The island of San Pietro
A marvel to visit
The San Pietro island is located in the archipelago of Sulcis, south-west coast of Sardinia, and is bathed from a wonderful sea, really clear and which today is one of the most pristine places in the Mediterranean. The island has an extension of 51 square kilometers and is characterized by high and rugged coastline, with caves and cliffs, which in Cape Sandal, the highest point and where is the westernmost lighthouse of Italy, are 150 meters high and then fall sheer on the sea. Among these steep cliffs, home of the corsican gull and of the peregrine falcon, there are sandy beaches lapped by clear blue sea, while up-country there is a luxuriant Mediterranean scrub with rosemary, dwarf palms, strawberry trees, cistus, but also a wetland where we discover the Pond of Cala Vinagra, a stretch of water surrounded by rocky elevations and hidden by a pine forest, rich in vegetation and fauna, ideal for a relaxing and shady picnic!
Carloforte is the only town on the island of San Pietro. Founded in 1783 when king Carlo Emanuele III granted a group of Ligurian fishermen( resident however, in Tabarka, Tunisia), the right over the island. The island of San Pietro was always inhabited since prehistoric times, and there are indeed nuraghi and testimonies of Punic colonies.
Among the many traditions that Carloforte retains, that of wine and food has a significance that grows from year to year, especially thanks to two events: the La Sagra del Couscous Tabarkino, a Tunisian dish revisited in Genovese style and that this year will be held on April 25-26, and the Girotonno, June 1-2, 2015(begins May 30), which has tuna as undisputed king of the local cuisine: international chefs compete preparing tuna in a thousand different ways, surrounded by shows, music, conferences and debates.
GPS coordinates of Carloforte: 39.140126, 8.302981
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