The Sinis: a place with thousand faces and a unique spirit, the one of ancient Sardinia, a territory charged with a glorious past and welcomes the the future. The Phoenicians were the first who settle in this place on 800 B.C. founding the city of Tharros.
The territory of the Sinis extends from the town of Cabras up to the extreme north point of the Gulf of Oristano, where the small town of San Giovanni di Sinis is situated; from there you can reach the archaeological site of Tharros, Capo San Marco and up to the beaches Is Arutas and Mari Ermi. The Sinis is not only beautiful white quartz beaches or crystalline sea, but also an uncontaminated nature rich of vegetation and wild animals
Unique and spectacular the landscape of Capo San Marco: you will be overwhelmed by the magnificent landscape, its beauty, majesty and diversity.
CABRAS AND ITS FISHERMEN
Cabras is a town overlooking a pond that carries the same name; its main activity is fishing. The worldwide famous Sardinian caviar, or bottarga di muggine (mullet roe), comes from these rich waters. Cabras is also famous for a procession that takes place on the first Sunday of September, when barefoot young men carry the statue of the local saint for 6 km from San Salvatore church to Cabras. The town is rapidly becoming a tourist centre for the increasing number of visitors choosing Sinis peninsula.
THE ANCIENS CITY OF THARROS
The Phoenicians founded Tharros between the 11th and the 8th century B.C.; the city was a flourishing trading place. The city later fell under Roman domination. Only part of the city is visible today: the streets made of dark basalt, the temple of Demetria, the houses and the workshops dating back to the Phoenician and the Roman periods.
The ancient port of Tharros is now almost entirely submerged. On your way to Tharros you can admire the Byzantine church of San Giovanni di Sinis (dating back to the 5th century), the oldest architectural trace of the Christian era on the island.
IS ARUTAS BEACH
Is Arutas is one of the most beautiful beaches of Sinis. It is formed by small white pieces of quartz that the sea has deposited on the beach. You can reach Is Arutas coming from Cabras and passing by the small town of San Salvatore and then travelling in the middle of the Sinis countryside, until you will get to the sea. It is forbidden to take sand with you: heavy fines apply to those who infringe this rule, aimed at preserving the beauty of this site.
A visit to Maimoni beach is a must: a compound of most fine sand and white quartz, framed by the beautiful macchia meditteranea (Mediterranean scrub). You can reach Maimoni following the road to San Giovanni of Sinis and the turn right at the road signal.
SEU NATURAL RESERVE
Leaving behind the half desert area of San Giovanni, Seu natural reserve will amaze you with the abundance of different species of plants and animals; it is not unusual to catch a glimpse of a wild boar or a fox especially at night time. You can reach Seu from the main road coming from Cabras then turning to “Funtana Meiga”, but we advise you to leave your car at San Giovanni di Sinis and enjoy one of most beautiful walks along the coast. You will walk past the little holiday town of Funtana Meiga and enter in the territory of Seu following one of the many paths that will help you explore the area.
CAPO SAN MARCO
Capo San Marco is the more extreme point of the Sinis, plunging directly into the sea, leaving behind the wonderful Mediterranean scrub, a beautiful landscape and many archaeological finds that have made the history of this charming place. A really nice walk that longs the right side of the cape: you will follow a small path that allows you to admire the ancient graves and listen to the waves crashing against the cliffs. The view from the top will take your breath away: San Giovanni di Sinis, Mare Morto, Seu, Tharros, the Gulf of Oristano… the Sinis for once shows itself from above. Following the path, you will find the lighthouse of Capo San Marco that has been guiding the ships towards safe places.