Today we speak of a universal heritage located in the municipality of Alghero, the Regional Park of Porto Conte. Established by the Law of the Region of Sardinia in 1999, the Park covers more than 5000 hectares (5350), 60 km of coastline, and thanks to the great variety of habitats is home to numerous plant and animal species. The flora of the Park is typically Mediterranean, and among the many species we find one, the Anchusa sardoa (small perennial herbaceous plant that can not be found in other parts of the world), who lives on the sands of the bay of Porto Conte. Inside the Park of Porto Conte there are ecosystems of international importance: from the lagoon of Calich (which today, despite the changes wrought by man since the 30s of last century, is of great ecological importance so much so that it was recognized by the EU as a Special Protection Area), to the cliffs of Capo Caccia and Punta Giglio, two massive limestone that have been subject to various geological events and have a complex system of caves emerged and submerged. Among these stands out the Grotta di Nettuno, also reachable by service boats, or by land with a panoramic and spectacular flight of steps called “Escala del Cabirol”: unique landscapes in Europe!
In the Park you can also see 6 towers built in the ‘500 from the Spanish crown that at that time (from the XIV century.) dominated the island. In addition, in the Park of Porto Conte there are signs of settlements from the Neolithic with testimonials of the Nuragic and roman period. In addition to these in the Park there are evidences of a former penal colony (Tramariglio) of the twentieth century.
The Park offers guided tours with several nature trails to get to know this area of outstanding beauty and, for those wishing to have unique emotions we suggest the breathtaking scenery visible from Mount Timidone!
For more info www.parcodiportoconte.it
GPS coordinates parking Caves of Nettuno: 40.563595, 8.163569
GPS coordinates departures ferry pier to the caves: 40.575915, 8.160286