Protected Marine Area Penisola del Sinis - Isola di Mal di Ventre (Italy)
With year round favorable weather conditions, the peninsula's heterogeneous landscape provides an abundance of opportunities. On the western shores, one can walk along long uncontaminated coastlines of white quartz sand or bike along the jagged cliff walls.
There are boat excursions to two untouched islands nearby- Isola Mal di Ventre and the basaltic Scoglio del Catalano- where one can snorkel in the lagoons and catch a glimpse of unique Sardinian fish and reef formations.
For those interested in the making of Vernaccia and Nieddera wines, two notable Sardinian wines from the region, there are tours available. Alternatively, visitors can explore the art of fish processing and storing of top quality mullet Bottarga.
What makes the Protected Marine Area Penisola del Sinis special?
Unique events and festivals throughout the year, such as the Corsa degli Scalzi or "barefoot race," give visitors a taste of the special heritage of this Sardinian region. Traditional food and wine fairs highlight the excellence of local cuisine
When exploring the Sinis, sightseers can start with a leisurely stroll along the spectacular beaches, at the ruins of the ancient City of Tharros. From there, one can go bird watching in the adjacent wetlands. It is precisely this sort of contrasting landscapes that unites the sea and the earth in the Peninsula.
Fishing is the region's top industry and measures have been taken to protect local habitats and species from overfishing. Farming is also major industry; selective waste collection and energy saving measures such as exploring solar energy are highly utilized.
The local community is dedicated to finding environmentally sustainable means to protect coastal dunes and coastal bluffs from eroding. A big initiative is to promote the greater use of bicycles as a means of transportation. Thus far, widespread support to purchase bicycles for rent and create naturalistic routes suitable for cycling has been well embraced.
What to look for in:
- Spring: Local farmers connecting with the land
- Summer: Flocks of flamingos settling into the Bay of Oristano
- Fall: The barefoot race in the Festival of San Salvatore
- Winter: Enjoy fine Sardinian cuisine at the seaside with an early sunset
Highlights of the Peninsula of Sinis
- Watching the sun setting behind the jagged cliff walls from the promontory of Capo San Marco
- Tasting local mullet bottarga accompanied by a savoury, dry glass of Vernaccia
- Romantic full moon strolls on the beach