The Dunes of Piscinas, an Italian Sahara
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The Dunes of Piscinas, an Italian Sahara

Dune of Piscinas,Italy

The Dunes of Piscinas, an Italian Sahara

The Dunes of Piscinas represent one of the most fascinating and suggestive natural treasures of Sardinia, a region rich in unique landscapes. Located along the western coast of the island, in the municipality of Arbus, these dunes are an extraordinary coastal geological formation, a natural wonder characterized by an immense expanse of golden sand stretching over 3 miles between the Mediterranean Sea and the mountainous hinterland of Monte Arcuentu. Contrary to popular belief, these dunes do not constitute a true desert in the traditional sense, but rather a coastal dune ecosystem of extraordinary beauty and biodiversity.



The dunes of Piscinas can reach heights of up to 100 meters and are considered among the highest "living dunes" in Europe. Their profile is shaped by the strong mistral wind that continuously changes their shapes and heights, creating an environment that is always different and constantly evolving. Among these splendid dunes lies a flourishing and verdant vegetation, with plants adapted to desert life, such as juniper and mastic. Along the coast instead, it is possible to spot the Sardinian deer, the Mediterranean tortoise, and the sea turtle, which choose the surrounding beaches to lay their eggs. Along the sandy stretches of this extraordinary landscape lie the ruins of some industrial archaeology complexes, suggestive witnesses of the glorious past of the iron extraction mines that once populated the area.



As one ventures among the dunes, the landscape transforms into a living painting, with waves gently caressing the shore while the sky and clouds reflect their colors in the crystal-clear water. The beach of Piscinas, with its golden coastline, stretches for miles and invites visitors to immerse themselves in the turquoise waters and be carried away by the sweet song of the sea. The conservation of the precious ecosystem and the harmony of shapes and colors of this pristine realm is now a highly sought-after tourist destination. This unforgettable destination, often called the wild soul of Sardinia, is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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