La Sella del Diavolo

La Sella del Diavolo

La Sella del Diavolo

The beach of Poetto is one of the best places from where one can admire the so called “Sella del Diavolo”, the headland that overlooks the seashore of Poetto and separates it from Calamosca Beach. Its history is linked to a legend that people from Cagliari like to recall. Its name seems to derive from an attempt by some devils to take possession of this part of the coast because of its special beauty. The legend says that God decided to stop the devils’ attack using the army of his faithful angels, whose head was Gabriel archangel. The battle between angels and devils took place in the sky above the gulf. They say that while Lucifer was  running away, he lost his saddle. It fell on the sea and became petrified, giving origin to the headland. That’s why the mountain was called “Sella del Diavolo”,meaning the devil’s saddle, while the sea below was named “Golfo degli Angeli”, that is the Angels’gulf. You can visit St.Elia’s headland and “Sella del Diavolo” walking along a path which takes you from Calamosca to the top and which is of great naturalistic and archaeological value. According to certain accounts and various human traces inside some caves, this area seems to have been already inhabited in very ancient times. Along the way you can see first the ruins of the Tower of St.Elia, which can be reached by a steep descent, then a small fortification dating back to the Second World War and finally the ruins of St.Elia’s Monastery.