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Living the history to challenge the future

14 Febbraio 2012 | By


A headquarters with a long, curious and fascinating history: the structure where the tourist centre of the Tramariglio bay is located (from the Catalan “Tramarill”, meaning “Between two seas”) dates back to the early Forties. The building, in fact, was created as a quarters for soldiers, and specifically for Policemen, who served at the former penal colony. The clearly visible prison of Tramariglio, now open to guided visits, and which is now also the prestigious headquarters of the Regional Natural Park of Porto Conte, was the heart of a small village of convicts, who were employed in draining the Nurra back in 1933. However, Tramariglio was quite a different penal colony, above all, thanks to the goals of the director during that period, who was more focused on the principles of rehabilitation and the redemption of the prisoners, rather than on a hard but useless prison system. And he achieved very important results, because the convicts, in addition to draining the area, also realized important works of reforestation of the area; as well as planting vineyards and pine-eucalyptus, in addition to the ordinary and extraordinary upkeep of this northern-western area of Sardinia. The results of this effort is something that both tourist operators and visitors can still enjoy today, and they are personally asked to respect the nature of this area.
The complex of the former penal colony was decommissioned by the prison administration in 1997, and the bodies which manage the area – the Regional Natural Park of Porto Conte and the Marine Protected Area of Capo Caccia-Isola Piana– allowed for a judicious and careful use of the structures by tourist operators, who were aware of the natural, historical, cultural and rural treasure; real jewels to keep and preserve because they make this part of the island unique.

Tunnel del Cabirol (the Tunnel of the Roebuck)

4 Febbraio 2012 | By

It is a suggestive tunnel which takes its name from the Scalinata del Cabirol (the Steps of the Roebuck) –located right above the diving point– and leading to the famous Grotta di Nettuno (the Cave of Neptune). The tunnel’s entrance is very wide and rays of sunlight penetrate inside, creating spectacular plays of light. The cave is wedged into the cliff, and extends for about fifty metres, after which you enter another smaller cave, which is located right above the bigger one. Exiting out of the cave, you continue the dive along the outer wall of the headland, which is very rich in ravines and burrows.

Departure: the cave is 8 minutes away from th ArchiMete tourist centre by rubber boat.

Route: the cave in on two levels and the exploration is quite easy.

Depth: the cave entrance is at 16 metres depths, once you have arrived at the outer wall, you can reach the seabed at 30 metres.

To see: colorful walls, covered by sponges and corals, disclose ravines where spin lobsters, moray eels, but also nudibranches and shrimps find shelter. Just outside the tunnel, it is easy to spot big pelagic fishes and sea breams hunting their quarry.

Length of the exploration: 1 hour

Price includes: scuba tank and ballast, transfer by rubber boat, diving and naturalistic guide inside the cave, washing and storage of the equipment.

Further information: the tourist centre ArchiMete offers the possibility to buy cheap diving packages, which allow one to experience the wonders of the Protected Marine Area of Capo Caccia-Isola Piana. The offer can be combined with trekking and snorkeling routes, in addition to naturalistic activities proposed by ArchiMete. See also the section “Discover our offers” on the homepage of the website.


Rubber boat rentals

30 Gennaio 2012 | By

Gommoni generale

The sport centre ArchiMete offers a practical and convenient service of rubber boat rentals, dedicated to sea lovers who wants to independently discover the naturalistic and landscape heritage of the Riviera del Corallo (the Coral Riviera), and the area of Capo Caccia-Isola Piana. The rubber boat is the perfect means for living life to its fullest, between sunbathing and the sea.Logo beach bar per sito eng OK

To use the rubber rental boats, there’s no need of a boating license, because the engines are only 40 horsepower ; a perfect power to safely sail in comfort.

The rubber boats, which are continuously checked and serviced, are equipped with every kind of safety equipment, complying with Italian recreational rules. The boats are also insured with insurance policy.


For information on the period and availability of the rubber boats please send an e-mail to the following e-mail address:, and specify “Info on rubber boat rentals” in the subject.

Or, you can directly call the following phone nr. +39.333.6744889, +39.334.9372278, +39 327 5909300 (opening hours: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. / 2 – 7 p.m.)

For the rental of a rubber boat, the customer is asked to sign a rental contract, and leave a deposit upon delivery of the craft. The deposit will be given back at the end of the rental period, and upon the safe and undamaged return of the craft.

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Rubber boats:


SELVA D500 with a Yamaha 40/60 horsepower engine

Max. 6 people allowed;
Steering console;
Stern and bow sundeck with pillows;
Sundeck canopy;

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GOMMONAUTICA G48 Comfort equipped with a Yamaha 40/60 horsepower engine

Max. 6 people allowed;
Steering console;
Stern and bow sundeck with pillows;
Sundeck canopy;

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Rubber boat rentals are available from 1st May to 31st October. In March, April and November, rentals are available by reservation only.

The fuel is EXCLUDED from the rental fee.


Food & Culture

21 Gennaio 2012 | By

Food and Culture.

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Food & Culture: a mix that belongs to Italy. In particular to Sardinia, the cradle of nuragic civilization, but also of wonderful typical products manufactured by skilled craftsmen:Logo beach bar per sito eng OK winemakers, shepherds, butchers, fishermen, artisans of wood, metal, stone, leather and thousand other raw materials offered by the land of Sardinia.
Wine, cheese, olive oil, salami, bread, friendship and joy are the tasty toppings of a tour that combines the cultural aspects of the north-west Sardinia to the culinary tradition of the island.
Aboard a comfortable air-conditioned minibus we discover the main archaeological sites inside and around the Regional Nature Park of Porto Conte. Such as the necropolis of Anghelu Ruju, the Nuraghe Palmavera, the promontory of Capo Caccia (Unesco heritage) and the Nature Park of Porto Conte. Its headquarters offers a botanical garden and nature trail, and a museum dedicated to the old penal colony of Tramariglio.
The tour alternates cultural moments to visits to famous local wineries, farms and dairy laboratories where tastings of typical products are not an option, but a real must!
The tour starts from Alghero (participants are picked up directly at the accommodation) and lasts half day.

The natural setting of Alghero

From the enchanting seabed to the Caribbean coasts; from the plain rich in vegetation and Mediterranean maquis, to the mountains which are perfect for unforgettable day trips. The territory of Alghero offers every kind of amusement, in close contact with the most wild and uncontaminated nature. The visitor’s eye is caught by the promenade of Alghero and by the unmistakable tortoise-like outline of Capo Caccia, a primary place of naturalistic and cultural interest, which is the heart of two reserves: the Marine Protected Area of Capo Caccia-Isola Piana and the Regional Natural Park of Porto Conte.

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Capo Caccia, scrigno di endemismi botanici

10 Dicembre 2011 | By

Il Parco naturale regionale di Porto Conte e l’Area Marina protetta di Capo Caccia e Isola Piana sono scrigni di biodiversità sia dal punto di vista floristico che faunistico. Inverni miti ed estati secche, condizioni climatiche tipiche della Sardegna, hanno favorito la diffusione di endemismi di enorme interesse naturalistico.

E tutto è alla portata di mano –anzi, di macchina fotografica!– di studiosi e appassionati di botanica e biologia.

Gli oltre cinquemila ettari di superficie del Parco regionale sono habitat naturale per straordinarie specie vegetali endemiche. In particolare in due aree di grande interesse, come Capo Caccia e Punta Giglio, dove la geomorfologia del territorio –prevalentemente carsico, con pochi centimetri di sedimento e terra tipicamente rossa– ha permesso il diffondersi di arbusti bassi ed erbe cespugliose: tra questi spiccano per importanza la Centaurea horrida (il fiordaliso spinoso, endemico della Sardegna settentrionale) e il Limonium nymphaeum, paleoendemismo noto come statice delle ninfe.


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