Sa Spendula Waterfall
Sa Spendula simply means “the Waterfall”. It never needed another name to define it. It is known throughout the area as the waterfall par excellence, the natural monument that typifies Villacidro the most. It is known all over Sardinia and has always been a destination that anyone arriving in town cannot resist.
Sa Spendula is a majestic drop into the Coxinas stream. Its source is found in the Coxinas plateau at an altitude of approximately 700 metres a.s.l. The river flows down towards the Campidano area along a deep, narrow gorge formed between Mount Omo and Mount Margiani which at a certain point plummets with three drops. Sa Spendula is the third one at about 30 metres.
Immersed in the scenery of pink and grey granite rocks among the wild mountains crowning it, this waterfall has received the homage of exceptional travellers and tourists over time such as Gabriele D’Annunzio. The great poet visited Villacidro in 1882 with Cesare Pascarella and Edoardo Scarfoglio and dedicated a sonnet to this waterfall that further increased the prestige of this natural beauty.
The waterfall can be reached by following a short path that runs alongside the river, leading directly to the drop. When rains are heavy, the water’s impetuosity does not allow for travellers to come very close and offers them a splendid vision that can only be compared to a frothy cloud.
The area is surrounded by a dense pine grove and a well-equipped area that can be reached by crossing the lovely wooden bridge that also leads to the departure point of a short path leading to the top of the falls.