How to arrive
In order to visit the area, you have to reach Alghero and then follow the directions for the naturalistic oasis.
Official web site
The 3 zones of the area
Only the scientific research and the service activities are allowed.
Bathing, diving, sailing, rowing and motor boating till 5 knots an hour, anchorage and/or mooring in the areas signalled by the Administrator, are allowed, while sport and tourist fishing are allowed only with authorization. Skin-diving is forbidden.
In addition to all the already allowed activities in the other zones, sailing, rowing, motor boating till 10 knots an hour and with crafts in the throwing corridor are also admitted. Skin-diving is forbidden.
For further information please go to the Regulations published on the site of the Administrator.
Valsecchi F. and Torre A., La penisola di Capo Caccia – Carlo Delfino Editore.
The sea preserve Porto Conte – Isola Piana is a wonderful natural park on the coast on the north of Alghero between Marina di Lioneddu and Capo Galera.
You can enjoy an extraordinary view from the sea: cliffs plunging into a deep blue sea just where the Harbour of Porto Conte starts. Opposite the promontory you can find the isle Piana and the isle Foredada, that is “pierced” from one side to the other by a cave excavated by the sea.
In the area it is possible to observe the flora and the fauna, to dive, to take photos, to practise bird watching, trekking, speleology and to visit archaeological sites.
The enormous calcareous massifs lodge a lot of air and sea caves. The most famous one on the surface above sea-level is the Grotta di Nettuno, which can be visited by sea or by earth means of transport. The submerged Grotta di Nereo is considered the largest submerged sea cave of the Mediterranean Sea and of Europe.
The bottom of the sea is inhabited by the coral red, poseidonies, dentex, sea-eels, sea-urchins, shellfishes and molluscs.
The vegetation is characterized by the Mediterranean bush and animal species threatened with extinction such as the wandering hawk and the griffin, which has become the symbol of the peninsula of Capo Caccia, may be observed.
The sea preserve has been entrusted to the Municipality of Alghero.
PLACES TO SEE...
La Grotta di Nettuno
It is located under the spur of Capo Caccia and can be reached by walking through the stairs Escala del Cabirol (the Roe deer’s Stairs), a sort of panoramic stairs of 656 steps. It is also possible to arrive by landing at the entrance of the cave.
Inside you can discover:
- the Lago Lamarmora, a subterranean salt lake with a stalagmitic column in the middle
- the Sala delle Rovine with large stalactites
- the Sala della Reggia with 9 metres high calcite columns
- the Spiaggia dei Ciottolini, which was covered with small stones in the past
- the Sala Smith, which takes the name of the British captain who discovered it, and has a 50 and 4 metres wide and 49 metres high column (Great Organ)
- the Sala delle Trine e dei Merletti
- the Tribuna della Musica, a balcony over the Royal Palace and the Lake
Visiting hours: from 9 to 19 every hour.
Information: +39 079 979054.
La Baia di Porto Conte
The gulf of Porto Conte, called by the Romans “the port f the nymphs” thanks to its limpid waters, is one of the most beautiful coasts of Sardinia: in addition to the tourist settlements, there are still inaccessible territories with an important environmental heritage. In particular, we would like to recommend the Foresta Demaniale Porto with its ponies of Giara, fallow deers and donkeys.
Capo Caccia can be admired from the sea and reached by car along the coast road from Alghero. The rocky spur can be reached by a three hours excursion starting from Tramariglio.
The name "Capo Caccia" probably comes from the hunting beatings because of the high number of rock-doves which inhabited it.
Capo Caccia is 168 metres high and lodges a lot of flooded caves, while the signs of the human presence dating back to twelve thousand years ago increase the beauty of the place.
It is a calcareous promontory with cliffs which may reach a height of 116 metres. On the eastern side it closes the bay of Porto Conte, while on its top it is possible to admire the surrounding territory.
Its name reminds the presence of wild lilies. The place is characterised by spectacular white cliffs, that were formed by the erosion of the sea waves, and by an inside area full of shrubs and bushes, which are so typical of the Mediterranean climate.
During the Second World War, Punta Giglio was an important anti-aircraft base. Some important signs of it, such as the positioning platforms for the anti-aircraft cannons and the explosive depots, are still visible today.
Villa di Sant'Imbenia
It is an ancient roman villa of the imperial period, probably dating back to the I-II centuries. A.D., which is nowadays in ruins. The boundary is large and it is possible to observe the ruins of a mosaic worn out by the sea. The villa is about 20 kilometres from Alghero. Not very far from it you can find the roman necropolis of Sant'Imbenia, the graves of which date back to the imperial period.
Nuraghe di Palmavera
Along the coast road between Alghero and Porto Conte you can visit the Nuraghe Palmavera dating back to the XIII century b. C. The building is formed by two towers surrounded by a defensive wall and by a village of about 50 circular huts. For more information about the guided visits, please contact the cooperative S.I.L.T.