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Santa Gill: photo description (Santa Gilla)

Santa Gill - natural area of about 8 thousand acres, located on the territory of the municipality of Cagliari and separated from the sea by a sand spit to La Playa. For centuries, these wetlands are home to many species of birds, both migrating and nesting. Among the most common birds which can be seen on Santa Gill, - sea crows, coots, stilts, striped, small mullet and Plover. But the most spectacular attraction of these places are colonies of pink flamingos that live in Santa Gill lake Molentargius. Pink Flamingo can be seen near the road - just a couple of meters from the highway!

I must say that this road crossing the lagoon, is just one of the examples of how you can disrupt fragile ecosystems. Immediately after the Second World war, there were built several chemical plants, and the industrialization and the ensuing commercial development of the area resulted in the need for the construction of the canal and harbour. The project estimated channel and the harbour caused a wave of public protest among the inhabitants of Cagliari, who were worried about the fate of wetlands. The problem was solved only in the early 1980-ies. Today there is the project of creation on the edge of the harbour, which is still under construction, bird sanctuary. It is also planned to install a water purification system for the area of Makharadze. The degradation of ecosystems Santa Gill, which in the past was on the verge of extinction, was stopped, and today, here again you can fish.

The charm of Santa Gill is not only noisy colonies of birds and incredibly beautiful views at sunrise and sunset. 3 km from Cagliari on the road to Puerto Cabezas located "sa illetta" ("little Villa" in Sardinian dialect), which was once a tiny island in the middle of the lake of Molentargius. Now this is not the island of "sa illetta" connected with the road to the Pool. A local landmark is the chapel of San simón with a Gothic portal and a fresco depicting St. Simon. Inside you can see the semicircular apse, barrel vaults and arches with lintels.