The dunes in Piscinas, near Arbus in Western Sardinia, used to be a natural outlet for convoys from Montevecchio, an ancient mining town about twenty kilometers towards east and the inner island.
“The tallest dunes in Europe are in Piscinas”, geologist Mario Tozzi explains in his book, “Italia segreta” (Rizzoli, Milan 2008). “Over sixty meters tall, and made of a golden white sand, they protect the hinterland and contribute to keeping the beach system on a better balance than in any place in Sardinia.”
“Between these dunes,” Tozzi continues, “you can often see specimens of Sardinian deer, which are smaller than European ones and represent the legacy of the small-scale fauna that used to populate Mediterranean islands, and which today is protected within green and wild areas. […] I walk over the candid dunes and go West, out of the Mediterranean forest, dazed by the strong marine wind – a wind so wild it makes the beach wild too, and probably has saved it from attempts at speculation…”
The dunes in Piscinas: a masterpiece painted by the wind.