Forgotten Sardinia by 4x4
Forgotten Sardinia by 4x4
A journey back in time, in places forgotten by man that nature is slowly recapturing. We will leave from Santa Teresa Gallura where we will reach the nature trails of Punta Cuntessa to discover the militry outpost of Punta Galassini. Two fortresses erected in local stone on two rock spurs from which they dominate the Capotesta peninsula and the entrance of the Bocche di Bonifacio, the straight separing Sardinia and Corsica. By car we will then reach the village of La Ficaccia, where you can visit the abandoned Punta Falcone lighthouse and the Ferrero and De Carolis militaryinstallations, part of the imposing fortifications erected at the dawn of World War II. Wondering around for the curious buildings disguised as nuraghi and now almost buried by spontaneous vegetation, you can still find the basements for the mighty naval cannons, the observation slots and if you are lucky even some oxidized casings. Sardinia has always been considered the fundamental crossroads for control of the Mediterranean and these constructions are nothing but the last testimony of a thought that united the ancient Romans to Napoleon Bonaparte, Mussolini and the Allies in the last world conflict. Then we'll reach Marmoratina Beach, where we will stop for a sack lunch with typical Sardinian products and possibly a bath in crystal clear waters. We will then cover the twenty-ish kilometers separating us from Palau, dominated by the mighty Mount Altura, yet another military fortress in the area. The fortress, built in the 1800's and then reused in subsequent centuries, has been emptied and abandoned for a long time, until a recent resettlement by the administration which then handled it to a cooperative for use. Needless to point out that the view that is enjoyed by the fortress ramparts is breathtaking, reaching the entire archipelago of La Maddalena and the renowned arenas of this corner of Gallura. Fortress to fortress, we will then move to the abandoned fortress of Baragge, an imposing complex of buildings and galleries that has a ghostly feeling to it. Here, if we are lucky, we'll be in total loneliness between the barracks and the prison of the complex. After that visit, we will return to Santa Teresa Gallura. The same tour is also possible with dirt or enduro bikes (but oyu've to have you own with you).
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