By admin | May 25, 2017 | Posted in: Uncategorised
If you’re looking to have a holiday where you’ll spend mornings hiking on glorious mountains and evenings strolling on a long stretch of beach as the Sun sets, you’ll find exactly that in Sardinia. The more adventurous visitors at Forte Village Resort like to make a stop at the Natural Park of the Seven Brothers for some recreation in the great outdoors.
The area of Parco dei Sette Fratelli is one of the most fascinating tourist attractions in south-eastern Sardinia. It’s an area of several thousand hectares covering parts of the territories of Maracalagonis, Burcei, Quartucciu, San Vito, Sinnai, Villasalto, Quartu Sant’Elena, Villasimius, and Castiadas. As the name suggests, the park comprises seven granite peaks. Not all the peaks are named but they include the towering Punta Su Baccu Malu, Casteddu de Su Dinai, Sa Punta Ceraxa and Perd’a Asub’e Pari. They have different heights ranging from 791 metres above sea level to 1016 metres.
The area is filled with oaks, ilexes, pinaster, carob, poplars, mastic, heather, juniper, myrtle strawberry tree, and many other species of trees and plants. Animals found in the area include wild boar, marten, hares, rabbits, wild cats, golden eagle, peregrine falcon, the Sardinian deer, and mouflon.
The mountain complex of Parco dei Sette Fratelli is crossed by various waterways including the streams that flow into the lake of Colostrai to the east and north. Towards the west, the streams flow into the Rio Maidopis. The area’s morphology is notably bumpy with dizzying jumps of rock, soaring cliffs, deep gorges and steep slopes. It’s characterised by extensive granite outcrops, modelled by water and wind, and is very jagged. Parco dei Sette Fratelli has a historical side as well, with its spread of Nuraghi and Tombs of Giants.
While the terrain is perfect for mountain camping, the park has cottages and barbecue spots in designated areas. A clearly marked system of paths allows you to hike through different routes, or go horseback riding, mountain biking, or quad biking. One of these is a path that leads to the ruins of the Convent of the Seven Brothers, with a few more kilometres of walking, taking you to the shelter of the forest. From there, you may find a point that lets you see as far as the Muravera coast.
Parco dei Sette Fratelli is home to the Umberto Noci forest barracks, located in the Campuomu district with a tourist centre. This is an exhibit room and a classroom for enlightening visitors on the evolution of the Sardinian deer, using naturalistic panels, audio-visual material, paintings, and other learning tools.
From Forte Village Resort, the park is about an hour and a half drive. You’ll take the Strada Statale 195 Sulcitana and Strada Statale 125 Orientale Sarda roads like you were going towards Villasimius or Castiadas. When you get to kilometre 30 at the S’Arcu and TIdu crossing, turn right, and after about 250 metres, you’ll reach the Umberto Noci forest barracks.
Wikipedia – Parco dei Sette Fratelli (Italian)