Sinis Peninsula

Sea, Nature, History


It is possible to recognize the signs of an environment dominated by the sea, ponds, wind and sun. A coastal profile characterized by unique landscapes and environmental contexts, beach of rose grains of quartz, towering cliffs and also the Island of “Mal di Ventre” in the North and the “Scoglio Catalano” in the South. Boulders of sedimentary  and volcanic rock, nuraghis, fishponds and grasslands. The Sinis is a colorful collection of ecosystems that provide a shelter to a rich and diversificated population of wild birds, with unique and rare specimens.
The territory of Sinis, including the island of “Mal di Ventre” and the “Scoglio Catalano”, are part of the Marine Protected Area of Sinis – Isola Mal di Ventre. It is a beautiful natural oasis that is divided into three zones, based on the degree of protection (integral reserve, general or partial).  The area occupies a territory of ​​approximately 25,000 hectares and has a significant importance for its proximity to the rich inland wetlands. A multifaceted variety of environments follow one another along the area from south to north: it goes from the lagoon of “Su Siccu” to the rocky promontory of Capo San Marco, with the high cliffs of Torr’e Seu and Su Tingiosu, and the beaches of Is Arutas and Mari Ermi. Inside it is forbidden to remove sand, rocks, plants and animals, alive or dead. Spearfishing is not allowed, but you can join one of the guided dives organized by the Marine Area, like that in the sea shallows close to the Cathedrals, two buttresses of granite that rise from the seabed to the south west of the island of Mal di Ventre, teeming with lobster, sea bream, grouper, moray eels, sea turtles. For those who love to explore shipwrecks, it is also possible to visit a Dutch cargo ship sunk several years ago, possibly supported by diving instructors.

The Sinis Peninsula is not only a pristine natural paradise: in the seaside village of San Giovanni, we find the typical fishermen’s huts made of cane, some specimens of which are not far from the ancient archaeological site of Tharros, which was founded by the Phoenicians during the eighth century BC, and that becomes in the Punic era, one of the major  areas of Sardinia. Fascinating also the Church of S. Giovanni in Cabras, dating from the fifth century. Belongs instead to the sixteenth century the Tower of San Giovanni, located on the high ground above the ruins of Tharros.

In a future post, we’ll talk about the beach of Is Arutas, a paradise, characterized by the beautiful beach made of tiny grains of quartz and waters of a deep blue-green color.

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GPS coordinates of Tharros: 39.873438, 8.441019

GPS coordinates of Torre San Giovanni: 39.873054, 8.438812

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