the territory

 

Sardinia is a land of charming historical-cultural wonders: from the architecture of the picturesque nuraghi (about 80 km from the village) to the works of art of the museums and galleries of Cagliari (only 30 km away), from the beautiful Villasimius (only 20 km away) to the Island of San Pietro with its amazing bays (125 km away). Moreover, the whole coast offers incredible views, with crystal clear water and long and fine sand beaches. 120 km away is Parco della Giara, one of the rare examples of pristine nature in Europe.

VILLASIMIUS 20 km - Half-day trip

 

From Calaserena Village, by taking the Provincial road towards Villasimius, you reach the most beautiful and best-equipped seaside resort in the south of Sardinia. Attractions include the “fortezza vecchia” - star-shaped military coastal defences from the end of the eighteenth century and the international centre of “experimental visual art” at the Town hall. This was opened in 1982 and thanks to the enthusiastic participation of many European artists, it has numerous works of art on show today. At Villasimius, on the south-east coast there are a very large number of shipwrecks lying on the sea-bed. Not much further on the protected area of the Marine Park begins, stretching from Cape Carbonara to Cape Boi and as far as the island of Serpentera. Despite the fact that it is an enormously popular destination for scuba divers in summer, the sea bed and vegetation are biologically unspoilt and there are even new species of tropical fish which are now established. These have been studied by biologists over the last 20 years, who are also now well-established in the area! You can see the beautiful porcelain shellfish, once called the "Venere di Cipro" or "Venus of Cyprus" and countless species of fish, as well as turtles and dolphins.

 

 

 

QUARTU S. ELENA and CAGLIARI 37 km - Hal-day trip

 

Cagliari, which is about 20 miles (30 kilometres) from Calaserena Village, is worth a visit because of the interesting architectural and historical heritage that is has in its museums, art galleries, luxury buildings and even in the picturesque side-streets lined with craft shops. Only 5 miles (8 km) further on is Quartu S.Elena, where you can see the two hundred-year-old church of the Capuchin friars (Cappuccini), Piazza Azuni and the parish church of Sant’Elena.

 

 

 

THE NURAGHES AND SANCTUARIES ITINERARY: FROM CAGLIARI TOWARD SASSARI 80 km - Full-day trip

 

From the Calaserena Village come to Cagliari and take the State Highway SS131 Carlo Felice following the indications for Torralba, in the heart of Central-north Sardinia. The area is copiously dotted with the ruins of 30 nuraghes and 10 “giants tombs”. Undoubtedly the most important archaeological site is the Nuraghe Santu Antine complex whose treasures include the royal palace which led to the making of the Valle dei Nuraghi (Logudoro-Mieloghu) Museum. Interesting to visit is also the village of Barumini (CA). In Cagliari there are two tourist trains that allow you to make a small tour to see the city.

 

 

 

THE GIARA NATURE RESERVE AND THE NURAGHIC COMPLEX OF BARUMINI 90 km - Full-day trip

 

Drive from the Calaserena Village to Cagliari and take the State Highway SS131 proceeding for 60km in the direction of Tuili, a small agricultural village with an interesting old town. Continue up to the Giara plateau and reach the “Sa Jara” nature reserve, one of the rarest example in Europe of unspoilt natural environment with a unique vegetation where wild little horses live, known for their distinctive physical characteristics. Following the indications to Barumini, here is the way to one of the most important archaeological site of the island, listed in the UNESCO World Heritage: the nuraghic complex of "Sa Nuraxi", an ample village of huts inhabited from 1500 B.C.

 

 

 

THE ISLAND OF S. PIETRO AND CARLOFORTE 125 km - Full-day trip

 

In St. Pietro Island you can take a panoramic tour of the island and benefit from the enchanting bays and clear crystal waters. Carloforte is definitely worth a visit, a small town founded in the 18TH C. by some Ligurian fishermen whose presence on the island today is testified by the local dialect and culture, as well as by lively traditions.

 

 

 

DIVING DESTINATIONS: ISOLA DEI CAVOLI - CAPE SPARTIVENTO Full Day trip

 

There is a specialised diving centre in Calaserena which organises a diving programme and courses held by qualified personnel. The centre offers the following courses: Instructor Specialties: Nitrox, Wrecks, Deep, Night, U/W Naturalist, Dry Suit, Multi-level, U/W Photographer, Seal Team D.Spec., U/W Videographer, Equipment, Drift and Search & Recovery. The majority of these take place in the Villasimius Marine Park. Whereas the following courses are specifically designed for younger divers: Bubblemaker: This course lasts 1 day with 2 dives to a maximum depth of 2m and includes equipment and a certificate for each participant. Seal Team: This course lasts 3 - 5 days with 5 dives (to a depth of between 2 and 4 metres) and provides participants with a video kit (a video, book, logbook, certificate and licence). Master Seal Team: This course lasts 5 - 7 days with 10 dives (to a depth of between 2 and 4 metres and provides participants with a kit (certificate, badge and licence).

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