Tavolara – Punta Coda Cavallo
In 1997, when the Ministry of Environment designated Tavolara-Punta Coda Cavallo, (Tavolara-Horse Tail Point) it became the largest marine protected area (at that time) on the island of Sardinia. It protects nearly 60 square miles. It was an obvious decision, given these coastal waters are just south of Sardinia’s and perhaps the Mediterranean’ most famous coastline – “Costa Smeralda”, the Emerald Coast.
including that of Italy’s former prime minister,
abound along this coast, virtually all low, hidden and woven into
the maccia vegetation. MPA managers estimate 5,000 small boats come to Tavolara
each year within four months (June - September), for general recreation, boating, fishing, transportation
to the island of Tavolara, and transportation around Sardinia.
This high number of nautical visitors is both a challenge and an
opportunity for outreach about the protected area and how to wise
use its resources.
are three islands and a long shoreline in the marine protected area.
However, the island of Tavolara dominates the vistas and towers, literally,
over the area. With sheer rock faces and cloud covered peaks, boating
around the island is inspiring and intimidating. Bird rookeries exist
on the island, in general a rarity in Italy due to heavy coastal development.
The website for Tavolara-Punta Coda Cavallo marine
protected area is http://www.amptavolara.com/home-page/.