one of the most prolific and productive activities in Sardinia. As a result of this very old tradition, there are currently about 5 million Sardinian lambs on the island!

The meat is a high quality food, organic and rich in protein. It is lean, tender, easily digestible, and above all, its aromatic taste recalls the wild herbs that the animals have been grazing freely in the fields. The best way to cook the lamb is in the oven, but it can also be prepared on the grill or in a pan, seasoned with local white wine, garlic, olive oil and herbs. A unique delicacy!

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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/

THE PEACEFUL COUNTRYSIDE NEAR SANT’ANNA ARRESI

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Visiting the lovely area around Sant’Anna Arresi can be a very rewarding excursion for the whole family. Take a stroll through the graceful town, spend a relaxing afternoon at Porto Pino beach with the white dunes in the back, visit the caves of Is Zuddas or observe the wildlife by the lagoon of Santa Caterina

From the Chia area, Sant’Anna Arresi can be reached in 45 minutes by car. A great way to see more of this surprising island.

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KING OF THE SARDINIAN FORESTS

If you adventure into nature, you might be lucky enough to meet the beautiful Sardinian red deer, which was brought to the island some 8000 years ago. Although its origins are still unclear, some attribute its presence in the island to the human introduction in prehistoric times of Cervus elaphus and its rapid speciation in Cervus elaphus corsicanus.

The fact remains that the superb Sardinian deer has suffered a tremendous decline between 1955 and 1985 due to hunting, poaching and habitat loss. Despite the subsequent increase of specimens, the deer still lives in the wild, mostly in protected sanctuaries of the central and southern part of the island. The herds are often quite distant from one another and cannot meet due to the lack of corridors connecting the forests of the islands.

Let’s hope that the ecological and public opinion stays focused on the fate of the king of the Sardinian forests and continues to protect its habitat and population.

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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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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 31 March, from 07.00 to 18:00.
– From 1 April to 16 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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