In the middle of Sardinia there is a magical place where the nature is almost intact, and where are living the last wild horses of Europe. That place is the giara of Gesturi. The whole area, of about 4500 surface hectares, will offer you a wild experience in nature with this wonderful horses. The place has many path where to walk and many small ponds where the horses usually stays, mostly in summer due to the hot temperatures. Fortunately there is a woodland where they can stay in shade, and where you can have a rest.
The path doesn't present any problems, and you'll be able to reach easily every spot marked in the map. As always, if you need more information or need a guide don't hesitate to contact me.
You'll arrive from Gesturi village, following the several signal in the village itself. Once got in the place there is a car park, quite big, and a bike rent, if you don't wnat to walk.
The horses, the woodland, the nuraghe rest.
All over the year.
In the area near the giara there is a small waterfall, "sa spedula della giara" , but with water only in winter and early spring. And if you are keen in nuraghe, there is the most beautiful and biggest nuraghe of Sardinia, the "su nuraxi" in Barumini village.
The west coast of the island is really rich of beautiful bays, like this one, Porticciolo. And like many others bays, there is an ancient Spanish tower. But the most important thing is the environment, that is really adapt for a landscape photographer. Being in the west coast, Porticciolo will give you wonderful sunset, mostly during the spring or in autumn/winter, when the sky will be richer in clouds.
The path doesn't present many problems, and walking for a while you will go around the others near beaches or cliffs. Just in winter the path could be a bit slippery due to the mud. As always, if you need more information or need a guide don't hesitate to contact me.
You can arrive from Sassari or from Alghero, using the SP55bis road. In the place there is a big car park, so you shouldn't have any issue for the car. In the map I marked in red some nice spot for taking the best picture.
The bay, the beach, many cliffs and the Spanish tower.
All over the year.
In the area near the bay there is the regional park of Porto Conte, where many wild animal, like the griffon, as well as others bays, or Alghero village, a really nice small town.
Mistras pond, for wildlife photography,is the perfect spot where to go. Really close to Cabras village, for eating or having a rest, the pond of Mistras is interesting for its birds. There are different species in the pond that live throwout the year, like cormorants, ducks, flamingos, hakws, sand pipers and many others, even though the most interesting specie is the osprey, the star of the pond. For photographing the osprey come people from all region of Italy, due to the semplicity. Infact you can take pictures directly from the car, without get the birds in trouble, unless you get off the car (and it should be better to not get off, just to not scared the animals). Then you need to be carefull because the area is a private property used by fishermans, even though you don't need to ask for a permission.
There isn't any problem due to the car. As always if you need more information or need a guide don't hesitate to contact me.
You can arrive from Cabras village, using the SP6 road, until you'll reach a crossroad as showed in the map below. or from the main road 'll arrive from Santa Maria Coghinas village and it whould be better using a satnav (check the map below) until the car park.
The osprey and other birds
Ospreys only in winter and spring until May, the other species all over the year.
In the area near the pond there is Cabras, a really nice village where to eat something, or to stay for a short holiday and, mostly, for the giants of Mount Prana museum. About the museum check before the website in order to know the opening days.
Sardinia is really rich of waterfalls during the winter or during the rainy season. "Su stampu e su turrunu" waterfall is basically unique in its context here in Sardinia, due to its morphology. Infacts, water has digged a hole during the ages, making a wonderful scenery really and much looked for by landscape photographers of the island. The area surrounding the waterfall is an amazing woodland, rich of many other beauty, that deserve to be seen, mostly in spring when the temperatures are much warm and pleasant.
In a place, where you wouldn't expect a so beautiful scenery, there is a fantastic waterfall. In a small canyon there is this amazing watefall, but only during the reany season, unfortunately as many others in Sardinia. Beeing one of its most important features, it becomes really interesting at the eyes of a landscape photographer, just because you can find it only for short time during the year. Lu tuvu make a jump long over 30 meters, maybe more because I've never calculated how it is tall. The waterfall finish in a small lake where take some pictures, but it is possible to photograph it even from the top.
Depending on you are interested to, there are two trails for reaching the waterfall. The trail 1 is for taking picture from the top, trail 2 for the bottom. In both trails I highly reccomend you to wear wellightons in order to cross the stream, otherwise you won't be able to do anything. Be carefull because you need to pass throw some private property, so where you find some gate, remember you to close them. As always if you need more information or need a guide don't hesitate to contact me.