Sant'Antioco, Sardinia

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Visit Sant'Antioco

Sant'Antioco is an island located southwest of Sardinia. It is the largest island among the smaller Sardinian islands. An artificial isthmus connects Sant'Antioco to its motherland. There are 2 urban centres. These are the Sant'Antioco centre and the Calasetta centre. Other parts of its territory are smaller towns and seaside resorts.

Sant'Antioco is is the island’s main town. It is found at the foot of Castle Hill and looks like a typical fisherman’s village with low bungalows and red roofs. You will find narrow streets but a quite multifaceted urban makeup.

The history of the island dates back to a thousand years. The town was peopled as early as the 3rd millennium BC although history counts from the 8th century BC. The Phoenicians founded the city of Sulky. This was later renamed into the Latin Sulci. Today, it is called Sant’Antioco.

The place is evidently historical. Evidence from the past appears to be interesting. You will find two menhir from the pre-Nuraghic times, a number of Tombe dei Giganti, several Domus de janas or fairy houses, a huge Phoenician-Punic tophet which is a type of sacrificial cemetery, and the old Punic Necropolis.

The town is named after St. Antioco’s basilica. The basilica was built in 1102 atop a very old Christian church. The basilica contains the sait and martyr’s statue and relics.

At the town entrance, you will be greeted by the charming Roman Bridge with 2 arches. Apart from the town’s rich archaeological sites, vacationers can find long, beautiful beaches alternating with rocky bays. Clear sea waters full of sea creature species and breathtaking water resources are very attention grabbing.

The economy of Sant’Antioco relies on the harbour and fishing activities, craftsmanship, chemical industry, wine production, and of course, the industry of tourism.

The town people symbolize the true spirit of Sardinian hospitality. Food served around town will please even the most finicky visitor to Sant'Antioco.

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Map of Sant'Antioco & places nearby