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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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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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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