- GENNARGENTU NATIONAL PARK
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When you think of Sardinia you think of sea and beach. Yet the real Sardinia is inland, and particularly in the region Gennargentu, where the landscape has not been overturned in a few years by the cement of the tourist flows, but rather the result of a millennial integration between man and nature and can give all the ingredients for a perfect holiday in any season. Rich is the human environment: small, secluded and charming villages, apart from the lucky exceptions Oliena Orgosolo Dorgali and have remained beyond the usual tourist circuits, as Urzulei, Talana, Arzana, Fonni Desulo, Aritzo, Gairo , Baunei Villagrande Seui Ussassai and that all have a considerable wealth of culture and traditions. Stand on the highest peaks to dominate vast areas or visit the great remaining forests Supramonte mountain ridges chasing the fugitive vision of a herd of mouflon or explore the rocky recesses in search of some of the many endemic flora, to walk the silent Codule jumping from boulder to boulder between patches and oleander, or seek in towns the charm of an ancient culture and original will be an exciting and unforgettable.
In Sardinia there are mountains, sprinkled with snow in winter and sun-kissed in summer, with Alpine meadows and large forests, but also with red-hot Mediterranean spots, deep gorges with boulders smoothed by water and "Codule" bright with oleanders. Territories must make wonderful walks, where wandering aimlessly in search of traditions and cultures and unexpected charm.
Gennargentu national park is located at the very heart of Sardinia, around the highest peaks of the Gennargentu Massif. The landscape is extensive and ever-changing: there are mountains, meadows, rocks, canyons, valleys, forests, shrubs, beaches and cliffs that plummet down to a crystalline sea. The most significant vegetation of the Gennargentu varies gradually as one gains height. On the lower slopes and in the valleys one finds small stretches of holm oak forest. Further up there are oaks and maples. Last but non least, the summits: they are the reign of perennials, of shrubs and precious endemisms. In a recent analysis examining the biodiversity values of the Mediterranean forests, WWF has identified Gennargentu as one of the region's most important forest areas requiring immediate protection. The park gives also hospitality to a rich and varied fauna. Its main representative is the mufflon which inhabits the mountains in large numbers. Wild boar, wildcats, dormice, and foxes are also very common. The mountains are an inviting stop-over for many migratory birds. Of the mythical "bue marino" only two or three specimens remain, which perhaps are no longer able to reproduce.