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The origin of the beaches of Punta Niedda and Punta Su Mastixi is closely linked to that of the Teccu volcanic plateau dominating over Barisardo. Teccu dates back to the Pleistocene period, and it originated after a lava eruption probably around Mt. Sa Ibba Manna. The lava flow reached the sea, forming the two points of Punta Niedda and Punta Su Mastixi.
Punta Niedda is jugged and its basalt rocks penetrate dozens of meters into the sea. The typical dark color of volcanic rocks (“Punta Niedda” means Black Point) stands in stark contrast with the clear color of the rocks of the cove that connects Punta Niedda with the shore.
As for Punta Niedda, there are several interesting historical theories about it. Some experts believe it was an important docking point for crimson trade during the Phoenicia-Roman times. Another hypothesis dates back to the following period, and states that the Spanish tower that today is in Torre di Barì, should have been instead built here in Punta Niedda.
Further south, past the Teccu plateau, along a small road, first paved and then unpaved, you will reach Punta Su Mastixi. This solitary and wild place will immediately strike you with the strong scent of aromatic herbs that mixes with the smell of the sea as you go down to the beach. As Punta Niedda, Su Mastixi too is a basalt cliff, and its rocks upon contact with water take on a darker color, almost coal-like.
Directions: The beaches of Punta Niedda and Punta Su Mastixi are immediately south of Cea Beach, and you can reach them following the same road that goes to Cea Beach.