Serpentara (Sardinia): excursions on the island


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Useful information to visit the island of Serpentara, where it is located, characteristics of the territory and historical notes, excursions to be done and granite colors to be seen of exceptional beauty.


Tourist information

The island of Serpentara is located north-east of Capo Carbonara, about 2 miles from Punta Molentis, in the area most protected by the Capo Carbonara marine protected area.

Access to motor boats is prohibited in this sea area and fishing is limited.


The name derives from the particular shape of the east coast which recalls that of a snake.

Covered by an interesting Mediterranean scrub, it rises up to 54 meters above sea level, at the point where the San Luigi watchtower is located, built by the Spanish to spot approaching Saracen ships.

With an area of ​​134 hectares, the island of Serpentara is uninhabited and is part of the municipality of Villasimius in the province of Cagliari.


What see

In front of the northern coast of the island, arranged in a semicircle, there are other islands of granite nature, called Variglioni.

These small islands have a conical and domed shape, resembling semi-submerged rounded hills, which give rise to marine canals and natural lakes.

Looking from the opposite side, you can see groups of granites with variegated colors which, depending on the light, give rise to yellows, grays and rosés of varying intensity.

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