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Written by Kjetil   
Mar 24, 2005 at 07:16 PM
Image Soon, as the road winds close to the sea, we come upon a glorious view:the promontory of Cape Carbonara lies in the distance as well as the Island dei Cavoli, and the Is Piscadeddus reef. Villasimius is now close at hand. Colours become more intense: from the dazzling white of the sandy beaches to the grey and pink of granite rocks, from the deep green of the Mediterrean bush vegetation to the cobalt blue and emerald green hues of the sea.







Image We can smell in the air the intense perfume of myrtle, lentisk and broom; it is the scent of the Sardinian land, which visitors already feel as they approach the coast on the ferry boats. A never ending summer season.

Villasimius welcomes the visitor with its wild beauty, with its ancient heritage, which makes it so different from mainland Italy






Image The idyllic beaches and breathtaking landscape of the picturesque former fishing village of Villasimius attract increasing numbers of visitors each summer. The centre of activity is the village square where people of all ages gather in the evening. Fortezza Vecchia (the old fortress), which dates from the 17th century, dominates the harbour and is now the scene of art exhibitions organized by an international art centre. Nearby Capo Carbonara affords an lovely panoramic view of the sea. The area features small beaches and coves of every description, as well as long beaches – all perfect for sunbathing and swimming.

Boat trips to the offshore islands are available from the new harbour and there are also scuba diving excursions to sunken ships off the coast. The Villasimius area, which has been decalred as a marine nature preserve, is well known among divers for its rich variety of marine flora and fauna.

In Villasimius and the surrounding area there are archaeological remains of Phoenician culture, as well as Roman necropolises. Spiaggia del Riso, a 54 square kilometer area, contains stone age tombs carved into the rock face (domus de jana) as well as numerous individual, or clusters of, nuraghi and a so-called giant’s tomb (tomba di giganti).

This village is a mini-paradise of lively nightlife in July and August, and it has a plentiful supply of hotels, restaurants, pizzerias and boutiques.





Image It is an arid land, which however still presenvs ancient forests of oaks , cork-trees and holm-oaks. The island is sorrounded by ancontaminated waters, rich in vegetation and sea life, which it is nowadays difficult to find in other areas of the Maditerrean. In the forest which fall within the territory of Villasimius we find varied wildlife, which will soon be further protected thanks to the institution of mountain and sea reserves. These forests are the home of the sardinian deer, the eagle, the fox and the rat-snake. All these species are protected: some are under the threat of extinction, while others are present in large numbers, and may be sighted as we walk along the paths and tracks leading into the heart of the woods. And of course, there is the sea and its inhabitants.

This land is to be experienced in its entirety; once visited it will be difficult to forget it; it fills the heart and the mind with strong, primeval ancestral feelings, that "male di sardegna" (Nostalgia for Sardinia) which will tempt us to return here.

Last Updated ( Apr 10, 2005 at 11:12 AM )
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