Pan di Zucchero

In the far southwest of Sardinia, just a few meters from the coast, the tallest sea stack in the Mediterranean rises suspended in the middle of the sea: Pan di Zucchero.

Pan di Zucchero is one of the most imposing and spectacular natural monuments on the island, a symbol of the coast of Iglesiente. It owes its name to its resemblance to the famous Pão de Açúcar in the bay of Rio de Janeiro, which replaced its original Sardinian name Concali su Terràinu in the 18th century.

It is easily reached by boat, and once you reach the rocky walls, climbing lovers, with proper equipment and support from specialized guides, can climb 133 meters. Once at the top, you will have a clear view of the three smaller sea stacks, two of which are known as s’Agusteri and il Morto. All four sea stacks in Masua, resulting from marine erosion that caused them to detach from the mainland, are composed of almost pure Cambrian limestone.

From the top of the sea stack, in addition to the three smaller ones, you can enjoy an excellent view of the wild charm of the coast. Just in front of Pan di Zucchero, suspended halfway up the sheer rock face over the sea, is the entrance to the mining tunnel of Porto Flavia. This is a complex of underground tunnels that finish inside a building carved into the cliff at the beginning of the 20th century.

The view of the sunset from the coast, framing the imposing rock formation, is not to be missed. It is a sunlight show that radiates from the limestone silhouette with all shades of yellow and orange.

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