Capo Caccia, Sardinia: beauty in the visible and invisible spectrum
“L’abbraccio del golfo è uno splendore / di luce, di sole che ti consola, / e Capo Caccia nel fondo della nebbia / è un’alta torre, forte e sola” (“The gulf’s embrace is a wonder / of light, and comforting sun, / and Capo Caccia in the fog / is a tall tower, strong and solitary”): these few verses by Alghero-born poet Rafael Sari (1904-1978) capture the beauty of the majestic, calcareous cape in the Gulf of Porto Conte, Sardinia.
Capo Caccia stands out at 186 meters of height over the small bay near Alghero, at the northwestern tip of the island. It was named after the fact that in the 19th century the local aristocracy enjoyed pigeon hunting (‘caccia’) from boats at the foot of this sharp peak.
Today, a myriad of birds still populate the area: eagles, swifts, peregrine falcons, petrels, and yellow-legged gull to mention but a few.
There are also a number of sea caves at the base of the “tall tower”, such as the huge underwater Nereo Cave.
For every example of beauty you can see in Capo Caccia, there is another of invisible beauty to imagine.