You can experience Poetto beach in at least two ways, that turquoise strip between the cities of Quartu and Cagliari.
One is when you are on it, as you relax and enjoy all the fun the beach of a hundred thousand has to offer. The other comes to you from up high: on top of the promontory of Sella del Diavolo, a cape that is at least as fascinating as the name it bears (i.e. the ‘Devil’s Saddle’, supposedly the saddle Lucifer lost when battling the angels for the ownership of the Gulf of Cagliari, a.k.a. Gulf of the Angels).
From the square that overlooks the intimate little beach-area of Calamosca, you head for the hotel that bears the same name, and from there you climb up the steep trail over the calcareous rock. The effort spent on the first stretch is paid for by the amazing panorama: you can see the inlet of turquoise water at Cala Fighera, the gulf of Golfo degli Angeli, and Cala Mosca lighthouse. Surrounded by wild olive trees, juniper and palms, the ruins of a military fortification rise up, as well as the Tower of Sant’Elia (1292), in addition to the Phoenician and Roman cisterns (pohuet is the Catalan word for well).
It is worthwhile to keep climbing, right up to the area dedicated to the goddess Astarte.
We are at an altitude of 135 meters, the sky is clear, the sea is glistening under the rays of the sun, and a soft breeze carries the fragrance of salt and Mediterranean shrubs. You do not want to miss out on this experience.