Sant’Antioco is the second largest island of the Sardinian region, after Sardinia itself.
The island of Sant’Antioco was settled at least from the 5th millennium BC. Typical tombs (called Domus de Janas) and menhirs have been found. The island also housed nuraghe civilisations.
The current city name derives from St. Antiochus, who evangelised the area before being martyred in 125 AD. After the decline and the end of the Western Roman Empire, Sant’Antioco was a fortified strong point of the Byzantines.
Many beaches can be reached with a short drive, the most famous of which are Maladroxia and Co’e Quaddus and the rocky inlets of Cala Sapone and Cala Lunga.