A bit of history
The village of Cannigione is located in the north-eastern part of Sardinia, within what is called the Gulf of Arzachena, a deep V-shaped inlet created by the mouth of the San Giovanni river, a few kilometers from the Costa Smeralda.
Born in the early 1800s as a small group of houses, inhabited mainly by shepherds and some fishermen, thanks to its position sheltered from the main winds of northern Sardinia, in the first half of the 1900s Cannigione became the port of Arzachena, from which boats departed with food supplies for the islands of La Maddalena and Caprera and subsequently loads of coal and livestock for the continent. Following the boom of the Costa Smeralda, Cannigione has experienced a constant demographic and urban development, to become one of the most renowned tourist destinations in northern Sardinia.
The Cannigione seafront is occupied by the quays of the tourist port, organized in various floating piers, equipped with all the necessary services to accommodate even large boats.
The Andrea Doria promenade, the hub of the social and tourist life of the town, unfolds along the small port. There you can find all kinds of commercial and craft activities as well as restaurants, bars and ice cream parlors.
The Andrea Doria promenade together with the port area is also the reference point for all tourist events. It is here that, throughout the summer, folkloristic shows, festivals, food and wine tastings, and other cultural and entertainment activities take place.
Nature and Beaches
In the innermost part of the gulf, there is the mouth of the San Giovanni river, a mini faunal oasis, within which various marsh birds find their natural habitat, such as the gray heron, the mallard, the coot and the very rare sultan chicken.
Continuing north, about a kilometer from the marina, we find La Conia and Tanca Manna, a set of villas and houses that, although separated, almost seem to merge with the village, forming a single agglomeration.
It is on this road that the largest and most popular beaches in the area are located. Tanca Manna, Mannena, Balca Brusgiata, Isuledda, are the best known, up to the Saline beach, located near the Capo D’Orso promontory. All the beaches are immersed in unspoiled nature, and surrounded by the Mediterranean scrub, where the scents of cistus, myrtle and broom blend into a unique fragrance that becomes the memory of those who have been there.