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Where to go in Sardinia
Sardinia is a beautiful place that mixes a rich unique heritage with the nature that surrounds it. For beach lovers, Cala Mariolu in Baunei is only a boat trip away. This beach is situated on Golfo di Orosei where crystal clear water and unique rock formations intertwine along with white sand. Scuba divers and snorkelers will be able to enjoy the wide variety of fish to explore. It can get extremely busy though, especially in August, so if you want a quiet beach to yourself, this may not be the place for you in the height of summer.
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Parco della Giara Tuili is a beautiful Nature Reserve on top of a wide and expansive plateau. This is home to a vast array of wildlife including the last wild European miniature horses. You can take a tour with a guide who will help you look more closely at the flora, share the local history and show you where the hidden gems on the reserve are.
The Gennargentu National Park, also known as the National Park of the Bay of Orosei and Gennargentu, is breathtaking. It is home to the Gennargentu mountain range, which has a wide range of flora and fauna including Golden Eagles, the Great Spotted Woodpecker and Mediterranean Monk Seal. There are trails as well that will take you to wonderful view points but be careful you don't lose your way as the trails are not very clearly marked.
For history buffs and those that want to stay more inland, Su Nuraxi di Barumini, located in Cagliari province is well worth a visit. While there are thousands of these defensive structures known as Nuraghi's scattered throughout Sardinia, this is the most well preserved one and it is a protected therefore a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Heading over to look at these dwellings provides a unique insight into the ancient architecture and society that would have lived there.
Parco Nazionale dell'Arcipelago di La Maddalena is another National Park yet completely different than the Nature Reserve. This Park is made up of 7 islands and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Most of the islands are deserted or have scattered and sporadic habitants but there are plenty of tourists populating the islands from day to day doing some exploring of their own.
Gola di Gorropu is the deepest canyon on the island reaching a depth of 400m. It is made up of limestone walls creating unforgettable scenery. It is not the easiest place to find though which may be a good thing as that also means there are not as many tourists knocking about. Even though this is only about a 2 hour walk, you do have to be in relatively good shape as well as making sure to carry water and food with you. Once you get there though, you will not regret the extra effort it takes to reach it.