The Cliffs of Sant’Antioco Island


An exciting tour to discover the fourth largest island in Italian territory, its multitude of beaches and its imposing cliffs!

You can visit

  • La frazione di Monteponi, nata come villaggio minerario e ove si localizza, nel palazzo Bellavista (un tempo palazzo direzionale della miniera), la sede dell’Università del Sulcis-Iglesiente
  • Il villaggio di San Giovanni Miniera, noto per la Grotta Santa Barbara. La grotta è costituita da un grande salone alto 25 metri, è visitabile attraverso un trenino elettrico ed è ricca di notevoli stalattiti e stalagmiti
  • L’arte della tessitura e filatura del bisso, fibra ricavata dal mollusco pinna nobilis presente nelle lagune a fondo sabbioso dell’isola; tale pratica è effettuata in pochi luoghi al mondo
  • Il villaggio Normann,  destinato ai dipendenti della miniera di San Giovanni e suggestivo perché  praticamente abbandonato dagli anni ’80
  • La suggestiva laveria abbandonata della miniera di Seddas Moddizzis e il vicino villaggio Asproni, nucleo abitativo della miniera di Seddas Moddizzis, che prende il nome dall’ingegnere fondatore della miniera
  • La antica tonnara di Porto Paglia, costruita nel 1615 dagli aragonesi e ove insistono, nei pressi, un sito nuragico e un ampio numero di strutture militari fra cui la batteria rasante di Porto Paglia e i vicini fortini
  • Il complesso nuragico di Seruci, fra i più vasti della Sardegna
  • The hamlet of Monteponi, born as a mining village and where are located, in the Bellavista palace (formerly the mine directional palace), the headquarters of the Sulcis-Iglesiente University
  • The village of San Giovanni Mine, known for the Santa Barbara Grotto. The cave is made up of a large 25-meter high saloon, can be visited through an electric train and is rich in remarkable stalactites and stalagmites
  • The art of weaving and spinning the byssus, fiber obtained from the nobilis pinna molluscs present in the sandy lagoons of the island; Such practice is carried out in a few places in the world
  • The Normann village, built for the San Giovanni mine employees and suggestive because it has been virtually abandoned since the 1980s
  • The enchanting abandoned lavender of the Seddas Moddizzis mine and the nearby Asproni village, the housing nucleus of the Seddas Moddizzis mine, named after the founding engineer of the mine
  • The old tuna bar of Porto Paglia, built in 1615 by the Aragonese and where, near, a nuragic site and a large number of military facilities are present, including the battery of Porto Paglia and the nearby forts
  • The nuragic complex of Seruci, among the largest in Sardinia
  • The hamlet of Bacu Abis, located on the oldest mining area of ​​the Sulcis carbon dioxide basin, which we can visit the well access facilities, closed in 1941
  • Cortoghiana, the most populous village in the municipality of Carbonia, inaugurated in 1942 by Benito Mussolini. Cortoghiana noasts a significant rationalist urbanistic organization
  • The remarkable necropolis of Is Loccis – Santus, integrating 13 domus de Janas
  • The multi-tower nuraghe of s’Ega Marteddu, a few meters from the Maladroxia beach, and the sa Cipudditta nuraghe, located on a promontory overlooking the sea
  • The ancient Basilica of Sant’Antioco martyr, of Byzantine and coeval times of the famous Sardinian churches dedicated to San Saturnino (Cagliari) and San Giovanni in Sinis (Cabras municipality)
  • The only catacombs of Sardinia, the earliest testimony of Christianity in Sardinia and made up of several funerary rooms connected to each other
  • The Tophet (open-air Phoenician shrine), Sa Presonedda funerary mausoleum, the Menhir of Su Para ‘e sa Mongia, the Roman bridge, the aqueduct and the Sant’Antioco amphitheater
  • The Canai Tower and the Sabaud fort of Su Pisu at Sant’Antioco
  • The ethnographic museum dedicated to wine; The museum dedicated to the processing of the byssus, the archaeological museum, and the museum of the sea and the masters of ax in Sant’Antioco
  • The semaphore of Capo Sperone, observation station of the marina and rare naval light on the Sardinian coasts, discontinued in 1957
  • The cliff of Portu Sciusciau, characterized by a large natural arch, and the cliff of Is Praneddas, where there is a second natural arch and a natural swimming pool
  • Cala della Signora, where there is a cave, and Cala Tuffi, a wonderful cove ending in a gigantic cave about 15 meters high, from which it is possible to dive
  • Cala Lunga, characterized by a long creek that makes it always sheltered from the sea currents
  • The Nido dei Passeri cliff, twenty meters high that allows to dive from high altitude
  • The beach of Sottotorre, located under an eighteenth-century tower
  • The old anti-aircraft batteries, as well as the trenches of the second world war, at Mangiabarche location
  • In the period between mid-May and mid-June, we can enjoy the collective fishing of bluefin tuna
  • The island’s fauna: pink flamingos, cormorants, seagulls, goblins and other birds

You can taste

  • L’enogastronomia locale dell’Isola, a duplice attitudine: nella parte settentrionale dell’isola, dominano piatti tipici della tradizione ligure; nella parte meridionale, piatti strettamente sardi.
  • Il Pilau è un tipico piatto di Calasetta fatto con la fregola sarda, condita con aragosta ed altri crostacei come scampi e gamberoni
  • Il vino Carignano, di origine catalana e prodotto nei vigneti dell’isola
  • The local cuisine of the island, with two aptitudes: in the northern part of the island, we can taste the typical dishes of the Ligurian tradition; in the south, strictly Sardinian dishes.
  • The Pilau is a typical dish of Calasetta made with Sardinian fregola, seasoned with lobster and other crustaceans such as scampi and prawns
  • The Carignano wine, of Catalan origin and produced in the vineyards of the Sulcis region

 Map


Weather

Apr 19, 2019 - Fri
Sant'Antioco, Italia
clear sky
20°C clear sky
Wind 11 m/s, SE
Humidity 52%
Pressure 767.32 mmHg
Day Cond. Temp. Wind Humidity PressurePres.
fri apr 19
overcast clouds
19/15°C 16 m/s, ESE 76% 765.4 mmHg
sat apr 20
overcast clouds
16/16°C 17 m/s, ESE 68% 762.42 mmHg
sun apr 21
overcast clouds
16/15°C 19 m/s, ESE 74% 756.62 mmHg
mon apr 22
light rain
17/16°C 12 m/s, SE 85% 746.77 mmHg
tue apr 23
scattered clouds
16/16°C 7 m/s, SW 88% 754.62 mmHg

Elevation Profile

The path has a vertical drop of 569 m. 52% of the route is uphill, the remaining 48% downhill.

Gli strapiombi di Sant’Antioco

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