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Portoscuso is a well known seaside resort in the Sulcis area which is easily reached from Carboneia and Iglesias. Its origins go back to the XVIth century when the first residential areas formed around the old Su Pranu 'tonnara' building. Its name probably derives from Porto Scusi which means 'hidden port. In its historical centre there is the ancient Torre Spagnola (Spanish Tower) which dates back to 1500. The town has infrastructures of excellent quality: hotels, restaurants and other points of refreshment. Portoscuso also possesses a modern harbour which shelters numerous different kinds of boats.
To the north of the town there is a large pine wood and the charming beach of Portupaleddu. To the south, there is the hamlet of Portovesme which is a departure point for boats to the island of S. Pietro. Still towards the south, at Paringianu, there is the small lake of Boi Cerbus which is host to various different species of water birds and the beautiful pink flamingos. Portoscuso's coastline is characterised by beautiful sandy beaches which alternate with stretches of imposing cliffs. In particular, the cliffs at Capo Altano are worth a mention; from here it is possible to admire a magnificent panorama: a long stretch of coastline which extends as far as the "Pan di zucchero" ('sugar loaf') rock at Masua. The whole of the length of the Portoscuso coastline represents an important unit from the naturalistic point of view due to the presence of important marine and palustrine eco-systems. An attraction of the location is its famous "Tonnara" (a structure of fishing nets used traditionally for catching tuna) which has been in existence for centuries and still preserves its charm.
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