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Faraglione del Pan di Zucchero

Overview

The highest cliff in the Mediterranean

A rock with an unusual name, which derives from its similarity to the more famous Pao de Acucar in Rio de Janeiro and which replaced the name sardo Concali su Terrainu in the 18th century, the Faraglione del Pan di Zucchero represents one of the most beautiful natural areas on the south-western coast of Sardinia.

Formed by marine erosion that led to its detachment from the mainland, at 133 metres high, this imposing cliff of Cambrian limestone is the highest in the entire Mediterranean. Reachable only by sea, its steep and vertiginous walls attract the bravest climbers from all over the world, who find this a great spot to take on challenges bordering on the impossible.

Through karst phenomena that have altered the rock surface over the centuries, two tunnel-like caves have formed in the Faraglione del Pan di Zucchero, home to a variety of seabirds, while in the underwater surroundings a flourishing biodiversity enriches this unique and wonderful habitat.

 

Faraglione del Pan di Zucchero

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