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A PIECE OF HEAVEN

The Island of Sant’Antioco is simply magnificent. It is characterized by a mild climate with warm autumns and winters, even if they are often quite wet and windy, hot springs and scorching, sunny summers mitigated by the refreshing sea breeze. There are too many beaches of striking beauty. Their crystal clear water, together with the surrounding emerald green landscapes, offer a natural scenery not easily admirable somewhere else.
The Island is provided with huge and relatively uncrowded beaches and the seafloors are suitable for submarine activities, like deep sea fishing in spring and autumn.
Sant’Antioco is one of the few places in the world where is still carried out the art of weaving and spinning of the byssus, a fibre obtained from the “Nobilis Pinna” mollusc present in the local sandy lagoons. Due to its location, the Island is mostly touched by mistral winds, ideal for surfing.
Wonderful colours can be admired at sunset, the most charming moment of the day.
From 15 May to 15 June, while tunas are passing through the outer coasts of the islands of Sant’Antioco and San Pietro, the traditional collective effort of bluefin fishing (calata della tonnara) is carried out.
 

 

Local food and wine



Particularly interesting is the variety of local food and wine. There are both excellent meat dishes typical of the southern areas, more influenced by Sardinian cuisine, and fish dishes typical of the northern areas, more influenced by Ligurian cuisine. Remarkable is the production of high quality wines. One of them is the “Carignano” of Catalan origins.

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NATURE

All the basins and lagoons enclosed between the Island and the rest of Sardinia are damp sites of wildlife interest: among the many species of waterbirds there are pink flamingos, cormorants, little egrets and seagulls.
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THE ORIGINS OF SANT’ANTIOCO

The ancient Phoenician city of Sulky dates back to 500 a.C. when the Carthaginians conquered the Island. In this period were built the city wall, the tofet and the Punic necropolis placed on a hill and considered one of the most important in the Mediterranean.
The name “Sant’Antioco” replaced the previous “Sulci” as a result of the discovery of the remains of the Mauritanian martyr Sant’Antioco who introduced Christianity in the Island in the first century A.D.
Nowadays it is possible to visit the restored minor basilica, one of the first Christian churches in the Mediterranean, and the catacombs of Sant’Antioco.
 

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