"This land resembles no other place. Sardinia is something else[.]Enchanting spaces and distances to travel, nothing finished, nothing definitive. It is like freedom itself."
D. H. Lawrence, Sea and Sardinia, 1921
There are few areas in the Mediterranean capable of boasting such a varied and significant combination of environmental and historical-archaeological heritage: the northwestern area of Sardinia is truly a rarity. Despite the application of strict monitoring and preservation policies, it generously offers visitors to partake in an unforgettable experience.
Uncontaminated coastlines and sheer cliffs dropping into the sea, where griffins make their nests (such as cape Marargiu in Bosa) alternate with enchanting beaches and spectacular seas boasting a spectrum of colours that includes all the different hues of blue and emerald green.
Other senses are also brought into play, for example, the sense of smell. The aromas of protected species of Mediterranean plant life, such as myrtle berries, lentiscus, rosemary, and lavender, are spread by the mistral wind. From the area of Planaria with Bosa, beautifully set on the coast and dominated by the Malaspina castle, to Alghero, the architectonic jewel of the Mediterranean and which is also known as Barceloneta ("little Barcelona"). Then reaching Nurra with its spectacular views and beautiful fine sandy bays and the imposing promontory of Capo Caccia, located within the Regional Park of Porto Conte.
The protected area begins in the southeast, with the Calich lagoon protected for its flora and fauna heritage and which includes the enchanting gulf of Porto Conte. The area is considered to be one of the most beautiful coastal zones of the region. Every year its caves ("Grotta Verde" – the Green Cave, and "Grotta di Nettuno" – Neptune's Cave) attract visitors from all over the world. The territory is made up of important archaeological remains dating back to Roman times, such as in the case of Villa Romana, protected within the bay. It is a place of incredible fascination where it is possible to see dolphins that sometimes come as far inland as the entrance to the town harbour.
The coast becomes more savagely beautiful from Capo Caccia onwards. Dotted with Spanish guard towers that were built to protect against the Saracen invasions, it is an image that reawakens the observer's spirit of adventure.
Looking inland, where the hilly countryside alternates with endless fertile fields, relics from ancient settlements still cover a vast area, such as the pre-Nuragic ruins of Monte d "Accodi, near Sassari, and the area of Anghelu Ruju, which boasts one of the largest necropolises in the Mediterranean area.
Returning to the coast and heading north, we reach Stintino and the marvelous Pelosa beach, perhaps one of the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia. Just a few kilometres away, we find Porto Torres, ruins from the ancient Roman Turris Libisonis town and one of the oldest commercial ports on the island. Bordering the coastline, in the enchanting Gulf of Asinara, there is Castelsardo. Built on a rocky spur overlooking the sea. Wandering through the streets and paths of the fortified village lead us to the castle. It is also possible to find beautiful artisanal crafts, particularly the famous Anglona baskets.
Production, craftsmanship, history, natural beauty, and a tradition whose archaic rituals are founded in remote pre-Christian customs, Sardinia is all this and more. Sardinia is like freedom itself.
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