There are two exceptional promontories in the Regional Nature Reserve of Porto Conte, both of which face out over the blue sea of the Capo Caccia/Isola Piana Marine Protected Area.
The first of these, the promontory of Capo Caccia, which rises out of the sea to a height of 180 metres, is very well-known, in part because it has long been used as one of the symbols of the city of Alghero. The promontory plays host to one of the most important lighthouses in the Mediterranean, famed for the range of its light. The promontory of Capo Caccia constitutes the end point of provincial road no. 55 and it also affords access to the majestic Neptune’s Cave via the 60 steps carved out of the cliff face. The space at the top of the promontory is one of the main belvederes of the nature reserve and the marine protected area, offering a view that takes in every thing from the horizon on the one side to the bay of Porto Conte on the other. It is one of the must-see places for all those visiting Alghero and its protected natural areas. From here, you can gaze in wonder at beguiling sunsets over the blue Sardinian sea, and similar views can be enjoyed from the staircase known as the “Escala del Cabirol”, which leads to Neptune’s Cave. Indeed, a walk down and back up the staircase is very much an emotionally engaging experience.
Another fascinating promontory, albeit smaller and lower, is that of Punta Giglio. From here, the 180˚ views embrace the gulf of Alghero and the bay of Porto Conte. On the promontory itself, alongside its renowned organic and animal biodiversity, you can discern the traces of the bellicose past of the area dating back to the Second World War. Indeed, here you will come across military emplacements of the former “Sr. 41” battery of Punta del Giglio (“Sr” standing for Sardinia, with this abbreviation used generically to indicate the Sardinian batteries located outside the Military Sectors and Maritime Military Zones), which was constructed in the inter-war period by the Italian Royal Navy, and was then annexed by the 204th Coastal Division during the conflict.
The cliffs of Punta Giglio play host to the nests of one of the most important and numerous peregrine falcon colonies in the Mediterranean, and in the summer it is even possible to hear the evocative song of Scopoli’s shearwater – a sound similar to the cry of a baby.
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