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Molentargius - Saline Regional Park (Parco Naturale Regionale Molentargius - Saline) Tours

Molentargius - Saline Regional Park (Parco Naturale Regionale Molentargius - Saline)
Italy’s idyllic island of Sardinia is known for its beaches and turquoise waters, which encircle beautiful inland parks and natural areas. One of the most important is Molentargius - Saline Regional Park (Parco Naturale Regionale Molentargius - Saline), a wetland of shallow pools once used to harvest salt that now hosts a wealth of bird life.

The Basics
Located just inland from the Sardinian coast between Cagliari and Quartu Sant'Elena, the 4,000-acre (1,600-hectare) area was recognized by the Ramsar Convention in 1977 as a vital wetland, and has been the Regional Park of Molentargius-Saline since 1999. Today, the coastal lowland is divided between the freshwater basins of Bellarosa Minore and Perdalonga, and the saltwater basin of Bellarosa Maggiore. Among the birds you may spot here are slender-billed gulls, pink flamingos, and kingfishers. Native amphibians include the green toad, green whip snake, and marsh turtle.

The park is just outside Cagliari, so it’s an easy excursion if visiting the city as part of a walking tour or tuk-tuk tour. To explore the park, you can take advantage of the bike rental service at the park entrance, hop on one of the park’s electric minibuses, take a boat trip through the canals, or simply follow the area’s walking paths.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • This regional park is a bird-watching paradise, so bring binoculars and a birding guide.
  • A tour of Molentargius is a fun break for kids who like to be outdoors.
  • Wear weather-appropriate clothing and sun protection.
  • Many of the park paths are accessible to wheelchair users. To join a boat or minibus tour with a wheelchair, contact the park in advance.

How to Get There
Molentargius - Saline Regional Park (Parco Naturale Regionale Molentargius - Saline) is between Cagliari and Quartu Sant'Elena, just inland from the Poetto beach. The park entrance on Via La Palma, and there is no public transportation to the park.

When to Get There
Molentargius is open daily year-round. The best time to spot birds in the park is early spring and late fall, when the seasonal migrations bring a host of species to rest and feed in the wetlands.

Ode to the Donkey
Until 1985, Molentargius was the most important basin for extracting sea salt on Sardinia. The area’s name comes from su molenti, meaning “donkey” in the local dialect—a nod to the historical means of transporting the precious loads of salt.
Address: Via la Palma, Cagliari, Italy
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CAGLIARI TOUR Half day in MINIBUS

CAGLIARI TOUR Half day in MINIBUS

n complete tour that will make you savor the most suggestive corners of the beautiful city of Cagliari, the jewel of southern Sardinia. Accompanied by a local guide, you will visit the Basilica of Bonaria, passing through the Poetto beach and the Molentargius park with its wonderful flamingos. You will continue to Monte Urpinu (viale Europa) to admire the Sardinian capital from above. Then we will move to the heart of the city, visiting the historic district of Castello: center of administrative power since the Middle Ages, its streets, its monuments take us back to the ancient history of the entire island, in a succession of unmissable glimpses and curious anecdotes ! Punctuality, efficiency, elegance, experience and professionalism. Available to meet any customer need. Assistance throughout the tour. "Happiness is a JOURNEY, not a destination ... !!!"
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Cagliari City Tour - Minivan Sightseeing and Walking

Cagliari City Tour - Minivan Sightseeing and Walking

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Explore the capital of the island of Sardinia during this 4-hour minivan sightseeing and walking tour of Cagliari. Learn about this ancient city's history as well as its modern treasures.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Price varies by group size
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