Sardinia, an island off the coast of mainland Italy, possesses a unique natural environment in which large swathes of secluded wilderness cohabitate with pockets of civilization. In some areas of the island, in fact, a human presence is a rare sight.
Wide regions remain almost magically untouched, providing free range for deer and wild horses, and are filled with small bands of desert, ponds, and woods with trees as old as a millennium. The sea, however, rules Sardinia, with its colors bleeding into twisting coves.
The Costa Smeralda, with its jewel, Porto Cervo, is a good example, though its Porto Vecchio is considered the better-equipped marina of the Mediterranean Sea. Porto Rotondo, facing the wide Gulf of Cugnana, is also renowned for its mansions and squares surrounded by a magnificent nature.
The largest mountains can be found in the Gennargentu area, with picturesque views of the entire island. Sardinia is rife with a rich tapestry of flora and fauna, many on the brink of extinction, such as mouflons, golden eagles, and Sardinian deer.
The “Nuraghes,” round tower-fortresses around which the Nuragic peoples built their villages, are scattered all over the region, testaments to an ancient, and still somewhat mysterious, civilization that lived from the 15th to the 6th century B.C.
The construction of these structures, made up of huge stone blocks, developed around a central, truncated, cone-shaped tower, a pillar of strength and power. These archeological sites still hold signs of ancient rituals and domestic life. One of them, the Barumini complex in the Province of Medio Campidano, is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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