Portoscuso and the surrounding area
Portoscuso is situated on Sardinia’s South Western coast, in the Sulcis Iglesiente region, 81 km from Cagliari. In the past a “hidden port”, today it houses one of the most important Sardinian tourist ports connecting Sardinia and Carloforte, a small town of Genoese origins on the island of San Pietro, that can be reached by the ferries that run daily.
Portoscuso is an ancient town: it was founded in the 17th century, following the construction of the Spanish defense tower, against pirates’ raids, and the Tonnara fishing nets, which attracted fishermen from Sardinia, Ponza and Sicily and created a cultural melting pot.
Towards the port, as you reach the pier, you can still see the old buildings of the ancient Su Pranu Tonnara, the so called “pianoro”, the first building where tuna fishing was carried out. Portoscuso has a well preserved historical center where you can enjoy pleasant walks. In the main square you can find the Church of Madonna d’Itria, built in 1665.
The Spanish tower dates even earlier than that, and is located between the Ghinghetta cove e and the Portopaleddu cliffs, from which you can enjoy a wonderful panorama. For those who love the sea, just 5 minutes away you will find the endless beaches of Porto Pino; for nature and archeology lovers, we recommend Nora, Pula, Sirai, S.Antioco and the amazing caves of “Is Zuddas”, located in Santadi.
From Portoscuso you can easily reach the Island of San Pietro and its town Carloforte, where you will find sandy beaches, such as La Bobba and Guidi, or rocky coves with a waters full of fish, such as Cala Fico. Along the coastline, a few meters off the shore, there are the Colonne, two sea stacks 16 meters high, today protected as natural heritage.