On Sardinian southwestern coasts, at Arbus, there are two marvellous corners where an intact, desert-like nature reigns: the dunes of Piscinas, heart of the Costa Verde and the dunes of Pistis-Torre dei Corsari. In fact, the strength of the mistral wind has powerfully pushed towards the hinterland the sand accumulated by the sea onto the coast, thus forming “hills”, up to thirty metres high and over. The very fine, yellow sand, the “waves” shaped by the wind and few, twisted, drought-dried trees testifies to the region’s unusual climate, almost comparable to that of a “little Sahara”.
At Piscinas-Ingurtosu, a walk among the dunes - preferably at dawn or sunset, so as to avoid the great heat of summer months, or out of season - allows fully enjoying a marvellous panorama. The sand’s white, golden colour contrast with the surrounding landscape, where the eye is catched by green of the thick Mediterranean macchia covering the hills on the trees sides of the hinterland (north, east and south). The sea, on the western side, washes over two kilometres of solitary beach.
The same characteristic exist in the other dunal sector, which is a little smaller. Furthermore, on its southern and northern sides there are the two tourist resorts of Torre dei Corsari and Pistis, however far away from each other.
This stretch of coast, situated a little further to the north of Piscinas, appears deserted and wild as well. Is Arenas 'e S'Acqua 'e S'Ollastu (the sands of the wild-olive source) is the long, poetic name of these dunes.
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