Going northward along the coast one reaches the long and beautiful beach of Portixeddu which ends at Capo Pecora. Behind this beach there are huge sand dunes with rich vegetation that prevents the sand from being blown away by the strong western winds.
The coast that comes before Capo Pecora belongs to the comune of Fluminimaggiore in the vicinity of which there are the caves of "Su Mannau", that are open to visitors for most of their length, and the temple of Antas dedicated to "Sardus Pater" who was an ancient local god. Travelling further on there is "Costa Verde" and Marina di Arbus, that are preceded by the spectacular sand "colata" (sand flows) of Ingurtosu whose dunes with thick junipers slope down to the sea in large almost deserted spaces where fortunately man has not yet managed to pollute or build.
  Marina di Arbus
ImageMarina di Arbus
Ingurtosu - industrial archaeology
ImageIngurtosu - industrial archaeology
  Ingurtosu is a mining village, nowadays virtually abandoned, where the full splendour of the old mining period can be still seen.
A word of warning, the temptation to dive into the sea at this point can be very strong but be very careful (especially if you are not good swimmer) because the sea bed is very steep and the water becomes very deep close to the beach and the long "oceanic" waves can be dangerous.
Another military area is the area of Capo Frasca, which like Teulada, is off bounds to unauthorised vessels. After Capo Frasca one enters the wide and sheltered Gulf of Oristano. In this Gulf there are many important places. Among which there is Oristano, the capital of this province and Arborea and Cabras where the most important Sardinian wetlands are situated. These designated wetlands are protected by international law and are home to many different species of birds and fish.
To the north the peninsula of Sinis marks both the end of this part of our tour and the end of the Gulf of Oristano. This area is important not only for the beauty of the coast but principally for the Punic-Roman town of Tharros, which is situated behind Capo San Marco, whose archaeological excavations have brought to light not only monuments of those civilisations but also numerous precious artefacts that can be admired in museums in London, Oristano and Cagliari.
  The peninsula of Sinis
ImageThe peninsula of Sinis

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