San Pietro Island, Sardinia: how to get there and what to see

San Pietro Island Sardinia

You’re spending a holiday in Cagliari. You have seen its several attractions and its beautiful beaches. It’s time to discover the surroundings of the Sardinian capital city. And you’d like an excursion to San Pietro Island. But you don’t know how to get there and what to see.


Where it is

San Pietro is one of the most beautiful islands of Sardinia. It is just off the coast of Sulcis- Iglesiente, southwest coast of Sardinia. The best starting point is Cagliari because it is the main tourist port on Sardinian south coast.


How to get there

To get to San Pietro Island from Cagliari:

  1. Take the state highway 130 to Domusnovas;
  2. From Domusnovas take the county road 87 to Villamassargia;
  3. From Villamassargia, take the county road 2 to Portovesme;
  4. From Portovesme take a ferry to Carloforte, the main town on San Pietro Island.

The journey will take about two hours.


What to see

Now that you know how to get there, these are the places and the things to see on San Pietro Island:

  • Carloforte, the only comune on the island, is a real jewel: a place that mixes Mediterranean, Sardinian and Ligurian cultures.
  • In the rugged coastline there are wonderful coves touched by a crystal clear sea: one of the most beautiful is cala Fico.
  • Capo Sandalo is the highest point of the island and here there is the lighthouse: the view is amazing.
  • Cala Vinagra, in the northern part of the island, is surrounded by a pine forest.
  • Becco mining area, near the homonymous gulf, is recommended for industrial archaeology enthusiasts.
  • The salt works near Carloforte is another suggestive place.


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