Many things have been written about Capo Mannu and sometimes with very little real knowledge of the place. I was practically born in the sea. On the 21st I was still at the island of Mal di Ventre in the amniotic sea of my mother.
„… take me one day onto the hills of Sinis, in front of the Mediterranean, and put a green shell under my neck so that the voice of the sea can sing into my ear. That I should sleep there, between the lentisks, the rock roses and the asphodels with the sound of the waves on the sandstone, under the wings of the hawks and the large and soft flight of the seagulls. That I should sleep on the stony grounds of Sinis…“
These verses written by the great professor Pau sound like an act of love towards the Sinis and they are words that testify the attachment of the Sardinians, those who have „seawater running in their veines“ towards the sea, towards what the sea can give them.
There is no doubt about the fact that the first men who sailed the waters of the Gulf of Oristano and therefore also the waters of Capo Mannu were the Nuragic people in the period between 2000 and 1500 b.C. With a high probability these men arrived on the west coast of Sardinia from the Iberian Peninsula, having overcome their fear for this to them unknown element, the fear of the unknown and being pushed by the constant currents and Atlantic disturbances. Surely they arrived with primitive and unsafe crafts. Let’s try to imagine their approach to the West Coast the sea being active or with waves as after a big perturbation…
I don’t think it would be wrong to say that these people must have been the first surfers of history. After them there was a continuous attack on the Sardinian coastline by the various peoples that claimed the dominion of the Mediterranean. In the Sinis Peninsula there is the biggest density of Nuragic towers to be found in all of Sardinia, that together with the Aragonese towers, built from 1300 a.C. to defend the coastline from the frequent raids of the Saracene pirates, formed an efficient look-out system to sight everything that came from the sea. On the promontory of Capo Mannu there is an Aragonese tower that is still well conserved. With a bit of recklessness I sometimes climb onto the top of the tower. The beauty of the sea that you can sea is incredible, the line of the horizon is far away.
I imagine the warriors who scanned the sea … they were surely the first to see the wind coming, the waves grow and break on the cliffs. Who knows if any of them have ever thought about playing with the waves…
Photos Giangi Chiesura