Letters from Sardinia


Sardinia is a sun-filled island with emerald green fjords, remote coves and towering cliffs rising out of the sea. But thanks to its huge forests and renowned nature reserves, Sardinia is also a very green island – an unspoiled paradise for hikers and nature lovers.

One of many highly recommended “green”  outings is a hike – or leisurely walk – through the 32,000 hectare Foresta del Sulcis (near Pula), which is one of Europe’s largest forests. Here, wild boar, foxes and partridges live in a habitat replete with towering holm oak and carob trees above which golden eagles still soar. 2000 year old yew trees with trunks exceeding seven meters in diameter grow in Badde Salighes (“valley of the weeping willows”), which captured the heart of the British engineer responsible for building Sardinia’s railroad. You will find green in all of Sardinia’s regions: the northern forests of Mount Limbara (near Tempio), in central Sardinia at Gennargentu and in the enchanting park at Monte Arci (near Oristano) where four millennia ago the sacred obsidian stones of the Nuraghi were created.  Scattered throughout Sardinia you will find countless small nature reserves each of which is a jewel in its own right. Bruncu Santoru park in the Perdasdefogu region is particularly lovely, a place where eel and trout cavort in babbling brooks.

Most of you are of course familiar with Sardinia’s famed “sunny side” from your memorable vacations in one of our lovely seaside houses, but you should also consider spending some time discovering the island’s greener climes where a rich and fascinating encounter with nature awaits you.

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