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big green lung, the bigger of the south of the island; a natural
reserve with ever more rare faunal species; an incomparable beauty
of the landscape, from peak that achieved 1000 m, to some of the
most beautiful beaches of the island; a big variety of vegetation;
a right relation between men and valley habitat (but in Sardinia
that is what is defined a mountain habitat); full of rich popular
is in one of the most amazing, preserved, uncontaminated areas
of Cagliari’s province: Gutturu Mannu-Pantaleo.
Its square extends over less than 540,54 sq, incorporating the territories of
Assemini, Capoterra, Domus de Maria, Narcao, Nuxis, Pula, Santadi, Sarroch, Siliqua,
Teulada, Uta and Villa San Pietro. The name of the zone derived from one of the
most beautiful forests of the entire island.
The geographic boundary of this zone includes:
- At south, the mountains of Capoterra, until Punta
- At west, the Monte Nieddu and the forest of Is Cannoneris;
north, the Monte Arcosu with its natural reserve and the Monte
- At east, the entrance represented by the brook Santa Lucia.
is an incredibly various territory, with valleys
and slopes that
follow one another without stops. There are peaks that in the
unique morphology of the Sardinian landscape seem very high but
are not higher than 35433 or 39370 in.
Schist granite and quartzitic rocks that go back to the Palaeozoic
represent the prevalent geological characteristic.
This environmental paradise puts aside for the naturalists big
surprises both for fauna and for flora.
Monte Arcosu, in a big WWF reserve (3.200 hectares), it is possible
to admire the specimens of Sardinia
deer that just the passion
of a group of technicians, politicians and ecologists has saved
from the extermination made by poachers.
In the WWF
reserve as in the remaining 4/5 of the territory (it
is a regional property, managed by the “Azienda delle Foreste
Demaniali della Regione Sardegna”) as well as the deer it
is possible to see many rare and unique animals.
to mention someone: fox, hedgehog, wild-cat,
pig. Among the birds: golden eagle, Sardinian goshawk,
falcon, buzzard, red kite, eagle of the Monelli.
Animals that find their ideal habitat in the woods rich of an
incredible variety of plants and trees: holm-oak, cork-oak olive
tree, mastic, prickly juniper, spiny broom, bushes of cistus,
lavender, curry plant and asphodel. Since the prehistory, this
natural heritage, rich of resources, had given hospitality to
the man, who has left many traces of his presence (archaeological
finds, furriadroxius and medaus- very original shelters that gave
hospitality to shepherds and coalminers).
the centuries, men have respected this area, where they lived,
and so they avoided it coming to the same bad end of a lot of
others wooded zone, which have been transformed into sleepers
The features described until now demonstrate that this zone can
stimulate many different interests:
• youth tourism
• “green” tourism that allow fan to choose
specialized itineraries between vegetation and fauna;
• trekking and tourism by horse that here find a big number
of possible routes: along streams, on the mountains, through the
• environmental tourism that bet to the historical heritage
of this area, very rich above all by the archaeological point
of view, with testimonies that go from 6.000 B.C. (menhirs, domus
de janas, nuraghi…) to the Roman Imperial age.
This wonderful green oasis is very close to well-equipped
and still intact beaches, where it is possible to go in for aquatic
sports or fishing.
The weather of the Gutturu Mannu complex is ideal. The average
temperatures are included between 15° and 17° C; just
during 3 or 4 months they exceed 20° C. In the higher ranges,
these temperatures drop further until 11°- 15° C.