The West Coast of Sardinia: the Sinis Peninsula, its Beaches and... Bottarga
Discover an unusual destination, the Western Coast of Sardinia: golden and sandy beaches rolling into incredible cliffs that dive in a pure blue sea, protected areas and... divine food!
Oristano: Things to Do
Let's start our tour from Oristano, famous for its prehistorical monuments and its food and wine specialties. The charm of Oristano is particularly visible during the horse tournament of Sa Sartiglia, which takes place every year on the last Carnival Sunday and Fat Tuesday. Women and children perform in acrobatic figures while trying to hit the star riding horses. The festival, recalling ancient Medieval rites, is destination of thousands of tourists who, together with the locals, support and encourage the knights dressed in elegant Sardinian and Spanish traditional dresses.
Oristano is a nice village that with its culture and monuments represents the noble soul of Sardinia very well. The town played a leading role in the history of Sardinia: in the 11th century the town began to be embellished palaces, fortifications, towers and religious buildings. Visit St Christopher's Tower also known as torre di Mariano-the monument of judge Eleonora (1881), promoter of the Carta de Logu, one of the first codes of written laws in Europe. Also visit the museum Antiquarium Arborense, hosted in palazzo Parpaglia, where you will admire findings from the excavations in the punic town of Tharros, and the churches of san Francesco, in neoclassical style, and santa Clara, a rare example of Gothic style in the island. Finally, stop at the Cathedral of santa Maria Assunta (1130).
Sinis Peninsula, Cabras and the Marine Protected Area
The Sinis is a natural paradise, rich of extraordinary cultural sites. It is here that a farmer who was plowing his soil discovered the Monte'e Prama Giants: dozens and dozens of extraordinary stone colossuses dating back to 3,000 years ago that can now be seen at the Cabras museum.
The small Sinis peninsula preserves extraordinarily intact incredible natural ecosystems that make this territory really evocative in which marine and lagoon landscapes alternate with sand dunes and unique beaches. For this reason in 1997 this region was declared a Marine Protected Area, including the Mal di Ventre island and the Scoglio del Catalano (Catalan's Rock).
The Sinis peninsula beaches are really enchanting: the sand is made of transparent quartz grains which gains blue veins due to the reflection of the sky and the sea. The effect is almost blinding. Shiny and silent beaches are often separated by a dune cord from salt and ponds. The biggest one is Cabras lagoon, surrounded by other smaller ones. In these lagoons the silence becomes a pleasant noise due to the many cormorants, herons, hawks, martin fishers and pink flamingos who live and reproduce here. A special destination for birdwatchers and also for lovers of horseback riding. In fact, these land hosts a great number of horse farms.
Small villages give a special character to the Sinis: Cabras is the most famous one, renowned all around the world for its peace, its beaches (you can't miss Is Arutas beach or Mari Ermi - main image - among the best beaches in Sardinia, although less known) and... its food!
Cabras Gold: Bottarga
You may have already listened to the the name of Cabras if you love Mediterranean gourmet cuisine. Inf fact, here is produced one of the most amazing foods from Italy: bottarga or fish roe.
In the fish pond of Cabras mullet fishing is still made by hand, without damaging the sea and other fishes. The fish roes are dried and salted beofre turning into a high quality Bottarga, the "Sardinian caviar", with which the chefs of the best Cabras restaurants enrich their dishes.