Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Quiet and peaceful, one minute from the beach and only a few minutes from the pretty town of Portoscuso The villa has easy access to all amenities, including a supermarket, the local market, and many good restaurants for eating out. The tourism in this area is not hectic and crowded, the ideal choice for those who are looking for wide spaces, nature and relax and the good taste of Italian cuisine.
The villa benefits from a big garden that surrounds the villa and protect the privacy. Leading from the living room is a spacious patio, furnished with a table and chairs to enable you to dine al fresco. The villa is ideal for families and groups of friends with plenty in the surrounding area to see and do during your stay. The villa has two bedroom with double bed and two with twin bed. Each room has it’s own rest room with shower.
At 500 metres from the pretty town of Portoscuso and its little characteristic harbour. You can even reach the town through a scenic walk along the beach.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Portopaglietto 100 m|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Cagliari 75 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms, 4 En suites and 4 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
- Four double bedroom with en suite
- Each room has air conditioning
|Further details outdoors|
- Private garden around the villa
- Private parking up to 3 cars
English-speaking representative on hand to answer any questions.
The Sardinia region
Sardinia is the second island in the Mediterranean sea for extension.
Because of its geographic position in the middle of the Mediterranean sea and its resources, especially the mining resources,Sardinia has always represented the colonizers' destination.
Sardinia is a very ancient island rich in history and legends and everywhere there are traces of human settlements dated from the Neolithic Age.
The climate allows to have a very long summer season, from April to November.
Portoscuso is a well known seaside resort in the Sulcis area which is easily reached from Carbonia and Iglesias
- The ancient traditions and cultures of Portoscuso have been handed down through the centuries and are today recognised as important tourist attractions. Among the most well-known events is a great festival in honour of the patron saint of the Tonnarotti, Santa Maria D’Itria, which takes place 51 days after Easter. On 13 June, the Sagra del Tonno (Tuna Feast) is held, during which fresh tuna fish is cooked according to the old traditional recipe, and distributed together with bread and wine. The so-called ‘arrusteddara’ takes place on 14 August. During this feast, you will have the pleasure of sampling delicious fish grills, skilfully cooked on enormous braziers by numerous roasters.
- The town has infrastructures of excellent quality: restaurants and other points of refreshment. Portoscuso also possesses a modern harbour which shelters numerous different kinds of boats. To the north of the town there is a large pine wood and the charming beach of Portupaleddu. To the south, there is the hamlet of Portovesme which is a departure point for boats to the island of S. Pietro. Still towards the south, at Paringianu, there is the small lake of Boi Cerbus which is host to various different species of water birds and the beautiful pink flamingos.
Portoscuso's coastline is characterised by beautiful sandy beaches which alternate with stretches of imposing cliffs. In particular, the cliffs at Capo Altano are worth a mention; from here it is possible to admire a magnificent panorama: a long stretch of coastline which extends as far as the "Pan di zucchero" ('sugar loaf') rock at Masua. The whole of the length of the Portoscuso coastline represents an important unit from the naturalistic point of view due to the presence of important marine and palustrine eco-systems.
- The region offers various cultural itineraries, the most valued and important stages of which are essentially represented by the many religious feasts and festivals. These have remained unchanged over the centuries and include the Feast of Sant’Efisio, which is held at Cagliari on 1 May. The Holy Week in Iglesias takes place in the month of March and the ‘Mauritano’ Wedding, which takes place at Santadi on the first Sunday of August, involves the marriage of a young couple with a religious rite, according to the most ancient bucolic and rural tradition. The couple are dressed in the costume of the local people, ‘is Maureddus’, as the inhabitants of Santadi and the entire Sulcis are known.
- Sport: amongst the most engaging activities, we must mention the sail boat excursions, which also take place on a daily basis. By making use of the service provided by competent and specialised crews, the visitor can fully appreciate the uncontaminated nature of the coastlines, reefs and seabed of the south-west coast of Sardinia, exemplified by such sites as the Island of San Pietro, Cala Domestica and the Pan di Zucchero.
There are many villages to visit in the Carbonia-Iglesias province.
the town on the island of San Pietro which is the second largest on the volcanically-formed Sulcis archipelago. It is a Genoese enclave in Sardinia and still maintains the Ligurian language and traditions.
is the main centre of the island with the same name, which is joined to the mainland by an artificial isthmus; an arched bridge has existed here ever since Roman times but very little of it remains to be seen.
once a mining village, Buggerru is found at the bottom of a valley overlooking the sea.
is the second most important town of the island of Sant'Antioco and preserves the typical unchanged traits of its Genoan and Tarbarchin origins in both its traditions and characteristics.
Sardinia is a land rich in mineral resources which have always been manufactured and extracted, beginning from obsidian, that dark paste of volcanic origin that much attracted the Phoenician people, then tin and copper, the essential ingredients to form bronze, the primary material with which were shaped the famous bronzetti (small bronze figurines), typical Nuraghic Period pieces.
Stops: Gadoni, Seui
- In the heart of Sardinia, not far from the Barbagia area, two historical mines keep structures and plants of great importance. The Corongiu mine in Seui and the Funtana Raminosa mine in Gadoni with their anthracite and copper minings show how even in the most remote ages mineral research was a resource for the ancient people.
- Mines overhanging the sea
Stops: Buggerru, Iglesias
Walls overhanging the sea for industrial archaeology structures that evoke breathtaking landscapes. Limestone rocks open on a crystal clear sea in which ancient cargo vessels waited the minerals’ load. A journey that winds along the Malfidano mine in Buggerru and the Masua and Nebida mines in Iglesias.
- Building yards and abandoned cities
Stops: Arbus, Carbonia, Guspini, Iglesias
A suggestive journey to discover the old mining structures that tell about a past made of sacrifices and lunar landscapes, where the colour of manufactured stones stands out bare towards a clear sky in the Montevecchio area in Guspini, the Ingurtosu area in Arbus and the Monteponi area in Iglesias.
- The caves of Domusnovas at Fluminimaggiore
- Grotta di San Giovanni, Domusnovas
The cave of St. Giovanni presents itself as an extraordinary carsic phenomenon and at about 850 meters it is one of the longest natural European galleries. Entirely illuminated, it is found near Domusnovas and it is probably formed by the yielding of an enormous calcareous mass of Monte Acqua. Its peculiarity is the fact that it can be entirely crossed by road (only three caves in the world exist with this characteristic), today however it is no longer used, it leads to the valley of Oridda, rich in oaks and crossed by the Sa Duchessa river, in a landscape of high naturalistic and cultural interest, above all thanks to the presence of the remains of the mining complexes of great beauty of Barraxiutta, Sa Duchessa, Tiny and Arenas.
The structure is constituted of an ample gallery that crosses Monte Acqua and introduces a series of side ramifications of notable extension. Some of these branches are completely flooded and they represent the active part of the cave. In the winter period, the north entrance of the cave has a stream that parallelly separates it from the road; it goes next to the south entry sometimes making it unaccessable. Towards the north the most interesting element of the cave, that doesn't introduce a lot of concretions, is constituted of the stalagmites that are the biggest in Italy.
- Grotta di Santa Barbara, Iglesias
Whilst digging a gallery near the mine of San Giovanni, not far from Iglesias, in 1952 the cave of Santa Barbara was opened, patron saint of miners, today it is considered one of the oldest in Europe. The fact that it didn't have direct communication with the outside world, and that you can only enter through the mine has allowed that it to be preserved in an almost perfect way.
The cave is formed from a great oval shaped saloon with some ramifications both downward and upward. Upward they are narrower, while in the inferior part a small underground lake can be found. The cave is made up of splendid concretions formed in a time period of around 500 million years, with columns of tall stalactites of over 20 meters, stalagmites and splendid aragonite forms. A peculiar characteristic of the cave is the crystals, where bees nest, and the articulated columns of blue aragonite and limestone and the enormous stalactites that create, in the faint light, fascinating light shows.
- Grotte di Su Mannau, Fluminimaggiore
Not far from Fluminimaggiore the stupendous caves of Su Mannau rise, among the oldest in the world and very particular for the ample system of caverns. Of great archaeological and speleological interest, it is divided into two areas. The right part, an ample complex carsic of cambric origin, is articulated on different levels, some high up and fossiled, others lower down and active. The right area, produced by the Rapido river, is made up numerous and variegated ducts and salt.
La sala del Sonno, next to Pensile lake, is adorned with great columns; the Ribaldone saloon is the tallest and widest room; the Bianca room is rich in aragonites and stalagmites; the Virgo room is characterized by the white colour that comes from the underlying river and by great stalactites and aragonites; the Bizzarra room has aragonites coralloids and cannules; the Abeti saloon is embellished by the stalagmites and by the sparkling calcite crystals. The Siphon and the ducts are hardly visible because they are often submerged.
The left area, originated from the river Placido, is also countersigned by the presence of imposing rooms, among which the Rodriguez saloon and the Serra room, connected to the branch of the Infinito, and enriched with the beautiful cave pearls and the marvellous crystals in the higher areas.
Inside the caves it is possible to carry out speleological visits in parts that are open to the public. You can see the Sala Vergine, a true jewel of these caves. The equipment is provided by the organization that organizes the visits; it is ideal for the first time cavers. The excursions last from 3 to 8 hours.
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15 Aug 2013
"This is the best house!!"
In one word: we loved this house. It is very comfortable, very stylish and being able to sit at the patio in the really hot weather is just great.The local beach Portopaglietto is just a few steps awa… More
24 Jul 2013
la villa est très spacieuse , la salle de bains pour chaque chambre est très appréciable . La situation est exceptionnelle à 100 m de la plage , idéal pour les amoureux de la mer et de la bronzet… More
25 Aug 2012
"Lovely large villa for family or friends near pretty beach"
Having explored the north and eastern sides of the island on previous visits, we chose to head to the southwest, partly because it's quite a bit cheaper but also because we hadn't been there before and it's less well developed in parts. We also wanted to visit the islands off the coast of Portovesme as well. Marta, the owner was very helpful when we arrived - really lovely and nothing seemed too much trouble.
The villa was large, cool, nicely equipped and plenty of indoor and outdoor space. The beach was less than 100 yards from the gate - a pretty, safe and clean one too, tho not a spectacular in the colour of the sea and pale sand as the other side of the island. However the location of the villa, in terms of proximity to the beach cannot be undersold and our children loved being able to whizz back and forth.
4 bedrooms all ensuite was also fab as was the outdoor shower to get ride of the sand!
There were a couple of bars on the beach which were fine and some half decent eateries in the town - about a 5 minute car ride away.
The major blot and it is a blot, is the enormous processing plant about 2 miles south. It dominates the skyline and ruins an otherwise quiet Sardinian port/town. It wasnt noisy or smelly, in fact it seemed totally unused, but nevertheless it was there. It dominates the area but a short drive to other really unspoilt beaches close by mitigated such a blot! The island - Isola di San Pietro is def worth a visit, particularly if you dive and a drive north to Buggeru is also very rewarding.
All in all a lovely place to stay if you can ignore the very large 'elephant in the room' - the industrial site.
16 Aug 2012
"Very relaxing vacation close to the beach"
Owner replied to my emails very fast and gave answers to all of our questions. The house was very clean and well equipped. The beach is close (100m) but it did not cause any disturbances to the house. Many aircondition units cooled down the house even in very hot conditions (36 degrees). Arrival time to the house was very flexible.
11 Apr 2012
Enjoyed out stay, although out of season, we were lucky with the weather, which made all the difference. Excellent location, beach fantastic, if in season, would of been a little more to do in the town. A car is advisable, but can reach supermarket and town, 15 min walk. Lovely restaurants in the town and a hotel close by. A bar/restaurant on the beach.
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