The flora


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As you will discover, Sant’Antioco is an island of rare beauty, whose landscapes provide the ideal habitat for many endemic species of flora. And it is in these areas of unspoiled landscape that you will be able to discover certain plants that are typical of the island, and enjoy their delightful scents. If you want to find plants that grow in brackish conditions, you will not have to venture far from the town of Sant’Antioco. If you just walk a few kilometres to the area of Is Pruinis, you will be able to see Salicornia in its many variations: Strobilacea, Glauca and Europaea. If you are not near a brackish zone, then you are probably walking through the hinterland, home of Mediterranean scrub. This is at its best in the Spring, when the air is filled with a heady mix of perfumes: from wild lavender to broom, from Phoenician juniper to wild olive, and from Helichrysum to the infamous Dwarf Palm, which you will see in all sorts of places.

And if you’d like to see all that Sant’Antioco has to offer, you can take a short boat ride to the little Vacca islands, where the Ice Plant and Azure Stonecrop grow vigorously, next to the more common Sea Daffodil and Bunch-Flowered Narcissus; and to the Islet of del Toro, home to the Catsear and the Coastal Ragwort. Finally, not many people are aware that Posidonia Oceanica (commonly known as “Neptune Grass”) is also a marine plant, and so part of the flora of the island. If you go snorkelling on the south side of the island, you will see great banks of it swaying about in the current.


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