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The North West of Sardegna

5 June 2017 by giancarlo

The North West of Sardegna

The North West of Sardegna, with the capital of Sassari, is of significant landscape interest and has a strong agropastoral mark. Tourism is the spearhead of the area and sees in the city of Alghero its most important gem. With the exception of tourism, practiced for 10 months a year, from March to December, the whole area has a strong agro-pastoral imprint, with splendid views, dominated by volcanic reliefs, wide flat stretches, scarce forests that interrupt the great expanses of pastures.

The traditional cuisine is made of homemade pasta, strong and generous wines, and breads of great flavor like the “spianate”, of famous sweets like the “sighs of Ozieri“, the delicious balls of almond paste with hints of citrus fruit, or the nougat of walnuts or not roasted almonds from Pattada.
From the Logudoro pastures comes a large selection of types of cheese, from soft pecorino cheese to seasoned and from grated cheeses, the most famous of which is definitely the “pecorino romano”.

Barceloneta“, is instead the name with which Alghero is affectionately called by the Catalans.With its sea, its history and its people has been the first tourism capital since the end of the 800 and still today represents in Sardinia the city with more traditions of hospitality and high tourist potential The coasts that surround the city extend for almost 80 km, in an alternation of environmental paintings made of spectacular rocky coasts and beaches of fine sand.

In the North West of ​​Sardegna, there is the beach of San Giovanni Lido, about 6 km long, partly characterized by natural dunes and a rich pine and juniper tree vegetation.

The northern most part of this sandy coast is bordered by the Calich pond, important for the numerous botanical and faunistic species present.

The North West of Sardegna: Bombarde and Lazzaretto

The coast is a rapid succession of marine scenarios and red soil, but also of low vineyards and sheltered by the salty of the Mistral wind.
After passing the Roman bridge over the Calich, to the north are the beaches of the Bombarde and Lazzaretto as far as Maristella and Porto Conte. This bay, sung by the Romans (Portus Ninpharum) for its beauty, is bordered to the south by the Punta del Giglio and to the north by the promontory of Capo Caccia (Caput Hermeum), the extreme western part of Sardinia.

The latter is characterized by a system of high limestone cliffs overlooking the sea that with Punta Cristallo (326 m.s.l.m.) reaches its maximum height and offers breathtaking views !.
The underwater part is characterized by numerous caves, which for their richness of living forms of colorful colors, is a real paradise for lovers of underwater photography. There in the calm and crystalline waters grows, together with a very colorful flora and fauna, the Red Coral, the true symbol of the history and economy of Alghero.
In fact, it stands in the coat of arms of the city since the fourteenth century and is still worked in the laboratories of goldsmiths in the old city.

The Grotta di Nettuno in the north west of Sardegna

The Grotta di Nettuno, which in Alghero each year attracts more than 150 thousand visitors of various nationalities, has a total development of 2,500 meters, with numerous rooms, large galleries, limpid lakes, deep wells, narrow tunnels that make it very complex.

Another interesting point of historical interest is the Necropolis of Anghelu Ruiu, a prenuragic tomb complex located 10 km from Alghero on the Due Mari road to Porto Torres.

The Nuraghic Palace of Santu Antine (Torralba), is a nuraghe-fortress with a complex three-lobed plan and is one of the most impressive examples of cyclopean megalithism in Sardinia. You get from the SS 131 Bis road to Ittiri-Thiesi up to the highway 131 – Strada towards Bono – Bivio for Santu Antine 1 km. from the highway.
The Village – sanctuary and sacred well Santa Cristina (Paulilatino) is made up of houses for worshipers, a fence for parties, the hut for meetings, a market adjacent to the sacred well and a nuraghe adjoining an aggregate of huts; you arrive from the Provincial panoramic for Bosa – 129 Bis for Macomer – Highway 131 in the direction of Cagliari – Bivio for Santa Cristina after 20 km. on the highway.