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Capo Figari - Natural Park - Golfo Aranci

The natural park close to Capo Figari, which also includes the small islet of Isola di Figarolo, is located at the eastern tip of the Golfo Aranci peninsula. An amazing natural paradise with a lot of variety. To the east of Golfo Aranci, a bumpy dirt road leads along a railway line where you can park your car at a viaduct. From here a coastal road leads to the bay of Cala Moresca with a sheltered beach, which is worth a visit for its crystal clear and shallow water.

A simple gate, surrounded by 850 thousand hectares of rocky promontory with height differences of limestone cliffs, leads to accessible small bays and beaches with hiking trails and mountain bike trails. The nature reserve is home base for rare plants and birds as well as mouflons that were originally suspended here for hunting. These wild sheep are now so rare in Sardinia that they are protected. In addition, the coral gull, the peregrine falcon, the Sardinian pheasant and other rare petrels around the Mediterranean can be found here.
Shortly after the entrance, the path splits in three directions: turn right here towards Cala Greca and the Batteria Riera Luigi Serra. Then go straight on the steep but passable road towards the old lighthouse and than left along the Su Canale gorge until you reach the spectacular view of Monte Ruju.

Walking tour: Cala Greca and the old fortifications Luigi Serra

Snorkeling fans will feel very well in the small bay of Cala la Greca. Just in front of the bay is a small cemetery, a reminder of the shipping accident in 1887. The ship Generoso ll lost several crew members in front of Golfo Aranci during a storm from Civitiavecchia to Sardinia. Of the 13 graves and headstones, there is also a Celtic cross of an English sailor at the final resting place. As a result, the cemetery was also called Cimitero degli Inglesi (or English cemetery), although almost only Italian sailors are buried here. Remains of the Batteria Luigi Serra lie on a hill at the southeastern tip of the cape. The four dilapidated artillery units, one of them from the field, date from the First and Second World War and were intended to protect the Gulf of Olbia from attackers.

Walking tour: to the Capo Figari lighthouse

At the highest point of Capo Figari is the old sea control unit; the Semaforo della Marina Militare. Radio history was once written here when in 1930 the Italian radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi sent the first microwave radio signal from Sardinia to the main land of Italy. You cannot miss the steep path to the viewpoint. On a clear day you can have a view of the island of Corsica at an altitude of 342 meters. The walk will take you up and down for a few hours.

Trekking with climbing: Monte Ruju

A lesser known path leads along the wide gorge of Su Canale on Monte Ruju mountain. Past a dilapidated settlement of old red dilapidated farms it becomes steep towards the 200 meter high viewpoint with a fantastic panorama over the Gulf of Olbia and the headland of Golfo Aranci.

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