From Luogosanto to Olbia
A wonderful trip into nature: From the Nature Park of Fonte La Filetta sul Monte Casteddu, Roccia del Fungo, Capo Figari, Monte Ruju and Isola di Figarolo to Monte Cugnana.
The first part of the route takes you towards Palau, on the gravel road near Monte Pulchiana, across a lonely landscape, characterised by the huge cork oak forests and the green pastures on the other side.
In the center of this lovely area of unspoilt nature, stands the village of Luogosanto, built on the steep side of Monte Casteddu. Down a road, from the village, you can reach the small nature park of Fonte La Filetta, green and filled with cork oaks and holly oaks, growing around the watersource from which it takes its name. The water is renowned for its oligomineral and diuretic properties. The park has facilities for picnics and walks.
The second part of the route continues towards Arzachena. Outside the town, to the east, you will see the famous rock considered to be the symbol of the town, eroded to the shape of a mushroom, also called the mushroom rock. The Romans called this granite rock 'Turubulus Maior' (large mushroom) due to its unusual shape and the people still call it Monti Incappidatu (the mountain with a hat).
Golfo Aranci is the third stop on the itinerary. After going past the port, there is a road off to Cala Moresca, at the beginning of the road that crosses the Capo Figari headland. This limestone headland is covered with juniper and holly oak woods, that are on the highest part of the headland, called Monte Ruju. At the top, at about 342 meters, there is an abandoned lighthouse, from where you can get a great view in all directions.
You can find several caves in the cliffs along this coast, some of which have never been explored.
In front of Cala Moresca you can find the little island of Figarolo, that seems to have a pyramid shape from here, with high, steep walls. The island that is geologically similar to the island of Tavolara, is a limestone plateau and rests on a sub-marine granite base. There are some colonies of mouflons here living among the Mediterranean scrub and centenary-old wild olives that were reintroduced in recent years, like the ones that live on the high plains of Capo Figari.
The last part of the journey starts from Spiaggia di Marinella. Return to the provincial road towards Rudalzu and continue until the crossroads with the state highway, where you must take the direction of Arzachena. At Stazzo Casagliana, on the right of the road, about 3 kilometers after the turn off for Porto Cervo, you can climb on foot to the top of Monte Cucagna (about one hour’s strenuous climbing).
From this point, that is inland, but not far from the sea, you get a wonderful view: nearby is the coastline of Porto Rotondo on the banks of the narrow Cucagna fjord, and to the north is Porto Cervo, the Costa Smeralda and on the other side of the Gulf of Arzachena, the Maddalena Archipelago and on the clearest days, Corsica.
Inland, the view ranges over the green pastures of Gallura, with its characteristic stazzo houses, and the cork oak forests of Sant’Antonio and Calangius.