Nuoro It is the capital of the central part of Sardinia so called Barbagia which still maintains the most ancient character of the island. Mountains and hills dominate this area which produces a well-known wine called Cannonau. This wine is apparently connected to longevity in most parts of this area. The reason for this is that it contains the world’s highest amount of antioxidants and and other health-boosting polyphenols.
Historically, this region has been the most remote and isolated. Even the Romans found impossible to subdue the local populations due to their strong character and sense of identity. The area is rich in archaeological sites like nuragic settlements, Tombe dei Giganti (Giant’s thumbs), menhirs, etc. Today, Nuoro and its territory are very much appreciated by tourists who want to enjoy a relaxed holiday that mix culture, cuisine, traditions and beautiful nature. The sandy and rocky unpolluted coastline with its amazing beaches attract many tourists during the summer season. However, the true beauty of this area lies in its interior parts on both the landscapes and in the people that live there. Traditions are still an essential part of the local life style which goes together with the good sense of hospitality by the residents. Don’t be surprised if going into a bar somebody offers you a drink as a way to welcome you there. The Gennargentu is the Sardinia’s central massif and Punta La Marmora is its highest peak at 1834 metres. It is vast and rugged covered by woods and small rivers. It is an ideal place for mountain excursions, trekking and nature photography.
Some of the most important attractions in the area are:
Nuoro town. By many it is also called the “Sardinian Athens” due to the cultural relevance that include renowned literaries and artists among its citizens since ancient times. Grazia Deledda, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1926, is the most well known name. The Ethnographic Museum which displays the objects ands costumes of popular traditions definitely deserves a visit. If you are around this area towards the end of August make sure you attend the Redentore festival. This fascianting festival with a fascinating includes several parades of carnival masks and traditional costumes from around the island, giving a taster of some of the most ancient Sardinian traditions.
Tiscali Mountain and its nuragic settlement. located in the Sardinian Supramonte mountains, this area provides a perfect combination of unspoiled sceneries and archeological remains. The path to reach the settlement is recommended to trained walkers who enjoy being in contact with nature. The surrounding landscape is unique and impressive and very rich of gorges, grottos and caves. The views from the mountain are great and the archaeological site offers to visitors a suggestive journey backwards more than 3500 years ago. The nuragic village was built in a crater with provided protection to its inhabitants. In total more than 60 huts with walls made of limestone bricks and clay have been found in Tiscali. Some of the dwellings are still visible among the ruins.
Autumn in Barbagia (Cortes Apertas). It consists of a series of events which involve many towns and villages in the organization of traditional festivals, and many other charming and cultural events in the mountainous region of Barbagia. The idea is to make private old traditional homes (Cortes) opened to the public for viewing and allowing them to get a flavour of local traditions, culture and old way of living. Tasting local foods and wine are also a essential part of these events. Visitors will also enjoy the great sense of hospitality by the locals while seen a variety of traditional activities such as preparation of cheese, bread and wine, artists working ceramics, etc. There are of course plenty of music concerts and exhibitions. These events generally starts in September and end in December each year.
Boat trip in the Orosei Bay. Departing from Cala Gonone or Santa Maria Navarrese harbours the trips bring the visitors through the some of the most amazing sea sites in Europe. The wild an unpolluted coastline is dotted with small beaches (called Cala) and inlets which offer crystal clear and turquoise water for swimming lovers and majestic views for those who prefer to stay on the boat. Cala Luna, Cala Sisine, Cala Mariolu and Cala Goloritze’ are among the unmissable places that will make this an unforgettable boat trip. You can either hire a little dinghy or avail of the many boat services available in the harbour. Be prepared for a unforgettable day at sea.
Visit the Bue Marino and Fico grottos. They are both located close to Cala Gonone resort and can be reached only by boat. The Bue Marino (sea ox) grotto is definitely the most famous. However, grotto del Fico has just opened few years ago and is attracting already a considerable number of visitors. Both caves are rich in stalagmite and stalactite and many other fascinating limestone formations.