Cape Carbonara

By admin | May 24, 2017 | Posted in: Uncategorised

Capo Carbonara is a strip of land stretching from the Villasimius Sea, and features Cape Boi and Punta Porceddus. The area includes the Notteri pond, disconnected from the sea by a narrow strip of sand where you can find shearwaters, flamingos, gulls, and partridges.

Once a quiet fishing village surrounded by pines and macchia, Villasimius has now developed to become one of the most popular resorts on the south-eastern coast of Sardinia, lively and bubbly in summer, and within easy reach of Forte Village.

The area is home to various species of marine creatures including kingfish, tuna and barracuda in the bays between Capo Boi and Campo Longu, and dolphins in Serpentara. Deep in the Secca di Santa Caterina, lies the statue of the Madonna of the Shipwrecked, sculpted by Pinuccio Sciola.

The cape is a well-liked attraction for Forte Village guests and the scenic drive through Strada Statale 195 Sulcitana, and SP17 from Forte Village Resort to Cape Carbonara is just under two hours.

Beaches

Capo Carbonara is a Protected Marine Area in Villasimius featuring beautiful beaches such as Punta Molentis, Cala Piscadeddus, Spiaggia di Simius, Spiaggia del Riso, Notteri, Porto su Ruxi, Campus of Foxi, Porto Giunco, Porto Giunco, and Spiaggia di Campulongu, which is west of the Capo Carbonara lighthouse.

The waters are rich with gorgeous reefs and marine life, with a temperature just right for a long dip. After a long walk on the beach, you might want to recharge with a delicious seafood lunch.

The Lighthouse

The Capo Carbonara Lighthouse or Faro di Capo Carbonara is located at the fringe Capo Carbonara’s granite promontory. While the first lighthouse, dubbed a skeletal tower, was built in 1917, the present one was built in 1974. Sitting on the top of the cape at 120 metres, the tower is 5 metres high and is currently operated by the Sardinian Navy. Painted white and with a balcony, the lighthouse is fully automated and equipped with OR S2 type optics. The lantern emits a single white light that flashes in a period of 7.5 seconds and is visible for up to 43 kilometres.

Hiking

The terrain of Cape Carbonara is excellent for hiking, taking you into the heart of the cape. You could trek the beaches with traces of quartz in the sand and head to the Notteri lagoon through gravelly paths.  From there, you could head to the tower of Porto Giunco. Built in 1578, the 9-metre high tower was part of a system of towers built to allow locals to spot pirates. At the time, pirates were a threat, serious enough to eventually lead to the depopulation of the area. While the climb up to the tower is recommended for experienced climbers, it’s not absolutely necessary.

Other Attractions In The Area

The visitor centre of the Capo Carbonara Protected Marine Area opens between July and September and entry is free at specific times throughout the week. The centre offers slide shows and films on the marine environment as well as activities for children.

Related Links

Wikipedia – Cape Carbonara

Cape Carbonara Official Website

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