Area Marina Protetta Penisola del Sinis - Isola di Mal di Ventre

Protected Area

Identity Card

  • Penisola del Sinis - Isola Mal di Ventre Marine Protected Area:
    • Sea Surface Area: 25'673.00 ha
    • Regions: Sardegna
    • Provinces: Oristano
    • Municipalities: Cabras
    • Establishment Measures: DM 12/12/97 - DM 6/9/99, DM 17/7/03
    • PA Official List: EUAP0951
  • Further managed Protected Areas:
    • SIC Isola di Mal di Ventre e Catalano
    • SIC San Giovanni di Sinis
    • SIC Stagno di Mistras di Oristano
    • ZPS Isola Mal di Ventre
    • ZPS Stagno di Cabras
    • ZPS Stagno di Mistras
    • ZSC Stagno di Cabras

The sea and the coastal environments within the protected area are extremely heterogeneous. From Su Siccu, the end of the protected area in the Gulf of Oristano, the landscape is characterized by the lagoon, with a sandy tongue separating the Mistras lagoon from Mare Morto; with Capo San Marco promontory the coast becomes rocky and then descends into Mare Vivo, in San Giovanni di Sinis, and reascends with the cliff walls of Torr'e Seu.

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The outline delimiting Penisola del Sinis - Isola di Mal di Ventre Marine Protected Area is characterized, towards the inland, by a coast with valuable, and sometimes unique, landscape and environmental features. In the low stretches of this coast, beaches made of sand and quartz granules of rare beauty have settled; in the upper stretches, imposing cliffs overhanging the sea represent viewpoints over the opposite Isle of Mal di Ventre, in the north, and Catalano cliff, in the south.
The uniqueness of this stretch of Sardinia is provided by the extraordinary sensation of continuity between land and sea. Sinis of Cabras is an extraordinary summary of human history and one of the most evocative nature résumés.
Despite the stillness conveyed by the geological "shapes", the local landscapes are the result of a series of geological events and human activities.

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When we talk about the culture of a territory, we mean the conservation and innovation processes taking place in a given historical moment and including specific and qualifying forms of a specific civilization. Phenomena like literature, music, art, religion, rites and popular myths, one of the most evident signs of taste like cuisine and other forms of expression immediately witness the "cultural life" of an organic social body.

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The lack in structures still is one of the braking elements of tourism development in Sardinia, in particular in the province of Oristano.

Diving and Sailing Tourism
The about fifteen kilometers of coast delimiting Penisola del Sinis - Isola di Mal di Ventre Marine Protected Area are a paradise for seamen. It is therefore necessary to know and use the "sea" by respecting the establishment aims of the Marine Protected Area.

  • Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Recreational Fishing
  • Fishing Tourism
  • Tours by Boat

Nature Tourism
The itineraries offer the visitor naturalistic and landscape beauties and the opportunity to discover, also with the help of experts and qualified guides, wonderful and unpolluted places, far from the usual tourist routes.

Archaeological-Cultural Tourism
Evocative places and dry and harsh places will be the destination of guided visits: they will be offered to respectful visitors who are attracted by the charm of the local history which has not experienced important pauses or interruptions, as witnessed by a territory rich in archaeological documentation, characterized by scattered settlements since ancient times.

Tourism of Taste
Local wines and dishes are among the most important symbols of local culture, representing rural tradition and culture, inheritance of the past and at the same time roots from which modern cuisine derives.

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In order to regulate and prevent activities which can endanger the richness of the protected area, three different safeguard regimes of the sea and coastal environment have been established:

  • "Zona A di tutela integrale"
    (Area: 529 hectares - Coastline: 1,356 meters)

  • "Zona B di tutela generale"
    (Area: 1,031 hectares - Coastline: 5,236 meters)

  • "Zona C di tutela parziale"
    (Area: 24,113 hectares - Coastline: 18,507 meters)

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