Tropical beaches and sea, natural oases and high-quality agri-food products. Castiadas is a young Municipality in the Sarrabus area, autonomous since 1986 and occupying a vast, rich territory, inhabited since the pre-Nuragic period and frequented until Roman times. Today, it is made up of hamlets that emerged after the Second World War, with a limited concentration of residents - just one thousand six hundred - but densely populated and lively in the hottest months. The first traces of the village date back to the 14th century. In the nineteenth century, the territory was reclaimed to build an agricultural penal colony, closed in the mid-20th century and now converted into a museum. This is the origin of the population and utilisation of a very fertile area, which produces renowned vegetables and citrus fruits.
The 13 kilometres of Castiadas coastline are one of the most beautiful stretches in Sardinia, with scenery made up of a succession of scenarios featuring white sands and dazzling colours, perfect places, not only for summer but also for a spring or autumn break, thanks to the beautiful clear, sunny days. Moving along the coast, starting from the border of Villasimius and the marine area of Capo Carbonara, you will come across a jewel of absolute value, Cala Pira, a corner of paradise protected by a promontory on which there is a tower of the same name: soft sand dunes are surrounded by granite rocks and perfumed by centuries-old junipers and Mediterranean scrub. Further north there is another pearl, Cala Sinzias, with two kilometres of soft, pure white sand, a clear seabed and waters reflecting various shades of blue. There is dense vegetation behind it: lentisks, pines and eucalyptus trees. For lovers of on the road travel, the bay is ideal and has areas equipped for camper vans and campsites behind the beach. Then there are the beaches of Cannisoni and San Pietro (or Cala Marina), large and beautiful with its golden hues. Beyond it, Costa Rei begins, with its ten kilometres of fine, golden sandy beaches that slope towards a sky-blue sea. In sequence, you will encounter the beaches of Monte Turno, Sant’Elmo and Santa Giusta, until you get to the ‘Scoglio di Peppino’ (Peppino’s Rock), the boundary between the territories of Castiadas and Muravera.
In the background, there is the mountainous outline of the Oasis of Sette Fratelli, an important nature park, the ideal place for relaxing walks, dotted with archaeological sites. A triumph of nature, made of elevations with rocks shaped by the weather and woods inhabited by rare animal species, such as deer and mouflons. In the itineraries inside the park, you will encounter canyons, gorges, towers and valleys crossed by rivers. Among the various natural monuments, one that stands out is the Arco dell’Angelo, a pink granite arch from which you can admire the entire valley of Castiadas.