Sardinia is one of the oldest geological regions in Europe, boasting a history dating back further than 570 million years. The landscape in the Gallura region is very diverse and offers a wealth of flora and fauna. You will find here rugged coastlines, crystal clear water with fine white sand, deserted coves, hills and mountains covered in granite crags and rare Mediterranean macchia (oaks, juniper, mastic, broom, laurel, oleander, cork oaks, rosemary and myrtle bushes).
In this primeval landscape, you can come across wild boar, weasels, foxes, martens, hares, wild rabbits and lizards. Birds worth mentioning include the eastern imperial eagle, the northern goshawk, owls, seagulls, the thrush, blackbird and partridge.
The northern coast of Sardinia is regarded as one of the best for fishing and is famed for catching lobster, a local speciality. If you are lucky, you can even come across dolphins here which frequently accompany the local boats.
Sardinia has a classic Mediterranean climate which is characterised by summer temperatures for more than 6 months of the year. Temperatures do not fall below 20 degrees from April to October. During the summer months, temperatures reach 30 – 35 degrees.
There are two protected areas in the north of Sardinia: The Asinara Island National Park and the La Maddalena Archipelago National Park. Both are definitely worth a visit.
The highest mountain in northern Sardinia and the third highest in Sardinia (Monte Limbara, 1359 m above sea level) is only 30 minutes’ drive from Isola Rossa. A panoramic view will open up for you from the Punta Balistreri lookout point over the whole of the Gallura and Luogosardo region. The Monte Limbara region is popular among hikers, fans of trekking and mountain climbing. On the way here, don’t forget to stop off in the place known as Valle della Luna (Lunar Landscape) full of huge smoothed granite boulders, craggy stones and cork oaks.