The Sella del Diavolo promontory is a real naturalistic pearl set in the Gulf of Cagliari, just a few minutes from the city centre. The panorama is quite breathtaking and there are several points of great natural, archaeological and historical interest to be observed.
We walk along the path from which we can admire the crystal clear waters of Cala Fighera, the Golfo degli Angeli (Gulf of Angels) another name for the Gulf of Cagliari, the Torre dei Segnali with the Cala Mosca lighthouse, the salt lakes and views of the old part of the city.
The walk is not difficult and suitable for everyone, the Sella del Diavolo is considered to be a “SIC” Sito di Interesse Comunitario
– Site of Community Interest – and is protected from a naturalistic point of view. The path runs through the vegetation which includes species such as the Saint Pietro Palm, wild olive and juniper. Specialised guides will be on hand to point out all the peculiarities of the local flora and fauna.
Your gaze can sweep across the beach of Poetto and the eastern part of the Golfo degli Angeli right up to the coast of Villasimius and Capo Carbonara on clear days.
At the summit of the promontory lie the remains of a small fort dating back to the Second World War and the Tower of Sant’Elia, built by the Pisans in 1292. Nearby you can also observe a punic cistern, a remarkable 27 metres length and 4.5 metres in depth. Not far away there is another roman cistern, shaped in the classical conical trunk form. According to tradition it was here that the martyrdom of Sant’Elia took place during the Dioclezian persecutions. What’s more there are also the remains of a temple thought to have belonged to Astarte. By request we can be accompanied by a tourist guide who is competent in the history and archaeology of this area.
Meeting point: Calamosca, Cagliari.
Duration: circa 3 hours
Length: 4 km
Price: € 12.00 per person
Minimum number of participants: 4
Clothing: Layered, with comfortable non-slip shoes
Languages: English, Spanish and French