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Marine Park of Villasimius, the triangle of wonders

The Marine park of Villasimius, a wonderful oasis with emerald waters and suggestive landscapes. A beautiful protected marine area of Capo Carbonara, in Villasimius.

Nel triangolo di mare che circonda il promontorio di Capo Carbonara, l’azione protettiva dell’uomo ha permesso alla natura di esprimersi in tutta la sua bellezza che sta nelle varietà delle forme e dei colori. Sott’acqua si ammira il trionfo delle sue specie florofaunistiche, sulla costa uno spettacolo sempre diverso, chilometro dopo chilometro grazie al lavoro incessante delle onde e del vento. Tutto questo è il Parco Marino di Villasimius.

The origin of the Marine Park of Villasimius

The Marine Park of Villasimius, also known as the Marine Protected Area of Capo Carbonara, extends, as if it were a triangle, around that tongue of land that belongs to the municipality of Villasimius. It is subdivided into two bays by the granite rock promontory of Capo Carbonara and the Isola dei Cavoli. The Park, established in 1998, was created to protect and enhance the entire marine and coastal environment of Villasimius. Among its mission is to create an environmental awareness in the local population and in tourists.

The wonder of the Marine Park of Villasimius

Beyond the transparency of water opens up a world of wonders where nature triumphs in its forms and in its colors. In the Marine Park of Villasimius, the fauna counts both the species from sandy bottom and those from rocky bottom.

  • Amberjack, shrimp, red snapper, sea bream and mullet, and also the moray eel and octopus.
  • The Nobilis fin: in recent years, this tropical species has found its natural habitat in the Park area thanks to the increase in water temperature
  • Mediterranean barracudas, clearly visible near the Variglioni of the Isola dei Cavoli
  • The Falco Pellegrino, the Marangone dal Ciuffo, the Magnanina Sarda, the Sterna and the Pink Flamingo are the terrestrial species that we can admire at the Isola dei Cavoli and the Pond of Notteri.

In the protected marine area there are 136 spontaneous plant varieties, including terrestrial and aquatic.

  • Cuddly juniper, pistachio and myrtle: the most representative species of the Mediterranean scrub
  • The sea daisies, with a typical yellow color.
  • The gorgonias that stand out for their red color
  • The dracunculus, typical of the Isola dei Cavoli
  • Posidonia Oceanica: the species of submarine flora that is the master, between the island of Serpentara, the Secca dei Berni and the dry of Cala Caterina. Frequently exchanged for an alga or a waste, due to the smell that emanates when it settles on the beach, it is a very old plant that has adapted to live on the sea floor. It plays a very important role in the oxygenation of water and on the earth protects the shoreline with its leaves.


The Marine protected Area of capo Carbonara

The underwater environment of the Marine Park of Villasimius is characterized by the massive presence of granite rocks that form both pinnacles and bastions, and splits. Near the Secca of Cala Caterina you can admire a complex of granite landslides between which they found home whole colonies of groupers and sea bream. On the coast, on the other hand, the combined action of the waves and wind, that over time is going to smooth this stretch of coast, offers us a variety of scenarios at every kilometer.

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