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Tourist destinations in South West Sardinia

7 May 2021 by Discover South West Sardinia

South West Sardinia

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Each locality has its own specificity that joins that of the others to create a diversified and sustainable territorial offer

The South West Coast

South West Sardinia has a coastal stretch that extends for about 200 km from Sant’Anna Arresi up to Fluminmaggiore, including the suggestive archipelago of the islands of Sant’Antioco and Carloforte .

Enchanting beaches extend for kilometers along the coast: Porto Pino and Porto Pinetto in Sant’Anna Arresi, Is Solinas to Masainas, Porto Botte in Giba, Porto Paglietto in Portoscuso, Maladroxia and Coe Cuaddus in Sant’Antioco, Great Beach and the Saline in Calasetta, Fontanamare , Plagemesu and Porto Paglia in Gonnesa, Masua and Portu Cauli in Iglesias, Cala Domestica in Buggerru and Portixeddu in Fluminimaggiore.

The intensity of the blue of the sea changes from beach to beach and from season to season, passing from crystalline blue to deep turquoise. Soft and golden sand, or granular stone, characterize the entire coast where it is also possible to shelter from the heat, thanks to the lush pine forests and Mediterranean scrub oases that surround almost all the beaches. Among the hills, in the surroundings, it is also possible to make excursions throughout the year.

Numerous and equally interesting for their beauty are the smaller beaches, coves and sea caves scattered along the coast, some reachable only by boat .

The South West Coasts are very popular destinations for water sports lovers. surf , kitesurfing, windsurfing , SUP is diving they are activities practiced throughout the territory, thanks to a favorable geographical position that allows you to exploit most of the winds.

Thanks to the various gulfs, easy and sheltered, it is possible to practice diving and other activities in these crystal clear waters.

There are also countless routes in horse trekking between sea, nature and archeology, capable of bringing to life unrepeatable experiences.

The enchanting cliffs and white limestone walls enrich and complete the breathtaking panorama, making it unique and suggestive, a true paradise for lovers of free climbing , also practiced in exclusive locations such as the Faraglione di Pan di Zucchero. There are also countless trekking routes that wind along the coast that lead to enchanting coves, reachable only on foot or from the sea.

The South West of Sardinia offers all this in an exclusive stretch of coast, sometimes wild, capable of bringing the sea and nature to life in all its facets, where every corner of nature is capable of giving emotions.

Traditions, celebrations and festivals

Secular rites and traditions, festivals, musical reviews, events and rural festivals are the mix that characterizes the entire territory of the South West throughout the year.

Each town offers unforgettable moments, unique emotions in religious festivals in honor of the patron saints, including folklore and tastings of typical local dishes.

Ancient rites, shrouded in the mystery and identity of a territory, such as the feast of “ Sant’Antioco Martire “Patron saint of Sardinia, which takes place in the city of the same name, the honor festival of the” Madonna of Monserrato “In Tratalias, the religious rites of” Holy Week “In Iglesias and the rite of” Mauritanian wedding “In Santadi.

Moreover Sulcis Iglesiente means also good food and great wine, with tons of food and wine festivals that, from spring to fall, celebrate the excellence of the typical local products: you can find the “Artichoke Festival” in Masainas, the Olive Festival in the wonderful scenario of “S’Ortu Mannu” in Villamassargia, the Bread Festival in Giba, “Pane, Olio e Frantoio” (Bread, Olive Oil and Olive-Press) in Santadi, the “Sagra del Tonno” in Portoscuso and the “Girotonno” in Carloforte.

But not only that, each community on different weekends offers local products, in the timeless village festivals and folkloristic festivals such as those of hedgehog, ravioli, traditional pasta, sheep, pork, cheese, craft beers and many others.

The South West of Sardinia also offers international music reviews such as the Festival “ Narcao Blues “in the town of the same name, and” At the borders between Sardinia and jazz ”In Sant’Anna Arresi.

A unique place of centuries-old traditions capable of giving different emotions, of bringing to life and touching the tradition and life of South West Sardinia.

Archeology, museums and naturalistic sites

South West Sardinia is characterized by a very high concentration of archaeological sites scattered throughout the countryside and rural areas: from nuraghi to underground tombs, from Dolmens to Roman sites, from tunnels to mining wells.

Numerous archaeological sites and museums can be used: the Archaeological area of Pani Loriga, the archaeological and ethnographic museum in Santadi, the Archaeological park with its Domus de Janas in Villaperuccio; the nuraghe Arresi, in the center of the main square of S. Anna Arresi, the archaeological museum and the Phoenician / Punic area in Sant’Antioco, the Punic and Nuragic archaeological area of Monte Sirai and the museum in Villa Sulcis in Carbonia, the nuragic complex of Seruci in Gonnesa and the majestic Temple of Antas and ethnographic museum in Fluminimaggiore.

The South West is also Sulcis Iglesiente, where the history of the territory is also testified by mining sites , of tourist interest, capable of reviving the history of these places, through tunnels and passages in the bowels of the earth.

From the side of the Iglesiente up to reaching the depths of Sulcis we meet: Galleria Henry in Buggerru, Porto Flavia in Iglesias, la Grande Miniera Serbariu and the Museo del Carbone in Carbonia and the Miniera Rosas in Narcao, evidence of the long mining history of the area.

Not only archeology and mines, the territory also offers unique visits and walks in the medieval village of Tratalias, with its Romanesque cathedral and its artisan shops or in that of Iglesias, Sant’Antioco and Carloforte, or at theancient tonnara of Portoscuso, or among the fascinating ones natural caves of Is Zuddas in Santadi, S. Barbara in Iglesias and Su Mannau in Fluminimaggiore.

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Intervention financed with FSC resources - Development and Cohesion Fund - Sulcis Plan CIPE Resolution 31/15.