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If you want a sailing holiday different from the usual offerings in Sardinia, and if you love the secluded and little-known places, then the west coast is the place for you. Less known than the popular Costa Smeralda and the Maddalena archipelago, the west coast of the island, however, is rich in charm with wild and unspoiled landscapes. Where the countryside meets the coast time seems to stand still: far from the hectic traffic of cities and their tremendous pollution here you can breathe the fresh air of the seaside villages.

The Sporting Hotel Stella Maris offers an extensive range of boat trips tailored to your needs and interests. The tours are daily, in comfortable, inflatable 9 metre boats.

River Temo
Up a river on board a boat is an experience that can only be done in Sardinia from Bosa. The river Temo navigable for about 6 km stretching from the mouth to the church of S. Peter extramuros, offers the possibility to admire the city from an unusual perspective. Along the way are the 18th century tanneries, the real wealth of industrial archeology, which strongly characterize the appearance of the left bank of the river. On the other side overlooking the river are the nineteenth-century buildings, near the medieval district of Sa Costa dominated by the Malaspina castle. After passing the old bridge, built in trachyte locally, and the Cathedral of the Immaculate, we arrive at the old church of S. Peter extramuros, where you can moor and visit the most important religious building in Bosa, one of the oldest of the Romanesque period churches in Sardinia.

West Coast
From the mouth of the river heading north towards the Cape of Marargiu, there are a variety of beautiful coves and inlets, Pogge de sos columbos, Pogge 'e padre and Cane malu to quote the principal. A little later a small beach with an adjoining island, located at the entrance of the bay, is known as Cala 'e Moros (Moors of falls). Continuing the navigation reaches a portion of the coast modeled by the erosive action of the sea. Sos pupos (the children) gives bizarre landscapes, rock lends itself more to the imagination, offering profiles of ancient dinosaurs, raptors and elephants, to the entrance of the bay of Cala Rapina. Then we reach the small sandy S'abba Druche and Compoltittu (small comfort with marina), which delight the viewer with hints of tropical waters thanks to shallow waters and white sands.

We are close to the small promontory of the jagged Torre Argentina where small coves with smooth white rocks offer us wonderful and often solitary relaxation. The tour continues skirting the settlement of Casa del Vento, whose coastal morphology is great for scuba diving and snorkeling. Rounding a small island, home of gulls and cormorants, we will dock in the bay of Porto Managu - the last coastal stretch reachable by land. From here on the geology of the coast and rocks undergoes a marked transformation, offering the viewer a magnificent landscape of imposing cliffs full of crevices and cracks in the rocks of trachytic and andesitic volcanic origin. The whole stretch of coast from here to Alghero is famous for the chance to spot rare species of marine mammals. Wonder at the sight of the famous caves, a visit into the heart of the mountain enjoying the grandeur of the structures created by the force of waves at the base of the jagged cliffs where often it is possible to glimpse the rare Griffon Gyps fulvus.

Mal di Ventre Island
In an hour's sailing to the south you can reach one of the most picturesque small islands of Sardinia and Italy, the island of Mal di Ventre. Beautiful and lonely, the island also known as the malu entu (ie, the evil wind, the mistral blows sometimes raging) is an island of just over one square km in extent. Its highest point above sea level is inside the lighthouse, 18 m. Along the reef called del Catalan, is the only outcrop of some entity off the coast of Oristano. The island of Mal di Ventre is a heavenly place of rare beauty: covered with low scrub made of cistus, mastic tree, rosemary and tamarisk it is devoid of human settlements and populated only by turtles, hares, and many types of birds that nest there. This exceptional natural resource has meant that it was included in the protected marine area of Sinis. It differs from the neighboring Sardinian coasts being made up not of limestone, but granite, whose slow disintegration started in distant geological epoch, now creates the quartz beaches of Is Arutas, Mari Ermi and Maimoni. The only evidence of human presence on the island is detectable by the presence of the remains of a dolmen, and the stone walls of the huts used by shepherds during the winter for watching over their flocks, the Cala dei pastori. Instead, in Cala del relitto, less than a mile from the beach, lies the wreck of a small food carrying cargo ship of war.

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