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Sardinia: a natural paradise

The north west peninnsula of Sardinia has some of the most spectacular scenery to be found on the island. This is largely due to its limestone geology and the force of the mistral winds which have dramatically shaped the coastline.

For those who have a keen interest in nature there is no better part of the island to be located than Alghero with its proximity to the nature reserve of Porto Conte and Capo Caccia.

These nature reserves take in a territory which stretches from the small town of Fertilia to Capo Caccia encompassing the rugged coastline north beyond Porto Ferro.

Suggested itinery: Take a car or bus journey to Maristella where you will find the main entrance to the park known as Punta Giglio (Lily point). Here you can then choose to follow a variety of well sign posted pathways which take you ultimately to the second world war gun emplacement on the very tip of this headland (see photos). From this vantage point you will see the awe inspiring headland and lighthouse of Capo Caccia across the bay of Porto Conte as well as the a stunning view of Alghero.

The scenery is breath taking any time of year but to see this landscape at its best I recommend the months of March and April when you will see any number of the 32 wild orchid varieties in flower and the Euphorbia at its most vibrant.

Leaving this park behind why not follow the road made famous for the car chase scene in The Spy Who Loved Me to park called Prigionette. Leaving identification documents with the forestry service at the front gate you can then drive through the park to the cliff top parking area where you will have a view of Isola Piana (flat island) Here you can still see the remains of a stone house which was built and featured in the film Boom starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

It is worth noting that in this area you will most likey see Giara horses, Wild Boar, Roe Deer, Tortoises and the rare albino Donkey.