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Sardinia: what to see besides beaches and villages

Explore more of Sardinia rather than simply the beaches and tourist, villages. Explore caves, mountains and valleys, unknown to most.

A few km from Alghero there are Grotte di Nettuno, (Caves of Nettuno) an archaeological site of rare beauty created by some karst formations that were discovered by chance by a fisherman from the area. The caves extend for 4 km but cannot be visited in full for the safety of the visitor, in fact only speleologists can access some areas.

To enter, you will have to walk along a 656-step-long descent, but you will surely be rewarded by the beauty of the place that will welcome you, leaving you speechless. Stalagmites, stalactites and an underground lake (Lake La Marmora) are just some of the things you will find inside the Caves of Neptune. The access stairway also called Escala del cabriol (scale of the roe deer) is not the only entrance to the caves and not even the oldest: by sea it can be accessed without problems starting from the port of Alghero.

Several areas to discover, such as the Sala della Reggia which houses very high calcite columns and the Tribuna della musica from which you can see Lake La Marmora and the already mentioned Sala della Reggia. It is impossible to enclose in concepts and adjectives this natural wonder that should be seen live at least once in a lifetime. After visiting the caves, you can stop to observe the wonderful Coral Riviera, which takes its name from the coral that is collected to create jewelery.

Sea and mountains merged in a single scenario with a summer flavour, places that make you dream and that remain in your heart at first sight. In short, if you visit Sardinia remember this magical corner with breath-taking landscapes.

Village of Tiscali

We move now to the province of Nuoro to discover the Village of Tiscali located on the homonymous mountain at 518 above sea level. An ancient village of the Nuragic civilization of which today only archaeological remains remain, it knows how to give a particular and involving atmosphere.

Its peculiarity is that it rises inside a basin formed by the dissolution of the calcium carbonate (which constitutes the rocks) called the karst dolina and the village is not visible from outside the basin, you will discover it with surprise. If you find yourself in the surrounding areas, visiting the village of Tiscali can be a beautiful and particular experience, and that the huts you will find here are different from those present in the rest of Sardinia, they hold a very strong connection and are indissoluble with the surrounding nature.

To get to the village you can choose to venture on three routes that depart from Oliena or Dorgali, walking you will meet the Su Golone spring, you will pass by the river until you reach the summit of the small Monte Tiscali and only then will you be able to access the nuragic village using a ladder-bridge. There are organized routes for those who love trekking, so if you like this type of activity you just should organize your excursion.

Gurropu gorge

This canyon located in the Supramonte is one of the deepest in Europe. Its formation is due to the passage of the Rio Flumineddu which corroded the rock forming this natural spectacle. The canyon can be visited along a very long path (12 kilometers) that will take you up to the Gurropu Gorge.

A peculiarity is that inside the Gurropu Gorge a plant grows that is not present in any other part of the world: the nuragic aquilegia, a spectacular perennial plant with a lilac flower that you can only find here.


Have you ever heard of Nuraghi? They are ancient stone buildings that belonged to the age of the Nuragic civilization on which scholars still question the use made of it. They are thought to have been built as defensive or cult places but the only thing that is known for sure is that they were at the centre of the daily life of this civilization. The stone contrasts perfectly with the wild nature that dominates the area, giving suggestive emotions enveloped in the mystery of a people whose traces still remain.

Nuraghi date back to 1100 – 1800 BC and they are the testimony of an ancient people who lived in these areas, they are also a symbol of Sardinia, an evocative image of history and culture. If we try to draw up a ranking of the most beautiful nuraghi of Sardinia, we cannot forget to mention the most famous: Nuraghe Su Nuraxi. This Nuraghe is located near Cagliari, has been included in the long list of UNESCO and was discovered in the 50s following a flood. It consists of a central nucleus, towers and a wall with small scattered huts.

The largest is instead the Nuraghe Arrubiu which takes its name from the red color (which the Sardinians call Arrubiu) of the lichens found on its surface. It is located in Orroli and is preserved quite well.

This is just a taste of what you can discover in Sardinia, a small look at an ancient area rich in culture and tradition to be discovered during your stay on the island.

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