Discover the many treasures of the Sinis peninsula

Excursion to the Sinis peninsula, an unmissable stop on your holiday in Western Sardinia

Sinis is an area that encloses, in a few square kilometers, many natural and historical wonders that have rightly made it the area with the greatest tourist influx in central-western Sardinia.

Located on the coast of the central western region of the island, this unspoiled paradise has been designated as an “Eden” destination by the European Commission, i.e. among the best in terms of environmental sustainability.

From a geological point of view the Sinis is for the most part an alluvial area that has been filled by rock sediments coming from the erosion of nearby Montiferru. This outflow of debris finally unified the mainland with the areas further north-west and south-west of the current peninsula, which were originally islets separated from Sardinia. As proof of this ancient archipelago, there is the tiny island of Malu Entu (or Mal di Ventre in Italian) a few nautical miles west of the Sinis.


An excursion to the Sinis Peninsula means wonderful beaches.

Starting from the north, near Capo Mannu, to the north, you will find the salt pans and the beach of Putzu Idu.
Then, in succession, the splendid dazzling white sands of Mari Ermi, Is Arutas and Maimoni.
These beaches are made up of small crystalline white, green, yellow, pink and black (quartz) grains, and originate from the erosion of the porphyritic granite present on the seabed of the nearby island of Malu Entu.

Contrary to what often happens in Sardinia, the seabed of the area is already deep from the first meters, and has a range of colors that goes from light blue to deep blue. They often host sea turtles in less frequented periods.

Behind them, the habitats of the sand dunes give way to the marshes of Cabras, one of the largest and best preserved marshy areas in Europe, inhabited by pink flamingos as well as mullets from which the renowned local roe is produced.
Between the pond and the beaches, the excavation area that led to the discovery of the Giants of Monte Prama , the oldest and most numerous all-round statue complex in Europe.


The island of Malu Entu, a naturalistic wonder of the Sinis


On the coast facing the beaches there is,  Malu Entu or Mal di Ventre.
The island, like the Catalano rock, is connected by a large granite platform colored by corals, and considered an authentic naturalistic sanctuary, where birds of prey and sea turtles live freely. Sandy seabeds and Poseidonia meadows are inhabited by fish, molluscs and crustaceans: these landscapes are ideal for snorkeling and underwater photography, furthermore, there are wrecks from every era: Roman, Spanish and 20th century ships, including a Roman ship of 36 meters which was sunk between 80 and 50 BC. with two thousand lead ingots.
In areas not restricted by the area protection criteria it is possible to sail and dive.


An excursion to the Sinis Peninsula is an immersion in an ancient history that is still clearly visible today.  

After passing the coastal tower of Seu, you arrive at the soft sandy beach of San Giovanni di Sinis. This beautiful seaside village offers another pearl: the small and extremely well-preserved paleo-Christian church.
It was built on a site already used as a Punic and therefore Christian cemetery at the beginning of the Byzantine domination in the mid-sixth century. The church, extended longitudinally in the 9th and 10th centuries, still retains its early medieval appearance and is one of the oldest churches in Sardinia.
Continuing south, the peninsula narrows to a narrow spit of land, which offers an authentic archaeological pearl: Tharros.
Nuragic village, Phoenician colony, Carthaginian port, city in Roman times, capital in the Byzantine era and, finally, the first capital of the Giudicato of Arborea, which was then abandoned around the year 1000, when the capital was moved to Oristano.
It is an authentic open-air museum, where it is possible to see the remains of a city that dates back to the period of Roman domination. The Phoenician tophet , the baths, the temple foundations and a part of the area with houses and artisan shops can be clearly seen and visited.
Not far away, the tower of San Giovanni di Sinis from which it is possible to observe the rest of the peninsula which can be easily accessed up to the lighthouse square (which cannot be visited  because it is a military area) from which you have a splendid view of the Gulf of Oristano.
Hidden on the left, the enchanting cove of the lighthouse could be an opportunity for a regenerating dip.


Discover the Hotel la Baja, ideal for an excursion in the Sinis Peninsula.

This area of great historical and naturalistic value can be easily visited from our Felix hotel La Baja.
This four-star hotel is located in Santa Caterina Pittinuri, and overlooks the beach of the same name but is just a few minutes from the Sinis peninsula. From the swimming pool, the restaurant and the rooms you can enjoy a unique view of the bay surrounded by the rocks of the western coast of Sardinia. The relaxation, the swimming pool, the exceptional cuisine and the beach are ideal for a regenerating holiday in the beauty of the western coast of Sardinia.


We hope to have given you useful information for your excursion to the Sinis peninsula. We, on the other hand, are waiting for you at the hotel!


Excursion to the Sinis peninsula, an unmissable stop on your holiday in Western Sardinia


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