Emerald waters and metaphysical landscape: these are the main characteristics of the protected marine area that runs from the extreme promontory point in the south-east of Sardinia and which takes its name from the Capo Carbonara promontory, in the Villasimius territory, a long outcrop running into the sea like a sharp spear. The area covers Capo Boi and Punta Porceddus, in the tract of coastline that looks out onto the Serpentara Island and surrounds the Cavoli Island. Set up by ministerial decree on 15 September 1998, the area has as its backdrop the wavy and articulated perimeter of the promontory, where granite walls alternate with green pinewoods and thick vegetation. In the centre of Capo Carbonara we find one of the most enchanting sights of the Sardinian coasts: the stretch of water of the Notteri pond, separated from the sea by a thin tongue of sand, which during the winter months hosts flamingos, seagulls, shearwaters and partridges. The beaches running the length of the promontory, their brilliant sand with traces of quartz, are among the most beautiful in the world: from the bays near Capo Boi to Campo Longu. Blackfish, tuna and barracuda, a tropical species which has chosen the warm waters of Sardinia as its home, can be found swimming among the granite walls in the waters depths. But the most exciting encounter can be experienced around the Sepentara Island, where wonderful dolphins cavort among the waves. In addition, in the shoal of Santa Caterina it is possible to submerge into a sea which maintains excellent visibility in all seasons and where the Madonna del Naufrago (The Madonna of the Shipwrecked), a statue crafted by the Sardinian sculptor Pinuccio Sciola, at a depth of around 10 metres, silently looks onto the uncontaminated microcosm.
Capo Carbonara - Villasimius
It takes around an hour by car (or coach) to reach Villasimius from Cagliari, following the panoramic coast road (SS125).
L'area ospita diverse attività di educazione ambientale. Dal 23 luglio al 9 settembre apre il centro visite dell'Area Marina Protetta presso il Porto Turistico “Marina di Villasimius” fronte bivio Notteri - Porto Giunco. L'ingresso al centro è gratuito dal lunedì al sabato dalle 9.00 alle 11.00 e dalle 17.30 alle 21.30 e la domenica dalle 17.30 alle 21.30. Il mercoledì alle 19.00 attività ludiche di educazione ambientale per i bambini. Durante la giornata sono disponibili proiezioni di diapositive e videofilmati sull’ambiente marino.